Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 16

The King Feasting in His Garden

Mar 5 I BELIEVE this text to be appropriate to the spiritual condition of our church. If I am not very sadly mistaken, the Lord of Hosts is with us in a very remarkable manner. Our meetings for prayer have been distinguished by an earnest and fervent spirit; our meetings with enquirers have been remarkably powerful; in a quiet manner, without any outward outcries, souls have been smitten down with conviction of...

Solomon 5:1

Sincerity and Duplicity

Mar 5 THE Epistles of John possess and combine certain qualities which seem at the first blush to stand opposite as the poles to one another. Their style of expression is simple, chaste, and unadorned. Short words are used; for the most part words of one syllable; such little homely words as a young child might easily spell; and the sense is so clear and obvious, that the captious critic or the...

1 John 2:3, 4

Backsliding Healed

Mar 13 WHICH rings with the more sonorous voice, the knell, “their backsliding,” or the marriage peal, “I will heal”? All through the Scripture records there is revealed a vehement contest between man’s sin and God’s grace, each of them striving to become more abundant than the other. Sin like a dragon pours forth floods from its mouth, and God’s mercy as a shoreless ocean rolls in greater majesty. Sin aboundeth, so...

Hosea 14:4

Nathanael and the Fig Tree

Mar 19 VERY often we address the gospel to the chief of sinners. We believe it to be our duty to do this with the greatest frequency; for did not our Lord, when bidding his disciples to preach the good news in every place, use the words, “ beginning at Jerusalem”? Where the chief of sinners lived, there was the gospel first to be preached. But at the same time it would...

John 1:45-51

Prepare to Meet Thy God

Mar 27 GOD had in the days of Amos by different ways rebuked the sin of his people Israel. He had wasted them with famine and sword; he had withheld the rain; he had sent forth the pestilence after the manner of Egypt; he had smitten their fields and gardens with blast and mildew, and he had overthrown some of them, as Sodom and Gomorrah; but they still persevered in their rebellion,...

Amos 4:12

Jesus Only

Apr 2 THE last words will suffice us for a text, “Jesus only.” When Peter saw our Lord with Moses and Elias, he exclaimed, “Master, it is good to be here,” as if he implied that it was better to be with Jesus, and Moses, and Elias, than to be with Jesus only. Now it was certainly good that for once in his life he should see Christ transfigured with the representatives...

Matthew 17:8

Individual Sin Laid on Jesus

Apr 9 I THINK I addressed you from this text four years ago, but I feel quite safe in returning to it, for we shall never exhaust it; it is a verse so wealthy in meaning, that if I had during the whole four years dilated upon it every Sabbath, it would be my fault if the theme were stale. On this occasion I desire mainly to draw attention to a part...

Isaiah 53:6

Away with Fear

Apr 9 IF there should be nothing in the sermon this evening, brethren, there is enough in the text to satisfy your mouth with good things, so that your youth may be renewed like the eagle’s. May the Holy Spirit spread for you a table in the wilderness, and give you appetites to feed by faith upon these royal dainties, which, like the pulse that Daniel and his companions fed upon, shall...

Isaiah 41:10

The Model Home Mission and the Model Home Missionary

Apr 13 OUR Lord’s public ministry on earth was a home mission. He himself said to his disciples, “I am not sent save to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” He went to the very borders of the Holy Land; but there he stayed, and north and south, east and west, in all directions, in towns and in villages, he itinerated preaching to his own countrymen. Afterwards there sprang out...

Acts 10:38

The Sine Qua Non

Apr 16 IN matchless condescension our Lord had girt himself as a servant, and was washing the feet of the disciples. Peter, struck with such a spectacle, would not allow his Lord to act as a menial, and flatly refused to have his feet washed by his Master; but he changed his mind at once when he was told that a refusal to receive this act of kindness from his Lord would...

John 13:8