Title Index

Without Christ-Nothing

Oct 23 THIS is not the language of a man of ordinary mould. No saint, no prophet, no apostle would ever have addressed a company of faithful men, and have said to them, “Without me ye can do nothing.” Had Jesus Christ been, as some say, a good man, and nothing more, such language as this would have been unseemly and inconsistent. Among the virtues of a perfect man we must certainly...

John 15:5

Without Money and Without Price

Mar 8 THE spiritual blessings promised and provided in the gospel comprise all that man can need. They are described in the chapter before us as “water” refreshing and cleansing— the “water of life,” whereof if a man drink he shall never thirst again. They are next described as “wine” the wine of joy, exhilarating, comforting, “making glad the heart of man a wine in which is no woe, but fulness of...

Isaiah 55:1

With the Disciples on the Lake of Galilee

Oct 6 THIS story of the tempest upon the lake is wonderfully full of spiritual interest. Not only does it, literally, show to us the divine power of our blessed Master in lulling the tempest, rendered the more conspicuous by being placed side by side with the human weakness which made him sleep in the ship upon a pillow; but, spiritually, it is a kind of ecclesiastical history, a miniature outline of...

Matthew 8:27

With the King for His Work

Nov 1 ALL labour is honourable. No man ever needs to be ashamed of an honest calling. Whether a potter or a gardener, or whatever else his occupation may be, the workman need never blush at the craft or toil by which he earns his honest wage. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,” belongs to us all. The sluggard may well be ashamed of his sloth, not the...

1 Chronicles 4:23

Wonders

Feb 22 IN the case which is particularly mentioned in this chapter, the nation of Israel had very grievously gone astray, and therefore they were visited by a very remarkable chastisement. An unusual plague of locusts devoured all the fruit of the field, and the people were vexed with a sore famine. The day of the Lord was very terrible, and none of them could abide it. The prophet Joel was commissioned...

Joel 2:26

Words of Expostulation

Jan 20 The Jews had been chosen by God to be a special people separated to himself for ever. By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances, he had proved himself to be to them a God worthy of their trust. Yet, strange to say – and yet not strange when we know that they were fallen men like ourselves – the Jews were constantly desirous to mix with the nations....

Jeremiah 2:18

Work

Mar 21 You observe that a very speculative question had been put to our Lord, and his answer to that very speculative question is, “I must work” His disciples wished to know something about the mysterious fact, that some persons are born in an unhappy condition — blind, or deaf, or dumb — on what account they were sent into the world under such disadvantageous circumstances. Would you not yourselves like to...

John 9:4

Work for Jesus

Oct 29 I AM not going to confine myself to the connection of these words, nor to use them strictly after the manner in which they were first spoken. I may, perhaps, explain the parable very briefly at the close; but I take leave to withdraw these words from their immediate context, and use them as a voice which, I believe, sounds often in the ears of God’s people, and sometimes sounds...

Matthew 21:28

Working Out What is Worked In

Jul 11 I HAVE frequently heard these words addressed to an indiscriminate audience, and it has always struck me that they have thereby been twisted from their right meaning. These words, as they stand in the New Testament, contain no exhortation to all men, but are directed to the people of God. They are not intended as an exhortation to the unconverted; they are, as we find them in the epistle, beyond...

Philippians 2:12, 13

Work in Us and Work by Us

Feb 6 THE apostle Paul could very truthfully assert that he laboured and agonised. When the Holy Spirit had anointed the apostles, they all became ardent enthusiasts for the spread of the Redeemer’s kingdom. Having the whole world committed to them that they might enlighten it, they laboured most ardently each one in his sphere to spread abroad the truth of the gospel; but the apostle of the Gentiles laboured more abundantly...

Colossians 1:29