[This is the first of a series on sanctification by Thomas Boston.] 1 CORINTHIANS 6:11.—But ye are sanctified—by the Spirit of our God. IN this verse the apostle tells the believing Corinthians. 1. What some of them sometime were, such, viz. as those, ver. 9, 10. ‘fornicators, idolators, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind,Continue reading “Boston: But Ye Are Sanctified”
You see, then, the nature of true repentance; you see how different it is from the flimsy restraints, the unbelieving and fruitless mental horrors, the outward mortifications and observances, the professed sorrow without real amendment, and the self-righteous feelings and doings which are substituted for the atonement of Christ, or for the justifying grace ofContinue reading “Foote: Repentance Should Be Your Daily Work”
Genuine repentance, farther, cannot be without faith in the Redeemer. Without this, repentance can only be the sorrow of the world that worketh death. Natural convictions of sin may, and indeed must, arise before there is any true religion: but, in order to convictions of that kind being of any use, there must be aContinue reading “Foote: Repentance..Redeemer..Gift”
But there is one other lesson from this passage, on which I am especially desirous of fixing your attention, namely, the necessity of genuine repentance. Our Lord himself here says twice, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Consider, then, what is implied in repentance unto salvation; and seek to become possessed of it.Continue reading “Foote: The Necessity of Genuine Repentance”
“The profession of our faith is made by deed.”
After some Divines were being unjustly charged of antinomianism, Robert Traill wrote this letter originally “TO A MINISTER IN THE COUNTRY”. “The party here suspected of Antinomianism, do confidently protest, before God, angels, and men, That they espouse no new doctrine about the grace of God and justification, and the other coincident points, but whatContinue reading “Robert Traill: No Justification In Our Holiness”
“If he drinks wine pure, and not mingled with water, he hath performed his duty.”
“We are not, however, to imagine, that the doctrine of the covenant of works was repeated, in order to set up again such a covenant with the Israelites, in which they were to seek for righteousness and salvation. For we have already proved, book i. chap. ix. sect. 20. that this could not possibly beContinue reading “Herman Witsius: Moses Is Not The Covenant of Works”
“BETTER THAN WINE HIS LOVE For thy love is better than wine.—Wine is the highest of the luxuries of earth, and is here used to comprehend them all; even as the ‘banquet of wine’ at which Esther entertained her consort and king was obviously a feast of the choicest delicacies, ‘the banquet which she hadContinue reading “For Thy Love Is Better Than Wine”
THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH WE have now brought to a close our argument on the subject of Church power in reference to public worship viewed generally. Following out the order of discussion already indicated, we have next to consider the question of when and how often public worship is statedly to be celebrated. If public worshipContinue reading “James Bannerman: The Christian Sabbath”
“THERE is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel but the Lord’s day, which is the Christian Sabbath.
Festival days, vulgarly called Holy-days, having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued.”
Westminster Directory for the Publick Worship of God
In other words, infant Baptism is not infant regeneration or justification, any more than in the instance of adults. The Baptism with water to a child is not the same thing as the birth by the Spirit. It is not a supernatural charm.