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The New Year's Guest

Dec 16 I LATELY received a New Year’s card, which suggested to me the topic on which I am about to speak to you. The designer of the card has, with holy insight, seen the relation of the two texts to each other, and rendered both of them eminently suggestive by placing them together. There is freshness in the thought that, by receiving Jesus as a stranger, our believing hospitality works in...

Matthew 25:35

Blessed Promises for Dying Outcasts

Dec 2 THE promises of this verse will be exceedingly sweet to those who feel their personal need of them; but those who boast that they are neither sick nor wounded will take no interest in this comfortable word. Those who are charmed with themselves will see no charm in the beloved Physician. I have heard of certain hungry travellers, who were lost in the wilderness, and came upon a bag which...

Jeremiah 30:17

He Shall be Great

Dec 2 STRICTLY speaking, I suppose these words refer to the human nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is as to his humanity that Christ was born of Mary. The context runs thus— “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give...

Luke 1:32

Mourners, Inquirers, Covenanters

Nov 25 THE previous part of this chapter declares the overthrow of Israel’s cruel oppressor: “Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces.” The Assyrian and Babylonian power had been the great tyrant of the ages, and the Lord had employed it for the chastening of his people, until at last Israel and Judah had been carried away captive to the banks of the Euphrates, and the land of...

Jeremiah 50:4-5

Fathers in Christ

Nov 18 OBSERVE the difference in the two verses: John first says, “I write,” and then, “I have written." When in two former discourses I preached upon the beloved apostle’s address to the young men and the children, I gave you as full an interpretation of this difference as I could command, and I need not now repeat it. Certain additional thoughts occur to me, which I will give you, that the...

1 John 2:13-14

A Luther Sermon at the Tabernacle

Nov 11 THIS text is three times employed by the apostle Paul as an argument. Read Homans i. 17, Galatians iii. 11, and Hebrews x. 38: in each of these cases it runs, “The just shall live by faith.” This is the old original text to which the apostle referred when he said, “As it is written, The just shall live by faith.” We are not wrong in making the inspiration of...

Habakkuk 2:4

The Luther Sermon at Exeter-Hall

Nov 11 PAUL makes a clean sweep of that trust in the externals of religion which is the common temptation of all time. Circumcision was a great thing with the Jew, and oftentimes he trusted in it; but Paul declares that it availeth nothing. There might be others who were glad that they were not Jews, but Paul declares that their uncircumcision availeth no more than its opposite. Certain matters connected with...

Galatians 5:6

Jehovah Hath Spoken: Will Ye Not Hear?

Nov 4 IN this chapter Jeremiah had proclaimed the judgment of God against his sinful people under two very striking figures. Israel had been to God what a girdle is to a man the people had been bound closely about him in his great love and favour; but on account of their sin the Lord would put them away, and they should be hidden by the Euphrates till their beauty was marred;...

Jeremiah 13:15-17

Marvellous! Marvellous!

Oct 28 GOD sent his servant Zechariah with a promise that Jerusalem should be rebuilt, and that it should enjoy a time of great peace and prosperity. Instead of men being slain in battle in the prime of their days, old men and old women were to dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, “every man with his staff in his hand for very age”: and whereas war had often cut off the...

Zechariah 8:6

The Top of the Ladder

Oct 25 THIS is a part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers. It is the closing clause and consummation of it. It mentions the grandest boon for which he prayed. His prayer was like that ladder which Jacob saw, the top whereof did reach to heaven and God, and the apostle at the foot of it was not asleep, but looking up with eager eyes, and marking each rising round of...

Ephesians 3:19