August 20

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:30

Our heavenly Father will never disinherit us.  He may for a time desert his children, but will not disinherit them.  This is evident by virtue of the eternal decree of heaven.  God’s decree is the basis on which the saints’ perseverance depends; neither sin, death, nor hell can break it asunder.  All he predestined will be glorified.  Besides God’s decree, he has engaged himself by promise that all the heirs of heaven shall never be put out of their inheritance.  His promises are like a sealed deed that cannot be reversed.  They are the saints’ royal charter.  God’s fidelity, which is the richest pearl of his crown, is engaged in this promise for his children’s perseverance.  A child of God cannot fall away while he is held fast in the two arms of God—his lover, and his faithfulness.  Jesus Christ undertakes that all of God’s children by adoption shall be preserved in a state of grace until they inherit glory He carries on grace in the souls of the elect by the influence and cooperation of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit makes good all that Christ has purchased for the saints.  Christ also carries on the work of intercession (Heb. 7:25).  He prays that every saint may hold out in grace.  Can the children of such prayers perish?  If the heirs of heaven should be disinherited and fall short of glory, then God’s decree must be reversed, his promise broken, and Christ’s prayer frustrated, which would be blasphemy to imagine.  Not only this, God’s children are united with the body of Christ.  As it is impossible to separate the leaven from the dough once they are mingled together, so it is impossible that Christ and believers could ever be separated.  Is it possible that any part of Christ should perish?  Losing one part loses glory too.  By all this, it is evident that God’s children must persevere in grace.

 

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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