THE UNDERLYING GOSPEL FOR THE DYING YEAR – Charles Spurgeon

THE UNDERLYING GOSPEL FOR THE DYING YEAR “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6. BELOVED Friends, whatever the condition of a child of God is, he is not without hope. A believer in the Lord Jesus Christ may be very sorely tried. His afflictions may […]

THE BEST CHRISTMAS FARE – Charles Spurgeon

THE BEST CHRISTMAS FARE “How sweet are Your Words unto my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103. THIS is a time of feasting and we may as well have our feast as other people have theirs. Let us see whether there is not something for our spiritual palate, something to satisfy […]

BAPTISM ESSENTIAL TO OBEDIENCE – Charles Spurgeon

BAPTISM ESSENTIAL TO OBEDIENCE “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Mark 16:16. IF our congregations were what they ought to be, it would be a very simple matter to preach, for a sermon would then only need to be like the orders given by a commanding officer to his troops—short, sharp, plain, […]

THE CRISIS OF THIS WORLD – Charles Spurgeon

THE CRISIS OF THIS WORLD “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die.” John 12:31-33. OUR Lord passed through His passion […]

THE PHYSICIAN PARDONS HIS PALSIED PATIENT – Charles Spurgeon

THE PHYSICIAN PARDONS HIS PALSIED PATIENT “And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus, seeing their faith, said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This Man […]

THE LOVE OF JONATHAN AND THE LOVE OF JESUS – Charles Spurgeon

THE LOVE OF JONATHAN AND THE LOVE OF JESUS “Your love to me was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.” 2 Samuel 1:26. DAVID was a poet and when he found that his best-beloved friend had fallen by the arrows of the Philistines, he wept greatly and then he cheered his heart by writing the […]

THREE TEXTS, BUT ONE SUBJECT— FAITH – Charles Spurgeon

THREE TEXTS, BUT ONE SUBJECT— FAITH “In the shadow of Your wings will I make my refuge.” Psalm 57:1. “Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain you.” Psalm 55:22. “Let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10. IT is the preacher’s business to endeavor […]

OUR SERVICE FOR CHRIST NEVER FINISHED – Charles Spurgeon

OUR SERVICE FOR CHRIST NEVER FINISHED “But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him, by-and-by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird yourself, and serve me, till […]

THE WHOLE BAND AGAINST CHRIST – Charles Spurgeon

THE WHOLE BAND AGAINST CHRIST “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Common Hall and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers.” Matthew 27:27. I HAVE not observed that anyone has turned to account the fact that “the whole band of soldiers” gathered in the Praetorium, or Common Hall, for the […]

LESSONS FROM THE MANNA – Charles Spurgeon

LESSONS FROM THE MANNA “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from Heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My Law, or no.” Exodus 16:4. IT seems to us that it must […]

CHRIST’S PASTORAL PRAYER FOR HIS PEOPLE – Charles Spurgeon

CHRIST’S PASTORAL PRAYER FOR HIS PEOPLE “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them.” John 17:9, 10. To begin with, I remark that our Lord Jesus […]

WITNESSING BETTER THAN KNOWING THE FUTURE – Charles Spurgeon

WITNESSING BETTER THAN KNOWING THE FUTURE “When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own power. […]

THE LAMB OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE – Charles Spurgeon

THE LAMB OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE “Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” John 1:35, 36. You all know the old, old story. The world was lost. God must punish sin. He sent His Son to take […]

MICAH’S MESSAGE FOR TODAY – Charles Spurgeon

MICAH’S MESSAGE FOR TODAY “Walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8. THIS is the essence of the Law of God, the spiritual side of it—its Ten Commandments are an enlargement of this verse. The Law is spiritual and touches the thoughts, the intents, the emotions, the words, the actions—but especially God demands the heart. Now […]

THE WHOLE MACHINERY OF SALVATION – Charles Spurgeon

THE WHOLE MACHINERY OF SALVATION “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are […]

SATAN DEPARTING, ANGELS MINISTERING – Charles Spurgeon

SATAN DEPARTING, ANGELS MINISTERING “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.” Luke 4:13. “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” Matthew 4:11. BELOVED Friends, we have very much to learn from our Lord’s temptation. He was tempted in all points, […]

THE FAR-OFF, NEAR—THE NEAR, FAR OFF – Charles Spurgeon

THE FAR-OFF, NEAR—THE NEAR, FAR OFF “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have […]

THE FOLLOWERS OF THE LAMB – Charles Spurgeon

THE FOLLOWERS OF THE LAMB “These are they which follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the Throne of God.” Revelation 14:4, 5. WHATEVER the saints […]

OBEDIENCE REWARDED – Charles Spurgeon

OBEDIENCE REWARDED “And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be […]

WHEN CAN WE FIND COMFORTERS?- Charles Spurgeon

WHEN CAN WE FIND COMFORTERS? “Where shall I seek comforters for you?” Nahum 3:7. IT is the business of the Prophet of God and of the minister of Christ to seek comfort for those who are in distress. “Comfort you, comfort you My people, says your God.” It is a part of our calling to […]

THE HEAVENLY SINGERS AND THEIR SONG – Charles Spurgeon

THE HEAVENLY SINGERS AND THEIR SONG “And when He had taken the Book, the four beasts and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having, every one of them, harps and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the […]

THE BELOVED PASTOR’S PLEA FOR UNITY – Charles Spurgeon

THE BELOVED PASTOR’S PLEA FOR UNITY “To all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:7. IN a few minutes we shall gather together as members of the Church of Christ to celebrate the memorial of […]

THE LORD’S CHOSEN MINISTERS – Charles Spurgeon

THE LORD’S CHOSEN MINISTERS “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Your sight.” Luke 10:21. THE habitual […]

GOD’S PUPIL, GOD’S PREACHER—AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY – Charles Spurgeon

GOD’S PUPIL, GOD’S PREACHER—AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY “O God, You have taught me from my youth: and until this time have I declared Your wondrous works.” Psalm 71:17. You notice how much David is at home with God. He talks about Him. He does better, he talks to Him. He hears God speaking to him and he […]

OBEYING CHRIST’S ORDERS – Charles Spurgeon

OBEYING CHRIST’S ORDERS “His mother said unto the servants, Whatever He says unto you, do it.” John 2:5. IT does not need a strong imagination to picture Mary, probably at that time the widowed mother of our Lord. She is full of love and of a naturally kind, sympathetic disposition. She is at a marriage […]

TWELVE COVENANT MERCIES – Charles Spurgeon

TWELVE COVENANT MERCIES “Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting Covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:3. I GOT so far this morning as to plead with men to come to God to hear what He had to say, […]

PAUL APPREHENDED AND APPREHENDING – Charles Spurgeon

PAUL APPREHENDED AND APPREHENDING “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfected; but I press on, that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12. OBSERVE the Apostle’s condition when he wrote these words. I do not think that either you or I will be […]

THREE BLESSINGS OF THE HEAVENLY CHARTER – Charles Spurgeon

THREE BLESSINGS OF THE HEAVENLY CHARTER “You have granted me life and favor, and Your visitation has preserved my spirit.” Job 10:12. IT is well, sometimes, to sit down and take a grateful review of all that God has done for us, and with us, from our first day until now. We must not be […]

CHARITY AND PURITY – Charles Spurgeon

CHARITY AND PURITY “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.” James 1:27. THERE is a great deal said, a great deal written, a great deal of zeal on the one side and of anger […]

ACHSAH’S ASKING—A PATTERN OF PRAYER – Charles Spurgeon

ACHSAH’S ASKING—A PATTERN OF PRAYER “And Caleb said, He that smites Kirjathsepher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah, my daughter, to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah, his daughter, to wife. And it came to pass, when she came to him, […]

OUR LORD’S LAST CRY FROM THE CROSS – Charles Spurgeon

OUR LORD’S LAST CRY FROM THE CROSS “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit: and having said this, He gave up the ghost.” Luke 23:46. THESE were the dying words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.” […]

Experiencing God – 4-Anton Bosch

  Experiencing God – 4 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit” (1Cor 2:9,10). The things of God cannot be seen with natural eyes, heard through […]

Experiencing God – 3-Anton Bosch

  Experiencing God – 3 One of the most important statement Jesus made was: “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24) If we are to meet […]

Experiencing God 2-Anton Bosch

  Experiencing God 2 One of the many problems with the notion of “experiencing God” is that it is man-centered. In other words, God is there for our pleasure, so we can have goose-bumps and liver-shivers. This presupposes that the purpose for a relationship with God is that He may bless us by, amongst other […]

Experiencing God-Anton Bosch

  Experiencing God I just did a search on the internet for the phrase “experience God” and came up with over 51 million references! Wow, that must be an important idea! “Well off course it is”, I hear you say. “We must experience God” has become such a common idea amongst Christians today that we […]

Does Every Believer Have a Ministry?-Anton Bosch

  Does Every Believer Have a Ministry? This question is often debated by those who strive after a church running along New Testament lines. The views are divergent and range from what borders on a “one man ministry” to a situation where each member is coerced into participation. Although we can derive some principles from […]

I Alone am Left-Anton Bosch

  I Alone am Left I have often heard preachers speak disdainfully about Elijah’s depression when he felt that he was the only one left of those who were faithful to the Lord. (1Kings 19:14). Most of these preachers seem to have great difficulty having any sympathy for a man who, a few days before, […]

Who is God?-Anton Bosch

  Who is God? What is God like? This question should be one of the most prominent questions at the forefront of every believer’s mind. Yet, so few actually ask the question and simply assume that the impressions they have gained from various sources are correct. In fact, it seems to me that most people […]

Humble Leaders-Anton Bosch

  Humble Leaders That God has placed in the church various ministries to provide for the many needs of His people is, by and large, undisputed. How these men relate to the rest of the body, however, is the problem. Clearly they have responsibility, and yet at the same time they are not in positions […]

Sheep and Shepherds-Anton Bosch

  Sheep and Shepherds Selfish Ambition Probably the most destructive force at work in churches is selfish ambition. This sin is listed among the deeds of the flesh of Galatians 5:20 and was at the heart of Satan’s sin – “…I will be like the most high….” (Isaiah 14:14). This also formed one of the […]

A Godly Flock-Anton Bosch

  A Godly Flock One of the core attributes of a godly man or woman is humility. Without the reality of humility in the life of the believer he cannot have a proper relationship with God, as He “resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6, 1Peter 5:5). The first of the […]

The Spirit Intercedes-Anton Bosch

  The Spirit Intercedes Often we find that we struggle to pray. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is because we try to manage on our own, sometimes we are just lazy and not disciplined in our walk with the Lord. But sometimes it is because we do not know how, or even, […]

One-step, Two-step or Twelve-step?-Anton Bosch

  One-step, Two-step or Twelve-step? Most versions of modern christianity have watered the Gospel down to a self-improvement, self-help, twelve-step program. There is little difference between the techniques offered by AA, anger management programs, assertiveness training and other self-help courses and the techniques employed and promoted by churches. I am not denying that some of […]

Set Free-Anton Bosch

  Set Free “His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus did not only come to bring a message of deliverance and victory, but He actually came to do the work that would be required to set men free from their bondage and sin. According to Romans 6:6-7, […]

Denying Jesus-Anton Bosch

  Denying Jesus This week the Virginia Tech called a convocation in the aftermath of the massacre in which 32 were killed. Four speakers represented the religious community. The first was a Muslim, the second a Buddhist, the third a Jewess and the third a Lutheran. (I refer to him as a Lutheran and not […]

GPS-Anton Bosch

  GPS One of the marvels of modern technology is the Global Positioning System (gps). Through a series of satellites in the sky anyone with a receiver can determine their exact position here on earth. Aircraft and ships use this technology to find their way across the skies and oceans of the world. When the […]

Politicians in the Pulpit-Anton Bosch

  Politicians in the Pulpit Front page news on the Sunday paper (Sunday Tribune – South Africa) this week was that a prominent South African politician was made a pastor by a group of independent Charismatic churches this past Saturday. Most of the readers would respond with “so what”. Well, this man was never trained […]

The Old Cross and the New AW Tozer-Anton Bosch

  The Old Cross and the New AW Tozer Occasionally I pubish an article by other authors. This one, by AW Tozer who when to be with the Lord in 1963 was written more than 60 years ago and yet, it seems to be written for 2007. It first appeared in The Alliance Witness in […]

Who’s Responsible?-Anton Bosch

  Who’s Responsible? One of the questions I often struggle with is why so many people are being deceived into believing a gospel which is patently false. Related to this question is one posed to me by a friend recently: “Does God hold people responsible when they have been deceived by their leaders into believing […]

Killing the Messenger Contentiously Contending –8-Anton Bosch

  Killing the Messenger Contentiously Contending –8 In case you get the impression from the previous articles that I am against any form of apologetics or discernment ministries – I am not. The ministry of a watchman is vitally important to the church. But, unfortunately, many have brought discredit to a crucial ministry by their […]

Watchman or Gossip? Contentiously Contending – 7-Anton Bosch

  Watchman or Gossip? Contentiously Contending – 7 For years the evil King Saul pursued David like a man does an animal. He tried to kill him many times, broke David’s marriage and caused him to live the life of a vagabond and a fugitive. There is not any good to be said for Saul, […]

Against Error or For Truth? Contentiously Contending – 6-Anton Bosch

  Against Error or For Truth? Contentiously Contending – 6 Over the past few weeks we have looked at the motives, manner and methods we need to employ if we are going to stand against error. But maybe the question we should have begun with is whether standing against error is, in fact, a legitimate […]

Truth with Tears-Anton Bosch

  Truth with Tears The servant of the Lord should not strive, but be gentle, be apt to teach, patient and meek when dealing with those who oppose the truth (2Timothy 2:23-26). This seems to contradict the fact that Jesus called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33), Herod “that fox” (Luke 13:32), and […]

Contending with Attitude-Anton Bosch

  Contending with Attitude “ But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the […]

Contending Biblically 3-Anton Bosch

  Contending Biblically 3 “ But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the […]

Contentiously Contending 2-Anton Bosch

  Contentiously Contending 2 Speaking and defending the truth are some of the most important responsibilities of the church, its leaders and, of all believers. There are many who propagate error and there are a few who stand for doctrinal purity. But, as we established last week, we must contend for the faith by the […]

Contentiously Contending-Anton Bosch

  Contentiously Contending Jude urges us “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3). Many have found this verse a wonderful excuse to be argumentative, contentious, vindictive, loud, aggressive, mean, nasty and antagonistic as they vigorously pursue all who do not agree with their version of […]

What is Grace? Grace – 1-Anton Bosch

  What is Grace? Grace – 1 It is commonly accepted that grace is equal to mercy and that grace only has to do with our salvation. This idea is perpetuated by the Amplified Bible which amplifies the word “grace” to mean “God’s unmerited favor”. In fact, as I sat down to work on this […]

Grace Covers It All Grace – 2 -Anton Bosch

  Grace Covers It All Grace – 2 l One of the amazing things about grace is just how abundant it is. There seems to be no limit to God’s ability to show grace and mercy to those who need it. Romans 5:20 says, “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more”. “Abounded” is already […]

What Will You Do With Grace? Grace – 3 -Anton Bosch

  What Will You Do With Grace? Grace – 3 It is amazing how many things become part of our thinking without any biblical basis. One such idea is that grace is unconditional and that God extends His grace without reservations. This is simply not true. Yes, God’s grace can never fail, is limitless, and […]

Arrogant: Who, Me ?-Anton Bosch

  Arrogant: Who, Me ? Do you think you are humble? Have you overcome pride? If your answer is positive, then you are arrogant and proud! Only those who continue to be aware of pride in their lives have any hope of being humble. Those who think they have achieved humility have missed it by […]

What Will Your End Be?-Anton Bosch

  What Will Your End Be? What is more important? To have a good start to life or a good ending? Obviously the end is more important than the beginning. Jesus told a parable about two young men. One had a bad attitude at the beginning but he changed. The other began with a good […]

How to Smell a Rat-Anton Bosch

  How to Smell a Rat A toddler will eat anything. It does not matter if it is nutritious or poison, it has no ability to discern between food and poison. As Christians mature in the faith they should learn to discern between spiritual poison and spiritual food. “But solid food belongs to those who […]

Understanding the Bible -Anton Bosch

  Understanding the Bible Many people will agree that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. The problem however is often how it is interpreted. How can we be sure that our understanding is the right one? In discerning truth from error, we must begin by understanding Truth for ourselves. Many people try to […]

Orthodoxy (How to Discern 3)-Anton Bosch

  Orthodoxy (How to Discern 3) The Roman church has for a long time believed that only the “clergy” may interpret the Bible. In fact, until recently, they did not even allow translations of the Bible into the common language of the people because they did not believe that ordinary people were equipped to read […]

Check, Check and Check Again (How to Discern 4)-Anton Bosch

  Check, Check and Check Again (How to Discern 4) This is a principle that holds true in most areas in life. Carpenters speak about measuring twice and cutting once. We teach our children that when they cross the street they must look left, look right and look left again. And when it comes to […]

Who’s Who? (How to Discern 5)-Anton Bosch

  Who’s Who? (How to Discern 5) It is important that we check every word we hear or read against the plumbline of the Bible. In addition, we need to check the source of the information as well. We must check two things: The message and the man. Many times we will hear messages that […]

What of the Watchmen? (How to Discern 6)-Anton Bosch

  What of the Watchmen? (How to Discern 6) Each believer has responsibility for himself to be on the lookout for error and deception (Revelation 3:11). The Lord has also set the elders in the local church with the duty to watch for wolves who would seek to attack the flock (Acts 20:28-30). In these […]

Let’s Go On-Anton Bosch

  Let’s Go On When hiking, I have often come to a point where I felt like not going on and either camping just where I was or turning back. This often happens when the path becomes to steep, too long or when the end just does not seem to be within reach. So in […]

I Don’t Have to go to Church-Anton Bosch

  I Don’t Have to go to Church Many people think that going to church is an optional for Christians. Really? Yes, the church is not a building but a body of believers. And you could argue that we don’t go to church but we are the church. No matter how you use or abuse […]

I Don’t Have to go to Church – 2-Anton Bosch

  I Don’t Have to go to Church – 2 Not only does the Lord meet our needs through the church, but it is only in the context of the church that we can reach our full potential as believers. As a member of the human race we are created as social beings. We need […]

Finding a Good Church-Anton Bosch

  Finding a Good Church Beyond any doubt, the most frequent question I receive from people is: “I can’t find a good church”. There have been a number who have responded to the previous two articles (I don’t have to go to church) with the same question. There is no question that good churches are […]

Finding a Good Church (2)-Anton Bosch

  Finding a Good Church (2) In trying to match a person with a church there are two parts to the equation: The church and the individual. That seems obvious, but to most people it is not that obvious. I say that because every time someone does not find a suitable church they blame the […]

Finding a Good Church – 3 -Anton Bosch

  Finding a Good Church – 3 So, you have checked your attitude and expectations and have looked at every possible church within a reasonable distance and come up empty? If you have truly exhausted every possibility then there is still one more possibility – a home church. But before we talk about how to […]

Overcommitted to the Bible -Anton Bosch

  Overcommitted to the Bible At a recent conference, the most popular paper resulted in four times as many people crowding into the room than it was designed to hold. The title of this provocative lecture was “How Evangelicals became overcommitted to the Bible and what can be done about it”. The speaker said that […]

You Surely Don’t Believe the Whole Bible ?-Anton Bosch

  You Surely Don’t Believe the Whole Bible ? After last week’s article in which I called for a greater commitment to the Bible, I received a number of responses. A few were in agreement but the majority were in opposition. Which leads me to realize that less and less Christians truly believe that the […]

God Does Not Owe You-Anton Bosch

  God Does Not Owe You Of course very few would ever say it out loud, but that does not stop people from feeling that God really had to save them because they have some value or merit. This idea is reinforced by modern teachings that God needed us and that He somehow was incomplete […]

Gifts, Bribes and Guilt Offerings-Anton Bosch

  Gifts, Bribes and Guilt Offerings This is the time of year that people are scurrying around to buy, wrap and mail gifts to friends and family. It seems like an innocent and nice enough tradition, especially when we use it to remind one another of God’s greatest gift – His Son. But unfortunately the […]

New Beginnings-Anton Bosch

  New Beginnings One of the blessings of the four seasons is that they usher in fresh beginnings. Winter does a good job of killing off much of the previous season’s growth. Spring is a new start with new leaves, new plants and in the animal kingdom, new births. The marking of the seasons are […]

God Wants to Prosper You-Anton Bosch

  God Wants to Prosper You One of the consequences of Hezekiah’s diligence and obedience was that the Lord prospered him: “Hezekiah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of desirable items; storehouses for the harvest […]

Loyalty-Anton Bosch

  Loyalty David and Jonathan’s friendship is one of the most touching parts of the Bible. These two men were true friends and one of the attributes of that relationship was their mutual loyalty. Jonathan was in line to be the next king since he was Saul’s son yet he knew that the Lord had […]

Justified-Anton Bosch

  Justified At the heart of the book of Romans is the idea that we are justified by faith (Romans 5:1). Most Christians know that it is this idea that sparked the reformation in the heart of Martin Luther but few seem to understand what it means to be justified and even less seem to […]

Worse Than Sodom?-Anton Bosch

  Worse Than Sodom? A line in this week’s Time magazine struck me. It was speaking about someone who was “the political embodiment of the megachurch approach: “get people in the door with rock or cappuccino or stand-up (comedy) – but get them in the door.” The article went on to quote The Speaker of […]

I am Not Ashamed-Anton Bosch

  I am Not Ashamed Modern churches are watering down the gospel and changing the message into one that will sell easily. They bribe, deceive and seduce people to attend and to join their churches. Coffee, entertainment, networking, wealth, health and sex are all promised in exchange for additional numbers and bigger offerings. The same […]

The Gospel of the Kingdom-Anton Bosch

  The Gospel of the Kingdom Recently, someone wrote in saying that we had a wrong understanding about the gospel and that we are spiritually blind. The writer said: “the message of Jesus and the Apostles was the Gospel of the Kingdom, not the gospel of salvation. The gospel of salvation is only a part […]

Christian Fundamentalism – 5-Anton Bosch

  Christian Fundamentalism – 5 We continue the series by Professor Malan on Christian Fundamentalism. The recognition of biological identity. Apart from cultural identity, the Lord also determined the basic, personal identity of every individual as male or female (Gen. 1:27). The purpose of this was that heterosexual males and females would contract marriages which […]

Christian Fundamentalism – 4-Anton Bosch

  Christian Fundamentalism – 4 We continue the series by Professor Malan on Christian Fundamentalism. Biblical principles and culturally determined practices. Biblical principles for human behaviour never change, but culturally determined expressions of these principles may vary from culture to culture and from time to time. In the first century, women had to cover their […]

Christian Fundamentalism – 3-Anton Bosch

  Christian Fundamentalism – 3 We continue the series by Professor Malan on Christian Fundamentalism. The first installments dealt with: Recognition of Scriptural authority, a literal interpretation of Scripture, the rejection of over-spiritualizing of Scripture, the recognition of spiritual realities, theological conservatism, the biblical doctrine of creation, the hostile kingdom of Satan, dispensationalism, the restoration […]

Christian Fundamentalism – 2-Anton Bosch

  Christian Fundamentalism – 2 The biblical doctrine of creation. The biblical statement that God is the Creator of everything that exists is fully accepted in evangelical circles. This belief leads to utterly rejecting the theory of evolution, which is based upon the unproven hypothesis that all life originated from a unicellular organism somewhere in […]

Christian Fundamentalism – 1-Anton Bosch

  Christian Fundamentalism – 1 Christian labels keep changing and mean different things to different people. What is a “fundamentalist” and what are the hallmarks of a Christian Fundamentalist? Professor Malan from South Africa has done an excellent job of defining what we believe Christian Fundamentalism is. I know others have other definitions but I […]

Tenure-Anton Bosch

  Tenure Tenure is a term people use to describe something that relates to length of service. With tenure normally comes experience, job security, privilege and seniority. This is a principle that holds true in almost every area of human endeavor. But even the world is not agreed on this matter. Here in Los Angeles […]

How Big is Your World? -Anton Bosch

  How Big is Your World? The last few instructions Jesus left his followers had to do with being witnesses and preaching the gospel to the whole world. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). There is absolutely no question that the responsibility of all believers is to participate in spreading the gospel beyond their city (Jerusalem), their […]

If God is For Us-Anton Bosch

  If God is For Us “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). This short statement is absolutely loaded with truth, warning and exhortation. That’s not a misprint – it contains warning as well as encouragement at the same time. The warning lies in the little conditional word “if”. This […]

God Cares-Anton Bosch

  God Cares Sometimes it seems that no one cares about your pain. David said: “no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life” (Psalm 142:4 NIV). Do you sometimes feel like that? Do you sometimes cry out with Solomon that even the kindest acts of the wicked […]

What is the Biggest Sin ? -Anton Bosch

  What is the Biggest Sin ? Many have tried to list sins from big to small and separate the “deadly” ones from the rest. I suppose we can argue till the cows come home which sin is bigger than the next. The fact is that all sins are deadly and all are equally abhorrent […]

What About the Future? -Anton Bosch

  What About the Future? It is very human and natural to be concerned about the future. Especially at times like this, when a world economic recession looms on the horizon, many are concerned about losing their homes and jobs. Others fear not having enough to eat or a place to stay. It does not […]

Giants With Feet of Clay-Anton Bosch

  Giants With Feet of Clay People often see spiritual leaders like pastors, preachers and teachers as spiritual giants who are bullet proof, strong and self-sufficient. People feel that such leaders have little need of help, support, encouragement and advice since they seem to be so self-contained and strong. I am sure that is how […]

Nicodemus Leaders-Anton Bosch

  Nicodemus Leaders We all know the story about Nicodemus who visited Jesus under the cover of darkness in John 3 and to whom Jesus spoke about being born again and to whom Jesus uttered the famous John 3:16. It is interesting to note that Nicodemus is mentioned three times in John’s gospel. In addition […]

Speaking the Truth-Anton Bosch

  Speaking the Truth I have felt it needful to republish an article I wrote 2½  years ago. Please read it again even if you had read it before – this is such an important subject: Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of […]

Spiritually Blind-Anton Bosch

  Spiritually Blind Why can some people just not get it? Why can they not see things that are as clear as the nose on their face? Because they are spiritually blind. Even though some people may have been Christians for a long time, they are blind and cannot see those things that are obvious […]

Spiritually Blind 2-Anton Bosch

  Spiritually Blind 2 Many people are spiritually blind because of pride or because they choose to see only what they want to see. But the scariest reason people cannot see is because they are under God’s judgment! That’s right – the reason they cannot see is a clear sign of the worst kind of […]

All Miracles and Healings Come From God-Anton Bosch

  All Miracles and Healings Come From God Many people assume that only God can heal the sick and perform miracles. So, if someone can heal or perform miracles, it automatically means that the miracle worker is anointed by God and their ministry is legitimate. But that is simply not true. Miracles in no way […]

Unlimited Forgiveness-Anton Bosch

  Unlimited Forgiveness I think all believers have times when they wonder if God can possibly forgive them yet again after messing up for the umpteenth time. Surely there must be a limit to His forgiveness and surely He must be tired of hearing the same confessions over and over again! The truth is that […]

Do You Love Me? – 2-Anton Bosch

  Do You Love Me? – 2 The fact that Jesus asked Peter three times “do you love me” (John 21:15-17), is probably connected to his thrice denial of his Lord. Jesus challenged Peter specifically, because Peter was the one who in his usual impetuous manner, said: “Even if all are made to stumble, yet […]

Do You Love Me? -Anton Bosch

  Do You Love Me? “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, […]

Leaning-Anton Bosch

  Leaning When David wanted to put a terrible curse on Joab for murdering Abner, David said, amongst other things, that there should always be one of Joab’s descendants who would lean on his staff. Buy this he meant that there would always be a cripple or someone who has weak legs and needs a […]

Dwelling in Peace-Anton Bosch

  Dwelling in Peace Probably one of the most precious commodities in the local assembly is peace amongst the members. For this reason the enemy of the church will do all in his power to destroy peace and to bring people into conflict with one another. David said “Behold, how good and how pleasant it […]

God’s Purposes-Anton Bosch

  God’s Purposes What does the Bible reveal about God’s ultimate purpose in his dealings with mankind? What is the theme that runs from Genesis through Revelation and that transcends both testaments? Some may say it is Jesus Christ. That is true –  the whole of Scripture reveals Him. He appears on every page and […]

Have You Been Circumcised?-Anton Bosch

  Have You Been Circumcised? “And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant” (Genesis 7:14). The covenant that God made with Abraham was a unilateral covenant, meaning that all the conditions and requirements to […]

How Then Shall We Live?-Anton Bosch

  How Then Shall We Live? “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!” (Psalm 8:1) If God’s highest purpose is to bring glory to Himself what should our purpose, goals and ambitions be? Surely it has to be the same as […]

God, Please Hurry Up-Anton Bosch

  God, Please Hurry Up Abraham and Sarah had tried everything to have children. She was now ninety years old and he almost 100. They had probably been married for 75 years and had come to the conclusion that Sarah was barren and would never have children. To make it worse, even if Sarah had […]

Remember Lot’s Wife-Anton Bosch

  Remember Lot’s Wife This is one of the shortest verses in the Bible: Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife”. It is also a very strange verse in that we would normally be encouraged to remember people who achieved greatness or did great exploits for God. But Lot’s wife never did anything great. In fact, we […]

Ruth the Moabitess-Anton Bosch

  Ruth the Moabitess The history of the Moabites is filled with immorality, seduction, lust and incest. The nation was born out of the incestuous relationship between Lot’s oldest daughter and himself after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). Lot’s descendants would not be known by his name, but as the Moabites and […]

Pleasing the Father-Anton Bosch

  Pleasing the Father When Jesus came out of the water, after being baptized by John, a voice was heard from heaven saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). This has to be the highest form of acknowledgement and approval that anyone can receive. It is one thing […]

Get Understanding-Anton Bosch

  Get Understanding “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). For most westerners, life is about acquiring things. We spend most of our waking hours working to earn money to buy things and then a lot of the rest of the time is spent thinking […]

Attitude-Anton Bosch

  Attitude It is easy to be lulled into believing that as long as we believe the right theology and do the right things we are OK and that nothing else matters. But what about your attitude? It is easy to point to young people and accuse them of “BA” (bad attitude) and we think […]

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit-Anton Bosch

  Blessed are the Poor in Spirit “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). How can it be blessed to be poor in spirit? Surely poverty and blessing are opposites? That is how the unbeliever and the carnal believer thinks because their concept of being blessed is […]

Blessed are Those who Mourn-Anton Bosch

  Blessed are Those who Mourn “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4). This really seems like a contradiction. How can we be happy or blessed when we mourn? Once again we must set aside the world’s way of looking at things and see things from God’s perspective. The modern […]

Blessed are the Meek-Anton Bosch

  Blessed are the Meek “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5). Modern Christianity, with its emphasis on believers aggressively asserting themselves, has no room for meekness. They wrongly argue that “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12), means that we have […]

Blessed are the Pure in Heart-Anton Bosch

  Blessed are the Pure in Heart “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8). Why did Jesus say “blessed are the pure in heart”? Why did He not say “blessed are the pure in mind”, or “blessed are the pure in actions”? Surely, in these days of doctrinal apostasy, […]

What Does it Mean to be Firstborn?-Anton Bosch

  What Does it Mean to be Firstborn? In the Old Testament there were many privileges attached to being the firstborn (This applied to male children only). The first privilege was that the firstborn son received a greater inheritance. In some cases the firstborn received the whole estate and in other cases he would be […]

Why do Evil Men Prosper?-Anton Bosch

  Why do Evil Men Prosper? This question plagues every believer who is trying to live a godly life and finds life hard while others who are evil and ungodly seem to prosper and have a good life. Sometimes we look at false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing who fleece the sheep, lead many […]

Entitled!-Anton Bosch

  Entitled! The word “entitled” seems to have changed its meaning recently. The word and its root dates from the 14th century, but in recent years it has taken on a new shade of meaning. Originally the word meant that someone was legally “entitled” to some privilege, benefit or property. Today the word has more […]

The Cross on the Wall-Anton Bosch

  The Cross on the Wall Here is the story behind the cross hanging in the front of our chapel: When we purchased our property, the fellowship hall had a covered outdoor walkway which we enclosed. The walkway roof was supported by a number of 4×6 wooden posts that were badly weather-beaten.  So, when work […]

Who are your friends?-Anton Bosch

  Who are your friends? “As Christians we should not be friends with unbelievers while remaining loyal to our “brothers” no matter what they do”.  That is the view of many Christians. But is that correct? It seems pretty obvious that we need to be friends with Christians and shun those who are not. For […]

But God-Anton Bosch

  But God Sometimes the smallest words are the most powerful. Take the little word “if” for instance. When this two-letter word is ignored in Bible passages, it can result in a total misunderstanding of those passages. The three-letter word “but” is equally powerful, both in every-day use and in the Bible. When we want […]

Two Kingdoms – 3-Anton Bosch

  Two Kingdoms – 3 Not only does the Kingdom of God have a different King to the kingdoms of the world, but it has different citizens, has a different future and it operates by different principles. One of the principles that makes God’s Kingdom radically different to that of the world is the lust […]

Two Kingdoms – 2-Anton Bosch

  Two Kingdoms – 2 Last time we spoke of the fact that the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world are totally separate entities and that the Kingdom of God is not an improved or even converted version of the kingdoms of the world. God’s Kingdom is totally and radically different and […]

Two Kingdoms-Anton Bosch

  Two Kingdoms Many Christians have been deceived into believing that they can somehow “convert” the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdom of God. In the process they have put their energy and hopes into bringing about the Kingdom of God by working towards getting more influence with government in order to transform […]

Christian Nations?-Anton Bosch

  Christian Nations? Last time we wrote that the term “a Christian nation” is a contradiction in terms and that just as you cannot have a “Christian world” you cannot have a “Christian nation”. In the last two weeks since writing the previous article the subject of America as a Christian nation has become a […]

Changing the World – 1-Anton Bosch

  Changing the World – 1 We all long for a righteous and just society where God’s laws are respected and where people all do the right thing. There is nothing wrong with that desire as I believe that is in line with God’s plan also. But the question is how do we get the […]

Change You Can Believe In-Anton Bosch

  Change You Can Believe In Everybody wants change. People want the way the city and the country is governed to change and people want changes in their churches. President Obama won the presidency on the slogan “change you can believe in” and currently every political candidate of every party in America is promising change. […]

The Money God-Anton Bosch

  The Money God “God wants you to be rich, healthy and happy. If you have financial problems just become a Christian and all your problems will go away. Believers can get anything they wish from God by planting seeds in the form of cash. Every dollar you give God, He repays ten or a […]

The Material Kingdom-Anton Bosch

  The Material Kingdom Before Jesus even began His ministry He was tempted by the Devil (Matthew 4). The first of these temptations was for Him to turn stones into bread. The shallow interpretation of this temptation is to say that Jesus was hungry (He had been fasting for forty days) and that the temptation […]

The Kingdom Now-Anton Bosch

  The Kingdom Now Food and material blessings are some of the felt needs, as I discussed last week, and political empowerment is another. The people living in Israel in Jesus’ time had two priorities. The first was for material provision and the second was for political reform and to be liberated from the Roman […]

The Battle of the Mind – 4-Anton Bosch

  The Battle of the Mind – 4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, […]

The Battle of the Mind – 3-Anton Bosch

  The Battle of the Mind – 3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, […]

The Battle of the Mind – 2-Anton Bosch

  The Battle of the Mind – 2 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, […]

HOWLING CHANGED TO SINGING – Charles Spurgeon

HOWLING CHANGED TO SINGING “How long will You forget me, O LORD? Forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?…I will sing unto the LORD, because He has dealt […]

GOD’S WORKS MADE MANIFEST – Charles Spurgeon

GOD’S WORKS MADE MANIFEST “Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents” (that he was born blind): “but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:3. NEVER attribute any special sorrow endured by men to some special sin. There is a tendency to consider that those on whom […]

TEN WRONG KINDS OF HEARERS – Charles Spurgeon

TEN WRONG KINDS OF HEARERS “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they […]

THE GREATEST EXHIBITION OF THE AGE – Charles Spurgeon

THE GREATEST EXHIBITION OF THE AGE “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26. FIRST, let me say that the Lord’s Supper is nothing to us unless we partake of it as spiritual persons in a spiritual way. We […]

SERVITUDE OR SERVICE—WHICH? – Charles Spurgeon

SERVITUDE OR SERVICE—WHICH? “Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.” 2 Chronicles 12:8. THE people of God had left their God and He had left them, so that Shishak, the king of Egypt, came against them, and though the Lord had […]

NO FIXITY WITHOUT FAITH – Charles Spurgeon

NO FIXITY WITHOUT FAITH “If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.” Isaiah 7:9. As I told you in the reading, Isaiah had a very heavy commission from God. He was to go and speak to people who would not hear him and to be to them a messenger rather of death, […]

BLINDED BY SATAN – Charles Spurgeon

BLINDED BY SATAN “The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. THE practice of blinding men is a horrible process, too horrible for us to say another word about it, but there is also a spiritual blindness which comes upon some men. These are, to begin […]

THREE ARROWS—OR SIX? – Charles Spurgeon

THREE ARROWS—OR SIX? “And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Strike the ground. And he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, You should have struck five or six times; then had you struck Syria […]

WATCHING FOR CHRIST’S COMING – Charles Spurgeon

WATCHING FOR CHRIST’S COMING “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to eat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the […]

MARAH BETTER THAN ELIM – Charles Spurgeon

MARAH BETTER THAN ELIM “So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name […]

THE WHOLE GOSPEL IN A SINGLE VERSE – Charles Spurgeon

THE WHOLE GOSPEL IN A SINGLE VERSE “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15. I SPOKE, yesterday, with a brother minister who had been a pastor in America, and I asked him why he […]

THORNS AND THISTLES – Charles Spurgeon

THORNS AND THISTLES “Thorns, also, and thistles shall it bring forth to you.” Genesis 3:18. THIS was not the penalty which might have been pronounced upon Adam. This curse does not fall directly on him— it glances obliquely and falls upon the ground whereon he stands—“Cursed is the ground for your sake.” It is not […]

THE CHRIST-GIVEN REST – Charles Spurgeon

THE CHRIST-GIVEN REST “I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. I AM afraid that we have not always noticed the fullness of this promise. Usually the text is preached from as an invitation to the unconverted to come to Christ and, very properly so—“Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and […]

SEALED AND OPEN EVIDENCES – Charles Spurgeon

SEALED AND OPEN EVIDENCES “Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel; Take these deeds, this deed of the purchase, which is sealed, and this deed which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.” Jeremiah 32:14. THE discourse of this evening is suggested by the […]

SAINTS GUARDED FROM STUMBLING – Charles Spurgeon

SAINTS GUARDED FROM STUMBLING “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24,25. THE point and pith of […]

The Battle of the Mind 1-Anton Bosch

  The Battle of the Mind- 1 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing […]

The Gospel of Self – 3-Anton Bosch

  The Gospel of Self – 3 Thus far we have spoken about how the gospel of self is a false gospel and some of the ways that it is manifest. Today I want to look at a few more things that are symptoms of this modern gospel. The word “sacrifice” has no place in […]

The Gospel of Self – 2-Anton Bosch

  The Gospel of Self – 2 Modern “Christianity” has taken us back to the dark ages and beyond. In those days everyone believed that the universe revolved around the earth. It was only around 1610 that Galileo discovered that the earth is not the center of the Universe, but the Sun is the center […]

The Gospel of Self – 1-Anton Bosch

  The Gospel of Self – 1 We seldom take notice when things change very slowly. I am sure you know the story (probably an urban legend) that if you threw a frog in a pot of boiling water, it would immediately jump out of the water, but if it is put into the pot […]

Six Literal Days – Really?-Anton Bosch

  Six Literal Days – Really? It has become fashionable amongst Christians to see the Genesis account of creation as not literal. The reason is mainly an attempt to find common ground between so-called “science” and the Bible. The problem with “science” There is a proper way and an improper way of “doing” science.  There […]

Only Scripture – 3-Anton Bosch

  Only Scripture – 3 “Do not go beyond what is written” (1Corinthians 4:6) Adding to the Scriptures is a very old problem amongst religious people. The Rabbis were particularly adept at adding many books, sayings and traditions to the Word of God. This had become such a problem that Jesus said: “you have made […]

GOD’S PEOPLE—OR NOT GOD’S PEOPLE – Charles Spurgeon

GOD’S PEOPLE—OR NOT GOD’S PEOPLE “I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not My people, You are My people; and they shall say, You are my God.” Hosea 2:23. “As He says also in Hosea, I will call them My people, which were […]

Only Scripture – 2-Anton Bosch

  Only Scripture – 2 In the last article we began to examine the Scriptural basis for relying exclusively on the Bible rather than accepting various extra-biblical “revelations” as being at the same level, or higher, authority as the Bible. This is a view that is fast dying out as more and more Christians and […]

Only Scripture-Anton Bosch

  Only Scripture One of the non-negotiable essentials of orthodox Christianity has always been the completeness of Scripture. By completeness we mean that the Bible (66 books) is the complete and final revelation of God to man. Nothing is to be added to the Scriptures, nothing is to be taken away from it, and nothing […]

Vatican Fulfills Prophecy-Anton Bosch

  Vatican Fulfills Prophecy The Bible paints quite a clear picture of the major events that precede the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth. Many of the smaller details may be difficult to interpret but the major events concerning the world’s religious, economic and political future are clearly spelled out in Revelation […]

Just Being Comfortable-Anton Bosch

  Just Being Comfortable Most people feel that being comfortable is the least they can expect. Others want to be rich and enjoy the excesses of wealth. But Christians understand that the love of money and greed are not good things and so they feel that just being comfortable and settled is not unreasonable and […]

Effectual Preaching-Anton Bosch

  Effectual Preaching There is little doubt that most preachers want their preaching to make an impact on the hearers. But there are two questions that stem from this: How do we make preaching effectual and how do we measure the results? There is probably universal agreement that the most important qualifications for a preacher […]

THE MEMORY OF CHRIST’S LOVE – Charles Spurgeon

THE MEMORY OF CHRIST’S LOVE “We will remember Your love more than wine: the upright love You.” Song of Solomon 1:4. I Do not think I can preach tonight. I feel so weary, and worn, and ill. Still, I can talk to you a little concerning the great love of Christ. If I were dying, […]

Hedonists and Martyrs-Anton Bosch

  Hedonists and Martyrs While reviewing church history recently I was reminded of some of the things we should learn from history. But before I share those with you, I want to remind you that what normally passes for church history is the history of the apostate church (lower case “c”). The history of the […]

Heaven-Anton Bosch

  Heaven Most people, whether Christians or not, have some ideas about a future life that could be called heaven. Many of those ideas are misguided or plain wrong and sadly, even reasonably well taught Christians may have wrong ideas of what heaven is all about. In a recent Time magazine article, the author said […]

Just a Christian-Anton Bosch

  Just a Christian I have been struck by how various Christians define themselves. Very seldom do you come across someone who just refers to themselves as “a Christian”. They are either Reformed, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Baptist, Biker, Korean, or any of a thousand other kinds of Christian. Some even define themselves with combinations of several […]

SIMEON’S SWAN SONG – Charles Spurgeon

SIMEON’S SWAN SONG “Lord, now let You Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word: for my eyes have seen Your salvation.” Luke 2:29, 30. IF we are believers in Christ, we shall one day use words like these. Perhaps not just at present and yet, possibly, sooner than some of us think, we […]

Doctrines of Demons-Anton Bosch

  Doctrines of Demons Paul writes about the devil that “we are not ignorant of his devices” 2 Corinthians 2:11, yet it seems that many of us are ignorant of the tricks and devices the evil one uses in his attempts to thwart the plan of God. Satan knows that many cannot be persuaded or […]

Sola Camouflage-Anton Bosch

  Sola Camouflage “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) The use of camouflage in the military is a fascinating study. But long before armies, navies and air forces began to camouflage their men and equipment to hide them from the enemy, animals […]

ABRAHAM, A PATTERN TO BELIEVERS – Charles Spurgeon

ABRAHAM, A PATTERN TO BELIEVERS “By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which has foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.” Hebrews 11:9, 10. ABRAHAM’S life, […]

“DARE TO BE A DANIEL” – Charles Spurgeon

“DARE TO BE A DANIEL” “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank.” Daniel 1:8. VERY much of our future life will depend upon our earliest days. I like a remark of Mr. Ruskin’s that I remember […]

GOD’S UNSPEAKABLE GIFT – Charles Spurgeon

GOD’S UNSPEAKABLE GIFT “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15. IF you will read, at home, the chapter from which our text is taken, you will find that Paul was stirring up the Corinthians to an act of liberality. He had boasted of what they would do, but he had just […]

PRODIGAL LOVE FOR THE PRODIGAL SON – Charles Spurgeon

PRODIGAL LOVE FOR THE PRODIGAL SON “And kissed him.” Luke 15:20. IN the Revised Version, if you will kindly look at the margin, you will find that the text there reads, “and kissed him much.” This is a very good translation of the Greek which might bear the meaning, “Kissed him earnestly,” or, “Kissed him […]

A WARRANT FOR YOUR APPREHENSION – Charles Spurgeon

A WARRANT FOR YOUR APPREHENSION “The word of the Lord is against you.” Zephaniah 2:5. The word of the Lord was against the land to which these words were spoken. The whole verse reads, “Woe unto the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the Lord is against you; O […]

THE BEST DONATION – Charles Spurgeon

THE BEST DONATION “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave themselves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” 2 Corinthians 8:5. HERE we see the Apostle Paul disappointed, though he was never discontented. God had taught him how to abound and how to suffer need. In the […]

BOTH SIDES OF THE SHIELD – Charles Spurgeon

BOTH SIDES OF THE SHIELD “Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” Exodus 17:8, 9. IN trying to understand the […]

CHRIST’S MOTIVE AND OURS – Charles Spurgeon

CHRIST’S MOTIVE AND OURS “For your sakes.” 2 Corinthians 8:9. “For His sake.” Philippians 1:29. The true test of any action lies in its motive. Many a deed which seems to be glorious is really mean and ignoble because it is done with a base intention. While other actions which appear to be poor and […]

AN URGENT REQUEST FOR AN IMMEDIATE ANSWER – Charles Spurgeon

AN URGENT REQUEST FOR AN IMMEDIATE ANSWER “And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.” Genesis 24:49. THE chapter from which the text is taken bristles with points. There is a remarkable […]

LOVED AND WASHED – Charles Spurgeon

LOVED AND WASHED “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5, 6. John was the beloved disciple, the choicest spirit of the twelve, the […]

GOD’S GLORIOUS AND EVERLASTING NAME – Charles Spurgeon

GOD’S GLORIOUS AND EVERLASTING NAME “To make Himself an everlasting name…To make Yourself a glorious name.” Isaiah 63:12, 14. MAN’S chief end is to glorify and enjoy God. God’s greatest and highest objective is to make to Himself a glorious and an everlasting name. Since God is God, it must be so, for He is […]

THE LAW’S FAILURE AND FULFILLMENT – Charles Spurgeon

THE LAW’S FAILURE AND FULFILLMENT “For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned in the flesh. That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, […]

WANTED! —VOLUNTEERS – Charles Spurgeon

WANTED! —VOLUNTEERS “And next to him was Amasiah the Son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to the Lord; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.” 2 Chronicles 17:16. IT was a great thing for King Jehoshaphat to have such a pious lord-lieutenant, one who could command an army and, at the […]

“LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE!” – Charles Spurgeon

“LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE!” “Lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:12. PAUL was very anxious about Timothy, his own son in the faith. He loved him greatly and he had much confidence in him, but still he felt that the work of preaching the Gospel was such a responsible undertaking that he could […]

A CLARION CALL TO SAINTS AND SINNERS – Charles Spurgeon

A CLARION CALL TO SAINTS AND SINNERS “Arise you, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.” Micah 2:10. THERE is a miserable tendency in men to cling to things that are seen. Though that which we behold is only temporal and […]

“IF YOU CAN”—“IF YOU CAN” – Charles Spurgeon

“IF YOU CAN”—“IF YOU CAN” “If You can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:22, 23. WE are all familiar with the story of this youth who was possessed by a dumb spirit which caused […]

LYDIA, THE FIRST EUROPEAN CONVERT – Charles Spurgeon

LYDIA, THE FIRST EUROPEAN CONVERT “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple, from the city of Thyatira, who worshipped God, whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” Acts 16:14. We may laudably exercise curiosity with regard to the first […]

ABRAHAM’S TRIAL—A LESSON FOR BELIEVERS – Charles Spurgeon

ABRAHAM’S TRIAL—A LESSON FOR BELIEVERS “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.” Genesis 22:1. WE may regard the father of the faithful as being a pattern of his children. As God dealt with Abraham, so will He […]

THE FIRST, LAST—AND THE LAST, FIRST – Charles Spurgeon

THE FIRST, LAST—AND THE LAST, FIRST “But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” Matthew 19:30. “So the last will be first, and the first, last.” Matthew 20:16. We must be saved if we would serve the Lord. We cannot serve God in an unsaved condition. “They that are in the […]

THREE DECISIVE STEPS – Charles Spurgeon

THREE DECISIVE STEPS “And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath Jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, […]

A HARP OF TEN STRINGS – Charles Spurgeon

A HARP OF TEN STRINGS “And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46, 47. IT is very clear that Mary was not beginning a new thing, for she speaks in the present tense, and in a tense which seems to have been present […]

“IS THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD STRAITENED?” – Charles Spurgeon

“IS THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD STRAITENED?” “O you that are named the house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the Lord straitened?” Micah 2:7. THERE may be some who think they can convert the world by philosophy; that they can renew the heart by eloquence; or that, by some witchcraft of ceremonies, they can […]

THREE NAMES HIGH ON THE MUSTER ROLL – Charles Spurgeon

THREE NAMES HIGH ON THE MUSTER ROLL “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter. If it is so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of […]

THE LAD’S LOAVES IN THE LORD’S HANDS – Charles Spurgeon

THE LAD’S LOAVES IN THE LORD’S HANDS “Jesus took the loaves.” John 6:11. Look, there are the people! Five thousand of them, as hungry as hunters, and they all need to have food given to them, for they cannot, any of them, travel to buy it! And here is the provision! Five thin wafers—and those […]

YOUNG MAN! A PRAYER FOR YOU – Charles Spurgeon

YOUNG MAN! A PRAYER FOR YOU “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray, open his eyes, that he may see! And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” 2 Kings 6:17. This young man […]

BARRIERS BROKEN DOWN – Charles Spurgeon

BARRIERS BROKEN DOWN “For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:3. You that have your Bibles open, kindly follow me from the first verse of the chapter. It begins, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God […]

“HONEY IN THE MOUTH!” – Charles Spurgeon

“HONEY IN THE MOUTH!” “He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14, 15. BELOVED Friends, here you have the Trinity, and there […]

THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS AND WORDS OF JESUS – Charles Spurgeon

THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS AND WORDS OF JESUS “And Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and […]

GOD REJOICING IN THE NEW CREATION – Charles Spurgeon

GOD REJOICING IN THE NEW CREATION “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be you glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in […]

THE BEST STRENGTHENING MEDICINE – Charles Spurgeon

THE BEST STRENGTHENING MEDICINE “Out of weakness were made strong.” Hebrews 11:34. THOSE who out of weakness were made strong are written among the heroes of faith and are, by no means, the least of them. Believers “quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong.” Who […]

THE STATUTE OF DAVID FOR THE SHARING OF THE SPOIL – Charles Spurgeon

THE STATUTE OF DAVID FOR THE SHARING OF THE SPOIL “And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet David, and to meet the people that were with him: […]

REDEMPTION THROUGH BLOOD—THE GRACIOUS FORGIVENESS OF SINS – Charles Spurgeon

REDEMPTION THROUGH BLOOD—THE GRACIOUS FORGIVENESS OF SINS “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace.” Ephesians 1:7. READ the chapter and carefully note how the Apostle goes to the back of everything and commences with those primeval blessings which were ours before time began. […]

“AM I A SEA, OR A WHALE?” – Charles Spurgeon

“AM I A SEA, OR A WHALE?” ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 7, 1891. “Am I a sea, or a whale, that You set a watch over me?” Job 7:12. JOB was in great pain when he thus bitterly complained. These moans came from him when his skin was broken and had become loathsome and he […]

“MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HAND”- Charles Spurgeon

“MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HAND” “My times are in Your hand.” Psalm 31:15. DAVID was sad—his life was spent with grief and his years with sighing. His sorrow had wasted his strength and even his bones were consumed within him. Cruel enemies pursued him with malicious craft, even seeking his life. At such a […]

SIN—ITS SPRINGHEAD, STREAM AND SEA – Charles Spurgeon

SIN—ITS SPRINGHEAD, STREAM AND SEA “Our fathers understood not Your wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of Your mercies; but provoked Him at the sea, even at the Red Sea.” Psalm 106:7. OUR fathers! From them we derive our nature. We inherit our fathers’ propensities, for that which is born of the flesh […]

“LO, I COME”- APPLICATION – Charles Spurgeon

“LO, I COME”—APPLICATION “Then said I, Lo, I come.” Psalm 40:7. To my great sorrow, last Sunday night I was unable to preach. I had prepared a sermon upon this text with much hope of its usefulness, for I intended it to be a supplement to the morning sermon which was a doctrinal exposition. The […]

“LO, I COME”—EXPOSITION – Charles Spurgeon

“LO, I COME”—EXPOSITION “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, My ears have You opened: burnt offering and sin offering have You not required. Then said I, Lo, I have come—in the volume of the Book it is written of Me—I delight to do Your will, O My God: yes, Your Law is within My […]

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT – Charles Spurgeon

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17. To be a Christian is to be a warrior. The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world—it is a battlefield! Neither must he reckon upon the friendship of the […]

THE COVENANT PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT – Charles Spurgeon

THE COVENANT PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT “And I will put My Spirit within you.” Ezekiel 36:27. No preface is needed and the largeness of our subject forbids our wasting time in beating about the bush. I shall try to do two things this morning—first, I would commend the text. And, secondly, I would, in some […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE—OR, THE CENTER OF THE TARGET – Charles Spurgeon

ISRAEL’S HOPE—OR, THE CENTER OF THE TARGET “Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.” Psalm 130:7. When he penned this Psalm, the writer, David, was in deep distress, if not of circumstances, yet of conscience. He constantly mentions iniquities and begs forgiveness. He […]

THE CENSUS OF ISRAEL – Charles Spurgeon

THE CENSUS OF ISRAEL “These are they that were numbered by Moses and Eleazar, the priest, who numbered the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho. But among these there was not a man of them whom Moses and Aaron, the Priest, numbered, when they numbered the children of Israel […]

CHRIST’S RESURRECTION AND OUR NEWNESS OF LIFE – Charles Spurgeon

CHRIST’S RESURRECTION AND OUR NEWNESS OF LIFE “Therefore we are buried with Him through baptism into death: that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4. I have preached before upon the whole verse, so that […]

HOSANNA! – Charles Spurgeon

HOSANNA! “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” Matthew 21:9. AFTER the miracle of the raising of Lazarus, a great fame went abroad concerning our Lord. He still rested at […]

THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH – Charles Spurgeon

THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he went. Hebrews 11:8. THE part of the text to which I shall call your attention lies in these words, “By faith […]

BETWEEN THE TWO APPEARINGS – Charles Spurgeon

BETWEEN THE TWO APPEARINGS “Now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look […]

A POOR MAN’S CRY—AND WHAT CAME OF IT – Charles Spurgeon

A POOR MAN’S CRY—AND WHAT CAME OF IT “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6 ON the morning of last Lord’s-Day we labored to bring sinners to their God and the Lord graciously made the Word effectual. We gave voice to the invitation […]

THE JOYOUS RETURN – Charles Spurgeon

THE JOYOUS RETURN “O Israel, return unto the Lord your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto Him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Ashur shall not save us, we will not […]

BELIEVING ON JESUS—AND ITS COUNTERFEITS – Charles Spurgeon

BELIEVING ON JESUS—AND ITS COUNTERFEITS “As He spoke these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which had believed Him, If you continue in My Word, then are you My disciples, indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:30-32. Our Lord, on this […]

BIT AND BRIDLE—HOW TO ESCAPE THEM – Charles Spurgeon

BIT AND BRIDLE—HOW TO ESCAPE THEM “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with My eyes. Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near […]

A CALL TO PRAYER AND TESTIMONY – Charles Spurgeon

A CALL TO PRAYER AND TESTIMONY “I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the Lord, keep not silent, and give Him no rest, till He establishes, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6, 7. […]

ENTANGLED IN THE LAND – Charles Spurgeon

ENTANGLED IN THE LAND “For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in.” Exodus 14:3. ISRAEL was clean escaped from Egypt. Not a hoof of their cattle was left behind, nor foot of child or aged man remained in the house of bondage. […]

JESUS—“ALL BLESSING AND ALL BLESSED” – Charles Spurgeon

JESUS—“ALL BLESSING AND ALL BLESSED” “Men shall be blessed in Him: all nations shall call Him blessed.” Psalm 72:17. THERE are many famous names in human history, but many of them are connected with deeds which have brought no blessing upon mankind. To bless and to be blessed is the noblest sort of fame and […]

OUR EXPECTATION – Charles Spurgeon

OUR EXPECTATION “He shall see His seed.” Isaiah 53:10. THE first thought suggested by this text is that Jesus is still alive, for to see anything is the act of a living person. Our Lord Jesus died. We know that He died. We are glad that there is overwhelming evidence that, not in appearance, but […]

OUR MANIFESTO – Charles Spurgeon

OUR MANIFESTO “But I make known to you, Brethren, that the Gospel which was preached of me is not after man.” Galatians 1:11. To me it is a pitiful sight to see Paul defending himself as an Apostle and, doing this, not against the gainsaying world, but against cold-hearted members of the Church! They said […]

A PRIVATE ENQUIRY – Charles Spurgeon

A PRIVATE ENQUIRY “What is the thing that the Lord has said unto you?” 1 Samuel 3:17. THE Lord would not speak directly to Eli, although he was the High Priest. In ordinary circumstances it would have been so, but Eli had grieved the Lord, and thus had lost his honorable standing. God had not […]

A GRACIOUS DISMISSAL – Charles Spurgeon

A GRACIOUS DISMISSAL “And He said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50. THE main part of my subject will be—that gracious dismissal, “Go in peace.” To her who had been so lately blessed, the word, “Go,” sounded mournfully, for she would gladly have remained through life with her […]

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH—A GLORIOUS NAME FOR THE NEW YEAR – Charles Spurgeon

  JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH—A GLORIOUS NAME FOR THE NEW YEAR “The name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord Is There [or in the Hebrew, ‘Jehovah-Shammah.’]” Ezekiel 48:35 THESE words may be used as a test as well as a text. They may serve for examination as well as consolation and, at the beginning […]

This is Discipleship-Anton Bosch

  This is Discipleship Many techniques, programs and systems in the modern church are mistaken as discipleship. While those techniques may contain elements of discipleship, they are not the authentic thing. (See Part 1: “This is not Discipleship.”) This obviously begs the question: what is discipleship and what did Jesus mean when He gave us […]

This is not Discipleship-Anton Bosch

  This is not Discipleship Some of the most frequently quoted verses in Evangelicalism are Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and […]

Imminence part 3-Anton Bosch

  Imminence Part 3 From the first two parts of this series it is abundantly clear from God’s Word that both Jesus and Paul taught that Jesus could return at any time and that his second coming was, and remains, imminent. In order to get a complete picture we now need to turn to the […]

Paul and Imminence-Anton Bosch

  Paul and Imminence Part 2 Jesus’ teaching on imminence is exceedingly clear: “…the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40). (See Part 1 of this series.) His statements on the topic should be sufficient to convince any of us. But what did Paul believe and […]

Imminence-Anton Bosch

  Imminence Part 1  “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning– lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.” – Mark 13:35-36. Imminence means “impending” or “about to occur.” We say when the storm […]

The Good Shepherd: A Farewell Sermon-George Whitefield

  The Good Shepherd: A Farewell Sermon5 John 10:27–28 — “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.” It is a common, and I believe, generally speaking, my dear […]

The Method of Grace-George Whitefield

  The Method of Grace Jeremiah 6:14 — “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace. As God can send a nation or people no greater blessing than to give them faithful, sincere, and upright ministers, so the greatest curse that God […]

Persecution Every Christian’s Lot-George Whitefield

  Persecution Every Christian’s Lot When our Lord was pleased to take upon himself the form of a servant, and to go about preaching the kingdom of God; he took all opportunities in public, and more especially in private, to caution his disciples against seeking great things for themselves, and also to forewarn them of […]

Intercession Every Christian’s Duty-George Whitefield

  Intercession Every Christian’s Duty If we inquire, why there is so little love to be found amongst Christians, why the very characteristic, by which every one should know that we are disciples of the holy Jesus, is almost banished out of the Christian world, we shall find it, in a great measure, owing to […]

The Power of Christ’s Resurrection-George Whitefield

  The Power of Christ’s Resurrection Philippians 3:10 — “That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection.” The apostle, in the verses before the text, had been cautioning the Philippians to “beware of the concision,” Judaizing teachers, who endeavored to subvert them from the simplicity of the gospel, by telling them, they […]

The Heinous Sin of Drunkenness-George Whitefield

  The Heinous Sin of Drunkenness Ephesians 5:18 — “Be not drunk with Wine, wherein is Excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” The persons to whom these words were written, were the inhabitants of Ephesus, as we are told in the Acts, had been worshippers of the great goddess Diana, and, in all probability, […]

Christ the Only Preservative Against a Reprobate Spirit-George Whitefield

  Christ the Only Preservative Against a Reprobate Spirit The doctrines of the gospel are doctrines of peace, and they bring comfort to all who believe in them; they are not like the law given by Moses, which consisted of troublesome and painful ceremonies; neither do they carry with them that terror which the law […]

Christians, Temples of the Living God-George Whitefield

  Christians, Temples of the Living God Isaiah, speaking of the glory of gospel days, said, “Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Chap. 64:4. Could a world lying in the wicked one, be […]

On Regeneration-George Whitefield

  On Regeneration The doctrine of our regeneration, or new birth in Christ Jesus, though one of the most fundamental doctrines of our holy religion; though so plainly and often pressed on us in sacred writ, “that he who runs may read;” nay though it is the very hinge on which the salvation of each […]

Satan’s Devices-George Whitefield

  Satan’s Devices The occasion of these words was as follows: In the church of Corinth there was an unhappy person, who had committed such incest, as was not so much as named among the Gentiles, in taking his father’s wife; but either on account of his wealth, power, or some such reasons, like many […]

The Great Duty of Charity Recommended-George Whitefield

  The Great Duty of Charity Recommended 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Charity never faileth.” Nothing is more valuable and commendable, and yet, not one duty is less practiced, than that of charity. We often pretend concern and pity for the misery and distress of our fellow-creatures, but yet we seldom commiserate their condition so much as […]

Of Justification by Christ-George Whitefield

  Of Justification by Christ It has been objected by some, who dissent from, nay, I may add, by others also, who actually are friends to the present ecclesiastical establishment, that the ministers of the Church of England preach themselves, and not Christ Jesus the Lord; that they entertain their people with lectures of mere […]

The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the Best Knowledge-George Whitefield

  The Knowledge of Jesus Christ the Best Knowledge The persons to whom these words were written, were the members of the church of Corinth; who, as appears by the foregoing chapter, were not only divided into different sects, by one saying, “I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos;” but also had […]

The Almost Christian-George Whitefield

  The Almost Christian Acts 26:28 — “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” The chapter, out of which the text is taken, contains an admirable account which the great St. Paul gave of his wonderful conversion from Judaism to Christianity, when he was called to make his defense before Festus a Gentile governor, […]

Marks of Having Received the Holy Ghost-George Whitefield

  Marks of Having Received the Holy Ghost Acts 19:2 — “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” Two different significations have been given of these words. Some have supposed, that the question here put, is, Whether these disciples, whom St. Paul found at Ephesus, had received the Holy Ghost by imposition of […]

Saul’s Conversion-George Whitefield

  Saul’s Conversion Acts 9:22 — “But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.” It is an undoubted truth, however paradoxical it may seem to natural men, that “whosoever will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.” And therefore it is […]

The Resurrection of Lazarus-George Whitefield

  The Resurrection of Lazarus John 11:43–44 — “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him […]

The Duty of Searching the Scriptures-George Whitefield

  The Duty of Searching the Scriptures John 5:39 — “Search the Scriptures.” When the Sadducees came to our blessed Lord, and put to him the question, “whose wife that woman should be in the next life, who had seven husbands in this,” he told them “they erred, not knowing the scriptures.” And if we […]

The Marriage of Cana-George Whitefield

  The Marriage of Cana John 2:11 — “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” I have more than once had occasion to observe, that the chief end St. John had in view, when he wrote his gospel, was to prove […]

The Conversion of Zaccheus-George Whitefield

  The Conversion of Zaccheus Luke 19:9–10 — “And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house; forasmuch as he also is the Son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Salvation, every where through the whole scripture, is said […]

The Pharisee and Publican-George Whitefield

  The Pharisee and Publican Luke 18:14 — “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: For every one that exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.” Though there be some who dare to deny the Lord Jesus, and disbelieve the revelation […]

The Gospel Supper-George Whitefield

  The Gospel Supper Luke 14:22–24 — “And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the high-ways, and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, […]

A Penitent Heart, the Best New Year’s Gift-George Whitefield

  A Penitent Heart, the Best New Year’s Gift Luke 13:3 — “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” When we consider how heinous and aggravating our offenses are, in the sight of a just and holy God, that they bring down his wrath upon our heads, and occasion us to live under his […]

The Care of the Soul Urged as the One Thing Needful-George Whitefield

  The Care of the Soul Urged as the One Thing Needful Luke 10:42 — “But one thing is needful.” It was the amiable character of our blessed Redeemer, that “he went about doing good,” this great motive, which animated all his actions, brought him to the house of his friend Lazarus, at Bethany, and […]

Christ’s Transfiguration-George Whitefield

  Christ’s Transfiguration Luke 9:28–36 — “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering. And, behold, there talked […]

The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial-George Whitefield

  The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial Luke 9:23 — “And he said unto them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself.” Whoever reads the gospel with a single eye, and sincere intentions, will find, that our blessed Lord took all opportunities of reminding his disciples that his kingdom was […]

Directions How to Hear Sermons-George Whitefield

  Directions How to Hear Sermons Luke 8:18 — “Take heed, therefore, how ye hear.” The occasion of our Lord’s giving this caution, was this: Perceiving that much people were gathered together to hear him out of every city, and knowing (for he is God, and knoweth all things) that many, if not most of […]

Blind Bartimeus-George Whitefield

  Blind Bartimeus Mark 10:52 — “And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” When the apostle Peter was recommending Jesus of Nazareth, in one of his sermons to the Jews, he gave him a short, but […]

“The Eternity of Hell-Torments”-George Whitefield

  “The Eternity of Hell-Torments” Matthew 25:46 — “These shall go away into everlasting punishment. To the Inhabitants of Savannah in Georgia. My dear Friends, Though the following sermon has been preached elsewhere, yet as the occasion of my preaching it among you was particular, as you seemed to give an uncommon attention to it […]

The Wise and Foolish Virgins-George Whitefield

  The Wise and Foolish Virgins Matthew 25:13 — “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man cometh.” (Text is actually Matt. 25:1–13) The apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Hebrews, informs us, “That it is appointed for all men once to die; after that […]

What Think Ye of Christ?-George Whitefield

  What Think Ye of Christ? Matthew 22:42 — “What think ye of Christ?” When it pleased the eternal Son of God to tabernacle among us, and preach the glad tidings of salvation to a fallen world, different opinions were entertained by different parties concerning him. As to his person, some said he was Moses; […]

Marks of a True Conversion-George Whitefield

  Marks of a True Conversion Matthew 18:3 — “Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” I suppose I may take it for granted, that all of you, among whom I am now about to preach the kingdom of […]

Christ the Only Rest for the Weary and Heavy-Laden-George Whitefield

  Christ the Only Rest for the Weary and Heavy-Laden Matthew 11:28 — “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Nothing is more generally known than our duties which belong to Christianity; and yet, how amazing is it, nothing is less practiced? There is much […]

Worldly Business No Plea for the Neglect of Religion-George Whitefield

  Worldly Business No Plea for the Neglect of Religion Matthew 8:22 — “Let the dead bury their dead.” St. Paul preaching at Athens, tells them, that as he passed by and beheld their devotions, he perceived they were in all things too superstitious. But was this apostle to rise, can come publishing the glad […]

Christ the Support of the Tempted-George Whitefield

  Christ the Support of the Tempted Matthew 6:13 — “Lead us not into temptation.” The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may […]

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing-George Whitefield

  The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing Matthew 5:34 — “But I say unto you, Swear not at all.” Among the many heinous sins for which this nation is grown infamous, perhaps there is no one more crying, but withal more common, than the abominable custom of profane swearing and cursing. Our streets […]

The Temptation of Christ-George Whitefield

  The Temptation of Christ Matthew 4:1–11 — “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of […]

The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness-George Whitefield

  The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness Daniel 9:24 — “And to bring everlasting Righteousness.” On reading these words, I cannot help addressing you in the language of the angels to the poor shepherds, who kept watch over their flocks by night, “Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy,” such tidings, that […]

The Lord Our Righteousness-George Whitefield

  The Lord Our Righteousness Jeremiah 23:6 — “The Lord our Righteousness.” Whoever is acquainted with the nature of mankind in general, or the propensity of his own heart in particular, must acknowledge, that self- righteousness is the last idol that is rooted out of the heart: being once born under a covenant of works, […]

The Potter and the Clay-George Whitefield

  The Potter and the Clay Jeremiah 18:1–6 — “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And […]

Christ the Believer’s Husband-George Whitefield

  Christ the Believer’s Husband Isaiah 54:5 — “For thy Maker is thy Husband.” Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ. Eye hath not seen, nor ear […]

The Benefits of an Early Piety-George Whitefield

  The Benefits of an Early Piety The amiableness of religion in itself, and the innumerable advantages that flow from it to society in general, as well as to each sincere professor in particular, cannot but recommend it to the choice of every considerate person, and make, even wicked men, as they wish to die […]

A Preservative Against Unsettled Notions, and Want of Principles, in Regard to Righteousness and Christian Perfection-George Whitefield

  A Preservative Against Unsettled Notions, and Want of Principles, in Regard to Righteousness and Christian Perfection4 Ecclesiastes 7:16 — “Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?” To all the Members of Christ’s Holy Church. Dear Fellow Christians, The great, and indeed the only motive which prompted […]

The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteous Enough-George Whitefield

  The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteous Enough Ecclesiastes 7:16 — “Be not righteous overmuch, neither make thyself over- wise: why shouldst thou destroy thyself?” Nothing is more frequent, than while people are living in a course of sin, and after the fashion and manner of the world, there is not notice taken […]

The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society-George Whitefield

  The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society Eccles. 4:9–12 — “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him […]

Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty-George Whitefield

  Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God; but nothing gives a greater proof thereof, than that backwardness, which every one finds within himself, to the duty of praise and thanksgiving. When God placed the first man in paradise, […]

Britain’s Mercies, and Britain’s Duty-George Whitefield

  Britain’s Mercies, and Britain’s Duty3 Psalm 55:45 — “That they might observe his statutes and keep his laws.” Men, brethren, and fathers, and all ye to whom I am about to preach the kingdom of God, I suppose you need not be informed, that being indispensably obliged to be absent on your late thanksgiving […]

The Great Duty of Family Religion-George Whitefield

  The Great Duty of Family Religion Joshua 24:15 — “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” These words contain the holy resolution of pious Joshua, who having in a most moving, affectionate discourse recounted to the Israelites what great things God had done for them, in the verse immediately preceding […]

Abraham’s Offering Up His Son Isaac-George Whitefield

  Abraham’s Offering Up His Son Isaac Genesis 22:12 — “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy Son, thine only Son from me.”1 The great Apostle Paul, in one of his […]

Walking with God-George Whitefield

  Walking with God Genesis 5:24 — “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God. But, perhaps, one of the most common objections that they make […]

The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent-George Whitefield

  The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent Genesis 3:15 — “And I will put Enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy Seed and her Seed, it shall bruise thy Head, and thou shalt bruise his Heel.” On reading to you these words, I may address you in the […]

The Way of the Kingdom-John Wesley

  The Way of the Kingdom    The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15       These words naturally lead us to consider, First, the nature of true religion, here termed by our Lord, “the kingdom of God,” which, saith he, “is at hand;” and, Secondly, the way thereto, which […]

The Use of Money-John Wesley

  The Use of Money  “I say unto you, Make unto yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into the everlasting habitations.” Luke 16:9.       1. Our Lord, having finished the beautiful parable of the Prodigal Son, which he had particularly addressed to those who murmured at his […]

The Unity of the Divine Being-John Wesley

  The Unity of the Divine Being    “There is one God.” Mark 12:32.       1. And as there is one God, so there is one religion and one happiness for all men. God never intended there should be any more; and it is not possible there should. Indeed, in another sense, as the Apostle observes, “there […]

The Trouble and Rest of Good Men-John Wesley

  The Trouble and Rest of Good Men   Preached at St. Mary’s in Oxford, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 1735.      Published at the request of several of the hearers.      [This appears to have been the first Sermon that Mr. Wesley ever committed to the press. It was preached about a month before he sailed for Georgia; and published […]

The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption-John Wesley

  The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption    “Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15.       1. ST. PAUL here speaks to those who are the children of God by faith. “Ye,” saith he, who are indeed […]

The Scripture Way of Salvation-John Wesley

  The Scripture Way of Salvation   ‘Ye are saved through faith.’       Ephesians 2:8.      1. Nothing can be more intricate, complex, and hard to be understood, than religion, as it has been often described. And this is not only true concerning the religion of the Heathens, even many of the wisest of them, but concerning the religion […]

The Righteousness of Faith-John Wesley

  The Righteousness of Faith   “Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, […]

The Rich Man and Lazarus-John Wesley

  The Rich Man and Lazarus   “If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31.       1. How strange a paradox is this! How contrary to the common apprehension of men! Who is so confirmed in unbelief as not to think, “If one came […]

The Reward of Righteousness-John Wesley

  The Reward of Righteousness  Preached before the Humane Society      “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matt. 25:34.       1. Reason alone will convince every fair inquirer, that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This alone teaches him to say, “Doubtless […]

The Repentance of Believers-John Wesley

  The Repentance of Believers      “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15.       1. It is generally supposed, that repentance and faith are only the gate of religion; that they are necessary only at the beginning of our Christian course, when we are setting out in the way to the kingdom. And this may seem […]

The Reformation of Manners-John Wesley

  The Reformation of Manners  Preached before the Society for Reformation of Manners      On Sunday, January 30, 1763      At the Chapel in West-Street, Seven-Dials      “Who will rise up with me against the wicked?” Ps. 94:16.       1. In all ages, men who neither feared God nor regarded man have combined together, and formed confederacies, to carry on the works […]

The New Creation-John Wesley

  The New Creation  Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5.       1. What a strange scene is here opened to our view! How remote from all our natural apprehensions! Not a glimpse of what is here revealed was ever seen in the heathen world. Not only the modern, barbarous, uncivilized Heathens have not the […]

The New Birth-John Wesley

  The New Birth  “Ye must be born again.” John 3:7.       1. If any doctrines within the whole compass of Christianity may be properly termed fundamental, they are doubtless these two, — the doctrine of justification, and that of the new birth: The former relating to that great work which God does for us, in […]

The Nature of Enthusiasm-John Wesley

  The Nature of Enthusiasm   “And Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself.” Acts 26:24.       1. And so say all the world, the men who know not God, of all that are of Paul’s religion: of every one who is so a follower of him as he was of Christ. It […]

The Mystery of Iniquity-John Wesley

  The Mystery of Iniquity   “The mystery of iniquity doth already work.” 2 Thess. 2:7.       1. Without inquiring how far these words refer to any particular event in the Christian Church, I would at present take occasion from them to consider that important question, — In what manner the mystery of iniquity hath wrought among […]

The More Excellent Way-John Wesley

  The More Excellent Way   “Covet earnestly the best gifts; And yet I show to you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31.       1. In the preceding verses, St. Paul has been speaking of the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost; such as healing the sick, prophesying (in the proper sense of the word; that […]

The Ministerial Office-John Wesley

  The Ministerial Office   [a.k.a. ^PROPHETS AND PRIESTS^ (Sermon 121 in the Bicentennial Edition)]      [Respecting this Sermon the following information is given by Mr. Moore, in his “Life of Mr. Wesley,” vol. ii., p. 339: — “I was with Mr. Wesley in London when he published that Sermon. He had encouraged me to be a man […]

The Means of Grace-John Wesley

The Means of Grace   “Ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.” Mal. 3:7.       I. 1. But are there any ordinances now, since life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel? Are there, under the Christian dispensation, any means ordained of God, as the usual channels of his grace? […]

The Marks of the New Birth-John Wesley

  The Marks of the New Birth   “So is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.       1. How is every one that is “born of the Spirit,” — that is, born again, — born of God? What is meant by the being born again, the being born of God, or being born […]

The Lord Our Righteousness-John Wesley

  The Lord Our Righteousness    “This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.” Jer. 23:6.       1. How dreadful and how innumerable are the contests which have arisen about religion! And not only among the children of this world, among those who knew not what true religion was, but even among […]

The Important Question-John Wesley

  The Important Question  “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Matthew 16:26       1. There is a celebrated remark to this effect, (I think in the works of Mr. Pascal,) that if a man of low estate would speak of high things, as of what […]

The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels-John Wesley

  The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels.” 2 Cor. 4:7.       1. How long was man a mere riddle to himself! For how man~y ages were the wisest of men utterly unable to reveal the myster~y, to reconcile the strange inconsistencies, in him, — the wonderful mixture of good […]

The Great Assize-John Wesley

  The Great Assize  Preached at the Assizes held before the Honorable Sir Edward Clive, Knight, one of the Judges of His Majesty’s Court of Common Pleas, in St. Paul’s Church, Bedford, on Friday, March 10, 1758; published at the request of William Cole, Esq., High Sheriff of the county, and others. “We shall all […]

The Good Steward-John Wesley

  The Good Steward    “Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.” Luke 16:2.       1. The relation which man bears to God, the creature to his Creator, is exhibited to us in the oracles of God under various representations. Considered as a sinner, a fallen creature, he is there represented […]

The General Spread of the Gospel-John Wesley

  The General Spread of the Gospel   “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters covers the sea.” Isa. 11:9.       1. In what a condition is the world at present! How does darkness, intellectual darkness, ignorance, with vice and misery attendant upon it, cover the face of the earth! […]

The General Deliverence-John Wesley

  The General Deliverence    “The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that subjected it: Yet in hope that the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the […]

The First Fruits of the Spirit-John Wesley

  The First Fruits of the Spirit   “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Rom. 8:1       1. By “them which are in Christ Jesus,” St. Paul evidently means, those who truly believe in him; those who, “being justified by […]

The End of Christ’s Coming-John Wesley

  The End of Christ’s Coming   “For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.       1. Many eminent writers, heathen as well as Christian, both in earlier and later ages, have employed their utmost labour and art in painting the beauty of virtue. […]

The Duty of Reproving our Neighbor-John Wesley

  The Duty of Reproving our Neighbor     “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.” Lev. 19:17.       A great part of the book of Exodus, and almost the whole of the book of Leviticus, relate to the ritual or ceremonial […]

The Danger of Riches-John Wesley

  The Danger of Riches    “They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Tim. 6:9.       1. How innumerable are the ill consequences which have followed from men’s not knowing, or not considering, this great truth! And how […]

The Circumcision of the Heart-John Wesley

  The Circumcision of the Heart   Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, before the University, on January 1, 1733. “Circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter.” Romans 2:29.       1. It is the melancholy remark of an excellent man, that he who now preaches the most essential duties of Christianity, […]

The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes-John Wesley

  The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes   [First published ~in the year 1750.]      “O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord; what destruction he hath brought upon th~e earth!” Ps. 46:8.       O~f all the judgments which the righteous God inflicts on sinners here, the most dreadful and destructive is an earth~quake. This he has […]

The Case of Reason Impartially Considered-John Wesley

  The Case of Reason Impartially Considered   ‘Brethren, be not children in understanding: Howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.’       1 Cor. 14:20.      1. It is the true remark of an eminent man, who had made many observations on human nature, ‘If reason be against a man, a man will always be […]

The Almost Christian-John Wesley

  The Almost Christian    ‘Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.’       Acts 26:28.      AND many there are who go thus far: ever since the Christian religion was in the world, there have been many in every age and nation who were almost persuaded to be Christians. But seeing it avails nothing before God to go […]

Spiritual Worship-John Wesley

  Spiritual Worship   “This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20.       1. In this Epistle St. John speaks not to any particular Church, but to all the Christians of that age; although more especially to them among whom he then resided. And in them he speaks to the whole Christian Church in […]

Spiritual Idolatry-John Wesley

  Spiritual Idolatry   “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21.       1. There are two words that occur several times in this Epistle, — _paidia_ and _teknia_, — both of which our translators render by the same expression, little children. But their meaning is very different. The former is very properly rendered little children; […]

Some Account of the Late Work of God…-John Wesley

  Some Account of the Late Work of God…   THE LATE WORK OF GOD IN NORTH AMERICA      “The appearance was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” Ezek. 1:16.       1. Whatever may be the primary meaning of this mysterious passage of Scripture, many serious Christians, in all ages have applied it in […]

Signs of the Times-John Wesley

  Signs of the Times  “Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:3.       1. The entire passage runs thus: “The Pharisees also, with the Sadducees, came, and tempting, desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said, […]

Sermon on the Mount, 9-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 9    “‘No man can serve two masters; For either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.       “‘Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall […]

Sermon on the Mount, 8-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 8   “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure […]

Sermon on the Mount, 7-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 7   “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou […]

Sermon on the Mount, 6-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 6  “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: Otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.       “Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in […]

Sermon on the Mount, 5-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 5    “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you: Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be […]

Sermon on the Mount, 4-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 4  “Ye are the salt of the earth. But if the salt hath lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and trodden under foot of men. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set […]

Sermon on the Mount, 3-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 3  “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers: For they shall be called the children of God. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and […]

Sermon on the Mount, 2-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 2   “Blessed are the meek: For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: For they shall obtain mercy.” Matt. 5:5-7       I. 1. When “the winter is past,” when “the time of singing is […]

Sermon on the Mount, 13-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 13    “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name […]

Sermon on the Mount, 12-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 12  “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil […]

Sermon on the Mount, 11-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 11  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in threat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find […]

Sermon on the Mount, 10-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 10    “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is […]

Sermon on the Mount, 1-John Wesley

  Sermon on the Mount, 1   “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: And when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: For they […]

Self-Denial-John Wesley

  Self-Denial   “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23       1. It has been frequently imagined, that the direction here given related chiefly, if not wholly, to the Apostles; at least, to the Christians of […]

Scriptural Christianity-John Wesley

  Scriptural Christianity   [This Sermon was originally published in a separate pamphlet, accompanied by the following address “to the reader,” to which was affixed the author’s signature: “It was not my design, when I wrote, ever to print the latter part of the following Sermon: But the false and scurrilous accounts of it which have […]

Satan’s Devices-John Wesley

  Satan’s Devices     “We are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Cor. 2:11.       1. The devices whereby the subtle god of this world labours to destroy the children of God — or at least to torment whom he cannot destroy, to perplex and hinder them in running the race which is set before them — […]

Original, Nature, Property, and Use of Law-John Wesley

  Original, Nature, Property, and Use of Law   “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Rom. 7:12       1. Perhaps there are few subjects within the whole compass of religion so little understood as this. The reader of this Epistle is usually told, by the law St. Paul means the […]

Original Sin-John Wesley

  Original Sin    ‘And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’       Gen. 6:5.      1. How widely different is this from the fair pictures of human nature which men have drawn in all ages! The writings of many […]

On Zeal-John Wesley

  On Zeal    “It is good to be always zealously affected in a good thing.” Gal. 4:18.       1. There are few subjects in the whole compass of religion, that are of greater importance than this. For without zeal it is impossible, either to make any considerable progress in religion ourselves, or to do any considerable […]

On Worldly Folly-John Wesley

  On Worldly Folly  “But God said unto him, Thou fool!” Luke 12:20.       But one of these fools is commonly wiser in his own eyes “than seven men that can render a reason.” If it were possible for a Christian, for one that has the mind which was in Christ, to despise any one, he […]

On Working out Own Salvation-John Wesley

  On Working out Own Salvation    “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil. 2:12-13.       1. Some great truths, as the being and attributes of God, and the difference between moral good and evil, were […]

On Visiting the Sick-John Wesley

  On Visiting the Sick   “I was sick, and ye visited me.” Matt. 25:36.       1. It is generally supposed, that the means of grace and the ordinances of God are equivalent terms. We commonly mean by that expression, those that are usually termed, works of piety; viz., hearing and reading the Scripture, receiving the Lord’s […]

On the Wedding Garment-John Wesley

  On the Wedding Garment   “How camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? Matt. 22:12.       1. In the verses preceding the text we read, “After these things, Jesus spake to them again in parables, and said, A certain king made a supper for his son. And when the king came in to see […]

On the Trinity-John Wesley

  On the Trinity   Some days since I was desired to preach on this text. I did so yesterday morning. In the afternoon I was pressed to write down and print my sermon, if possible, before I left Cork. I have wrote it this morning; but I must beg the reader to make allowance for […]

On the Single Eye-John Wesley

  On the Single Eye     “If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Therefore, if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matt. 6:22, 23.       1. “Simplicity and purity,” says […]

On the Resurrection of the Dead-John Wesley

  On the Resurrection of the Dead  Written in the year 1732      [This Sermon was originally written by Benjamin Calamy, D.D., Vicar of St. Lawrence, Jewry, London. It occurs, p. 275, in a volume of Sermons which bears his name, published in 1704; and is here abridged and revised by ~Mr. Wesley.~ — EDIT.] “But some […]

On the Omnipresence of God-John Wesley

  On the Omnipresence of God  “Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” Jer. 23:24.       1. How strongly and beautifully do these words express the omnipresence of God! And can there be in the whole compass of nature a more sublime subject? Can there be any more worthy the consideration of every […]

On the Holy Spirit-John Wesley

  On the Holy Spirit Preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, on Whitsunday~, 1736. “Now the Lord is that Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:17.       The Apostle had been showing how the gospel ministry was superior to that of the law: The time being now come when types and shadows should be laid aside, and we should be […]

On the Fall of Man-John Wesley

  On the Fall of Man   “Dust thou are, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Gen. 3:19.       1. Why is there pain in the world; seeing God is “loving to every man, and his mercy is over all his works?” Because there is sin: Had there been no sin, there would have been no pain. […]

On the Education of Children-John Wesley

  On the Education of Children    “Train up a child in the way wherein he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6.       1. We must not imagine that these words are to be understood in an absolute sense, as if no child that had been trained up […]

On the Discoveries of Faith-John Wesley

  On the Discoveries of Faith  “Now~ faith is the ev~idence of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1.       1. For many ages it has been allowed by sensible men, _N~ihil est in intellectu quod non fuit prius in sensu_: That is, “There is nothing in the understanding which was not first perceived by some of the […]

On the Death of Rev. Mr. John Fletcher-John Wesley

  On the Death of Rev. Mr. John Fletcher   Preached on Occasion of      THE DEATH OF THE REV. MR. JOHN FLETCHER,      Vicar of Madeley, Shropshire      To the Reader      It was a consciousness of my own inability to describe in a manner worthy of the subject such a person as Mr. Fletcher, which was one great reason of my not […]

On the Death of Mr. Whitefield-John Wesley

  On the Death of Mr. Whitefield   Preached at the Chapel in Tottenham-Court Road and at the Tabernacle, near Moorfields, on Sunday, November 18, 1770.      “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” Num. 23:10.       1. “Let my last end be like his!” How many of you join […]

On the Danger of Increasing Riches-John Wesley

  On the Danger of Increasing Riches    “If riches increase, set not thine heart upon them.” Ps. 62:10.       1. From that express declaration of our Lord, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven,” we may easily […]

On Temptation-John Wesley

  On Temptation   “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10:13. […]

On Sin in Believers-John Wesley

  On Sin in Believers   “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” 2 Cor. 5:17.       I. 1. Is there then sin in him that is in Christ? Does sin remain in one that believes in him? Is there any sin in them that are born of God, or are they wholly […]

On Schism-John Wesley

  On Schism  “That there might be no schism in the body.” 1 Cor. 12:25.       1. If there be any word in the English tongue as ambiguous and indeterminate in its meaning as the word Church, it is one that is nearly allied to it, — the word Schism. it has been the subject of […]

On Riches-John Wesley

  On Riches    “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24.       1. In the preceding verses we have an account of a young man who came running to our Lord, and kneeling down, not in […]

On Redeeming the Time-John Wesley

  On Redeeming the Time On Redeeming the Time “Redeeming the time.” Eph. 5:16. 1. “See that ye walk circumspectly,” says the Apostle in the preceding verse, “not as fools, but as wise men, redeeming the time;” saving all the time you can for the best purposes; buying up every fleeting moment out of the […]

On Public Diversions-John Wesley

  On Public Diversions   “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it?” Amos 3:6.       It is well if there are not too many here who are too nearly concerned in these words of the Prophet; […]

On Predestination-John Wesley

  On Predestination  “Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son: — Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:29, 30.       Our beloved brother Paul,” says St. Peter, […]

On Pleasing all Men-John Wesley

  On Pleasing all Men    “Let every man please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Rom. 15:2.       1. Undoubtedly the duty here prescribed is incumbent on all mankind; at least on every one of those to whom are entrusted the oracles of God. For it is here enjoined to everyone without exception that names […]

On Perfection-John Wesley

  On Perfection   “Let us go on to perfection.” Heb. 6:1.       The whole sentence runs thus: “Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection: Not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God;” which he had just before termed, “the first principles […]

On Patience-John Wesley

  On Patience   “Let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4.       1. “My brethren,” says the Apostle in the preceding verse, “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.” At first view, this may appear a strange direction; seeing most temptations are, “for the […]

On Obedience to Pastors-John Wesley

  On Obedience to Pastors   “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: For they watch over your souls, as they that shall give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with grief: For that is unprofitable for you.” Heb. 13:17.       1. Exceeding few, not only among nominal Christians, […]

On Obedience to Parents-John Wesley

  On Obedience to Parents  ~~ “Children, obey your parents in all thin~gs.” Col. 3:20       1. It has been a subject of controversy for many years, whether there are any innate principles in the mind of man. But it is allowed on all hands, if there be any practical principles naturally Unplanted in the soul, […]

On Mourning the Dead-John Wesley

  On Mourning the Dead  Preached at Epworth, January 11, 1726, at the Funeral of John Griffith: A Hopeful Young Man.      “Now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Sam. 12:23.       The resolution of a wise and […]

On Love-John Wesley

  On Love Preached at Savannah, February 20, 1736      “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:3.       [1.] There is great reason to fear that it will hereafter be said of most of you […]

On Living without God-John Wesley

  On Living without God  “Without God in the world.” Eph. 2:12.       1. Perhaps these words might be more properly translated, Atheists in the world. This seems to be a little stronger expression than “without God in the world,” which sounds nearly negative, and does not necessarily imply any more than the having no fellowship […]

On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel-John Wesley

  On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel   Preached on Monday, April 21, 1777      ON LAYING THE FOUNDATION OF THE NEW CHAPEL, NEAR THE CITY-ROAD, LONDON.      “According to this time it shall be said, — What hath God wrought!” Num. 23:23.       1. We need not now inquire, in what sense this was applicable to the children […]

On Knowing Christ after the Flesh-John Wesley

  On Knowing Christ after the Flesh   “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh; yea, though we did kno~w Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” 2 Cor. 5:16.       1. I have long desired to see something clearly and intelligibly wrote on these words. This is doubtless a point […]

On Grieving the Holy Spirit-John Wesley

  On Grieving the Holy Spirit  Written in the year 1733      “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Eph. 4:30.       There can be no point of greater importance to him who knows that it is the Holy Spirit which leads us into all truth and into all […]

On God’s Vineyard-John Wesley

  On God’s Vineyard   “What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?” Isa. 5:4.       The vineyard of the Lord, taking the word in its widest sense, may include the whole world. All […]

On Friendship with the World-John Wesley

  On Friendship with the World   “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of this world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore desireth to be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.” Jam. 4:4.       1. There is a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, which has been […]

On Family Religion-John Wesley

  On Family Religion   “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Josh. 24:15.       1. In the foregoing verses we read that Joshua, now grown old, “gathered the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges and officers; and they presented themselves […]

On Faith-John Wesley

  On Faith   “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” Heb. 11:6.       1. But what is Faith? It is a divine “evidence and conviction of things not seen;” of things which are not seen now, whether they are visible or invisible in their own nature. Particularly, it is a divine evidence and conviction of […]

On Eternity-John Wesley

  On Eternity   “From everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” Psalm 90:2       1. I would fain speak of that awful subject, — eternity. But how can we grasp it in our thought? It is so vast, that the narrow mind of man is utterly unable to comprehend it. But does it not bear some affinity […]

On Dress-John Wesley

  On Dress  “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of — wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God […]

On Divine Providence-John Wesley

  On Divine Providence     “Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Luke 12:7.       1. The doctrine of divine providence has been received by wise men in all ages. It was believed by many of the eminent Heathens, not only philosophers, but orators and poets. Innumerable are the testimonies concerning it which are […]

On Dissipation-John Wesley

  On Dissipation “This I speak — that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” 1 Cor. 7:35.       1. Almost in every part of our nation, more especially in the large and populous towns, we hear a general complaint among sensible persons, of the still increasing dissipation. It is observed to diffuse itself more […]

On Corrupting the Word of God-John Wesley

   Preached about the year 1728      “We are not as many, who corrupt the word of God: But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” 2 Cor. 2:17.       [1.] Many have observed, that nothing conduces more to a Preacher’s success with those that hear him, than a […]

On Conscience-John Wesley

  On Conscience   “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience.” 2 Cor. 1:12.       1. How few words are there in the world more common than this, Conscience! It is in almost every one’s mouth. And one would thence be apt to conclude, that no word can be found which is more generally […]

On Charity-John Wesley

  On Charity   “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and […]

On Attending the Church Service-John Wesley

  On Attending the Church Service    “The sin of the young men was very great.” 1 Sam. 2:17.       1. The corruption, not only of the heathen world, but likewise of them that were called Christians, has been matter of sorrow and lamentation to pious men, almost from the time of the apostles. And hence, as […]

Of the Church-John Wesley

  Of the Church    “I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called […]

Of Hell-John Wesley

  Of Hell    “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:48.       1. Every truth which is revealed in the oracles of God is undoubtedly of great importance. Yet it may be allowed that some of those which are revealed therein are of greater importance than others, as being more immediately […]

Of Good Angels-John Wesley

  Of Good Angels   “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Heb. 1:14.       1. Many of the ancient Heathens had (probably from tradition) some notion of good and evil angels. They had some conception of a superior order of beings, between men and God, […]

Of Former Times-John Wesley

  Of Former Times  “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.” Eccles. 7:10.       1. It is not easy to discern any connexion between this text and the context; between these words and either those that go before or those […]

Of Evil Angels-John Wesley

  Of Evil Angels   “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in heavenly places.” Eph. 6:12.       1. It has been frequently observed that there are no gaps or chasms in the creation of God, but that all the […]

National Sins and Miseries-John Wesley

  National Sins and Miseries   Preached at St. Matthew’s, Bethnal-Green,      On Sunday, November 12, 1775,      For the benefit of the Widows and Orphans of the Soldiers who lately fell, near Boston, in New-England.      “Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: But these sheep, what have they done?” 2 Sam. 24:17.       1. The chapter begins, “And again […]

Law Established through Faith, 1-John Wesley

  Law Established through Faith, 1   “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: Yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31.       1. St. Paul, having the beginning of this Epistle laid down his general proposition, namely, that “the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every one that […]

Justification by Faith-John Wesley

  Justification by Faith   “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5. 1. How a sinner may be justified before God, the Lord and Judge of all, is a question of no common importance to every child of man. It contains the […]

In What Sense We Are to Leave the World-John Wesley

  In What Sense We Are to Leave the World    “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. […]

Imperfection of Human Knowledge-John Wesley

  Imperfection of Human Knowledge   “We know in part.” 1 Cor. 13:9.       1. The desire of knowledge is an universal principle in man, fixed in his inmost nature. It is not variable, but constant in every rational creature, unless while it is suspended by some stronger desire. And it is insatiable: “The eye is not […]

Human Life a Dream-John Wesley

  Human Life a Dream    “Even like as a dream when one awaketh; so shalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.” Ps. 73:20.       1. Anyone that considers the foregoing verses will easily observe that the Psalmist is speaking directly of the wicked, that prosper in their wickedness. It is very common […]

Heaviness through Manifold Temptations-John Wesley

  Heaviness through Manifold Temptations   “Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” 1 Pet. 1:6.       1. In the preceding discourse I have particularly spoken of that darkness of mind into which those are often observed to fall who once walked in the light of God’s countenance. Nearly related […]

Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God-John Wesley

  Great Privilege of Those that are Born of God    “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” 1 John 3:9.       1. It has been frequently supposed, that the being born of God was all one with the being justified; that the new birth and justification were only different expressions, denoting the same thing: […]

God’s Love to Fallen Man-John Wesley

  God’s Love to Fallen Man  “Not as the offence, so also is the free gift.” Rom. 5:15.       1. How exceeding common, and how bitter, is the outcry against our first parent for the mischief which he not only brought upon himself, but entailed upon his latest posterity! It was by his wilful rebellion against […]

God’s Approbation of his Works-John Wesley

  God’s Approbation of his Works   “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Gen. 1:31.       1. When God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is therein, at the conclusion of each day’s work it is said, “And God saw that it was good.” Whatever […]

Free Grace-John Wesley

  Free Grace   To The Reader:       Nothing but the strongest conviction, not only that what is here advanced is ‘the truth as it is in Jesus,’ but also that I am indispensably obliged to declare this truth to all the world, could have induced me openly to oppose the sentiments of those whom I esteem […]

Duty of Constant Communion-John Wesley

  Duty of Constant Communion   The following discourse was written above five-and-fifty years ago, for the use of my pupils at Oxford. I have added very little, but retrenched much; as I then used more words than I do now. But, I thank God, I have not yet seen cause to alter my sentiments in […]

Christian Perfection-John Wesley

  Christian Perfection   ‘Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect.’       Phil. 3:12.      1. There is scarce any expression in Holy Writ which has given more offence than this. The word perfect is what many cannot bear. The very sound of it is an abomination to them. And whosoever preaches perfection (as the […]

Causes of the Inefficiency of Christianity-John Wesley

  Causes of the Inefficiency of Christianity   “~Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daugh~ter of my people recovered?” Jer. 8:22~~.       1. This question, as here proposed by the Prophet, relates only to a particular people, — the children of Israel. But I […]

Catholic Spirit-John Wesley

  Catholic Spirit    ‘And when he was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him, and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered: It is. If it be, give me thine hand.’       2 Kings 10:15.      1. […]

Case of Reason Impartially Considered-John Wesley

  Case of Reason Impartially Considered   “Brethren, be not children in understanding: Howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Cor. 14:20.       1. It is the true remark of an eminent man, who had made many observations on human nature, “If reason be against a man, a man will always be […]

Awake, Thou That Sleepest-John Wesley

  Awake, Thou That Sleepest    ‘Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.’       Eph. 5:14.      IN discoursing on these words, I shall, with the help of God, –       First. Describe the sleepers, to whom they are spoken:       Secondly. Enforce the exhortation, ‘Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the […]

An Israelite Indeed-John Wesley

  An Israelite Indeed     “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile.” John 1:47.       1. Some years ago a very ingenious man, Professor Hutcheson of Glasgow, published two treatises, The Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. In the latter of these he maintains that the very essence of virtue is, the love […]

A Caution against Bigotry-John Wesley

  A Caution against Bigotry   “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in Thy name: and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not.” Mark 9:38, 39.       1. In the preceding verses we read, that after the Twelve had […]

A Call to Backsliders-John Wesley

  A Call to Backsliders   ‘Will the Lord absent himself for ever? And will he be no more entreated? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? And is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?’       Ps. 77:7, 8.      1. Presumption is one grand snare of the devil, in which many of the children of […]

What is Man 2?-John Wesley

  What is Man 2?     “What is man?” Psa. 8:4.       1. Nay, what am I? With God’s assistance, I would consider myself. Here is a curious machine, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” It is a little portion of earth, the particles of which cohering, I know not how, lengthen into innumerable fibres, a thousand times finer […]

What is Man?-John Wesley

  What is Man?  “When I consider thy heaven, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man?” Psalm 8:3, 4.       How often has it been observed, that the Book of Psalms is a rich treasury of devotion, which the wisdom of God has provided to supply the […]

Wandering Thoughts-John Wesley

  Wandering Thoughts  ‘Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.’       2 Cor. 5:5.      1. But will God so ‘bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,’ that no wandering thought will find a place in the mind, even while we remain in the body? So some have vehemently maintained; yea, have […]

Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith-John Wesley

  Walking by Sight, and Walking by Faith   “We walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor. 5:7.       1. How short is this description of real Christians! And yet how exceeding full! It comprehends, it sums up, the whole experience of those that are truly such, from the time they are born of God till […]

True Christianity Defended-John Wesley

  True Christianity Defended  [The following Sermon was found in a mutilated manuscript among ~Mr. Wesley’s papers. It is dated June 24, 1741. A Latin copy of the same Discourse has also been discovered. ~Mr. Pawson, with great care, copied the former, and I have supplied the deficiencies out of the latter. On collating both […]

The Witness of the Spirit – Part 2-John Wesley

  The Witness of the Spirit – Part 2    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:l6       I. 1. None who believe the Scriptures to be the word of God, can doubt the importance of such a truth as this; — a truth revealed therein, not […]

The Witness of the Spirit – Part 1-John Wesley

  The Witness of the Spirit – Part 1   “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:16       1. How many vain men, not understanding what they spake, neither whereof they affirmed, have wrested this Scripture to the great loss if not the destruction of their souls! […]

The Witness of our own Spirit-John Wesley

  The Witness of our own Spirit   “This is our rejoicing, the testimony of out conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.” (2 Cor. 1:12.)       1. Such is the voice of every true believer in Christ, so […]

The Wisdom of God’s Counsels-John Wesley

  The Wisdom of God’s Counsels    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Rom. 11:33.       1. Some apprehend the wisdom and the knowledge of God to mean one and the same thing. Others believe that the wisdom of God more directly refers to his appointing the ends of […]

Worship, Beauty, Holiness-George Campbell Morgan

  Worship, Beauty, Holiness   O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 96:9       The word that attracts our attention in this text is the word “beauty.” “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Whether in application this word is of supreme importance may be another question. The very fact of its […]

Witnesses-George Campbell Morgan

  Witnesses  We are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Ghost, Whom God hath given to them that obey Him. Acts 5:32       In these words Peter was the spokesman of the infant Church, and he was at once answering a challenge and declaring the solution of a problem. We can appreciate the […]

Wisdom: The False and The True-George Campbell Morgan

  Wisdom: The False and The True  Christ Jesus, Who was made unto us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30       This letter of Paul was addressed to “the ecclesia of God which is at Corinth.” There can be no full or final interpretation of it, save as we understand […]

Winning Souls-George Campbell Morgan

  Winning Souls  He that is wise winneth souls. Proverbs 11:30       The slight difference between the Authorized Version and the Revised Version in the translation of this text suggests two different meanings. The Authorized Version reads, “He that winneth souls is wise,” and that seems to mean quite simply that it is a wise thing […]

What is Man?-George Campbell Morgan

  What is Man?  The Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou […]

We Have the Mind of Christ-George Campbell Morgan

  We Have the Mind of Christ   We have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16       This is one of the superlative apostolic claims for the Church of God. It has nothing to say of organization, of polity, or of methods of service. It is concerned with its philosophy, or wisdom, with that whole of […]

Watching for Souls-George Campbell Morgan

Watching for Souls   They watch in behalf of your souls. Hebrews 13:17       “Watching for souls” was a common phrase in the speech of our fathers. It has largely fallen out of use in the Christian Church in the present day, or it is carelessly used, with sad ignorance of its Biblical sanctions and its proper […]

Was Thomas Mistaken?-George Campbell Morgan

  Was Thomas Mistaken? Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God. John 20:28       In the Biblical order this is the eighth day after Easter, and consequently, the anniversary of the day on which Thomas uttered his great confession; and our Lord, His final beatitude. The confession of Thomas was the greatest […]

Waiting for God-George Campbell Morgan

  Waiting for God   For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen a God beside Thee, Which worketh for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4       Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, whatsoever […]

Unpardonable Sin-George Campbell Morgan

  Unpardonable Sin Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. Mark 3:28, 29       It is impossible to overestimate the solemnity […]

Understanding, or Bit and Bridle-George Campbell Morgan

  Understanding, or Bit and Bridle Be ye not as the horse or as the mule, which have no understanding; whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, else they will not come near unto thee. Psalm 32:9       Be yet not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians […]

Tribulation, Kingdom, and Patience-George Campbell Morgan

  Tribulation, Kingdom, and Patience     … the tribulation and kingdom and patience… in Jesus…. Revelation 1:9       The text is only a phrase. But what a phrase it is. Taken thus, in separation from its context it is full of suggestiveness. Its opening word, “tribulation,” is tremulous with sadness. It speaks of stress and strain […]

Tongues Like as of Fire: The Symbol of the Church-George Campbell Morgan

  Tongues Like as of Fire: The Symbol of the Church  And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them. Acts 2:3       The Day of Pentecost had come. The week of weeks had run its course. Nine and forty days had passed since Passover. […]

Thou Shalt Remember-George Campbell Morgan

  Thou Shalt Remember   And thou shalt remember all the way which Jehovah thy God hath led thee. Deuteronomy 8:2       When these words were uttered, Israel was at the parting of the ways. A change was imminent, both of leaders and of circumstances. Moses well knew that very soon he would lay down the burden […]

Things Shaken-Things Not Shaken-George Campbell Morgan

  Things Shaken-Things Not Shaken And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:27       The first value of these words is that they constitute a Christian interpretation of a phrase in […]

Things New and Old-George Campbell Morgan

  Things New and Old    Have ye understood all these things? They say unto Him, Yea. And He said unto them, Therefore every scribe who hath been made a disciple to the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. […]

The Young Ruler-George Campbell Morgan

  The Young Ruler   One thing thou lackest. Mark 10:21       It seems to us as though Jesus never said a more startling thing to any man who came to Him than this, “One thing thou lackest.” Yet whether the “one thing” be much or little depends wholly upon what it is. Some five or six […]

The Work of Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Work of Faith  This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent. John 6:29       The message of this text is a sequel to the subject of our previous consideration. I then spoke from the first words our Lord uttered when He began His public ministry. The keynote […]

The Word Became Flesh-George Campbell Morgan

  The Word Became Flesh    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us… full of grace and truth. John 1:14       Whatever, in the complexity of present-day thought, may be our view of the method of the advent, it is impossible to deny that nigh two thousand years ago that happened which has absolutely and […]

The Well-Doing That Brings Harvest-George Campbell Morgan

  The Well-Doing That Brings Harvest    Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6:9       This apostolic injunction has a much wider application than its context. There the reference is to the fellowship which they that are taught in the Word have with […]

The Way to the Altar-George Campbell Morgan

  The Way to the Altar  If, therefore, thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23, 24       These words […]

The Way of Righteousness-George Campbell Morgan

  The Way of Righteousness    … thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Matthew 3:15       These are the first recorded words of Jesus after He had come to man’s estate. We have in the Gospel of Luke a record of what He said as a boy twelve years of age, Wist ye not that […]

The Wages of Sin-The Gift of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Wages of Sin-The Gift of God  For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23       In the previous chapter we considered the tremendous declaration of Paul that where sin abounds, grace does more exceedingly abound. Continuing in this chapter, […]

The Vine-George Campbell Morgan

  The Vine   I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for severed from Me ye can do nothing. John 15:5       These words are among the most simple, the most sublime and the most solemn which ever fell from the sacred […]

The Victorious Christian Life-George Campbell Morgan

  The Victorious Christian Life  Having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13       The words thrill with a sense of power even when taken, as I have now taken them, out of their setting. They suggest assured victory. “Having done all, to stand.” Considered in their textual relation this becomes far more apparent. I think I […]

The Verdict-George Campbell Morgan

  The Verdict  What then shall I do unto Jesus which is called Christ? Matthew 27:22       This question occurs in the story of the appearance of Jesus before the Roman Governor Pilate. If we read the story superficially, we shall declare that Jesus was arraigned before Pilate. If we read the story carefully, determining to […]

The Vengeance of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Vengeance of God   “The Lord is a jealous God and avengeth; the Lord avengeth and is full of wrath; the Lord taketh vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies” (Nahum 1:2, ERV).       Robert William Dale, the great preacher and theologian of a generation ago, said to me one day […]

The Value of Vision-George Campbell Morgan

  The Value of Vision  Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint. Proverbs 29:18       This is among the “proverbs of solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.” It is the crystallization into a brief sentence of a national principle of the first importance. It must be interpreted in […]

The Value and Proof of the Resurrection-George Campbell Morgan

  The Value and Proof of the Resurrection  If Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14       Strauss, who was one of the most brilliant of the critics of Christianity, and one of the most unbelieving of the apologists of Christ, declared the resurrection to […]

The Untrodden Pathway-George Campbell Morgan

  The Untrodden Pathway Ye have not passed this way heretofore. Joshua 3:4       Last Sunday morning we looked back. This morning we look on. The Children of Israel are still seen at the parting of the ways. There is some change of circumstances from those at which we looked before, but it is a slight […]

The Unstraitened Christ-George Campbell Morgan

  The Unstraitened Christ The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach. Acts 1:1       This at first sight appears a strange opening to a book, and yet it is perfectly natural when we remember that the writer had already written another pamphlet, which we know […]

The Unchanging One-George Campbell Morgan

  The Unchanging One   Jesus Christ… the same yesterday and today, yea and for ever. Hebrews 13:8       There is nothing more certain or more impressive than the transitory nature of all earthly things. We change our calendars, and become conscious as we do so, that we ourselves have changed. Then we glance around us, and […]

The Turning Again of Peter-George Campbell Morgan

  The Turning Again of Peter    From that time began Jesus to show unto His disciples that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be […]

The True Focus-George Campbell Morgan

  The True Focus   And I said, This is my infirmity… the years of the right hand of the Most High.      Psalm 77:10       True focus is all important. This is known to every person who has looked upon a landscape through a fieldglass or has seen its beauties gathered up in a camera. When the instrument […]

The Triumphal Entry-George Campbell Morgan

  The Triumphal Entry   On the morrow a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried out, Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord, even the […]

The Training of our Children-George Campbell Morgan

  The Training of our Children  Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6       One is inclined to commence this morning by asking in the presence of this text a somewhat startling question. The question would be whether Christian […]

The Tragedy of Life Without Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Tragedy of Life Without Faith     I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13       The psalm from which our text is taken is a song of conflicting emotions, in which victory is on the side of the nobler. As we […]

The Touch of Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Touch of Faith Who is it that touched Me? Luke 8:45       In this narrative we have an illustration in the concrete of Christ’s relation to the crowds, and in the particular question which constitutes the text a revelation of that principle of discrimination which was always manifest in His attitude toward the multitudes […]

The Terms Of Discipleship-George Campbell Morgan

  The Terms Of Discipleship   If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24       So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33       In the words of Jesus, preserved for us […]

The Teaching Of The Resurrection-George Campbell Morgan

The Teaching Of The Resurrection     This Jesus did God raise up. Acts 2:32       “This Jesus”! That opening word fastens attention upon a particular Person, and compels us to consider Him, even before we pay attention to the declaration of the apostle.       The lesson we read constitutes the second part of the first message delivered by […]

The Supreme Inspiration of Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Supreme Inspiration of Faith Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…. 2 Timothy 2:8       This is an hour peculiarly trying to the young people of our church. The child, thank God, has no consciousness either of the suffering of the hour or of the problems by which we are confronted. It is wonderful […]

The Stumbling Block of the Cross-George Campbell Morgan

  The Stumbling Block of the Cross The stumbling-block of the Cross. Galatians 5:11       The Authorized Version reads, “the offence of the Cross.” The apostle was arguing that if he would but preach circumcision, he would no longer be persecuted; if he would conform to the method of those Judaizing teachers whose influence he was […]

The Strength of the Name-George Campbell Morgan

  The Strength of the Name    The name of Jehovah is a strong tower: The righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10       Life is full of strain and stress. Sooner or later we all come to the consciousness of this fact. The illustrative figures of the inspired Scriptures all remind us of this […]

The Spirit’s Testimony To The World-George Campbell Morgan

  The Spirit’s Testimony To The World   Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him unto you. And He, when He is come, will convict the world […]

The Spirit Of Life-George Campbell Morgan

  The Spirit Of Life    The Spirit Of Life Romans 8:2       The Spirit is described in the New Testament as “the Spirit of truth,” “the Spirit of promise,” “the Spirit of grace,” “the Spirit of glory.” “The Spirit of life” is a suggestive and comprehensive phrase, indicating the relation of the Spirit of God to […]

The Spirit of Christ; The Supreme Test-George Campbell Morgan

  The Spirit of Christ; The Supreme Test    Ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. But if any man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. Romans 8:9       Two weeks ago, we confined our attention exclusively to […]

The Spell Which Jesus Casts On Men-George Campbell Morgan

  The Spell Which Jesus Casts On Men  And He called unto Him the multitude with His disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34       This is a very old text, but it is by no means […]

The Son Of Man–Delivered Up-George Campbell Morgan

  The Son Of Man–Delivered Up   The Son of Man is delivered up to be crucified. Matthew 26:2       The first thirty verses of this Chapter are characterized by contrast, by conflict, and yet by a strange and arresting co-operation. We are in the vestibule of the Holy Place of the sacrifice of the ages. The […]

The Sifting of Peter-George Campbell Morgan

  The Sifting of Peter  Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16:16       He began to curse, and to swear, I know not this Man of Whom ye speak. Mark 14:71       The contrast is a startling one. It is at first sight almost inconceivable that these […]

The Secrets of Rest-George Campbell Morgan

  The Secrets of Rest   Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7       Whatever place Mendelssohn really occupies in the firmament of composers, it is certain that no single number of the great oratorios has made profounder or more lasting appeal to the heart of humanity than the poised and perfect air, […]

The Secret of the Lord-George Campbell Morgan

  The Secret of the Lord   The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; And He will shew them His covenant. Psalm 25:14       The sob of a great sorrow sounds throughout this psalm. The circumstances in which it was written are most evidently revealed by the words which occur through its process; […]

The Sanctions of Ordinances-George Campbell Morgan

  The Sanctions of Ordinances  Is it lawful on the sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? to save a life, or to kill? Mark 3:4       The story of the healing of the man with the withered hand is part of a larger whole. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell the story, and each […]

The Rights of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Rights of God  He spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none. And he said unto the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this tree, and find none: cut it dawn; why doth it […]

The Righteousness Which Exceeds-George Campbell Morgan

  The Righteousness Which Exceeds  Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20       These are the closing words of the first section of the Manifesto of the King. As to their first value, they reveal the personal responsibility […]

The Resurrection-George Campbell Morgan

  The Resurrection     … it was not possible that He should be holden of it. Acts 2:24       So far as the records of the New Testament reveal, these words constitute the first Pentecostal comment upon the fact of the Resurrection. They occur in the second part of the discourse delivered upon the Day of Pentecost […]

The Responsibilities of Salvation-George Campbell Morgan

  The Responsibilities of Salvation  How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? Hebrews 2:3       There are moods and tenses in the practical conjugation of the verb to live in which this may be said to be the central and supreme question of the New Testament. They are the moods in which the […]

The Purpose of the Advent 3: To Reveal the Father-George Campbell Morgan

  The Purpose of the Advent 3: To Reveal the Father  He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father. John 14:9       This is now the third study on the general subject of the purposes of the Advent. Having spoken of the fact that Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil, and […]

The Purpose of the Advent 2: To Take Away Sins-George Campbell Morgan

  The Purpose of the Advent 2: To Take Away Sins  Ye know that He was manifested to take away sins; and in Him is no sin. 1 John 3:5       Last Sunday evening we spoke on a verse in this same chapter, “To this end was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy […]

The Purpose of Life-George Campbell Morgan

  The Purpose of Life  Every one that is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Isaiah 43:7       The first application of this text was to God’s ancient people Israel. The whole message of which it forms a part was delivered […]

The Problems of Religious Life 10: The All-Sufficient Solution-George Campbell Morgan

  The Problems of Religious Life 10: The All-Sufficient Solution Christ Jesus–Mighty To Save and To Keep       In looking back over the subjects we have considered together I am quite conscious that I have laid myself open to the charge of having approached these inquiries prejudiced in favor of Christianity. I at once admit the […]

The Problems of Religious Life 2: Can a Just God Forgive Sins?-George Campbell Morgan

  The Problems of Religious Life 2: Can a Just God Forgive Sins?   It will be admitted at once that the possibility of the forgiveness of sins has been believed in and proclaimed by the Christian Church for nineteen centuries.       False deductions have been made from the central doctrine, and false presentations of that doctrine […]

The Problem of How to Begin-George Campbell Morgan

  The Problem of How to Begin  The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom…. Proverbs 9:10       There are hours which suggest new beginnings. At the dawn of the year, on our birthdays, when we leave school or college and enter upon life’s business, we find ourselves almost invariably and inevitably beginning again. To […]

The Priestly Benediction-George Campbell Morgan

  The Priestly Benediction And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise shall ye bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; […]

The Presence Needed-George Campbell Morgan

  The Presence Needed  If Thy presence go not… carry us not up hence. Exodus 23:15       In the history of the world there has been nothing comparable to the creation of the Hebrew nation and its attempted realization of the theocratic form of government. Moreover, in the history of that nation no time was more […]

The Powers of the Presence-George Campbell Morgan

  The Powers of the Presence   Verily I say unto you, What things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. And what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything […]

The Power Of The Gospel-George Campbell Morgan

  The Power Of The Gospel   For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed a righteousness of God by faith unto faith: as it is written, But the […]

The Potter’s Work On The Wheels-George Campbell Morgan

  The Potter’s Work On The Wheels   Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought his work on the wheels. Jeremiah 18:3       The figure of the potter and the clay is perennially attractive. Perhaps it has not been so popular in recent years as formerly. There is a note of severity […]

The Possibility of Restoration-George Campbell Morgan

  The Possibility of Restoration  If from thence ye shall seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29       The Book of Deuteronomy is a singularly beautiful one. It is not a history. It is more than a code […]

The Perils Of Procrastination-George Campbell Morgan

  The Perils Of Procrastination    As the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts. Hebrews 3:7, 8       The letter from which our text is taken differs from the majority of the New Testament epistles in that it was written to people who had been born in the special […]

The Pathway to Power-George Campbell Morgan

  The Pathway to Power Then came to Him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping, and asking a certain thing of Him. And He said unto her, What wouldest thou? She saith unto Him, Command that these my two sons may sit, one on Thy right hand, and one on […]

The Pathway of the Passion-George Campbell Morgan

  The Pathway of the Passion   From that time began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. Matthew 16:21       The ultimate things in the earthly mission of […]

The Passion-Baptism-George Campbell Morgan

  The Passion-Baptism   I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptised with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished. Luke 12:49, 50       In the calendar of the Christian Church this is spoken of as Passion […]

The Optimism of Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Optimism of Faith   Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the proving of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1       The history of the world’s progress is the history of the triumphs of faith. Faith, to all human seeming, does the most unwarranted things. It sings in prison. It fights while still in chains. […]

The Opportunity Of Calamity-George Campbell Morgan

  The Opportunity Of Calamity    Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16       In these words we have a remarkable revelation of Christian privilege and responsibility in days of calamity. In the text are outstanding words which arrest our attention: first, the opening word, “Redeeming”; then the word almost immediately succeeding, “time”; and, […]

The One Offering-George Campbell Morgan

  The One Offering  For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14       The Biblical conception of religion is right relationship between God and man. The Biblical doctrine of man is, essentially, that he is the offspring of God, whose relation to God, therefore, is threefold: first, that he […]

The Nearness Of God 2: The Nearness Of God Discovered-George Campbell Morgan

  The Nearness Of God 2: The Nearness Of God Discovered  Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. Genesis 28:16       Last Sunday evening I preached from this text, leaving my message unfinished. I return to it tonight that I may say […]

The Name Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The Name Jesus Thou shalt call His name Jesus; for it is He that shall save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21       Even today the naming of a newborn child is an event full of interest. The principles of choice are varied in these complex and somewh at superficial days. Children are given […]

The Mind of Christ-George Campbell Morgan

  The Mind of Christ   Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5       The letter to the Philippians is pre-eminently the letter of Christian experience. It is most difficult to analyze, because it is so largely personal, and almost exclusively a love-letter, the letter of Paul the prisoner to his […]

The Madness of Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The Madness of Jesus  And when His friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on Him: for they said, He is beside Himself. Mark 3:21       The first matters that arrest our attention are that this was said by the friends of Jesus, and that it was intended to be a friendly saying. […]

The Looking of Jesus -George Campbell Morgan

  The Looking of Jesus  And He entered into Jerusalem, into the temple; and when He had looked round about upon all things, it being now eventide, He went out unto Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:11       This was the final incident in a wonderful day, and it was as remarkably suggestive as anything that […]

The Limitations Of Liberty -George Campbell Morgan

  The Limitations Of Liberty   All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12       All things are lawful; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful; but not all things […]

The Lack of the Spirit -George Campbell Morgan

  The Lack of the Spirit   Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed? Acts 19:2       “Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed?” not, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” There is no warrant for the introduction of that word “since” into the Authorized Version. The tense is the […]

The Kingdom Shall Be The Lord’s-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom Shall Be The Lord’s     “And saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau, and the Kingdom shall be the Lord’s” (Obadiah 21).       The prophecy of Obadiah is admittedly a strange page in the Old Testament.   One could almost imagine it being said that surely there is no message […]

The Kingdom 5: Traitors-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom 5: Traitors   Men shall be… traitors… from these also turn away. 2 Timothy 3:2, 4, 5       We have in this letter in all probability, the last words of the great apostle. It is very largely a personal letter. One illustration of that will be discovered in the fact that there are twenty-three […]

The Kingdom 4: Thy Kingdom-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom 4: Thy Kingdom    Thy Kingdom…. Matthew 6:10       Our theme this evening is that of the Kingdom over which the King reigns. The phrase I have read as text is taken, apparently, almost ruthlessly from its setting. These words are selected from the Lord’s prayer. My theme this evening is not the prayer, […]

The Kingdom 3: The Oath of Allegiance-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom 3: The Oath of Allegiance  Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the Kingdom of God. Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:15, 27       Our theme tonight is that of the demand which the King makes in respect of His own […]

The Kingdom 2: Of Such is the Kingdom-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom 2: Of Such is the Kingdom    Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3       Our theme tonight is that of the character necessary for entrance to the Kingdom. The words of my text were not addressed to the promiscuous […]

The Kingdom 1: The King-George Campbell Morgan

  The Kingdom 1: The King He hath on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16       This is a view of Christ in His glory, a poetic and prophetic description of a glory upon which the eye of man has not yet rested in […]

The King’s Thought of Man -George Campbell Morgan

  The King’s Thought of Man   Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4       The story of the temptation of our Lord appeals to men irresistibly by reason of its essential naturalness. In all its central values it is true to our […]

The King At The Door-George Campbell Morgan

  The King At The Door    Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20       The first and true application of these words is an application to the Christian […]

The Justification of the Sinner-George Campbell Morgan

  The Justification of the Sinner    … that He might Himself be just, and the Justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus. Romans 3:26       The measure in which we apprehend the meaning of the words of the text is the measure in which they challenge our belief. In the earlier part of the letter […]

The Holy Spirit Through Christ, In The Church, For The World-George Campbell Morgan

  The Holy Spirit Through Christ, In The Church, For The World   Being therefore by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear. Acts 2:33       Christianity’s supreme credential is Christianity. Of all miracles it is […]

The Healing of the Life-George Campbell Morgan

  The Healing of the Life   In his strength he strove with God; yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him. Hosea 12:3, 4       The story from which our text is taken is a very old one; it has often been the subject of meditation and that […]

The Harvests of the Word of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Harvests of the Word of God   For as the rain cometh down and the snow pom heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goeth forth […]

The Great Confession-George Campbell Morgan

  The Great Confession  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 16:16, 17       These words were […]

The Great Commandments-George Campbell Morgan

  The Great Commandments  One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? And He said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and […]

The Great Apostle-George Campbell Morgan

  The Great Apostle    I am not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:5       This claim of Paul occurs in the midst of which he was evidently ashamed, but which was necessary in defense of truth. There is no surer sign of modesty than the absence of mock modesty. When a man […]

The Grace of Giving a Million Shillings!-George Campbell Morgan

  The Grace of Giving a Million Shillings!  See that ye abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7       The passages read for our lesson had so evidently a local and immediate application that they seem to have very little value for us. I am glad that the local coloring has faded, because in proportion […]

The Fruit-Bearing Friends of Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fruit-Bearing Friends of Jesus     No longer do I call you servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known unto you. Ye did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, […]

The Fruit Of The Spirit-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fruit Of The Spirit  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23       “The fruit of the Spirit is love.” While perhaps the sublimest statement the Bible contains concerning God is the brief monosyllabic declaration of the Apostle of […]

The Fourfold Glory of the Church-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fourfold Glory of the Church  Who is she that looketh forth as the morning. Fair as the moon. Clear as the sun, Terrible as an army with banners? Song of Solomon 6:10       There have been three methods of interpreting the Song of Songs, which, for the sake of brevity, I may describe as […]

The Fixed Heart in the Day of Frightfulness-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fixed Heart in the Day of Frightfulness   He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7       The first part of the text describes a most desirable state of mind, that of being able to hear evil tidings without trembling and without panic. The second […]

The Firstborn-George Campbell Morgan

  The Firstborn  And she brought forth her first-born son. Luke 2:7       Who is… the first-born of all creation. Colossians 1:15       Who is… the first-born from the dead. Colossians 1:18       The first-born among many brethren. Romans 8:29       We celebrate at Christmas the supreme event in human history, the central act of God in that cosmic […]

The First Message of Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The First Message of Jesus   From that time began Jesus to preach, and to say, Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17       That is the way in which Jesus always begins. His first message to men is always, Repent! He does not end there. He has much more to […]

The Filling of the Spirit-George Campbell Morgan

  The Filling of the Spirit   They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4       That is the central and supreme word about the day of Pentecost. The sound of the wind and the sign of the fire were symbolic, and not essential. The ecstatic speech in tongues was an outcome, temporary, transient, and […]

The Fight of Faith 2-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fight of Faith 2    Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal. 1 Timothy 6:12       We are accustomed to speak of the Christian life under different figures. Sometimes it is described as a pilgrimage in which, staff in hand and equipped for long and continuous marches, the pilgrim […]

The Fight of Faith-George Campbell Morgan

  The Fight of Faith  Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who abolished death. 2 Timothy 1:10       We come to Easter morning with joy and gladness, and with a great sense of triumph filling our hearts. We have been treading the shadowed way that led to Calvary, and standing in awe and amazement in the presence of […]

The Faith That Cancels Fear-George Campbell Morgan

  The Faith That Cancels Fear  The eternal God is thy dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27       There are two realms of mystery which persistently assault the soul of man and produce in it a sense of fear. They are the unknown future, and the unfathomable present. It is a little […]

The Exalted Christ-George Campbell Morgan

  The Exalted Christ   Wherefore God also highly exalted Him, and gave unto Him the name “which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, […]

The Evangel of Grace-George Campbell Morgan

  The Evangel of Grace  The gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24       The text is not a complete sentence; it is only a phrase, but what a phrase it is! The mere reading of it lifts the soul to the highest levels of thought; the horizons are set further back, and the sense […]

The Ethic and Evangel of Jesus-Georgew Campbell Morgan

  The Ethic and Evangel of Jesus Ye, therefore, shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48       The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10       Here we have two superlative utterances of Jesus, which, at first glance to the thoughtful man, seem contradictory, yet, […]

The Divine Worker-George Campbell Morgan

  The Divine Worker Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts. Zechariah 4:6       The earlier part of the prophetic ministry of Zechariah was contemporary and co-operative with that of Hazzai. Its burden was that of inspiring the people in the rebuilding of the temple of God. In […]

The Disciples’ Problem–The Master’s Answer-George Campbell Morgan

  The Disciples’ Problem–The Master’s Answer  As He passed by, He saw a man blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Rabbi, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God […]

The Deity of Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The Deity of Jesus    In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9       In the midst of multiplied service it is good that we should ever and anon remind our hearts of the central creeds which are the perpetual inspiration of service. No one, in thoughtful moments, can possibly undervalue a […]

The Darkness of Golgotha-George Campbell Morgan

  The Darkness of Golgotha From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. Matthew 27:45       There’s always a danger that we might read this verse too quickly. We treat it too often as though it were merely the record of something incidental.       As a matter of fact, it […]

The Cross 5: Promise at the Cross-George Campbell Morgan

  The Cross 5: Promise at the Cross    He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?–Romans 8:12.       W e now come to the last of these studies around the Cross of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, […]

The Cross 4: Power by the Cross-George Campbell Morgan

  The Cross 4: Power by the Cross  The aspect of the Cross of Christ which is now to occupy our attention is one that has application only to a certain number of people, whom the Apostle refers to in the words, “to us which are being saved.” We have spoken in this series of […]

The Cross 3: Peace by the Cross-George Campbell Morgan

  The Cross 3: Peace by the Cross   Peace in human experience is the issue of pardon and purity. There can be no peace so long as sin is unforgiven; there can be no perfect peace so long as impurity remains in the life, dominant and influential. Peace is a necessary sequence in experience; if […]

The Cross 2: Purity by the Cross-George Morgan Campbell

  The Cross 2: Purity by the Cross    How much more shall the blood of Christ … cleanse your conscience from dead works? –Hebrews 9:14       IN OUR PREVIOUS STUDY WE CONSIDERED THE FIRST BLESSING that comes to men by the way of the Cross-first, I mean in the line of human experience-the blessing of pardon. […]

The Cross 1: Pardon by the Cross-George Campbell Morgan

  The Cross 1: Pardon by the Cross  Everything a sinning man needs he finds at the Cross. Apart from the fact of human sin, the Cross is indeed foolishness, a veritable stumbling-block. To the Greek, seeking for the culture of uncultured man, “foolishness,” something without meaning, a story that can have no moral effect. […]

The Crippling That Crowns-George Campbell Morgan

  The Crippling That Crowns  And He send, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed. Genesis 32:28       Taken in all its simplicity, it will readily be granted that this old and very familiar story is, nevertheless, most remarkable. To summarize […]

The Conditions of Renewal-George Campbell Morgan

  The Conditions of Renewal  Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21       We at once recognize that this is not a sentence, as a matter of fact, the text consists of two phrases, incidentally employed in the course of apostolic discourse. Paul halted at Miletus in order that he might […]

The Conditions of Coming to God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Conditions of Coming to God  He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that seek after Him. Hebrews 11:6       The text is part of a verse which breaks in on the continuity of the chapter from which it is taken. That chapter constitutes […]

The Coming of the Word: Rejected or Received?-George Campbell Morgan

  The Coming of the Word: Rejected or Received?    He came unto His own, and they that were His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor […]

The Cities of Men and the City of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Cities of Men and the City of God Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, […]

The Church’s Debt to the World-George Campbell Morgan

  The Church’s Debt to the World   I am debtor both to Greeks and to Barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Romans 1:14       It is almost certain that Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote these words. A question naturally arises therefore as to the reason why he wrote this […]

The Church The Pillar and Ground of Truth-George Campbell Morgan

  The Church The Pillar and Ground of Truth  The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15       This is a text. It is not a statement. It makes no definite declaration. It is, nevertheless, full of light and suggestiveness. The words constitute an arresting figure of speech, […]

The Children’s Playground in the City of God-George Campbell Morgan

  The Children’s Playground in the City of God   And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Zechariah 8:5       One almost expects to hear someone say, “How Extremely shocking!” Some people would probably be surprised to know that the Bible says anything about children playing. […]

The Burning Of Heart-George Campbell Morgan

  The Burning Of Heart Was not our heart burning within us, while He spake to us in the way, while He opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32       Burning of heart. That, I take it, is the supreme need of the Church today. We have principles, but we very largely lack passion. I believe […]

The Beginning of Sin-George Campbell Morgan

  The Beginning of Sin    I do not propose to take any one verse in this chapter as text. It is complete in itself for all that it is intended to teach, and it is required as a whole if we are to understand that teaching. Of course it is impossible now to deal with […]

The Authority Of Jesus-George Campbell Morgan

  The Authority Of Jesus  And it came to pass, when Jesus ended these words, the multitudes were astonished at His teaching: for He taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. Matthew 7:28, 29       These words occur at the close of the manifesto of the King. They chronicle for us the […]

The Atonement-George Campbell Morgan

  The Atonement You, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before Him. Colossians 1:21, 22       There are two brief declarations in this Colossian letter which […]

The Ascension-George Campbell Morgan

  The Ascension   Now this, He ascended, what is it but that He also descended into the lower parts of the earth. He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. Ephesians 4:9, 10       These words are placed within brackets both in the Authorized […]

The All-Sufficient Grace-George Campbell Morgan

  The All-Sufficient Grace   My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Corinthians 12:9       This phrase forms part of a story in the life of one man. It is, however, a great word, revealing a profound philosophy of life, unfolding the deepest truth concerning God; in the knowledge of which life finds the place of peace […]

The Accomplished Mystery-George Campbell Morgan

  The Accomplished Mystery   It is finished. John 19:30       When I approach the Cross of our Lord I feel increasingly that I am beaten, baffled; its mystery is so vast, so wonderful that it is impossible to understand it. With that increased consciousness of its mystery there grows in the heart an increased sense of […]

Suffer the Children-George Campbell Morgan

  Suffer the Children  Suffer the little children to come unto Me; forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. Mark 10:14       That is the Magna Charta of the children. Its words are of the simplest which ever fell from the lips of our beloved Lord. We are never able to recite […]

Submission And Responsibility-George Campbell Morgan

  Submission And Responsibility  I also am a man under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh. Matthew 8:9       All the scenes of New Testament history lie in the atmosphere of Roman government. Its earliest stories are connected with the […]

Spiritual Leprosy-George Campbell Morgan

  Spiritual Leprosy   And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing. Leviticus 14:1, 2       Leprosy remains until this hour more or less a mystery to medical science. In the New Year’s Honors List a name included was that of Dr. George Turner, […]

Spare Thyself-George Campbell Morgan

  Spare Thyself  From that time began Jesus to show unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far […]

Sour Grapes-George Campbell Morgan

  Sour Grapes  In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. Jeremiah 31:29; 30       What mean ye, that ye […]

Songs in Prison-George Campbell Morgan

  Songs in Prison    … about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns unto God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison-house were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened; and every one’s bands were loosed. Acts 16:25, […]

Sin, Sorrow, Silence-George Campbell Morgan

  Sin, Sorrow, Silence  Scripture: Psalm 32       Whoever wrote this Psalm knew much of spiritual experience on ordinary human levels. It is difficult sometimes to understand how some of these psalms were written so long before the coming of Christ. They seem to have been written by men who were almost as familiar as we […]

Sin-George Campbell Morgan

  Sin Sin is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4       Lust when it hath conceived beareth sin. James 1:15       In these two brief passages we have inclusive statements of the nature and the genesis of sin. I am proposing to consider this subject in the most personal and immediate way, desiring to discuss the question of sin […]

Short Beds and Narrow Coverings-George Campbell Morgan

  Short Beds and Narrow Coverings   For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. Isaiah 28:20       This is the language of a fine satire. At this point the prophet, burning in anger, indulged in sarcasm. It was […]

Shining Faces-George Campbell Morgan

  Shining Faces    It came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of the testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the Mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone by reason of His speaking with him. Exodus 34:29       This verse has often […]

Secret and Revealed Things-George Campbell Morgan

  Secret and Revealed Things  The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29       These words contain one of the most important principles for the conditioning of all […]

Sanctuary-George Campbell Morgan

  Sanctuary   A glorious throne, set on high from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary. Jeremiah 17:12       Jeremiah’s prophecies were uttered when the religious and moral conditions of the ancient people of God had become idolatrous and profligate. They are full of the sorrow of his heart, and yet thrill with vehement denunciation […]

Sanctification-George Campbell Morgan

  Sanctification   In sanctification of the Spirit. 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2       The two outstanding figures in the book of the acts of the Apostles are Peter and Paul. Each in his respective sphere was a pioneer in the great Christian campaign springing from the Pentecostal effusion. The phrase which suggests the line of […]

Salvation in Zion-George Campbell Morgan

  Salvation in Zion    I will place salvation in Zion. Isaiah 46:13       The forty-sixth and forty-seventh chapters of the prophecy of Isaiah constitute a complete message in themselves. The forty-sixth has to do with God’s determination to destroy Babylon; the forty-seventh describes that destruction.       The reading of the forty-sixth chapter brings before the mind a […]

Saints-George Campbell Morgan

  Saints   To the saints…. As becometh saints. Ephesians 1:1 and 5:3       It would appear as though this were an unwarrantable wresting of texts from their context, yet it is not really so. I grant at once that nothing of the teaching of this letter can be gained from these isolated quotations; but if I […]

Righteousness or Revenue-George Campbell Morgan

  Righteousness or Revenue   “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).       These words occur in that part of the Manifesto of Jesus in which, after enunciating His laws for the government of human life, both in its human and Divine relationships, He declared the necessity for a super earthly consciousness in dealing with all […]

Restlessness and It’s Remedy-George Campbell Morgan

  Restlessness and It’s Remedy  Who will shew us any good? Psalm 4:6       That is not the inquiry of the psalmist. It is a question which he quotes, in order that he may reply to it. Let us, therefore, read not only the inquiry but also the answer:–       There be many that say, Who will […]

Regeneration-George Campbell Morgan

  Regeneration  Born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13       The principal and inclusive thought of the text is contained in the phrase “begotten… of God.” By this phrase we are ushered into the presence of the central miracle of Christianity, […]

Progressive Revelation-George Campbell Morgan

  Progressive Revelation   I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. John 16:12       These were some of the final words of Jesus to His disciples, spoken amid the messages of which we speak as His Paschal discourses. They were uttered in the hearing of that inner circle of […]

Preparing the Highway-George Campbell Morgan

  Preparing the Highway   The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high way for our God. Isaiah 40:3       These words are taken from the prologue to the second part of the prophecy of Isaiah. That prologue consists of the first […]

Preparation for Service-George Campbell Morgan

  Preparation for Service   In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain […]

Preaching With Passion-George Campbell Morgan

  Preaching With Passion   In the true sermon there must always be passion. Our Lord’s testimony concerning John, His forerunner, was this: “He was a burning and a shining light” (John 5:35). It is one thing to shine; it is quite another to burn as well.       Half the sermons today–may I be forgiven if I […]