August VanRyn

Perfect Work in Us

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1:6) A good work was done for us at the Cross by our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, according to the above text, a good work is being done in us by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The work done for us is finished work, as John 19:30 assures us; the work in us is not yet complete, it is being carried on. The verb “perform&...

The Church, the Home, and the Kingdom

There are three distinct lines of truth in our New Testament, chiefly presented by three prominent writers; not of course that these writers confine themselves exclusively to these special truths. And for the sake of distinguishing them we might put it as follows: Just as in natural life there are three great circles in which we all move, so in spiritual life. Our normal everyday life is divided into our home life, public life, and church life. THE WRITERS There is t...

The Tongue

James 3: 2-10 God gave us one tongue, yet two ears. We must do twice as much listening as talking. God put the tongue on the inside out of harms way, while the ears are on the outside and so constructed that they cannot be closed. We must always listen, but not always talk. There is an ear on each side of the head so if we miss a word on the one side we can pick it up on the other side. Furthermore, one end of the tongue is tied. Even with the end fastened what awful damage t...

Fear Not

While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not; believe only, and she shall be made whole (Lk. 8:49,50). One can realize the anxiety of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue. There lay his only child dying, with the precious moments inexorably ticking away. Jesus comes with him, in answer to his earnest pleading, but is held up ...

Living and Dying

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). To live, and to die; they are only a comma apart, and the comma is the punctuation mark suggesting the shortest possible elapse of time. Life and death; the systole and the diastole; the beat and the throb of the pulse; the swing of the pendulum. Everyone of us daily stands where this comma stands. Hamlet weighed the evils of life and the evils of death. He weighed the sorrows of life, from which death could relieve him, o...

"That Ye Sin Not"

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1 That’s what God’s standard is for the believer – "that ye sin not." There are folks who claim to live sinless lives, and they are often very ready to tell you so. Like the boy who draws a caricature of some kind and then writes underneath it, "This is a horse." Without the explanation you’d never ...

Two Spiritual Attitudes

This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?" John 21:19-20 It appears to me that, in this incident, we have two kinds of spiritual attitudes illustrated. Simon Peter was told to follow the Lord; John followed without being told. How often a simil...

Could the Lord Jesus Sin?

The serious contention has been made by some that our Lord Jesus Christ could sin when here upon earth. This is of such vital importance that I feel constrained to point out the fallacy of such a theory. The most solemn implications follow upon this false idea. For, if the Lord Jesus could sin when He was upon earth during His sojourn here, then He can still sin now that He is in heaven, for our Lord passed through no change whatever as to His essential Personality and Being when He ascended to...
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