Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 21

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Dec 27 TIMOTHY was to divide rightly the word of God. This every Christian minister must do if he would make full proof of his ministry, and if he would be clear of the blood of his hearers at the last great day. Of the whole twenty years of my printed sermons, I can honestly say that this has been my aim— rightly to divide the word of truth. Wherein I have...

2 Timothy 2:15

Solemn Pleadings for Revival

Jan 3 THE text is a challenge to the heathen to enter into a debate with the living God. The Lord bids them argue at their best, and let the controversy be calmly carried out to its issues, so as to be decided once for all. He bids them be quiet, reflect, and consider, in order that with renewed strength they may come into the discussion and defend their gods if they...

Isaiah 41:1

The Secret of Health

Mar 28 ANOTHER verse in this psalm so attracts me that, though it is not my text, I cannot pass it by without a moment’s notice. In the fifth verse the psalmist says, “I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance,” and then follows the expression of the text, “who is the health of my countenance and my God.” God’s countenance is our help, and he himself is the...

Psalm 42:11

Spiritual Appetite

Apr 4 IT is a great blessing when food and appetite meet together. Some have appetite and no meat, they need our pity; others have meat but no appetite, they may not perhaps win our pity but they certainly require it. We have heard of a gentleman who was accustomed to take an early morning walk and frequently met a poor man hastening to his labour. One morning he said to him,...

Proverbs 27:7

Salvation by Faith and the Work of the Spirit

Apr 11 IT may seem remarkable that Paul, who was once the strictest of Pharisees, should become the most ardent champion of the doctrines of salvation by grace and justification by faith. How large a portion of the New Testament is given up to his writings, and the most prominent subject in all that falls from his pen is righteousness by faith. Did not the Lord show great wisdom in selecting as...

Galatians 5:5

Decision- Illustrated by the Case of Joshua

Apr 18 JOSHUA knew that the people who surrounded him, while ostensibly serving Jehovah, were many of them secretly worshipping the ancient idols of their Mesopotamian fathers, those teraphim which were once hidden in Rachel’s tent, and were never quite purged from Jacob’s family. Some of them also harboured the Egyptian emblems, and some had even fallen into the worship of the gods of the people whom they had displaced, and were...

Joshua 24:15

The Sure Triumph of the Crucified One

Apr 25 MODERN Jewish writers refuse to see the Messiah in this passage, but their predecessors were not so blind. The Targum and the ancient Rabbins interpreted it of the Messiah, and indeed all attempts to explain it apart from him are palpable failures. Christian commentators in all ages have seen the Lord Jesus here. How could they do otherwise? To whom else could the prophet have referred? If the Man of...

Isaiah 52:13-15

Solomon's Plea

May 2 ISRAEL was a type of the church of God. The apostle, in the epistle to the Romans, clearly shows that Abraham was the father, not of the circumcision only, but of all those who walk in the steps of the faith of Abraham, and that the promise that he should be heir of the world was not to Abraham or his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of...

1 Kings 8:53

Healing Leaves

May 9 WE have in the twenty-first and twenty-second chapters of the Book of the Revelation a very wonderful description of heaven upon earth. I shall not attempt to go into any prophetical explanations as to when this will be fulfilled, but we know this for certain, for we have it in so many words, that the holy city, New Jerusalem, will descend out of heaven from God, and that, in a...

Revelation 22:2

How a Man's Conduct Comes Home to Him

May 16 A COMMON principle is here laid down and declared to be equally true in reference to two characters, who in other respects are a contrast. Men are affected by the course which they pursue; for good or bad their own conduct comes home to them. The backslider and the good man are very different, but in each of them the same rule is exemplified— they are both filled by the...

Proverbs 14:14