Christian Love 33: Love Speaks Goodness

By Hugh Binning   Where there is a purity of truth, but also accompanied with envying, bitter strife, rigid judging, wrangling, and such like, then it is defiled and corrupted by the mixture of vile and base affections, ascending out of the manure pile of the flesh.  The vapors of our lusts arising up to [...]

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R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:9

By R.C. Chapman “My Beloved is like a roe, or a young hart: behold, He stands behind our wall, He looks forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice.”  (Song of Solomon 2:9) The heavens have received my Lord! By His own blood He passed into them, and has set down at the right [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

By Richard Sibbes   With justification of necessity comes sanctification.  What will stop God's mercy?  His anger for sin committed; in that case, he would deny his Spirit.  With reconciliation also comes the Spirit: as in Ephesians 1:13, the apostle says, "In whom also, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of [...]

Life of Faith 14: Christ Justifies and Sanctifies Us

By Richard Sibbes   The life of faith in sanctification, springs from these grounds: Faith lays hold on Christ, as God offers him.  How is this?  See 1st Corinthians 1:30—"Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."  God gives Christ, not [...]