How He Came To Say It*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema. Maranatha”
(1 Corinthians 16:22).

The smallest lad in the house knows the meaning of all those words except the last two, Anathema [accursed, denounced] and Maranatha [our Lord comes]. Anathema, “to cut off.” Maranatha, “at His coming.” So the whole passage might be read: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be cut off at His coming.” Continue reading

The Three Rings*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Put a ring on his hand” (Luke 15:22).

I will not rehearse the familiar story of the fast young man of the parable [Parable of the Prodigal Son]. You know what a splendid home he left. You know what a hard time he had. And you remember how after that season of vagabondage [wandering] and prodigality [wastefulness] he resolved to go and weep out his sorrows on the bosom of parental forgiveness. Continue reading

The Insignificant*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“And she went and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and happened to light on a part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech” (Ruth 2:3).

Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem at harvest-time. It was the custom when a sheaf fell from a load in the harvest-field for the reapers to refuse to gather it up: that was to be left for the poor who might happen that way. If there were handfuls of grain scattered across the field after the main harvest had been reaped, instead of raking it, as farmers do now, it was, by custom, left in its place, so that the poor might glean it and get their bread (Leviticus 19:9, 10; 23:22). Continue reading

The Three Groups*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by fifties” (Mark 6:40).

The sun was far down in the west, night was coming on, and there were 5,000 people tired, hungry, shelterless. You know how Washington felt at Valley Forge, when his army was starving and freezing. You may imagine how any great-hearted general would feel while his troops were suffering. Imagine, then, how Christ, with His great heart, must have felt as He saw these 5,000 hunger-bitten people. Continue reading

The Ransomless*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“Beware lest He take you away with His stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver you” (Job 36:18).

Trouble makes some men mad. It was so with Job. He had lost his property, he had lost his physical health, he had lost his dear children, and the losses had led to exasperation. I suppose he was in the condition many are now in who sit before me. There are those here whose fortunes have begun to flap their wings, as if to fly away. There is a hollow cough in some of your dwellings. Continue reading

The Road to the City*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“The ransomed of the Lord will return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy” (Isaiah 35:10).

There are hundreds of people in this house this morning who want to find the right road. You sometimes see a person halting at a crossroads, and you can tell by the look on his face that he needs to ask directions. And I stand in your presence this morning conscious of the fact that many of you here realize that there are a thousand wrong roads, but only one right one; and I take it for granted that you have come in to ask which one it is. Continue reading

The Great Assize*

Bibliology
Guest Writer Thomas DeWitt Talmage

“When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit on the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31, 32).

Sermon preached at Cork, Ireland, Sunday morning, 6 September 1885

Half-way between Chamouny, Switzerland, and Martigny, I reined in the horse on which I was riding, and looked off on the most wonderful natural amphitheater of valley, mountain, and rock, and said to my companion, “What an appropriate place this would be for the Last Judgement! Yonder overhanging rock, the place for the Judgement Seat. These galleries of surrounding hills, occupied by attendant angels. This vast valley, sweeping miles this way and miles that, the audience-room for all nations.” Continue reading