Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 31

Cords and Cart-Ropes

Dec 14 THE text begins with “Woe;” but when we get a woe in this book of blessings it is sent as a warning, that we may escape from woe. God’s woes are better than the devil’s welcomes. God always means man’s good, and only sets ill before him that he may turn from the dangers of a mistaken way, and so may escape the ill which lies at the end of...

Isaiah 5:18

A Sweet Silver Bell Ringing in Each Believers Heart

Dec 18 WHAT a charming sentence! Can you say it? Only five words, but what meaning! Huge volumes of poetry have appeared from Chaucer even to Tennyson; but it seems to me that the essence of poetry lies hid in a marvellously condensed form within these few words. It shall take you many an hour to suck out all their sweetness. There is an almost inconceivable depth of meaning in them: and...

Micah 7:7

Exceeding Gladness

Dec 21 You have heard a great many sermons upon the Man of Sorrows. I am sure that you have not heard too many; and if, from this time to the end of your life, you should every Sabbath hear of him, and of his sufferings, you will not be nauseated with that theme. You will still feel an intense pleasure in hearing the story of your Lord’s griefs, and in having...

Psalm 21:6

The Ascension and the Second Advent Practically Considered

Dec 28 FOUR great events shine out brightly in our Saviour’s story. All Christian minds delight to dwell upon his birth, his death, his resurrection, and his ascension. These make four rounds in that ladder of light, the foot of which is upon the earth, but the top whereof reacheth to heaven. We could not afford to dispense with any one of those four events, nor would it be profitable for us...

Acts 1:10-11

Sermon for New Year's Day

Jan 1 How pleased we are with that which is new! Our children’s eyes sparkle when we talk of giving them a toy or a book which is called new; for our short-lived human nature loves that which has lately come, and is therefore like our own fleeting selves. In this respect, we are all children, for we eagerly demand the news of the day, and are all too apt to rush...

Revelation 21:5

The Song of a City, and the Pearl of Peace

Jan 4 THIS is no dry, didactic statement, but a verse from a song. We are among the poets of revelation, who did not compose ballads for the passing hour, but made sonnets for the people of God to sing in after days. I quote to you a stanza from “the song of a city.” Judah has not aforetime thus chanted before her God, but she has much to learn, and one...

Isaiah 26:3

How "The Unspeakable" is Spoken of

Mar 15 IN this psalm David has reached the Beulah laud of his songs, where we hear nothing else but praise. He begins, “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever”; and he closes with, “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let...

Psalm 145:6-7

The Singular Origin of a Christian Man

Mar 22 THIS text is written by the apostle as a reason why salvation cannot be a thing of human merit: “not of works, lest any man should boast, for we are his workmanship.” The for indicates an argument. It is a conclusive reason why salvation cannot be by our good works, because even when we have an abundance of the best of works, they are far more due to God than...

Ephesians 2:10

A Proclamation from the Kings of Kings

Apr 5 BACKSLIDERS are very many. Departing from the living God is no strange thing. Every church has to lament many that turn aside. In fact, it has become so common in many churches that they have not faith enough to hold to the scriptural doctrine of the perseverance of the saints; as if the want of perseverance in mere professors could alter the truth that where the life and power of...

Jeremiah 3:12-13

To Lovers of Jesus: An Example

Apr 12 THIS holy woman had displeased the disciples. She must have been very sorry to do that. She would not have wilfully grieved the least servant of her Lord. But she did so without the slightest blame on her part: it was the unexpected consequence of a most blessed action, and the fault lay with those who complained of her holy deed, and not with her. I do not know whether...

Mark 14:6