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With Christ My Savior


“All Israel will mourn for Abijah and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord has found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel.” 1 Kings 14:13 God, who calls His people…
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“The Lord tries the righteous.”–Psalm 11:5 It is the perfection of God that He does everything for Himself; this, while it is the greatest imperfection of the creature, is the highest perfection of the Creator. The works of creation exhibit the glory of God. Not an insect floats in the sunbeam, not a flower blooms…
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“O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence and be no more.”–Psalm 39:13 Our blessed Lord, in those remarkable words addressed to His erring apostle, “When you are converted, strengthen your brethren,” unfolded one of the most authentic and sad, yet difficult chapters in the history of the believer. Peter, to…
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The FRUITS of the New Birth

“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the praise and glory of God.”–Phil. 1:11 From tracing some of the more distinctive marks of the New Birth, we pass to a consideration of its FRUITS–a more advanced view of the same subject. There may be certain marks or features in…
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What is Conversion? 

by James Smith, 1857 Conversion is the turning of the soul, from error to truth, from sin to holiness, from works to Jesus, and from Satan to God. Man has turned his back upon God; in conversion he turns his face to God. Man has closed his ear against God, when converted, he says, “Speak,…
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True conversion The Spirit calls men to Jesus in diverse ways- Some are drawn so gently that they scarcely know when the drawing began, and others are so suddenly affected, that their conversion stands out with noonday clearness. Perhaps no two conversions are precisely alike in detail- the means, the modes, the manifestations, all vary…
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Real Conversion James Smith, 1859

Real conversion supposes that it has a counterfeit — something like conversion which is not the thing itself. For instance, a man may change his sentiments, on many points his feelings may undergo a change, and he may reform his life — and yet not be really converted to God. Many have had convictions and…
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The EVIDENCES of the New Birth

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature–old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”–2 Cor. 5:17 It demands great skill in the holy art of dealing with Christian evidence–the evidence of the life of God in the soul of man. The fact we seek to confirm is so…
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The NATURE of the New Birth

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 We pass from the negative to the POSITIVE aspect of this great subject–the New Birth–purposing in the present chapter to consider its nature, author, and necessity. It is one of the…
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“You have a name that you live, and are dead.”–Rev. 3:1 The reader, possessing a taste and an eye for the fine arts, must often have stood entranced before a picture of natural still-life, in which, with masterly genius, the artist had portrayed the subject with such vivid effect as to invest it with all…
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