Life of Faith 21: Turn the Valve

By Richard Sibbes   Two things are opposite to this life of faith. One, Despair.  This cuts the pillars of hope.  Against many, as Luther for one, have been tempted to despair, but yet setting on the work, have overcome.  So the Israelites were afraid, upon the evil report of the spies of Canaan; but [...]

Christian Love 30: Righteousness, Mercy, and Intercession

By Hugh Binning We will not be curious in the ranking of the duties in which Christian love should exercise itself.  All the commandments of the second table are but branches of it: they might be reduced all to the works of righteousness and of mercy.  But truly these are interwoven through each other.  Though [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2.8

By R.C. Chapman “The voice of my Beloved! Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.” (Song of Solomon 2:8)   I know Your voice; Lord, You have made me know it: Your good Spirit gave me an ear to hear! It is by grace I differ from those whom the god [...]

Life of Faith 19: His Promises, Life, and Victory

By Richard Sibbes   Therefore he will take courage for any duty, to encounter and resist any sin; on this ground, as he should say, "Don't I have a storehouse of strength to go to? Isn't he full of grace and goodness? Aren't all his works done for us ? Don't I have so many, [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:6

By R.C. Chapman "His left hand is under my head, and His right hand embraces me." (Song of Solomon 2:6) Tenderly, my Lord, is how You deal with me; in love You cherish me, even as a man loves and cherishes his own body; for in reality Your church and Yourself are not two, but [...]

Life of Faith 18: Looking to Him for All

By Richard Sibbes   let's see some trials to discern whether we live this life of faith in sanctification. If it is this way with us, There will he a setting of ourselves under Christ's government in all things.  Faith will do all that Christ commands, depending upon him for strength; and the one who [...]

Christian Love 27: Love is Real Light and Life

By Hugh Binning   Love is real light, light and life, light and heat both. “When your fathers did execute judgment, and relieve the oppressed, wasn't this to know me? says the Lord,” (Jeremiah 22:15-16).  The practice of the most common things, out of the love of God, and respect to his commands, is more real and [...]

R.C. Chapmans S.O.S. 2.4-5

By R.C. Chapman   "Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.   Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love." (Song of Solomon 2:4-5) Have you been left, O my soul, to your own will, and the way of your own wisdom, could you ever have [...]

Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

By Richard Sibbes   Thus we seek every day to live our lives, as we not only live the life of faith in justification, but also of sanctification; how out of Christ’s fullness to attain and give to us grace for grace. Therefore in all our wants we go to him still.  He is not [...]