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Sola Gratia

A wonderful thing it is, this being justified, or made just. If we had never broken the laws of God we should not have needed it, for we should have been just in ourselves. He who has all his life done the things which he ought to have done, and has never done anything which he ought not to have done, is justified by the law. But you, dear reader, are not of that sort, I am quite sure. You have too much honesty to pretend to be without sin, and therefore you need to be justified.

Now, if you justify yourself, you will simply be a self-deceiver. Therefore do not attempt it. It is never worthwhile.

If you ask your fellow mortals to justify you, what can they do? You can make some of them speak well of you for small favours, and others will backbite you for less. Their judgment is not worth much. Our text says, “It is God that justifieth,” and this is a deal more to the point. It is an astonishing fact, and one that we ought to consider with care. Come and see.

In the first place, nobody else but God would ever have thought of justifying those who are guilty. They have lived in open rebellion; they have done evil with both hands; they have gone from bad to worse; they have turned back to sin even after they have smarted for it, and have therefore for a while been forced to leave it. They have broken the law, and trampled on the gospel. They have refused proclamations of mercy, and have persisted in ungodliness. How can they be forgiven and justified? Their fellowmen, despairing of them, say, “They are hopeless cases.” Even Christians look upon them with sorrow rather than with hope. But not so their God. He, in the splendour of his electing grace having chosen some of them before the foundation of the world, will not rest till He has justified them, and made them to be accepted in the Beloved. Is it not written, “Whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified”? Thus you see there are some whom the Lord resolves to justify: why should not you and I be of the number?

None but God would ever have thought of justifying me. I am a wonder to myself. I doubt not that grace is equally seen in others. Look at Saul of Tarsus, who foamed at the mouth, against God’s servants. Like a hungry wolf, he worried the lambs and the sheep right and left; and yet God struck him down on the road to Damascus, and changed his heart, and so fully justified him that ere long, this man became the greatest preacher of justification by faith that ever lived. He must often have marvelled that he was justified by faith in Christ Jesus; for he was once a determined stickler for salvation by the works of the law. None but God would have ever thought of justifying such a man as Saul the persecutor; but the Lord God is glorious in grace.

 


The above is an extract from All of Grace: An Earnest Word with Those Seeking Salvation by C. H. Spurgeon.

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The John Owen Collection

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John Owen is amongst the best known of the Puritans (1616-1683). He was a profound and thought provoking pastor-theologian. Death of Death in the Death of Christ is the latest in the John Owen Collection from our Christian Heritage Imprint and has a number of features to assist the reader in getting to grips with John Owen’s writings:

  • The text has been divided into chapters.
  • Subheadings inserted. The contents pages include primary and secondary subheadings to aid navigation.
  • The style and placement of biblical references has been made consistent with modern practice.

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Death of Death in the Death of Christ was John Owen’s first masterpiece. Written from seven years of studying and reflection by one of the greatest minds in theological history, its exploration into the Scriptural perspective on the doctrine of universal redemption is yet to be answered or paralleled.

From the foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson:

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ ranks among the best known, and indeed may actually be the best known, of the dozens of books that flowed from the pen of John Owen during his four decade long career as an author. Whenever there is a renewed interest in what lies at the heart of the gospel, these pages have a tendency to be rediscovered and re-read. It seems that each generation needs to discover them anew. Weigh carefully what you read; compare it with Scripture. Allow Owen to challenge your thinking. For this is a book to make you think.

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Other titles in the John Owen Collection:

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US New Releases – May 2016

Here are all of our May 2016 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

The Grand Design Your Days are Numbered Presbytopia

A Heart Set Free Why Jesus? God-Is He Out There?

Christian Heritage:

Checque Book of the Bank of Faith Journal

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

My 1st Books and More Big Bible Science

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3 Ways the Holy Spirit Works in Us

3 Ways the Holy Spirit Works in Us

1. He works effectively
1 Corinthians 12: 11, ‘All these are the work of one and the same Spirit’. And what He does, He does as God. His work must therefore be effective.

2. He distributes spiritual gifts to everyone just as He determines
He does so in complete freedom and with perfect wisdom. Thus Christians are kept in complete dependence on Him. He distributes as He determines (1 Cor. 12: 7-11) – then who should not be content with his or her share? What claim can anyone lay to those works which He distributes by His own decision?

3. He gives
They ‘began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them’, (Acts 2: 4). He gave the tongues to them, freely, as a gift. He can act freely because in the work of our salvation, the action of one person in the Trinity in no way interferes with the freedom of any other – so the love of the Father in sending the Son is free, and in no way does this sending prejudice the freedom and love of the Son, but He lays down His life freely. In the same way, the redemption of the Son in no way affects the freedom of the Father’s grace in forgiving and accepting us through Christ; and again, the Father and Son’s sending of the Spirit does not detract from the freedom of the Spirit in His operations, but what He gives believers He gives freely. This is because the purpose of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is essentially one and the same, so that in the work of one there is the free participation of all three.

*Excerpted from Living with the Living God by George Smeaton & John Owen (Christian Heritage, 2016).

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Jonathan Edwards on Emotions in Heaven

Jonathan Edwars on Emotions in heaven

Doubtless there is true religion in heaven. Heaven’s religion, indeed, is absolutely pure and perfect. According to the pictures of heaven Scripture gives us, its religion consists mainly in love and joy, expressed in the most fervent and exalted praises. Now, the religion of the saints in heaven is the religion of earthly saints made perfect. Grace here is the dawn of glory hereafter. Texts such as 1 Corinthians 13 prove this. So if the religion of heaven is a religion of emotion, all true religion must be a religion of emotion.

The way to learn the true nature of anything is to go where that thing is found in its purity. We must therefore raise our minds to heaven, if we would know what true religion is. This is because all who are truly spiritual are not of this world. They are strangers here, and belong to heaven. They are born from above, and heaven is their native country. The nature which they receive from their heavenly birth is a heavenly nature. The life of true religion in the believer’s heart is a seed of the religion of heaven, and God prepares us for heaven by conforming us to it. So if heaven’s religion is one of emotion, ours on earth must be too.

*Excerpted from The Experience That Counts by Jonathan Edwards (Christian Heritage, 2016).

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3 Must Read Books in the Grace Essentials Series

Grace Essentials

Christian Freedom by Samuel BoltonChristian Freedom provides an accessible entry into Samuel Bolton’s original work, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, first published in 1645. This book is not simply an academic discussion of the issues; Samuel Bolton constantly reminds his readers of the gospel, and the great transformation that has happened to a person who has trusted in Jesus Christ. Bolton shows us clearly that real Christian obedience comes from a changed heart, and is motivated by love for God. He deals with the practical question of what happens when Christians fall into sin, and encourages us to rely on what Christ has done for us, rather than on our performance.


The Experience that Counts by Jonathan EdwardsWhat does it mean to be a Christian? Is Christianity a matter of the intellect alone? What about desires, feelings, and experiences? What is conversion? These questions are not new. Jonathan Edwards, the great American theologian tackled these, and many others, against the background of the First Great Awakening.

These questions, and the answers Edwards gives to them, are profoundly relevant to us today. Find ‘a guide for the perplexed’ – a voice of clear Biblical and spiritual sanity to lead us safely through the maze of contemporary confusion in this crucial area.


Living with the Living GodLiving with the Living God brings together two classic works on the person and work of the Holy Spirit from two of the most renowned theologians – George Smeaton and John Owen.

Part one looks at the Biblical teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, as Smeaton leads us on a journey of exploration through Scripture teaching on the Holy Spirit. Part two sees John Owen deal with the relationship between the believer and the Holy Spirit in our daily experience.

Living with the Living God provides a helpful aid for the contemporary reader in understanding the work of the Holy Spirit.


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The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon

The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon“Pastor Charles Spurgeon was a friend to those who physically and mentally suffered. He and his own dear wife, Susannah, suffered truly through years of physical and mental pains. In this light, Charles preached transparently about sorrows and their many kinds, including depression in all of its forms. He was no trite preacher. He spoke as one who had been there.

This collection of works from C. H. Spurgeon offers a healing taste of his powerful ministry on our sorrows. Among the many and silent shades of sorrow, the sorrowing have a Savior. There is hope for the broken-hearted.”

-From the introduction by Zack Eswine.

About Charles Spurgeon:
C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.

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US New Releases – January 2016

Here are all of our January 2016 US new releases at a glance. Click any of the cover images below to learn more.

Christian Focus:

Theodore Beza: The Man and the Myth by Shawn D. Wright Joel & Obadiah: Disaster And Deliverance by Iwan Rhys Jones Speaking in Public Effectively: How to prepare, How to present, How to progress by Richard Bewes

Renewing Broken Lives: Even More Miracles from Mayhem by May Nicholson & Irene Howat    Whispers of Hope: Finding Perspective Post Adoption by Twila Miles

Christian Heritage:

full size image The Person of Christ: Declaring a Glorious Mystery—God and Man by John Owen Delighting in the Sunlit Uplands of Grace: Spurgeon on Joy by C. H. Spurgeon The Silent Shades of Sorrow: Healing for the Wounded by C. H. Spurgeon

Christian Focus 4 Kids:

D.L. Moody: One Devoted Man by Nancy Drummond Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by K C Murdarasi

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Monday Meditations: Warnings – J.C. Ryle

Monday Meditations
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Luke 16:8

Do not draw from these verses lessons which they were never meant to teach.

The steward, whom our Lord describes, is not set before us as a pattern of morality. He is distinctly called the ‘unjust steward’. The Lord Jesus never meant to sanction dishonesty, and unfair dealing between man and man. This steward cheated his master, and broke the eighth commandment: his master was struck with his cunning and forethought, when he heard of it, and ‘commended’ him, as a shrewd and far-seeing man; but there is no proof that his master was pleased with his conduct. Above all, there is not a word to show that the man was praised by Christ. In short, in his treatment of his master the steward is a beacon to be avoided and not a pattern to be followed.

The caution now laid down is very necessary. Commercial dishonesty is unhappily very common in these latter days: fair dealing between man and man is increasingly rare: men do things in the way of business which will not stand the test of the Bible. In ‘making haste to be rich,’ thousands are continually committing actions which are not strictly innocent (Prov. 28:20).

Sharpness and smartness in bargaining, and buying and selling, and pushing trade, are often covering over things that ought not to be. The generation of ‘the unjust steward’ is still a very large one. Let us not forget this. Whenever we do to others what we would not like others to do to us, we may be sure, whatever the world may say, that we are wrong in the sight of Christ.

*Excerpted from Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle (Christian Heritage, 2011).

J.C. RyleAbout J.C. Ryle:
J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He was one of the most authoritative churchmen of his time and his writings have been in constant demand throughout the last hundred years. His popularity was due to his clear and simple style, his longevity due to his being a profound thinker and compassionate pastor.

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Day By Day With J.C. Ryle: A New Daily Devotional of Ryle’s Writings by J.C. Ryle is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Monday Meditations: The God of Hope – F. B. Meyer

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‘Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in Hope, in the power of the Holy Ghost’ (Rom. 15:13).

We all need to abound in Hope. Hope is the artist of the soul. Faith fills us with joy and peace, which brim over in Hope. When Faith brings from God’s word the materials of anticipation and expectation, Hope transfers the fair colors to her palette, and with a few deft dashes of her brush delineates the soul’s immortal and unfading hope. Faith thus excites Hope to her fairest work, until presently the walls of our soul become radiant with frescoes. Our faith rests on God’s word, and hope rests on faith, and such hope cannot be ashamed. It is the anchor of the soul, which enters that which is within the veil, and links us to the shores of eternity (Heb. 6:18, 19).

Faith rests on the promises of God. She does not calculate on feeling, is indifferent to emotion, but with both hands clings to some word of promise, and looking into God’s face, says: ‘ Thou canst not be unfaithful.’ W hen God has promised aught to thee, it is as certain as if thou hadst it in hand. Faith not only takes the word of God, and rests her weight on it, but often when hard-pressed goes beyond the Bible back to God himself, and argues that God is faithful and cannot deny himself. Because God is God, he must ever act worthily of himself.

It was thus that Moses argued when he was with him in the Holy Mount – to do thus, would not be worthy of thyself! (Num. 14:13-20). We may be assailed with a hundred questions of doubt in the day, but must no more notice them than a barking cur. A businessman once said that when he is convinced of the rightness of a certain course, he is sometimes assailed by doubts which arise like the cloud-mist of the valley, or the marsh gas from the swamp; but when thus tempted, he turns to the promises of God, often reading three or four chapters of the Old Testament. This brings him in touch with the eternal world, filling him with joy and peace and abounding hope in believing, through the power of the Holy Ghost. They shall not be ashamed that hope in him!

Prayer:
Make me, O Lord, to know the Hope of thy calling, the riches of the glory of thine inheritance in the saints, and the exceeding greatness of thy power toward them that believe. Above all, grant me the spirit of wisdom and rev- elation in the knowledge of thyself. Amen.

*Excerpted from Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer (Christian Heritage, 2010).

F. B. MeyerAbout F. B. Meyer:
On F. B. Meyer’s death in 1929 The Daily Telegraph called him ‘The Archbishop of the Free Churches’. The New York Observer noted that ‘He has an international fame and his services are constantly sought by churches over the wide and increasing empire of Christendom.’ To the secular press of his time he was a key player on the world scene. Meyer was the minister one of Britain’s first ‘megachurches’. He was friends with D. L. Moody and ministered on both sides of the Atlantic, mirroring in America what D. L. Moody was able to undertake in the U.K. He came from a conventional, middle class Victorian background and experienced no dramatic conversion. He was not a distinguished scholar or dramatic orator. His slight figure and retiring manner meant that he did not stand out in a crowd. Yet he drew crowds by the thousands, wrote books, which sold by the millions, and attracted working class people.The range of Meyer’s activities is astonishing: preacher, pastor, writer, social activist, free church leader, Baptist president, advocate for missionary work and more. In his last years, he declared, ‘If I had a hundred lives, they should be at Christ’s disposal.’ At times, it seemed as though he was living a hundred lives!

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Our Daily Walk: Daily Readings by F. B. Meyer is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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