Test All Things

Monthly Archives: February 2010

Preached at Gower Street Chapel, London, on July 14, 1867, by J. C. Philpot “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… Read More

On one occasion our Lord was confronted by people who judged that great tragedies and disasters came upon others because of the greatness of their sins. They judged themselves to be better than the victims of these tragedies. They cited an incident when Pilate slaughtered some Galileans who were engaged in worship. The Lord asked, “Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans , because they suffered such things?”… 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

O the everlasting salvation that we have in Jesus Christ! He is the same, and will be the same forever and ever, and the righteousness He has wrought out for us is like Himself, an everlasting righteousness. It covered our first parents. It is true, they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, but God rejected them, as He will reject our self-righteousness, and clothed them with the skins of beasts that… Read More

Here are seven foundational truths we must keep in mind as we study the Scriptures. No verse of the Bible will contradict these Gospel truths of God’s grace in Christ. (1). Our justification before God is not by our works but by the finished work of Christ, His blood and righteousness imputed to us – “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:24) (2)…. Read More

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

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21) Divine sovereignty is stamped upon every page of the Scriptures. I do not mean that the doctrine of divine sovereignty is stated in every chapter of God’s Word, but that we shall not find a chapter in which divine sovereignty may not, more or less, be traced. If we open, for instance, the… 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

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on November 14th, 1858, by J. C. Philpot “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… Read More

We all have so much for which to be thankful both in the past and for the glorious future of which we are assured in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. God has truly been gracious and merciful to us in both our triumphs and our trials. There is no way we can measure His goodness to us who believe. Every year we may make our resolutions and intend to keep them…. Read More

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 22:18) I HAVE been for the last two Lord’s Days upon this subject from the 8th verse, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” It will do you no harm to hear the things again; as Paul says, “To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for… Read More

“He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20) In our “enlightened” age we might look with amusement on those who would hew out an idol of stone or wood and then fall down and worship it. Yet the reality of “idol worship” is actually as much with us today as… Read More

“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 to have walked in so rough and thorny a path as the prophet Jeremiah…. Read More

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest mystery of divine wisdom and Almighty power, of eternal love and super-abounding grace, which could ever… Read More

“And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54:13) The full extent of the “spiritual blessings” with which God has blessed the church in “heavenly places in Christ” can never be thoroughly known in this present world. It is only when the ransomed of the Lord shall reach the heavenly Canaan, that they will fully know either the dreadful gulf… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on August 6, 1843, by J. C. Philpot “And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54:13) The full extent of the “spiritual blessings” with which God has blessed the church in “heavenly places in Christ” can never be thoroughly known in this present world. It is only when the ransomed of the Lord shall… Read More

“Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.” (Isaiah 17:10-11)… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on December 23rd, 1860, by J. C. Philpot “Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall… Read More

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) It is quite common to hear men talk about going to heaven when they die. Such talk is very prevalent at funerals and whenever someone passes from this life. Heaven is usually described as some place of bliss and happiness where all sorrow is past and men are… Read More

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) It is quite common to hear men talk about going to heaven when they die. Such talk is very prevalent at funerals and whenever someone passes from this life. Heaven is usually described as some place of bliss and happiness where all sorrow is past and men are… Read More

“He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20) In our “enlightened” age we might look with amusement on those who would hew out an idol of stone or wood and then fall down and worship it. Yet the reality of “idol worship” is actually as much with us today as… Read More

Preached at Lewes, Sunday Morning, July 22nd, 1855 – By John Vinall ———————————————– “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 22:18) I HAVE been for the last two Lord’s Days upon this subject from the 8th verse, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” It will do you no harm to hear the things again; as Paul says, “To write… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on Thursday Evening, 17th June, 1841, by J. C. Philpot. “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” (Proverbs 19:21) Divine sovereignty is stamped upon every page of the Scriptures. I do not mean that the doctrine of divine sovereignty is stated in every chapter of God’s Word, but that we shall not find a chapter in which… Read More

Preached on June 6th, 1841, at Zoar Chapel, London, by J. C. Philpot “God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.” (Psalm 118:27) It is very sweet and blessed to trace in the Old Testament believers the same experience which God the Holy Spirit works in the hearts and consciences of the believers now; and I believe there is… Read More

Preached at the North Street Chapel, Stamford, on August 19, 1860, by J. C. Philpot “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest mystery… 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

“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 of the land of Egypt.” (Hosea 2:14-15) The prophetical books of the Old Testament… 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

“Take heed unto yourselves!” (Acts 20:28) This was Paul’s public warning to the elders of the church at Ephesus. It was Paul’s private warning to his friend and disciple, his beloved son, Timothy. And do not all who write or speak in the name of the Lord need the same warning? Familiarity with sacred things has a natural tendency to harden the conscience, where grace does not soften and make it tender…. Read More

“Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) The way to learn truth is to be much in prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Beg of Him to teach you Himself — for He is the best teacher. The words which He speaks, they are spirit and life. What He writes upon our hearts is written in characters which will stand every storm and live at last. We forget what we… Read More

“I abhor the pride of Jacob.” (Amos 6:8) O cursed pride, that is ever lifting up its head in our hearts! Pride would even pull down God that it might sit upon His throne. Pride would trample under foot the holiest things to exalt itself! Pride is that monstrous creature within us, of such ravenous and indiscriminate gluttony, that the more it devours, the more it craves! Pride is that chameleon which… 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

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on August 23, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “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… 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