F. W. Grant

Lecture 8 - What Brings the Time of His Patience to an End

(Rev. iii. 14-22). We now come, beloved friends, the solemn close of all; and it is very striking that it comes immediately after the epistle to Philadelphia, in which more than a little gleam of light and blessing shone out. The two things are very closely connected: the blessing of the church in Philadelphia really leads us, in a sense, to the judgment of the church in Laodicea. The great feature in the address to Laodicea is that they are lukewarm - neither cold n...

Lecture 7 - Christ's Word and His Name

(Rev. iii. 7--13). We have much before us to-night, which I shall do poor justice to in the short time before me. But there are some prominent characteristics of the state of things to which this epistle addresses itself which I wish to bring before you. I do not intend to go into many details, but merely to apply certain prominent points, in this address. This epistle has a different character from any former one. The Lord speaks of Himself in a very distinct way ...

Lecture 6 - Sleeping Among the Dead

(Rev. iii. i-6). In the address to the church of Thyatira, we find the Lord announcing His coming, and bidding His saints wait to share then with Him the authority which the false Church was assuming to have already. Thus Thyatira presents us with a phase of things which goes on at least until the Lord comes for His saints; not indeed until the rising of the Sun of Righteousness upon the world, of which Malachi speaks, but until He comes as the Morning Star - the herald o...

Lecture 5 - "Ye Have Reigned as Kings Without Us"

(Rev. ii. 23-29). As I have already said, we have here the full, ripe fruit of the Church’s declension. We have, in a sense, the perfect development, the full corn in the ear, ready for the sickle of judgment at His coming again - a coming first announced here in these addresses. The ripe fruit tells us what the tree is; the end tells us what the thing has been from the beginning. If we look at the church of Thyatira, or rather at the woman Jezebel, we shall see that...

Lecture 8 - The Passage of the Sea

(Exodus 13: 17-14: 31.) We have before us now the completion of Israel's deliverance out of Egypt. Not till they crossed the sea were they fully delivered. Indeed, salvation is not spoken of until they come to it. It is manifest that salvation, as typified in the things we are considering, implies much more than deliverance from wrath and condemnation; and yet this is the sense in which we habitually use it. Here, at the sea, the question is no more between the people and ...

Lecture 4 - The Woman Jezebel, and the Voice of the Church

(Rev. ii. 18-23). We are going on to-night with the fourth of these epistles to the seven churches - the epistle to Thyatira. It is only the first part of this that we shall have before us now. The latter part will be reserved until another time, if the Lord will. We have now come to what has very plain and simple application to Popery, or Romanism. We have been tracing the steps leading down to it; and when we begin to speak of Romanism (if this be a true application...

Lecture 3 - Establishments, and a Money Basis

(Rev. ii. 12-17). We have seen, beloved friends, two main Steps in the Church’s outward decline, after the loss of first love had made any departure possible. First of all, the divine idea of the Church was lost. Instead of its being a body of people having, in the full and proper sense, eternal life and salvation, children of God, members of Christ, and called out of the world, as not belonging to it, it became a mere "gathering together" of people, for whom indeed ...

A Feast for the Lord

(Luke v. 29 ; John xii. 2, 3.)   I find but two cases in which a feast was said to have been made expressly for the Lord; and these two seem to be in designed and beautiful contrast with one another. In the first case we find Him in company with sinners; in the last with saints. In the first case He is come down upon the ground natural to us, where alone He could meet us all; in the second, He has taken us through all that appalls nature, and set us down in triumph the other side of ...

New Creation

"Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth." (Isa. lxv. 17.) "If any man be in Christ, a new creature : old things are passed away ; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. v. 17.) "In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, bnt a new creature." (Gal. vi. 15.) "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works." (Eph. ii. 10.) "For to make in Himself of twain one new man." (Eph. ii. 15.) "The new man, which after God is created in ri...

The First Resurrection and the Body that Shall Be

According to Scripture the first resurrection, or that of the saints, precedes the resurrection of the wicked by more than a thousand years, and is always carefully distinguished from it. It is the first resurrection, as distinguished from that of the "rest of the dead," who live not again till the thousand years are finished, and whom we then find assembled before the great white throne. (Rev. xx.) It is therefore the resurrection from, not merely death, as all resurrection is, but from or out ...
Syndicate content