“When a minister will just hold up Jesus Christ as a model man there is no power in it; the truth is, when you hold up Jesus Christ as a good man and not as the Son of God, it is all nonsense. Jesus Christ was either the Son of God, or he was the biggest rascal that ever walked on earth. When a man claims to be the Son of God, and is not, he is a liar, and a liar is never a good man.
“Essence and revelation, being and clothing are the two ideas of the entire creation.
“The clothing of our race since the fall is not the mere result of physical necessity, it springs from a divine purpose. God meant that thought, and pure taste, and a sense of propriety, should be called forth in it, and by it, and that it should exercise a refining and elevating influence on man; and his book declares, (Gen.
“But the end of all things is at hand:” – 1 Peter 4:7
Eternity! Eternity! Oh if The soul could grasp the lengthening, lengthening, Ever endless lengthening, lengthening of this, The endless endless, never ending endless Endlessness, as countless ages roll In flaming waves, or glory’s tide, O’er lost or ransomed soul, If crippled wren with broken wing could start On earth throughout this endless, endless, Never ending endless day To hobble from Pacific’s peaceful shore To where Atlantic’s waves and traffic roar.
Christ now further says:
“He shall bear witness of me.”
 That is, if he is in the heart he speaks through you, and assures and confirms you in the belief that the Gospel is true. Then, as a result, the confession of the Gospel springs forth. What, then, is the Gospel? It is a witness concerning Christ, that he is God’s Son, the Saviour, and beside him there is none other.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
”…there is still one more thing here, that Christ says: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” Here you might say: I perceive, then, that baptism is also required. To be sure it is, but baptism is not a work that we do. It is to be coupled, however, with faith, because God would not have faith to be hidden in the heart, but would have it burst forth and manifest itself to the world.
“It was a common expression of the great Tertullian that when the world condemns us, God forgives us. It is absolutely impossible for the world and the true Christian church to be at love with each other.
“We are told distinctly that we are not to love the world, neither the things that are in the world, and the strange thing among many professed Christians in the present day is that they cannot understand at all why there should be any difference between the church and the world; they seem to think that that minister of the Gospel who is not popular with the world is not worth anything, while the truth is that the minister of the Gospel that is popular with the world is not worth having.
“Now then, says our God, as to you, His jewels, I will spare you as a man spareth his own son that serveth him, and that is never.
“I tell you, my dear friends, you are God’s jewels, and when you come before Him on that last great day, He will look upon each one of you as if you were the only jewel He had. He does not bunch the whole world together and say these millions of people are My jewels, but He takes your daughter.
“If God permits us to be thus sorely tried, we should learn then not to follow our own opinion, or human counsel, which directs us hither and thither, nor to depend on ourselves and others, but we should consider that we must seek Christ in the things of his Father; that is, that we cling simply and alone to the Word of the Gospel, which directs us Christians in the right way and gives us correct knowledge.
I know, Lord, that thou canst do everything; power belongs to thee, and with thee nothing is impossible; what thou hast promised, thou art able also to perform. Thou art good, and doest good, good to all; and thy tender mercy is over all thy works, that thou wouldest cause thy goodness to pass before me, that I may taste and see that the Lord is good, and have his loving-kindness always before mine eyes.
It’s easy to be discouraged, and even to fall into despair sometimes. Yet in these darkest times, we can choose to remember the goodness and faithfulness of our Father, the one true God who made you, and cares for you. May He bless you with comfort and peace today and always.
“It is proper that we know ourselves, and the more thoroughly we do this the better; but you must not reject grace because of your sins.