Quotes

Spurgeon: “Hide not the offense of the cross”

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man” —Galatians 1:11 A gospel which is after men will be welcomed by men; but it needs a divine operation upon the heart and mind to make a man willing to receive into his inmost soul...

In All Your Work Tell The Truth

The following passage from J.C. Ryle's Holiness is sweetly refreshing: If we desire to do good, let us never be ashamed of walking in the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ. Work hard if you will, and have the opportunity, for the souls of others. Press them to consider...

Spurgeon: It is God Who Justifies

The following is taken from Spurgeon’s classic book All of Grace—an earnest word for those seeking salvation and God Romans 8:33, "Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies." You cannot justify yourself A wonderful thing it is, this being...

Christian Contentment

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be...

O Thou Who Hast Our Sorrows Borne a hymn by John Wesley

O Thou who hast our sorrows borne, Help us to look on Thee and mourn, On Thee whom we have slain, Have pierced a thousand thousand times, And by reiterated crimes Renewed Thy mortal pain. Vouchsafe us eyes of faith to see The Man transfixed on Calvary, To know Thee,...

Live a Resurrection-Life

Horatius Bonar: “It was henceforth with a risen Master that the disciples had to do. It was a risen Christ who was their companion on the way to Emmaus; it was a risen Christ who entered the upper chamber with ‘Peace be to you’ on His lips; it was a risen Christ who...

Preach to Yourself

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV) “Have you...

Eternal Fountain of all that rich grace

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”...

Once a Man has the Love of Christ in His Heart

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones from Unsearchable Riches of Christ: An Exposition of Ephesians 3 (page 253): The secret of the early Christians, the early Protestants, Puritans and Methodists was that they were taught about the love of Christ, and they became filled with a...

Profession without Prayer

J.C. Ryle, from A Call to Prayer: I do not deny that a person may pray without heart and without sincerity. I do not for a moment pretend to say that the mere fact of a people praying, proves everything about their soul. As in every other part of religion, so also in...

Manifest Thy Healing Power!

Charles Spurgeon, from The Pastor in Prayer: Heal us, Emanuel! Here we are, needing that healing. Good Physician, here is scope for Thee; come and manifest Thy healing power! There are many of us who have looked unto Jesus and are lightened, but we do confess that our...

Lord, Glorify Thyself in Us!

Charles Spurgeon, from The Pastor in Prayer: Lord, convert our friends that still remain unsaved. Oh, mighty power of God, let none come into this house, even accidentally and casually, without receiving some devout impression. May the Spirit of God work mightily by...

The Way of Attaining to Godliness

Walter Marshall, from The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: The way of attaining to godliness is so far from being known without learning out of the Holy Scriptures that, when it is here plainly revealed, we cannot learn it so easily as the duties of the law, which...

Our Great Duty

Walter Marshall, from The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: The nature of the duties of the law is such as requires an apprehension of our reconciliation with God, and His hearty love and favor towards us for the doing of them. The great duty is love to God with our...

Lift Up Your Head and Sing For Joy

Charles Spurgeon: Your cleanness is not a thing of degrees, it is not a variable or vanishing quantity, it is present, abiding, perfect, you are clean through the Word, through the application of the blood of sprinkling to the conscience, and through the imputation of...

The Twofold Demand of the Law

John Murray from Redemption Accomplished and Applied (as quoted in Jesus + Nothing = Everything): The real use and purpose of the formula (active and passive obedience) is to emphasize the two distinct aspects of our Lord’s vicarious obedience. The truth expressed...

Purge the Conscience of Dead Works

Walter Marshall, from The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: Our conscience must of necessity be first purged from dead works, that we may serve the living God. And this is done by actual remission of sin, procured by the blood of Christ, and manifested to our...

The Sure Hope of the Glory of Heaven

Walter Marshall, from The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: The sure hope of the glory of heaven is made use of ordinarily by God, since the fall of Adam, as an encouragement to the practice of holiness, as the Scripture abundantly shows. Christ, the great pattern of...

The Unrecognizable God of the 20th Century

Arthur W. Pink, from The Attributes of God: The “god” of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun. The “god” who is now talked about in the average pulpit, spoken...

The Scandal of Religion

Walter Marshall, from The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification: Experience shows plentifully, both of heathens and Christians, how pernicious ignorance, or mistaking of those effectual means, is to a holy practice. The heathens generally fell short of an acceptable...

A Prompt Obedience

Charles Spurgeon: Genuine faith in God creates a prompt obedience. “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed.”There was an immediate response to the command. Delayed obedience is disobedience. I wish some Christians, who put off duty, would remember this....

You Can’t Move “Beyond” the Gospel

B.B. Warfield: There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God.We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It...

The Dangerous Duty of Walking Humbly and Warning the Ungodly

Robert Candlish from Studies in Genesis (commenting on Gen. 6:1-22): When the Lord first fixed the period of his long-suffering patience, and resolved to spare man on the earth for one hundred and twenty years, and no longer—he doubtless intimated this purpose in some...

How Do You Become Poor in Spirit?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from Studies in The Sermon on the Mount (Kindle Edition): How does one therefore become `poor in spirit'? The answer is that you do not look at yourself or begin by trying to do things to yourself. That was the whole error of monasticism. Those...

The Orator and the Preacher

P.T. Forsyth, from Positive Preaching and Modern Mind: The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the Hebrew prophet. The orator comes with but an inspiration, the prophet comes with a revelation. In so far as the preacher and prophet had...

Be Different from the World

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from Preaching and Preachers (pp 139-140): The fact is that the world expects us to be different; and this idea that you can win the world by showing that after all you are very similar to it, with scarcely any difference at all, or but a very...

The Sincerity of Our Profession

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: The sincerity of our profession much depends upon the care we exercise in keeping our hearts. Most certainly, that man who is careless of the frame of his heart, is but a hypocrite in his profession, however eminent he be in the...

Self is the Poise of the Unrenewed Heart

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: To keep the heart, necessarily supposes a previous work of regeneration, which has set the heart right, by giving it a new spiritual inclination, for as long as the heart it not set right by grace as to in habitual frame, no...

The Snare of Prosperity

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: It may keep one more humble and watchful in prosperity, to consider that among Christians many have been much the worse for it. How good had it been for some of them, if they had never known prosperity! When they were in a low...

The Stern and Holy Christ

R.C.H. Lenski: The stern and holy Christ, the indignant, mighty Messiah, the Messenger of the Covenant of whom it is written: "He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering of righteousness," is not...

The Bold and Indignant Christ

C.H. Spurgeon: Brethren, the Savior's character has all goodness in all perfection; he is full of grace and truth. Some men, nowadays, talk of him as if he were simply incarnate benevolence. It is not so. No lip ever spoke with such thundering indignation against sin...

The Stern-Visaged Christ

Thomas Carlyle: How different is that honey-mouthed, tear-stained, soup-kitchen Jesus Christ of our poor shovel-hatted modern Christians from that stern-visaged Christ of the gospels, proclaiming aloud in the marketplace (with such a total contempt of the social...

The Inflammatory Christ

Dorothy Sayers: I believe it is a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it. Seeing that Christ went about the world giving the most violent offense to all kinds of people, it would seem absurd to expect that the...

A Plague of Worldliness

J.C. Ryle from his classic work, Holiness (as published in Faithfulness and Holiness: The Witness of J. C. Ryle, p. 117): It has long been my sorrowful conviction that the standard of daily life among professing Christians in this country has been gradually falling. I...

“Be Content to be Called Vicious Trouble Makers”

Martin Luther, from his Commentary on Galatians: We who are born of the Gospel, and live in Christ, and rejoice in our inheritance, have Ishmael for our enemy. The children of the Law will always persecute the children of the Gospel. This is our daily experience. Our...