Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2 What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath. . . Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy. . . We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds. . . Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God. . . God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy. . . Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins–the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world–and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer. . . There is more evil in a drop of sin–than in a sea of affliction. . . Knowledge without repentance–will be but a torch to light men to Hell.
Pithy gems from Charles Spurgeon:
- It is better to preach five words of God’s Word–than five million words of man’s wisdom.
- Let us never think that we have learned a doctrine, until we have seen its fruit in our lives.
- A large part of the professing church is nothing better than the world, wrongfully named with Christ’s name.
- Anything that makes us pray is a blessing!
- It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease and our worldliness!
- According to the men of the world–few are going to Hell. According to the Bible–few are going to Heaven.
- By affliction, Christ shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for Heaven.
- Nothing is so offensive to Christ as lukewarmness in religion! “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth!” Revelation 3:16.
Scripture is like a pair of spectacles, which dispel the darkness and give us a clear view of God. . . Our physical illnesses serve us for medicines to purge us from our vanity and love of the world. . . While all men seek after happiness–scarcely one in a hundred looks for it from God. . . The glory of God shines, indeed, in all creatures in heaven and earth–but never more brightly than in the cross. . . God works in His elect in two ways: inwardly, by His Spirit; outwardly, by His Word. (Quotes from John Calvin)
“Christ died”–that is history; “Christ died for our sins”–that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity. . . The true reason why faith is given such an exclusive place by the New Testament, so far as the attainment of salvation is concerned, over against love and over against everything else in man…is that faith means receiving something, not doing something or even being something. To say, therefore, that our faith saves us means that we do not save ourselves even in slightest measure, but that God saves us. . . “If God be for us, who can be against us?” That does not mean that faith in God will bring us everything that we desire. What it does mean is that if we possess God, then we can meet with equanimity the loss of all besides. . . Has it never dawned upon us that God is valuable for His own sake, that just as personal communion is the highest thing that we know on earth, so personal communication with God is the sublimest height of all? If we value God for His own sake, then the loss of other things will draw us all the closer to Him; we shall then have recourse to Him in time of trouble as to the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Quotes of J. Gresham Machen)
Pithy gems from Charles Spurgeon: It is better to preach five words of God’s Word–than five million words of man’s wisdom. . . Let us never think that we have learned a doctrine, until we have seen its fruit in our lives. . . A large part of the professing church is nothing better than the world, wrongfully named with Christ’s name. . .
Anything that makes us pray is a blessing!
“Affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground!” Job 5:6. “The LORD brings death, and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and raises up. The LORD sends poverty, and wealth; He humbles, and He exalts.” 1 Samuel 2:6-7. Affliction does not rise out of the dust or come to us by chance. It is the Lord who sends affliction, and we should own and reverence His hand in it. Let the people of God comfort themselves at all times by the doctrine of divine sovereignty. Amidst whatever befalls them, they should rest quietly and submissively in the bosom of God, considering that whatever comes to pass proceeds from the decree of their gracious Friend and reconciled Father, who knows what is best for them, and will make all things work together for their good. O what a sweet and pleasant life you would have under the heaviest pressures of affliction, and what heavenly serenity and tranquility of mind you would enjoy–if you would cheerfully acquiesce in the good will and pleasure of God, and embrace every dispensation, however sharp it may be, because it is determined and appointed for you by the eternal counsel of His will! (Thomas Boston)
Pithy gems from Octavius Winslow, 1808-1878
So completely was Jesus bent upon saving sinners by the sacrifice of Himself–that He created the tree upon which He was to die; and nurtured from infancy, the wicked men who were to nail Him to the accursed wood!
Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of the curse, pressed it to His lips, drank it to its dregs–then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!
It is because we have such shallow views of God’s love–that we have such defective views of God’s dealings. We blindly interpret His providential dealings–because we so imperfectly read the engravings of His heart!
Seasons vary, circumstances change, feelings fluctuate, friendships cool, friends die–but Christ is ever the same!
Prayer is the pulse of the renewed soul–and the constancy of its beat is the test and measure of the spiritual life!
Pithy gems from John Flavel, 1628-1691.
The Christian shall gain that which he cannot lose–by parting with that which he cannot keep.
Jesus is the fountain, ocean, and center of all delights and joys!
Out of Christ’s condemnation–flows our justification!
Out of His agony–comes our victory!
Out of His pain–comes our ease!
Out of His stripes–comes our healing!
Out of His gall and vinegar–comes our honey!
Out of His curse–comes our blessing!
Out of His crown of thorns–comes our crown of glory!
Out of His death–comes our life!
O what a melting consideration is this!
Christ is not sweet–until sin is made bitter to us!