March 2007


Yet another step of Christ’s love, for like the waters of the sanctuary it rises higher: that Christ’s love should not cease at the hour of death! We write in our letters, “your friend till death.” But Christ wrote in another style, “your Friend after death!” Christ died once, but loves forever. He is not testifying His affection to us. He is making the mansions ready for us, John 14:2. He is interceding for us, Hebrews 7:25. He appears in the court as the Advocate for the client. When He has finished dying, yet He has not finished loving. What a stupendous love was here! Who can meditate upon this and not be in ecstasy? Well may the apostle call it “a love that passes knowledge,” Ephesians 3:19. When you see Christ broken in the Sacrament, think of this love. Dr. Thomas Watson, 1665

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John Willison’s Sacramental Catechism was the first book that I have turned to this week in preparation for the Lord’s Supper this coming Sabbath. My particular copy is quite special to me. My great friend, Shawn Anderson bought it for me about 6 years ago. It is a second edition and in very nice shape.

The book is a great way to begin preparation for a communion season since it is full of Scripture references and thoughts on how to best prepare and examine yourself. Willison discusses the need for the communicant to have grace before coming to the Lord’s table. The Supper is a spiritual feast and one must have an appetite before one comes to a feast. Dead men and men who have no hunger do not have a need or a desire for a great feast. So too, the Lord’s Supper is for quickened men and men with a hunger for more grace.

In this week before partaking of this heavenly meal, I am called to search my heart to look for two things. Do I have grace that has resulted in saving faith? Do I have a hunger for greater love and communion with the Lord Jesus Christ?

What is in your heart?

He who, in reading the Bible, has accumulated numerous promises to be readily available upon becoming subject to a trial has a great advantage (II: 619).
Therefore read your Bible frequently, and accustom yourself to find a promise or an example for every occasion, and you will experience that evil will neither grieve you, cause your faith to waver, nor cause you to be in despair and to be discouraged (II: 619).

This Lord’s Day we will finish A Treatise on Christian Love by Reverend Hugh Binning. We will be moving into our next book, All Things for Good by Thomas Watson. Dr. Watson originally published this work in 1663 under the title, A Divine Cordial. I have an electronic copy that I am willing to send anyone that would like it. The Banner of Truth edition will set you back about $6.00!

We will meet this Lord’s Day following evening worship at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. There will be a fellowship meal during the discussion. Please bring a dish to pass.

The issue of whether or not Christians should use birth control is quite a topic! Without the details, it has been discussed from various angles in my home. I cannot say that I have the final word on the issue, nor do I think that it is a closed debate. But it is worth reading on from all angles. Here Douglas Wilson gives his understanding of the debate. I must say, it is quite balanced (believe it or not).

Birth Control and the Christian

As Confessional Christians, both Reformed and Presbyterian believers hold to documents that summarize the teachings of Scripture. Why do we do this? Is this necessary? Does this contradict sola scriptura? There are many questions that one must ask before signing on to a Confessional position.

The Confessing Church by Dr. Pipa is a worthy read.

The picture is Jerusalem Chamber in

Westminster Abbey.

This is where the Westminster Standards were written.

The object of uprightness is the will of God. God has revealed to His church in the law what He enjoins and what He forbids. The upright person embraces this will willingly and joyfully as being the will of God–without any exception as far as matter, manner, time, or place are concerned (III: 429).

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