May/June 2008

In This Issue

 

~Wisdom From The Past

 

~We Need Your Help

 

~Who Can You Trust?

 

~ How about a New email    address?

 
~How To Ascertain

   The Will Of God

 

~Early Church Tracts

 

~We Recommend

 

~Great And Plenteous

 

~More Wisdom From The Past 

 
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MORE WISDOM FROM THE PAST

 

“To be subjected to our lusts, and to yield to them, is the most extreme form of slavery. To keep those lusts in subjection is the only liberty."  

Clement of Alexandria (c. 195, E), 2.378*

 

*From: A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

David W. Bercot, ed. (Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.,1998 )

 

 WISDOM FROM THE PAST

 

The Faith Once For All

Delivered To The Saints

 

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  Gal.1:8

 

Let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.  1 John 2:24

 

Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.  Jude 3

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    It is unlawful to assert that the apostles preached before they had "perfect knowledge," as some do even venture to say, boasting themselves as being improvers of the apostles. For, after our Lord rose from the dead, the apostles were energized with power from on high when the Holy Spirit came down [upon them]. They were completely filled and had perfect knowledge. They departed to the ends of the earth, preaching the glad tidings of the good things sent to us from God.    Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W0, 1.414.

 

    In the Lord's apostles, we posses our authority. For even they did not of themselves choose to introduce anything [new], but faithfully delivered to the nations the teaching that they had received from Christ. If, therefore, even "an angel from heaven should preach any other gospel" than theirs, he would be called accursed by us.    Tertullian (c. 197, W) 3.246.

 

   You, [the church] lay down a rule that this faith has its solemnities appointed by either the Scriptures or the tradition of the forefathers, and that no further addition in the way of observance must be added, because innovation is unlawful.   Tertullian (c. 213, W) 4.111

 

   Those who seek to set up any new dogma have the habit of very readily perverting into conformity with their own notions any proofs they care to take from the Scriptures. . . . The apostolic word marks out the case in these words, "If anyone preaches any other gospel to you other than that which you have received, let him be accursed." Consequently, in addition to what has been once committed to us by the apostles, a disciple of Christ should receive nothing new as doctrine. Disputation of Archelaus and Manes (c. 320, E), 6.213, 214

 

 Excerpted from: A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs,*
David W. Bercot, ed.,(Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1998)

 

* http://www.scrollpublishing.com/store/more-dictionary.html

WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

 

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and HE shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in HIM; and HE shall bring it to pass.  

(Ps. 37:3-5)

 

HOW TO ASCERTAIN THE WILL OF GOD
By George Mueller*
 

I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the LORD’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

  1. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
  2. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
  3. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
  4. I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.
  5. Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------* George Mueller (1805-1898) is one of the great men of faith. He raised over $8,000,000 for the establishment and maintenance of five orphanages and other ministries in England. He never asked a penny from men, but trusted in GOD completely to provide, and was never disappointed.

Due to technical problems in our last issue the following poem is being republished.  (editor)

 

Great and Plenteous

 

Something in the universe
Something essential for our soul,
(and heart and mind)
Is like no other, in part or whole
Something in deed
Is like no other entity
False reality,
Fad, or fancy
Something eternally assures
So thoroughly and fulfillingly
That when found by even the hardest of hearts
Turns them outwardly
This something has always been
Always will be (Ps 100:5)
Has not changed
Never will recede
This ‘something’
Opposes iniquity (Deut 32:4)
And any humble soul
Is welcome to further see
That it is ‘this’
Which will set you free (Jn 8:32)
From confusion here in this world (Jn 17:19)
And hell for eternity (2 Thes 2:12)
That ‘this’
Along with God’s lovingkindness (Ps 40:11)
Will preserve you safely
In blessedness
That amidst evil
This precious something girds one strong
As with shield and buckler (Ps 91:4)
All, and each, day long
This something is
What we are to speak in love (Eph 4:14-15)
With this we are to walk (3 Jn 3-4)
Closer than hand in glove
It is this something
Which the wicked ask not God for (Isa 59:4)
They do not defend it (Jer 9:3)
This they abhor
They will not speak it (Jer 9:5)
From it they turn away (2 Tim 4:4)
They resist it and will not this uphold (2 Tim 3:8;
Desiring that from it we sway (Is 59:14-15)

But the God of the universe
Desires that we acknowledge it (2 Tim 2:25)
Believe it (2 Thes 2:13; 1 Tim 4:3)
And love it (2 Thes 2:10)
That in us
It should be manifested (2 Cor 4:2)
Obeyed (Gal 3:1)
And rightly divided (2 Tim 2:15)
For our faith’s own fruitfulness (Eph 5:9-10)
Even the immense value of God’s own love
Is based on, and in accordance with, (Is 65:16)
Its sum
So thankfully this something
Is both great and plenteous (Ps 57:10; 86:15)
And according to…
Godliness (Tit 1:1)
The book of Proverbs
Comparing such to a priceless commodity
Tells us to buy it and sell it not (Prov 23:23)
Oh, for those without I pity
God’s Word, the Holy Bible
Is the embodiment of this something (Jn 17:17)
And of it, Jesus was the living form of (Jn 14:6)
So with loud praise will I sing
Now, at the right hand of our father in heaven
As our Christ and savior Jesus sits
This tremendous something is revealed to believers by
the Great Comforter- the Holy Spirit (Jn 15:26; 14:16-17)

 

TRUTH, trustworthy TRUTH


Is this spiritually irreplaceable commodity
In God’s Holy Bible I have found it!
I now rejoice in lasting glee. (Ps 100:4)
May we, God’s adopted sons and daughters (Rom 8:15)
Through faith in, and obedience to, Jesus the Christ
Never forget
Our Savior’s pure self-sacrifice (1 Jn 3:3)
And once saved, thank Him by keeping
Our hearts and thoughts pure (Mt 5:8 ; Phil 4:8)
His church the pillar and ground of truth (1 Tim 3:15)
To glorify Him! …with spiritual fruit…
…powerful and sure! (Gal. 5:13-26)

John Patrick Giroux, 2007