Christian Love 6: His Love Fulfills

By Hugh Binning

Add to this another special mark of how great an excellence Paul puts on love, or Christian love.  but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith;” (1st Tim.1:5) If this were rightly thought on, I believe it would fill our hearts with astonishment, and faces with bewilderment, that we neglected the weightier matters of the law, and over stretched some other particular duties to fill up the place of this, which is the end, the fulfilling of the law.

It appears by this that Christian love is a cream of graces.  It is the spirit of and most perfect example extracted out of these cardinal graces, sincere faith, a good conscience, a pure heart.  It is true, the immediate end of the law, as it is now given to us, is to drive us to believe on Jesus Christ, as it is expressed in Roman 10:4. “For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” But this believing in Christ is not the last end of it.  Sincere faith in a Mediator is intentionally for this, to give the answer of a good conscience in the blood of Christ, and to purify the heart by the water of the Spirit, to bring about at last, by such a sweet encompassing, the righteousness of the law fulfilled by love in us, which by divine imputation is fulfilled in us.

 


Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning, Kindle, Loc 16431.[Language modernized in places by this site.]


Christian Love 7: The End of the Law

Christian Love 5: He Makes Peace

Excepts of Mercy

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Sweet Drops 5: He Rules our Hearts

By Richard Sibbes

Where Christ as a prophet teaches by his Spirit, he likewise as a king subdues the heart by his Spirit to obedience to what is taught. This is the teaching which is promised of God, when not only the brain but the heart itself is taught; when men do not only know what they should do but are taught the very doing of it.  They are not only taught that they should love, fear and obey, but they are taught love itself, and fear and obedience themselves.  Christ set up his throne in the very heart and alters its direction, so making his subjects good, together with teaching them to be good.  Other princes can make good laws, but they cannot write them in their people’s hearts (Jer. 31:33).  This is Christ’s prerogative: he infuses into his subjects his own Spirit.  On him there does not only rest the spirit of wisdom and understanding, but likewise the spirit of the fear of the Lord ( Isa. 11:2).  The knowledge which we have of Him from Himself is a transforming knowledge (2nd Cor.3:18).  The same Spirit who enlightens the mind inspires gracious inclinations into the will and affections and infuses strength into the whole man.  As a gracious man judges as he should, so he inclines to and does as he judges.  His life is a commentary on his inward man.  There is a sweet harmony among God’s truth, his judgment, and his whole life.

 


Excerpt from Works of Richard Sibbes, Loc. 1789,  [Language modernized in places by this site]


Excepts of Mercy

Sweet Drops: This is 5

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Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:1

By R.C. Chapman

Let him kiss me with kisses of His mouth; for Your love is better than wine. Song of Solomon 1:1

You “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (1st Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16), we may speak with You freely, for You are the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 5:12) –You are our Friend—Beloved; Your Church nestles in the bosom of Your love.  We are Your bones and Your flesh (Ephesians 5:30). In eternal love with tender pity You rejoice over us, and cleave to Your Church, Which is Your body; we are many members, Lord; the one body.  You say, in a manner, we are Your very self.

Lord, Your glory does not confound us. You are our Great High Priest, bearing the iniquity of [even] our holy things.  Therefore, poor and needy, we draw near; and You sprinkle us with Your own blood, and raise us to yet greater and greater boldness of faith.—Oh my soul! The bolder, the humbler.  Consider who you speak with.  He doesn’t love to keep a dignified aloofness.  He is the Son of Man, the Son of God; the “friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18: 24): Coming to know Him will bring worship, reverence, confidence, love.

His heart yearns over you, my soul; and He takes it well, and a kindness, that you long after Him. He counts it the honor due to His name, when you with joy and love and all holy confidence cry out: “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth.”  He doesn’t forget that He is your husband.  Are you weary of all things but Him? Happy soul! This was light from Himself:  He gave it to you.  So is your own darkness felt, and all things under the sun vanity to you.  Yet! He has not taken your idols and left you with nothing:  He will fill you with Himself.

You may command Him; your weakness has power and will prevail; and if He seems not to answer for a while, or even so much as give you a good word or kind look, be sure to believe His truth and tender heart. Hope against Hope; in good time He, by powers of the Spirit, the Comforter, will so fill and overwhelm you with His love, that you will find your heart too narrow for the full tide of His kindness and comfort after you had been disappointed.

 


Excerpt from Meditations on the Song of Solomon, Kindle, Loc. 52 [Language modernized in some places by this site.][ ] added by this site for clarity.


Excerpts of Mercy

Meditations on the Song of Solomon: This is 1:1.

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Some Drops of Sweetness 3

By Richard Sibbes

 

God calls him here his servant.  Christ was God’s servant in the greatest piece of service there ever was, a chosen and the choice servant who did and suffered all by commission from the Father.  In this we may see the sweet love of God to us, in the way he counts the work of our salvation by Christ his greatest service, and in that he will put his only beloved Son to that service.  He might well prefix it with “Behold” to raise up our thoughts to the highest pitch of attention and admiration.  In time of temptation, apprehensive consciences look so much to the present trouble they are in that they need to be roused up to behold him in whom they may find rest for their distressed souls.

In temptations it is safest to behold nothing but Christ the true brazen serpent, the true “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”, (John 1:29).  This saving object[Christ] has a special influence of comfort to the soul, especially if we look not only on Christ, but also upon the Father’s authority and love in him.  For in all that Christ did and suffered as Mediator, we must see God in him reconciling the world to himself (2nd Cor. 5:19).

What a support to our faith is this,  that God the Father, the One offended by our sins, is so well pleased with the work of redemption!  And what a comfort is this, that, seeing God’s love rests on Christ, as well pleased in him, we may gather that he is as well pleased with us, if we be in Christ!  His love rests in a whole Christ, in Christ mystical, as well as Christ natural, because he loves him and us with one love.  Let us, embrace Christ, and in him God’s love, and build our faith safely on such a Savior who is given so high a commission.

See here, for our comfort, a sweet agreement of all three persons: The Father gives a commission to Christ; the Spirit gives to and adds holiness to it, and Christ himself executes the office of a mediator.  Our redemption is founded on the joint agreement of all three persons of the Trinity.

 


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Excerpts of Mercy

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Richard Baxter

The Conviction of Sin

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Hugh Binning

Christ’s Righteousness

Christian Love: T.O.C.

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John Bunyan

Merciful Appeal to Sinners

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R.C. Chapman

Meditations on the Song of Solomon: T.O.C.

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Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, Ch. 1

Thomas Manton’s Merciful Appeals

John Newton “Benefit of Affliction”

John Newton “Those mistakes, blemishes and faults in others”

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Richard Sibbes Sweet Drops:

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Life of Faith: T.O.C.

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Some Drops of Sweetness 2

By Richard Sibbes

 

 

“God in Christ would save us by a triumphant and abundant love and mercy  and, the Spirit of God never goes but where there is a magnifying of the love and mercy of God in Christ; therefore the ministry of the gospel, which only reveals the kindness and love of God to mankind, being now reconciled in Christ, the gospel is accompanied with the Spirit, to assure us of our own inclusion and taking in of those benefits, for the Spirit is the fruit of God’s love as well as Christ. Christ is the first gift, and the Spirit is the second, therefore the part of the word that reveals God’s exceeding love to mankind, leaving angels when they were fallen, in their cursed state, and yet giving his Son to become man, and “a curse” for us for the revealing of this love and mercy of God, and his Son Christ to us, is joined with the Spirit.  For by the Spirit we see our cursed state without the love and mercy of God in Christ, and likewise we are convinced of the love of God in Christ, and thereupon we love God again, and trust his mercy, and out of love to him we are enabled to all cheerful obedience. Whatever else we do, if it is not stirred by the Spirit, apprehending the love of God in Christ, it is but morality.  A man shall never go to heaven but by such a disposition and state of mind and soul as is worked by the Holy Spirit, persuading the soul first of the love and favor of God in Christ.  What are all our doings if they aren’t out of love to God?  And how shall we love God except we be persuaded that he loves us first?  Therefore the gospel brings forth love in us to God, and this love has the Spirit with it, working a blessed state of growing in holiness, whereby we are inclined to every good duty. Therefore if we would have the Spirit of God, let us think, meditate and believe on the sweet promises of salvation, upon the doctrine of Christ, Himself; for together with the knowledge of these things, the Holy Spirit slides, insinuates, and infuses himself into our souls.”

 

 


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Covering Our Righteousness

I would like to introduce you to Hugh Binning.  I strongly believe it was through reading His writings and the psalms, and meeting with my brother encouraging one another to Jesus, That the Lord finally broke through to me.  I finally trusted in the mercy and goodness of God to save me, and the righteousness I needed from Christ to cover not only my sin but even my own righteousness.  This may be hard reading, but I believe some may be extremely blessed by reading it. — Paul

This is an excerpt from his common domain writings:  The Whole Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning; Heart-Humiliation; Sermon 10

   The whole will of God concerning your duty may be summed up in two, John has one of them 1st John 3:23, “And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment,”  and Paul has another to the Thessalonians 1st-4:3 “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.”  And these two make up this text, so that it unites both gospel and law.  The commandment of the law comes forth, and it has found that we have broken and are guilty, that we cannot answer for one of a thousand.   The law entering makes sin abound.  Our inability, yes, impossibility of obedience is more discovered.  Well, then, the gospel proclaims the Lord Jesus Christ for the Savior of sinners, and commands us, under pain of damnation, to believe in him, –to cast our souls on him, as one able to save, as one who has obeyed the law for us, so that this command of believing in Christ is answerable to all the breaches of the law, and tends to make them up in Christ.  When he proclaimed the law on mount Sinai, with terror, that which you are in the first instance to obey, for all these we have broken, but It has a gospel command in its bosom, it leads to Jesus Christ, and if ye could read the mind of God in it, you would resolve all these commands which condemn you and curse you, into one command of believing in the Son, that you may be saved from that condemnation.  And if you obey this command, which is his last command, and most decisive, then are the breaches of the rest is fulfilled, though not in your obedience, yet in Christ’s which is better than ours.  Believing in Christ presents God with a perfect righteousness, with an obedience even to death of the cross.  When a sinner hears the holy and spiritual sense of the law, and sees it in the light of God’s holiness, O how vile must he appear to himself!  What original pollution, what actual pollution, what a fountain within, what uncleanness in streams without, will discover itself!  Now, when the most part of men get any sight of this, presently they fall a washing and cleansing themselves, or hiding their filthiness.  And what water do they use?  Their own tears and sorrows, their own resolutions, their own reformations.  But alas, we are still plunged in our own filthiness; that is still clear, because all that is as foul as that we would have washed away.  What garments do men take to hide themselves ordinarily?  Is it not their own righteousness?  Is it not a skirt of some duty that is spread over transgressions?  Do they not think their sins hid, if they can mourn and pray for a time?  Their consciences are eased by reflection upon this.  But alas, your iniquity is still clearly there, and counted.

Your righteousness is as a vile garment, as a menstrual cloth (Isaiah 64:6) as well as your unrighteousness, how then will it cover your nakedness?  Seeing it is so then, what is the Lord’s mind concerning our cleansing?  Seeing stretched out hands and many prayers will not do it, what is there to do?  The Lord has shown you what to do, and that is, that you do nothing in relation to that end, that you should try to wash away the least spot by all your repentance.  Yet, you must be washed and made clean, and the water is made new to you, even the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses from all sin.  Wash in this blood, and you will be made clean.  And what is it to wash in this blood?  It is to believe in Christ Jesus, to lay hold on the all sufficient virtue of it, to trust our souls to it, as a sufficient ransom for all our sins, to spread the covering of Christ’s righteousness over all our righteousness and unrighteousness, as having both alike need to be hid from his holy eyes.  Jesus Christ “came by water and by blood,” (1st John 5:6), by water to make holy, and by blood to justify, by the power and cleansing virtue of the Holy Spirit, to take away sin in the being of it, and by virtue of his blood, to take away sin in the guilt and condemnation of it.

God’s Mercy Revealed

John 3:16

   For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


 

This is the mercy of God revealed for us.  God so loves us that He incredibly humbled and lowered Himself to become a man.  God the Father sent His own Son to become a merciful exchange for us.  His Son Jesus lived the life we could and can never live in ourselves.  He lived a perfectly righteous and Father-pleasing life in our place.  Jesus chose to be so greatly lowered as to die a humiliating and excruciatingly painful death process because of mercy and love.  He gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice, the only acceptable and sufficient sacrifice for us.

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Jesus takes our sin on Himself.  In exchange, He gives us His perfect righteousness and His Spirit, creating a new creation with His perfection within.  We as individual persons all need this merciful exchange worked within us.  We are all sinners; we all miss the mark.  We all fall short of the perfect righteousness required as to be in the presence of such a Holy, pure God.  We must be covered and credited with the perfection of Jesus: His righteousness, His obedience, His faith, His love.  We have absolutely no righteousness, obedience, faith, or love of our own to offer.

We must allow the infinitely powerful yet very gentle Spirit of God to draw us to this working of the merciful exchange for and within us.  God (Father, Son, Spirit) is good, merciful, gracious, and loving beyond our best thoughts of Him.  Trust God that he wants to save whomever will come to Him.  He desires all to be saved and come to know His mercy and love.  (1st Timothy 2:4)

Will you trust this good and all powerful God of the universe?  Please reject and turn away from your own corrupted, and damaged thought processes.  Trust the enlightening and illuminating Spirit of God to change your thought processes into those receptive of this most eminent gift.

You may be hesitant to give up control of your life.  To find new life and escape eternal destruction, you have to dive or allow yourself to fall into His mercy and care.  You will have to say to yourself “if I perish, I perish, Jesus is my only hope.” He will save the needy, poor, and desperate who cry out and continue to cry out to him.  I hope that as we think about His goodness and graciousness together, you will dive into His infinite ocean of mercy and love. I am confident you will come to experience His love if you persistently seek Him.

 


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Wrestling a Good God

I have come to love the psalms. The psalms to me are a window into the heart of God, a window into seeing the connecting of His heart with ours.  I’ve been thinking a lot about depressed saints lately.  I would like to help, however I know for some, depression is no easy fix. I too have a strong bent to depression.  Most often after reading the psalms after thinking and meditating on God’s heart and character through reading the psalms, I am left more encouraged, less depressed.  His loving kindness and graciousness are communicated to me, and my joy is increased.   I am not trying to convince a depressed brother or sister of a miraculous or instant transformation from deep depression to great joy through reading the psalms, but I do believe there is an increased joy and decreased depression in the reading of and seeking of God through His psalms written for our encouragement.  We see the truth of struggle, defeat, mercy, forgiveness and restoration within the psalms.  We see the delusions of the perfect and the proud.  We see God and ourselves His children more accurately, which helps heal us from the lies we have believed.

 

Psalm 119: 68

You are good, and do good. Teach me your statutes.

 

In the psalms you see very often, the children of God approaching God in a certain way. “I know You are good God, and You do good.  Now do good for me, teach me your statues.  I want to know your goodness personally to me.  Teach me personally of your goodness to me.”  Or “ I know You are merciful, show mercy to me, reveal Your mercy to me, in a way personally understood and sensed by me, by my heart.”

God, I am convinced, is desirous that all His children come to Him and wrestle with Him in faith as Jacob did. Those who are convinced of His mercy, wrestle with Him in prayer, in seeking, in reading, in meditating on Him, to find and experience more of His mercy and goodness to them.

All God’s redeemed children are credited with the righteousness and goodness of Jesus. In a sense we are always close to God, and He to us, through Jesus.  In a practical felt way we may however feel and sense a great distance between us and our Lord.  I have noticed when I am the most depressed; the more likely I am to believe the lies of hopelessness, communicated to us by the enemy.  These are the times when wrestling with God, in His word and with His Spirits gentle help is most needed.  More exposure to God is needed to compensate for the extra resistance to His message of good news and hope, because of my depression.  More exposure to Him and His truth is needed to combat the lies of the enemy.  God is good, God is merciful, may we wrestle with Him, trusting Him, as long as it takes to know and sense His goodness and mercy to us more.