Test All Things

Some of God’s people are especially endowed with characteristics and providentially led through circumstances so that they experience the extremes of both joy and sorrow. Peter, James and John witnessed the...

I wonder how many of you have a penknife or pocket knife? When we were young, this was a prized possession of many young people, and with its various blades, it...

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...

“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...

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5) ——————– This side of death, we shall never...

I do and am constantly maintaining both privately and publicly as far as ever the Lord has enabled me the wonders, the glories, the beauties and the preciousness of love. And...

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) ——————– The salvation of...

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon...

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7) ——————– The believer takes comfort in...

“And they sung a new song, saying, THOU ART WORTHY to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for THOU WAST SLAIN, and THOU HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD...

Everyone likes to receive glad tidings. But not every thing that is proclaimed to be good news is so great. Sometimes what seems to be good news is not so good...

It is only when our Lord in grace and mercy takes away our imaginary strength that we truly look to Him and trust Him. This we do not learn in creeds...

I know that nothing we can do or say will alter the purpose of God. Those whom He has chosen in His blessed Son will be saved with an everlasting salvation....

There is every reason for the child of God to rejoice. We live in a world and a body that daily reaps the result of the ravages of sin, but not...

I have found that even the saints are prone to dwell too much upon things that discourage. At least this is my experience. It is good to be able to confide...

“A Psalm. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” (Psalm 98:1) ——————–...

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness....

“Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul...

We live in days of great social change. Rapid change. Hardly a month seems to pass when some new law isn’t passed, or some movement appears to triumph in a further...

“Deliver me from all my transgressions…” (Psalm 39:8) ——————– For an enlightened son of Adam, the longing of his renewed heart is for deliverance from that which is his nature —...

“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...

“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob.” (Numbers 23:21) ——————– To say that Almighty God does not behold iniquity in the sense of His omniscience would be a slight against His...

“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...

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to...

“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…” (Romans 3:25) ——————– Men have always tried to earn peace. Pagan belief was that the gods must...

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) ——————–...

The natural mind assumes that every professor of religion is a true believer. While men may exercise amiable traits that lend themselves to kindness, sincerity, honesty, and spirituality, there is one...

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)...

“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:...

“Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” (John 11:9) ——————-...

Matthew 27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. Matthew 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas....

“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...

“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause.” (Job 5:8) ——————– Eliphaz (unbeknownst to him, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) had spoken of committing...

Of all utterances made concerning sinful man, there is one that stands alone in the security of a sinner’s hope … He “whose heart the Lord opened.” This heart, which is...

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to...

“…I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1) ——————– Without Christ, true Godly patience is incomprehensible. When by grace the sinner is...

Both the enemies of Christ such as the Pharisees and some who would be His friends have referred to Christ as a “sinner,” even the “greatest sinner.” We know that the...

“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled…” (John 11:33) Unbelievers, both during His presence on...

“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse…” (Song of Solomon 4:9) ——————– Indescribably precious is the love of Christ for His bride – the believer. We know that is...

“I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.” (Song of Solomon 1:5) ——————– The bride of Christ knows something...

“The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.” (Song of Solomon 1:1) ——————– Christ is the totality of all that is good, lovely, and right. Concerning his goodness, there is no boundary....

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) ——————– To speak of fighting as being “good” seems at first to...

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) ——————– Men by nature possess endless desires. Our desire for emotional stimulation...

Did the Spirit of God ever convince you of sin? Do you see yourself liable to the curse of the law, and the just vengeance of God, for the innate depravity...

Every religion except one puts upon you doing something in order to recommend yourself to God. It is only the religion of Christ (which runs counter to all the rest by...

The best friend you can have on this earth is one who will tell you the truth. One who will not help make you comfortable in a refuge of lies. One...

Unless the Spirit of God crosses my path and gives me an understanding of the preciousness of Christ and the glory of His blessed Gospel and creates within me a new...

Peace without truth is a false peace! Unity without the gospel of Christ is a worthless unity. Let us never be ensnared by those who advocate a peace and unity without...

To the Lord Jesus His bride shall forever be altogether lovely for her robe is woven gloriously of His imputed righteousness. How fair is her look of love toward Him with...

“And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” (Genesis 5:5) ——————– As I read an obituary column, I never cease to be amazed...

The account of David and Goliath has been a favorite children’s Bible story. Here a young man in the face of danger, armed with only a sling and five smooth stones,...

A believer knows one truth that gives him great comfort and freedom — that truth is Christ (John 14:6). Everything, when compared to Him, is obscure and false. Men may vainly...

There were cities of refuge strategically placed on each side of the Jordan River whereby a manslayer might find haven until his case could be heard. A man finding himself to...

When considering Almighty God’s salvation, one can with assurance rest in the fact that He never changes (Malachi 3:6). Men of carnal reasoning may think spiritual life to be obtained by...

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) ——————– Brethren dwelling in unity with brethren is a good and pleasant thing. Believers...

For a believer, the sting of death and victory of the grave is removed by the faithful gaze upon Christ as God’s salvation. Faith, that grace granted to all Christ’s sheep,...

If anything can awake astonishment, and inflame our gratitude, it must be that mystery of love, God manifested in our nature, and made man, to bleed and die for our salvation....

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...

“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...

As long as we are in this flesh, we will have misunderstandings among us, unpleasantness, and even injustices; we will feel that our rights have been violated and others have been...

Blessed be God, our salvation is a finished work! It neither needs, nor will admit of supplement. And here, let us remember, when we talk of a finished salvation, we mean...

Love…love for Christ, His honour, His person, His glory, and love for his people (for His sake) is the test of a man’s every action. There are many truths being set...

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...

“…And lost his own soul.” (Mark 8:36) ——————– No man can describe the loss of the soul as he should. No man can paint this dreadful picture in true colours. You...

All my salvation — sin pardoned, my person justified and accepted in all the acceptability of His person, washed from all impurity, put among the children of God with an “I...

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (I Corinthians 1:21)...

The apostle Paul calls our earthly bodies a tabernacle, which is a portable dwelling, set up, taken down, and removed, just as it pleaseth the owner of it to do. This...

“…neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Acts 2:27) ——————– If He had not been God, He certainly would have seen corruption, as well as other creatures have...

“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 6:6) ——————– 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...

“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...

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...

It matters what a man believes about Christ: who He is, what He has done, and where He is now is absolutely necessary to a man’s hope. If Christ is not...

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty...

“Look every man on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4) ——————– The failure of most preachers is traced not to the fact that they do not have a pastor’s head, voice,...

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) The God of the bible is out...

I can appreciate the ability of the learned botanist to give me the scientific names of the rose, the origin of it, the various types of roses, how and where they...

When we become Christians, it is very natural for us to say to ourselves, “We don’t want to be second – rate, or half – hearted Christians, or prove to be...

“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,...

Some of our dear friends have been through some severe trials, and others are now suffering in heart and body. All of us wish to witness a good confession and maintain...

“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...

True mourning for sin has a distinct and constant reference to the Lord Jesus. If I hate sin because I am exposed, I have not repented; I merely regret that I...

I quoted this verse backwards to what it actually says, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Why I put this verse this way is because we sometimes...

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST.” (Ephesians 1:3) The Holy Spirit uses this...

“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6) When the religious world talks about revival they mean an emotional series of meetings that will...

The most precious gift of all is to be remembered of God. “God remembered NOAH,” (Genesis 8:1). “God remembered ABRAHAM,” (Genesis 19:29). “God remembered His covenant with ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB,”...

When a person stands before a mirror, he sees three things–the mirror, himself, and other things which are in the room. When I sincerely look by faith into the scriptures, I...

Lots of people search the Scriptures. But not all of them search therein for the same thing. The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ declares that all who “search the Scriptures” should...

How often have we heard someone talk about being blessed of the Lord? Or some false preacher says, “God has a blessing for you today!” Most generally, when people consider their...

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister...

“The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) How shall we account for the sufferings of Christ, which were intense, and mysterious, if not on the...

Hezekiah removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for in those days the children...

“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (I Corinthians 1:30) According to the Scriptures, those who...

“For all the promises of God in Him are YEA and in Him AMEN unto the Glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20) Our Lord has made many promises to...

Here is a word from God that should brighten the day for you – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for...

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,...

Nothing a soul does in this world honours God more than to BELIEVE HIM. God says, “For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report” (Hebrews 11:2). Again, “But without...

To redeem poor sinners, Jesus came down from heaven, put on the rags of our mortality, agonized, bled, and died. Jesus is made His people’s substitute, burden-bearer, sin-remover, and guilt-sustainer. Their...

“And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord,” (Acts 9:1) manifested his unregenerate heart and hatred toward God. His relentless persecution of Christ’s disciples revealed...

The carnally-minded are quick to speak of temporal (thus, fleeting) things as “blessings,” but the true believer knows that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh...

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, Thou...

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) The meat of Christ, or the food which...

Nothing soothes the regenerated heart of a believer more than considering the mercy of God. Try to contemplate the depth of His mercy and I am lost in my inadequacies. How...

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalm 62:11) The power of God is that ability and strength, by which He can bring to...

There is a time when a believer can reflect on the marvel of a God who is his confidence. Just to behold Him who is indescribable and to have the soul...

When I behold the beauty in nature, I can confess the existence of God. The wonder of the Almighty handiwork is displayed in myriad examples of beauty. Breathtaking sunsets, awe inspiring...

Did the Israelites feed on the sacrifice when it was slain? So do we, spiritually, on Christ. Believers are united to Him in one Spirit, and partake of the benefits of...