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Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XV - H. C. G. Moule

Chapter IV Continued Referring to Ephesians vi. 6: Approaching the words in their connexion, we find a most remarkable and suggestive connexion indeed. Whom is he addressing specially here? It is the Christian slave; the man who has found Christ, or rather has been found of Him, while being the absolute property of a human owner, under the then laws of society and the state. This man had had no voice, not the faintest, in the choice of his service, of his duties, of his burthens, of his residence, of his surroundings of any sort. His purchaser might be the best of men, or the worst; he might be Philemon, he might be Felix, or Nero. He might be a believer, or a persecutor. He might be just and generous by natural character, or capricious and unfair to the last degree. The tasks he imposed upon his slave might be well adapted to the strength and character of the worker, or extremely uncongenial, trying, and exhausting. Most assuredly the Master in heaven

Moule Index

A bit slow on the take here; I realise now I should have been indexing all the Moule entries separately so they can be read more easily together. I'll fix that.

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XIV - H. C. G. Moule

Chapter IV THE WILL OF GOD Eph. vi. 6. – Doing the will of God from the heart. This short sentence, eight words in the English, seven only in the Greek, is a wonderfully comprehensive account of the action of the Spiritual Life. Take it word by word, and every detail in it is a great principle, meant to underlie a most happy experience and practice. “ Doing ” is its first word; doing, as against dreaming; doing, in the sense of a genuine obedience, and not merely an approval, a recognition, of what claims to be obeyed. “Doing the will of God ” is its next word; reminding the Christian that he is indeed not his own, that he exists for Another, for his Maker and Redeemer, and that his own being will never work aright, will never fulfil its true “law,” will never rest, out of the line of the will of Him who has made him, has re-made him, owns him altogether, and purposes to use him. “Doing the will of God from the heart ,” or more precisely “ from the soul ,” is its last

Sunday After Ascension - A Joyful Coronation

The day of coronation for a king can be a day of great rejoicing. It does depend on the king, though, or, better, whether or not you are on the king’s side about matters. There have been kings and queens crowned and many of the people ran and hid themselves, while others rejoiced. In the case of the coronation of Jesus of Nazareth over the realm of the whole universe, for all those who are on the LORD’s side, there is great cause to rejoice in his coronation. God himself is depicted as laughing over the whole matter. Psm. 2 1: Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3: Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5: Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6: Yet have I

Article on the RCC's role in the 20th century

I post this here because the article debunks the idea that the Roman Catholic Church is somehow responsible for the Holocaust. This is important for all Christians in their defense of Christianity in general. A review of Michael Burleigh’s history of religion from World War I to the war on terror.

Today is Ascension Day

When one considers how much attention is paid to the coronation of a king or queen of England, it is a shame how little attention Christians pay to the anniversary of Christ's coronation. Let us not fail to give Him the honour that is His due and enthrone Him anew and afresh in our hearts today! G RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XIII - H. C. G. Moule

Chapter iii concluded It is a blessed thing to be a “moderate” in this sense. A living calm pervades that soul. A thousand anxieties, and a thousand regrets, incident to the life of self, are spared it. It is at leisure from itself, and therefore free for many a delightful energy and enterprise when God calls it in that direction, as well as ready for imprisonment and apparent inutility when that is His will. An example in point rises before me. I will name no name, for that would severely pain the “moderate man” I have in view. It is a life overflowingly active of which I am thinking; a mind and will quick to originate, vigorous to execute; a heart large in sympathies and in power of influence. But never, during the observation of years, have I been able to detect in this Christian’s words and works the presence of selffulness. The enterprises of others for God seem to be as interesting to him as his own. The success of his own seems to have no interest apart from that of serviceablen

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XII - H. C. G. Moule

Chapter iii, continued. On: “Let your yieldingness be known unto all men; the Lord is near.” What is it? We shall find the answer partly by remembering how, from another point of view, the Gospel enjoins, and knows how to impart, the most resolute un yieldingness. If anything can work the great miracle of making a weak character strong, it is the Gospel. Like nothing else, it can make the victim of sensual temptation turn his back decisively upon it. It can make the weak spirit which has habitually “saved itself trouble” by falsehood – and the merest avoidance of “trouble” is the motive of numberless falsehoods – immoveably loyal to truth, at all costs to ease. It can make the regenerate say “no” to self on a hundred points where never anything but “yes” was heard before. Nothing in the moral world is so immoveable as the will of a living Christian, sustained by the power of God the Holy Spirit, on some clear case of principle. I lately read o

Hebrews & Hypothetical Warnings

I’ve been reading some commentaries on the Epistle to the Hebrews and I am sorry, but I cannot see how the New Testament warnings of apostasy written by the apostles can be simply hypothetical. Many wonderful saints have taken these as hypothetical, because they have seen the glory of the salvation wrought for us by a sovereign God of grace, and cannot see how there is any room for any real threat to the saint. “There is therefore now no condemnation for them that are in Christ Jesus.” The New Testament teaches plainly that the saint may be assured of the gift of everlasting life while still in this mortal life. I believe the same things they do about salvation through Christ alone, by God’s grace alone, by faith alone. However, the Bible says other things as well. It doesn’t just speak of these things. It also speaks of human responsibility. And if the language of the Bible in which we find so much comfort is to be taken as it stands, then tha

Thoughts on the Spiritual Life - XI - H. C. G. Moule

CHAPTER III CHRISTIAN MODERATION Phil. iv. 5. – Let your moderation be known unto all m en. The Lord is at hand. The word moderation, in this verse, is not quite self-explanatory. With “moderation” we now associate ideas, some of them excellent, some inferior, which are not the idea of the original Greek word here. Moderation means sometimes the virtue of self-government; the moderate man is the well-controlled man, whose habits and feelings in common life are his servants, not his masters. On the other hand, moderation often means what is scarcely a virtue – an abstinence, constitutional or acquired, from all extremes in opinion or practice; a “not too much,” a point de zele , carried into everything. The man thus moderate shuns and discountenances strong emotions, profound convictions, unsparing efforts; tends to look on evil with only a cool dislike, and on good with only a mitigated and philosophic love; is prepared to deal with great articles of faith, perhap