December 18th, 2015

Scofield believed that economic inequality would inevitably provoke God's wrath

It is in the cold winter flow 9:25 AM Friday. It is 29 degrees this morning and it is suppose to snow. I think I see snow falling outside as I write these frozen words.

This morning I got up around 5:55 AM to get ready to go grocery shopping. Carol wanted to go grocery shopping before the crowds. Before we shoved off into the winter cold we had oatmeal for breakfast.

Since coming home from grocery shopping I have done nothing full of wonder. I put away our supplies and wrote in my paper diary. I am tired and I am thinking of going back to bed this morning.

I have not read anything this morning. I am out of it. I feel like crap. I am in a Christ Mass mood. I do not celebrate Christ Mass. I do celebrate every day the birth of the Savior of sinners the Lord Jesus Christ. "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" 1 Corinth. 2:2.

Last night Carol got home around 6 o'clock PM. While she was gone most of yesterday I sat in silence or read my novels. We watched TV shows I had taped for Carol to watch. Carol went to bed around 8:30 PM.

music Andy Stott 'Faith In Strangers'

I got up and fooled with our main computer and watched TV. I went to bed around 11:05 PM. Now it is another day to prepare for the worse.

Well, I am out of fuel so I will close to make a fresh pot of coffee and pray for a world wide revival. We all need to get saved before the final curtain falls.

old diary entry Merry Christmas

"[11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
[14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:11-14
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Approach, my soul, the mercy seat

Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.

Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.

Be Thou my Shield and hiding Place,
That, sheltered by Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died!

O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious name.

Poor tempest-tossèd soul, be still;
My promised grace receive;
’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.

"[22] And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." Exodus 25:22

Christ: Our Mercy Seat By Kyle Pope

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according to His mercy He saved us

It is in the flow of this cold early winter day 3:17 PM Friday afternoon (The first day of Winter is 21st of this month if my memory is correct.) I am down in the lower level writing on a lap top computer. I came down here because I can spread out my books and have space to open them when I quote them in my online diaries. Plus I like being down here among our books. Books are a blessing. I am thankful I know how to read. I wish though I was smart and could read Hebrew and New Testament Greek. I suppose it was not in God's plan for my life that I be a biblical scholar just an old retired farm laborer.

Carol my wife is sleeping because she works tonight. I have been reading this afternoon a book titled, "Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen & Jonathan A. Linebaugh. I have enjoyed immensely reading this book! I have been reading today Chapter 6 titled 'John Calvin's Reading of the Corinthians Epistles' essay by Michael Allen.

Dr. Michael Allen

I got out to read along with Dr. Allen John Calvin's commentary on 1 Corinthians & 2 Corinthians "Calvin's Commentaries Volume XX". We have most of Calvin's writings and published sermons in our library. I have a fond affection for John Calvin as a fellow believer and lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I will share something I was thinking the other night. I was thinking that in the Bible when we read of the people of God/the Old and New Covenant saints we are always shown their sins/imperfections/failings. God uses imperfect Christians to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom. These Bible verses (words of the apostle Paul) come to my mind "For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" Titus 3:3-6.

When I was in seminary and I was going through a very difficult time I was richly blessed reading "John Calvin's Sermons On Timothy And Titus" Facsimile Of 1579 Edition" published by Banner of Truth Trust 1983.

I also got out a book that blessed me awhile back titled, "John Calvin As Teacher, Pastor, And Theologian: The Shape of His Writings and Thought" by Randall C. Zachman. Years ago when I was buying Christian books regularly in Grand Rapids Michigan I always tried to buy a book dealing with the life and teachings of the French Reformed John Calvin. Since at one time I called myself a Calvinist I thought I should know what Calvin believed as a Christian/wrote about/preached and taught. It always amazed me when we were in churches that claimed to be Calvinistic that most of the lay people had never read Calvin's most famous work, "Calvin" Institutes of the Christian Religion" Two Volumes. I have been reading Calvin's writings going on 40 years. There was one time in my Christian life all I read was Reformed theology.

I do try to read at least once a year something on the life and teachings of John Calvin (1509-64).

John Calvin Collection

So the day goes by quietly and silently. I suppose tonight I will continue to read and wait for tomorrow to come. I once again tomorrow volunteer at the Herrick District Library Used Books Store from 10 AM till 1 PM. The days just keep flying by!

I could write more but maybe later. I came down here first of all to quote from a book titled, "The Glory Of Christ: His Office And Grace" by John Owen (1616-1683). I also wanted to quote John Calvin, but maybe later if the Spirit leads.

John Calvin

John Calvin
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Christ came forth to us from the fountain of God's free mercy

It is 9:34 PM Friday night in the flow of time here by Lake Michigan. I was not going to write any more today but since it is too early to go to bed I thought I might as well keep writing. I am tired, but not that tired. I have stopped watching television at night. I rather read my books and just sit in silence at night.

I mentioned earlier today that I was reading a book titled, "Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis" Edited By Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh. Today I was read or had been reading in this book Chapter 8 'The Text of 1 & 2 Corinthians and the Theology of Calvin' essay by Dane C. Ortlund. In this chapter Ortlund quotes from Calvin's commentary in First and Second Corinthians, so I got out my volume of this commentary to read the quotes. I came across in Calvin's Commentary on Second Epistle To The Corinthians that goes along with what I have been writing about today/the mercy of God/Christ being the mercy seat. I want to quote Calvin's comments on 2 Corinthians 5:18,19 "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation".

"18. All things are of God. He means, all things that belong to Christ's kingdom. "If we would be Christ's, we must be regenerated by God. Now that is no ordinary gift." He does not, therefore, speak here of creation generally; but of the grace of regeneration, which God confers peculiarly upon his elect, and he affirms that it is of God -- not on the ground of his being the Creator and Artificer of heaven and earth, but inasmuch as he is the new Creator of the Church, by fashioning his people anew, according to his own image. Thus all flesh is abased, and believers are admonished that they must now live to God, inasmuch as they are a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17.) This they cannot do, unless they forget the world, as they are also no longer of the world, (John 17:16,) because they are of God

Who hath reconciled us Here there are two leading points -- the one relating to the reconciliation of men with God; and the other, to the way in which we may enjoy the benefit of this reconciliation. Now these things correspond admirably with what goes before, for as the Apostle had given the preference to a good conscience above every kind of distinction, (2 Corinthians 5:11,) he now shows that the whole of the gospel tends to this. He shows, however, at the same time, the dignity of the Apostolical office, that the Corinthians may be instructed as to what they ought to seek in him, whereas they could not distinguish between true and false ministers, for this reason, that nothing but show delighted them. Accordingly, by making mention of this, he stirs them up to make greater proficiency in the doctrine of the gospel. For an absurd admiration of profane persons, who serve their own ambition rather than Christ, originates in our not knowing, what the office of the preaching of the gospel includes, or imports.

I now return to those two leading points that are here touched upon. The first is -- that God hath reconciled us to himself by Christ This is immediately followed by the declaration -- Because God was in Christ, and has in his person accomplished reconciliation. The manner is subjoined -- By not imputing unto men their trespasses Again, there is annexed a second declaration -- Because Christ having been made a sin-offering for our sins, has procured righteousness for us. The second part of the statement is -- that the grace of reconciliation is applied to us by the gospel, that we may become partakers of it. Here we have a remarkable passage, if there be any such in any part of Paul's writings. Hence it is proper, that we should carefully examine the words one by one.

The ministry of reconciliation Here we have an illustrious designation of the gospel, as being an embassy for reconciling men to God. It is also a singular dignity of ministers -- that they are sent to us by God with this commission, so as to be messengers, and in a manner sureties. [553] This, however, is not said so much for the purpose of commending ministers, as with a view to the consolation of the pious, that as often as they hear the gospel, they may know that God treats with them, and, as it were, stipulates with them as to a return to his grace. Than this blessing what could be more desirable? Let us therefore bear in mind, that this is the main design of the gospel -- that whereas we are by nature children of wrath, (Ephesians 2:3,) we may, by the breaking up of the quarrel between God and us, be received by him into favor. Ministers are furnished with this commission, that they may bring us intelligence of so great a benefit, nay more, may assure us of God's fatherly love towards us. Any other person, it is true, might also be a witness to us of the grace of God, but Paul teaches, that this office is specially intrusted to ministers. When, therefore, a duly ordained minister proclaims in the gospel, that God has been made propitious to us, he is to be listened to just as an ambassador of God, and sustaining, as they speak, a public character, and furnished with rightful authority for assuring us of this.

19. God was in Christ. Some take this as meaning simply -- God reconciled the world to himself in Christ; but the meaning is fuller and more comprehensive -- first, that God was in Christ; and, secondly, that he reconciled the world to himself by his intercession. It is also of the Father that this is affirmed; for it were an improper expression, were you to understand it as meaning, that the divine nature of Christ was in him. [554] The Father, therefore, was in the Son, in accordance with that statement --

I am in the Father, and the Father in me. (John 10:38.)

Therefore he that hath the Son, hath the Father also. For Paul has made use of this expression with this view -- that we may learn to be satisfied with Christ alone, because in him we find also God the Father, as he truly communicates himself to us by him. Hence the expression is equivalent to this -- "Whereas God had withdrawn to a distance from us, he has drawn near to us in Christ, and thus Christ has become to us the true Emmanuel, and his coming is God's drawing near to men."

The second part of the statement points out the office of Christ -- his being our propitiation, (1 John 2:2,) because out of Him, God is displeased with us all, inasmuch as we have revolted from righteousness. [555] For what purpose, then, has God appeared to men in Christ? For the purpose of reconciliation -- that, hostilities being removed, those who were aliens, might be adopted as sons. Now, although Christ's coming as our Redeemer originated in the fountain of Divine love towards us, yet until men perceive that God has been propitiated by the Mediator, there must of necessity be a variance remaining, with respect to them, which shuts them out from access to God. On this point we shall speak more fully ere long.

Not imputing to them. Mark, in what way men return into favor with God -- when they are regarded as righteous, by obtaining the remission of their sins. For so long as God imputes to us our sins, He must of necessity regard us with abhorrence; for he cannot be friendly or propitious to sinners. But this statement may seem to be at variance with what is said elsewhere -- that, we were loved by Him before the creation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4,) and still more with what he says, (John 3:16,) that the love, which he exercised towards us was the reason, why He expiated our sins by Christ, for the cause always goes before its effect. I answer, that we were loved before the creation of the world, but it was only in Christ In the mean time, however, I confess, that the love of God was first in point of time, and of order, too, as to God, but with respect to us, the commencement of his love has its foundation in the sacrifice of Christ. For when we contemplate God without a Mediator, we cannot conceive of Him otherwise than as angry with us: a Mediator interposed between us, makes us feel, that He is pacified towards us. As, however, this also is necessary to be known by us -- that Christ came forth to us from the fountain of God's free mercy, the Scripture explicitly teaches both -- that the anger of the Father has been appeased by the sacrifice of the Son, and that the Son has been offered up for the expiation of the sins of men on this ground -- because God, exercising compassion towards them, receives them, on the ground of such a pledge, into favor. [556]

The whole may be summed up thus: "Where sin is, there the anger of God is, and therefore God is not propitious to us without, or before, his blotting out our sins, by not imputing them. As our consciences cannot apprehend this benefit, [557] otherwise than through the intervention of Christ's sacrifice, it is not without good reason, that Paul makes that the commencement and cause of reconciliation, with regard to us.

And hath committed to us. Again he repeats, that a commission has been given to the ministers of the gospel to communicate to us this grace. For it might be objected, "Where is Christ now, the peacemaker between God and us? At what a distance he resides from us!" He says, therefore, that as he has once suffered, [558] (1 Peter 3:18,) so he daily presents to us the fruit of his suffering through means of the Gospel, which he designed, should be in the world, [559] as a sure and authentic register of the reconciliation, that has once been effected. It is the part of ministers, therefore, to apply to us, so to speak, the fruit of Christ's death." John Calvin
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