Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 31 March, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God
full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15).
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Administration of the Lord’s
Fairer Than the Children of
Scripture Reading: Psalm 45
Text: Psalm 45:1-2
I. A Great Theme
II. A Beautiful King
III. A Song of Loves
Psalms: 95:1-6; 30:6-12; 116:9-19;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Anointed With the Oil of
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1
Text: Psalm 45:7
I. The Holy Reason
II. The Wonderful Meaning
Psalms: 93:1-5; 31:1-6; 5:4-11; 45:6-11
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Quote to Consider
Gerrit Vos: "Oil, in God’s Word, is a
figure of the Holy Ghost. Thus the oil in the candlestick in
the Temple. Thus in the vision of the golden candlestick in
Zechariah 4:1-6. And thus in Isaiah 61:3. The Spirit of the
Lord God is upon me because the Lord hath anointed me. It is
rather clear why this should be so, for oil is the source of
light and light is the very life of God. Thus the Holy Ghost
is Workmaster of all the light and the life which is from
God and which is transposed to the whole Church of Christ.
That life of the Spirit is very fragrant. It has the power
and capacity to make one glad. For instance, read Psalm
45:7: ‘therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed me with the
oil of gladness’" (Standard Bearer, vol. 35, issue
Announcements (subject to God’s
After a week of
self-examination, confessing members in good standing are
called to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
Your participation in the Lord’s Supper is in part a witness
that you repent of your sins, believe that Jesus Christ is
your righteousness and desire to live a new and godly life.
As this heavenly food can be taken to one’s judgment (I Cor.
11:28-30) and as the common reception of this food is a
confession of doctrinal unity (Acts 2:42), the elders
supervise the partaking of the sacrament. Visitors from
other denominations must request permission from the
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley & Alex)
6:45 PM - N.T. Juniors
(Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg (Timothy)
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will continue
with our study of eschatology and time by looking at
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to study article 20 on
"God Hath Manifested His Justice and Mercy in Christ."
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Now is Christ Risen" (I Corinthians 15:20) by Rev.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will speak on "The Spirit of the Age and the Church"
in Porthcawl at 7:15 PM on Thursday, 18 April.
Offerings: General Fund -
£511.70. Donations: £10 (CR News), £12 (DVDs).
Website Additions: 1
Portuguese, 3 Hungarian and 32 Burmese translations.
PRC News: Doon PRC called Rev. Spronk. Pastor Lau
Chin Kwee of the Covenant ERC in Singapore passed away last
weekend after a lengthy struggle with heart, lung and liver
problems. The Contact Committee sent Rev. Den Hartog to
Singapore for the funeral services which were held this past
John Owen on Psalm 45
There is no love like to the
love between Christ and the souls of believers.
There are flaming loves in some
to their lusts, — in others to the world, that even devour
them; but yet I will say again, upon ten thousand accounts,
there is no love like to the love between Christ and the
souls of believers.
Should we go to speak now of
the love of Christ, on the one side, it is an ocean, — we
cannot fathom it. The best act of our souls towards Christ’s
love is admiration, astonishing admiration, till the heart
is quite overwhelmed with it, — till our thoughts and
understandings are, as it were, lost; the soul is taken out
of itself, and laid in the dust as nothing, to be swallowed
up in a holy contemplation of the unspeakable, inconceivable
love of Jesus Christ.
I will name three heads of it,
that may help us, in this admiration, to see that it is a
love that is inimitable: the fiery loves of men, after this
world and their lusts, are not to be named the same day with
it: — 1. Consider it in its condescension. Now, I think we
shall all confess that this love is inimitable, because
nothing but infinite, divine power and wisdom could work
such an effect as was the condescension of the Son of God, —
out of his love to take our nature upon him, to become flesh
as we are; and God never wrought it, nor will, but in that
instance, to all eternity: and therefore, this love hath the
preeminence above all other loves whatsoever. In Philippians
2:6-8, it is there set forth, where he unites those things
that are set at an infinite distance of being. He stoops so
low, that he saith, Psalm 22:6, "I am a worm, and no man;"
he comes to the lowest condition mankind can be reduced unto
in this condescension: and surely this hath a pre-eminence
above all other loves whatsoever. 2. The love of Christ was
manifested in his suffering in that condition. You know what
he suffered, and what he suffered for. He suffered to bear
the guilt of our sins, so to take away the wrath of God; he
suffered to wash away the filth of our sins, so to take away
shame and confusion from our souls; he suffered to redeem us
from the world, poor captive creatures as we were, that we
might be his own: and therefore, God gives us the type of it
in the prophet Hosea, Hosea 3, by a harlot; and Christ
bought us when we were harlots with the world (our hearts
going after sin and Satan), that we might be his property.
He suffered for us, so as to bear the guilt of our
iniquities, that there may be no wrath from God upon us. "I
will pay," saith Christ, "what I never took away." "For a
good man," it is possible, "some would even dare to die,"
Romans 5:7; but saith he, "Here is love, Christ died for us
when we were sinners, when we were enemies.’’ "He loved us,
and washed us in his own blood," that we may be purified
from the filth of our sins; he loved us, and redeemed us out
of every kindred and nation in the world. Here lay all
misery; — the guilt of sin, that rendered us obnoxious to
the curse of God; and the filth of sin, that made us odious
to God, and kept us under the power of the world.
This love hath suffered on
purpose to redeem us from all this. 3. The care and
tenderness which the Lord Jesus Christ continues to manifest
towards us, now he is in heaven, while we are upon the
earth, is another fruit of this love. Hebrews 5:2, this high
priest knows how to "have compassion on the ignorant, and
them that are out of the way."
Chapter 4:15, He hath been
"touched with the feeling of our infirmities," and "in all
points tempted like as we;" and "he ever liveth to make
intercession for us." In these things he expresses his love
to, and care for, his people.
On the other side, I say, the
love of believers to Christ is inexpressible, or beyond all
other love whatsoever. 1. In a way of value. Matthew 13:45,
when the merchant-man had found the precious pearl, he sells
all he hath to buy it. Believers will part with all they
have to obtain Christ; for they prefer him above all. What
will they not part with, and what do they not part with and
deny, for Christ? Whereby you may see it is a love that is
transcendent to all other loves. (1.) They part with their
sin, lust, and corruption. There is not a believer in the
world but hath naturally as great a love of, and adherence
to, sin, lust, and corruption, as the highest debauched
person upon the face of the earth; but a believer will part
with them all, subdue them all, so that he might win Christ:
which manifests it to be a transcendent love. And they that
will not do this are not believers. If our hearts are not
engaged to the mortifying of all sin, lust, and corruption,
as he enables us, we are not married to Christ; for "they
that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh, with the
affections and lusts,’" Galatians 5:24. (2.) They will part
with their righteousness for Christ. This was that the Jews
would not give up, that they might obtain justification.
They had a righteousness which was according to the law;
and, saith the apostle, Romans 10:3, "They will not submit
to the righteousness of God, but go about to establish their
own righteousness." All the righteousness which is in the
world, that the men of the world value before Christ, while
they are engaged in their lusts and pleasures, they will not
part with it for Christ; — yea, even when they are wrought
off their lusts and pleasures by conviction to some duties,
yet they will not part with their own righteousness for
Christ. But believers will part with theirs, and count it
all as loss and dung.
If corruption be subdued, and
righteousness be given up, what remains?
Truly, — (3.) Self remains. If
a man denies not himself in lawful things, in any thing that
will hinder his walking with God and living unto God, which
will make him unfaithful in his place or unfruitful, to
please God, he is not worthy of him. If he cannot deny his
ease, liberty, peace, profit, or pleasure, he is not, worthy
of Jesus Christ. Now, that love which will carry a man out
to deny all ungodliness and lust, to renounce all his own
righteousness, to lose all he hath wrought in his own
strength, to deny himself upon every instance wherein Christ
requires him; — this is a transcendent love, above all other
love whatsoever. 2. The love of believers manifests itself
also in suffering for Christ; and O who can tell what the
martyrs endured from love to the Lord Jesus!
So that this psalm, which
treats of the espousals of Christ and believers, may well
have this title, — "A Song of loves;" it being the most
Two things, from hence, are incumbent upon us: — First.
To labour to get a sense of this love of Christ upon our
hearts. If we are believers, all this love of Christ, who is
"King of kings, and Lord of lords," is fixed upon every one
of our souls; and it is our great duty to labour to let in a
sense of this love of Christ into them. Out of his abundant
love and grace, and for no other reason in the world, he
loved us when we were strangers, — he reconciled us to
himself when we were enemies, and engaged in enmity against
him; give him, then, the glory of his sovereign grace with
respect to your own souls. And, — Secondly. Let us examine
ourselves whether we have this transcendent love to Jesus
Christ in our hearts. If we have, it will continually keep
us up to the mortification of lust and corruption, to the
renouncing of all self-righteousness, to the denying
ourselves; and it will make us continually ready for all the
service and suffering Christ shall call us unto.