Simply Trusting Christ

Blessed, simple, saving reality!

He Hath Said

He that believeth on Him is not condemned… -John 3:18

This is the first way of salvation-simply trusting and looking up to Christ for everything. But, then, we did trust. There is a difference between knowing about trust and trusting. By God’s Holy Spirit, we were not left merely to talk about faith, nor to think about it, but we did believe. If the Government were to announce that there would be ten thousand acres of land in New Zealand given to a settler, I can imagine two men believing it. One believes it and forgets it; the other believes it and takes his passage to go out and get the land. Now the first kind of faith saves nobody; but the second faith, the practical faith, is that which, for the sake of seeking Christ, gives up the sins of this life, the pleasures of it-I mean the…

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Working to be justified or receiving the gift of justification?

Darkness and light. . .!

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“Comparing the Roman Catholic meaning of justification against the Evangelical Protestant position is to set night against day and darkness against light. They are not, as some would have us believe, the same gospel. Roman doctrine declares that God inspires men to work for righteousness, but Protestants aver that God gives men righteousness as the fruit of the finished work of Jesus Christ. In Catholicism, men depart from Calvary towards the goal of justification, but in Protestantism, men arrive at Calvary for the gift of justification.” – Philip De Courcy, from “Standing Room Only: A Contemporary Exposé of the Roman Catholic and Evangelical Agreement,” 1999, p. 347

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The Creator, Mike Stinnett, and Pearl – The last huckleberry

Black pearl, author: Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia.

Psalm 150

New King James Version

Let All Things Praise the Lord

150 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

 

What happened to Faithful and Christian in the Town of Vanity

More of Pastor Bunyan’s encouraging work!

Pilgrim’s Progress revisited - Christiana on the narrow way


Scanned by David P. Landow, The Victorian Web - "Christian and Faithful beaten at Vanity Fair" by David and William Bell Scott. 1857, Wood engraving, 3 3/16 x 5 1/4 inches. Illustration for Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, facing p. 118.“Christian and Faithful beaten at Vanity Fair” by David and William Bell Scott. Illustration for Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, 1857. Scanned by David P. Landow, The Victorian Web.


Psalm 119:54

Your statutes have been my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.


VANITY FAIR

Source:

The Covenant of Grace website

(Edited to express Bunyan’s thoughts and his 17th century terms in modern American English. MT)

Then I saw in my dream, that when Faithful and Christian got out of the wilderness, they soon saw a town nearby, and the name of this town is “Vanity”; and in the town a fair is held, called “Vanity Fair”, all year long. It bears this name because the town where it is held is lighter than vanity; and also because all that is sold there – all its commerce – is vanity. As the saying of the wise goes, “All that comes is…

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Our Well Beloved!


Song of Solomon,

Chapter 2

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
12 the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.



 

Small and great!


Psalm 104:24-26

NKJV

24 Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—
25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.
26 There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan
Which You have made to play there.


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