The Action Of Baptism
IT should be distinctly understood that the subject here introduced is of no importance, only connected with the gospel in man's salvation, and with a proper subject. To a man without faith it is a matter of no consequence. To him there is not a more empty and unmeaning thing in the world than baptism, and, with him, it matters not one particle wha ...read
The Adaptation of the Bible to Man
"All scripture given by inspiration of God, is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished for every good work." --2 TIM. iii: 16.
THE leading theme of this discourse, is, the adaptation of the Bible to man. If it could be shown that the Bible i ...read
The Calling Of The Gentiles
To any one in our time, with a little acquaintance with the Scriptures, it is a matter of profound astonishment that from the time of the calling of Abraham till the transaction recorded in the tenth chapter of Acts, not a living man ever understood that the promise to Abraham, or, rather, that the benefits and blessings contained in that promise w ...read
The Cause Of Multitudes Becoming Christians In The Time Of The Apostles
IT is what is called an axiomatic truth, that there never was an effect without a cause. It is settled among men of reason, that there never can be an effect without a cause. There may be, and often are, effects where we can not see the cause, or determine what it is, but there is, nevertheless, a cause. There is nothing like examining matters of f ...read
The Church--Its Identity
"But we think it right to hear from you what you think: for, as it respects this sect, we know that it is every-where spoken against." --ACTS XXVIII: 22. (Anderson's Translation.)
THE Lord says, in Matt. xvi: 18, referring to the confession Peter had made: "On this rock I will build my Church." My work, in this discourse, will be to define and ...read
The Church--Its Purity
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." --1 COR. xiii: 1.
THIS brief expression is selected from a lengthy letter of the apostle Paul to the Church in Corinth, because it contains a chief point in an important epistle, aimed to correct certain evils already ...read
The Conversion Of Saul Of Tarsus
IN many respects, and it may be that, in the highest sense, Paul was the most distinguished man that was ever in the Church of Christ. No man, at this day, can tell the difference there would have been in this world if Paul had not lived in it. He was a young man of distinction and note before he was in Christ, and this is simply what he was as a m ...read
The Course to Pursue to be Infallibly Safe
"Enter in at the strait gate." --Matt. vii:13.
IT IS a circumstance not to be denied, that immense confusion exists in the public mind touching the way of salvation. No matter whether the cause of this confusion can be pointed out or not, the fact of its existence can not be denied. It is also a fact that many men of good character, fine intell ...read
The Different Things to Which Salvation is Ascribed in the New Testament
"By grace are you saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." --EPH. ii: 8.
THIS text is selected, because it contains the clear statement concerning our salvation, that it is by grace and through faith. The theme for this discourse will be the different things to which salv ...read
The Kingdom of God
THE purpose of this article is to answer the following questions:
I. What is the kingdom of God?
II. Was the kingdom of God fully established before the ascension of Christ to heaven?
III. Has the kingdom of God yet come, or been established?
Without preliminary or ceremony, let attention be directed to these questions:
I. What is the ...read
The Love of God to Man
"God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes on him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3: 16.
THE words just read set forth the most wonderful statement ever uttered, and yet one of the most encouraging to the human race. When we consider that the history of mankind for four thousand years had b ...read
The Necessity of Regeneration
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." --MATT. v: 8.
THE words selected and read, are not designed as a text, in the popular sense, but merely as a starting-point, in discussing a great theme--the necessity of regeneration, or, which is the same, simply the necessity of turning to God. No attempt will be made, in this discours ...read
The Progress Of Religious Reformation
WHEN we look through the account given in the Bible, and to the reports from other sources, of the wonderful rise and triumphant march of the religion of Christ, first in Judea, then in Samaria, thence to Cesarea, and, still later, along the coasts and the entire length of the Mediterranean Sea, and throughout the Roman Empire, in some sixty-five y ...read
The Punishment After Death of Those Who Die In Their Sins
"The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment, to be punished." --2 PET. ii: 9.
THE theme selected for this discourse is one of transcendent importance to every accountable human being. All who have any respect for the Bible speak and think of it as containing the law of God. The i ...read
The Second Coming of Christ and the Destruction of the World
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth, and the works that are in it, shall be burned up." --2 PET. iii: 10.
THE first thing to which the attention of the hearer is invited, is the description given by the apostle of the ...read
The Simplicity Of The Divine Economy
IN the works of God everything is arranged in the best possible manner--no room is left for improvement. No light, invented by man, or what is called artificial light, is as good as the light God has ordained for the day--the light of the sun. In the arrangement in nature, no human wisdom, or even angelic wisdom, can suggest a single improvement th ...read
The Simplicity of the Gospel of Christ
" . . . . Wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."--ISAIAH 35: 8.
THE Gospel of Christ was not intended by its Divine Author for a few learned or wise men, but for "every creature," learned or unlearned, wise or foolish. That which is intended for the people at large--the great mass of mankind--in the nature of the case, must be simp ...read
The Soldier Of The Cross
THAT we may be good soldiers the Apostle commands us to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might." It may be regarded as a settled matter that when the Lord commands anything to be done, the command can be obeyed--the thing can be done. The very circumstance that the Lord commands is sufficient proof that whatever is commanded can be do ...read
The Three States of Man--The Fleshly, The Intermediate, And the Eternal
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?" --HEB. ii: 6.
THIS language is quoted by Paul from David, Ps. viii: 4. We have our grand questions in agriculture, commerce, and politics; in arts, sciences, and improvements, all having their comparative importance, interest, and consequences; but all these ...read
The Two Covenants
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." --JER. xxxi: 31.
ALL who talk on the matters of the Bible at all use such terms as "first covenant" and "second covenant," "new covenant" and "old covenant," "new testament" and "old testament, "new institution" and "ol ...read