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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Dearly beloved, I would like to add one more piece of evidence against excuses that men use wrongly in order to manipulate God’s Word in order to teach and endorse remarriage. This misunderstood scripture is found in 1 Corinthians 1:6-11. People misunderstand the words in this verse where we read “such were some of you”. What is the real meaning of these words “such were some of you”.? Well, let’s go back… Read More

In this article we will deal with excuses that men have thought up so that they can divorce and remarry. In 1 Corinthians 7:15 speaks of desertion or abandonment which men use in an excuse to divorce and remarry. Is this a legitimate biblical ground to divorce and remarry? Let’s back up a few verses in this same chapter to 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 and see if this is Paul’s answer on this… Read More

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:21) Idolatry is a sin very deeply rooted in the human heart. We need not go very far to find of this the most convincing proofs. Besides the experience of every age and every climate, we find it where we would least expect it—the prevailing sin of a people who had the greatest possible proofs of its wickedness and folly, and the strongest… Read More

I wish here to teach about an important thing that I believe God’s people should know. People are always asking what takes place at regeneration or the new birth. Beloved, the following must take place before a person can be regenerated or born again. The Lord must send His Precious Holy Spirit to one of His elect chosen in Christ before the world began. The Lord of glory does not send His… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, August 10th, 1851 by J. C. Philpot Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ezekiel 34:3 Ye eat the fat,… Read More

Preached at Eden St. Chapel, London, August 21, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” (Psalm 17:8) The Scriptures were revealed for the instruction and consolation of the church of God in all time; and therefore, there cannot be any experience in the soul so deep, nor any so high, which may not be traced in them. But… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on Thursday evening, July 11, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matthew 9:12) The way in which the Lord, in the days of His flesh, dealt with cavilers and critics is very remarkable. He did not convert, but confound them. He did not appeal to anything… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on July 8, 1849, by J. C. Philpot “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14) Among the many features which distinguish the people of God, there is one which seems more particularly to shine forth; and that is, that however distressed their minds may be, however low they may be sunk,… Read More

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:21) Idolatry is a sin very deeply rooted in the human heart. We need not go very far to find of this the most convincing proofs. Besides the experience of every age and every climate, we find it where we would least expect it—the prevailing sin of a people who had the greatest possible proofs of its wickedness and folly, and the strongest… Read More

Delivered on June 13, 1841, by J. C. Philpot, at Zoar Chapel, London. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezekiel 21:27) Before we enter into the spiritual and experimental meaning of this passage of Holy Writ, it may be desirable to advert for a few minutes to its literal signification, and to the… Read More

“I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezekiel 21:27) I shall have to call your attention, for a few moments, to the literal meaning and historical connection of these words; for, as I have explained in a sermon recently published, the spiritual and experimental interpretation of the word of God must always be based… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on July 11, 1869, by J. C. Philpot “I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezekiel 21:27) I shall have to call your attention, for a few moments, to the literal meaning and historical connection of these words; for, as I have explained in a sermon recently published,… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on August 31, 1862, by J. C. Philpot “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance… Read More

Justification is a state; its being made known is experience. Justification is the absence of condemnation, and belongs to all who have a being in Christ. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) Experience is a very blessed thing; but it is not one’s right or title. It cannot add anything to one’s justification. When we get a gracious feeling, we are very apt… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on July 11, 1869, by J. C. Philpot “Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” (Jeremiah 15:19) None of the prophets of the Old Testament seem… Read More

You have so repeatedly requested that I would transmit to you in writing the very remarkable case of the poor penitent, whose last moments I attended in my parochial capacity, and you have expressed your wishes so strongly that the history of her wonderful conversion through grace might be made more generally known for the comfort of the Lord’s people in general, and for the encouragement of sinners in particular, that I… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on April 14, 1861, by J. C. Philpot “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out… Read More

“My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.” (Jeremiah 50:6) God the Father in His eternal appointments, God the Son in His mediatorial work, and God the Holy Spirit in His inward teachings, have drawn an eternal line of distinction between the whitewashed professor and the… Read More

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10) There are two points of divine truth on which the Scriptures are very express and plain, and yet both of them are most stoutly resisted by the pride and self-righteousness of man’s heart. These two truths are the completeness of the fall,… Read More

“Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.” (Psalm 38:9-10) If I were to say, that a living soul never has desires, groanings, or pantings; that his strength never fails; and that the light of his eyes is never withdrawn, (all which things are contained… Read More

Preached at Gower Street Chapel, London, on July 18, 1869, by J. C. Philpot “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought,… Read More

They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. (Psalm 22:31) I remember to have had natural convictions when very young, and was what is called very piously inclined; for, as I grew older, I frequently attended a prayer-meeting at seven o’clock, and three sermons on the Lord’s Day. Before I was seventeen I joined the General Baptist Church my parents… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on Lord’s Day Evening, August 10, 1845, by J. C. Philpot “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” (Psalm 9:9-10) I found upon the vestry table this morning a letter requesting me to preach from a… Read More

Justification: Sinners Righteous in Christ, by Dr. John Gill. Paperback; 95 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. ———————— For years we have thought that booklets of this kind should be published. Dr. Gill was a great and godly theologian, perhaps the foremost among the Particular Baptists. His Body of Divinity is a mammoth work, but in small print, and the sections set closely together. What has been needed is for someone… Read More

We intimated on the wrapper of our last October Number that it was in our mind to take up the above subject, as involving considerations hidden from the eyes of men of one idea, who only know what they have been taught by the precept of men, and as having also an important bearing on many points of divine truth. This pledge, therefore, we shall now attempt to redeem. Were it a… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on May 16, 1858, by J. C. Philpot “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10) There are two points of divine truth on which the Scriptures are very express and plain, and yet both of them are most stoutly resisted by the pride… Read More

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” (Psalm 9:9-10) I found upon the vestry table this morning a letter requesting me to preach from a certain text, “Jesus wept.” The writer of that letter must know very little of the perplexities… Read More

“Have you heard what has happened at such-and-such a place?” “Have you heard what so-and-so has done?” Sadly, this kind of talk is too common. He was a wise minister who, whenever confronted with this kind of question, met it with one of his own: “Is it something good you are going to tell me?” The Word of God abounds with advice and warnings concerning the use of our tongue, “that unruly… Read More

The complete works of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) are now on the market, probably for the first time this century. They are strongly recommended by Sword and Trowel as “a magnificent collection of moving sermons and longer works,” and are sold by the Metropolitan Tabernacle. It will be remembered that William Gadsby felt strongly moved to denounce “Fullerism,” and really the separation at the time of Gadsby, Warburton and Kershaw and their followers… Read More

There is so much evil in the world that we do not normally turn aside to comment on most of the dreadful happenings that take place. However, we feel we must make an exception in the case of the film, “The Passion of Christ,” released in the United Kingdom on March 26th. This is a film about the last twelve hours of the life of the Lord Jesus, and we understand His… Read More

Phoebe Brown’s life (1783-1861) was one of poverty and sadness. Orphaned at the age of two, she was brought up by a relative who kept the county gaol, and she had to endure years of intense and cruel suffering. Escaping at the age of eighteen, she was helped by kind friends and about this time was brought to a knowledge of the truth as in Jesus. At the age of twenty-two she… Read More

A few interesting memories of an old barber in Chatham – By John Kershaw, 1865. “The Lord will provide.” The following circumstances will demonstrate this fact. Many years ago, being engaged to supply at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, when I arrived at my lodgings I found a letter waiting for me, requesting me to go down to Chatham to preach the Word of life, giving me directions to go by… Read More

A remarkable account of how a wicked man was cut down by the power of God’s grace in the very act of persecuting his godly wife. ______________________________________ Between forty and fifty years ago, it pleased the Lord to call by His grace the wife of a farmer at Ashburton in Devonshire, whose husband in consequence became a bitter opposer to her. This opposition was greatly increased when he had reason to believe… Read More

“By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Of my old respected friend, Lieut. R., I cannot tell you much, so many years having elapsed since he entered into glory, and I never having committed to paper any memoranda of his short though most satisfactory passage from the kingdom of darkness to that of light and immortality. It was about… Read More

“And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:18-19) What a picture does the Holy Spirit draw in this chapter of a professing church “having a form of… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel, London, on Tuesday Evening, August 5, 1851, by J. C. Philpot “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did… Read More

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Man is a strange compound. A sinner, and the worst of sinners, and yet a pharisee! A wretch, and the vilest of wretches, and yet pluming himself on his good works! Did not experience convince us to the contrary, we would scarcely credit that a monster like man, a creature, as some one has… Read More

This reflection has come into my mind; now, here I see many keeping up the form of family prayer, and many acquainting themselves with the blessed Scriptures, and yet making no progress towards the knowledge of salvation. How is this? I ask myself. Ah! I can only resolve it into this, that is, God’s sovereignty. I, as stupid as a beast, and as ignorant as a tree, began to seek after God;… Read More

“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” Song of Solomon 2:1) “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” (John 15:5) First. “The rose.” And O what mouth can utter the sweetness of the thought, that as the sweetest of the flowers, the rose and the lily are, (when fresh and in fairest bloom,) so the crimson blood of Christ is, in the forgiveness of sins! The… Read More

Preached in Abbey Street Chapel, Abingdon, Lord’s day Afternoon, December 10th, 1837 – by John Kay. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. – 1 John 2:27 Depend upon… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 7th, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:18-19) What a picture does the Holy… Read More

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32) I do not know a more affecting portion of God’s word than that which is contained in Acts 20:17-38. There are two verses especially which one of tender feelings can scarcely read without the tears stealing… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel, London, The Evening of September 4, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32) I do not know a more affecting portion of God’s word than that which is contained in Acts 20:17-38. There… Read More

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” (Isaiah 32:17) Peace of conscience, quietness of spirit, and assurance of salvation do not and cannot come from looking within ourselves. These blessings of grace and faith are all “the work of righteousness,” and who accomplished this great work of righteousness? Not us, but Christ Jesus our Lord and Redeemer. Righteousness is HIS great… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel, London, on Tuesday Evening, August 5, 1851, by J. C. Philpot “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel on July 27, 1851, by J. C. Philpot “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Man is a strange compound. A sinner, and the worst of sinners, and yet a pharisee! A wretch, and the vilest of wretches, and yet pluming himself on his good works! Did not experience convince us to the contrary, we would… Read More

If we can throw any light on the word of truth, if we can enable our readers more clearly to understand, more firmly to believe, and more experimentally to feel the power of what God has revealed in the Scriptures for their instruction, edification, and consolation, that will be our chief reward, as, we hope, it is our chief aim. By J. C. Philpot

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, on June 8th, 1845, by J. C. Philpot “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” (1 John 2:20) The life of John, the beloved disciple, was prolonged to a very late period; and we see the wisdom and goodness of God in thus prolonging his life, that he might be a standing bulwark against the errors and heresies which overflowed… Read More

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:16-17) What an evening was that which preceded the memorable night in which the Lord of life and… Read More

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25) In endeavoring to lay lay the text open before you, I shall: First, direct your thoughts to what is said… Read More