Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The salvation of the Church

"...the salvation of the Church doth not spring from any holiness wrought in us, but from the work of CHRIST wrought for us. Not in our brokenness of heart, but in CHRIST'S bruised and broken body on the tree." (Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 10

Thursday, February 7, 2013

They do not live upon CHRIST

"I beseech you, as you value your privileges, and high calling in CHRIST; learn of GOD the SPIRIT how to estimate your safety in CHRIST. So wretchedly low at present is the tide of things, in the spiritual life of GOD in the soul, according to modern profession, of what some men call the Gospel; that in this land, where once it stood at high water mark, it is now nearly gone out, and left our shore at the lowest ebb. They do not live upon CHRIST, but upon their own self attainments. And while any thing in self, can be found to satisfy their minds, they are at ease; though they have no communication, from the ocean of CHRIST, in those streams, which alone can truly make glad the city of GOD, Psalm 46:4." -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 3

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Think of your mercies

"Reader! do you know the LORD? If so, think of your mercies, and rightly make use of them; amidst the present sinful and adulterous CHRIST-despising generation! Will you be cast down, because of the temptation, and have your soul discouraged by reason of the way? Oh! blessed be the way, however tempted it may be, if it thereby leads the soul, more frequently, more closely, to JESUS. Darkness is a mercy, if it drives me to JESUS the light. Poverty of soul is true riches, if my pinchings endear his enlargements! It is blessed to know, and blessed to feel, all spiritual wants; to make the soul more sensible, that there is no fulness, but in JESUS. LORD the SPIRIT! cause my soul then to live upon CHRIST!" -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 2

Surely I will tell all the world

"...is it so, (oh! thou blessed LORD,) that thou art not ashamed to call thy people brethren? LORD! grant that I may never feel that false pride, and be ashamed to call thee so! Surely I will tell all the world, whose I am, and Whom I serve; and say to all I meet, JESUS is not ashamed to call me brother." -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 2

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Remembrancer of CHRIST JESUS

"Reader! here is one of the sweet offices of GOD the HOLY GHOST, particularly endeared to us. You, and I, are forgetful of divine things. JESUS saith, that the HOLY GHOST shall bring all things to our remembrance, whatsoever he himself hath said unto us, John 14:26. And shall not you and I look up to that gracious, and loving Teacher, and say, LORD! be thou the Remembrancer of CHRIST JESUS; that none of his precious words, and the glorious things belonging to his Almighty Person, and offices, may at any time slip from our minds?" -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 2

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Already in Heaven

"...we are said already by faith to sit together with CHRIST in heavenly places, Ephesians 2:6, so that the justified believer in CHRIST is now by faith, already in heaven, with his glorious Head: and shortly will be there in person. For so the promise runs: Where I am; there shall ye be also, John 14:1-3. To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne; even as I also overcame, and am sat down with my FATHER in his throne, Revelation 3:20." -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Hebrews 1

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Send down, O Lord, the choice effusions of thy Holy Spirit

"Jesus! we hail thee, as our risen, and ascended Savior! Thou art indeed gone up on high: thou hast led captivity captive, thou hast received gifts for men: yea, Lord, in the manhood of thy nature, thou hast all grace for men, even for thy rebellious children, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Send down, O Lord, the choice effusions of thy Holy Spirit; and remember Lord thy promise, in which thou didst say: I will not leave you comfortless, I will come unto you. Even so. Amen." -Robert Hawker, Commentary on Acts 1

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Exercise thy kind office, with my poor soul

Blessed SPIRIT of truth! Do thou, LORD, in grace, and love, and compassion, exercise thy kind office, with my poor soul, as the glorifier of CHRIST JESUS! By thy word, and by thy grace in my heart, give me to see, and feel, and know, that, like Israel, the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. Let me never seek justification by the deeds of the law, or presume to think myself clean in thy sight! Plead, LORD, in my heart the injured cause of my GOD, and of his CHRIST; and by such saving discoveries as thou art making to thy church, by thy blessed word, both of human corruption, and the necessity of divine cleansing; make me to know that in JESUS, and his great salvation alone, it can be accomplished; that my sins, which are as scarlet, shall be white as snow; and though red as crimson, shall be as the wool. And oh! the praises due to a covenant GOD in CHRIST, FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST, for the rich discovery! Blessed, forever blessed be JEHOVAH, in having brought sinners acquainted with the cause of our ruin, and the only source of our relief in JESUS. LORD! help me to seize all the gracious improvements thy mercy hath designed, from the rich salvation by JESUS. And since by his precious blood and righteousness, thou hath opened a way for purely purging away our dross, and taking away all our sin; bring, LORD, the souls of thy redeemed, through this gracious process of thy mercy, and let thy people be again called the city of righteousness, the faithful city!

[Isaiah 1 Prayer]

Monday, May 23, 2011

Genesis Chapter 1


As the very foundation of religion must be formed in the knowledge of GOD, and our relation to Him; the Sacred Historian opens this Book of GOD, with a general account of the glorious work of the Divine Persons of the GODHEAD, in Creation; and the particular recital of each day’s work, in the progress of it: concluding the Chapter with an account of the Divine Complacency, in the review of the whole, as being all perfect in its kind, and very good.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

In the beginning ;—that is the beginning of time; for from eternity, JEHOVAH himself subsisted in his threefold character of Persons, revealed in Scripture, under the sacred names of FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST. In proof of this his eternal power and GODHEAD, see Genesis 21:33. Psalm 90:2. Deuteronomy 33:27. Isaiah 44:6. Revelation 1:8, 17, &c.— GOD created, &c. that is, the three Divine Persons in one GOD, here spoken of as GOD in the plural number, in time Hebrew. In proof of the GODHEAD of each person, first consult 1 Corinthians 8:6. John 1:1—3. Job 26:13. And then, in further proof, that in this threefold distinction of Persons, there is but One in unity of the Divine Essence, consult 1 John 5:7. Matthew 3:16, 17. 28:19. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Mark! what a resemblance there is between ,the empty void of nature, before the lights of heaven were introduced into the creation, and that of the human soul before the light of grace hath passed upon it. No expression can more strikingly point out the state of aim unawakened, unregenerated soul, than that of darkness covering it. Isaiah 60:2.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

2 Corinthians 4:6. Is it not a sweet thought, that the same Spirit which gave light to the old creation, gives light to the new.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. (5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Several sweet thoughts arise here. GOD’S approbation of his work. The light was good: James 1:17. And how good and precious is JESUS, who cometh to us from time FATHER, and who is the light and the life of men. GOD divided the light from darkness. Yes: there is an everlasting separation, as in the natural world so in the spiritual, between light and darkness. 2 Corinthians 6:14. The first day of the world was a day of light: so the first day in the spiritual world, in the new life in JESUS, is light indeed from the dead. Thus there is a beautiful correspondence in both. Hail, thou holy LORD! As the sons of GOD shouted for joy when the light at creation sprung out of darkness: so angels celebrated thy victory when, by the glories of thy resurrection, life arose from the dead. And how ought thy people to adore thee, who are interested in this great salvation?

GENESIS 1:6-26
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. (7) And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. (8) And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. (9) And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.† (10) And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. (11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.‡ (12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (13) And the evening and the morning were the third day. (14) And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:§ (15) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (16) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (17) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, (18) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. (19) And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (20) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. (21) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.+ (22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.^ (23) And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. (24) And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Job 37:18 Psalm 19:1 †Job 38:8 ‡Psalm 104:14, 15 §Psalm 74:16, 17 +Acts 17:25 ^Psalm 107:38

And GOD said, Let us;— Pause over this verse; and in confirmation that the creation of man is the result of the Sacred Three, see Ecclesiastes 12:1. where the word Creator, (Hebrews Creators), being in the plural number, means FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST: so again, Job 35:10. where the word Maker, is Makers; see also Isaiah 54:5. Colossians 1:16. Ephesians 4:24.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Reader! mark the peculiarity of expression. Here is not, as before, a command to create, but a council is first called. The Holy Persons of the GODHEAD consult, as it were, before the formation of man. ‘Let us make man in our image.’ What image? what likeness? I desire to speak with all possible reverence while I propose the question. I do not presume to say what that image or likeness is, but only most humbly to enquire. Not the likeness of the invisible GOD, I conceive. For what likeness can man, even in a state of perfection and innocency, bear to GOD? What likeness hath a body to a Spirit? What similitude is there between a creature and his Almighty Creator? But (10th not the HOLY GHOST, by his servant, the Apostle, give some information to this most interesting enquiry, when, speaking of the human nature of CHRIST, he saith, ‘he is the image of the invisible GOD, the first-born of every creature.’ Colossians 1:15. Supposing, then, Adam to have been created in this likeness of the first-born, what a sweet and delightful view is then opened to our meditation on this subject. And when we call to mind what other scriptures have said concerning JESUS as set up from everlasting, and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, it should seem that here, as in all things, JESUS hath the pre-eminence. Proverbs 8:22, 23. Revelation 13:8. Micah 5:2.

GENESIS 1:28-31
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.† (30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. (31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Proverbs 10:22 Psalm 128:1. 4. †Acts 17:25 Psalm 104:14, 15

It is deserving our attention, that GOD’S approbation of his work, at the close of it,- and after the creation of man, differs from what wa3 said before. All was said to be good; but now it is said to be very good. Was this in consequence of his love to man? Was it as beholding his creature man in his Son CHRIST JESUS? Reader! remember, I ask it as a question: far is it from me to decide upon it. But, methinks, wider this idea, it leads forth the soul of a true believer in CHRIST in sweet meditation from such a thought. If Adam was formed in the likeness of Him that should, in the fulness of time, appear in our manhood, and GOD, beholding Adam in Him, pronounced all his works on his account very good; doth it not lead us to look up and bless the Great Authors of all our n-mercies in creation and redemption, and especially for time personal interest every believer hath in JESUS? LORD! what is man that thou art 
mindful of him, or the Son of man that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4.

AMIDST many other precious instructions arising out of this Chapter, which I pray GOD the SPIRIT to unfold to the mind of the Reader, there are some which I venture to suggest to his more immediate attention.

And first. Is it not a very refreshing thought to the true believer in CHRIST, to behold, in the very opening of the Bible, in time first verse of it, and almost in the very first word of the verse, that the glorious doctrine of the Holy Trinity, which is the foundation of faith, is so strikingly set forth? What an exalted thought is this for the human mind to dwell in contemplation upon, that the GOD with whom we have to do, and from whose goodness we originate, is so widely distinguished, in the nature of his own existence, from all his creatures! And with what veneration, humility of soul, and the most profound homage, ought we at all times to be looking up to this first, greatest, and best of Beings!

But this is not all. It is not enough to look up to the Great I AM, as he is in himself; but we are authorized, nay enjoined, to contemplate and adore the Divine Majesty, as he stands revealed to his creatures. In the 26th verse of this Chapter, we behold the Sacred Three in One, conferring together for our creation: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. As if by this act, they called upon the human mind to admire and adore the GODHEAD in this threefold character of Persons, as the united source of all our mercies. Well might David exclaim, and so may you and I, fearfully and wonderfully am I made! Wonderfully made, indeed, when our creation thus occupied the joint agency of the Sacred Three! Wonderfully redeemed, also, when the redemption of our nature engaged their joint concern! and wonderful will be that joy, which is unspeakable and full of glory, when their joint praises will employ the innumerable host of the faithful before the throne; when that hymn shall be sung: Thou art worthy, 0 LORD, to receive all glory, and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Genesis - General Observations


THE first, and most important observation, to be made on this Book of GOD, is what our LORD himself declared, concerning the writings of the Author of it, in general; that Moses wrote of Him. John 5:46. And as the Redeemer did not say, in what part of this man’s inspired writings, more particularly it is, that mention is made of Him, (perhaps with an intention to enforce a more diligent search through all,) it should seem to be our wisdom to keep this direction in view, through every part, in going over the whole of the five Books of Moses; that we may not overlook a single passage, in our search for Him, of whom Moses and the prophets did write, JESUS of Nazareth.

Reader! I charge you to place these four words of the LORD JESUS, as a motto for remembrance, at the head of every Book, and every Chapter: Moses wrote of CHRIST. And as from this unquestionable authority, whenever we open any of the writings of Moses, we may with safety say, whether it be discovered by us or not, JESUS is here: conscious also that from our own blindness, untaught of the HOLY GHOST, we shall never find Him; how ought we to look up, for light, and direction from above, and say with David; LORD open thou mine eyes, that I may see the wondrous things of thy law!”

There is another general observation to be made upon this Book of Genesis, before the Reader enters upon the perusal of it; namely, how gracious, and condescending it was in GOD, to cause those Sacred Records to be made, and carefully handed down to us, for giving us information concerning those interesting points, without which, they never could have been known by us. May divine grace make us duly thankful for such distinguishing mercies!

In this first Book of Moses, we have brought before us the history of the creation; the original state of man as innocent; his fall, by reason of sin; the gracious promise of redemption; together with the Church’s history, in the hives of the Patriarchs, comprising a period of about 2369 years.

Reader! in observing how short an account we have of the lives of the Fathers, during so long, a period, contemplate with due seriousness, the fluctuating transitory state of man upon earth! And while the reflection suitably affects the mind, recollect no less, how sweet, and reviving the thought is, that amidst all the changing scenes of succeeding generations, in which one passeth away, and another cometh, our Covenant GOD in CHRIST, liveth and abideth forever. LORD, grant to him that writes, and to him that reads these lines, that when their hour is also come, in which both will cease from their labors, be gathered to their fathers, and have seen corruption, they may find thee to be the strength of their heart, and their portion forever.