Trust in Father, Son and Spirit

Listen carefully and hear the [a]words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge; 
For it will be pleasant if you keep them in mind [incorporating them as guiding principles];
Let them be ready on your lips [to guide and strengthen yourself and others]. 
So that your trust and reliance and confidence may be in the Lord,
I have taught these things to you today, even to you. 
Have I not written to you excellent things
In counsels and knowledge, 
To let you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may give a correct answer to him who sent you? – Proverbs 22:17-21

Trust – not in a creature, the best, the holiest, and the highest; not in any creature enjoyment, as riches, strength, and wisdom; nor in any outward privilege, arising from natural descent and education; not in a man’s self, in his own heart, which is deceitful; nor in any works of righteousness done by him; not in a profession of religion, or the duties of it, ever so well performed; not in frames, nor in graces, and the exercise of them; no, not in faith or trust itself: but in the Lord, the object of all grace, and in him only; in Jehovah the Father, as the God of nature and providence, for all temporal blessings; and as the God of all grace, for all spiritual blessings, and all the needful supplies of grace; and for eternal happiness, which he has provided, promised, and freely gives. Trust in him at all times; in times of affliction, temptation, and darkness: there is a great deal of reason for it; all power and strength are in him to help; his love, grace, and mercy, move him to it, and are always the same: the consideration of what he has done for others that have trusted in him, and for ourselves in times past, should induce and encourage to it; as also the happiness of those that trust in him, who enjoy peace and safety; and his displeasure at those that show any diffidence of him, or distrust him. Trust in Jehovah the Son; in his person for acceptance; in his righteousness for justification; in his blood for pardon; in his fulness for supply; in his power for protection and preservation; and in him alone for salvation and eternal life. Trust in Jehovah the Spirit, to carry on and finish the work of grace upon the heart; of which a saint may be confident that where it is begun it will be completed. And this trust in Father, Son, and Spirit, should be “with all the heart”, cordial and sincere. The phrase denotes not so much the strength of faith as the sincerity of it; it signifies a faith unfeigned; it is not saying, or professing, that a man believes and trusts in the Lord; but it is with the heart, and with his whole heart, that he believes unto righteousness, if he believes aright. – Gill’s Exposition

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Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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5 comments

  1. Eric · June 5, 2016

    I don’t know where you find these things. This “Gill’s Exposition”. He’s like the last guy who speaks in such long, comma-connected sentences that to try and absorb what is being said gets lost in the mix. It reminds me of someone who talks just to hear themselves speak. As for me, I will seek the Lord.

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    • evanlaar1922 · June 5, 2016

      It might help you understand that he lived early 1700’s — that is why his form of speech is so foreign to us — yet, one cannot escape that depth of his expressions, hence why I quote him from time to time

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      • Eric · June 5, 2016

        That explains a lot. I just wish I had the mental acumen to grasp what he speaks about.

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      • evanlaar1922 · June 5, 2016

        Sometimes when I am engaged with people at this depth, I do not pursue the mental – I meditate and seek the spiritual understanding. That puts us both at equal ends because the Holy Spirit can teach me as well as them. So I ask Him too. Still hard, because it can take a lot of meditating just to get a little bit out of a text. But I do the same when I am reading the Bible – always start by asking the Holy Spirit to teach me something about what I am reading. Sometimes its a lot and sometimes just enough.

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      • Eric · June 6, 2016

        That’s something that I have to remember. I spend too much time in the flesh and not enough in the Spirit.

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