While fullness is treasured up in Christ, it is not said to be treasured up in the doctrines of Christ.
Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?
Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.
There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?
To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.
Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man.
There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?
Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.
God has done his mightiest works by the meanest instruments: that is a fact most true of all God’s works—Peter the fisherman at Pentecost, Luther the humble monk at the Reformation, Whitefield the potboy of the Old Bell Inn at Gloucester in the time of the last century’s revival; and so it must be to the end.
In order to preach the gospel fully, there must be a very clear description of the person of Christ.
He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?
Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.
Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.
Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side.
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood.
Let the Gospel alone and it will save!
Atonement is a divine business; its sacrifice is infinite, even as the God who conceived it.
Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.
Oh, wondrous grace of God, that he owns his son when that son is still an Egyptian slave.
Didst thou ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped his Son for the great enterprise of mercy?
You have often trembled while I have told you of your sins and of the wrath to come, but you have met your bad companion at the door, or you have gone home and attended parties of gaiety, and every godly thought has been quenched.
Oh! to trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.
Outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common.
It is a very sad reflection that tens of thousands are now waiting in the use of means, and ordinances, and vows, and resolutions, and have so waited time out of mind, in vain, utterly in vain.
A great many persons go about their supposed lifework without thinking about God.
But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.
A sinner has a heart as well as a head; a sinner has emotions as well as thoughts; and we must appeal to both.
Let no thought distress you about death's coming to you at an unseasonable hour. Should it come to-morrow should it come now, if your faith is fixed on nothing less than Jesu's blood and righteousness, you shall see the face of God with acceptance.
The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity.
He is not robbed of any glory, but his name is now surrounded with brighter lustre than ever.
If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach.
Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions.
Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying.
This Fall and this redemption, and the story as a whole, so far as the divine purpose is concerned, are the fruit of the Father’s love to the Son and his delight in glorifying the Son.
O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.
No neutralities can exist in religion.
This is the only way to give it a death-blow.
No greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than in that day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to perdition.
Noah was shut in away from all the world by the hand of divine love.
Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am thine, and that thou art mine.
The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.
In order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.
Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they will make our piety enduring.
You will find it a holy exercise to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, "Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt?"
We open the gates of the year to the sweet strains of the harp of joy!
One of the purest and most innocent of joys, apart from spiritual things, in which a man can indulge, is a joy in the works of God.
The marrow of Job's comfort lies in that little word "My."
Divine omniscience affords no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation.
Thus memory may be, as Coleridge calls it, "the bosom-spring of joy."
When God sets us on high, Satan himself cannot pull us down.