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Monthly Archives: April 2023

Preached at Brixton Tabernacle, June, 1889 – By Charles Cornwall “The mystery of the faith.” (1st Timothy 3:9) In this chapter, the apostle Paul states what kind of a man a Bishop ought to be; yea, he tells us the sort of man a Bishop must be, he must be blameless, vigilant and sober: he must be of good behaviour, given to hospitality and apt to teach: he must not be greedy… Read More

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the, day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7) This verse is one of the many legacies that God has left for His poor people’s comfort whilst they are passing through this vale of tears. It is one of those verses that is only for His people. No others understand it, no others want it. Only the poor, those… Read More

“Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.” (Ezekiel 13:22) The prophet Ezekiel speaks the charges of God against the false prophets of Israel: Hearing the gospel is a “sweet savour of life unto life” to some and a “savour of death unto death… Read More

“Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun… Read More

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear My words…” (Jeremiah 18:1-2) The subject of the potter and the clay cannot be considered popular. It is unpopular for two reasons. In the first place, man always resents being called clay. And secondly, he resents the fact that God is called the Potter. How difficult was… Read More

“And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, my father: and he said, here am I, my son. And he said, behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And… Read More

“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses,… Read More

“Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) Rejoice in the LORD! Serve God in the spirit, through the Spirit; glory in Christ Jesus only and trust not in the flesh. And oppose all who would deprive… Read More

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me. And God granted him that which he requested.” (1st Chronicles 4:10) This is one of those texts which perhaps are called common, everybody is acquainted with it and every minister… Read More

“Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.” (Mark 7:1-2) The Lord Jesus Christ, God in flesh, walked among men and they had every opportunity to behold Him in His glorious perfections and to hear His gracious words. Mark records the attitude… Read More

We reject the doctrine called “Baxterianism”; that is to say, that while all the elect shall assuredly be saved, there is a residuum of grace in Christ for the rest, or any of the rest, if they will only accept it. Scripure References: John 3:27; 1st Corinthians 2:14 The name “Baxterianism” is very little known in the present day. Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691), was a Puritan.  He was a prolific writer… Read More

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and, sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said: it is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for, I am not better than my fathers.” (1st Kings 19:4) From Carmel to the juniper tree! From the glorious, heights of a victorious faith down into the lugubrious depths of utter despondency! Out… Read More

“I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.” (Hosea 14:5) The solemn condition in which Israel was, as described in the previous chapter, is very humbling and shaming and hopeless, apart from the power of divine grace. The LORD said that when Ephraim spake trembling he was exalted, “but when he offended in Baal, he died” (Hosea 13:1). The… Read More

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”(Ephesians 3:17-19) If it would please the LORD to open the treasures of grace in the Person… Read More

“Be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23) Is there an honest believer anywhere that does not worry about this verse? Is there an honest child of God, who knows their own sinfulness, who does not worry that they are going to be exposed by God someday . . . punished . . . cast out? But listen to this Word from the same LORD: “In those days, and in that… Read More

“Consider the work of God: for who can make straight, that which He hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14) The dependence of God’s people on Himself is what, by nature, they, in common with all men, dislike intensely, but… Read More

“The LORD is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you; but if ye forsake Him, he will forsake you.” (2nd Chronicles 15:2) When we consider our appalling state by nature, our alienation from God, and the fact that we are the enemies of God by wicked works, that we are so utterly depraved in every part and facultyof our being, it… Read More

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” (1st Chronicles 16:34) Let us each encourage genuine thanksgiving to the LORD our God for all His boundless free grace and relentless mercy in Christ Jesus. Let us acknowledge God’s sovereign dominion over all the affairs of providence (Romans 8:28; Romans 11:36), knowing that “all things are of God.” Give thanks to Him for bountiful harvests, because He sends… Read More

“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, O that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”… Read More

Exodus 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: Exodus 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the… Read More

“The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.” (Deuteronomy 25:27) The sixth plague of God upon Egypt was the plague of boils and blains. Moses took the ashes of the furnace and sprinkled them toward heaven in the sight of Pharaoh and it became a small dust that covered all the land… Read More

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I… Read More

Genesis 26:18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. Genesis 26:19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. Genesis 26:20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen,… Read More

“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Faith is belief, trust and confidence in God and in His Christ. Faith in God (Christ) gives peace, hope, assurance, rest, joy, strength, courage, patience and many more things to the believer. “Faith cometh by hearing.” In the wisdom and purpose of God, faith cometh by hearing His Word, the gospel, preached. If by His grace we hear it, believe it,… Read More

The place which Abraham committed his beloved wife, Sarah, to rest was called Kirjatharba. The name means City of the Four Giants. Arba was a great man among the Anakins (giants) and more than likely was an ancestor of those giants that intimidated Israel and prevented them from entering into God’s rest. Years later when Caleb, by the command of Joshua, took the city as an inheritance given to him of God… Read More

“Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.” (Deuteronomy 5:12) There are many professing Christians who claim that the observance of the Sabbath (the day of rest) is still a duty and requirement today because it is part of the Ten Commandments. Some believe this claim either for Saturday (the original Hebrew observance) or Sunday for their day of Sabbath. However, a larger question than the… Read More

“Thou shalt come to thy grave IN A FULL AGE, like as a shock of corn COMETH IN HIS SEASON. Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it FOR THY GOOD.” (Job 5:26-27) 1. INEVITABLE The death of the believer is inevitable.  “Thou SHALT come to thy grave.” Because of sin, death has passed upon all. All men must die and be buried, believers and unbelievers. 2…. Read More

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” (Genesis 49:10) Let us often be reminded that Shiloh is first mentioned by a dying man speaking to bless dying men. His one and only hope of blessing depended on Gods’ promised Redeemer, which in this place is called Shiloh: Shiloh as it here appears… Read More

“And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and fastened his sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up his pillars.” (Exodus 40:18) One year after the LORD God brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, — one year after He set His captive people free from the bondage, affliction and tyranny of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, — one year after the… Read More

“He will be very gracious unto thee; at the voice of thy cry, when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.” (Isaiah 30:19) Mark, my soul, what is here said in this sweet scripture. Thy God, thy Saviour, thy Jesus, knows thy voice, hears thy cry and will assuredly answer. He will not only be gracious, but very gracious. He waits to be gracious; waits the most suited time, the best… Read More

“Behold, I am vile.”(Job 40:4) This was Job’s reply after listening to Almighty God describe the majesty of His glorious character. This is good ground to be placed upon. Because it is only when we hear God speak as God and reveal Himself to us as God that we know something of our own sinful character (Isaiah 6:1-5). However, according to the statement of scripture in Job 1:1 God said, “that Job… Read More

“In famine he shall redeem thee from death.” (Job 5:20) Famine here represents coming to nothing with regard to substance. God does not say that He will not send drought, but that when He does, He will redeem you in it. When others are starving and dying, the LORD will save thee (Psalm 37:25). Of course, as in all scripture, the primary significance of this is spiritual. “Behold, the days come, saith… Read More

“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely…” (Hosea 14:4) There is a wonderful difference between backsliding and apostasy (leaving the gospel). Apostasy is the conduct and manifestation of the carnal mind; and backsliding is sometimes from the temptations of the world, sometimes from want (lack) of food, and sometimes from want of watchfulness, but is always restored in God’s own time. For the promise in our text says, “I… Read More

“For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to… Read More

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 22:18) God promised Abraham, saying, “In thy seed shall all the generations of the earth be blessed.” Christ is that Seed of Abraham, saith Paul the apostle (Galatians 3). He hath blessed all the world through the gospel. For where Christ is not, there remains the curse that fell on Adam as soon as he had sinned, so that they are… Read More

“And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?” (Genesis 29:25) Jacob left Bethel (the house of God) to go to the land of his fathers to take a bride. This land was a place of paganism and idolatry. It is… Read More