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Bible pictures of Christ, Pt122

Isaiah’s wonderful Picture – Isaiah 52:13-53:12.

Now that we have divine authority to say that the wonderful person spoken of here is the Lord Jesus Christ, let us take note of what is said about Him.

1. Notice how Isaiah starts and ends his picture of Christ with a setting forth of His exaltation!

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high” Isaiah 52:13.
“He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors,” 53:11-12.

This is very important for us to notice. There is more emphasis on His humiliation and sufferings but the passage begins and ends with His glory!

His sufferings came first in time: “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke 24:26, but here His glory is referred to first.

2. This something God often does. Rev 4:1-11, 6:1-2 & 17.
Why is that?

a. I believe that before going into the detail of Christ’s sufferings, God refers to His ultimate glory in order that we might have hope! This is seen also at the beginning of Isaiah. 2:1-4, 10-12. Glory and triumph before there is a dealing with the sinful and desolate state of Israel.

b. It has ever been so. Right from the beginning there has been a emphasis upon the glorious victory of the Saviour, Jude 1:14-15. These words were preached back in the days of Adam.

c. The Lord wants us ever to bear in mind the eternal triumph of His Son. It is what sustained the Saviour amidst His sufferings. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Hebrews 12:2.

Click to stream or download, KICS, Pt122

Some thoughts on the end times

Speaker: Rev Ivan Foster in Bethel FPC,

Sabbath evening 4th June, 2017.

As I was preparing to come here this evening, it was my purpose to preach a simple gospel message. Indeed, I can quote the words of Jude where he says he turned from his original subject matter to another. “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,” verse 3.

My topic is not the one Jude turned to but rather, in the light of recent events in Manchester and in London last evening, I wish to speak about the times in which we live and the significance of such horrific events.

God says that the preacher is to be a watchman, one who stands on the walls of the city and watches for the approach of the enemy and then shouts out a warning to the people of the city.

There is a need for such a ministry today.

Click to listen or download, Some Thoughts on The End Times.

Bible pictures of Christ, Pt121

We will take heed to the opening words of this passage.

“Behold, my servant,” Isaiah 52:13.

In this portion you have one of the most wonderfully detailed portraits of the Lord Jesus. His name is not mentioned but we can be sure that the prophet is speaking of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus.

Last assembly we looked at Acts 8:26-35 and we learned that this passage is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. We saw also the wonderful help that God gives us in order that we might understand the Bible.

Boys and girls we all need help to understand the Bible. This man was a very learned and intelligent man, verse 27. But listen to his words. “And Philip  . . . . said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?” Acts 8:30-31.

Here we have the help that God supplies.

1. The Holy Spirit, v29. He is the One Who wonderfully superintends the bringing of the elect to an understanding of the gospel.

2. A Preacher. What a blessed gift from God are Spirit-guided, Spirit-filled preachers. The man to give the help that the Ethiopian so desired was sent by the Holy Spirit at the right time, “And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him,” Acts 8:31.

Click to stream or download, KICS, Pt121

Bible Pictures of Christ, Pt120

Scripture: Isaiah 52:13-53:3

Speaker: Rev. Ivan Foster

Date: May 25th, 2017.

We will take heed to the opening words of this passage. “Behold, my servant,” Isaiah 52:13.

In this portion you have one of the most wonderfully detailed portraits of the Lord Jesus. His name is not mentioned but we can be sure that the prophet is speaking of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus. 1. Proof that this is the Lord Jesus pictured here. Please turn to Acts 8:26-35. Note especially the verse 30. “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?” He was reading where we have been reading today. Boys and girls we all need help to understand the Bible. This man was a very learned and intelligent man, verse 27. But listen to his words. “And Philip . . . . said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?” Acts 8:30-31.

Click to listen or download, Bible pictures of Christ, 120

The Frightening Prospect Facing the Cause of God in Ulster!

Scripture: Jeremiah 12:7-11.

A sermon preached by Rev Ivan Foster in Newtownabbey FPC on Lord’s Day evening, 19th July, 2015.

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Man is the same today as he was back in the times of the OT.

The Lord remains the same because, He is “infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. ”

The sin of men today therefore brings the same response from the Lord as ever it did. The analysis of man’s condition and the only cure given by the Lord was accurate a thousand years ago and more and remains effective still.

That being so, we can scan the future in the Bible’s records of the past. What happened to Israel following its backsliding and sin will likewise happen to the converted Gentiles today.

It is for this reason that we can look at these verses and see what lies ahead of Ulster’s Christians if there is not a taking heed of the lessons laid down for us. We may say with Paul: “for our sakes, no doubt, this is written, ” 1 Corinthians 9:10.

The consequences of backsliding and defiance of God is most terrible indeed! Hear what God says. “I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage, ” Jeremiah 12:7-8.

The wonderful promise of Hebrews 13:5 must never be abused. That is not a promise without conditions. Disobedience of God is not ignored by Him.

The true believer will never be so wholly forsaken of God as to lose his soul but sin will cost us the presence and blessing of God just as it cost David such. Psalm 51:11-12.

That is the inevitable cost of sin in this life! Ulster’s Christians are facing a future void of these joys and blessings if there is not a heeding of the decline taking place amongst us.