Paul’s Ambition, Our Ambition

A sermon preached by Dr. Jack Whytock on February 7, 2021, at the evening service of worship at the United Reformed Church of PEI. Join the apostle Paul as he shares his plans for missionary trips to Spain and Jerusalem with the church at Rome, as exegeted by Dr. Whytock. The Scripture reading is from Romans 15 and begins here. The sermon begins here.

Kings come and Kings go: Are You Keeping Perspective?

A sermon preached by Rev. Dr. Jack Whytock at the United Reformed Church of Prince Edward Island, morning service, February 7, 2021. The text is Daniel 7:1-8, 23- 28.

The sermon begins at the 31:47 mark. The climactic vision of Christ’s glorious return and reign begins here.

  1. Kings come and kings go. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. God is in control. We should take comfort. We should take hope. The saints have passed this way before. The Ancient of Days who sits on the throne rules over them.
  1. The Antichrist is a person, but he is larger than a particular person. Antichrist is anything that is in opposition to Christ and his sovereign mediatorial reign. The term is descriptive of a great spiritual battle between anti-christian forces and the people of God and the Lord.  There are two words in this world — there is the word of God and there is the word that opposes the word of God — sola Scriptura. God’s word will triumph. Be of good cheer. Men will speak against this word in speech, writing, communication. Persecution and opposition come with this — keep it in perspective. “They shall change the times and the laws”: as Calvin suggested, the laws of nature and God’s word — which were viewed as universals — natural instincts, natural desires. This fits what is going on in our generation — opposition to natural law which is in accord with God’s law.
  2. The Ancient of Days, the Son of Man shall reign forever and ever. Who is this man? He is the Son of Man in relation to the Father in trinity. Come in the flesh, incarnate. Exalted in the resurrection and again on the 40th day — exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father, seated in session for his people even now.
  3. Daniel saw him and was overwhelmed. And He shall return in a glorious second exaltation and advent and he shall judge the nations of the earth and his nature and his rule shall be eternal and everlasting and just — all in contrast with the four kings shown in Daniel.

The Son is coming. Keep perspective. Where is your hope? In faith, we are members of his never-ending kingdom. Keep it in perspective as you live in this world and live your life. The spirit of antichrist shall be with us in every generation. Keep it in perspective. Christ shall reign — and he does reign even now.

A Youtube rendition of Onward, Christian Soldiers alluded to in the sermon. The verse referenced by Dr. Whytock:

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
but the church of Jesus constant will remain;
gates of hell can never ‘gainst that church prevail;
we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

An Advent Sermon: “Lasting Spiritual Joy: He Has Come and He is Coming — ‘Joy to the World’”

Preached by Dr. Whytock at the United Reformed Church of PEI Sunday evening December 13, 2020. Psalm 98 speaks of the redemptive work of salvation to come. Christ has come, and he will come again. The end of missions is to see a worshipping people around the throne of glory. Here is a question for us: “Is my heart desirous that others come to a true knowledge of the Lord and worship him”?

Isaac Watts’ carol “Joy To The World” is based on Psalm 98 and Psalm 96. Christ has come. If you know him you know he has already stood trial in your place and he has removed the curse from you. Because of this, you can say “Joy to the world… He is coming”.

The sermon begins at the 28:26 mark.

Psalm 98 – ESV

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

Joy To The World — Isaac Watts

  1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
    Let earth receive her King;
    Let every heart prepare him room,
    And heaven and nature sing…
  2. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
    Let men their songs employ;
    While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
    Repeat the sounding joy…
  3. No more let sins and sorrows grow,
    Nor thorns infest the ground;
    He comes to make his blessings flow
    Far as the curse is found…
  4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    And makes the nations prove
    The glories of his righteousness,
    And wonders of his love…

An Advent Sermon: “They Testify About Me”

Preached by Dr. Whytock at the United Reformed Church of PEI Sunday evening December 6, 2020. Christ’s high righteousness and our need for his righteousness are made clear. Based on Isaiah 11:1-10.

They Testify About Me“.

John 6:39-40 ESV 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 

Isaiah 11 ESV THE RIGHTEOUS REIGN OF THE BRANCH

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together;
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.