I have added another book to the RCV website: The Treasury of David, by Charles Spurgeon. This book is very similar to a commentary. It covers the text of the Psalms and includes an exposition of each verse, notes and sayings inspired by the Psalms, and hints to preachers for constructing sermons based on the Psalms. The Treasury of David is a great study resource and I hope that you find it to be profitable to you.
You can find Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David on either the Books page or the chapter listing for the Psalms on this site.
I have finally finished the task of adding to each chapter of the RCV the corresponding text of Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. This covers not only each of the 1,189 chapters of the Bible, but also an introduction to each of the 66 books of the Bible and an introduction to each of the 6 volumes of Henry's commentary. You may access the text from either the chapter listing page of each book or from a link at the bottom of each chapter in the section titled, Commentary. Furthermore, I have added a link to the full text of Henry's commentary on the Books page of the RCV website.
Ever since I have heard of Matthew Henry, I have enjoyed his works, especially his commentary. There is a lot of great information, teaching, and guidance to be found in Henry's commentary. I know I have found it to be a most profitable resource for me when I am trying to understand a passage in the Scriptures. It is my hope that you would also find it profitable to you.
I recently ventured to read this book for the first time. I knew what to expect from a John Bunyan work, for I have read Pilgrim's Progress (a free download on the Books page on this site) a few times. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners takes on the characteristics of Bunyan's unique writing style. It's not a very difficult read, and it's not very long. Simply put, it's an outstanding book.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is sort of autobiographical in that it is the first person account of John Bunyan's coming to Christ in salvation and also an account of one of his imprisonments. Bunyan struggled greatly with sin and temptation and was completely convinced that there was no place for him in Heaven. He often wrestled with the twisted words of Satan, or who he referred to as the Tempter. But, through diligent searching through the Scriptures, Bunyan was able to see the power and majesty of the Holy God and trust in His ability to save him and protect him. It's a very compelling story and I was glued to it the whole way through.
If I had to use two Scriptures to describe this book, it would be these:
- "We must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)
- "...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling..." (Philippians 2:12)
Should you be interested in reading Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, you can find it for free in a couple of different formats. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can download it for free to read on your Kindle. If you don't have a kindle, you can download a free PDF of the book on the Books page on the RCV site.
I have added a daily devotional to the RCV website. On the sidebar on the left, you'll see a new link called, "Daily Devotional," just below Daily Reading. The devotional is "Morning by Morning," by Charles Spurgeon. I have enjoyed this devotional in the past and I'm excited to now have it as a part of the RCV website.
Read, "Morning by Morning," by Charles Spurgeon.
Ever since the early days of my work on the RCV, I have wanted to include Matthew Henry's commentary with the text. I have finally begun that project and now have Matthew Henry's commentary added to each chapter of the New Testament. The link to the chapter's commentary is located just after the chapter text under a heading called, "Commentary." Clicking the link will take you to a Google Document containing the commentary. Next, I will be working on doing the same for the Old Testament text.
I have added a new link to the sidebar on the left side of the RCV website. Towards the top, you'll see the new link is called, "Glossary of Terms." Clicking this link will take you to a page with a link to a Google Document that I have created that is a list of terms found in the text of the RCV that are either theological in nature or that may not be common to the current-day reader. The list of terms is currently not complete, but is usable. Over time, I will be adding more terms to the list. Hopefully, this will be a feature you find useful.
"It was a promise that [Abraham] built upon, and promises are the proper objects of faith." -Matthew Henry
"But the Scripture has enclosed all under sin, so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up to the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Therefore, the law was our school-master to bring us to Christ, so that we might be justified by faith." (Galatians 3:22-24).
- A quote from Matthew Henry
A little over a month ago, I began working on a project for the RCV website that would help readers locate matching passages between the four Gospels. Today, I completed that project. If you go to any of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke are the best examples, as John is structured differently from the other three), scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Comments section. There, you will find comments where each is titled, Gospel Link. The passages that follow are the passages from the other Gospels that are of the same content, or as close as possible. For instance, the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist can be found in Matthew 3:13-17. If you look in the Comments section, you'll find a Gospel Link for that passage, which indicates that the baptism of Jesus is also found in Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-23. Since John's Gospel doesn't follow the same pattern as the other three Gospels, the Gospel Links to John, where available, are often their own separate Gospel Link. This has been a fun project to complete and I hope you find it useful.
"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." Fiat lux is a Latin phrase for, "Let there be light." When God created the light he established one form of his common grace. Common grace is a term used to describe the blessings God bestows upon every person on Earth, whether a believer or not. Such blessings include, but are not limited to, sunlight and its many benefits, air to breathe, and rain for water. In Matthew 5:45, Christ spoke of this common grace by saying, "...For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." Believer: When was the last time you gave God praise for His common grace given not only to you, but also your neighbor. If you are to love your neighbor (Matthew 22:39), then let your faith show itself (James 2:17) by praising God for blessing your neighbor; then bless your neighbor with the love of God. Unbeliever: May His common grace be the still small voice (1st Kings 19:12) that speaks to you of His saving grace, for by grace you are saved, through faith (Ephesians 2:8) in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.