Bulletin Edition June 2021

Have we nothing to give Christ?

(J. C. Philpot, “REVIEWS”)

Have we nothing to give Christ?


Our sins,

our sorrows,

our burdens,

our trials, and above all

the salvation and sanctification of our souls.

And what has He to give us?

What? Why, everything worth having, everything

worth a moment’s anxious thought, everything for

time and eternity!

“The holiest of Christians have to acknowledge

 that they are but poor, empty sinners at best;

 hanging upon a rich, almighty Saviour, and

 saved alone by His free and sovereign grace.”

(Octavius Winslow)

The more vile we are in our own eyes

(Letters of John Newton)

The more vile we are in our own eyes,

the more precious Christ will be to us!

It is utterly impossible!

(Octavius Winslow, 1852)

It has been the distinctive aim, and the sincere desire of my ministry — to make known and to endear the Saviour to your hearts.

Oh, how worthy is He . . .

  of your most exalted conceptions,

  of your most implicit confidence,

  of your most self-denying service,

  of your most fervent love!

When He could give you no more — and the fathomless depths of His love, and the boundless resources of His grace, would not be satisfied by giving you less — He gave you Himself!

Robed in your nature,

oppressed with your sorrows,

laden with your curse,

wounded for your transgressions,

and slain for your sins —

He gave His entire self for you!

His redeeming work now finished — He is perpetually engaged in meting out blessings to His people, from the exhaustless treasures of His love! He constantly woos your affection — invites your grief — and bids you to come with your daily trials to His sympathy, and with your hourly guilt to His blood. You cannot in your drafts upon Christ’s fullness, be too covetous; nor in your expectations of supply, be too extravagant! You may fail, as, alas! the most of us do, in making too little of Christ — but you cannot fail, in making too much of Him!

The compass-needle!

(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883)

“The compass-needle may be shaken and agitated, but it never rests until it turns toward the pole!”

Thus our heart’s affections, when once magnetised by  the love of Christ, find no rest unless we turn to Him. The cares and labours of the day may carry our thoughts to other objects, even as a finger may turn the compass-needle to the east or west. But no sooner is the pressure removed, than our thoughts fly to the Well-beloved, just as the needle moves to its place.

We are unable to rest anywhere but in Jesus. The new birth has disqualified us for contentment with the world — and hence we have no choice but to find our all in Christ. Blessed necessity!

We are driven to Jesus, by an unrest which finds no remedy elsewhere!

We are drawn to Jesus, by an impulse which we have no desire to resist!

We mourn that we are subject to many deflections and disturbances; but you know, O Lord, that our inmost soul seeks after Yourself!

Psa. 42:1 ¶ As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Psa. 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

“O God, Thou art my God, early I seek You. My soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee, in a dry and thirsty land where no water is!” Psalm 63:1

It is utterly impossible to know Christ, and not become inspired with a desire . . .

  to love Him supremely,

  to serve Him devotedly,

  to resemble Him closely,

  to glorify Him faithfully here,

  and to enjoy Him fully hereafter!

A hard, proud, hollow religion.

(from Horatius Bonar’s, “FOLLOW THE LAMB”)

Intimacy with God is the very essence of religion.

The understanding of doctrine is one thing,

and intimacy with God is another.  They

ought always to go together; but they

are often seen asunder; and, when there

is the former without the latter, there is

a hard, proud, hollow religion.

Beware of mere opinions and speculations.

They become idols.

They nourish pride of intellect.

They furnish no food to the soul.

They make you sapless and heartless.

Intimacy with God is the very essence of religion.


from Spurgeon’s sermon, “LOVE’S LOGIC”

Heaven itself, although it be a fertile land, flowing with milk

and honey, can produce no fairer flower than the ‘Rose of Sharon’.

Heaven’s highest joys mount no higher than the head of Jesus;

its sweetest bliss is found in his name alone.

If we would know heaven, let us know Jesus.

If we would be heavenly, let us love Jesus.

Oh that we were perpetually in his company, that

our hearts might ever be satisfied with his love!

Let the young believer seek after a clear view of the person of Jesus,

and then let him implore the kindling fire of the Holy Spirit to light

up his whole soul with fervent affection.


of this love will ever be the measure of our zeal for his glory. Let us

love him with all our hearts, and then diligent labor and consistent

living will be sure to follow.

A gracious influence

(J. C. Philpot, “Jesus, the Great High Priest”)

The love of Jesus has a gracious influence on the life,

conduct, and conversation of a true believer. The tree

is known by its fruit; and those branches alone which

bring forth fruit unto God, are in manifest union with

the only true Vine.

Love to Jesus is the constraining principle of all holy

obedience. “If you love Me, keep my commandments,”

was His dying injunction to His disciples. As, then, His

bleeding love is experimentally known, there will be . . .

  a conformity to His image,

  an obedience to His will,

  a walking in His footsteps.

Love flowing from a sight of the cross!

Winslow, “The Disciple Washing Christ’s Feet”

Luke 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

She washed Christ’s feet with the tears of grateful

love. Jesus had pardoned all her sins, had absolved

her from their guilt, and had released her from their

power. How natural was the feeling of gratitude,

how appropriate this service of love!

The most genuine contrition for sin flows from a

sense of its forgiveness. Nothing breaks the heart

so thoroughly as the experience of God’s pardoning

love, love flowing from a sight of the cross!

The more vile we are in our own eyes

(Letters of John Newton)

The more vile we are in our own eyes,

the more precious Christ will be to us!

Why do our hearts grow so cold?

(Winslow, “Love at the Foot of the Cross”)

Beloved, why do our hearts grow so

cold in their affections towards Jesus?

The influence of the world will chill it!

The encroachments of temporal engagements

upon the study of God’s Word and the devout

transactions of the closet, will chill it.

The society of cold, worldly professors will chill it.

Unfitting levity of spirit will chill it.

Trifling with sin will chill it.

Carnal pursuits will chill it.

An idolatrous love of the creature will chill it.

Fretting against the Lord, murmuring at His

dealings, rebellion against His authority and

chastenings, will chill it.

Alas! how much there is to produce deep and

sad declension in the love of our hearts to the

Lord. How easily its warm, flowing current

chills and congeals!

Oh that our hearts should so soon grow cold

in their affections towards Him whose love to

us is ever so warm, who ransomed us from

hell with His own heart’s blood!

Let shame and confusion of face cover us.

Let deep humiliation, tender, holy contrition,

prostrate us beneath the cross, that we should

for one moment gaze coldly upon so divine and

gracious, so lovely and precious a Redeemer!

How may I pass through life with the least inconvenience?

(John Newton)

If I am redeemed from eternal misery by the death of Jesus; and if He is now preparing a glorious mansion for me near Himself, that I may drink of the rivers of pleasure at His right hand for evermore–then the question is not (at least ought not to be), “How may I pass through life with the least inconvenience?”

Rather it should be: “How may my little span of life be made most subservient to the praise and glory of Him who loved me, and gave Himself for me?”

“Live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers–but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect!” 1 Peter 1:17-19

“What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me?” Psalm 116:12

True love to Christ!

by Spurgeon-

The Lord Jesus possesses all kinds of lovelinesses

compacted into one perfect loveliness! all perfections

blended to make one perfection! every sweet concocted

and distilled to make one perfect sweetness!

Oh, how one longs for but a moment’s sight of Christ in glory!

One might be content to have only a dry crust, and to lie in

an underground dungeon for the rest of one’s life, if one might

but gaze on his blessed face for once, and hear him say,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

Those who truly love the Saviour wish to

know all that can be known about him.

True love likes to become familiar with the object of its

affection; its heart is set upon that object, it studies it,

and can never know it too well or too closely.

True love to Christ thinks of him from morning till night;

it is glad to be released from other thoughts that it may

follow only its one darling pursuit.

True love to Christ seeks to get to him, to live with him,

to live upon him, and thus to know him so intimately

that things which were unobserved and passed over at

the first, stand out in clear light to the increased

joy and delight of the contemplative mind.

If you have but a ‘spark’ of love for Jesus in your heart,

Jesus has a ‘furnace’ of love for you in his heart!

Have we not leaned upon a thousand things?

(J. C. Philpot, “Daily Words for Zion’s Wayfarers”)

“You are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed

 of a staff, which pierces a man’s hand and wounds

 him if he leans on it!” Isaiah 36:6

Have we not leaned upon a thousand things?

And what have they proved? Splintered reeds

that have run into our hands, and pierced us!

Our own strength and resolutions,

the world and the church,

sinners and saints,

friends and enemies,

have they not all proved, more or less, splintered reeds?

The more we have leaned upon them, like a man

leaning upon a sword, the more have they pierced

our souls!

The Lord Himself has to wean us . . .

  from the world,

  from friends,

  from enemies,

  from self,

in order to bring us to lean upon Himself. And

every prop He will sooner or later remove–that

we may lean wholly and solely upon His Person,

love, death, and righteousness!

Christ must be all!

(Octavius Winslow)

“Christ is all!” Colossians 3:11

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!” Hebrews 12:2

We cannot keep our eye too exclusively or too intently fixed on Jesus.

All salvation is in Him.

All salvation proceeds from Him.

All salvation leads to Him.

And for the assurance and comfort of our salvation, we are to repose believingly and entirely on Him.

Christ the beginning — Christ the centre — and Christ the end.

Oh sweet truth — to you who are sensible of your spiritual poverty, vileness, and insufficiency, and of the ten thousand flaws and failures of which, perhaps, no one is cognisant but God and your own soul! Oh, to turn and rest in Christ — a full Christ — a loving Christ — a tender Christ, whose heart’s love never chills, from whose eye darts no reproof, from whose lips breathes no sentence of condemnation! Christ must be all!

Is there no silent lesson here for us?

(Horatius Bonar, “Bethany and Its Feast”)

“Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of  Simon the Leper, there came a woman came unto Him having an alabaster jar of very precious ointment,

and poured it on His head as He sat at meat.” Matthew 26:6-7

Reverence, homage, love—are all embodied in this act.

She grudges no cost for Him whom she so reverently


“She hath wrought a good work upon Me” Matthew 26:10

It is Mary whom Jesus marks and commends. Her fervent

love, pouring itself out in one single act of devotion, gets

the highest notice.

Is there no silent lesson here for us? It is not labor,

nor suffering, which get the highest commendation from

Jesus. It is love—pure, warm, ungrudging, loyal love! It

is this which gets the Master’s “Well done.” He can do

without the others—but not without this.

The grand secret!

(Octavius Winslow, “Evening Thoughts”)

“This is real love. It is not that we loved God — but that He loved us and sent His Son as a  sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10

Deal much and closely with a crucified Saviour! This is the grand secret of a constant ascending of the affections to God. If you find it difficult to comprehend the love of God towards you — then read it in the cross of His dear Son!

Dwell upon this amazing fact,

drink into this precious truth,

muse upon it,

ponder it,

search into it,

pray over it,

until your heart is melted down, and broken, and overwhelmed with God’s wondrous love to you, in the gift of Jesus!

Oh, how will this rekindle the flame that is ready to die in your bosom! How it will draw you up in a holy and unreserved surrender of body, soul, and spirit!

Deal much with Jesus!

Whenever you detect . . .

  a waning of love,

  a reluctance to take up the daily cross,

  a shrinking from the precept

 — go immediately to Calvary!

Go simply and directly to Jesus!

Get your heart warmed with ardent love by contemplating Him upon the cross — and soon will the frosts that gather round it melt away, and the congealed current shall begin to flow!

“Who loved me — and gave Himself for me!” Galatians 2:20

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