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Trapp will be most valuable to men of discernment (Spurgeon). I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. (1Cor. 10:15)

I will shake all nations

A man will never truly desire Christ till soundly shaken,   

Hag 2:6-7 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. 


Together with the word there goes forth a regenerating power

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

That you may seek for salvation by him alone.

Together with the word there goes forth a regenerating power, #Jas 1:18. It is not a dead letter and empty sound, as some have blasphemed.

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A question mark for Megachurches

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

He that prizeth truth (saith Sir Walter Raleigh) shall never prosper by the possession or profession thereof.

When we seek to fetch men out of their sins, they are apt to fret and snarl; like men when wakened out of their sleep, they are unquiet, ready to brawl with their best friend.

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Divide the word rightly and foot it uprightly

Gal. 2 Ver. 14. That they walked not…

Ministers must both ορθοτομειν and ορθοποδειν, divide the word rightly and foot it uprightly.

Learning to be good men

Galatians 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.

This history pertains to #Ac 15:30-35, but is not there recorded, that we might search the Scriptures, and compare place with place.

So God hath scattered the duties of husbands and wives up and down the Scriptures, that men learning to be good husbands, they may learn also to be good men.

Constant only in their inconstancy.

Galatians 1 Ver. 6. I am astonished that ye are so soon deserting Him who called you.

Giddy headed hearers have religionem ephemeram, are whirred about with every wind of doctrine, being constant only in their inconstancy.

The Hague, anno 1657

Esther 9:19 That dwelt in the unwalled towns.

Such as is the Hague in Holland, that hath two thousand households in it; and chooseth rather to be counted the principal village of Europe than a lesser city.


And it is high time for us now to set aside our private emulations and exceptions; as the creatures in the ark laid by their antipathies within, because of the common danger of an inundation without.

Manhood and doghood

Esther 8:13 To avenge themselves on their enemies.

This was no private revenge, but licensed by the chief magistrates, intrusted by God with the administration of his kingdom upon earth, by the exercise of vindictive and remunerative justice, #Ro 13:4.

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