R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 1:15

By R.C. Chapman

“Behold, thou art fair; my love; behold, thou art fair: thou hast doves’ eyes.” –Song of Solomon 1:15

What though the law in my members be vile and corrupt? Thou, Lord dost teach me to hate the evil I do, and love the good I do not. Thou dost sprinkle me with Thy blood, and purge my conscience from dead works; and I can say before Thee, who knowest all things, it is no more I, but sin that dwelleth in me.  Sweet is my liberty, and holy and good, notwithstanding the flesh within me.

Mine outcry, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver?” –Romans 7:24, be tokens my freedom—slaves bend the knee and flatter; freemen fill their land with complaints upon a bare word of tyranny and while oppression is yet far off.  Lord, I comfort myself with double comfort.  I say within me, Consider, my soul, how that in thy weakness thy Lord’s glory in manifest, His strength made perfect! In this I rejoice! Yea, and will rejoice.

Moreover, my soul, know thou the day makes haste to come when that which is in part shall be done away; this body of death is not forever; but the workmanship of the Spirit of Christ shall endure forever; for “The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and the days of the mourning shall be ended.”—Isaiah 60:12

O my soul! In the first man, Adam, thou wast, with him, earthly, sensual, and devilish—in the Second Man, the Lord from heaven, thou art quickened and justified, and body and spirit shall be made like Him, free of infirmity and all pollution; thy conscience shall ever be pure—thine affections only love—thy body, once a house of clay, shall be fashioned like unto the glorious body of Thy Lord, and all thy members, once instruments of unrighteousness, shall forever be the instruments of love; Thy whole understanding, wondrously enlarged, shall know the riches of Christ, thy Lord, to be unsearchable!

O my Lord! While yet at home in the body I long after the deep humbleness of mind which shall beautify and be the holiness of thy glorified Church! Thou canst look on me as if I were already glorified with Thee. Thy love moves Thee to say, “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair: Thou hast doves’ eyes.”—Song of Solomon 1:15

 

Life of Faith 9: The Ground of Faith

By Richard Sibbes

…Justification is not only a sentence of pardon, but it is also as in Roman 5:15, a title to life everlasting:

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they who receive the abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by Jesus Christ.”

Where God pardons, he advances.  So if Satan shall come to shake my title, to shake this faith, assure him that Christ came to save sinners.  If he object, “your title is nothing, it is stained, being that you have so many sins and corruptions within your mortal body.”  answer him, “This just serves my faith for comfort, to show me that my title is in Christ.” my strength and ground of comfort is in him, not in myself.

See one parallel example, how David lived this life of faith in justification:

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, who shall stand?(Psalm 130:3)

There he pronounces death on himself unless he be acquitted, and so it is in our case.  But then comes the appeal:

“But mercy is with you, that you may be feared.”

Think on this yourself.  If a man is sound on this point, all he does is nothing.  This is all in all.  Our sanctification without this is nothing.  This is the ground of all.  Be careful of this, to look to Christ’s obedience, life, death, and sufferings, and those comforts flowing from our interest therein.

 

 


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Christian Love 11: Love Does Nothing Inappropriate

By Hugh Binning

1st Corinthians 13  5 —doesn’t behave itself inappropriately,..

Then Love does nothing unseemly, “doesn’t behave itself inappropriately,” 1st Cor. 13.5. Vanity and swelling of mind will certainly breakout into some inappropriate carrying of one’s self, such as vain and conceited estimation, and similar things, but love keeps a sweetness and tastefulness in all its ways, so as not to provoke and irritate others, not to expose itself to contempt and mockery.  Or it may be said, it is not disagreeable, It doesn’t account itself disgraced and abused, to associate and be friendly with men in a low state.  It can with its Master bow down to wash the disciple’s feet, and not think it unseemly.  Whatever it submits to in doing or suffering, it is not ashamed of it, as that it were not suitable or becoming.

 

 

 

 


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Christian Love 7: The End of the Law

By Hugh Binning

Referring to 1st Tim. 1:5

but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith;

Now consider the context, and it will yield much edification.  Some teachers (1st Tim. 1:4) occupied themselves and others in endless genealogies, which, though they contained some truth in them, yet they were perplexing, and brought no edification to souls.  Curiosity might go round in such debates, and bewilder itself as in a labyrinth, but they rather multiplied disputes instead of bringing true growth in holiness in the faith and love of God and men.  Now, Paul says, they completely mistake the end of the law, of the doctrine of scripture.  The end and great purpose of it is love, which proceeds from faith in Christ, purifying the heart.  This is the sum of all to worship God in faith and purity, and to love one another.  And whatever debates and questions seem to breach this bond, and have no eminent and remarkable benefit to them, suppose they are matters of conscience, yet the using of them for prosecuting of love, is clearly violence against the law of God, which is the rule of conscience.  It is perverting scripture and conscience to a wrong end.  I say the charity and Christian love should be the greatest rule of all our actions towards men.  From this rule all our actions should be formed.  I am persuaded if this rule were followed, the present differences in judgment of godly men, about things that only bring about questions, would soon be buried in the gulf of Christian affection.

 


Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning, Kindle Edition, Loc. 16440, [Language modernized in places by this site]


Christian Love 8 : Greatness of Love

Christian Love 6: His Love Fulfills

Excepts of Mercy

 

Sweet Drops 7: The Best Love

By Richard Sibbes

Knowledge and affection mutually help one another, it is good to keep up affections of love and delight by all sweet inducements and divine encouragements; for what the heart likes best, the mind studies most. Those that can bring their hearts to delight in Christ know most of his ways.  Wisdom loves him that loves her.  Love is the best entertainer of truth; and when it is not entertained in the love of it (2nd Thess. 2:10), lovely as it is, it leaves the heart, and will stay no longer.  It has been a successful way of corrupting the judgment, to begin by withdrawing love, because as we love, so we tend to judge.  And therefore it is hard to be affectionate and wise in earthly things.  But in heavenly things, where there has been a right informing of the judgment before, the more our affections grow, the better and clearer our judgments will be, because our affections, though strong, can never rise enough to reach the excellency of the things.  We see the martyrs, when the sweet doctrine of Christ had once gained their hearts, it could not be removed again by all the torments the wit of cruelty could devise.  If Christ has once possessed the affections, there is no dispossessing of him again.  A fire in the heart overcomes all fires without.

 


Excerpt from Works of Richard Sibbes, Kindle, Loc. 1957


Excepts of Mercy

Sweet Drops: This is 7

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Our Humiliation

Philippians 3:20-21

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

 


 

Though most all of us live as if we are in denial.  We are now in bodies of our humiliation.  We are as caterpillars wrapped within the natural bodies of this fallen world.  Many and even many believers will attempt to convince us to seek our own greatness rising out of the great mass of mediocrity.  Seeking an image of excellence, of beauty, of dignity, even perfection not possible for us now.  Seeking to carry themselves with a false honor and dignity, which is above them.  This seeking is not good.  We are as if worms loving distinction, loving honor and glory for ourselves.  Seeking glory in our own shame.   One worm attempting to lift itself to a place of honor and dignity above the other worms.  We become those who love judging, love making distinction, attempting to accentuate our own greatness and worthiness over others, and at the expense of love, mercy, and graciousness.

Not content in the humiliation of our present condition.  This humiliation which should be graciously accepted as our low position right now.  Accepting ourselves and others in this common low state as brothers and sisters.  Encouraging one another to look to the true Excellent One, Distinguished One, Great One.  The One and only hope of our great escape from this cocoon of corruption and destruction.  Let’s not deceive ourselves, that the freeing from this cocoon occurs in our natural lives.  We are able to receive a new life, receive the Excellent One within us, however it is almost as if He is trapped within the cocoon of our own sinful selves, to a great degree.  We can with hope look to that day of our total freeing, when Jesus will be fully glorified for all to see, and we will be glorified with Him.

We can look to Jesus, look to God, (Father, Son, Spirit) for our change. Accepting His true judgment, rather than attempting to create our own imaginary distinctions.  [ 11 Behold, all those who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded.  Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.  12 You will seek them, and won’t find them, even those who contend with you.  Those who war against you will be as nothing, as a non-existent thing.  13 For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.  I will help you.’ 14 Don’t be afraid, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel.  I will help you,” says Yahweh, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.  (Isaiah 41:11-14)]

 


 

Not Forgotten

God’s children will not be forgotten by Him.  He will pursue us and remind us of Himself.  His faithfulness ties us to Himself.  We who have been bound to Him, by His own faithfulness can be reassured. 2nd Timothy 2:13 “ If we are faithless,    He remains faithful.    He can’t deny himself.” He is a faithful […]

Life of Faith: T.O.C.

By Richard Sibbes

(1577-1635)

Known as the “Sweet Dropper” for his gracious words of encouragement.

Life of Faith 1: The Spring of Life

Life of Faith 2: A Better Life

Life of Faith 3: God’s Strong Working

Life of Faith 4: He is Life

Life of Faith 5: He is Life and Light

Life of Faith 6: Faith Conveys Life

Life of Faith 7: Faith Throughout

Life of Faith 8: He Justifies Us Daily

Life of Faith 9: The Ground of Faith

Life of Faith 10: Repentance, Confession, and Joy

Life of Faith 11: The Justified Highly Value the Justifier

Life of Faith 12: Our City of Refuge

Life of Faith 13: Finding Joy in Justification