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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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THE LORD IS KING

Charles H. SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

“There is a holy familiarity with God which cannot be too much enjoyed, but there is a flippant familiarity with God which cannot be too much abhorred! The Lord is King. His will is not to be questioned! His every Word is Law. Let us never question His Sovereign right to decree what He pleases and to fulfill the decree—to command what He pleases and to punish every shortcoming.” (1891, Sermon #2195) “The prerogative to give life or to take it away must remain with the Most High. The wit and wisdom of man are altogether powerless to bestow life upon even the tiniest insect! We know of a surety, doctrinally, and we know it with equal certainty by experience, that we can do nothing towards the quickening of men apart from the Spirit of God. If He does not come and give life, we may preach till we have not another breath left, but we shall not raise from the tomb of sin even the soul of a little child, or bring a single sinner to the feet of Christ!” (1892, Sermon #2246)

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GOD RULES

Loraine BoettnerLoraine Boettner D.D.:

By virtue of the fact that God has created every thing which exists, He is the absolute Owner and final Disposer of all that He has made.  He exerts not merely a general in­fluence, but actually rules in the world which He has created.  The nations of the earth, in their insignificance, are as the small dust of the balance when compared with His greatness; and far sooner might the sun be stopped in his course than God be hindered in His work or in His will.  Amid all the apparent defeats and inconsistencies of life God actually moves on in undisturbed majesty. (The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination)

Do You Understand The Doctrine Of Inability?

What is meant by the doctrine of inability? Because of the fall, man is rendered utterly disabled to perform any spiritual good. It is an essential part of the system of doctrine embraced by all who call themselves Reformed Christians. To deny the inability of fallen man to participate in his salvation is to reject Reformed Christianity which is often called Calvinism.

God foreordains whatever comes to pass. God carries out His decrees in the works of creation and providence. From the fallen multitudes of men He has, from all eternity, chosen some to everlasting life. Through the mediatorial work of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit, He has made the salvation of His people absolutely certain. The Bible clearly teaches us why some are saved and others not; it is solely because God has elected some and not others.

God effectually governs all His creatures and all their actions, so that nothing comes to pass which is not in accordance with his infinitely wise and holy purposes. God freely offers unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, by faith in Him, that they may be saved and ordained unto life. God sends His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe. Unto Jesus God did from all eternity, give a people who would in time be redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified. In conversion, God, by his Spirit, enables the sinner to repent and believe. Those, and those only, whom God has predestinated unto life, he effectually calls, by his Word and Spirit, from a state of spiritual death to a state of spiritual life, thus effectually drawing them to Christ. It is saving faith that is the gift of God, and the work of the Holy Spirit, by which the Christian receives as true, on the authority of God, whatever is revealed in the Scriptures.

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