Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Friday, January 22, 2016

More scarce and precious than a bar of gold!

from Octavius Winslow's, "The Redeemer, the
Revelation of the Father's Glory" October, 1844 


"The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign Lord,
"when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine
of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord."
Amos 8:11

Already has this famine of the true word of God commenced!

How few, forming their ministry upon the apostolic
model, can affirm with Paul, "My speech and my
preaching are not with enticing words of man's wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power!"

How few, disdaining artificial embellishment, and
scorning the applause of men won by a vain show
of intellect and eloquence, preach that simple truth
of which Jesus is the Author, the Substance, the
Glory, the Power, and the End; purely, boldly,
faithfully, affectionately, uncompromisingly!

How few who honestly and heartily desire to lift up
their Lord and Master; themselves lost behind the
glory of His person and the splendors of His cross!

How sadly, how painfully, is the Lord Jesus Christ
kept in the background! How is His glory obscured,
His beauty veiled, His honor withheld!

"The time will come, when a faithful minister
of the Gospel will be more scarce and precious
than a bar of gold!" John Owen

"The time is surely coming," says the Sovereign Lord,
"when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine
of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord."
Amos 8:11

2 comments:

Darrel said...

"How few". How few indeed! For today's crop of "preachers" perhaps a more pointed question would be "Are there any?" who preach the unaltered Word and seek the unvarnished glory of the Savior. As we have discussed so often of late the sad state of things on all fronts, this is perhaps the least discussed among 'church' goers, bloggers, and certainly not the 'preachers' themselves. Finding none who are faithful to the Word and the Savior is an easy task, pick one (preacher), any one will do for there are NONE that have not already disqualified themselves long ago. [I know of only one who did not succumb to the lies presented by today's crop of hirelings, but I suspect he is retired now due to poor health].

"My speech and my preaching are not with enticing words of man's wisdom..." stated Paul, but today's 'preacher' uses nothing else but 'enticing words of man's wisdom' (usually their own version of "wisdom"), with the sole objective being their own "ministry" exalted far beyond that of their peers with their own pedestal being the highest one. And the foolish people who listen to these liars are so duped that they will defend their 'golden boy preacher' over and above the Word of God and the Lord Jesus.

lyn said...

very well stated Darrel, most of today's professing Christians follow man, and NOT Christ. They defend their fav celeb preacher over the pure, unadulterated word of God, making excuses for the glaring errors of their golden boy(s) or girl, and prove they too are unregenerate. There is a remnant that follow the Lamb and do not fear man, we will soon see a greater falling away as persecution and pressure to join all religions mounts, causing the phonies to adhere to whatever comes along for fear of man, and the remnant to stand even stronger on His truth, being empowered by our Lord for this stance. It will get much worse, and we know what that means.....even so, come Lord Jesus!!!!