Category Archives: Grace Gems

Engraved

“Behold! I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!” Isaiah 49:16

‘”Behold,” says Immutable One, “I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!”
Not on the mountains, as colossal as they are – for they shall depart;
on no page of nature’s vast volume – for the last fires shall scorch them;
not on blazing sun – for he shall grow dim with age;
not on glorious heavens – for they shall be folded together as a scroll.
But on . . .
the hands of might and love,
the hands which made the worlds,
the hands which were transfixed on Calvary,
– I have engraved you there!

“No corroding power can efface the writing, or obliterate your name!

“You are Mine now – and Mine forever!”

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;
no one can snatch them out of My hand!” John 10:28

~ John MacDuff

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The Glorious Gospel of Christ

“The glorious gospel of Christ!” 2 Corinthians 4:4

“The gospel is a glorious revelation of divine grace – a manifestation of the purpose and good pleasure of God, to save sinners in harmony with, and to the honor of – all His divine perfections.

“The gospel contains . . .
the loftiest doctrines,
the largest promises, and
the freest invitations conceivable!

“The gospel exhibits the Lord Jesus Christ, in . . .
the glory of His person,
the depth of His love,
the vastness of His merit, and
His infinite willingness to save the vilest sinners!

“The gospel is a proclamation . . .
of peace by the blood-shedding of God incarnate;
of a full, free, and complete salvation – for all who truly believe on His name;
of a glorious inheritance, an everlasting kingdom, and a crown of glory – as a free gift for the vilest of men! Or in other words, the gospel is the good news of pardon, peace, protection, and everlasting life – for all who are willing to receive and enjoy them!

“In the gospel . . .
God’s heart is laid bare,
the fullness of Christ is thrown open, and
miserable souls are invited to come and be made eternally happy!

“The gospel contains . . .
God’s kindest thoughts,
God’s wisest plans,
God’s most gracious promises, and
God’s fullest revelation of Himself!

“The gospel is . . .
balm for sinners’ wounds,
solace for the troubled conscience,
and the remedy for a sin-broken heart!

“The gospel is God’s powerful instrument, through which He . . .
raises the dead in sin,
enlightens the blind mind,
pardons the guilty,
cleanses the filthy heart,
heals the sin-sick soul, and
makes the miserable, eternally happy!

“In a word, the gospel reveals . . .
all that God can give,
all that man can need, and
all that the child of God can enjoy!

“Yet many spurn the gospel . . .
some on account of its simplicity,
some on account of its spirituality,
and some on account of its purity.

“The gospel lays man in the dust – and places God on the throne! It places man as a sinner, at the sovereign disposal of God. It will yield nothing to man’s pride, and pays no compliment to man’s supposed goodness or abilities.

“If a man is saved at all . . .
it is of grace alone,
it is by Christ alone,
it is to God’s honor alone!

“The gospel despises the wisdom of the world, and puts the rich and the poor, the moral and immoral, the learned and illiterate – on the same level! The pride of man cannot tolerate this!

“The gospel must be experimentally known by the teaching of the Holy Spirit – before it will be loved, prized, and practiced as it ought!

“Do WE personally and experimentally know the gospel? Have we tasted its sweetness – as well as felt its power? Is it to us, more desirable than gold – even the finest gold? Is it sweeter than honey – even honey dripping from the comb?

“Have we received the gospel with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power?
Has it . . .
enlightened our judgments,
purified our hearts, and
corrected our lives?”

~ James Smith, Rills from the Rock of Ages

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When You See A Dog Following Two Men

“You cannot serve both God – and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

“Of the enemies of the cross of Christ, the apostle declares that they “mind earthly things.” They are only concerned about increasing their stores, and thus be able to say with the rich man of whom the Savior speaks, that they have much goods laid up for many years; on the strength of which they intend to take their ease, and eat, drink, and be merry. All their thoughts are of the earth, earthy. The things of time and sense – they regard as first and last, middle and end.

“It is impossible for the mind to be governed at the same time by two opposite principles. The love of the world – and the love of God – are diametrically opposed to each other. ‘If any man loves the world–the love of the Father is not in him.’ ‘Don’t you know that the friendship of the world – is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world – is the enemy of God.’ ‘You cannot serve both God – and mammon.’

“To borrow a quaint illustration from one of our old writers, ‘When you see a dog following two men – so long as they walk together, you do not know to which of them the dog belongs. But let them come to a parting road and there separate from each other – then it will soon be seen who is the owner, for the dog will follow his master wherever he goes.’

“Just so, an individual may pursue the world, and retain a Christian profession at the same time – and it is often difficult to ascertain whether God or the world possesses his affections. But by and bye he comes to a parting road, when God calls him one way, and the world another way – and then he will show to whom he really belongs. If God is his master – then he will follow and obey God. But if the world is his master – then he will follow after it!

“O my soul, how are you affected by the respective claims of the things of time – and those of eternity? After a few more rising and setting suns, it will be a matter of total indifference to you – whether you have been rich or poor, successful in your business or unsuccessful. But it will be of unspeakable consequence – whether you have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before you in the gospel.

“Listen, then, to the words of the Lord Jesus, ‘Do not labor for food that spoils – but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.’ ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also!'”

~ John MacDuff

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The Representative of Christ in the World

“Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.” Titus 2:10

“Christ enjoined upon every one of His disciples to study Him, to learn of Him, and to imitate His example. A true Christian is the representative of Christ in this world – the only embodiment of gospel teaching and influences, that is presented in human society. How vitally important is it, then, that those of us who profess and call ourselves Christians, should make our Christianity attractive! Multitudes of people know very little and think very little about the Lord Jesus; nearly all the ideas they get of His religion – is what they see in those who profess it!

“An attractive Christian is the one who hits the most nearly that golden mean between love on the one hand – and firmness on the other hand. He is strict – but not censorious. He is sound – and yet sweet and mellow, as one who dwells much in the sunshine of Christ’s countenance. He never incurs contempt by compromising with wrong – nor does he provoke others to dislike of him by doing right in a very harsh or hateful or bigoted fashion.

“Our Master is our model. What marvelous example of gentleness, forbearance, and unselfish love adorned His life! What He was – we, in our imperfect measure, should pray and strive after. Study Jesus, brethren. Get your souls saturated with His spirit. His grace imparted to you and His example imitated – can turn your deformity into beauty, and adorn your lives with those things which are true and honest and lovely. We must make our daily religion more winsome!”

“Leaving you an example – that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21

~ Theodore Cuyler, Wayside Springs from the Fountain of Life

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A Foolish Notion

“Let it be a settled principle again in our religion, that when a man’s general conversation is ungodly–his heart is graceless and unconverted. Let us not give way to the foolish notion, that no one can know anything of the state of another’s heart, and that although men are living wickedly–they have good hearts at the bottom. Such notions are flatly contradictory to our Lord’s teaching. Is the general tone of a man’s speech carnal, worldly, godless or profane? Then let us understand, that this is the state of his heart! When a man’s tongue is extensively wrong, it is absurd, no less than unscriptural, to say that his heart is right!”

“No good tree bears bad fruit; nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart; and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart–his mouth speaks!” Luke 6:43-45

~ J.C. Ryle

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