Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: ~ Matthew 7:13
The Gospel Governs
~ Sermon excerpts on Spiritual Depression, by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
“There is no aspect of life but that the gospel has something to say about it. The whole of life must come under its influence because it is all-inclusive; the gospel is meant to control and to govern everything in our lives. If we do not realise that, we are certain sooner of later to find ourselves in an unhappy condition.”
How Do You View your Past?
Let me sum it up in this way, therefore.
You and I –
and to me this is one of the great discoveries of the Christian life; I shall never forget the release which realizing this for the first time brought to me.
You and I must never look at our past lives; we must never look at any sin in our past lives in any way, except that which leads us to praise God and to magnify his grace in Christ Jesus.
I challenge you to do that.
If you look at our past and are depressed by it, then you are failing miserably as a Christian, you must do what Paul did.
“I was a a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief”, he said, but he did not stop at that.
Does he then say, ‘I am unworthy to be a preacher of the gospel’? In fact he says the exact opposite:
‘I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful putting me into the ministry, etc.’ When Paul looks at the past and sees his sin, he does not stay in a corner and say: ‘I am not fit to be a Christian. I have done such terrible things.’ Not at all.
What it does to him, its effect upon him, is to make him praise God. He glories in grace and says: ‘And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.’
Why believe the devil instead of believing God? Rise up and realize the truth about yourself – that all the past has gone, and you are one with Christ, and all your sins have been blotted out once and for ever. O let us remember that it is sin to doubt God’s Word. It is sin to allow the past, which God has dealt with, to rob us of our joy and our usefulness in the present and in the future.
For the joy of the Lord is your strength.
~ Nehemiah 8:10g
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. ~ Proverbs 17:24
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. ~ Luke 13:3-5
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. ~ Romans 6:17
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
~ 1 Timothy 1:16
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Timothy 1:12-14
“It pleased the Lord at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his Church;
“(The Scripture is) all (of) which are given by the inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life. The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the Author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.
“The full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.
“The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture; unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men. Nevertheless we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word.”
~ From A Declaration of the Faith and Order owned and Practiced in the Congregational Churches in England (1658).