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Archive for August 28th, 2010

Introduction

May he guide us in the ways of faith and obedience, enable us to serve Him while we live, smile upon us when we die, and after death take us to himself. AMEN

Freedom

Christ freed us from the wrath of God, from the devil’s power, by purchase. By a strong hand He delivers us from Satan, just as He delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt by a strong hand.

We are freed from sin, by which I mean the guilt, the defilement and the dominion of sin. … It would not be righteous of God to require payment from Christ, nay, to receive the full satisfaction of Christ, and to require anything from you. AMEN (Both eternal and temporal judgments are removed by the cross although God may still afflict those he pardons but in fatherly discipline not in divine wrath.)

Christ has also freed the believer from the dominion of sin … that dominion was a voluntary, a willing, a free subjection and resignation of ourselves to the motions and services of sin. Then we went down stream, wind, and tide. There was both the power of lust, and lustful inclinations, to carry us: this was the tide, the other was the wind.

We still have the presence of sin, nay, the stirrings and workings of corruptions. These make us to have many a sad heart and wet eye. AMEN Yet Christ has thus far freed us from sin; it shall not have dominion. There may be the turbulence, but not the prevalence of sin.

The Law

Comment: Samuel Bolton argues that obedience to the Law cannot be viewed as part of our bondage. Our bondage was not to obedience and conformity to the Law but rather to the covenant accusations and curses. In fact the Law is part of our freedom and glory and therefore cannot be part of our bondage.

(The Papists) preach obedience as a means to justification; we preach justification as a means to obedience.

The law is subservient to the Gospel. Its purpose is to convince and humble us, and the Gospel is to enable us to fulfil the obedience of the law. The law sends us to the Gospel for our justification; the Gospel sends us to the law to frame our way of life. Our obedience to the law is nothing else but the expression of our thankfulness to God who has freely justified us, that ‘being redeemed, we might serve Him without fear’ (Luke 1.74).

The ends (of the Law) before were for justification and life; now they are for other ends – to glorify God, to dignify the Gospel, to declare our sincerity, to express our thankfulness.

Chastisement of Believers

That which the believer suffers for sin is not penal, arising from vindictive justice, but medicinal, arising from a fatherly love. It is his medicine, not his punishment; his chastisement, not his sentence; his correction, not his condemnation.

God chastises (his people) to make them partakers of his holiness here and of his glory hereafter; and, indeed, to sweeten heaven and glory to them. AMEN

Performance of Duty

But for the godly, God says he will write his laws on the tables of the heart; he will transplant them into the soul; they become the believer’s nature. And then obedience becomes a natural thing, arising from a law within the heart, the godly man’s very nature. From this source springs that abundance of delight in the law which we see throughout Psalm 119. Delight in obedience to God in his law becomes the nature of the man, and so far as that new nature acts, it acts with delight. AMEN AND AMEN

source: Samuel Bolton (c.1645), The True Bounds of Christian Freedom.

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(Est 1:19,21) The royal decree that Vashti’s position goes to another is ultimately of God c.f. Pro 21:1.

(Est 2:1-4) The king’s remembering and the search for beautiful girls another is ultimately of God c.f. Pro 21:1.

(Est 2:7) Esther is an orphan for a reason – looked like a bad providence.

(Est 2:8) No coincidence that Esther is among the girls taken – looked like a bad providence.

(Est 2:9) No coincidence that Esther is seen as pleasing and Hegai favors her c.f. Gen 39:4,25; Dan 1:9; Neh 2:5.

(Est 2:10) For whatever reason Mordecai has Esther keep her people a secret this is of God.

(Est 2:15) No coincidence that Esther is favoured by all who see her c.f. Est 2:9; Gen 39:4,25; Dan 1:9; Neh 2:5.

(Est 2:17) The king’s loving Esther, her winning grace & favour and becoming queen is of the LORD c.f. Pro 21:1; Est 2:15. God raises lowly.

(Est 2:21-23) Mordecai’s overhearing of the plot to kill the king and the recording in the annals is providential.

(Est 3:7) The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD (Pro 16:33).

(Est 4:14) Deliverance shall arise … for such a time as this … God’s sovereign providence is beginning to be seen.

(Est 5:2) Esther wins king’s favor by God’s providence c.f. Est 2:9,15,17 and Gen 39:4,25; Dan 1:9; Neh 2:5.

(Est 5:9-14) God’s providence that Haman sees Mordecai not bowing and gallows are built.

(Est 6:1) God’s providence that the king could not sleep that night and they read certain portion of the book of memorable deeds re Mordecai

(Est 6:4-5) God’s providence that Haman should enter the court at just that moment and thus end up honoring Mordecai the Jew.

(Est 7:8) God’s providence that the king should enter room at the moment that Haman falls onto Esther’s couch increasing his anger Pro 21:1.

(Est 7:9-10) God’s providence Haman should be hung on gallows built for Mordecai who circumstantially described as having ‘saved the king’.

(Est 6:13; 7:8) Ironic that Haman is said to bow before Mordecai & Esther c.f. Est 3:2,5; 5:9.

(Est 8:4-5) Esther wins king’s favor by God’s providence c.f. Est 2:9,15,17;5:2 and Gen 39:4,25; Dan 1:9; Neh 2:5.

(Est 8:11) God’s people to be attacked by the nations but will in fact conquer the nations that gather against them c.f. Har Maggedon.

(Est 8:16) Salvation as light and gladness and joy and honor.

(Est 9:1) A reversal of purposes achieved by the sovereign God.

(Est 9:22) Salvation as relief from enemies and sorrow & mourning being turned to joy & gladness. c.f. 2Th 1:7.

(Est 9:22; 10:28) The celebration of Purim in terms of giving of gifts of food and its annual remembrance is similar to the Passover.

(Est 9:27; 8:17) Intriguing reference to Gentiles being joined into Israel.

(Est 9:30; 10:3) Esther ends with words of peace and truth.

(Est 1-10) God was not mentioned once in this book but his fingerprints are all over it.

(Est 1-10) The same sovereign providence working God worked in Christ to effect salvation from all the enemies of God’s people.

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