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Monthly Archives: April 2010

My dear Friend, Mrs. Clowes, I have often reproached myself with not writing to you, and I fear you must have thought it not only neglectful but ungrateful on my part, and a poor return for the great kindness and hospitality which I have received at your hands. But you know, my dear friend, how much my time is engaged, and that my silence does not spring from any lack of gratitude… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris, I am thankful to say that I feel somewhat better than when I wrote last. Twice I have been for a little walk, and was able last Lord’s day to go to chapel for the first time since my return home. I was glad once more to meet with the people, and they seemed glad also to welcome me again in… Read More

My dear Mrs. Gadsby — We all desire much to sympathize with you in your present affliction, and sincerely hope that you may soon recover from the shock and suffering which must have been caused by your unhappy overturn. I well remember what a sufferer you were, a year or two ago, from being knocked down in the street; and without sanctioning any such thought or expression as “fatality”, it would almost… Read More

There is nothing in us, or done by us, that we can plead before the LORD for His blessing. We, in the matter of our justification before God renounce everything but the person, blood and righteousness of Christ, so, in our approaches to the Majesty of heaven, we must renounce everything but the name, the blood, and righteousness of Jesus, who for our comfort said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever… Read More

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15) Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1) Trouble is the legitimate offspring of sin. The psalmist David speaks in this wise: “The wicked are not troubled like other men.” Who are these other men whose troubles are not like the troubles of the wicked?… Read More

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) This was what he resolved upon from all eternity, that inasmuch as Christ was become the surety and substitute of his people, he would not impute their sins to them, or look for satisfaction for them from them; but would reckon and… Read More

“And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, and he was numbered with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:28) He was no transgressor of the law of God himself, but was perfectly conformable to it in his holy nature, harmless conversation, and complete obedience: he knew no sin, nor committed any in thought, word, or deed, nor could any be found in him by men or devils; and yet he was traduced as a sinner,… Read More

…and he was reckoned among the transgressors. (Luke 22:37) …The words are a proper citation from Isaiah 53:12 which, as the whole prophecy belongs to the Messiah, was fulfilled in Jesus; who, though he was no transgressor, yet being in the likeness of sinful flesh, and dwelling among, and conversing with sinners, was traduced as one, and was joined with Barabbas, a murderer, a thief, and a robber, and put up with… Read More

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13) “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5) Of all sins pride seems most deeply imbedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God’s… Read More

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12) THE inseparable union which subsists between Christ and his church is a most glorious part of the dispensation of God’s matchless grace. The blessed Lord Jesus Christ, as the Christ, and his church, are one, and always were one. They never were,… Read More

“They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.” (Psalm 107:4-7) These words, at first sight, appear to refer to the wanderings… Read More

“Because thou sayest, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;’ and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that… Read More

“And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.” (Jeremiah 45:5) ————————– These words were addressed to Baruch, and addressed to him under very peculiar circumstances. Those of you who are diligent readers and students of the word of God, will perhaps… Read More

“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7) In revealing the Scriptures God has seen fit to give them to us under different forms. A large portion, for instance, of the Scriptures consists of history, as the historical books of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles of the New. Another considerable portion of Holy Writ is… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Eden Street, London, 1849, by J. C. Philpot “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:17) God has a peculiar people. We may believe it, or we may not believe it. Our faith or our unbelief does not alter the solemn fact,… Read More

” For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19) Doubts will sometimes cross the mind as to the truth and inspiration of the Scriptures; but doubts will more often cross the mind as to the truth and reality of our own experience. Now there are certain considerations that are calculated to meet these doubts, whether they arise from infidelity,… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.” (Ecclesiastes 3:6) The blessed Spirit saw fit under the old dispensation to make much use of proverbs and aphorisms; and there seems to be in that mode of instruction something peculiarly suited both to the character of the people, and also to the… Read More

“They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,” Long time I strove to build my rest, ‘Mid this world’s painted, pleasing scenes: But find, round all that here was best, No certain happiness one gleans. One pleasure, hope, or pleasing scheme, After another drops away! Like leaves our thoughts with hope did teem, Like leaves they drop, they’ve seen their day! Thus autumn yellows all these schemes, Stern winter grasps them to… Read More

“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:17-20) The dealings of God with the souls of his people are similar,… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, 1841, by J. C. Philpot. “A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:3-4) What an instance is King Solomon of the vanity of all creature enjoyments, and the emptiness of all creature attainments! The wisest… Read More

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) I do not know what it may please the Lord to help me to set before you this afternoon from this portion of His most holy Word; this I can say: “My meditation of Him has been sweet.” I have been glad in the… Read More

“For He hath made Him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We have it recorded, beloved, in the life of this remarkable man, who wrote as the pen in the Lord’s hand (if I may venture such a word) these words to the elect Church at Corinth that, after his conversion to God, “Straightway he preached Christ… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day morning, 1923 – by J.K. Popham ———————————————————————— “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) In various ways in His providence, God gives abundant evidence of His hatred to sin. He afflicts nations and families and individuals, proclaiming thereby that He hates… Read More

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) In various ways in His providence, God gives abundant evidence of His hatred to sin. He afflicts nations and families and individuals, proclaiming thereby that He hates sin. Nations will not acknowledge His judgments “LORD, when Thy hand is lifted up, they… Read More

“Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. “ (Psalm 119:17) What a fund of true and vital experience is contained in Psalm 119! What simplicity and godly sincerity shine through it! What breathings after God’s presence and manifested favor! What desires to live to the glory of God! What fervent pourings out of the Psalmist’s heart, that he might be enabled to keep God’s precepts! THREE… Read More

Preached at Lewes, England, 1849 – By John Vinall —————————————————————————— “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) None can properly read this chapter without having an eye to Christ, who is spoken of all the way through it. The Lord, by his inspired penmen in the New Testament, shows this. Thus we see how the Old and New Testament correspond. The Old is confirmed… Read More

“And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:28) ————————— True religion—vital godliness, (the words with me are synonymous), has two sides to it. And by this mark it is distinguished from all pretension,… Read More

It is a very narrow way to heaven, and none can be rightly in the path except by God’s grace. Nor can they keep there, except by grace. What debtors we are to grace! God has been a kind and good God to me, in various ways, for more than sixty-one years. How little gratitude for such great blessings in upholding, keeping and preserving us to the present moment! If we know… Read More

My dear Mr. Copcutt, You speak in your letter of a sermon by the late Mr. M’Kenzie. He was indeed a very gracious godly man, and was for several years co-editor with me in conducting The Gospel Standard. He died in the year 1849, comparatively a young man, was much esteemed by the church of God as a minister of truth, and was taken away, as appeared to us, just in the… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake. In all who truly fear God and believe in His dear Son; in all in whose hearts the blessed Spirit is graciously at work, both to bring down and raise up, lay low in their own eyes and make Christ precious, show the evil of sin, give them repentance for it, creating a love for true holiness and spirituality of mind, with meekness, simplicity, sincerity, tenderness, brokenness… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Clowes, I have felt desirous to send you a few lines of affectionate sympathy on the recurrence of the mournful day which took from you the delight of your eyes; and though I would not wish to encourage you in feeding that sorrow which often works death, yet would I wish to feel for you and with you under the weight of your distressing bereavement. How rapidly has… Read More

My dear Friend, I much fear lest, if I do not send you a few lines, you will think there is some reason why I have been so long silent, beyond being prevented by my usual work. But somehow or other, I have been more than usually occupied of late, and have only just now obtained a little release. You have sometimes said that my work is like a woman’s work, ever… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris. Among the trying and painful parts of our experience, we have to learn the dryness and deadness of our souls when not under any felt divine influence, and that at such seasons, if we attempt to speak or write upon the things of God, barrenness and death seem to rest upon all that proceeds from us. Truly our gracious Lord said—”Without… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Tips. I dare say you have not forgotten your visit to Stamford, and what you saw and heard there, though we were not able to converse so much as we could have done, if we had understood one another’s language. But I hope we understood a better language, even the language of Canaan. I have no doubt you have had your share of trials and afflictions since we… Read More

My dear Friend in the Lord, Mrs. Peake The tidings contained in your letter of the removal of Mrs. Prentice from this valley of tears were somewhat sudden, but not altogether unexpected, for your last kind communication prepared me to anticipate such a change. It would indeed be a blessed exchange for her, for her sufferings during the last few years have been great and complicated; and perhaps she was not constitutionally… Read More