Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 16

Martha and Mary

Apr 23 IT is not an easy thing to maintain the balance of our spiritual life. No man can be spiritually healthy who does not meditate and commune; no man, on the other hand, is as he should be unless he is active and diligent in holy service. David sweetly sang, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures there was the contemplative, “he leadeth me beside the still waters there...

Luke 10:38-42

Angelic Studies

Apr 30 THE “principalities and powers in heavenly places” to whom the apostle here refers, are, no doubt, the angels. These bright and glorious spirits, never having fallen into sin, did not need to be redeemed, and therefore, in the sense of being cleansed from guilt, they have no share in the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Yet it is interesting to notice how our Lord did as it were pass and repass...

Ephesians 3:10

A New Song for New Hearts

May 1 THIS prophesy is said by some to relate to the invasion by Sennacherib. That calamity threatened to be a very terrible display of divine anger. It seemed inevitable that the Assyrian power would make an utter desolation of all Judea; but God promised that he would interpose for the deliverance of his people, and punish the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and in that day his people should...

Isaiah 12:1

Three Precious Things

May 7 THESE three precious things, when put together, present to us a treasure of priceless things, altogether without parallel. When Moses was about to die, he pronounced a blessing upon all the tribes, but the benediction which he allotted to the tribe of Joseph was remarkable for containing in it an extraordinary collection of precious things. In the thirteenth verse of the thirty-third chapter of Deuteronomy, we read, “And of Joseph...

1 Peter 2:7; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Peter 1:1

How God Condemned Sin

May 8 EVER since man has fallen away from God, two things have been highly desirable. The one, that he should be forgiven all his offences; the other equally if not more important, that he should be led to hate the sin into which he has fallen, and love the purity and holiness from which he has become alienated. These two disabilities must be removed; or, looking at the matter from a...

Romans 8:3

Bands of Love

Jun 5 GOD, by the mouth of his prophet, is here expostulating with his people for their ungrateful rebellion against him. He had not treated them in a harsh, tyrannical overbearing manner, else there might have been some excuse for their revolt; but his rule had always been gentle, tender, and full of pity; and, therefore, for them to disobey him was the very height of wanton wickedness. The Lord had never...

Hosea 11:4

The Sad Wonder

Jun 12 THAT Jesus marvelled was in itself a marvel. We never read that either science or art, nature or providence, excited his wonder. We do not find that he marvelled at the grandeur of the temple, although his disciples were evidently wonder-struck, for they said, “Master, see what manner of stones and buildings are here!” Little did his mind dwell upon the gigantic size of the stones, or the antiquity of...

Mark 6:6

A Blessed Wonder

Jun 12 You remember that we commenced this morning’s sermon by observing that Jesus is not reported to have marvelled either at the gigantic architecture of the temple, or at the wonderful discipline of the Roman army, or at the profound knowledge of the rabbis. He only wondered twice, according to the record, and on both of those occasions he marvelled concerning faith, once at the absence of it, and once at...

Matthew 8:10

The Profit of Godliness in the Life to Come

Jun 19 WE endeavoured, this morning, to prove the profitableness of godliness as to the life which now is, and to discriminate as to what the promise of this life really is. We tried to prove that “ the promise” of the life that now is, its real and highest beauty and excellence, consists in peace of mind, peace with God, contentment, and happiness of spirit; and while we pointed out that...

1 Timothy 4:8

The Profit of Godliness in This Life

Jun 19 YOUR attention will be the more readily given to this passage, because Paul declares it to be a “faithful”— a most true and certain saving, and “worthy of all acceptation,” that is to say, worthy to be received and practised by us all. Paul has four of these faithful sayings. The first, occurs in 1 Timothy i. 15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ...

1 Timothy 4:8, 9