Articles by Charles Finney
(Charles Grandison Finney 1792-1875)
"What must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30 These are the words of the jailer at Philippi - the question which he put to Paul and Silas, who were then under his care as prisoners. Satan had, in many ways, opposed these servants of God in their work of preaching the Gospel, and had been as often defeated and disgraced. But here he devised a new and peculiar project for frustrating their labours.
Jobs' three friends insisted that the afflictions which he suffered were sent as a punishment for his sins, and were evidence conclusive that he was a hypocrite, and not a good man, as he professed to be.
In remarking upon these words, I will notice:
I. THE RULE BY WHICH THE TONGUE IS TO BE GOVERNED.
II. THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH IT IS TO BE GOVERNED.
III. SHOW THAT WHERE THE TONGUE IS NOT GOVERNED, THERE IS AND CAN BE NO TRUE RELIGION.
EZEKIEL xviii. 31. "Make you a new heart and a new spirit, for why will ye die?"
In the former discourse upon this text, I discussed three points, viz.
1. The meaning of the command in the text.
2. It's reasonableness.
3. It's consistency with those passages which declare a new heart to be the gift and work of God.
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." [Gal 2.16.] THIS last sentiment is expressed in the same terms, in the 3d chapter of Romans. The subject of the present lecture, as I announced last week, is Justification by Faith.
In discussing this subject, I shall pursue the following order:
I. What we are to understand by the love of the world.
II. Who love the world in this sense.
III. That they do not love God.
"Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen." Isaiah. 43:10 In the text, it is affirmed of the children of God, that they are His witnesses. In several preceding Lectures I have been dwelling on the subject of prayer, or on that department of means for the promotion of a revival, which is intended to move God to pour out His Spirit. I am now to commence the other department, dealing with the means to be used for the conviction and conversion of sinners.
A steward is one who is employed to transact the business of another, as his agent or representative in the business in which he is employed.
Text. Gal. 3:14.--That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. This text teaches us:
I. THAT THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM HAS COME ON THE GENTILES THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
II. IT TEACHES WHAT THIS BLESSING IS.
III. THAT IT IS TO BE RECEIVED BY FAITH.
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