Resources from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 38

Belief, Baptism, Blessing

Feb 9 THE gospel, attended by the Spirit of God, is always victorious; but it is very pleasant to make notes of its victories. The gospel came to Lydia, a devout woman, who was one given to prayer, and who worshipped God, although she did not know the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a woman of tender heart, and she was soon won. The Lord gently knocked at the door of her...

Acts 16:33, 34

Impotence and Omnipotence

Feb 16 THIS man had been lying, with many others, round the pool, hoping that it would be stirred by the angel, and that he might be put into the water first, and so might be healed. There he waited long, and waited in vain. Why did he wait? Because Jesus was not there. Where Jesus is not, you must wait. If it is only an angel and a pool, you must...

John 5:5-9

"If There be no Resurrection,—."

Feb 20 OUR religion is not based upon opinions, but upon facts. We bear persons sometimes saying, “Those are your views, and these are ours.” Whatever your “views” may be, is a small matter; what are the facts of the case? We must, after all, if we want a firm foundation, come down to matters of fact. Now, the great facts of the gospel are that God was incarnate in Christ Jesus,...

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

Alone, yet Not Alone

Mar 2 OUR Lord looks for faith as the result of his teaching; and I think that I hear him say, at the end of every service, “Do ye now believe? You have listened; you have made remarks upon the speaker; do ye now believe? You have been made to feel, you have brushed the tear away; but do ye now believe? For anything short of believing leaves you short of salvation.”...

John 16:31, 32

The Simplicity and Sublimity of Salvation

Mar 6 EVERYTHING here is simple; everything is sublime. Here is that simple gospel, by which the most ignorant may be saved. Here are profundities, in which the best-instructed may find themselves beyond their depth. Here are those everlasting hills of divine truth which man cannot climb; yet here is that plain path in which the wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err, nor lose his way. I always feel that...

John 1:11-13

Christ’s Hospital

Mar 9 OFTEN as we have read this Psalm, we can. never fail to be struck with the connection in which this verse stands, especially its connection with the verse that follows. Read the two together: “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” What condescension and grandeur! What pity and omnipotence! He who leads out...

Psalm 147:3

Life from the Dead

Mar 13 OUR translators, as you observe, have put in the words “hath he quickened”, because Paul had thrown the sense a little farther on, and it was possible for the reader not to catch it. They have but anticipated the statement of the fourth and fifth verses: “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us...

Ephesians 2:1

Fickle Followers

Mar 27 SOMETIMES nobody appeared to come to Christ. He preached, but no followers appeared as the result of his preaching. At another time, we see that many came, and desired to be numbered with his disciples; but they were not all of the right kind. Luke has collected here three instances, which I think are typical of many more of those who seemed to be true followers of Jesus, who, nevertheless,...

Luke 9:57-62

Our Compassionate High Priest

Apr 3 THE high priest looked Godward, and therefore he had need to be holy; for he had to deal with things pertaining to God. But at the same time he looked manward; it was for men that he was ordained, that, through him, they might deal with God; and therefore ho had need to be tender. It was necessary that he should be one who could have sympathy with men; else,...

Hebrews 5:2

Forgiveness, Freedom, Favour

Apr 10 THIS wonderful transaction of “the Lord’s release” came at the end of every seven years. It was according to the gracious law of God for Israel that there should be, first of all, a rest one day in seven. Next, there were feast days one month in seven; and then there came, every seventh year, a year of rest for the land, in which they did not till it, but...

Jeremiah 15:2