Resources by Salvation

A Woman of a Sorrowful Spirit

THE special cause of Hannah’s sorrow arose from the institution of polygamy, which, although it was tolerated under the old law, is always exhibited to us in practical action as a most fruitful source of sorrow and sin. In no one recorded instance in Holy Scripture is it set forth as admirable; and in most cases the proofs of its evil effects lie open to the sun. Lamech leads the...

1 Samuel 1:15

Roads Cleared

WHAT is the way, the way of salvation, the way to heaven? Jesus Christ says, “I am the way.” He is the Son of God, and he left the glories of heaven and took upon himself our nature and lived here. In due time he took upon himself our sin, and made atonement for it, and now he has gone up into heaven, and sits at the right hand of...

Isaiah 57:14

The Great Privation: Or, The Great Salvation

FROM this verse we may learn that when God smites men on account of sin, it gives him no pleasure. The voice which speaks is not that of the seraphic prophet, but it is the voice of the Lord God of the prophets himself. The manner is not merely the majestic formula, “Thus saith Jehovah," but it is supplemented with words intended to remind us of his graciousness and his...

Isaiah 48:18

Soul Saving Our One Business

IT is a grand thing to see a man thoroughly possessed with one masterpassion. Such a man is sure to be strong, and if the master-principle be excellent, he is sure to be excellent too. The man of one object is a man indeed. Lives with many aims are like water trickling through innumerable streams, none of which is wide enough or deep enough to float the merest cockleshell of...

1 Corinthians 9:22

The Soul's Crisis

SUCH was the news of that day. As an exclamation, doubtless it was often repeated when our Lord made his journeys through the land of Palestine and its outskirts — “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by!” How quickly would the inhabitants of their cities and their villages be astir when the rumour reached them! What a curiosity there would be to see him, knowing that his fame was noised abroad everywhere!...

Luke 18:37

Saved in Hope

Aug 28 ACCORDING to our version “we are saved by hope,” but that is scarcely in accordance with other parts of Holy Scripture. Everywhere in the word of God we are told that we arc saved by faith. See the first verse of the fifth chapter: “Therefore being justified by faith” Faith is the saving grace, and not hope— save only as hope is under some aspects tantamount to faith. Faith is...

Romans 8:24-25

The Common Salvation

Apr 10 JUDE says, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you.” The apostle did not write for writing’s sake, and in this he sets us an example: we are not to speak for speaking’s sake, nor even to preach for preaching’s sake. When we take upon us to write concerning divine things it ought to be...

Jude 3

Honey from a Lion

Apr 3 THIS text affords many openings for controversy. It can be made to bristle with difficulties. For instance,— there might be a long discussion as to the manner in which the fall of Adam can justly be made to affect the condition of his posterity. When this is settled there might arise a question as to the exact way in which Adam’s fault is connected with ourselves— whether by imputation of...

Romans 5:15

Harvest Past, Summer Ended, and Men Unsaved

Oct 17 THIS is a very mournful chapter, especially if we include in it, as we rightly should, the first verse of the ninth chapter: “O that my head were waters.” The passage is full of lamentation and woe, and yet it is somewhat singular that the chief mourner here is not one who needed chiefly to be in trouble. Jeremiah was under the especial protection of God, and he escaped in...

Jeremiah 8:20