Test All Things

“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...

A letter by Joseph Charles Philpot addressed to his friend James Fowler regarding experimental preaching – Stanford, April, 1840 —————————— My Dear Friend, I consider it the part of a friend...

What is the exact meaning of the word disciple? It means properly a learner, one who is under a teacher, whose submissive and devoted pupil he has become, and from whom...

“Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him.” (Psalm 62:8) ———— Have we not sometimes been enabled to pour out our hearts at the throne...

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my...

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved.” (Jeremiah 17:14) Here is this sin! Save me from it! Here is this snare! Break...

“I will feed my flock.” (Ezekiel 34:15) The only real food of the soul must be of God’s own appointing, preparing, and communicating. You can never deceive a hungry child. You...

“But speaking the truth (being sincere) in love” (Ephesians 4:15) Sincerity lies at the root of all gracious profession. If a man cannot be sincere he is nothing. God makes a...

The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by...

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15) that...

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) ——————– There was a time, child of God, when the world held in your heart the chief place. It was not...

“Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matthew 11:6) ——————– What is the feeling of your heart toward Jesus? What is the solemn desire of your soul? That...

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31) ——————– How different the religion of a living soul is from the religion of a dead professor! The...

“I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” (Romans 7:9) ——————– The Apostle describes in his own case how men are affected...

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” (I John 3:14) ——————– The Lord’s people in their early days have a measure of heavenly...

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my...

If salvation implies a previous state from which it is a deliverance, then I say that it is childish folly to talk of being saved if we know nothing experimentally of...

I admire and love the grace of God; and the longer I live, the more do I love and admire it. My sins, my corruptions, my infirmities make me feel my...

“Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation.” (Psalm 106:4) ——————– How is a man brought and taught to want...

The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by...

“The desire of our soul is to thy Name, and to the remembrance of thee.” (Isaiah 26:8) ——————– How sweet and expressive is the phrase, “The desire of our soul”! How...

There is sometimes in men’s minds a kind of confusion in this matter. They are in a certain path, from which they want to be extricated; they are under a trial,...

Who has not found, in the first approaches of God to his soul, in the first dealings of the blessed Spirit with his conscience, great mountains and hills in the way?...

In the beginning of my experience in the things of God, which is now more than twenty-nine years ago, I had this truth impressed upon my conscience, as I have reason...

“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.” (Psalm 119:31) ——————– I know by soul experience that sticking to God’s testimonies has kept me from many...

The chief burden of the Lord’s living family is sin. This is the main cause of all their sighs and groans, from the first quickening breath of the Spirit of God...

The sinlessness of Christ’s human nature — the imputation of sin to Him — and the righteousness that He wrought out, are all beautifully brought together in one verse: “For he...

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:20) How deep, how dreadful, of what awful magnitude,...

“I will feed my flock.” (Ezekiel 34:15) The only real food of the soul must be of God’s own appointing, preparing, and communicating. You can never deceive a hungry child. You...

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” (John 3:6) There is no promise made that in this life, we shall be set free from the indwelling and the in-working...

“For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews...

“The LORD will give grace and glory.” (Psalm 84:11) Wherever the Lord gives grace, He in and with that grace gives glory. We,therefore, read, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he...

Take the doctrines of grace isolated from the Person of Christ; they are scattered limbs. There is no beauty in them alone. But view the truth of the Gospel in connection...

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...

“But speaking the truth (being sincere) in love” (Ephesians 4:15) Sincerity lies at the root of all gracious profession. If a man cannot be sincere he is nothing. God makes a...

It is a very significant circumstance, and no less sad than significant, that the very words “holy” and “holiness” seem almost lost out of the churches of truth. If the correctness...

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 1 Corinthians 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death,...

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant...

As it is eminently desirable to have clear views upon every subject which we attempt to consider in the momentous things of God, and this from the very outset, that we...

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) “The unity of the Spirit” signifies that secret bond of divine union which knits together all...

There was a time, child of God, when the world held in your heart the chief place. It was not so in God’s heart. You and he were therefore at variance....

QUESTION Being a constant reader of the Standard, and I hope not without spiritual instruction, consolation and edification, I take the liberty of calling your attention to 1 John 5:6 (“This...

“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19) The right hand of God means...

QUESTION Being a constant reader of the Standard, and I hope not without spiritual instruction, consolation and edification, I take the liberty of calling your attention to 1 John 5:6 (“This...

There are three books which, if a man will read and study, he can dispense with most others. 1. The book of Providence – and this he reads to good purpose,...

All that Jesus is and has, all that He says and does is precious and glorious. His miracles of mercy, while here below; His words so full of grace, wisdom, and...

My path has been, and is, one mainly of trial and temptation, a tempter so subtle, and so many crosses and snares in which my feet are continually caught and entangled....

What a world it is of sin and sorrow! How everything serves to remind us that we are all passing away! I feel for you in your trials and afflictions, so...

All God’s people, sooner or later, are brought to this point – to see that God has a ‘people,’ a ‘peculiar people,’ a people separate from the world, a people whom...

“I see that you are very religious in every way.” (Acts 17:22) True religion is what the world does not want–nor does true religion want the world. The two are as...

I am quite sick of modern religion–it is such a mixture, such a medley, such a compromise. I find much, indeed, of this religion in my own heart, for it suits...

Standing at the cross of our adorable Lord, we see the law thoroughly fulfilled, its curse fully endured, its penalties wholly removed, sin eternally put away, the justice of God amply...

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) These two kinds of repentance are to be carefully distinguished from...

“Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious, for as I was walking along I saw your many altars. And one of them had this inscription on it —...

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin. (Hebrews...

All Christians, even the most eminent servants of God, have their bad and dark seasons – when the life of God seems sunk to so low an ebb as to be...

“Look upon me, and be merciful unto me.” (Psalm 119:132) When shall we ever get beyond the need of God’s mercy? We feel our need of continual mercy as our sins...

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34) —————————— It was not the nails driven through His hands and feet—it was not the crown of thorns placed upon...

Dear Sir, I have often wondered how a gracious person can live in the army, and, along with wicked soldiers, enter into severe engagements with the enemy. Is he not a...

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14) Here is this sin! Save me from it!...

Judas was most certainly “a disciple” of the Lord Jesus, if by that term be meant, as is usually understood, the twelve whom he chose to be constantly with him. This...

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers…” (1 Peter 1:1) Strangers! What makes the children of God so strange? The grace of God which calls them out of this...

Unless the trumpet give a certain sound, who is to prepare himself for the battle? I want no new doctrines, nor any new religion, as I want no fresh Bible and...

“He will keep the feet of His saints.” (1 Samuel 2:9) The Lord sees His poor scattered pilgrims traveling through a valley of tears journeying through a waste – howling wilderness...

Inquiry Messrs. Editors, Will you be kind enough to insert the following queries in your next periodical. 1st. Was the soul of Adam in his first created state mortal or immortal?...

We are saved by grace – free grace, rich grace, sovereign grace, distinguishing grace – without one atom of works, without one grain of creature merit, without anything of the flesh....

Inquiry Dear Sir, Will you please favour us with your answer to the following very important inquiries through the “Standard,” and you will oblige a few of the Lord’s staggering children?...

Truth wrapped up in vague, general declaration is the sword in the scabbard which, as it wounds no conscience, so it pierces no error. Clear, plain, positive statements of divine truth...

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with...

The last acts of the suffering obedience of our adorable Redeemer are couched in the words of the apostle, “And became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians...

As far as the administration of the ordinance of baptism is concerned, we have no doubt in our own mind that it is perfectly scriptural for any member of the church,...

“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...

As far as the administration of the ordinance of baptism is concerned, we have no doubt in our own mind that it is perfectly scriptural for any member of the church,...

“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...

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...

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...

“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...

“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...

“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...

We often know the theory of the gospel, before we know the experience of the gospel. We often receive the doctrines of grace into our judgment, before we receive the grace...

As from the cross flows all salvation, so from the cross flows all sanctification. What have not men done, to make themselves holy; and by this means render themselves, as they...

“Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make...

Among those branches of divine truth which, without special teaching, we cannot enter into, is, that of the two natures in a believer. And yet, though every child of God must...

“He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah 40:29) The Lord’s people are often in the state that they have no might....

“…The dead are raised…” (Matthew 11:5) The “dead” are those who by nature are dead in sin. These dead are raised up when life from God visits their souls. They are...

The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject...

There is in some people a natural religiosity – that is, a disposition to be religious. If they had been born in Turkey, they would have been devout Muslims; if in...

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) An experimental knowledge of Christ in the soul,...

“For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away...

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we...

My desire is . . . 1. To exalt the grace of God. 2. To proclaim salvation alone through the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. 3. To declare...

“Passing through the Valley of Weeping.” (Psalm 84:6) Every living soul that has been experimentally taught his lost condition-that has known something of a resting place in Christ-that has turned his...

The Spirit of God in a man’s bosom searches the deep things of God, so as to lead him into a spiritual and experimental knowledge of them. What a depth in...

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...

“For in the time of trouble He will hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle will He hide me; He will set me up upon a rock.”...

Thus truly was he “brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opens not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7). What heart can...

All Christians, even the most eminent servants of God, have their dead and dark seasons—when the life of God seems sunk to so low an ebb as to be hardly visible—so...

“They perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) There is a receiving of ‘the truth’, and a receiving of...

Philpot’s letter of resignation from the Church of England, March 28, 1835. Mr. Provost: I beg leave to resign the Fellowship of Worcester College, to which I was elected in the...

Imagine that you are ignorant of the gospel and of God’s way of preventing evil and of bringing about good– and were called upon to design some plan whereby a man...

To the Editors of the Gospel Standard. Messrs. Editors, If you think the following inquiry worthy your notice, you would greatly oblige the writer of these lines by a reply to...

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5) Most men’s religion is nothing else but...

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.” (Deuteronomy 32:2)...

Inquiry Sir, A firm conviction of your superior judgment induces me to ask you to give, according to Scripture, your views on 1 Corinthians 7:10, “And unto the married I command,...

“The Comforter, The Holy Ghost…he shall teach you all things.” (John 14:26) There is a heavenly wisdom which the Holy and Blessed Spirit alone can give. He sheds a sacred light...

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25) We have reason...

PREFACE When, at the request of the Publisher, I undertook to furnish an answer to that important question, “What is it that saves a soul?” I intended merely to write a...

Are trials and afflictions necessarily chastisements for sin; in other words, are they always visitations for some particular disobedience? Heavenly wisdom, holy caution, and spiritual experience, we feel, are deeply needed...

“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock.” (Song of Solomon 2:14) Jesus is the hiding-place, the only hiding-place from sin and self. “You are my hiding-place,” said David of...

Well indeed might the Apostle say, “Great is the mystery of godliness.” Here as in a mirror we see the wonderful love of Jesus, that he who is the Son of...