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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Nearest and Dearest Fellowship

Charles H. Spurgeon

Quoting Charles H. Spurgeon:

“So shall we ever be with the LORD” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

While we are here the LORD is with us, and when we are called away we are with Him. There is no dividing the saint from His Savior. They are one, and they always must be one: Jesus cannot be without His own people, for He would be a Head without a body. Whether caught up into the air, or resting in paradise, or sojourning here, we are with Jesus; and who shall separate us from Him? What a joy is this! Our supreme honor, rest, comfort, delight, is to be with the LORD. We cannot conceive of anything which can surpass or even equal this divine society. By holy fellowship we must be with Him in His humiliation, rejection, and travail, and then we shall be with Him in His glory. Before long we shall be with Him in His rest and in His royalty, in His expectation and in His manifestation. We shall fare as He fares and triumph as He triumphs. O my LORD, if I am to be forever with Thee, I have a destiny incomparable. I will not envy an archangel. To be forever with the LORD is my idea of heaven at its best. Not the harps of gold, nor the crowns unfading, nor the light unclouded is glory to me; but Jesus, Jesus Himself, and myself forever with Him in nearest and dearest fellowship. (Morning & Evening)

Infallible God

Hugh Binning was born in 1627 and died in 1653. He entered the University of Glasgow in 1641 at the age of thirteen and graduated in 1646. In November of 1646, at the age of only 18, Binning was elected regent in philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Binning taught at Glasgow for three years before ordination in the Church of Scotland. He resigned his university position to become minister of the parish of Govan near Glasgow. In this excerpt from one of his lectures, he shines a light on God’s strength of action and purpose:

“Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Ephesians 1:11)

“He is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.” (Job 23:13)

[T]he Lord hath from eternity purposed within himself and decreed to manifest his own glory in the making and ruling of the world; that there is a counsel and purpose of his will which reaches all things, which have been, are now, or are to be after this. This is clear, for he works all things “according to the counsel of his own will.”

[H]is mind and purpose is one mind, one counsel. I mean not only one for ever, that is, perpetual and unchangeable, as the words speak, – but also one for all, that is, with one simple act or resolution of his holy will he hath determined all these several things, all their times, their conditions, their circumstances.

[W]hatsoever he hath from all eternity purposed, he in time practices it, and comes to execution and working; so that there is an exact correspondence betwixt his will and his work, his mind and his hand. He works according to the counsel of his will, and whatsoever his soul desireth that he doeth.

[H]is purpose and performance is infallible, – irresistible by any created power. Himself will not change it, for ‘he is in one mind;’ and none else can hinder it, for ‘who can turn him?’ He desireth and he doeth it, as in the original. There is nothing intervenes between the desire and the doing, that can hinder the meeting of these two. (“Of the Decrees of God,” Lecture 14 on Christian Doctrine)

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