September 28th, 2014

the beauty and glory of Christian living

It is now in the flow of the years of our lives 8:30 AM Sunday morning. I am down in the lower level writing on my old lap top machine computer. What would the world be like without computers. In a way it is scary to realize how dependent we have become on computers. Has the computer made the world a better place for all of mankind. Has the computer change the history of mankind. Has the computer changed my perception of the world? This computer allows me to communicate to people all over the world. The Word of God can go out to all the ends of the world. I remember these words in the Gospel of Matthew, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" Matthew 24:14.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I got up made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. Carol got up and we had breakfast. As we ate Carol looked the Sunday morning newspapers and I wrote in my paper diary. Carol will go to church this morning. She works the next two nights. We are coming to the end of September 2014 and entering the month of October 2014. We are coming to the end of another year of world history.

Last night Carol and I went grocery shopping. When we got home from food gathering we put away our supplies and watched college football.

I read mainly last a used book I bought yesterday at the used books sale titled, "Candor & Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts" by Roger Shattuck. I have these other books by Roger Shattuck in our library-

"Forbidden Knowledge From Prometheus To Pornography" by Roger Shattuck

"Marcel Proust" literary study by Roger Shattuck

"The Banquet Years: The Origins Of The Avant-Garde In France 1885 to World War I" by Roger Shattuck

Carol and I went to bed around 10 o'clock PM last night.

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I have no plans for the day ahead. Do not know if I am in the mood today to watch professional football.

This morning I have been reading a new book sent to me by Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary located in Grand Rapids Michigan titled, "The Beauty & Glory Of Christian Living" Edited By Joel R. Beeke. I got out to read once again "The Works Of Ralph Erskine" Volume 5. In this volume I am reading a wonderful sermon by Erskine titled THE SAVING SIGHT; OR A VIEW OF GOD IN CHRIST text "He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father" John 14:6.

If you want to read something on Ralph Erskine check out this volume titled, "Puritan Reformed Spirituality" by Joel R. Beeke. In this volume there is a chapter titled 'The Lives of Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine: Dissenters with a Cause' pg. 238-287. In my library I have book titled, "Dictionary of Scottish Church History & Theology" that has articles on Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine.

Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754)

Ralph Erskine (1685-1752)

In my library I have an old volume of sermons by Ebenezer Erskine published in 1836. THE WHOLE WORKS OF THE REV. EBENEZER ERSKINE, MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT STIRLING CONSISTING OF SERMONS AND DISCOURSES Volume 1. I do not have sadly to write volumes 2 and 3. I do not think the sermons of Ebenezer Erskine have been published, whereas his brother Ralph Erskine has had his sermons reprinted. I have in my library THE WORKS OF RALPH ERSKINE 6 volumes. I bought this set many years ago from Dr. Beeke.

Well the morning goes by. I will close to quote from Ralph Erskine's sermon THE SAVING SIGHT.

"[3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
[5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
[6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
[7] But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2 Corinth. 4:3-7
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with unveiled face

It is now in the flow 10:04 AM Sunday morning. I want to quote Ralph Erskine's sermon THE SAVING SIGHT because it goes along with what I wrote when I was reading recently "Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings Of Hugh Of Balma And Guigo De Ponte" [The Classics Of Western Spirituality]. There is throughout the history of Christian Spirituality a common mystical experience of seeing spiritually the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul in Second Corinthians, "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" 2 Corinth. 3:17,18.

"This sight of Christ is supernatural. "How is the glory of the Lord seen, but by the Spirit of the Lord?" 2 Cor. 3:18. It is God that must bestow this blessing; flesh and blood cannot reveal Christ to a man: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned; but God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit," 2 Cor. 2:10,14-This sight of Christ is an amiable sight; for, "He is altogether lovely." This makes his tabernacles amiable, because they see the glory of God there; and every thing in God that they see is amiable; yea, you are not to think that the children of God see only one side of God, as it were, and not another. Though the Lord shews but part of himself at once, now a lesser and then a greater part of himself, yet it is not to be thought as if they saw but one side of God and not another, of if he shewed his amiable side and concealed his terrible side; no, that which is most terrible in God to wicked men, that is also most amiable and lovely in the eyes of the saints; for a God in Christ is all amiable. His power, greatness, and justice, which the wicked abhor, appear to them in excellent glory.-Again, the sight of Christ here is frequently interrupted, it is only in heaven that the saints have the uninterrupted vision and fruition of God, without any cloud to darken their day; but here, no sooner does the heart begin to open to Christ some time, than alas! he is gone: "I opened to my Beloved, but my Beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone."-Again, this sight of Christ, however short and inconstant, yet it is always sweet and satisfying, sweet and ravishing: "His mouth is most sweet," says the Church; "O how sweet and satisfying are the smiles of hos mouth! it is enough to make a heaven in the soul. How sweet are the words of his mouth! sweeter than honey and the honeycomb." When he manifests himself in a word of grace, the sweetness is such, that all sweetness is but bitterness in comparison thereof. How sweet and satisfying is it when the day-spring from on high visits the soul, especially after a long dark night of temptation, and despondency, wherein the soul thought that God had forgotten to be gracious and would never return. When the Sun of righteousness breaks out below the black clouds, even of sin and provocation, when the soul now sees the power and glory of God in the sanctuary, how is it satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and the mouth praises him with joyful lips!

Again, this sight of Christ is convincing, powerfully convincing; it carries so much evidence in it, as makes the soul cry out with Thomas, "My Lord and my God; He that believeth, hath the witness in himself." Surely we do not see Christ sleeping; nay, it is with open eyes and an open face: "All we with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord." According to the measure and degree of the manifestation, it will have some evidence, even as a man seeing the sun, carries its own evidence along with it; though the sight be dark in comparison of what it will be, yet it is convincing in itself.-And it is convincing, so it is affecting. O! a sight of Christ is most affecting when it is a saving sight; it affects with reverence, therefore it is said of the disciples, when they saw him they worshiped him. It affects with joy: "Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord." It affects with holy fear: "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead." It affects with wonder, and makes the soul cry out, "RABBONI, who is a God like unto thee?" It affects with self-abhorrence: "Now mine eyes see thee, wherefore I abhor myself." It affects with self-abasement: "O what am I, and what is my father's house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?" It affects with penitency and godly sorrow: "They shall look on him whom they have pierced, and mourn." It affects with new vigour and courage: "They looked to him, and were enlightened, and their faces were not ashamed."" pg. 298,299 Ralph Erskine

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seeking to taste of Scripture in the sight of God instead of knowledge in the sight of men

It is now in the flow 4:42 PM Sunday afternoon. I have had a quiet day doing nothing. I laid down from 2 PM till 3 PM down in the lower level this afternoon. I got up and have really done nothing. I have been mainly trying to read today a book titled, "Candor & Perversion" essays by Roger Shattuck. I could not get into watching professional football this afternoon. I am out of it I suppose mentally. So I have been reading Shattuck and wandering the house. Carol is sleeping right now since she works tonight.

There is nothing pressing on my mind this evening. I might watch television tonight and go to bed my usual time. Tomorrow I have nothing going on. I should mow our lawn tomorrow and fill up my old Dodge van with gasoline before the price of gas gets high again. I remember when I could buy gasoline fifty cents a gallon. I remember when a loaf of bread was twenty-cents. A gallon of milk fifty cents. It always amazes me how much money it cost for Carol and I to live in America.

Well I suppose I will close to drift.

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