Table of Contents. The Temptation of Christ. Christ the Only Preservative Against a Reprobate Spirit, 56. Christ hath said it, and Christ will stand, “Unless a man,” learned or unlearned, high or low, though he be a master of Israel as Nicodemus was, unless he “be born again, he cannot see, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”. Sermons 58 and 59 are from Select Sermons of George Whitefield With and Account of His Life by J. C. Ryle, Banner of Truth, 1990. Christ the only Preservative against a Reprobate Spirit. Indeed, revelation itself is founded upon the doctrine of the fall. We have the example of the great God himself for such a practice; “Come (says he) and let us reason together.” And St. Paul, that prince of preachers, “reasoned of temperance, and righteousness, and a judgment to come.” And it is remarkable, “that whilst he was reasoning of these things, Felix trembled.” Nor are the most persuasive strains of holy rhetoric less needful for a scribe ready instructed to the kingdom of God. GWP '18: The second annual George Whitefield Program Training Week was even better than the first one. 2:2), 46. Until Jesus Comes, Yet a little while, and we like him shall say “It is finished;” we shall bow down our heads an give up the ghost. The week was filled with the awestruck wonder of the great and glorious gospel of our dear Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. In these, as in a true glass, we may see our real and proper likeness. (Luke 18:14), 35. Marks of a True Conversion. saith the Lord. 04. how long man stood before he fell? Holy David, the man after God's own heart, speaking of himself, says, “so foolish was I, and as a beast before thee.” And holy Job, speaking of man in general, says, that “he is born as a wild ass's colt,” or take away the expletive, which as some think ought to be done, and then he positively asserts, that man is a wild ass's colt. George Whitefield : The Method of Grace: George Whitefield : The Pharisee and Publican: George Whitefield : The Potter and the Clay: George Whitefield : The Power of Christ's Resurrection: George Whitefield : The Resurrection of Lazarus: George Whitefield : The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness: George Whitefield Warren Marquardt, I had such a great time at the GWP training week. (Dan. (Gen. 3:15), 3. An Exhortation to the People of God not to be discouraged in their Way, by the Scoffs and Contempt of wicked Men. George Whitefield | The Narrated Puritan - T M S. The Narrated Puritan : Play. 5:34), 19. Who, who is there amongst us, that upon such a melancholy review of man' present, real, and most deplorable depravity both in body and soul, can refrain from weeping over such a piece of marred clay? God really sanctified and grew my heart to a more wholehearted devotion to Christ's Supremacy and lost souls. 5:25), 55. At what time, or how the prophet was employed when it came, we are not told. What is glory but grace triumphant? To deliver a multitude of souls of every nation, language and tongue, from so many moral evils, and to reinstate them in an incomparably more excellent condition than that from whence they are fallen, is an end worthy the shedding of such precious blood. I suppose, I may take it for granted, that all of you amongst whom I am now preaching the kingdom of God, hope after death to go to a place which we call Heaven. The Great Duty of Charity Recommended, 50. Sometimes he was pleased to send a favorite prophet on some especial errand; and whilst he was thus employed, vouchsafed to give him a particular message, which he was ordered to deliver without reserve to all the inhabitants of the land. Samuel Rutherford and Some of His Correspondents (eBook), Five Misconceptions about the Reformation, How to Teach the Reformation to the Next Generation, 10 Things You Should Know about Covenant Theology, 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s Preaching. (Isaiah 44:5), 13. Show footnotes. And what says our Lord, “Ye are of your father the devil;” and “the whole world is said to lie in him, the wicked one, who now rules in the children of disobedience,” that is, in all unrenewed souls. GWP '17: I am overwhelmed in the boundless, fathomless, and infinite depths of His great grace. His own description of it is the best account that can be given: 'Last Sunday, in the afternoon, I preached my first sermon in the church of St. Mary-le-Crypt, where I was baptized, and also first received the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. But this is not all, we have yet more evidence to call; for do the blindness of our understandings, the perverseness of our will, the rebellion of our affections, the corruption our consciences, the depravity of our reason prove this charge; and does not present disordered frame and constitution of our bodies confirm the same also? Amen and Amen. Whether they will or not, this enmity from time to time bubbles up, and in spite of all their watchfulness and care, when they are under the pressure of some sharp affliction, a long desertion, or tedious night of temptation, they often find something within rising in rebellion against the all-wise disposals of divine Providence, and saying unto God their heavenly Father, “what dost thou?” This makes them to cry (and no wonder, since it constrained one of the greatest saints and apostles first to introduce the expression) “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” The spiritual and renewed soul groans thus, being burdened; but as for the natural and unawakened man, it is not so with him; self-will, as well as every other evil, either in a more latent or discernible manner, reigns in his unrenewed soul, and proves him, even to a demonstration to others, whether he knows, or will confess it himself or not, that in respect to the disorders of his will, as well as his understanding, man is only a piece of marred clay. As man was created originally “after God in knowledge,” as well as righteousness and true holiness, we may rationally infer, that his understanding, in respect to things natural, as well as divine, was of a prodigious extent: for he was make but a little lower than the angels, and consequently being like them, excellent in his understanding, he knew much of God, of himself, and all about him; and in this as well as every other respect, was, as Mr. Golter expresses it in one of his essays, a perfect major: but this is far from being our case now. And was there any thing so extraordinary in this, that it should be ushered in with the word Behold? 480+ | 21 min: Recommendation of John Bunyan's Works. As for the extraordinary operations of the Holy Ghost, such as working of miracles, or speaking with divers kinds of tongues, they are long since ceased. Britain's Mercies, and Britain's Duty. But now the scene is changed. His sermon, “How To Listen To Sermons,” asks a basic question that many have not considered. An Exhortation to the People of God Not to Be Discouraged in Their Way, by the Scoffs and Contempt of Wicked Men, 57. May I not do what I will with my own? © 2018 Monergism by CPR Foundation. If you have never prayed extensively in a corporate setting like this, you don't know what you're missing. Heaven is rather a state than a place; and consequently, unless you are previously disposed by a suitable state of mind, you could not be happy even in heaven itself. On this account, true believers are said to be “born from above, to be born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Their second, as well as their first creation, is truly and purely divine. Tags: Table of Contents. For we are not naturally full of vile affections, which like a mighty and impetuous torrent carry all before them. The Good Shepherd [A Farewell Sermon (The last sermon which Whitefield preached in London, on Wednesday, August 30th, 1769, before his final departure to America.)] 22:42), 25. Sermon #6: Britain’s Mercies, and Britain’s Duty. 03. He was a griping cheating publican; and yet, perhaps, in one quarter of an hour's time, his heart is enlarged, and he made quite willing to give half of his goods to feed the poor. For the Son of Man is Come to Seek and to Save that Which is Lost. Being thus marred, I suppose, the potter, without the least imputation of injustice, might have thrown it aside, and taken up another piece of clay in its room. Methinks I see him all attention. Sermon #54: Intercession Every Christian’s Duty. Christ the only Rest for the Weary and Heavy-Laden, Worldly Business no Plea for the Neglect of Religion, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing, The Observation of the Birth of Christ, the Duty of all Christians; or the True Way of Keeping Christmas, The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness, A Preservative Against Unsettled Notions, and Want of Principles, In Regard to Righteousness, and Christian Perfection, The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteousness Enough. The Good Shepherd [A Farewell Sermon (The last sermon which Whitefield preached in London, on Wednesday, August 30th, 1769, before his final departure to America.)] 1:30), 45. (Matt. That he might be made an example to them that should hereafter believe. II. 05. And though, as the great God is without body, parts, or passions, we cannot suppose when it is said “God made man after his own image,” that it has any reference to his body, yet I cannot help thinking (with Doctor South) that as the eternal Logos was hereafter to appear, God manifest in the flesh, infinite wisdom was undoubtedly exerted in forming a casket into which so invaluable a pearl was in the fullness of time to be deposited. Sermon #9: The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteousness Enough. Some remains of this are yet left; but alas, how dimly does it burn, and how easily and quickly is it covered, or put out and extinguished. A A . Reader Width. George Whitefield Sermons. Behold, we put ourselves as blanks in thine hands, deal with us as seemeth good in thy sight, only let every cross, ever affliction, every temptation, be overruled to the stamping thy blessed image in more lively characters on our hearts; that so passing from glory to glory, by the powerful operations of they blessed Spirit, we may be made thereby more and more meet for, and at last be translated to a full, perfect, endless, and uninterrupted enjoyment of glory hereafter, with thee O Father, thee O Son, and thee O blessed Spirit; to whom, three persons but one God, be ascribed, as is most due, all honor, power, might, majesty and dominion, now and to all eternity. (Matt. (Eccles 12:1), 12. “How (says he) can a man be born when he is old? I would highly recommend that you consider joining us next year for the third annual GWP Training Week. Need we now any further witness, that man, fallen man, is altogether a piece of marred clay? To Moses, he spoke face to face. Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty, 08. From a persecutor, he became a preacher; was afterwards made a spiritual father to thousands, and now probably sits nearest the Lord Jesus Christ in glory. The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent. Sometimes a history class can be boring, but not this one. The Seed of the Woman, and the Seed of the Serpent. In addition, because of his 30+ years experience as a pastor and herald, he had lots to teach us about the character qualifications of and the holiness any man called to preach God's truth much strive for. What a dreaming visionary, or superstitious enthusiast, would this Jeremiah be accounted, even by many who read his prophecies with seeming respect, was he alive now? For in respect to natural things, our understandings are evidently darkened. The passage of more than a hundred years since Spurgeon has not changed his assessment. For unless a man was very much disordered indeed, as to his understanding, will, affections, natural conscience, and his power of reasoning, he could never possibly deny such a revelation, which is founded on a multiplicity of infallible external evidences, hath so many internal evidences of a divine stamp in every page, is so suited to the common exigencies of all mankind, so agreeable to the experience of all men, and which hath been so wonderfully handed and preserved to us, hath been so instrumental to the convicting, converting, and comforting so many millions of souls, and hath stood the test of the most severe scrutinies, and exact criticisms of the most subtle and refined, as well as the most malicious and persecuting enemies, that ever lived, even from the beginning of time to this very day.