“I know your works—behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it—for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.”—Revelation 3:8 Here is encouragement from Horatio Bonar, Scottish hymn writer and pastor: It is Christ’s gracious character and tender heart that … More Horatio Bonar: Our Little Strength, and the Lord’s Great Love
We learn from Mark 2:13-17 that Jesus is a physician. The Scribes and Pharisees complained that he was eating and drinking with sinners. But Jesus told them that those who are healthy don’t need a doctor, but the sick sure do. Here is J. C. Ryle: The Lord Jesus did not come into the world, … More Divine Prescription
Henry Law, at “Grace Gems!” Ponder well this Ladder. Another like it, earth never saw. Mark its extent. It unites the worlds of Deity and man. It connects our sin-vile hovels with the abode of the Eternal. Resting on the ground, which our feet defile, it rises and stretches upward, and pierces the skies, and mounts … More The SUMMIT of this Ladder is Jesus reigning, the ever living God.
Henry Law, 1797-1884, was a teacher/preacher in the evangelical party of the Church of England and a prolific writer, including this wonderful nugget from The Gospel in the Pentateuch, found at “Grace Gems!” For three days Abraham journeyed towards the appointed mount. This was large opportunity for unbelief to whisper many a dissuading thought. This … More Henry Law: “the joy of Isaac born is nothing to the joy of Isaac restored.”
We just celebrated the birth of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us! J. C. Ryle further expands on the significance of the incarnation at Grace Gems: Let us take care that we have clear views of our Lord Jesus Christ’s nature and person. It is a point of the deepest … More Immanuel-God With Us!
John 16:1-4 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor … More Grace is never really popular.
J.C.Ryle on John 6:66-71 Let us mark, lastly, in this passage, what little benefit some men get from religious privileges. We read that our Lord said, “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil.” And it goes on, “He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” If ever there was … More Got Grace?
J.C. Ryle on Jesus’ gracious words of intercession from the cross: (Luke 23:32-37) We read that when He was crucified, His first words were, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” His own racking agony of body did not make Him forget others. The first of His seven sayings on the cross was … More Infinite Love and Grace
J.C. Ryle on Luke 19:1-10 Luke 19:9 And Jesus said to him[Zacchaeus], “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” It is impossible, with such a passage as this before as, to exalt too highly the … More Infinite Grace!
And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 J.C.Ryle comments at GraceGems.org: We see in those words a vivid picture of the heart of many a true Christian. Few indeed are to … More Faith and Doubt