C.H. Mackintosh

Christ In the Vessel

Mark 4:35-41 "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." This is a very familiar saying. It often passes among us; and no doubt, we fully believe it; but yet, when we find ourselves brought to our extremity, we are often very little prepared to count on God's opportunity. It is one thing to utter or hearken to a truth, and another thing to realize the power of that truth. It is one thing, when sailing over a calm sea, to speak of God's ability to keep us in the storm, and it is another thing ...

Eternal Punishment

John 3:36 I have been thinking a good deal of late, on the last verse of the third chapter of John. It seems to me to furnish a most powerful answer to two of the leading heresies of this our day, namely, Universalism on the one hand, and Annihilationism, on the other: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." The deniers of eternal punishment, as you know, are divided into two clas...

"Life-Works"

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6:10). If anything could enhance the value of these lovely words, it would be the fact of their being found at the close of the Epistle to the Galatians. In the progress of this very remarkable writing, the inspired apostle cuts up by the roots the entire system of legal righteousness. He proves, in the most unanswerable way, that by works of law, of any sort, moral o...

The Sympathy and Grace of Jesus

(Read carefully Matthew 14:1-21 and Mark 6:30-44) In these two parallel scriptures we are presented with two distinct conditions of heart which both find their answer in the sympathy and grace of Jesus. Let us look closely at them and may the Holy Spirit enable us to gather up and bear away their precious teaching! It was a moment of deep sorrow to John's disciples when their master fell by the sword of Herod, when the one on whom they had been accustomed to lean and from whose lips t...

Divine Titles

It is at once interesting, instructive, and edifying to mark the various titles under which God appears in the Holy Scriptures. These titles are expressive of certain characters and relationships in which God has been pleased to reveal Himself to man' and we are persuaded that the Christian reader will find solid profit and real spiritual refreshment and blessing in the study of this subject. We can do little more in this brief paper than offer a suggestion or two, leaving the reader to s...

Concerned About Your Assembly? Trust the Lord for the Answer.

    When for the first time in the whole canon of Scripture, the Church, properly so called, is named, we have those memorable words,...

Beware of Covetousness

And said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15) How difficult it is to define this “covetousness!” how hard to bring it home to the conscience! It is, as some one has said of worldliness, “shaded off gradually from white to jet black.” It is only as we are imbued with the spirit and mind of heaven, and thoroughly schooled in...

A Fragment of Worship

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name (Heb. 13:15). It is deeply important that the Christian reader should understand the true character of the worship God looks for, and in which He delights. God delights in Christ; and hence it should be our constant aim to present Him to God. Christ should ever be the material of our worship, and He will be, in proportion as we are led by...

Righteousness

Christ is the believer’s righteousness, as we read in 1 Corinthians 1:30, "Who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption." Again in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He [God] hath made Him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him." When we had no righteousness for God, He provided a righteousness for us, and that righteousness is Christ—a crucified, risen, and glorious Christ....

The Perfect Word of God

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psalm 19:7). We are not in any wise dependent upon human testimony in forming our conclusions as to the divine origin of the Bible, inasmuch as these conclusions rest upon a foundation furnished by the Bible itself. God’s Word, as well as His work, speaks for itself; it carries its own credentials with it; it speaks to the heart; it reaches down to the great moral roots ...
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