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Assurance: When and How Are We Sealed By the Spirit?

When and how the believer is sealed with the Spirit is the question. Many of the Puritans and certain of their contemporary disciples, agreeing that sealing is the assuring of the sealed of their salvation, contend that the sealing is a work of the Spirit that follows faith in Christ in time, often after many […]

Biblical Doctrine: When Are We Sealed By the Holy Spirit?

We learn the truth about assurance especially from three passages, or kinds of passages, of Scripture. The first is those texts that teach the sealing work of the Spirit. Several texts teach that the Spirit seals the believer, including II Corinthians 1:21, 22; Ephesians 1:13, 14; and Ephesians 4:30. Ephesians 1:13, 14 is the most […]

Sin, the Practical Blasphemy

“Sin is the Practical-blasphemy of all the name of God. It is the Dare of His Justice, the Rape of Hi Mercy, the Jeer of His patience, the Slight of His Power, the Contempt of His Love: It is every way contrary to God.” – Samuel Bolton, Sin, p. 25.

Hiding God’s Word In Our Hearts

“Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11). Meditate upon the Word: do not study it in a cursory manner, or content yourselves with a slight taste, or a little volatile affection; but ponder it seriously, that it may enter into your very heart. Hasty and […]

A Precious Truth Worth More than A World

Thomas Brooks: “Know for your comfort that this imputed righteousness of Christ will answer to all the fears, doubts, and objections of your souls. How shall I look up to God? The answer is “in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.” How shall I have any communion with a holy God in this world? The answer […]

Three Sad Sights

There are three sad sights with which our eyes should continually affect our hearts. The first is to behold in every place so many profane and dissolute ones who bear the very image of Satan, the face of whose conversation plainly discovers what they are and where they are going (Philippians 3:18-19). These look like […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: Praise & Thanksgiving

O my God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow. When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten […]

A Blow At the Root of Antinomianism

Monergism has released a free e-Book by puritan John Flavel entitled A Blow At the Root of Antinomianism. It is excellent (of course!). Highly recommended reading. Table of Contents 1. The Rise of Antinomianism. 2. The Doctrinal Errors of Antinomianism. 3. Error 1: Justification from Eternity. 4. Error 2: Faith a Believing we are Justified. […]

Christmas Books

If you know me, you know I love books. Old ones. Ones written by dead guys…and a very, very, very few live ones. But…if you were going to recommend a book, as a gift, to one that you loved for (not necessarily about) Christmas, what would it be? You tell us your recommendation(s), and we’ll […]

Reconstruction: The Conquest of the Southern Mind

The North defeated the South in war, crushed and humiliated it in peace, and waged war against it a war of intellectual and spiritual conquest. In this conquest the North fixed upon the South the stigma of war guilt, of slave guilt, of treason and thereby shook the faith of its people in their way […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: Man’s Great End

Lord of all being, There is one thing that deserves my greatest care, that calls forth my ardent desires, That is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made – to glorify thee who hast given me being, and to do all the good I can for my fellow men; Verily, […]

Language of Those Who Neglect the Bible

No man will ever voluntarily neglect to make himself acquainted with the contents of a message sent to him by one whom he acknowledges as his superior, or on whom he feels himself to be dependent. Let a subject receive a communication from his acknowledged sovereign, and as it claims, so it will receive his […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: God Enjoyed

Thou Incomprehensible But Prayer-hearing God, Known, but beyond knowledge, revealed, but unrevealed, my wants and welfare draw me to thee, for thou hast never said, ‘Seek ye me in vain’. To Thee I come in my difficulties, necessities, distresses;   possess me with thyself,     with a spirit of grace and supplication,     with a […]

Our Lord Reigns!

Christ has made a conquest over the evil powers (angels), prevailing absolutely against them, and they are put in subjection to Him forever. They are subjected to Him as to their present actings and future condition. He now rules over them and will hereafter finally judge them. And in so far as in His holiness […]

Contentment and The Mercies of God

We should consider, in all our wants and inclinations to discontent, the greatness of the mercies that we have, and the meanness of the things we lack. The things we lack, if we are godly, are things of very small moment in comparison to the things we have, and the things we have are things […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: The Great God

O Fountain of All Good, Destroy in me every lofty thought, Break pride to pieces and scatter it to the winds. Annihilate each clinging shred of     self-righteousness, Implant in us true lowliness of spirit, Abase me to self-loathing and self-abhorrence, Open in me a fount of penitential tears, Break me, then bind me up; […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: God The Source of All Good

O Lord God, Who inhabitest eternity, The heavens declare thy glory, The earth thy riches, The universe is thy temple; Thy presence fills immensity, Yet thou hast of thy pleasure created life,     and communicated happiness; Thou hast made me what I am,     and given me what I have; In thee I live and […]

Does Not Sin Sit Light?

This is the cause of no small mischief to our souls. This is the cause why Christ is no more precious, and the promises no more sweet, because sin sits so light. Why can we hear the Gospel as a common, lovely thing, and be but little affected with it? If you could get a […]

Why the Wine?

But why did He [Christ] add wine also to this supper and command us to drink thereof in remembrance of Him? I answer, this addition was for a very good reason, for thereby a further mystery of our salvation by His bloody death is explained. First, consider that man’s natural life is not maintained by […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: God The All

O God Whose will conquers all, There is no comfort in anything apart from       enjoying thee     and being engaged in thy service; Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what     to me thou makest them, and no more. I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is,     or […]

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