The Reformation did not directly touch the question of the true character of God's church.
The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.
Nationalism - in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies - consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it.
Nothing is more prominently brought forward in the New Testament than the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I can say, Christ has been my only object; thank God, my righteousness too... Hold fast to Christ.
The Epistle is a correction of profession without life, and most valuable in this respect.
I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole church ought to be well instructed in the word, and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity.
If real churches exist, such persons are not called on to make them.
Obedience to the word in humility of mind never confuses.
The salvation of the elect was as certain before His advent, though accomplished by it, as afterwards.
I had always owned them to be the Word of God... the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God.
Jude has a very different character. It is not the cradle of Christianity, or of the assembly on earth: it is its decay and its death here below. It does not keep its first estate.
Christ preferred the poor; ever since I have been converted so have I.
God is sufficient in all ages for His church.
But the more we search the Scriptures, the more we perceive, in this doctrine, the fundamental truth of the gospel - that truth which gives to redemption its character, and to all other truths their real power.
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