July 29

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,   1 Timothy 2:5

Christ Jesus is the advocate for all true children by adoption.  Are you born of God by his Word?   Have you the Spirit of adoption?  Can you in faith call God – Father?  Then, Christ is your advocate to appear in the presence of God for you and to plead the sacrifice he has offered.  He pleads for the weak and the strong.  No strength in this world secures one from the rage of hell, nor can any experience fortify us against Satan’s assaults.  There is a tendency in the best to sin, and the bigger the man the greater the fall.  Therefore, it is an absolute necessity that an advocate is provided for all.  Any man may fall.  He that is most refined and purified may as soon be in the dirt as the weakest.  So far as I can see, Satan’s design is against them the most.  I am sure the greatest sins have been committed by the greatest saints.  The mighty have as much need of an advocate as the youngest and most feeble of the flock.  What a mind Satan had to tempt Peter to fall!  And how quickly did he break the neck of Judas!  Without doubt the same would have happened to peter had not Jesus stepped in.  As long as sin is in our flesh and the devil is alive there is danger.  Although a strong Christian is too hard for Satan and may overcome him in one thing, he may later in another be overcome two for one.  Thus he tempted David and Peter, and thus he has tempted many more.  The strongest are weak and the wisest are fools when sifted as wheat in Satan’s sieve.  God I his mercy has sufficiently declared the truth of what I say, by preparing for all an advocate – ‘My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous’ (1 John 2:1).

 

Through the Year with William Still

 

Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.

A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”

It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.

Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.

 

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