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Alexander Whyte
1837 - 1921

      Alexander Whyte was a Scottish preacher, with a passion for the lost. He was born at Kirriemuir in Forfarshire and educated at the University of Aberdeen and at New College, Edinburgh.

      He entered the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland and after serving as colleague in Free St John's, Glasgow (1866-1870), removed to Edinburgh as colleague and successor to Dr RS Candlish at Free St Georges. In 1909 he succeeded Dr Marcus Dods as principal, and professor of New Testament literature, at New College, Edinburgh.

      He will always be remembered for his preaching for no ruler has held his subjects more captive than Alexander Whyte did from his pulpit.

      After suffering a heart attack followed by several minor attacks, Whyte resigned his post and retired to Buckinghamshire. There he devoted the remainder of his life to reading and writing. He died January 6, 1921 in his sleep.

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DevotionalBelieving Prayer
      "But without faith it is impossible to please him..." (Heb. 11:6). "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:17). First in His believing study and believing appropriation of the Messianic Scriptures, and then in His life of unceasing and believing prayer, our Lord stands at our head as the author and finisher of faith. A
Bunyan Characters First Series - Table of Contents
      BEING LECTURES DELIVERED IN ST. GEORGE'S FREE CHURCH EDINBURGH BY ALEXANDER WHYTE, D.D. INTRODUCTORY 'The express image' [Gr. 'the character'].--Heb. 1. 3. The word 'character' occurs only once in the New Testament, and that is in the passage in the prologue of the Epistle to the Hebrews, where the original word is translated 'express i
Bunyan Characters Second Series - Table of Contents
      "I was alive without the law once."--Paul. "I was now a brisk talker also myself in the matter of religion."--Bunyan. This is a new kind of pilgrim. There are not many pilgrims like this bright brisk youth. A few more young gentlemen like this, and the pilgrimage way would positively soon become fashionable and popular, and be the thing to do
Bunyan Characters Third Series - Table of Contents
      Lectures Delivered in St. George's Free Church Edinburgh By Alexander Whyte, D.D. '--the book of the wars of the Lord.'--Moses. John Bunyan's Holy War was first published in 1682, six years before its illustrious author's death. Bunyan wrote this great book when he was still in all the fulness of his intellectual power and in all the ripenes
DevotionalGrace Flows Down
      "Ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:14). And then, what is grace? Grace is love. But grace is not love simply, and purely, and alone. Grace and love are, in their innermost essence, one and the same thing. Only, grace is love adapting itself to certain special circumstances. As, for instance, love may exist between equals, or
SermonJacob Behmen, an Appreciation
      author of 'Characters and Characteristics of William Law' etc. Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier 30 St. Mary Street, Edinburgh, and 24 Old Bailey, London 1895 This lecture was delivered at the opening of my Classes for the study of the pre-Reformation, Reformation, and post-Reformation Mystics during Session 1894-5. A Lecture on WILLIAM LAW was
Lord Teach Us To Pray - Table of Contents
      It is not the purpose of this Preface to anticipate the biography of Dr. Whyte, now being prepared by Dr. G. Freeland Barbour, or to provide a considered estimate of the great preacher's work as a whole. But it may be well briefly to explain the appearance of the present volume, and to take it, so far as it goes, as a mirror of the man. The desire
ExcerptOur Lord as a Believing Man
      The workings of our Lord's human mind, the affections and the emotions of our Lord's human heart, and all the spiritual experiences of our Lord's human life-take Jesus Christ in all these things, and He is the most absorbing, the most satisfying, and the most sanctifying study in all the universe. There is no other doctrine in heaven or on earth fo
DevotionalStarving Prayer
      "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you" (Col. 1:3). I am as certain as I am standing here, that the secret of much mischief to our own souls, and to the souls of others, lies in the way that we stint, and starve, and scamp our prayers, by hurrying over them. Prayer worth calling prayer: prayer t
DevotionalTo Take Away Sin
      "... to give his life a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28). You have heard sometimes about hell being let loose. Yes, but hear this. Come to Caiaphas' palace on the passover night, and look at this. "Then did they spit in His face, and buffeted Him: they blindfolded Him and then they smote Him with the palms of their hands, saying: Prophesy to us, T
DevotionalTruly Penitent
      "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God" (Isa. 40:1). No man living in any known sin is ever comforted of God. The Holy Ghost never yet spake one word of all His abounding consolations to any man so long as he lived in any actual sin, or in any neglect of known duty. You have that much-needed caution bound up into the very heart of
DevotionalWhat Pleases God
      "Who hath believed our report?" (Isa. 53:1). Among the amazing things of which this amazing chapter is full, there is nothing that arrests us, and overawes us, and, indeed, staggers us more than this--that it "pleased the Lord to bruise" His Messiah-Son. But the simple truth of God in this matter is this. God was so set, from everlasting, on

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