Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 25

The Work of Grace the Warrant for Obedience

Jun 15 JUST a few observations upon the narrative itself. It was a feast day, and Jesus Christ came up to Jerusalem to find opportunities for doing good among the crowds of his countrymen. I see all the city glad; I hear the voice of rejoicing in every house as they hold high festival and eat the fat and drink the sweet. But where does Jesus keep the feast? How does he...

John 5:11

Constant, Instant, Expectant

Jun 22 This is placed in connection with a large number of brief but very weighty precepts. Prayer has a distinct relationship to all Christian duties and graces. It is not possible for us to carry out the holy commands of our Lord Jesus unless we are abundant in supplication. The Romans at the time that Paul wrote to them were subject to persecution, and in this verse he mentions two remedies...

Romans 12:12

The Philosophy of Promise

Jun 29 GOD has often foretold things to come by the lips of his prophets. I need not give you even a single specimen of the multitudes of instances in which events which could not have been guessed at, which indeed were highly improbable and unlikely, were nevertheless foretold by the Spirit of God through the prophets, and actually came to pass. The Lord claims this as a proof of his Godhead;...

Isaiah 42:9

Our Change of Masters

Jul 6 MAN was made to rule. In the divine original he was intended for a king, who should have dominion over the beasts of the field, and the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea. He was designed to be the lord-lieutenant of this part of creation, and the form of his body and the dignity of his countenance betoken it. He walks erect among the animals, while...

Romans 6:18

The Red Heifer

Jul 13 BELOVED brethren in Christ, you dwell in great nearness to God. He calls you “a people near unto him.” His grace has made you his sons and daughters, and he is a Father unto you. In you is his word fulfilled, “I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Remember that your favoured position as children of...

Hebrews 9:13-14

The Present Crisis

Jul 13 THE Lord does not always tell us what he will do. “Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” He has told us that “it is the glory of God to conceal a thing,” and our Lord Jesus has said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” When he does...

Hosea 5:15

Our Motto

Jul 20 THIS sentence was expressly addressed, in the first place, to “servants,” which term includes, and first of all intends, those who unhappily were slaves. There were many slaves in the Roman Empire, and the form of bondage which then existed was of the bitterest kind. I can imagine a slave becoming a Christian and so finding peace as to his former guilt, and obtaining renewal of heart; and then, although...

Ephesians 6:7

The Shame and Spitting

Jul 27 Of whom speaketh the prophet this? Of himself or of some other? We cannot doubt but what Isaiah here wrote concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Is not this one of the prophecies to which our Lord Himself referred in the incident recorded in the eighteenth chapter of Luke's Gospel at the thirty-first verse? "Then he took unto him he twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem,...

Isaiah 50:6

The Prophet Like Unto Moses

Aug 3 MAN, the creature, may well desire intercourse with his Creator. When we are right-minded we cannot bear to be like fatherless children, born into the world by a parent of whom we know nothing whatever. We long to hear our father’s voice. Of old time, or ever sin had entered into the world, the Lord God was on the most intimate terms with his creature man. He communed with Adam...

Deuteronomy 18:15-19

More and More, or Less and Less

Aug 10 Two great general principles are conspicuous in the gospel. The first is that God giveth of his grace to the empty— “He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.” The second principle is that where God has given a measure of grace it is his wont to give more— “He giveth more grace.” There is no stint with the Lord of love,...

Matthew 13:12