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This account, written by our friend, Dr David Murray, who is now a lecturer in Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan is to be found on the website, The Westminster Presbyterian. I have added some comments here and there.
The Scottish Communion Season
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And so to today:
This morning, Rev K MacDonald preached on Isaiah 6: 3-5.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
The sermon spoke of God's essential (in essence) holiness, and how all He was and all He did was saturated with, and stemmed from His holiness. His holiness is seen especially at Calvary, in how He dealt with His beloved Son when our Saviour was 'made sin for us'. The minister quoted Charnock, an English Puritan, who said of the Father's dealings with His Son at Calvary: "It was as if His affection and love for His own holiness went above His love for His own Son.". (When we think of the immeasurable love He had for His Son, we get some idea of the extent of His love for His own holiness).
And so, the question is ... What ought our reaction be when we think of His holiness and our own sin? We daren't be indifferent to His holiness, nor to our sin. We ought to hate our sin, and love holiness Personified...
Tonight's sermon, preached by Rev Gavin Beers, was taken from Romans 2: 1-3
1Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
We heard a searching sermon on Judging others; on Condemning ourselves; and on The judgement of God.
In dealing with the judgement of God, Rev Beers stressed that there is only one answer, considering we are all going to stand at the judgement seat of Christ. Christ! Christ is the only answer, our only hope. For, if we are in Christ, then
"There is therefore now no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus".
Tomorrow (Friday) morning's meeting will take the form of a Question meeting (see in David Murray's notes, above). I shall try and find the time to let y'all know all about it.