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William Gadsby, Sermons

“To the praise of the glory of his grace.”—Ephesians 1:6

As the Lord shall be graciously pleased to give me wisdom and strength, I shall endeavor to call your attention to three leading particulars;

I. What is grace, God’s rich and free grace.

II. Point out some branches of the glory of God’s grace.

III. Make a few remarks on some things as connected with our text, which the Lord has done to the praise of the glory of his grace.

I. What then is God’s free grace? The word grace is in almost everybody’s mouth who makes a profession of religion. “Salvation is all of grace; we must be saved my grace,” are words frequently spoken. But if you will allow the bulk of professors to tell their own tale but for a few minutes, you will find that they either do not understand the meaning of grace, or else they do not mean what they say. There is a large body of professors of religion who say that salvation is all of grace, and then roundly assert that if God does not give all men a chance of being saved, he is an unjust God. What a horrible idea! God unjust if he does not give all men a chance of being saved! If that be true, then instead of salvation being all of grace, it is a debt that God owes to rebel man, and if he does not pay the debt, he is an unjust God; and upon that ground there can be no real thanks due to him, for he only does that which to leave undone would impeach his justice; and if so, how can it be of grace? Grace is free, unmerited, undeserved favor; and if God would be unjust if he did not give guilty man a chance of being saved, then it cannot be of grace, but of debt. (Rom. 4:4)

Salvation is either entirely of grace, entirely of works, or of works and grace together. Now let us hear what God the Holy Ghost, by the apostle, says upon this subject: “Even so then at this present time also there is a…

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Preface

13 Oct 2013, by

It is one of the griefs of my life that I had not more of my dear father’s sermons taken down. It is true that in his day sermon reporting did not flourish as it did afterwards. With two or three exceptions, none of his sermons in Manchester were ever reported. A few “Scraps” I took down in 1835 and one or two following years; and that was nearly all. When he visited London, Mr. Justins, Mr. Paul, and others took a few; and all these I have, excepting one from Isaiah 63:1, which I once had, and for which, as is well known, I have offered £5; but it is not to be had. Thinking I could easily meet with another copy, I sent it, with a lot of others of which I had duplicates, to Mr. Brider, Soldiers and Sailors’ Mission, Salisbury.

It is a wonderful blessing to the church of God that Mr. Philpot was not only frequently reported in London, but that one of his hearers at Stamford was a reporter, and took down numbers of his sermons.

The two main features of my father’s ministry were the depths of the Fall and the depths and heights of Sovereign Grace,—the Two Deeps, as he termed them; the laying of the sinner and his self-righteousness in the dust and the exalting of a precious Redeemer. Few, if any, were ever enabled to live a more exemplary…

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Contents

13 Oct 2013, by

1 God In Our Nature (Matt 1:23)
2 Comfort For Spiritual Mourners (Matt 5:4)
3 Hungering And Thirsting After Righteousness (Matt 5:6)
4 The Pure In Heart (Matt 5:8)
5 Nature And Design Of The Marriage Union (Matt 5:32)
6 Going From Jerusalem To Jericho (Lk 10:30-35)
7 The Publican’s Prayer (Lk 18:12)
8 The Fall Of Peter (Lk 22:51-62)
9 On Christian Liberty (Jn 8:36)
10 The Church Commended to the Word of God’s Grace (Acts 20:32)
11 The Love Of God (Rom 5:5)
12 The Soul’s Death unto Sin (Rom 6:7)
13 Sanctification in Christ (1 Cor 1:2)
14 The Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:28)
15 Another (1 Cor 12:13)
16 Christ And His Church, One (1 Cor 12:18)
17 The Body Sown And The Body Raised (1 Cor 15:43,44)
18 The Sentence of Death in Ourselves (2 Cor 1:9)
19 The Benediction (2 Cor 13:14)
20 Paul And James (Gal 2:16; Js 2:24)
21 The Glory Of God’s Grace (Eph 1:6)
22 At That Time Ye Were Without Christ (Eph 2:12)
23 To Know Christ (Phil 3:10)
24 Doing All Things in the Name of the Lord Jesus (Col 3:17)
25 The Mystery of Christ (Col 4:2,3)
26 A Holy Calling (2 Tim 1:9)
27 The Foundation Of God Standeth Sure (2 Tim 2:19)
28 A Rest For The Poeple Of God (Heb 4:9)
29 On Sanctification (Heb 10:14)
30 Doing the Will of God, and the Need of Patience (Heb 10:36)
31 The Cloud Of Witnesses (Heb 12:1)
32 The Peculiar People (1 Pet 2:9)
33 Not Willing That Any Should Perish (2 Pet 3:9)
34 Now Are We The Sons Of God (1 Jn 3:2)
35 The Scripture Rule for Testing the Spirits that are in the World (1 Jn 4:1-4)
36 God Is Love (1 Jn 4:8,16)
37 An Address to the Regenerated Church of Christ (1 Jn 5:7)
38 The Faithful God (Deut 7:1)
39 The Lord Leading And Instructing His People (Deut 32:10)
40 The True Joseph (Deut 33:18)
41 The Wrestlings of Naphtali (Deut 33:23)
42 Happy Israel (Deut 33:29)
43 The Lord’s People Righteous (Job 1:1)
44 God’s People Led By Him In His Paths (Ps 17:5)
45 No Guile In The Spirit And Keeping Silence (Ps 32:2)
46 A Godly Man (Ps 32:6)
47 God Our Salvation (Ps 35:3)
48 The Tongue Speaking of Righteousness (Ps 35:28)
49 The Starving Beggar Relieved (Ps 50:15)
50 The Long-suffering Of The Lord (Ps 86:15)
51 The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving (Ps 116:17)
52 The Great Things God Has Done For His People (Ps 126:3)
53 The Church Remembered in Her Low Estate (Ps 136:28)
54 Christ’s Invitation To His People (Song of Sol 4:8)
55 The Lord’s People Hidden (Is 26:20)
56 God’s People Dwelling Alone (Is 32:18)
57 Zion, The City Of Solemnities (Is 33:29)
58 The Wilderness And The Highway (Is 35:1-10)
59 Threshing The Mountains (Is 41:15,16)
60 The Poor And The Needy Seeking Water (Is 41:17)
61 Come And Let Us Reason Together (Is 50:18)
62 The Acceptable Year, and Day of Vengeance (Is 51:2)
63 Who Hath Believed Our Report? (Is 53:1)
64 An Exposition (Is 61:1-3)
65 Is It Nothing To You? (Lam 1:12)
66 The Wheels in Ezekiel (Ez 1:15-20)
67 God’s Glory Connected With His People’s Good (Ez 36:26)
68 The Breaker Passed Before Them (Mic 2:13)
69 The Nature And Ground Of Faith (Hab 1:12)
70 A Brand Plucked Out Of The Fire (Zech 3:2)
71 Brought Through The Fire (Zech 13:9)
72 God A Father (Mal 1:6)

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“God with us.”—Matthew 1:23

There will be such a mystery unfolded, in “God in our nature,” as will fill the church of God with immortal wonder for ever and ever. When Christ speaks of it, he says, “Father, I pray for them; I pray not for the world, but for them which thou has given me; for they are thine,” and “that they may be one in us.” This blessed Redeemer, this Person of the Son, takes our nature, and is “God with us.” I believe that our blessed Christ really took soul and body, the whole of humanity. He was “God with us” in his weakness; “God with us” in his conflicts; “God with us” in his victories; “God with us” in his exaltation; “God with us” to strengthen us, to watch over us, to direct us, and to deliver us; completely to save us; to rule over us and in us; to defeat all…

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“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”—Matthew 5:4

Not all kinds of mourners are here intended; for there is the sorrow of the world, which worketh death and produces nothing but sin, misery, and rebellion against God. Some mourn because they cannot increase in riches, honours, and pleasures; but there is no Messing promised to them. The mourners which God has pronounced blessed are such as mourn over themselves and after God. ‘The Lord’s spiritual mourners mourn over their sinfulness and wretchedness, as sinners against a holy, righteous, good, and kind God. The filth and corruption of their fallen nature give them real grief and pain of heart. Its daily bubblings and risings up are a real plague to them. They are no strangers to what Solomon means by the…

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“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.”—Matthew 5:6

The righteousness intended here is not creature-righteousness, worth, or worthiness; for that is as the morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away; nay, at best it is only filthy, and its fountain unclean. Eternal truth declares that all flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field, which withereth and fadeth away when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.! But the righteousness the dear Lord has in view in this text is that blessed righteousness which is unto all and upon all them that believe, even the glorious Person and obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ; for “Christ is the end of the law for…

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“Blessed are the pure in heart.”—Matthew 5:8

There may be some poor soul here to-night who is exclaiming, “Ah! That text cuts me up, root and branch; for, so far from my heart being pure, it seems to be the abode of every evil, rising up continually, causing me to groan and sigh, and cry to be delivered from it; but the more I groan and cry, the more those evils seem to rise up, until I am almost smothered.” Why, now, poor soul, you are just the character whose heart is pure. Every man’s heart is vile by nature, and it is…

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“But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery.”—Matthew 5:32

Beloved,—The subject we are this evening about to enter upon is a subject of the greatest importance in human life, the eternal concerns of the soul, excepted. I am not aware of any thing that enters more into the very vitals of human happiness or misery. It is immediately connected with all our domestic and social concerns; in fact, it is designed, by the God of all comfort, as a kind of spring-head blessing to the human race, and if acted upon according to the revelation of God’s will, it is sure to prove a source of real happiness to the parties immediately connected, and, in a great variety of instances, will hand down to posterity clusters of blessings not to be equalled by any other created good. The blessings arising from, and connected with, the marriage-union, in heart and affection, according to the word of God, bid defiance to the most capacious soul to find one gem, in all the mines of created good and earthly enjoyment, equal in real dignity of nature and social happiness. Sordid minds may grasp at riches, honours, and voluptuousness, and glut themselves with the objects of their pursuits, and when they have obtained their ends, they will find themselves immersed in vanity and vexation of spirit; but the pleasures and sweets connected with and arising from a…

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