Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 29

Christ in You

May 13 THE gospel is the grand secret: the mystery of mysteries. It was hidden from ages and from generations, but is now made manifest to the saints. To the mass of mankind it was utterly unknown; and the chosen people, who saw something of it, only perceived it dimly through the smoke of sacrifices and the veil of types. It remained a mystery which wit could not guess nor invention unravel;...

Colossians 1:27

In Him: Like Him

May 17 HE that saith he abideth in him:”— that is exactly what every Christian does say. He cannot be a Christian unless this be true of him, and he cannot fully enjoy his religion unless he assuredly knows that he is in Christ, and can boldly say as much. We must be in Christ, and abidingly in Christ, or else we are not saved in the Lord. It is our union...

1 John 2:6

Glory!

May 20 A FORTNIGHT ago, when I was only able to creep to the front of this platform, I spoke to you concerning the future of our mortal bodies: “We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” On the next Sabbath day we went a step further, and we did not preach...

1 Peter 5:10

Knock!

May 27 I HAVE no doubt that, taken very strictly, the three exhortations of this verse— which, indeed, are but one— were first of all intended for God’s believing people. It was to his disciples that the Lord said, “Cast not your pearls before swine;” and perhaps certain of them who were poor in spirit might turn round and say, “Lord, we have few pearls; we are too poor to have the...

Matthew 7:12

Supposing Him to Have Been in the Company

Jun 3 ALL who were present on the occasion are sure to remember our meditation upon, “Supposing him to be the gardener.” Although it was only supposition, and evidently a mistake, yet it yielded us most profitable thought. Here is another supposition, a mistake again— a mistake which yielded a good deal of sorrow to those who made it; and yet in the hands of God’s Spirit it may bring forth profitable...

Luke 2:44

The Devil's Last Throw

Jun 10 OUR Lord Jesus Christ taught the people much by his words, but he taught them even more by his actions. He was always preaching, his whole life was a heavenly discourse on divine truth; and the miracles which he wrought were not only the proofs of his deity, but the illustrations of his teaching. His wonders of mercy were, in fact, acted sermons, truths embodied, pictorial illustrations appealing to the...

Luke 9:42

Imitators of God

Jun 10 WE shall read the text as it should more properly be translated: “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children.” Upon the word imitate our discourse will hinge.      The division into chapters is often most unfortunate, and in this case it causes a break in a passage which in its sense is one and indivisible. The apostle had said, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one...

Ephesians 5:1

Beginning at Jerusalem

Jun 14 THE servants of God were not left to originate a gospel for themselves, as certain modern teachers appear to do, nor were they even left to map out their mode of procedure in the spreading of the glad tidings. They were told by their great Master what to preach, and where to preach it, and how to preach it, and even where to begin to preach it. There is ample...

Luke 24:47

Buying Without Money

Jun 24 THERE is a semicolon in our translation, but we need not take notice of it. It should not be there, since the text is the second of two parallel sentences arranged according to the method of Hebrew poetry. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, And he that hath no money, come, buy, and eat.”      We have before us the figure of a merchant selling...

Isaiah 55:1

The Voice from the Cloud and the Voice of the Beloved

Jun 24 IT is exceedingly important to have clear evidences of the truth of our holy religion. Sometimes, I dare say, you have wished that God would speak out of heaven in your hearing, or that he would work some extraordinary marvel before your eyes, that you might know beyond all question the truth of the gospel of Jesus. This desire for signs and wonders is no new thing. Ah, my dear...

Matthew 17:5-7