Sunday, 3 April 2011

QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION

What a mercy it would be if our conversation were more on eternal things!

How we need the "three sieves":

Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

And, we might add, Is it profitable?



"Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
(John 3:7)

1. What is the new birth?

2. How is it accomplished?

3. How may a poor sinner know whether he is born again or not?

4. What blessings are connected with the new birth?

5. To whom is the praise due?



"Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."
(Galatians 5:1)

1. What is this yoke of bondage?

2. What is it to be entangled with it?

3. What is the freedom and liberty from it?

4. How has Christ made you free?

5. In what sense may a free child of God be entangled again?

6. What are the feelings of one entangled?

7. What is it to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made free?

8. Ought not the free-born child of God to be truly concerned to maintain his liberty?

9. How is this liberty to be maintained?

10. What will bring into bondage?



"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."
(Galatians 5:24)

1. What is it to be Christ's, and what is couched therein?

2. What is the flesh?

3. What are the affections and lusts of the flesh?

4. What is it to crucify them?

5. Can any man give proof that he is Christ's without this crucifixion?



"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ."
(Philippians 1:27)

1. What is the gospel of Christ?

2. What conversation becomes such a gospel?

3. Ought not Christians to maintain such a conversation?

4. Is not the gospel, in its various bearings, a sufficient rule of the real believer's conversation?



"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
(Ephesians 1:3)

1. What are these spiritual blessings?

2. Where are they secured?

3. Who are the "us" that are blessed with them?

4. To whom does the glory belong for them?



"To the praise of the glory of His grace."
(Ephesians 1:6)

1. What is the grace of God?

2. What is the glory of that grace?

3. What has the Lord done to the praise of the glory of His grace?



"Wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved."
(Ephesians 1:6)

1. Who is this Beloved?

2. By whom is He beloved?

3. What is it to be accepted in the Beloved?

4. Who has made us accepted in the Beloved?



"As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh."
(Galatians 6:12)

1. What is a fair show in the flesh?

2. Wherein does that differ from a becoming Christian conversation?

3. What steps do such characters take to maintain a fair show in the flesh and escape the cross?

4. Should not real Christians withdraw from the company of such, and, in a becoming spirit, expose the wickedness of their proceedings?



"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you."
(Isaiah 35:4)

1. What is it to be of a fearful heart?

2. What do such fear?

3. What is the nature of the message delivered to them?

4. What is intended by their God coming with vengeance and a recompense?

5. Is there a certainty of His coming to save them?

6. Is it not their privilege to "behold" Him?



"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."
(Isaiah 35:8)

1. What is that highway?

2. From whence and to where does it lead?

3. Is that way distinct from the highway? If so, what is that way?

4. Why is this way called the way of holiness?

5. Who are they that shall not pass over it?

6. For whom is it designed, and why are they called wayfaring men?

7. How is it that such men, though fools, shall not err therein?



"Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. They shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away."
(Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 35:10)

1. Who is the Lord, the Redeemer?

2. Who are the redeemed of the Lord?

3. What are they redeemed from?

4. What are they redeemed to?

5. How shall the redeemed come to Zion with singing?

6. What is the everlasting joy which shall be upon their heads?

7. Is there a certainty of their obtaining joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning fleeing away?

By William Gadsby

Friday, 1 April 2011

GADSBY QUOTES - AGAINST ANTINOMIANISM

"There is a difference between you living in sin, and sin living in you. Sin lives in a child of God, and plagues and harasses him continually, but he does not live in it. He hates it and abhors it."
(William Gadsby - The Resurrection)

THE RESURRECTION

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.”
(1 Corinthians 15:42-43)

This chapter clearly shows the resurrection of the dead, and arguments are brought forward to prove it which are of the greatest force. Paul brings forward the objections that an unbelieving mind would make against it; such, for instance, as, “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?”

His answer is, “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die.” All the ear is not sown, but merely a bare grain that dies, and then it is quickened, and brings forth fruit according to its nature.

There are some who assert that in heaven the saints of God will differ from each other in glory as the stars, but there is no passage in Scripture to prove such a statement. Our bodies are sown in corruption, they shall be raised in incorruption; and thus the body raised in incorruption will differ in glory from what it was when sown in corruption, as the dimmest star differs from the brightest planet. God shall change it, and fashion it like unto His glorious body; the brightest minister will not shine one whit brighter than the humblest hearer. Hence we read, “They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

Thus it does not appear that the ministers of the gospel, who have been the means of turning many to righteousness, will outshine those that be wise, or those whom they may have been the means, in the hand of God, of turning to righteousness. For these shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, not as the dark firmament which needs the stars to light it; but as when the sun is up in his meridian splendour, emitting its beams of light on the firmament, and causing it to shine with a glorious brightness.

Again, “It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). And if all who die in Christ, all who are raised in incorruption, raised to glory, will be like Christ, there can be no difference; for Christ hath not many likenesses. Some people say there are large souls and small souls. Now just notice a babe; it grows and gradually increases in knowledge. Its intellectual faculties become enlarged, but its soul is no greater, otherwise when it gets old it droops with the body, and becomes as the soul of a little child once more. I believe that the soul of every child which dies in its infancy will shine as bright and be as great as that of Paul or any of the apostles. I believe also that William Gadsby, vile and base as he is, will shine as bright as Paul too.

All men are in nature, of nature, and by nature corrupt. “Their throat is an open sepulchre.” Now, a sepulchre is a place in which to deposit the dead, and is generally filled with a stench, proceeding from the corrupt bodies, and when it is opened it emits that horrid stench. So are we all by nature.

O what wickedness proceeds from our bodies!

Our tongues – what evil have they spoken!

Our eyes – what lustful, proud and sinful acts have they committed!

Let the glass tell what they have done!

Our hands – how have they been laid on that which is unholy, unclean!

Our feet – how have they run in the way of evil!

And after all, our bodies must moulder away in the earth, be food for worms, and become a stench, a nuisance to the living.

But now let us look at the new man, which is Christ in us, and at the old man, which is sin in us. Both live in us. There is a difference between you living in sin, and sin living in you. Sin lives in a child of God, and plagues and harasses him continually, but he does not live in it. He hates it and abhors it. This body, which is by nature corrupt, is actually the seat of all the inventions of Satan. And O how many there are who spend their whole time in washing, dressing and adorning it.

They little think that at one time it will be raised, not in glory, but to their shame and confusion. The wrath of God shall come upon them, if grace prevent not, and they shall burn with unquenchable fire.

Again, “It is sown in dishonour.” Our bodies are sown in sin. They are vile and polluted; but if changed by the regenerating grace of God through Christ Jesus, we shall be raised in glory.

And that glory who can describe?

We cannot describe the glory which the disciples beheld on the Mount of Transfiguration; which glory was so great that the disciples fell at Christ’s feet as dead.

How can we then describe the glory that shall hereafter be when our bodies are raised, when God Himself will be our glory?

By William Gadsby