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Monthly Archives: March 2020

“In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them: and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:9) —————————— I like that description of the Brother born for adversity, the Messenger of the covenant, the Redeemer of His Church, and the Carrier of His elect brethren. That is the Saviour that… Read More

“Now is My soul troubled: and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27) ————————— The circumstances surrounding the words I have read for our consideration are full of spiritual instruction, and when opened up by the teaching of God the ever-blessed Spirit to our enlightened understanding, yield much that is blessedly interesting. Encouraging and establishing to those who… Read More

“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” (2nd Corinthians 1:5) —————————— “Toil, trial, sufferings still await On earth the pilgrim throng; Yet learn we, in our low estate, The Church triumphant’s song.” From the day that Adam sinned, temptation, trial, and tribulation have attended the heirs of glory all along their journey through this vale of tears. Since Adam by transgression fell, every… Read More

“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.” (Psalm 119:49) —————————— Great and unspeakable is the privilege to be guided by God the ever-blessed Spirit into a true understanding and appreciation of that experience which He has set before us in the book of Psalms. It is a God-begotten, Spirit-breathed, and genuine experience, which stands the test of toil, trial, temptation, and tribulation, from whatever source… Read More

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1st Peter 5:10-11) ————————— The apostle Peter in the chapter before us is concerned about those whom the Lord Jesus Christ, as the great and glorious Head of the Church,… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, Sunday Morning, May 4th, 1879 – By Thomas Bradbury. —————————— “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with Him an hundred and forty and forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the… Read More

“Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24) —————————— This chapter may be well styled the Holy of holies of New Testament Scripture. It is the opening up of the deep mysteries of the everlasting covenant by the only Expounder… Read More

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) —————————— It would be a very profitable pursuit to go through the epistles of Paul, those inspired writings which have come to us from his pen by the grace and goodness of God, to discover in one of them where grace is lacking, where grace appears not. The time would fail me… Read More

“And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water.” (1st Samuel 30:11-20) —————————— WELL! we have a pretty long text, but one in which very many great and glorious Gospel truths appear: one in which is revealed the marvellous grace of JEHOVAH-JESUS: one in which is set forth the kindness and compassion, the bounty… Read More

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) —————————— It would be a marvellous privilege if I were able to look around, and with confidence meet the gaze of every one in this place, and say without hesitation,… Read More

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3) —————————— “True religion’s more than notion, Something must be known and felt.” Known by divine communication. Felt by divine indwelling. Frequently, that which is so felt is very perplexing, filling the mind with anxiety and care, and until the Masters of assemblies, Who are the Teachers of the living members of the church of the Firstborn, are… Read More

“And the Angel that talked with me came again and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.” (Zechariah 4:1) —————————— We may well ask the question in all solemnity, Why am I here? Various motives prompt those who assemble together for the professed purpose of worshipping God. But may we hope that all of us here present are moved by spiritual, and free from fleshly, motives. In… Read More

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1) —————————— I need not tell you that this is a portion of divine revelation, a part of divine inspiration, in which I love frequently to be found, and according to my feelings and judgment, without prejudice to other portions of Holy Scripture. I delight to… Read More

“For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16) —————————— WE have a very searching and solemn subject before us this morning. May it not incite us to any indulgence in controversy, though… Read More

“Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God.” (Isaiah 40:1) —————————— God’s message by the prophet Isaiah to His spiritual Israel abounds with gracious consolation and heavenly encouragement. This is seen continuously from the first word of our text to the last word of the prophecy, which we shall have occasion to notice as we progress with this very precious portion of the prophet’s sublime utterances. The whole chapter is rich… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, Sunday Evening, June 3rd, 1877 —————————— “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto He called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14) —————————— Glorious and… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, Sunday Morning, June 9th, 1878 – By Thomas Bradbury. —————————— “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) —————————— Many… Read More

Preached at Grove Chapel, Camberwell, July, 1901, by Thomas Bradbury. —————————— “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” (John 20:23) —————————— We have had read in our ears an interesting chapter of a very interesting Gospel. A Gospel overflowing with spiritual instructions, and the chapter before us abounds with spiritual and instructive incidents. Each incident carries its own lesson —… Read More

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee, or not?” (Numbers 11:23) —————————— The description given here in this chapter of the people’s unbelief is exactly a picture of our own when the Lord has given us any promise, we soon begin to question whether He will perform it or not, and this short sentence… Read More

“Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon; look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, and the mountains of the leopards.” (Song of Solomon 4:8) —————————— It is not my design to give a minute statement of the meaning of this portion of the Word of God, but only to drop a few hints that may be useful to… Read More

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) —————————— Not all kinds of mourners are here intended; for there is the sorrow of the world, which worketh death and produces nothing but sin, misery, and rebellion against God. Some mourn because they cannot increase in riches, honours, and pleasures; but there is no blessing promised to them. The mourners which God has pronounced blessed are such as mourn… Read More

“To the praise of the glory of his grace.” (Ephesians 1:6) —————————— As the Lord shall be graciously pleased to give me wisdom and strength, I shall endeavour to call your attention to three leading particulars; I. What is grace, God’s rich and free grace. II. Point out some branches of the glory of God’s grace. III. Make a few remarks on some things as connected with our text, which the Lord… Read More

Preached on Sunday Evening, May 9th, 1841, in Grover Street Chapel by William Gadsby. ——————————— “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.” (2nd Corinthians 1:9) ——————————— In the fourth verse the apostle says, “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort… Read More

“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:22) —————————— In putting all things under Christ’s feet, God has put also under them all things, events and circumstances. How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend the church of God here below, as she travels onward to her heavenly home! What an intricate… Read More