Quote of the day – Clement of Rome


Romans 5:6-10

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For Christ, when we were yet of no strength, at his time died for the ungodly.

Doubtless one will scarce die for a righteous man: but yet for a good man it may be that one dare die.

But God setteth out his love towards us, seeing that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. . .


“And so we, having being called through his will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves or through our own wisdom or understanding or piety, or works that we have done in holiness of heart, but through faith, by which the Almighty God has justified all who have existed from the beginning; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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Clement of Rome, 1 Clem. 32.4. Trans. from Michael W. Holmes, ed., The Apostolic Fathers (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 87.

Quoted in Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz, Moody Publishers, Chicago, The Master’s Seminary Press, Los Angeles, 2017.I



Conrad Mbewe, on the certain outcome of Christ’s intercession for us


Luke 22:31-32

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31 ¶ And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,Satan hath desired you, to winnow you as wheat.

32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: therefore when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

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Hebrews 7:24-26

24 But this man, because he endureth ever, hath a Priesthood, which cannot pass from one to another.

25 Wherefore, he is able also perfectly to save them that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth, to make intercession for them.

26 For such an high Priest it became us to have, which is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:



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Paul Washer, on Scripture as our Sole Authority


1 Timothy 3:15-16

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15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.



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This most sweet, transcendent study


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John Flavel (1630–1691)

John was an English Puritan, a Presbyterian pastor, and an author. To understand his life and times, I believe it’s important to know that his father, Richard, was a non-conformist minister who was jailed along with his wife in Newgate Prison for preaching and teaching. In Newgate Richard and his wife contracted the plague from which they died after their release.


About John

“He was a man of a middle stature, and full of life and activity: he was very thoughtful, and when not discoursing or reading, much taken up in meditation, which made him digest his notions well. He was ready to learn from every body, and as free to communicate what he knew. He was bountiful to his own relations, and very charitable to the poor, but especially to the household of faith, and the necessitous members of his own church, to whom, during their sickness, he always sent suitable supplies. He freely taught academical learning to four young men whom he bred to the ministry, and one of them he maintained all the while at his own charge. He was exceedingly affectionate to all the people of Dartmouth, of which we shall give one remarkable instance. When our fleet was first engaged with the French, he called his people together to a solemn fast, and, like a man in an agony, wrestled with God in prayer for the church and nation, and particularly for the poor seamen of Dartmouth, that they might obtain mercy; the Lord heard and answered him, for not one of that town was killed in the fight, though many of them were in the engagement.”

Anonymous bio, ccel.org


Isaiah 53

1599 Geneva BIBLE

53 1 Of Christ and his kingdom, whose word few will believe. 6 All men are sinners. 11 Christ is our righteousness, 12 and is dead for our sins.

Who will believe our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

But he shall grow up before him as a branch, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath neither form nor beauty: when we shall see him, there shall be no form that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men: he is a man full of sorrows, and hath experience of infirmities: we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely, he hath born our infirmities, and carried our sorrows, yet we did judge him as plagued and smitten of God, and humbled.

But he was wounded for our transgressions: he was broken for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes are we healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray: we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all.

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John 19:28-30

28 ¶ After, when Jesus knew that all things were performed, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, I thirst.

29 And there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar: and put it about an Hyssop stalk, and put it to his mouth.

30 Now when Jesus had received of the vinegar, he said, It is finished, and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.


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“Consider the excellencies of the knowledge of Christ. The comforts of believers are streams from this fountain. Jesus Christ is the object of a believer’s joy. Take away the knowledge of Christ, and Christians would be the most sad and melancholy beings in the world. . .

“Studying Christ stamps a heavenly glory upon the contemplating soul. How little do we know of Christ, in comparison with what we might have known! O, how much time is spent in other studies and worldly employments; but how little in the search and study of Jesus Christ! O then, separate, devote, and wholly give yourself, your time, and your strength to this most sweet, transcendent study.”

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John Flavel, The Fountain of Life, pp. 13-19.


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Quote of the day – Jean


Romans 1

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16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Grecian.

17 For by it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.


I’m using the first name only and in French of this 16th century pastor, teacher, and reformer because he has been so misrepresented that it’s almost impossible for some people to give him a hearing, and for others not to idolize him. There has to be a middle road.

Jean was a studious man who didn’t really want any position of authority until he was convinced that it was the Lord Who had prepared him for this. He listened to the counsel of his friends and mentors about this.

He took part in the infamous trial of a heretic that ended in the heretic’s execution. He is pretty much blamed for all of it, a reproach that has become associated with his name.

He lived in exile from Catholic France for many years. His only son died in infancy, and his beloved wife also died. He made provisions to be buried in an unmarked grave.


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“[Jean] chose Romans as the object of his first commentary because he believed it opened ‘the understanding of the whole of Scripture.’ He underscored a point that he felt ‘can never be sufficiently appreciated’ –namely, ‘when anyone gains a knowledge of this Epistle, he has an entrance opened to him to all the most hidden treasures of Scripture.’

[Jean]: Pilgrim and Pastor, W. Robert Godfrey, Crossway, Wheaton, Illinois, 2009, p. 51.


Jean’s wife