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Category: classic essays

Encouragement on the Path of Righteousness

Enjoyed this excerpt by John Calvin posted at Ligonier. There are two main parts to the instruction from Scripture on the Christian life that follow. The first is that a love of righteousness—to which we are not naturally prone—must be implanted and poured into our hearts. The second is that we need some model that will keep us from losing our way in our pursuit of righteousness. Scripture contains many arguments to encourage us on the path of righteousness. To begin with, what better foundation can Scripture give for the pursuit… Read more Encouragement on the Path of Righteousness

Because God is holy…

Because God is holy, acceptance with Him on the ground of creature doings is utterly impossible. A fallen creature could sooner create a world than produce that which would meet the approval of infinite Purity. Can darkness dwell with Light? Can the Immaculate One take pleasure in “filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6)? The best that sinful man brings forth is defiled. A corrupt tree cannot bear good fruit. God would deny Himself, vilify His perfections, were He to account as righteous and holy that which is not so in itself; and… Read more Because God is holy…

True Christian Love

Love is the Queen of the Christian graces. It is a holy disposition given to us when we are born again by God. It is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. True spiritual love is characterized by meekness and gentleness, yet it is vastly superior to the courtesies and kindnesses of the flesh. We must be careful not to confuse human sentimentality, carnal pleasantries, human amiability and affability with true spiritual love. The love God commands, first to Himself and then to others,… Read more True Christian Love

Matthew Henry Monday

Every Monday ws harbor likes to dedicate a post to Matthew Henry. Henry (10/18/1662 – 06/22/1714) was a commentator on the Bible and Presbyterian minister of the Gospel. We recommend his works for devotional purposes. I must pray for faith. Lord, let it be granted to me to believe; Philippians 1:29 (ESV) for the faith by which I am saved is not my own doing, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (ESV) Lord, increase my faith, Luke 17:5 (ESV) and supply what is lacking in it, 1 Thessalonians… Read more Matthew Henry Monday