John M’Kenzie, Sermons

A Sermon Preached By John M’Kenzie At Zoar Chapel, Great Alie St, London, On Monday October 24th, 1842

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word, is truth.”—John 17:17

From these words I shall at once proceed to make a few remarks, without staying either to consider their connection, or losing time with any introductory observations, but shall immediately come to the subject by dividing it into two general heads.

First: examine a little into the nature of the doctrine of divine sanctification; and

Secondly: enquire briefly what we are to understand by truth, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

We observe then, first, that “sanctification” throughout die Scriptures conveys the meaning of a separation or a setting apart for holy purposes. And under the ceremonial law, we find that not only the High Priest, but that all the other priests were sanctified and purified to consecrate and set them apart for their various offices in the service of the temple; and that everything connected with that dispensation was sanctified and set apart for some special and holy purpose; and as these were only types and shadows of good things to come, we are led at once to God’s spiritual and peculiar people, who were sanctified and set apart in the unalterable purpose and counsel of Jehovah from all eternity.

But in briefly considering the nature of divine sanctification, we shall take a threefold view of it.

I. Sanctification is ascribed to God the Father. In the first verse of Jude’s epistle, the elect are said to he “sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called,” and in Ephesians 1:8 the Apostle says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; according as he hath…

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A Sermon Preached By John M’Kenzie At Providence Chapel, Eden St, Hampstead Rd, on Lord’s Day morning, August 15th, 1847

“O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob, our fathers; keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people; and prepare their heart unto thee.”—1 Chronicles 29:18

The preaching of the gospel of Christ is one of the greatest blessings which God confers upon the church, next to the gift of the beloved Son and the Scriptures; because it pleaseth God “by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” When I say preaching, I mean such as God alone sends and blesses to the salvation of souls, and the glory of his own name. Where such preaching is, it is a prominent blessing. On the other hand, that preaching which is neither commissioned by nor owned of God is the greatest plague the church of God can be burdened with. The former proceeds immediately from God; the latter from the flesh, pride, and the devil. And as the Spirit raised up the Apostles in the days of Christ, and sent them out to preach the gospel with power; so Satan also sent forth men, transforming them into angels of light, “false apostles, deceitful workers”; and these, in all ages, are a plague to the church of God. The Spirit moved John to tell the churches to “try the spirits” to see that they were of God, and to bring their teaching to God’s test. And what is God’s test? First, the Scriptures; secondly, the Spirit’s w’ork in the hearts of God’s people. If they do not agree with this, they are not of God.

Some have a desire to preach, and from that feeling conclude it must be of God. They go forth, and try their gift; but their preaching is only from self. “What mark, then, have we that a man is really sent of God to preach?” some will say. “Is it because the Scripture is applied to his mind to go?” That is not always a safe nor certain rule. For we have known women who have had Scripture applied to…

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A Sermon Preached by John M’Kenzie at Bedworth on Monday evening, June 1st, 1846

“And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him; for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”—1 Kings 14:13

The Lord appeared to Solomon twice, and told him if he would keep his commandments, and walk before him as his father David had walked, that the kingdom should not depart from him; but if he forgat the Lord and departed from him, the Lord would depart from Solomon in a temporal sense, as it respected the kingdom of Israel. Solomon sinned and did not keep the commandments of the Lord, for his heart was led away by his wives; he married idolators, practical idolators; they were worshippers of the abominations of the Zidonians, Hittites, Ammonites, and various other wicked nations whom the Lord had said he would cut off. He worshipped idols, departing from the true God, inasmuch as Solomon assented to this abominable worship. He built high places for the worship of these false gods, dishonouring the true God. He even had the…

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A Sermon Preached By John M’Kenzie At Zoar Chapel, Great Alie St, London, On Thursday Evening, September 4th, 1845

“And he said, Draw not nigh hither; put of thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”—Exodus 3:5

Everything in this fallen world is corrupted, depraved, and ungodlike; and the child of God cannot be in it without suffering from its pollution and defilement. But spiritual and supernatural things have an intrinsic value, beauty, and glory in all their parts and bearings; and when they are made known feelingly and powerfully to the heart by the Holy Ghost, every branch of them becomes solemn and sacred to the soul. But, in different states of feeling, and in different stages of experience, various branches of truth have different effects upon the mind. At one time, the doctrines of grace are sweet, glorious, and full of consolation to our spirits; at other times, when greatly tried and exercised, it is more suitable and adapted to our feelings to have the experience of the saints portrayed as in God’s Word set forth and unfolded to view; then, there are other times when the promises lay hold of our heart, move and enlarge our soul, draw up our affections to God, and kindle a spirit of faith and trust in him. But there are other times, when the work of God the Holy Ghost becomes exceedingly dear and sweet to our minds: to see how he has engaged to…

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