Would you be free from your burden of sin?

Would you be free from your burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Refrain
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow,
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Lewis E Jones (1899)
29 Apr 2019

 

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed

Alas! and did my Saviour bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
[ originally, For such a worm as I?]

Refrain

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature's sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
'Tis all that I can do.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
(Ralph E. Hudson refrain 1885)
28 Apr 2019

 

Passover versus Easter

Passover

Passover is a biblical celebration instigated by God at the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It is also a model or type (or picture) of what Jesus Christ did for us. In Exodus chapter 6 we read:

  1. I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians – the “burdens” are equivalent to the burden of sin – the consequence is a dreadful death.
  2. I will rescue you from their bondage - sin traps us – death and hell is the only possible outcome.
  3. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments - Christ redeems or pays the price for our sin, which is death
  4. I will take you as My people – These are those that have confessed with their mouth and believed with their heart that the Lord Jesus Christ – note his whole title – is the son of God, who died for you sins and rose again.
  5. I will be your God I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians - there is only one God, He is the Lord God Most High – every other god is an idol or an figment of someone’s imagination. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin … You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:17,18
  6. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; which to a Christian is a type of model of heaven . For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord 1 Thessalonians 4:16- 18 (NKJV).
  7. I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’” Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory Ephesians 1:13, 14 (NIV).

Passover is not one celebration but three: Passover, Firstfruits and Unleavened bread. They run together and overlap.

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At Passover the Lord Jesus Christ died, as the perfect Passover lamb:

For Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed. 1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

The lamb needs to be perfect:

Your lamb shall be without blemish [defect NIV], a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Exodus 12:5 (NKJV)

[A] lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:19 (NKJV).

Jesus Christ, the Passover lamb died according to the prophecies of Isaiah:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
                   And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
                   So He opened not His mouth.
  In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
                   And who will declare His generation?
                   For His life is taken from the earth.”      Acts 8:32 - 33 (NKJV)

But on the day of the Firstfruits Jesus rose from the dead.

But now Christ is risen from the dead, has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20 

But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those [who are] Christ's at His coming. 1 Corinthians 15:23 

`He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, "a land flowing with milk and honey"; `and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.' Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 26: 9,10)

He has risen and lives being the first who has died and risen, setting the pattern of those that follow: this being the assurance of resurrection of those who trust and believe in Him. Furthermore, He being holy has made us to be holy:

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16 (NIV)

The Feast of Unleavened Bread speaks to Christians as ones who live a holy life – without sin. The picture of yeast portrays sin, which is thoroughly cleaned from the house prior to the Passover festival.

Easter

I will write little here – much has been written, and even a cursory glance at the literature (I do not mean Google) will reveal that Easter is a pagan festival, which the Catholic church attempted to Christianised. The problem was the Catholic church had hopelessly lost its way, substituting the Word of God for a lie and was, and still is, in absolute error, which the early reformers, some 500 years ago, pointed out; of which many lost their lives at the hand of the pope and papists for doing so. Passover was of course accepted and celebrated by many early Christians (Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6; 18:21). But very early on the Catholic popes began to celebrate Easter instead of Passover. Anti semitism was always just beneath the surface of the early church, and many modern churches, with many popes being extremely anti-semitic: hence any excuse to rid itself of a so called Jewish festive would do – even if it meant substituting with a pagan anti-Christian festival. This Constantine did in about 325, stopping the church celebrating Passover and substituting it with the pagan festival of Easter.

What was Easter, with its buns and eggs and rabbits?

Easter, "bear its Chaldean origins on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the 'queen of heaven,' whose name, as pronounced by the people of Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country." Hislop, Alexander The Two Babylons: Romanism And Its Origins, 1916) <http://www.biblebelievers.com/babylon/> (accessed 14 April 2019)

A dictionary also gives the following: “from name of old Teuton goddess of spring”. Easter follows lent – which is an anti-christian festival, also derived with the ancient festivals of the pagans. The forty days' abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess. In many parts of the world lent was also observed (see Hislop for further details): The Mexicans observed "Three days after the vernal equinox...began a solemn fast of forty days in honour of the sun." The forty days of “weeping for Tammuz” (A Babylonian god of fertility, according to the online Encyclopaedia Britannica) became Lent; and at the close of Lent came Easter Sunday. And of buns: the cakes or bouns or buns (See Hislop) was used to worship the queen of heaven and became the hot cross buns. Eggs have been used by the pagans the world over by those who do not know the true source of the soul – the Lord God of Heaven - for example, the ancient Druids bore an egg, as the sacred emblem of their order.

Note many do not find that that Good Friday to be the day of crucifixion – the Lord spent three days and three nights in the tomb – a simple counting of the days and a careful reading the Scripture places the crucifixion on some other day – perhaps Wednesday (Chuck Missler seemed to have favoured this day, and he is was far greater scholar than I will ever be e.g. < http://www.khouse.org/articles/1995/37/ > accessed 14 April 2019).

Conclusion

For a Christian, the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection should take place every first-day of the week (Acts 20:7, Revelation 1:10) – called the Lord’s Day otherwise Sunday by pagans. There is no need to celebrate Easter, although personally I like to celebrate Passover, as it brings to full attention the fullness of the grace of God.

Other resources

http://www.hope-of-israel.org/ishtar.htm

David L Simon
14 Apr 2019

 

Pride must be dealt with!

Samuel Rutherford writes..

Dear Sir, I always saw nature mighty, lofty, heady and strong in you; and that it was more for you to be mortified and dead to the world than for another common man. You will take a low ebb, and a deep cut, and a long lance, to go to the bottom of your wounds in saving humiliation, to make you a won prey for Christ.  Be humbled; walk softly. Down, down, for God’s sake, my dear and worthy brother, with your topsail.  Stoop, stoop! it is a low entry to go in at heaven’s gate.

Samuel Rutherford
06 Jan 2019

 

Don't make the Bible say what it does not!

Reading the Bible

  • Cleave to the literal sense of Bible words, and beware of departing from it, except in cases of absolute necessity.
  • Beware of the system of allegorizing and spiritualizing, and accommodating, which the school of Origen first brought in, and which has found such an unfortunate degree of favour in the Church.
  • In reading the authorized version of the English Bible, do not put too much confidence in the “headings” of pages and “tables of contents” at beginnings of chapters, which I take leave to consider a most unhappy accompaniment of that admirable translation. Remember that those headings and tables were drawn up by uninspired hands.
  • In reading the Prophets, they are sometimes not helps but real hindrances, and less likely to assist a reader, than to lead him astray. Settle it in your mind, in reading the Psalms and Prophets that Israel means Israel*, and Zion Zion, and Jerusalem Jerusalem.
  • And, finally, whatever edification you derive from applying to your own soul the words which God addresses to His ancient people, never lose sight of the primary sense of the text.[1]

Further words on reading prophecy

It is high time for Christians to interpret unfulfilled prophecy by the light of prophecies already fulfilled.  The curses of the Jews were brought to pass literally; so also will be the blessings.  The scattering was literal; so also will be the gathering.  The pulling down of Zion was literal; so also will be the building up.  The rejection of Israel was literal; so also will be the restoration. [2]

What I protest against is, the habit of allegorizing plain sayings of the Word of God concerning the future history of the nation of Israel, and explaining away the fullness of the contents in order to accommodate them to the Gentile Church. I believe the habit to be unwarranted by anything in Scripture, and to draw after it a long train of evil consequences.[3]

Cultivate the habit of reading prophecy with a single eye to the literal meaning of its proper names.  Cast aside the old traditional idea that Jacob, and Israel, and Judah, and Jerusalem, and Zion must always mean the Gentile Church, and that predictions about the second Advent are to be taken spiritually, and first Advent predictions literally. Be just, and honest, and fair.  If you expect the Jews to take the 53rd of Isaiah literally, be sure you take the 54th and 60th and 62nd literally also.  The Protestant Reformers were not perfect.  On no point, I venture to say, were they so much in the wrong as in the interpretation of Old Testament prophecy. [4]

 

* My emphases

[1] J.C. Ryle, Prophecy 149

[2] J.C. Ryle, Are You Ready For The End Of Time? p. 49

[3] ibid., p. 107-108.

[4]  . 157-159.

J C Ryle (1816 - 1900) [Various sources]
27 Nov 2018

 

Be Careful; Flee from Evil

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry [evil].

1 Corinthians 10:12-14
15 Dec 2017

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

11 Feb 2017