Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 22

Pride Catechized and Condemned

Jan 2 Pride grows apace like other ill weeds. It will live on any soil. In the natural heart it flourishes, springing up without sowing, and growing without watering; and even in the renewed heart it all too readily takes root when Satan casts abroad a handful of its seed. Of all creatures in the world the Christian is the last man who ought to be proud; and yet, alas, we have...

1 Corinthians 4:7

A God Ready to Pardon

Jan 9 When a man's conscience is so awakened to the existence of sin that he cannot perceive any plea for mercy within himself, it is his wisdom to look for a plea in the nature and character of God. Now, brethren, if we search ourselves through and through, we cannot find anything in our fallen nature which can recommend us to the Most High. If we think that we have a...

Nehemiah 9:17

The Oil of Gladness

Jan 16 WE know that the anointing received by our Lord Jesus Christ was the resting of the Spirit of God upon him without measure. We are not left to any guesswork about this, for in Isaiah lxi. we are told, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me.” Our Lord appropriated these very words to himself when he went into the synagogue at Nazareth and...

Psalm 45:7

The Soul-Winner

Jan 20 I HAD very great joy last night— many of you know why, but some do not. We held our annual meeting of the church, and it was a very pleasant sight to see so many brethren and sisters knit together in the heartiest love, welded together as one mass by common sympathies, and holding firmly to “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.” Think of a church with 4,900 members!...

Proverbs 11:30

For the Sick and Afflicted

Jan 22 EVEN when addressing our fellow-men there should be a fitness about our speech; therefore Solomon represents the preacher as seeking out acceptable words, or words meet for the occasion. When we approach those who are high in authority this necessity becomes conspicuous, and therefore men who are petitioners in the courts of princes are very careful to order their language aright. Much more, then, when we speak before the Lord...

Job 34:31, 32

One Greater than the Temple

Jan 23 OUR Lord intended, of course, to assert that he himself was greater than the temple, but he used the most modest form of putting it. When in the interests of truth he is obliged to speak of himself his meekness and lowliness are always apparent in the mode in which he makes the personal allusion, and every one can see that he does not seek his own glory, or desire...

Matthew 12:6

Amazing Grace

Jan 24 THERE are a few objects in nature which never cease to astonish the beholder. I think Humboldt said he could never look upon the rolling prairies without astonishment: and I suppose some of us will never be able to look upon the ocean, or to see the sun rise or set without feeling that we have before us something always fresh and always new. Now, I have been, not only...

Isaiah 57:18

A Remonstrance and a Rejoinder

Jan 24 THE most prominent doctrine in Paul’s teaching was that of justification by faith. He taught it so very plainly, so very boldly— I had almost said so very baldly— that it seemed needful to the Holy Spirit that James should bear testimony to the necessity of holiness as the result of faith. Hence the Epistle of James is put into the sacred canon lest any should wrest and twist the...

Galatians 5:6

Trial by the Word

Feb 7 JOSEPH was altogether an extraordinary personage. He was a young man of great personal beauty, and he exhibited also a lovely character, full of gentleness, kindness, and truth. The grace of God had made him as beautiful in mind as nature had made him comely in person. He was also exceedingly thoughtful; perhaps at first rather more thoughtful than active; so that his brothers, not only because he had seen...

Psalm 105:19

Reasons for Parting with Sin

Feb 13 IT is the great joy of our heart that we do not labour in vain, nor spend our strength for naught. God is calling out from the congregations which gather here a people unto himself, who shall show forth his praise. Our heart is filled with adoring joy while we find company after company coming forward and saying, “We have found the Lord, because the Lord in mercy has found...

Isaiah 1:18