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A Golden Treasury ~ January 1, 2013 ~ HOSANNA!

A Golden Treasury for the Children of God  by C.H.V. Bogatzky is a daily devotional  ~ translated from German to English, published by the American Tract Society  in 1746. This new edition has been retyped in the same format   here  for downloading to your computer or wireless device.)

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GOLDEN TREASURY

For

THE CHILDREN OF GOD

WHOSE

TREASURE IS IN HEAVEN

CONSISTING OF

DEVOTIONAL AND PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS

On

Select Passages of Scripture

For

EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR

By C. H. V. Bogatzky

Halle 1746

 

PREFACE

That this book may be better understood, and prove a means of edifying every reader, let the following remarks be particularly attended to.

1. The petitions and the divine answers, which are to be found among the scripture texts in several of the titles, may be of admirable use to many.  The questions generally run in the complaining, inquiring strain, for information and redress under the painful anxieties of a wounded conscience; and the answers are well calculated to relieve and inform the distressed soul.  They generally consist of gracious promises of Scripture, which may easily be turned into petitions; and if relief does not immediately come, yet the soul gets ease by thus pouring out its complaints, and reminding the Lord of his promises: faith in the word is hereby strengthened, and the soul is led to see that trouble and anxiety must lead the way to rejoicing and triumph.

2. The distinction that is made in several parts of the book between bare morality and true Christianity, respecting the motives of actions, the principle from which they are done, and the degree and extent of them, may also be useful.  Morality is not Christianity, though there can be no true Christianity without morality: moral actions may be done from natural principles, and will certainly centre in self in some shape or other; but a truly Christian act must proceed from a gracious principle in the heart.  A moral man, and a true Christian, may both give something to the poor: the poor is relieved by each; but the benevolence of the one may proceed from a natural generosity of spirit, while that of the other springs from true love to God and men, and gratitude for mercy received.  They may both join in the same ordinances, pray to the same supreme Being, and yet the one continue self-righteous and vainly confident, while the other is humbled, and lives upon divine grace: the principle within makes the difference between them; and they who are only moral would do well to consider the difference.

3. In almost every page there are different portions of Scripture put together, which serve to throw a light on each other; so that what in one is obscure, is generally opened by its parallel, which will be found very useful, if diligently compared.  This will serve to show the abundance, the superabundance of light, promises, privileges, and advantages there are in the word of God; and how they become “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto every good work,” and, through the divine blessing upon him, be made “ wise unto salvation.”

4.  Let the reader be careful to distinguish between a state of safety by faith in Christ, and a state of assurance arising from sensible comforts in the heart.  The best Christians experience great changes in the frame of their minds: sometimes they are lively and comfortable, then they are low and depressed; now they have sensible tokens of divine favor, then again these are withdrawn, and they begin to question the safety of their state before God.  The enemy often takes advantage of their uncomfortable frames, and would have them question the reality of grace in their heart; and the consequence generally is great anxiety and distress.  In order to remove this, it is necessary to consider what is the true foundation of hope, and to distinguish between what is durable and what is changeable.

The work of the Redeemer is a perfect work, nothing can be added to it, and  nothing must be taken from it.  It is everlasting in its duration and efficacy; upon this the eye of faith should be invariably fixed, and from hence comfort and support in every state is to be drawn.  Christ’s blood is a constant propitiation, his righteousness is a perfect covering; to these, reader, have daily recourse for cleansing and recommendation before God; by these you may silence all the accusations of Satan, all the clamors of conscience, all the threatenings of the law, for in Christ the believer is complete, and here may he safely rest in his dullest and heaviest moments.  Happy frames, on the contrary, are bestowed and withheld as it pleases God: you may safely pray for them, because great peace is promised to the children of God; and, generally speaking, the diligent and watchful are most frequently favored with them; and when you are blessed with them, be thankful; but beware of depending upon them, for this is the readiest way to have them withdrawn: spiritual pride may arise from this quarter, while a feeling sense of weakness and unworthiness keeps the soul humble, and continually dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ alone for pardon, strength, and salvation.

Lastly, dear reader, beware of formality in the use of this book; it will be of little service barely to read it over; see that these truths be brought home to thy conscience, and beg of the Almighty that he would be pleased to apply them by his Holy Spirit; then they will be blessed indeed to thy soul.  Examine your experience as you go along, particularly how you hate and fight against sin; how you maintain communion with God through the Spirit; what it is to live by faith in Christ Jesus — which are subjects much insisted on in this work; and in the knowledge and experience of which consists the greatest part of a Christian’s happiness.  See if your graces are lively and vigorous — if they are kept in exercise.  The kingdom of heaven is a growing kingdom; the seeds of grace must bring forth fruit.

JANUARY

1.    Hosanna.   Mark 11:9

A New scene of time now begins: put up thy Hosanna, O my soul, that the Lord may save, bless, and prosper thee; may he grant thee a happy new year indeed.  For this purpose begin it with a dedication of thyself to God; thy time, circumstances, and life, are in his hands; implore his blessing and protection over thee this ensuing year.  Begin this and every following day with prayer.  Let God have thy first thoughts in the morning; the impression they make will not be easily erased by worldly matters.  Grace is promised in the use of means; be thou diligent, then, and punctual in the performance of them.  Let thy daily request be for an increasing knowledge of thyself, and of Jesus Christ in his offices; for a sense of pardoning mercy; for a lively, vigorous faith; for communion with the Father and the Son through the Spirit; for true holiness in heart and life; for strength and protection against thy spiritual foes, and for persevering grace to hold out to the end.  Pray for the prosperity of Zion; they prosper that love her; for thy friends and relations, begging the Almighty to take them into a covenant relation to himself; for a blessing on thy worldly affairs; for a sanctified use of health or sickness, prosperity or adversity, as God shall please to send.  Perhaps, O my soul, this may be the last year of the Lord’s patience and thy pilgrimage.  Is thy state safe? Art thou a real believer in Jesus? Is the oil of grace in thy vessel? If so, thou art prepared for every emergency.

And now, my soul, another year
Of thy short life is past;
I cannot long continue here,
And this may be my last.

Now a new scene of time begins,
Set out afresh for heaven;
Seek pardon for thy daily sins,
In Christ so freely given.
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(Dear Father, let these thoughts from a by-gone era be our thoughts and our prayers for this day,  the first week of the first month in the year of our Lord 2013.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen and Amen!)

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Year-Ending Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Revelation 10:1

Thou didst begin the year, O my soul, with a Hosanna, imploring the Lord’s blessing; canst thou now conclude it with an Alleluia?  Surely thou canst celebrate the praise of a gracious and loving God.  Take a review of the year past; hast thou not had many mercies?  Have not the eyes of the Lord been upon thee for good, from the beginning of the year to the ending thereof?  Hath he not conducted thee through many seen and many more unseen dangers?  Canst thou not with truth as well as gratitude, set up thine Ebenezer, saying, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped me?”  1 Sam. 7:12.  If thou hast not be en so fruitful in good works as might have been expected, is the Lord to blame, or thyself?  Whatever good has been done in thee or by thee, surely belongs to the favor of God; and whatever has caused shame or humiliation, is nowhere chargeable but upon thyself.  Praise the Lord, then, O my soul; and all that is within me, praise his holy name: praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thine infirmities; who saveth thy life from destruction, and year after year crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness.  Oh may I be crowned at length with everlasting glory.  Thou wilt soon, O my soul, enter upon another year; let dear-bought experience teach thee to avoid all occasions of evil, and keep thee close to thy God.  If thou livest to see another day, set out  afresh, and remember to offer thy daily sacrifice of obedience, as well as of praise, to thy gracious God.  Let every revolving day remind thee of thy approaching last day, and daily be thou preparing to meet thy God; that so when thy days are ended, thou mayest sing Alleluias before the throne of God and the Lamb for ever and ever.  

This God is the God we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend;
Whose love is as great as his power,
And neither knows measure nor end.

“Tis Jesus, the first and the last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise him for all that is past,
And trust him for all that’s to come.

C.H.V. Bogatzky 1746

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Tables of the Heart

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.  2 Corinthians 3:3.

The image is beautiful and instructing; “The epistle of Christ written, not in tables of stone,” not on a stony heart, but on a heart of flesh—a heart softened by grace, and made capable of good impressions—the heart, the seat of vital religion.  So runs the gracious promise. Jeremiah 31:33
The word read and preached is not effectual without the operation of the Spirit of God.  By the Spirit, Christians are cast into the gospel mould, and thereby get evangelical, spiritual, and heavenly dispositions; their resemblance to Christ is gradually increased; they have the witness in themselves—have the comfortable experience that they are Christ’s, when they can read his image on their hearts.  They are manifestly declared to others, that they are the epistles of Christ, by their good conversation and conduct in the world, confessing him before men, and speaking forth his praise.  ““Holiness to the Lord” is written with lovely characters on this epistle.  They also resemble one another in mutual love, and in love to all that bear their Master’s image.  They are the epistle of Christ, as sealed by his Spirit to the day of redemption; are enabled to show forth the truth, reality, and power of religion in times of affliction, and often at a dying hour.
Am I the epistle of Christ?  Do I read the epistles of Christ in my Bible, and find them written on my heart?  Do I see the finger of God in this divine book, and feel the finger of his Spirit renewing and reviving my soul?  Do I read the mind of God there, and heartily approve of his mind?  O blessed discovery.  What condescending grace: the great God, by his Spirit, to dictate epistles so loving and kind—the great God, whom I have offended, to send me a pardon, not only in his word, but by his Son also!  Do I read the word of reconciliation in his gospel?  Do these glad tidings of great joy revive my drooping spirits?  I would read this epistle from heaven over and over again.  O how much do I find in it, while the Spirit opens my understanding to understand the Scriptures.

Lord, write thy law upon my heart,
For thine epistle I would be;
But write it well on every part,
And make me all resemble thee.
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The Judgment Seat

We must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:10

And are there scoffers, who madly walk after their own lusts, and question the coming of the Lord?  The hour hastens when infidelity shall doubt no more:  “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.”  How will sinners fade away, and be afraid in their close places, when, visible to all, the Judge shall appear on his great white throne, and from his face the earth and the heaven flee away.  Before him shall stand the whole race of men, small and great; and by the testimony of God and their own consciences, it shall be fully proved, and openly declared, what they have been, and what they have done.  Then sentence, most righteous, irrevocable, and big with eternity, shall be pronounced.  On the wicked, everlasting punishment: on the righteous, life eternal.  Think, O think what destruction is hanging over your heads, ye obstinate transgressors:  “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”  “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation:” now embrace him, as your offered, your all-sufficient Saviour; so shall you be for ever delivered from him as your angry Judge.    If this you neglect, how shall you abide the day of his coming in flaming fire to take vengeance on all them that know not God, and obey not the gospel?  Lift up thy head, my soul, none else is judge but Christ.  Will he who bore my sins, plead against me in judgment?  No; but he will put strength in me.  I know in whom I have believed; and that he is able to keep that good thing, my soul, which I have committed to him against that day.

An awful day is drawing near
When Christ will judge the quick and dead
Ah, sinner, how wilt thou appear,
With all thy sins upon thy head?
Now mercy seek, which may be found;
For yet you stand on praying ground.
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One Body in Christ

We, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  Romans 12:5

O the blessed communion of saints; one member has the benefit of all the other members’ gifts, prayers, and ministrations.  One prays for all, and all pray for one.  What one has, the other enjoys also.  It may be truly said of them, all is yours.  There is no envy, no haughtiness, no strife or harm among real saints; for why should I envy that which is my own?  Why should I despise that which serves for my necessary assistance? And why should I strive against and hurt him whose hurt is my own?  Is there any strife between the members of our natural body?  By no means: they all serve, help, and assist one another; and if one be injured and suffers, all the rest run to his relief, and are neither tired nor angry, if the healing does not follow immediately.  O Lord, unite us all in heart fellowship and tender feelings for each other; and stop all open and subtle divisions which are fermented by lofty spirits, who always boast of mighty things and to be wise above the rest.  Suffer not a self-conceited and a party spirit, which is the spirit of the world, to influence the members of thy body;  but bless and grace them all with true humility; then we shall live in a solid union and uninterrupted harmony.

O glorious portion of the saints,
Let love suppress our sore complaints,
And tune our hearts and tongues to sing,
“All glory to our sovereign King.”
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Born of God’s Word

By the grace of God I am what I am.  1 Corinthians 15:10.  Born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God.  As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.  1 Peter 1:23;  2:2.

What made the wonderful difference between Saul the Pharisee and Paul the Christian?  Grace.  What made him trample upon his former legal righteousness, and desire to be found in the righteousness of Christ?  Grace, enlightening grace.  Wherein consists the difference between the mere moralist and the real Christian?  There may be a moral conduct where there is no grace, no principle of saving, divine faith; there may be the fear of the Lord taught by the precept of men, and not by the Spirit of God.  One may attend the ordinances of religion, have a regard to outward decency, may have a name to live while dead, be high in profession, and at the same time a stranger to the power of godliness; many things outwardly decent and praiseworthy may be done without a principle of grace in the heart: witness Paul before his conversion.  Have I that principle called grace, in my soul? Have I been born of the incorruptible seed?  Have I got the taste of a child of God?  Have I tasted that the Lord is gracious?  Then shall I desire the sincere milk of the word: the babe loves the pure milk of the breast.  I shall love the milk of the pure word; and from breasts of consolation seek comfort and nourishment for my soul. Redeeming love shall be my delightful subject; it will sweeten every thing in the service of Jesus, will constrain to extensive usefulness in my track of life; the grace of God in Christ Jesus will enlarge my views, keep me humble in heart, and give the praise where alone it is due.  Through the sincere milk of the word may I grow daily, and be nourished up to eternal life.  Amen.

Whate’er I am, I am by grace,
And unto God be all the praise;
Grace turns the water into wine,
And makes the human heart divine.
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Pour Out Your Heart

Pour out your heart before God.  Psalm 62:8.  I have poured out my soul before the Lord.  1 Samuel 1:13.

What a different view do these lively texts give of praying, when opposed to the usual expression of saying our prayers—saying what our books and our parents teach us—saying what we have been long used to say, perhaps of our own composing, in a formal and customary manner.  To pour out our hearts, is like emptying a vessel of all its contents, so that nothing remains; and O, what a pleasing, awful, important thing must this be: whatever is in my heart, my guilt and fears, my sins and sorrows, my cares and crosses, my wants, my dangers, my weaknesses, temptations, darkness, and ignorance, my doubts and anxieties respecting both body and soul, myself and others, the church and the world—every thought that arises relating either to past, present, or future, I have leave to empty myself of, to pour out by drops, or in a more copious stream, till not one burden remains; and this not by myself, or before men—for what help can I get from either? But before God, who is a prayer-hearing God, both able and willing to relieve, and who will not turn away from his creatures who pour out their hearts before him, and empty themselves by prayer, but will fill them with his consolations, which are neither few nor small.  He can send a Hannah away no longer sad—can say, “Son, or daughter, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven thee;” and send an instructor to an inquiring Cornelius, to inform him what he must do.  No wonder, then, that real prayer is so much unknown, or is such a cordial when it is made before Him who is a refuge for us.  Away then for ever with the prayer of  the formalist: may I learn fervency of devotion from my heavenly Master, who in his agony prayed till drops of blood fell down; and in all my sorrows and distresses, spiritual and temporal, in life and in death, like him may I be heard of my heavenly Father in the things that I fear.  To a suffering Jesus I look for pardon and cleansing: O let me be accepted in the Beloved, and purged daily from my defilements, and so become a vessel to honor, sanctified for the Master’s use for ever.  Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove,
With all thy quickening power;
Kindle a flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours.
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