Archive for September, 2010

Dwell on This (pt.2)

September 27, 2010

“We trust, dear sir, that you will esteem it a most blessed employment to spend your time and skill in adorning Christ’s bride for her marriage with the Lamb, and that it is work that you will do with delight.

And that you will take heed that the ornaments you put upon her are of the right sort, what shall be indeed beautiful and precious in the eyes of the Bridegroom, that she may be all glorious within, and her clothing of wrought gold that on the wedding day she may stand on the King’s right hand in gold of Ophir.

The joyful day is coming when the spouse of Christ shall be led in unto the King with raiment of linen. And angels and faithful ministers will be the servants that shall lead her in.

And you, sir, if you are faithful in the charge that is now to be committed to you, shall be joined with glorious angels in that honorable and joyful service.

But with this difference: that you shall have the higher privilege. Angels and faithful ministers shall be together in bringing in Christ’s bride into His palace and presenting her to Him. But faithful ministers shall have a much higher participation of the joy of that occasion.

They shall have a greater and more immediate participation with the bride in her joy. For they shall not only be ministers to the church as the angels are, but parts of the church, principal members of the bride…

So great, dear sir, is the honor and joy that is set before you, to engage you to faithfulness in your pastoral care of this people; so glorious the prize that Christ has set up to engage you to run the race that is set before you.”

–Jonathan Edwards, “The Church’s Marriage To Her Sons, And To Her God,” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 25, Sermons and Discourses 1743-1758. Ed. Wilson H. Kimnach (WJE Online Vol. 25), 193-194

(HT- Tolle Lege)

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Dwell Upon This

September 22, 2010

“How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in his saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us.”

– Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening, September 21

(HT- Of First Importance)

Marilynn Robinson

September 13, 2010

“Christians acting like Christians would be the most effective possible evidence for the truth of what they profess.” – Interview in Christianity Today

(HT- Justin Taylor)

Pascal on Happiness

September 3, 2010

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. They will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.”
— Blaise Pascal