Bulletin Edition #351 May 2017


By Henry Mahan

Song by John Newton

So long as two men are walking together, you cannot tell which one of

them the dog belongs to. But let the two men part company and it then

becomes evident; the dog will follow his master! The dog does not

hesitate, de­bate, or remain undecided; he quickly follows the one he loves.

Where Christ and men separate; where the Word of God and the traditions

of men divide; where the ways of God and ways of the flesh part, ­the

servant of Christ does not hesitate, debate, or remain undecided; he

follows Christ, whom he loves, regardless of the cost.

The master may go to a sim­ple cottage, a meal of dry bread, and a

lonesome ex­istence while his companion enjoys all the luxuries of the

world. But the faithful dog cares little for these things so long as he

is with his master.

“Content with beholding His face,

My all to His pleasure resigned;

No changes of season or place,

Would make any change in my mind;

While blest with a sense of His love,

A palace a toy would appear;

And prisons would palaces prove,

If Jesus would dwell with me there.”

“When They Heard This”

(Acts 2:37) “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,

and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,

what shall we do?”

Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost is one of the best that has ever

been preached. Through it 3000 were brought to conviction, to

conversion, to faith in and union with Christ. It is plain and clear. It

hit them hard. It was very personal. It was to the point. It was full of


It was a powerful sermon because Peter believed what he was saying. He

knew that these, with wicked hands, had crucified our Lord and Saviour.

He knew that the Lord Jesus Christ had risen from the grave, and

returned to Heaven.

It was a powerful sermon because it was full of Scripture. He quotes

Psalm after Psalm, for that is the best way to preach.

It was a powerful sermon because he was filled with the spirit. He had

heard “the sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,” which “filled

all the house where they were sitting.” He was so filled with God’s

Spirit in his preaching that many cried out, “Men and brethren, what

shall we do?”

“They were pricked in their heart” – and this is painful. The best

preaching is that which pricks our heart. This is the only kind of

impression that is a saving impression. It is not if I please your ears,

your eyes, your sense of smell, but if your heart is pricked.

Many attempts are made to make people religious from the outside. It is

done with clothes, and how you wear you hair. How can our heart be

affected by what we wear? None have ever been brought to Christ that way.

Some say salvation comes by eating or not eating, by drinking or not

drinking. Our Lord said, it is “Not that which goeth into the mouth

defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, that defileth a

man.” It is the heart which must be changed. If your conversion is

produced in the flesh, it will only be concerned with fleshly things.

Never be satisfied with a religion which does not affect your heart.

Never be satisfied with worship that is not from the heart. If you are

to be blessed by the hearing of this Gospel, then you must be pricked in

your heart.

When Peter preached in Acts 5:33, we find that, “When they heard that,

they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.” Did you

notice the difference in some being pricked in their heart, and the

others only cut to their heart? Being only cut to their heart, it did

not go all the way – and since it did not go all the way, they were not

converted, but tried to kill the preachers. These are the 2 impressions

the preaching of the Gospel always makes. If the Sword of the Spirit

does not prick you in the heart, no lasting, saving work will be done.

When these heard that Jesus was the Christ, they bowed to Him. That is

what Peter told them. He told them who Christ was, what He came to do,

WHAT He did, WHO sent Him, and WHERE He is now. He spoke of Christ. That

is all he talked about, for it was the preaching of Christ alone that

pricked their hearts. And this is what we are to preach, for nothing

will more pierce your heart than the discovery of God’s great love in

giving His well-beloved Son to die for you. If that does not prick your

heart, nothing will.

Milton W. Howard is pastor of Kitchens Creek Baptist Church in Ball

(John MacDuff, “The Precepts of Jesus”

A guide through life to immortality!)

“Who would not fear You, O King of nations?”

Jeremiah 10:7

How reasonable it is, that this glorious Being, whose

greatness is unsearchable—should be regarded with

feelings of the profoundest reverence. It is, indeed, His

due, and as such He claims it from all His creatures.

“Concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There

is no fear of God before his eyes.” Psalm 36:1

To have no fear of God before their eyes—is at once

the greatest injustice, and the most unutterable folly!

All who have the impudence to lift up their puny

arms in rebellion against Him, are engaged in a

conflict, which, if persisted in, is sure to terminate

in their utter destruction!

Reader, think of His incomprehensible greatness

and majesty. Think of Him as the High and Lofty

One who inhabits eternity—

the heavens His throne,

the earth His footstool,

the light His garment,

the clouds His chariot,

the thunder His voice!

Viewing Him thus—it will be impossible for you to

treat Him with indifference, far less with scornful

disdain. If you are only brought in some measure,

to realize the fact of God’s greatness and majesty,

you cannot fail to acknowledge that He is greatly

to be feared, and to be held in reverence by all

His creatures.

Just so, with all the other attributes of His nature.

Who can think of His power so mighty, so irresistible

—a power which is able to crush us into atoms with

infinitely greater ease than we can tread the crawling

worm beneath our feet—and not fear Him?

Who can think of His knowledge, nothing being

hidden from His omniscient glance, the darkness of

midnight and the splendor of noon, being altogether

alike to Him—and not fear Him?

Who can think of the terrors of His avenging justice,

and not fear Him—especially, as when He proclaims

from His exalted throne, “There is no god other than

Me! I am the one who kills and gives life; I am the

one who wounds and heals; no one delivers from

My power! As surely as I live, when I sharpen My

flashing sword and begin to carry out justice, I will

bring vengeance on My enemies and repay those

who hate Me!” Deuteronomy 32:39-41

Our God is, truly, a consuming fire! It is most befitting

for us, to regard Him with reverence and godly fear!

It is not those who can deprive us of our present life,

whom we should so much dread. Limited, and of brief

duration—is the power of all mortal foes at best. “Do

not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that

can do no more. But I will show you whom you should

fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has

power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, Fear

Him!” Luke 12:4-5


Acts 9:31

Believers are men and women who walk in the fear of the Lord. God’s

people do not have a slavish dread of God. We are not afraid to speak to

him and about him. We are not afraid that he will become angry with us,

disinherit us, or punish us for sin. Faith in Christ removes that kind

of terrifying fear. Yet, the believer does not think, talk about, or

speak to God carelessly, flippantly, without reverence for his infinite,

glorious, righteous Being. A true, heart knowledge of the Triune God

will produce godly fear in a man’s heart.

The fear of the Lord is simply REVERENCE for him. It is much like the

reverence a son has for his father, involving both love and respect. God

has won the admiration of his children’s hearts, causing us to reverence

him. We reverence his name, his Being, his Word, and his works. All that

God is, all that has to do with him, all that he says, and all that he

does is held in high esteem by those who know him. This fear of the Lord

shows itself in many ways. To fear God is to HATE EVIL. The man who

knows God hates the evil of his own heart and life, hates the evil

performed by others, hates the evil of false doctrine, which robs God of

his glory, and hates those who perpetrate such evil. “Do not I hate

them, O Lord, that hate thee?…I hate them with perfect hatred: I count

them mine enemies” (Ps. 139:21-22). Those who fear the Lord are CAREFUL

NOT TO OFFEND HIM. We cherish our fellowship with the eternal God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And we take care not to grieve and offend

him, because we want nothing to hinder the fellowship we enjoy. The

heart that fears the Lord WITHHOLDS NOTHING FROM HIM, no matter how dear

and valuable, when he calls for it. To fear the Lord is to WORSHIP HIM.

It is to worship God, as he is revealed in Scripture, in our hearts.

Such fear of the Lord is PROGRESSIVE. Believers walk in the fear of the

Lord. The more a man knows him, the more he fears him. God, grant that I

may be found “walking in the fear of the Lord.” Amen.

Don Fortner.

One That Feared God

Acts 10: 1, 2

The apostle Paul declares that with all men born of Adam, “There is no

fear of God before their eyes” (Rom 3: 18.) Luke says of Cornelius that

he was “one that feared God with all his house.” The Holy Spirit

declares to us by this statement that Cornelius was a believer.

Cornelius did not yet know that the Messiah had come, but he worshipped

Jehovah by faith in that Messiah to come, as did all who truly

worshipped God before Christ came. He reverenced God as so absolutely

holy, so absolutely in control of all things, and so absolutely powerful

to save according to his promise that his only concern in this world was

bowing to the LORD. His preeminent concern for everyone in his household

over whom he had any influence was that they know the true and living

God. Because Cornelius stood in awe of God, the High and Lofty One,

Cornelius was not concerned with the favor or disfavor of men. He was

not afraid of telling men “no” when they interfered with him worshipping

his God. He was not afraid of insisting that those in his household come

with him to the place they worshipped. A God-wrought fear results in

trusting God without compromise in the face of even our most intimate

loved ones who oppose the free and sovereign grace of God in Christ

Jesus. Where you find compromise in these areas it is due to an

inordinate reverence and fear of man rather than a fear of God. Oh how

great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee;

which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of

men! (Ps 31: 19.) Clay Curtis.

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