LIES, THE FOOD OF MAN “But you have cultivated wickedness and raised a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies; trusting in your military might, believing that great armies could make your nation safe!” Hosea 10:13 The subject suggested by these words is, “lies, their fruit, and man’s eating it;” or simply, [...]
THE TRUE CHARACTER OF UNBELIEF In all unbelief there are two things — a good opinion of one’s self and a bad opinion of God. Man’s good opinion of himself makes him think it quite possible to win God’s favor by his own religious performances; and his bad opinion of God makes him unwilling and [...]
FALSE RELIGION AND ITS DOOM “I will scatter your bones round about your altars.” – Ezekiel 6:5 “I will lay your corpses in front of your idols and scatter your bones around your altars.” Ezekiel 6:5 It is of Israel’s idolatries that the prophet is speaking; her false gods, her idol-altars, her lying prophets and [...]
The Glorious Bride – Horatius Bonar (18008 1889) “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”—Revelation 21:9. These are two names for the church of God, [...]
Unquenchable! (Bonar, “The Love That Passes Knowledge”) “Many waters cannot quench love; neither can rivers drown it.” Song of Solomon 8:7 Let us take this verse as descriptive of the love of Christ, the “love that passes knowledge.” Nothing in heaven, or earth, or hell is able to extinguish or cool the love of Christ; [...]
Come and eat!
(Horatius Bonar, “The Bread of Immortality”)
”I am the bread of life.” John 6:48 ” I am the living bread.” John 6:51 All food is for the sustaining of life.
Jesus announces Himself as the bread which will sustain
the life of the soul. Not merely some doctrine–but Himself.
He is the bread; not merely [...]
Paying for admittance into heaven (Horatius Bonar, “Bible Thoughts and Themes”) “He saved us–not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy.” Titus 3:5 Ritualism, or externalism, or traditionalism are all different forms of self-righteousness; man’s self-invented ways of pleasing or appeasing God, or paying for admittance into heaven. These forms of [...]
No oil? (Bonar, “Religion Without the Holy Spirit”) “The five who were foolish took no oil for their lamps.” Matthew 25.3 This parable has many sides and aspects. It is prophetical; it is also practical. It suits all ages, but especially the last days. It suits the world, but especially the church of God. It is [...]
Man asks, “How am I to worship God?” and he has answered it also in his own way. In the gorgeous temple, in the pillared cathedral, with incense, and vestments, and forms, and ceremonies, and processions, and postures, he says. But these performances are the ‘will worship’ of self righteousness, not the obedient service of [...]