Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 15

Winnowing-Time

Jan 17 IT is remarkable that God has traced so much of the misery of the children of Israel in the period of their degradation to the unfaithfulness of those governors, priests, and prophets, who bare rule over them. The crying evil of a nation’s crimes lay at the door of these foolish shepherds. At first it would seem that the main stress of calamity rested on the common people, and the...

Jeremiah 23:28

Timely Reflections

Dec 27 BUT what “salvation” is this? The question is important because we very commonly speak of “salvation” as that state of grace into which every one that believes in Jesus is introduced when he passes from death unto life, being delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. This sweet assurance we celebrate in our hymns of praise — “The moment a sinner believes,...

Romans 13:11

Jesus Christ Immutable

Jan 3 FOR a very considerable number of years an esteemed and venerable vicar of a Surrey parish has sent me at the New Year a generous testimony of his love, and an acknowledgment of the pleasure which he derives from the weekly reading of my sermons. Enclosed in the parcel which his kindness awards to me, is a text from which he hopes that I may preach on the first Sabbath...

Hebrews 13:8

Unsound Spiritual Trading

Jan 10 DURING the last two years some of the most notable commercial reputations have been hopelessly destroyed. Men in the great world of trade, who were trusted for hundreds of thousands of pounds, around whose characters there hovered no cloud of suspicion, nor even the shade of doubt, have proved themselves reckless of honesty and devoid of principle. The fiery trial has been too much for the wood, hay, and stubble,...

Proverbs 16:2

Nearness to God

Jan 17 THE text is a gate of pearl leading up to the excellent glory. Happy are the men to whom it is given to enter thereby. It turns upon hinges of diamond. Those two phrases, “in Christ Jesus,” “by the blood of Christ”— these are the two pivots of the precious doctrine of the text. “Made nigh,” this is our delightful privilege, but “in Christ Jesus,” is one source of the...

Ephesians 2:13

Constancy and Inconstancy- A Contrast

Jan 24 THESE two verses very fitly describe in very similar imagery the opposite characters of the true and persevering believer, and the fictitious and the transient professor. There are many things in this world which are very much alike, and yet are totally dissimilar. The king who, after stern conflict and arduous struggles, has at last obtained the empire, shines not with greater pomp than yonder actor mimicking majesty upon the...

Hosea 6:3-4

A Sermon for the Most Miserable of Men

Jan 31 IN this refusal to be comforted, David is not to be imitated. His experience in this instance is recorded rather as a warning than as an example. Here is no justification for those professors who, when they suffer bereavements or temporal losses, repine bitterly, and reject every consoling thought. We have known persons who made mourning for departed ones the main business of life, years after the beloved relative had...

Psalm 77:2

Fire- The Want of the Times

Feb 7 OUR Lord was here certainly alluding to the opposition and persecution which the gospel would excite. This is clear from the context, in which he declares that he is not come to send peace on the earth but a sword, and from the parallel passages in the other gospels, where our Lord is forewarning his disciples that they must look for persecution. Albeit, that this was the first direction of...

Luke 12:49

Every-Day Usefulness

Feb 14 WE have a most intense desire for the revival of religion in our own midst, and throughout all the churches of our Lord Jesus. We see that error is making great advances, and we would fain lift up a banner for the cause of truth; we pity the mighty populations among whom we dwell, for they are still godless and Christless, and the things of their peace are hid from...

John 1:42

The Importunate Widow

Feb 20 REMEMBER that our Lord did not only inculcate prayer with great earnestness, but he was himself a brilliant example of it. It always gives force to a teacher’s words when his hearers well know that he carries out his own instructions. Jesus was a prophet mighty both in deed and in word, and we read of him, “Jesus began both to do and to teach.” In the exercise of prayer,...

Luke 18:1-8