CMF eZine The online magazine of the Christian Military Fellowship. 7 December Mind Altering By Becky Juett Miller 0 Comment Mind Altering Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 There are things that can make a person's mind be altered in ways not from God. Examples would be alcohol and drugs. You hear of people who can't relax or want to have fun so they drink. Maybe there are those with problems they feel a magic drug or alcohol will help cure. Deaths have occurred from mixing drugs and alcohol. The best and most preferred way to 'alter your mind' is not with substances mentioned above but from reading God's word. The Bible helps transform your thoughts and help you acquire peace and joy instead of fear and unhappiness. It is also your guidebook through life to keep you on the right path. When you feel upset, fearful, angry, bitter, forgotten, abused, unloved pick up the Bible, for in it you will find rest for your weary soul. Give it a try. PRAYER: Lord I know that only through you are problems solved not by drinking or taking drugs. I pray for those caught in that trap, often one of fear and unhappiness. I need you every hour. In Jesus' name. Amen. Becky Juett Miller God's Lemonade Stand https://www.facebook.com/GodsLemonadeStand/ https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com Mind Altering Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 There are things that can make a person's mind be altered in ways not from God. Examples would be alcohol and drugs. You hear of people who can't relax or want to have fun so they drink. Maybe there are those with problems they feel a magic drug or alcohol will help cure. Deaths have occurred from mixing drugs and alcohol. The best and most preferred way to 'alter your mind' is not with substances mentioned above but from reading God's word. The Bible helps transform your thoughts and help you acquire peace and joy instead of fear and unhappiness. It is also your guidebook through life to keep you on the right path. When you feel upset, fearful, angry, bitter, forgotten, abused, unloved pick up the Bible, for in it you will find rest for your weary soul. Give it a try. PRAYER: Lord I know that only through you are problems solved not by drinking or taking drugs. I pray for those caught in that trap, often one of fear and unhappiness. I need you every hour. In Jesus' name. Amen. Becky Juett Miller God's Lemonade Stand https://www.facebook.com/GodsLemonadeStand/ https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com Related Romans 8:5 - The Man Is as the Mind Is Romans 8:5 — The Man Is as the Mind Is For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (NASB) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (KJV) Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. (NLT) For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. (NET) Col 3:1 Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (NET) The words “carnally minded” are to phronēma tēs sarkos (το φρονημα της σαρκος), literally, “the mind of the flesh.” The words “spiritually minded” are to phronēma tou pneumatos (το φρονημα του πνευματος), literally, “the mind possessed by the Spirit,” thus a mind controlled or dominated by the Holy Spirit. (Wuest's word studies from the Greek New Testament : For the English reader) The mind (8:5–11; cf. 7:22–23; 8:5–7) is allowed to have its way in the Spirit. There is an absolute separation between being in the flesh and in the Spirit. In this section the potency of life in the Spirit is stressed, not the details of how such a life comes about. (Tyndale concise Bible commentary) It is our sinful nature that tries to make our mind focus on our fleshly desires, which will lead to only one end and that is death. However, the indwelling Spirit tries to take illuminate the reality of our flesh (sinful desires) and then lead us to life. If we are focused on our own sinful pleasures we will have set a course for death. If we focus on Christ and His righteousness, then we will sail a course pleasing to the Spirit. I suppose the reality is that our flesh is NOT interested in making a good decision here. Our place of departure then must be the honest recognition that we cannot choose rightly apart from the Spirit's power. We must confess then our inability in order to gain the victory. This deliverance from the law of sin and death is not a mere experience (it will produce precious experiences); it is a divine operation, known by faith in His operation who raised up from the dead, known in all its power by its accomplishment in Jesus, in the efficacy of which we participate by faith. The difficulty of receiving it is that we find our experience clashing with it. That Christ has put away my sins, and that God has loved me, is a matter of simple faith through grace. That I am dead is apt to find itself contradicted in my heart….The passage does not say that the flesh is changed — quite the contrary; one would not speak of the law of a thing which no longer existed. We have to contend with it, but it is no more a law; neither can it bring us under death in our conscience. (Dr. John Darby) By looking to our minds. How may we know whether we are after the flesh or after the Spirit? By examining what we mind, the things of the flesh or the things of the spirit. Carnal pleasure, worldly profit and honor, the things of sense and time, are the things of the flesh, which unregenerate people mind. The favor of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit, which those that are after the Spirit do mind. The man is as the mind is….Which way do our thoughts move with most pleasure? Which way go our plans and contrivances? Are we most wise for the world, or for our souls? (Matthew Henry) Romans 8:6 - The Mind Set on the Spirit Romans 8:6 — The Mind Set on the Spirit is Life and Peace The elements of truth, morality, and piety scattered throughout ancient heathenism, may be ascribed to three sources. In the first place, man, even in his fallen state, retains some traces of the divine image, a knowledge of God,67 however weak, a moral sense or conscience,68 and a longing for union with the Godhead, for truth and for righteousness.69 In this view we may, with Tertullian, call the beautiful and true sentences of a Socrates, a Plato, an Aristotle, of Pindar, Sophocles, Cicero, Virgil, Seneca, Plutarch, "the testimonies of a soul constitutionally Christian,"70 of a nature predestined to Christianity. Secondly, some account must be made of traditions and recollections, however faint, coming down from the general primal revelations to Adam and Noah. But the third and most important source of the heathen anticipations of truth is the all-ruling providence of God, who has never left himself without a witness. Particularly must we consider, with the ancient Greek fathers, the influence of the divine Logos before his incarnation,71 who was the tutor of mankind, the original light of reason, shining in the darkness and lighting every man, the sower scattering i the soil of heathendom the seeds of truth, beauty, and virtue.72 (Phillip Schaff) 67 Rom. 1:19, το–ῒ –ͅϊγνωστὸντοῦ θεοῦ. Comp, my annotations on Lange in loc. 68 Rom. 2:14, 15. Comp. Lange in loc. 69 Comp. Acts 17:3, 27, 28, and my remarks on the altar to the θεὸς ἄγνωστος in the History of the Apost. Church. § 73, p. 269 sqq. 70 Testimonia animae naturaliter Christianae. 71 Λόγος ἄσαρκος , Λόγος σπερματικός . 72 Comp. John 1:4, 5, 9, 10. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, (NASB) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (KJV) So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (NLT) For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, (NET) Watchmen Nee calls this phenomenon the "latent power of the soul." "For the mind set on the flesh is death" Romans 8:6a NASB This is the "reprobate" mindset that prevents us from distinguishing the Gospel of Christ from the 99.9% pure Gospel of Satan. The former bringing a life of liberty (deliverance from the oppression of sin) versus a life of freedom. Which is why we are to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling." o gar fronema tos sarkos thanatos, to de fronema tos pneumatos zoo kai eirene The Greek (transliterated above) helps us capture the idea (fronema tos sarkos thanatos) mind of flesh death — (fronema tos pneumatos zoo kai eirene) mind of spirit life and peace. Because of this "latent power of the soul," we will be deceived into thinking that we are walking in the light when we are actually walking in the darkness of our own making. We become oblivious to the fact that as we do this we are acting as a double agent perhaps even a terrorist. For in allowing the flesh to assert itself we will serve the purposes of the enemy of our soul with great zeal while the true Gospel languishes. We presuppose that the carnal Christian is one who is struggling with sin. However, the carnal Christian is actually the one who is serving in the power of the flesh! For over 200 years the American arrogance has believed that we are blessed because of something we have done. The reality is that we are blessed in spite of what we have done. Grace is not, cannot, and will not, dependant upon the works of man. But the sarkos thanatos will always think so! The Emperor Constantine said, "everybody into the pool," and sarkos thanatos said, "God is working." The church parking lot has 15,000 cars in it while the pastor preaches, "God wants you to have the best parking space," and sarkos thanatos said, "God is good!" We have created Christ in our own image and think we are blessed. When the Anti-Christ rises we won't even notice because we wont' know the difference! Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God reprised. Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded - Margin, “The minding of the flesh.” The sense is, that to follow the inclinations of the flesh, or the corrupt propensities of our nature, leads us to condemnation and death. The expression is one of great energy, and shows that it not only leads to death, or leads to misery, but that it is death itself; there is woe and condemnation in the very act and purpose of being supremely devoted to the corrupt passions, Its only tendency is condemnation and despair. (Dr. Albert Barnes) Sin is no longer at all a law. This deliverance, to one who loves holiness, who loves God, is a profound and immense subject of joy. The passage does not say that the flesh is changed — quite the contrary; one would not speak of the law of a thing which no longer existed. We have to contend with it, but it is no more a law; neither can it bring us under death in our conscience. (Dr. John Darby) Whatever the flesh savors, that brings about death: and whatever the Spirit savors, that is conducive to joy and everlasting life. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes) "Then I realized that God allows people to continue in their sinful ways so he can test them. That way they can see for themselves that they are no better than animals." (Ecclesiastes 3:18 NLT) Romans 7:23 - War on My Mind The law of the mind in this place is not to be understood as referring to the mind as it is naturally, and as our mind is from our birth, but of the mind which is renewed by the Spirit of God. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes) He perceived it by experience; he felt the force and power of inbred corruption working in him, and as a law demanding obedience to it; and which he might well call "another law", it being not only distinct from, but opposite to the law of God he delighted in; the one is good, the other evil; this other law is a transgression of the law of God, and which he observed to be "in his members", i.e. in the members of his body; not that it had its seat only, or chiefly in his body, and the parts of it, but because it exerted itself by them, it made use of them to fulfill its lusts (Dr. John Gill) But I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. (NASB) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (KJV) But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. (NLT) But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. (NET) It is once again good to reiterate that the war wages because of the law that points out our fallen nature. But since we are no longer subject to the law the war is only fought when we place ourselves under the law. Notice I said, "we place ourselves." How stupid is that? Way stupid! Paul was sharing openly from "experience" the perceptions of his personal war that we might fully understand both our falleness and the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus! Fortunately for us God has created a new day, and called it today, whereby we may enter into His Sabbath rest! Each day is new and precious and ever so fragile. We now have a new chooser that allows us to choose to follow Christ or "we place ourselves" back under the law by our rebelliousness. If we are under the law then we are held captive as a prisoner is captured in a conflict and held against his will. Held not by the Law of God but by the law of sin and death. However, if we choose Christ, we are no longer captives to our own sin but bond-slaves of Christ's righteousness that lives in us the power to save us from our sin! My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT) This is therefore no metaphysical speculation, but a practical matter: Slight and superficial conceptions of our state of natural degradation, and of our insufficiency to recover from it of ourselves, fall in too well with our natural inconsiderateness, and produce that fatal insensibility to the divine warning to "flee from the wrath to come," which we cannot but observe to prevail so generally. Having no due sense of the malignity of our disease, and of its dreadful issue, we do not set ourselves to work in earnest to obtain the remedy, as to a business arduous indeed, but indispensable: for it must ever be carefully remembered, that this deliverance is not forced on us, but offered to us; we are furnished indeed with every help, and are always to bear in mind, that we are unable of ourselves to will or to do rightly; but we are plainly admonished to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling."--Watchful, for we are encompassed with dangers; "putting on the whole armor of God," for "we are beset with enemies." (William Wilberforce) Romans 7:25 - Mind With God - Flesh with Sin This is the true perfection of those that are born again, to confess that they are imperfect. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (NASB) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV) Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (NLT) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (NET) Perhaps it would be good to remember the beginning of this section of the argument as we come to its conclusion. It began with the thought that: God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful kindness became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful kindness rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21 NLT96) Paul has expanded the argument by illustrating that sin is the master and we are the slaves. I would have liked it better had the Lord done away with sin, but instead he did away with the sinner for in Christ we have died to sin. Then he used the illustration of marriage to express the law and its holiness provoking sin to display itself in us. But since we are dead to the law in Christ, it no longer has the power to provoke: So then, dear friends the point is this: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God. (Romans 7:4 NLT96) This then culminates the finding of fact in Paul's experience that with the "law of his mind," he tries to obey the "law of God," but the "law of sin and death" give him only one choice. We have thus seen the sad but continuous epitaph of the sin in a battle with God Himself and the sinner with a terminal case of self-inflicted wounds. The first husband (the Law) unable to extricate the fallen but the second husband (Christ and His Gospel) bringing not only deliverance but everlasting triumph! Thanks is too small a word to convey the song of a soul set free! Romans 8:7 - The Carnal Mind Romans 8:7 — The Carnal Mind To be carnally minded: To be under the dominion of the fleshly impulses of the body. (The People's New Testament) Is not subject (ouch hupotassetai). Present passive indicative of hupotassō, late verb, military term for subjection to orders. Present tense here means continued insubordination. (Robertson's Word Pictures) Originally to arrange under. Possibly with a shade of military meaning suggested by enmity. It is marshaled under a hostile banner. (Vincent's Word Studies) Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. A reason and proof why the wisdom of the flesh is death: because, he says, it is the enemy of God. A reason why the wisdom of the flesh is enmity to God, because it neither wants to nor can be subject to him, and by flesh he means a man that is not regenerated. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, (NASB) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (KJV) For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. (NLT) because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. (NET) It is the question of the dispositions and to whom they are subject. Interestingly enough the word, hupotasso, is the same word used in Ephesians 5:21 where we are to "submit" (hupotasso) ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ. For those who have never served in the military, when one gives the distinction (as Robertson and Vincent have above), there is probably a shaded perception created. Tasso means to arrange in an orderly manner and thus give purpose and utility to the word and further to the concept of subjection. In the Ephesian passage, we do this out of reverence for Christ. In the Roman passage, "does not subject (submit, obey)" (ouch hupotassetai) means that we remain "out of order" or "unarranged." It is the Master's hand that must put us in tune with His will and plan. And though we have two dispositions that can "lean toward," the fallen disposition may (Romans 7) be dominate until the spiritual disposition is in control. If we confess that we are (of ourselves) unable to lean toward righteousness then that is the place of honesty where Christ will meet us to lead us and empower us. The hostility is vanquished by the Peace of Christ. Rom 1:28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. (NLT) Rom 1:30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. (NLT) Rom 5:10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. (NLT) Joh 7:7 The world can't hate you, but it does hate Me because I accuse it of doing evil. (NLT) Eph 4:18-19 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. (NLT) Col 1:21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. (NLT) 2Ti 3:4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. (NLT) Jas 4:4 You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (NLT) 1Jn 2:15-16 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (NLT) Come and Welcome, to Jesus Christ, Part 6 Come and Welcome, to Jesus Christ, Part 6 What It Is To Come To Christ FIRST, I would show you WHAT IT IS TO COME TO CHRIST. This word come must be understood spiritually, not carnally; for many came to him carnally, or bodily, that had no saving advantage by him. Multitudes did thus come unto him in the days of his flesh; yea, innumerable companies. There is also at this day a formal customary coming to his ordinances and ways of worship, which availeth not anything; but with them I shall not now meddle, for they are not intended in the text. The coming, then, intended in the text is to be understood of the coming of the mind to him, even the moving of the heart towards him. I say the moving of the heart towards him, from a sound sense of the absolute want that a man hath of him for his justification and salvation. This description of coming to Christ divideth itself into two heads: First, That coming to Christ is a moving of the mind towards him. Second, That it is a moving of the mind towards him, from a sound sense of the absolute want that a man hath of him for his justification and salvation. [First.] To speak to the first, that it is a moving of the mind towards him. This is evident; because coming hither or thither, if it be voluntary, is by an act of the mind or will; so coming to Christ is through the inclining of the will. “Thy people shall be willing” (Psa 110:3). This willingness of heart is it which sets the mind a-moving after or towards him. The church expresseth this moving of her mind towards Christ by the moving of her bowels. “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him” (Can 5:4). “My bowels;” the passions of my mind and affections; which passions of the affections are expressed by the yearning and sounding of the bowels, the yearning or passionate working of them, the sounding of them, or their making a noise for him (Gen 43:30; 1 Kings 3:26; Isa 16:11). This, then, is the coming to Christ, even a moving towards him with the mind. “And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live” (Eze 47:9). The water in this text is the grace of God in the doctrine of it. The living things are the children of men, to whom the grace of God, by the gospel, is preached. Now, saith he, every living thing which moveth, whithersoever the water shall come, shall live. And see how this word moveth is expounded by Christ himself, in the book of the Revelations: “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will,” that is, willing, “let him take the water of life freely” (Rev 22:17). So that to move in thy mind and will after Christ, is to be coming to him. There are many poor souls that are coming to Christ, that yet cannot tell how to believe it, because they think that coming to him is some strange and wonderful thing; and, indeed, so it is. But I mean, they overlook the inclination of their will, the moving of their mind, and the sounding of their bowels after him; and count these none of this strange and wonderful thing; when, indeed, it is a work of greatest wonder in this world, to see a man who was sometimes dead in sin possessed of the devil, an enemy to Christ and to all things spiritually good; I say, to see this man moving with his mind after the Lord Jesus Christ, is one of the highest wonders in the world. Second, It is a moving of the mind towards him, from a sound sense of the absolute want that a man hath of him for his justification and salvation. Indeed, without this sense of a lost condition without him, there will be no moving of the mind towards him. A moving of their mouth there may be; “With their mouth they show much love” (Eze 33:31). Such a people as this will come as the true people cometh; that is, in show and outward appearance. And they will sit before God’s ministers, as his people sit before them; and they will hear his words too, but they will not do them; that is, will not come inwardly with their minds. “For with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart,” or mind, “goeth after their covetousness.” Now, all this is because they want an effectual sense of the misery of their state by nature; for not till they have that will they, in their mind, move after him. Therefore, thus it is said concerning the true comers, At “that day the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem” (Isa 27:13). They are then, as you see, the outcasts, and those that are ready to perish, that, indeed, have their minds effectually moved to come to Jesus Christ. This sense of things was that which made the three thousand come, that made Saul come, that made the jailer come, and that, indeed, makes all others come, that come effectually (Acts 2:8, 18). Of the true coming to Christ, the four lepers were a famous semblance, of whom you read, (2 Kings 7:3), &c. The famine in those days was sore in the land, there was no bread for the people; and as for that sustenance that was, which was asses’ flesh and doves’ dung, that was only in Samaria, and of these the lepers had no share, for they were thrust without the city. Well, now they sat in the gate of the city, and hunger was, as I may say, making his last meal of them; and being, therefore, half dead already, what do they think of doing? Why, first they display the dismal colo rs of death before each other’s faces, and then resolve what to do, saying, “If we say we will enter into the city, then famine is in the city, and we shall die there: if we sit still here, we die also. Now, therefore, come, let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; if they kill us, we shall but die.” Here, now, was necessity at work, and this necessity drove them to go thither for life, whither else they would never have gone for it. Thus it is with them that in truth come to Jesus Christ. Death is before them, they see it and feel it; he is feeding upon them, and will eat them quite up, if they come not to Jesus Christ; and therefore they come, even of necessity, being forced thereto by that sense they have of their being utterly and everlastingly undone, if they find not safety in him. These are they that will come. Indeed, these are they that are invited to come. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). Take two or three things to make this more plain; to wit, That coming to Christ floweth from a sound sense of the absolute need that a man hath of him, as afore. 1. “They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble” (Jer 31:9). Mind it; they come with weeping and supplication; they come with prayers and tears. Now prayers and tears are the effects of a right sense of the need of mercy. Thus a senseless sinner cannot come, he cannot pray, he cannot cry, he cannot come sensible of what he sees not, nor feels. “In those days, and in that time-the children of Israel shall come; they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten” (Jer 1:4, 5). 2. This coming to Christ, it is called a running to him, as flying to him; a flying to him from wrath to come. By all which terms is set forth the sense of the man that comes; to wit, That he is affected with the sense of his sin, and the death due thereto; that he is sensible that the avenger of blood pursues him, and that, therefore, he is thus off, if he makes not speed to the Son of God for life (Matt 3:7; Psa 143:9). Flying is the last work of a man in danger; all that are in danger do not fly; no, not all that see themselves in danger; flying is the last work of a man in danger; all that hear of danger will not fly. Men will consider if there be no other way of escape before they fly. Therefore, as I said, flying is the last thing. When all refuge fails, and a man is made to see that there is nothing left him but sin, death, and damnation, unless he flies to Christ for life; then he flies, and not till then. 3. That the true coming is from a sense of an absolute need of Jesus Christ to save, &c., is evident by the outcry that is made by them to come, even as they are coming to him, “Lord, save me,” or I perish; “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” and the like (Matt 14:30; Acts 2:37; 16:30). This language doth sufficiently discover that the truly-coming souls are souls sensible of their need of salvation by Jesus Christ; and, moreover, that there is nothing else that can help them but Christ. 4. It is yet further evident by these few things that follow: It is said that such are “pricked in their heart,” that is, with the sentence of death by the law; and the least prick in the heart kills a man (Acts 2:37). Such are said, as I said before, to weep, to tremble, and to be astonished in themselves at the evident and unavoidable danger that attends them, unless they fly to Jesus Christ (Acts 9:16). 5. Coming to Christ is attended with an honest and sincere forsaking of all for him. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26, 27). By these and the like expressions elsewhere, Christ describeth the true comer, or the man that indeed is coming to him; he is one that casteth all behind his back; he leaveth all, he forsaketh all, he hateth all things that would stand in his way to hinder his coming to Jesus Christ. There are a great many pretended comers to Jesus Christ in the world; and they are much like to the man you read of in Matthew 21:30, that said to his father’s bidding, “I go, Sir, and went not.” I say, there are a great many such comers to Jesus Christ; they say, when Christ calls by his gospel, I come, Sir; but still they abide by their pleasures and carnal delights. They come not at all, only they give him a courtly compliment; but he takes notice of it, and will not let it pass for any more than a lie. He said, “I go, Sir, and went not;” he dissembled and lied. Take heed of this, you that flatter yourselves with your own deceivings. Words will not do with Jesus Christ. Coming is coming, and nothing else will go for coming with him. Bunyan, J. (2006). Come and Welcome, to Jesus Christ (Vol. 1, pp. 247–249). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. (Public Domain) Comments are closed.