Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Short Note from Doug & Margaret Nichols

1. Living to the Glory of God! Margaret and I would appreciate prayer as we work on our schedule for this year and take care of much paper and legal work (as well as much writing and sermon study) over the next several weeks. This Sunday I speak at Living Hope Bible Church in Issaquah, WA, and would value your prayer.

Perhaps you can join us as I speak on "Five Steps to Living to the Glory of God in 2014 and Beyond!"

2. The following is taken from Morning and Evening, by Charles H. Spurgeon (revised and edited by Alistair Begg, and slightly adapted by Doug Nichols)

“And from His fullness we have all received.” – John 1:16

"These words tell us that there is a fullness of Christ. There is a fullness of essential Deity, for “in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9). There is a fullness of perfect personhood, for in Him, bodily, that Godhead was revealed. There is a fullness of atoning efficacy in His blood, for “the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7). There is a fullness of justifying righteousness in His life, for “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). There is a fullness of divine prevalence in His plea, for “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). There is a fullness of victory in His death, for through death He destroyed him that had the power of death–that is, the devil. There is a fullness of efficacy in His resurrection from the dead, for by it “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope” (1 Pet. 1:3). There is a fullness of triumph in His ascension, for “when He ascended on high He led a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men” (Eph. 4:8).

"There is a fullness of blessings of every sort and shape; a fullness of grace to pardon, of grace to regenerate, of grace to sanctify, of grace to preserve, and of grace to perfect. There is a fullness at all times; a fullness of comfort in affliction, a fullness of guidance in prosperity. A fullness of every divine attribute–of wisdom, of power, of love; a fullness that it is impossible to completely explore, “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col. 1:19). What a glorious fullness for all to receive! Come, believer, and get all your need supplied; ask largely, and you will receive largely, for this “fullness” is inexhaustible, and is abundantly available in Jesus who is Immanuel - God with us!"

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