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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The broken column



The broken column

‘And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee: but—.’ 
Luke 9:61

Suggested Further Reading: 
Matthew 19:16–30

‘Lord, I will follow thee: but -.’ How remarkably does Scripture prove to us that the mental characteristics of mankind are the same now as in the Saviour’s day! We occasionally hear stories of old skeletons being dug up which are greater in stature than men of these times.

 Some credit the story, some do not, for there are many who maintain that the physical conformation of man is at this day just what it always was.

 Certainly, however, there can be no dispute whatever among observant men as to the identity of the inner nature of man.
 The gospel of Christ may well be an unchanging gospel, for it is a remedy which has to deal with an unaltering disease. 

The very same objections which were made to Christ in the days of his flesh are made to his gospel now. The same effects are produced under the ministry of Christ’s servants in these modern times as were produced by his own ministry.

 Still are the promised hopes which made glad the preacher’s heart, blasted and withered by the same blights and the same mildews which of old withered and blasted the prospects of the ministry during our Lord’s own personal sojourn in the world.

 O what hundreds, what myriads of persons have we whose consciences are aroused, whose judgments are a little enlightened, and yet they vacillate—they live and die unchanged. Like Reuben, ‘unstable as water’ they do ‘not excel.’

 They would follow Christ, but something lies in the way: they would join with him in this generation, but some difficulty suggests itself: they would enter the kingdom of heaven, but there is a lion in the street. 

They lie in the bed of the sluggard, instead of rising up with vigour and striving to enter in at the strait gate.

For meditation: 

‘But’ is a wonderful word when it expresses God’s gracious attitude towards sinful man (Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4), 
but a terrible word when it expresses sinful man’s disgraceful attitude towards him (Jeremiah 6:16–17).

Sermon no. 403
4 August (1861)

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 If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, 
you can be accepted into his kingdom. 
 I invite you to let him to make of you what He always wanted. 

"PRAYER" 
Marvelous God Almighty, 
 I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, 
who died for me to make me free of sin, 
 I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free.
 I confess that He is the son of God.
 I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value,
 not only to live on this earth, 
but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
 In the precious name of Jesus I ask. 
Amen..
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 not in its fashion and manner, 
but in the truth which it contains.” 
.... Reflection and inspiration from the "Prince of Preachers,"
~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~ 

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