The Preachers Work and Exhortation

The work of every preacher is to be a watchmen and do our best to discover and declare the fullness of Christ and the emptiness of the creature and the snares of the great deceiver.  We should do so to the fullness of the measure of the gifts and graces which are given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Let not God’s preachers consider their smallness or weakness, for our God has chosen the smallest and weakest of His saints to confound those worldly wisdom and earthly might.   Believers, let us remember this, that life is short, our duties are many, our assistance is great and our reward is sure.  Therefore we faint not, hold on and hold up in the ways of well doing and Heaven (Christ the king of Heaven) shall make amends for it all.

Consider this good counsel and “never let go out of your minds the thoughts of the crucified Christ.” Let this be meat and drink unto you.  Let this be your sweetness and consolation, your honey and your desire, your reading and meditation, your life, death and resurrection.

-Thomas Brooks

Nothing But Sovereign Grace:

As the Lord is pleased to open our eyes, we shall see more what grace is- how pure, how free, and how sovereign.  We shall see our sins so great -that nothing but free grace can pardon them; our backslidings so aggravated- that nothing but free grace can heal them; our hearts so hard- that nothing but free grace can soften them; our path so rough -that nothing but free grace can help us over it; and our death so dreadful- that nothing but the grace of God can take away its sting and make us shout, “Victory!” even in its very arms!  We shall find nothing but sovereign grace can make us holy or happy either for time or eternity!

There is an out going of the single desire of the soul to the Lord Jesus Christ that His grace may be ever flowing forth into us, so as to dispel all doubt and fear-break to pieces all bounds and fetters- fill us with love and humility- conform us to His suffering image -produce in us every fruit that shall redound to His praise- be with us in life and death -and land us safe in eternity!

 

-J.C Philpot

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