A man without principle never draws much interest.
Jas_3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1Pe_1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
The Aristocrat, by Christ Apprehended, Served Humbly
The preacher who bought back his slaves and resettled them in the North
On April 5 1878 – Was the death of Dr. William H. Brisbane, who truly was the salt of the earth in that he influenced the society in which he lived by humbly and conscientiously dedicating himself to the cause of truth and righteousness.
At age fifteen he was sent to a military school at Middletown, Connecticut, from which he graduated with honors at the age of nineteen. Shortly after graduating, he was converted to Christ, and immediately he felt it his duty to preach the gospel. His fine culture and attainments and his dedication to the work placed him in the front ranks of the Baptist ministry of the South.
Because he was a large slaveholder, the subject of slavery had taken a deep and absorbing hold upon his mind early in his life. He struggled with this question honestly and prayerfully over a period of years, and he finally concluded that slavery was morally and spiritually wrong. Because he was a man of principle, Brisbane wanted to rectify his wrongdoing as a slaveholder justly and with compassion. He expended some of his wealth and purchased some land in Ohio, and after purchasing back some former slaves that he had sold, he went to Ohio and settled them in their new homes, supplying them abundantly with their immediate needs. Dr. Brisbane then became a resident of Cincinnati, where he labored with renewed vigor in the work of the ministry.
Brisbane later moved to Wisconsin where he preached the gospel for twenty-five years. In declining age, he was known widely as a friend and champion of every good cause.
Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 139-140.
I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not. -Jim Elliot
There are many principles that are set forth in God’s Word. One is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” There is a principle of charity that we as individuals are to practice. Then we have the welfare system of the Bible. That principle is the gleaning of the field by the one needing assistance. The New Testament has the principle of “those that will not work do not eat.”
We have the responsibility to learn and practice these principles. Since they are learnable, it is our responsibility, not the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit should not have us to do the things that are laid out in Biblical principle.
May we become a people that are Biblically principled.
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There are many confused ideas about God. To many, God is nature, an idea, a good principle, even man himself. There is one true God. We declare Him much as did Paul (Acts 17:22,23).
GOD IS A PERSON (GENESIS 1:1)
“Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).
John 3:16 declares that God is a person. He is the supreme ruler of the universe and has life in Himself (John 5:26).
GOD IS OMNIPRESENT.
He is not IN everything but He IS everywhere. I Kings 8:27: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee.” (See: Isaiah 66:1; Psalm 139:7-10.)
GOD IS OMNISCIENT. (SEE PSALM 139:11; JOB 34:21,22)
God’s omniscience enabled Him to see the end from the beginning of the world and plan for every event of time. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). God foreknew a man’s name and what he would do some 350 years before it came to pass (I Kings 13:1-3; II Kings 23:15,16).
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT (MATTHEW 19:25,26)
His power is seen in creation, “Let all the earth feat the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke and it was done: he commanded and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:8,9).
His power was manifest in Sodom and Gomorrah. In the flood. In Egypt.
GOD IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING (PSALM 90:2; ISAIAH 40:28)
(Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 40:28).
GOD IS A TRIUNE BEING. (I JOHN 5:7; MATTHEW 28:19,20).
God is manifest in three ways:
Spirit (John 4:24).
Intelligence (Psalm 147:5).
Material (John 1:14,18; Colossians 2:9).
The THREE were manifest at the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:22; I Timothy 3:16).
GOD AND OUR SALVATION.
God the Father willed our salvation in eternity.
In eternity He provided for our salvation (Revelations 13:8; Ephesians 1:4).
In time He sent His Son to be offered (John 1:14,29).
In time His Son gave His life a ransom for all (Timothy 1:5,6).
The Son purchased our redemption. In eternity he accepted the role of redeemer (Revelations 13:8; I Peter 1:18-20). In time He executed the foreordained role – gave Himself for a sacrifice (Isaiah 53:3-6). In time He shed His blood (I Peter 2:24).
The Holy Spirit begets our salvation through the new birth (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). In time He leads the lost to conviction and repentance (John 16:7-11).
God Himself is our mediator (I Timothy 2:5).