Accepted in the Beloved

‘He hath made us accepted in the beloved.’ Ephesians 1:6 Suggested Further Reading: Romans 3:21–4:8 The Arminians say our being accepted before God, if I understand it aright, is also an acceptance in our graces. This is the English of their doctrine of falling away. When a man walks worthily, God accepts him; if he walks sinfully, then God accepts him no more. Those of you who like this way of being accepted, may choose it; for my Continue Reading

Comfort proclaimed

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Isaiah 40:1 Suggested Further Reading: Acts 12:6-11 To angels, first of all, I believe this command is addressed: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” You often talk about the insinuations of the devil; I frequently hear you bemoaning yourselves because you have been attacked by Apollyon, and have had a hard struggle with Beelzebub; you have found it hard to resist his desperate thrusts Continue Reading

The infallibility of God’s purpose

‘But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.’ Job 23:13 Suggested Further Reading: Acts 4:23–31 It is a wonderful thing how God effects his purpose while still the creature is free. They who think that predestination and the fulfilment of the divine purpose is contrary to the free-agency of man, know not what they say, nor whereof they affirm. It would be no miracle for God to effect his Continue Reading

Tomorrow

Tomorrow ======== “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 Suggested Further Reading: Proverbs 31:10-25 On one occasion I pleaded for a friendly society, and not knowing a more appropriate text, I selected this, “Take no thought for the morrow, for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” Some of my hearers, when I announced my text, feared the principle of it was Continue Reading

The blind beggar

“And as he went out of Jericho…. blind Bartimaeus…. sat by the highway side begging.” Mark 10:46 Suggested Further Reading: John 9:39-41 To be both blind and poor, these were a combination of the sternest evils. One thinks it is scarcely possible to resist the cry of a beggar whom we meet in the street if he is blind. We pity the blind man when he is surrounded with luxury, but when we see a blind man in want, and following the beggar’s Continue Reading

The joint heirs and their divine portion

‘Joint heirs with Christ.’ Romans 8:17 Suggested Further Reading: Galatians 3:23–4:7 The apostle has proceeded through a simple but exceedingly forcible train of reasoning till he gains this glorious point—‘Joint heirs with Christ.’ He begins thus—‘Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.’ This is a fact which he takes for granted because he has Continue Reading

The faultless assembly

“They are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:5 Suggested Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 We need not go far without seeing that there is, among Christians, a want of love to one another. There is not too much love in our churches; certainly, we have none to give away. We have heard that: “Whatever brawls disturb the street, / There should be peace at home.” But it is not always as it should be. We have Continue Reading

A sermon for men of taste

‘Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.’ 1 Peter 2:1–3 Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 34:8–14 (this Psalm was read earlier) Evils to be avoided—malice. ‘Revenge is sweet,’ is the proverb of the Italians, and many an Englishman has half Continue Reading

Christ exalted

“This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” Hebrews 10:12,13 Suggested Further Reading: Revelation 22:12-21 Many of us are expecting that Christ will come; we cannot tell you when, we believe it to be folly to pretend to guess the time, but we are expecting that even in our life the Son of God will appear, and we Continue Reading

A Psalm of remembrance

“We have known and believed the love that God hath to us.” 1 John 4:16 Suggested Further Reading: Habakkuk 3:16-19 “Hast thou considered my servant Job?” “Ah,” says Satan, “he serves thee now, but thou hast set a hedge about him and blessed him, let me but touch him.” Now he has come down to you, and he has afflicted you in your estate, afflicted you in your family, and at last he has afflicted you in your body. Shall Satan be the Continue Reading