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29th-Mar-2017 07:26 pm - Jonny
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It is in the flow of the eternal Plan of God to save God's elect 1:14 PM Wednesday afternoon. Outside this afternoon it is not cold and not warm either. It is a cloudy overcast day here in West Michigan.

This morning I got up around 6:15 AM to face another day. I got up ate for breakfast a bowl of cereal. I messed with our main computer and then I wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my paper diary I read most of the mornings from a book titled, "The Christian's Only Comfort In Life And Death" Volume 1 by VanderGroe.

Carol got home from work around 9:05 AM and went to bed around 10 o'clock AM. She is now off five nights from work.

This morning I visit two local thrift stores to search for used books to ADD to our library. I found these used books today-

Large Print hardback King James Bible Red Letter Edition (I collect large print King James Bibles.)

"The Lost: A Search For Six Of Six Million" a memoir by Daniel Mendelsohn

"Year of Wonders" A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

"An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir Of Moods And Madness" by Kay Redfield Jamison

"The Magnificent Medills: America's Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor" biography by Megan McKinney

After visiting local thrift stores I came home to drift through the rest of the day. Yesterday I mainly read all day the novel "The Nix" by Nathan Hill. Last night I listened to Death Metal and messed with our main computer. Now it is another day in the Flow of the Now.

I will now close to maybe just sit and wait for darkness to cover me.
"First, he who truly knows the Lord Jesus to be his savior has been convicted by the Holy Spirit of his sins, misery, and wretchedness. He has learned to know himself as one who is utterly unholy, ungodly, abominable, and hell-worthy sinner, who is fully subject to the wrath of God, to the curse of the law, and to the power and dominion of sin and Satan. He is greatly concerned, trouble, perplexed, and distraught due to this view and knowledge of his wretched state. He has acquired a lively knowledge and experience of his spiritual impotence. He has learned to see himself as utterly lost due to sin, being entirely "wretched, miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Rev. 3:17). He consequently utterly despairs that there is any salvation to be found within himself, and being entirely perplexed and desirous of salvation, beings to cry out, "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).

Whoever has not truly had such spiritual conviction of his wretched and utterly lost state (we are here not prescribing what the measure or time-frame should be, that is, how deep or long this should be, but we are only considering the essence of the matter) is yet entirely outside of the Lord Jesus, the savior of the world, and deceives himself in everything that he imagines or appropriates regarding Him and His salvation. Such have never been ready for the grace and salvation of the Lord Jesus, and have never, as a truly perplexed and diseased soul, looked unto this physician.

Second, he who truly knows the Lord Jesus to be his savior has, with the apostle, also seen Him-not with his physical eyes, but rather, with the spiritual eyes of the soul. The Lord Jesus, by His Word and Spirit, and thus by divine illumination, has made Himself known to his soul in His absolute necessity, complete all-sufficiency, and sweet willingness to save lost sinners-not only generally speaking, but also to save them in particular from their wretched condition and to save them from their sins. He has personally seen the Lord Jesus to be such a savior, and he can thus testify of Him and His salvation. The sun of righteousness has arisen upon him, and with the bright rays of His grace, He has begun to shine tenderly, sweetly, and warmly upon his darkened soul, and thereby he has "beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). He then acknowledges that until now his soul was deprived of that blessed light and had always been completely disinterested in this most precious savior. He would therefore not have been able to know Him to all eternity, much less receive and embrace Him, if He, by His own light, had not displayed and revealed Himself in His beauty and most delightful glory. Therefore, whoever has not received such a spiritual revelation of the Lord Jesus in his soul (and again, we are focusing here on the root and essence of the matter, without prescribing a specific measure, time, or manner) cannot possibly have received by faith the Lord Jesus as his savior, and is therefore still utterly estranged from Him, His salvation, and His communion.

Third, he who knows the Lord Jesus to be His savior, having received and embraced Him by a true faith, no longer is able to sustain himself and find life within himself. He has fully and eternally dispensed with all his own wisdom, righteousness, and strength, and has to come to the Lord Jesus as entirely poor, blind, naked, destitute, lost, and impotent sinner. He has come as one who is utterly accursed and ungodly, and has cast himself fully and entirely upon Him as upon the only Rock of salvation and complete redemption. He, in all his wretchedness, hell-worthiness, and misery, has surrendered himself willingly, unconditionally, and eternally to the Lord Jesus to be delivered, saved, and sanctified by and through Him purely out of free and sovereign grace. All such have committed themselves eternally to the Lord Jesus to be His sole and exclusive property and have fully relinquished all claims to themselves.

Finally, he for whom it is true that the Lord Jesus is His savior also continually makes use of Him in order to be delivered from his sins. Having become a new creature in Christ, it is sin to which he now is most averse and utterly abhors. Since such a soul has learned experientially and continues to learn daily that the Lord Jesus saves His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21), and that He alone does so, he continually turns to the Lord Jesus with the burden of his sin. He longs for Him, waits upon Him, takes hold of Him, clings to Him, and follows Him, and does so commensurate with the measure of grace and strength bestowed upon him by the Lord.Yes, such a person greatly esteems the Lord Jesus as his savior, for "unto you therefore which believe he is precious" (1 Peter 2:7). Such a person has a very great reverence and esteem for Him, and by faith with complete willingness surrenders himself to His service. As he esteems the Lord Jesus, so he esteems His commandments, finding a great reward and salvation in the keeping of them. It is his heartfelf wish, delight, and desire to commit himself publicly to the Lord Jesus and to confess His name before the entire world. Therefore, when he finds himself to be in great bondage to the fear of men, it is a matter of inner grief and sorrow for him. He aligns himself publicly with the Lord Jesus, and desires to join himself to His true people. He has acquired an inward love and esteem for them, for they are the temples of the Lord Jesus in whom He dwells with His image, love, grace, light, and Spirit, and to whom He has also revealed Himself." pg.201-203 Theodorus VanderGroe
28th-Mar-2017 09:26 pm - ROSK - MIASMA (Full Album)
It is in the flow of being alive during the last days of mankind 2:45 PM Tuesday afternoon. It is gray outside as I write these words.

It has been a normal day for me thus far. I basically have written in my diary and read my books. Not much else going on in my world right now. I already put away my paper diary for day since for me the day is over. Now I wait for night to come and then another day. Existence keeps speeding by! Time waits for no man.

Carol works tonight so I will be by myself tonight. Last night I basically read "The Nix" a novel by Nathan Hill till late into the night. I have been reading "The Nix" all afternoon also. I finally read enough and now I am writing in my online diaries.

Last night and this morning I made videos for my BookTube channel. I downloaded the videos this morning.

I suppose there not much else to report right now.
28th-Mar-2017 11:58 am - morning devotions


LORD’S DAY 12

Question 31 : Why is He called Christ, that is anointed?

Answer: Because He is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of His body, has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by His word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation, He has purchased for us.

Question 32: But why art thou called a christian?

Answer: Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of His anointing; that so I may confess His name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him: and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with Him eternally, over all creatures.

"First, he who truly knows the Lord Jesus to be his savior has been convicted by the Holy Spirit of his sins, misery, and wretchedness. He has learned to know himself as one who is utterly unholy, ungodly, abominable, and hell-worthy sinner, who is fully subject to the wrath of God, to the curse of the law, and to the power and dominion of sin and Satan. He is greatly concerned, trouble, perplexed, and distraught due to this view and knowledge of his wretched state. He has acquired a lively knowledge and experience of his spiritual impotence. He has learned to see himself as utterly lost due to sin, being entirely "wretched, miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Rev. 3:17). He consequently utterly despairs that there is any salvation to be found within himself, and being entirely perplexed and desirous of salvation, beings to cry out, "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30).

Whoever has not truly had such spiritual conviction of his wretched and utterly lost state (we are here not prescribing what the measure or time-frame should be, that is, how deep or long this should be, but we are only considering the essence of the matter) is yet entirely outside of the Lord Jesus, the savior of the world, and deceives himself in everything that he imagines or appropriates regarding Him and His salvation. Such have never been ready for the grace and salvation of the Lord Jesus, and have never, as a truly perplexed and diseased soul, looked unto this physician.

Second, he who truly knows the Lord Jesus to be his savior has, with the apostle, also seen Him-not with his physical eyes, but rather, with the spiritual eyes of the soul. The Lord Jesus, by His Word and Spirit, and thus by divine illumination, has made Himself known to his soul in His absolute necessity, complete all-sufficiency, and sweet willingness to save lost sinners-not only generally speaking, but also to save them in particular from their wretched condition and to save them from their sins. He has personally seen the Lord Jesus to be such a savior, and he can thus testify of Him and His salvation. The sun of righteousness has arisen upon him, and with the bright rays of His grace, He has begun to shine tenderly, sweetly, and warmly upon his darkened soul, and thereby he has "beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). He then acknowledges that until now his soul was deprived of that blessed light and had always been completely disinterested in this most precious savior. He would therefore not have been able to know Him to all eternity, much less receive and embrace Him, if He, by His own light, had not displayed and revealed Himself in His beauty and most delightful glory. Therefore, whoever has not received such a spiritual revelation of the Lord Jesus in his soul (and again, we are focusing here on the root and essence of the matter, without prescribing a specific measure, time, or manner) cannot possibly have received by faith the Lord Jesus as his savior, and is therefore still utterly estranged from Him, His salvation, and His communion.

Third, he who knows the Lord Jesus to be His savior, having received and embraced Him by a true faith, no longer is able to sustain himself and find life within himself. He has fully and eternally dispensed with all his own wisdom, righteousness, and strength, and has to come to the Lord Jesus as entirely poor, blind, naked, destitute, lost, and impotent sinner. He has come as one who is utterly accursed and ungodly, and has cast himself fully and entirely upon Him as upon the only Rock of salvation and complete redemption. He, in all his wretchedness, hell-worthiness, and misery, has surrendered himself willingly, unconditionally, and eternally to the Lord Jesus to be delivered, saved, and sanctified by and through Him purely out of free and sovereign grace. All such have committed themselves eternally to the Lord Jesus to be His sole and exclusive property and have fully relinquished all claims to themselves.

Finally, he for whom it is true that the Lord Jesus is His savior also continually makes use of Him in order to be delivered from his sins. Having become a new creature in Christ, it is sin to which he now is most averse and utterly abhors. Since such a soul has learned experientially and continues to learn daily that the Lord Jesus saves His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21), and that He alone does so, he continually turns to the Lord Jesus with the burden of his sin. He longs for Him, waits upon Him, takes hold of Him, clings to Him, and follows Him, and does so commensurate with the measure of grace and strength bestowed upon him by the Lord.Yes, such a person greatly esteems the Lord Jesus as his savior, for "unto you therefore which believe he is precious" (1 Peter 2:7). Such a person has a very great reverence and esteem for Him, and by faith with complete willingness surrenders himself to His service. As he esteems the Lord Jesus, so he esteems His commandments, finding a great reward and salvation in the keeping of them. It is his heartfelf wish, delight, and desire to commit himself publicly to the Lord Jesus and to confess His name before the entire world. Therefore, when he finds himself to be in great bondage to the fear of men, it is a matter of inner grief and sorrow for him. He aligns himself publicly with the Lord Jesus, and desires to join himself to His true people. He has acquired an inward love and esteem for them, for they are the temples of the Lord Jesus in whom He dwells with His image, love, grace, light, and Spirit, and to whom He has also revealed Himself." pg.201-203 Theodorus VanderGroe
28th-Mar-2017 11:31 am - Early Church Fathers


Ancient Christian Commentary on the Scripture Series-
https://www.ivpress.com/ancient-christian-commentary-on-scripture

"Scripture As Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church" by Hans Boersma

"Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters" Edited By Donald K. McKim

"Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation" Two Volumes General Editor John H. Hayes

"Reading Scripture With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall

"Worshiping With The Church Fathers" by Christopher A. Hall

"Reading The Old Testament With The Ancient Church: Exploring the Formation of Early Christian Thought" by Ronald E. Heine

"Tradition, Scripture, And Interpretation: A Sourcebook of the Ancient Church" Edited by D. H. Williams

"Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Narratives" by Peter C. Bouteneff
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