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Today's Puritan Audio Devotional:

Our conception of Christlikeness!
J.R. Miller, very practical
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His jewels!

(William Purton, "Lessons of Peace in the School of Affliction" 1868)

"They will be Mine," says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make up My jewels!" Malachi 3:17

The promise of God is that His saints shall be as the jewels of a crown--yes, they shall shine in the Royal diadem! The Lord delights to call them His jewels!

What a price has been paid for the saints--the Son of God purchased them with His own blood! Are they not valuable in His sight? How precious are those whom Jehovah calls His jewels! Bought with such an inestimable price!

But the saints are likened unto jewels, also because our souls need cutting and purifying. A diamond seems to be a mere pebble--until the jeweler's hands give it shape and smoothness. Skill and patient toil so transform it, that everyone takes pleasure it its beauty and brightness.

Likewise is it with our souls. Divine grace removes defects, and beautifies. The sharp edge of affliction, directed by the hand of Infinite Love--makes perfect. No longer rough and unsightly, but beautiful and glorious--the precious workmanship of God becomes His delight. It is made fit for the Royal diadem, in which it will shine throughout eternity--reflecting all-gloriously the majesty of the King of Kings!

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We have just published William Purton's superb 58 page booklet, "Lessons of Peace in the School of Affliction".

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he more I consider the doctrine of substitution, the more is my soul enamored of the matchless wisdom of God which devised this system of salvation. As for a hazy atonement which atones for everybody in general, and for nobody in particular,—an atonement made equally for Judas and for John, I care nothing for it; but a literal, substitutionary sacrifice, Christ vicariously bearing the wrath of God on my behalf, this calms my conscience with regard to the righteous demands of the law of God, and satisfies the instincts of my nature which declare that, as God is just, he must exact the penalty of my guilt. - See more at: http://spurgeononline.com/category/sermon-quotes/page/10/#sthash.PdvCicVC.dpuf

The more I consider the doctrine of substitution, the more is my soul enamored of the matchless wisdom of God which devised this system of salvation. As for a hazy atonement which atones for everybody in general, and for nobody in particular,—an atonement made equally for Judas and for John, I care nothing for it; but a literal, substitutionary sacrifice, Christ vicariously bearing the wrath of God on my behalf, this calms my conscience with regard to the righteous demands of the law of God, and satisfies the instincts of my nature which declare that, as God is just, he must exact the penalty of my guilt. - See more at: http://spurgeononline.com/category/sermon-quotes/page/10/#sthash.0smqs1HS.dpuf


 

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