Life of Faith 18: Looking to Him for All

By Richard Sibbes   let's see some trials to discern whether we live this life of faith in sanctification. If it is this way with us, There will he a setting of ourselves under Christ's government in all things.  Faith will do all that Christ commands, depending upon him for strength; and the one who [...]

Christian Love 27: Love is Real Light and Life

By Hugh Binning   Love is real light, light and life, light and heat both. “When your fathers did execute judgment, and relieve the oppressed, wasn't this to know me? says the Lord,” (Jeremiah 22:15-16).  The practice of the most common things, out of the love of God, and respect to his commands, is more real and [...]

R.C. Chapmans S.O.S. 2.4-5

By R.C. Chapman   "Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.   Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love." (Song of Solomon 2:4-5) Have you been left, O my soul, to your own will, and the way of your own wisdom, could you ever have [...]

Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

By Richard Sibbes   Thus we seek every day to live our lives, as we not only live the life of faith in justification, but also of sanctification; how out of Christ’s fullness to attain and give to us grace for grace. Therefore in all our wants we go to him still.  He is not [...]

Christian Love 26: His Love in Us

[I could not find a good way to break this into two smaller writings. -P.M.] By Hugh Binning   Then, what is comparable to communion with God, and dwelling in him? Shall God indeed dwell with men, said Solomon? That exalts the soul to a royalty, and elevates it above mortality. Quam contempta res est homo [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

By R.C. Chapman "I sat down under His Shadow with great delight and His fruit was sweet to my taste." Song of Solomon 2:3 Mercies are inscribed on the lowly heart!  The sweet memories of former joys, the joys of communion with Jesus, and profitable also, if these remembrances cause thankfulness and praise; if it [...]

Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

By Richard Sibbes   Christian affections are as the wind, to carry us on in a holy life.  Thus strength, reason, and affections, these make a man work.  First, love sets us to work : "we love him," the apostle says,  "because he loved us first," (1st John 4:19).  We have his love first shed [...]

Christian Love 25: Viewing Others with Charity

by Hugh Binning   In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There all differences of tongues and nations are drowned in this interest of Christ,. (Colossians 3:11) “You have hid those things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes,”. (Luke 10:21)  “God has chosen the weak and foolish to confound the [...]

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

By R.C. Chapman "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my Beloved among the sons" Song of Solomon 2:3 A waste land, O my soul! is this earth to you, a forest full of briers and thorns, in which once you were a wanderer in darkness "such as might be [...]