Fountain of All Mercy

“In the works of salvaiton he is the first and the last, Heb. 12:2. He is the ‘author of our faith,’ and so the first, and ‘the finisher’ and so the last. Thus he is at death too, when we ‘receive the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls,’ 1 Pet. 1:9. And after tht, he is thus to us at the day of judgment: 2 Tim 1:18, ‘The Lord grant he may find mercy at that day.’ It is then we have need of mercy, and he is the giver of it. And as at the first and last, so all along between, he is thus the fountain of all mercy and grace to us.” –Thomas Goodwin “Works of…” Vol 8, p. 39

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Fruits of Jehovah Merciful

“As when God comes to a soul that is nothing but sin, and gives it a new heart ,and a new spirit, and it becomes a workmanship created to good works, this he does by working this new creature in it, by internal changing our corrupt hearts, as one day he will do our vile bodies. These, and all such effects, are but the fruits of Jehovah merciful.”  –Thomas Goodwin “Works of…” Vol 8 p. 36

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I Will Be Merciful to Whom I Will

“…and indeed all his mercies whatsoever, they flow and proceed wholly from himself, having no motive but from what is in himself, either as to the persons to whom, or as to the things and mercies bestowed. For although to be merciful is his nature, yet the dispensation or giving forth of mercy is from his will; and that which is his will is guided by is the good pleasure of his will, Eph.1:5, and according as he is pleased to ‘purpose within himself, verse 9, you may observe is this, ‘I will be merciful to whom I will be merciful.’ ”  –Thomas Goodwin “Works of…” Vol. 8

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Great Mercy

“And if sins come to be pardoned, there God’s mercies alone can pardon sins committed against himself, the great sovereign Being, not can any creature have any influence thereinto–‘none can forgive sins but God,’ Luke 5:21–but besides, for this, that he alone hath mercy great enough in him to do it. The creatures have not mercy sufficient enough in them great sins they could not find in their hearts to pardon; so great an iniquity, if to themselves, as sin is against God, they cannot forgive: ‘Who is a God like unto our God, pardoning iniquity?’ ” –Thomas Goodwin “Works of…” Vol. 8

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Mercy, Not Claim

“When we are adopted into the family of God, we experience an affection from God that we have no claim upon. There is nothing lovely in us in the sight of God, but he has been pleased in his mercy to call us his people, to adopt us into his family where we have no birthright or entitlement. In Christ he calls us his beloved. …to be loved by God is a privilege, not a birthright. We have no claim on the love of God. Nothing in us would make him desire us, yet he has, by his mercy, turned his affection to all who put their trust in Christ.” –R. C. Sproul “Romans” p. 341

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Matthew Henry New Year’s Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution

(Matthew Henry)

“My times are in Your hand!” Psalm 31:15

Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me . . . .

health or sickness,

peace or trouble,

comforts or crosses,

life or death —

may His holy will be done!

All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus — and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor — that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.

In everything I have to do — my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I have all from Him — and I would use all for Him.

If this should prove a year of affliction, a sorrowful year to me — I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.

And if it should be my dying year — then my times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living — Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.

Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity — together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for both righteousness and strength.

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Amazing Deliverances

“Even in this life the deliverances of God’s people are often amazing [Ps. 34:19]. Witness that of the prophet in 2 Kings 6:18-23. Behold the mercies showed to Peter in prison, when about to be beheaded, Acts 12:3-11. ‘It is recorded of that holy man Bernard Gilpin, called the Apostle of the North, that in the time of the Marian persecutions, he was apprehended by Bonner’s messengers and carried off to London–and to the stake. ‘But mark,’ says his biographer, ‘mark the providence of God!’ In his way to London he broke his leg, which stopped for a time his journey. The persons in whose custody he was, took occasion to retort upon him a remark he had frequently made, ‘that nothing happens to us but what is intended for our good’ and asked him whether he thought the breaking of his leg was so intended, to which he meekly answered, he made no doubt it was:  and so it proved in the strictest sense, for before he was able to travel, Queen Mary died, and he was set at liberty.”

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