Strange Things

November 18, 1883

Strange Things   “We have seen strange things to day.” — Luke v. 26.   THE world is growing very old, and dull, and commonplace. One takes the newspaper, and, often, after glancing through it, has to say, “There is really nothing in it,” the reason probably being that there is nothing fresh or new happening on the earth, …


Sonship Questioned

November 15, 1883

Sonship Questioned   “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God.” — Matthew iv. 3.   IN speaking upon the temptation of our Lord, I want first to say a few words that ought always to be remembered by those who are tempted, lest they be surcharged with unnecessary sorrow. And …


Questions and Answers concerning Zion

November 8, 1883

Questions and Answers concerning Zion   “What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.” — Isaiah xiv. 32.   ZION evidently attracted great attention in its own day, and I suppose that the term “Zion” stood for the whole city. It …


A Witness and a Partaker

November 4, 1883

 A Witness and a Partaker   “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed.”— 1 Peter v. 1.   KINDLY notice, dear friends, the apostle’s great gentleness. Peter was not always thus gentle, but the …

1 Peter:5:1

Our Thoughts about God’s Thoughts

November 1, 1883

Our Thoughts about God’s Thoughts   “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” — Psalm cxxxix. 17, 18.   THIS Psalm dilates upon the omniscience of God. In …

Psalms:139:17, 18

There is no Difference

October 28, 1883

There is no Difference   “The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” — Romans iii. 22, 23.   THE apostle here says that “there is no difference,” yet he does …

Romans:3:22, 23

Choice Teaching for the Chosen

October 21, 1883

Choice Teaching for the Chosen   “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”— John vi. 45.   I SUPPOSE that you never noticed any great literary excellence in Bradshaw’s Railway Guide. “No,” you say, “fine writing would …


Open Praise and Public Confession

October 11, 1883

Open Praise and Public Confession   “I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried …


Comfort for the Tempted

September 27, 1883

Comfort for the Tempted   “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”— 1 Corinthians x. …

1 Corinthians:10:13

Decided Ungodliness

August 20, 1882

Decided Ungodliness   “They have refused to return.” — Jeremiah v. 3.   THERE is, in the heart of every one of us, the primary evil of sin; we have all transgressed against the Lord. So far, so bad; but that natural sin of ours may be greatly increased by a refusal to turn from it. It is bad …