Sermons from 1861

The Sinner’s only Alternative

December 27, 1861

    “Now therefore come, end let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” — 2 Kings vii. 4.   OUTSIDE the gates of Samaria, at the time mentioned in our text, you might have seen four miserable beings, gaunt and …

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Christ Receiving Sinners

December 23, 1861

Christ Receiving Sinners   “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.” — Matt. ix. 10.   *This date is an approximation of when this sermon was delivered.   How strangely different was our Lord Jesus Christ from the philosophers of Greece! They …


The Royal Death Bed

December 22, 1861

The Royal Death Bed   “Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?"— Amos 3:6   WE have nothing to do this morning with the question of moral evil, and indeed with the awful mystery of the origin of moral evil, we have nothing to do at any time. There may have been …


The Two Advents of Christ

December 22, 1861

     The Two Advents of Christ   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 for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. —Hebrews 9:27-28        WE must begin …


Too Good to be True! A Paradox

December 15, 1861

Too Good to be True! A Paradox   "They yet believed not for joy.”— Luke 24:41   THIS is a very strange sentence, but the Christian is a singularly complex being. He is a compound of the fallen and of the perfect. He detects in himself continually an alternation between the almost diabolical and the divine. Man himself is …


The True Apostolical Succession

December 15, 1861

The True Apostolical Succession   “Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.” —Psalm 45:16        THE overwhelming national calamity announced to the citizens of London at midnight, by the solemn tolling of the great bell of St. Paul's, was unknown to most of us until we entered this …


New Tokens of Ancient Love

December 15, 1861

New Tokens of Ancient Love   “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” — Jer. xxxi. 3.   *“This date is an approximation of when this sermon was delivered.”   IT is said that, when the stars cannot be seen, during the day, …


The Weeding of the Garden

December 8, 1861

The Weeding of the Garden   “But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” — Matthew 15:13.   JESUS CHRIST had spoken certain truths which were highly objectionable to the Pharisees. Some of his loving disciples were in great fright, and they came to him and said, “Knowest thou …


The Peacemaker

December 8, 1861

The Peacemaker    “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” — Matthew 5:9.                      THIS is the seventh of the beatitudes. There is a mystery always connected with the number seven. It was the number of perfection among the Hebrews, and it Seemeth as if the Saviour had put the peacemaker there, as …


Christ’s Sympathy with His People

December 8, 1861

Christ’s Sympathy with His People     “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” — Hebrews ii. 18.   *“This date is an approximation of when this sermon was delivered.”   THAT which is the most simple lesson the gospel has to teach, is often the most difficult lesson for the …