The Bible

March 18, 1885

The Bible   “I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.” Hosea viii. 12.   THIS is God’s complaint against Ephraim. It is no mean proof of his goodness, that he stoops to, rebuke his erring creatures; it is a great argument of his gracious disposition, that he …


The Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved

March 4, 1885

The Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved   “For so he giveth his beloved sleep.” — Psalm cxxvii. 2.   THE sleep of the body is the gift of God. So said Homer of old, when he described it as descending from the clouds, and resting on the tents of the warriors around old Troy. And so sang Virgil, when …


Free-Will – A Slave

December 2, 1855

Free-Will - A Slave   "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."—John 5:40        This is one of the great guns of the Arminians, mounted upon the top of their walls, and often discharged with terrible noise against the poor Christians called Calvinists. I intend to spike the gun this morning, or, rather, …


Comfort for the Desponding

November 25, 1855

Comfort for the Desponding   "Oh that I were as in months past."—Job 29:2        For the most part the gracious Shepherd leads his people beside the still waters, and makes them to lie down in green pastures; but at times they wander through a wilderness, where there is no water, and they find no city to …


The Holy Ghost – The Great Teacher

November 18, 1855

The Holy Ghost—The Great Teacher   "Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."—John 16:13        This generation hath gradually, and almost imperceptibly, become to a …


Healing for the Wounded

November 11, 1855

Healing for the Wounded   "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."—Psalm 147:3        The next verse finely declares the power of God. "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them by their names." Perhaps there is nothing which gives us a nobler view of the greatness of God than a contemplation …


The God of Peace

November 4, 1855

The God of Peace   "Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen,"—Romans 15:33        Paul once advised the Romans to strive. Three verses before our text he actually gives them an exhortation to strive, and yet he here utters a prayer that the God of peace might be with them all. Lest you should think …



October 28, 1855

Chastisement   "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him."—Hebrews 12:5        God's people can never by any possibility be punished for their sins. God has punished them already in the person of Christ, Christ, …


Christ’s Prayer for His People

October 21, 1855

Christ's Prayer for His People   "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil ." — John 17:15        This prayer of Christ is an ever precious portion to all true believers, from the fact that each of them has an inalienable interest in it. …


The Glorious Habitation

October 14, 1855

The Glorious Habitation   "Lord thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations."—Psalm 90:1        Moses was the inspired author of three devotional compositions. We first of all find him as Moses the poet, singing the song which is aptly joined with that of Jesus, in the Revelation, where it says, "The song of Moses and of …