If Thou Canst Believe

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe.” — Mark 9:23

A certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The father, having seen the futility of the endeavours of the disciples to heal his child, had little or no faith in Christ, and therefore, when he was bidden to bring his son to Him, he said to Jesus, “If Thou cast do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Now there was an “if” in the question, but the poor trembling father had put the “if” in the wrong place: Jesus Christ, therefore, without commanding him to retract the “if,” kindly puts it in its legitimate position. “Nay, verily,” He seemed to say, “there should be no ‘if’ about My power, nor concerning My willingness, the ‘if’ lies somewhere else.” “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” The man’s trust was strengthened, he offered a humble prayer for an increase of faith, and instantly Jesus spoke the word, and the devil was cast out, with an injunction never to return. There is a lesson here which we need to learn. We, like this man, often see that there is an “if” somewhere, but we are perpetually blundering by putting it in the wrong place. “If” Jesus can help me-“if” He can give me grace to overcome temptation-“if” He can give me pardon-“if” He can make me successful? Nay, “if” you can believe, He both can and will. You have misplaced your “if.” If you can confidently trust, even as all things are possible to Christ, so shall all things be possible to you. Faith standeth in God’s power, and is robed in God’s majesty; it weareth the royal apparel, and rideth on the King’s horse, for it is the grace which the King delighteth to honour. Girding itself with the glorious might of the all-working Spirit, it becomes, in the omnipotence of God, mighty to do, to dare, and to suffer. All things, without limit, are possible to him that believeth. My soul, canst thou believe thy Lord today? – C.H. Spurgeon

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TBS Annual Meeting

Trinitarian Bible Society (Canada) – Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2023

The early blushes of autumn colour remind us it is time for the fall meeting of the Society. Our lead speaker will be Mr. Adrian Stoutjesdyk, our retiring General Secretary. He hopes to use the words from Psalm 68.11: “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it” to reflect upon his years in his position. He will also introduce and welcome his successor, Mr. William Grisnich from Coaldale, Alberta.

Friends, please reserve Thursday, October 12, for the meeting which will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship room of the Ebenezer Free Reformed Church. 253 Weirs Lane, Dundas, ON L9H 5E1. Please encourage family and friends to join us. The Society needs your support!

Martin Luiting – Corresponding Secretary of the Central Ontario Auxiliary of the TBS (Canada)


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