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Author of TKe Summarized Bible; Roman Catholic

Doctrine Examined; Chart on Modern Isms;

Ransacking the Scriptures; Bible Marking;

Catechism on the Second Coming

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v - 'T is quite a general complaint these days among
church attendants that too many sermons are mere-
<*^" x ly philosophical and scientific dissertations, or
merely literary productions.

The sermons that have done the most good in the
world have been those that have been purely and simply
declarations of saving truth. It is the exposition of the
Word of God which makes most for the moral and spirit-
ual improvement of men. The Word is "the Sword of
the Spirit," and surely the Holy Spirit prefers His own
Sword to any instrument of our devising.

A sermon need not be limited to the exposition and
enforcement of Scripture, for much of helpfulness is to
be drawn from the books of nature and of human life.
Jesus, in His preaching, opened up many of His texts
with illustrations from nature and life. On the other
hand, it is remarkable of the sermons of the New Testa-
ment that they are expository in nature and that much
of the illustrative material used is drawn from incidents
in the Old Testament.

There are no better sermon illustrations than those
to be found in the Bible itself. This work is intended to
aid the preacher and Bible teacher in locating the best
of- these, for wh-a^ver topic he may seek to illumine.


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Accountability to God. Dan. 5. Greatest of
men will have to acknowledge their accountability
to Him. Will be made to know that God rules.

Adversity Benefits of. 2 Chron. 33:9-20. In
prosperity men forget God but in adversity they can
find no other refuge. Blessed the affliction that
brings one to his knees before the throne.

Adversity testing. Gen. 39. Loyalty to God
brings Joseph into serious testings. God's grace en-
ables him to overcome enemy's assaults. Though
world strips us of our possessions, we need not be
stripped of virtue.

Affliction Blessing of. Jn. 4:46-54. Blessed
are the trials that drive us to the Lord. The sickness
of a son blesses a home.

Afflictions For God's glory. Jn. 9:1-41. Is
it worth while to go through life blind for the glory
of Christ? Tedious afflictions may be consecrated to
Him. Blind man's trial resulted in proving Jesus
the Light of the world to many souls.

Affliction Purpose in. Gen. 44. In times of
testing when believers think themselves wronged by
men, may learn that God has a righteous purpose
possibly to bring out confession of sin (v. 16).

Allegiance to Christ. Ruth 1. Ruth declaring
allegiance to Naomi. Many come short of salvation
through Christ because they cannot bear to forsake
things of Moab and attach themselves to Him. If we
let nothing separate us from our duty to Christ, He
will let nothing cut off our happiness in Him.

Allegiance to Christ. Ruth 2. (See v. v. 22-23) .
Ruth's allegiance to Boaz, his fields and his servants.
If Christ has dealt bountifully with us, let us not be
found in other fields seeking happiness and satisfac-
tion of the world.

Alliances Ungodly. 2 Chron. 18. Some men's
kindnesses are dangerous and their society infectious.


fa[m'iliar /converse with wicked men and
get no hurt by them.

Anti-Christ. 2 Sam. 17. Absalom a type of.

Gathers army against Christ, the greater David (Rev.
19:19), meeting his defeat in the brightness of
Christ's coming. See ch. 18.

Appreciation for kindness. 2 Kgs. 4 :1-17. One
way the man of God can show appreciation, by as-
certaining the deepest needs of those who have min-
istered to him and praying God for them.

Apostasy. Judges 17. Micah gives striking il-
lustration of all apostasy. Had departed entirely
from God's revealed will concerning worship and
priesthood, yet exalts a false priesthood. Expects
God's blessing because he has linked his idolatry to
the ancient Levitical order.

Apostasy T h e leaven of. Mt. 13:33-35.
Leaven type of evil. True doctrine given for nourish-
ment of children of the kingdom (Mt. 4:4; 1 Tim.
4:6; 1 Pet. 2:2), will be mingled with corrupt false
doctrine by apostate teachers (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim.
2:17, 18; 4:3, 4; 2 Pet. 2:1-3). See use of word
leaven in New Testament (1 Cor. 5 :6-8 ; Mt. 16 :12 ;
Mk. 8:15). If leaven is diffusive power of Chris-
tianity, the tares would be eradicated before end of
harvest. Meal is never used as a type of anything
evil. (See sweet savour offering, Lev. 2 :l-3).

Assurance of salvation. Gen. 9:13-16. Bow
seen on clouds of judgment against sin speaks of
cross of Christ where judgment has been visited.
Never to be repeated. The believer looks on cross,
knows penalty of his sins will not be visited upon
him. "It is finished."

Atonement. Gen. 6. Atonement of Christ
keeps out waters of judgment and makes believer's
position in Christ safe.

Atonement. Illustrated in the Passover. Ex.

12. The believer's deliverance based upon the
shedding of the blood of a divinely appointed sub-
stitute. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God (1 Pet. 1 :19)
was sacrificed on 14th Nisan. His blood must be
applied by faith to the heart. If death has taken
place for us, it cannot come to us.

Atonement, Isaac a type of. Gen. 22. Isaac,
obedient unto death. Abraham spared not his own

son, but delivered him up. Ram, type of substitu-
tion. Resurrection. See Heb. 11 :17-19.

Atonement. Lev. 16. High priest entering
the holiest pictures Christ entering heaven itself with
His own blood for us (Heb. 9:11, 12). His blood
makes God's throne our mercy seat when otherwise
it would have remained a throne of judgment. Note
that for us there is a rent veil (Mt. 27 :51 ; Heb. 10 :19,
20), so we can enter for ourselves into His presence
through Christ.

Backsliders. Lk. 15 :3-10. God has a particular
care over backsliding children and follows them with
the calls of His Word and the strivings of the Holy
Spirit until they are found and brought back.

Backsliders Restoration for. Jn. 21:15-19.
Peter who had thrice denied his Lord is given three
opportunities to reassert his love. Active soul win-
ning work as a guard against sinning.

Backsliders Restoration of. (Peter). Christ's
intercession (Lk. 22:31, 32). Look of Christ (Lk.
22:61). Message of Christ (Mk. 16:7). Interview
with Christ (Lk. 24:34). Open confession (Jn. 21:
15-17). Restored to his work (Jn. 21:15-17). Back
to the starting point (Jn. 21:18, 19 follow me).

Backsliders, restoring. Gen. 14. Abram not
indifferent to Lot who had taken way of his own
devising. Goes to his aid in spite of past treatment.

Backsliders, the call to. Gen. 35 :1. God ever
calling His wandering child back to Himself. Review
Jacob's self-chosen way and show its consequences.

Backsliding, Cost of. Gen. 29. Jacob not for-
saken of God but permitted to reap shame and sor-
row of self chosen way.

Backsliding. Gen. 13. Lot gets his eyes on
material wealth, loses fellowship with Abram, brings
trouble upon himself and family.

Backsliding Steps in. Matt. 26. Boastfulness
(v. 33-35). Unwatchfulness (v. 40). Prayerlessness
(v. 41.45). Fleshly service (v. 51; Jn. 18:10). Fol-
lowing afar off (v. 58). Fellowship with enemies
(v. 69; Lk. 22:54). Open denial (v. 70-75).

Backsliding The cost of. Lk. 15:11-32. God
has to bankrupt us when we wander from Him in
order to bring us back to Himself. Many Christians
for a time feed on swine's food, but cannot be satis-
fied by it.

Bereavement a means of bringing one to know
God and His Word. 1 Kgs. 17 :17-24. God's power

Bereavement Jesus our comfort in. Lk. 7 :12-
18. May get a blessing if we meet Jesus on the road.
He meets us in our saddest journeys and brings us
hope. Do not let sorrow unfit for service (v. 13).

Bible An unread. 2 Kgs 22-23. An unread
Bible is a lost Bible and a lost Bible means spiritual
degeneracy and accompanying curses. When one
finds his lost Bible it is quick to find him. Sin keeps
one from the Bible or the Bible keeps one from sin.

Bible Study. Josh. 1. Joshua one of the busiest
men, told to meditate on it and talk it (v. 8). True
courage comes from being linked up to God's Word
and obeying it. Bible verses saved Joshua from re-

Blessing of God. Gen. 48. Jacob blesses
contrary to Joseph's wish. God in His grace does
not always observe order of nature in bestowing His
blessings, nor prefer those we think fittest. Chooses
weak to confound mighty.

Blessing Remembering. 2 Chron. 20 :26. Val-
ley of Berachah, lit. "Blessing." (Modern Bible
class name "Baraca" taken from this). Was per-
petuated for encouragement of others to trust God
and to remind us that our praises should be as oft
repeated as our prayers.

Blessings after times of stress. 1 Kgs. 18 :42-46.
Little cloud size of a man's hand. Great blessings
may arise from small beginnings.

Blessings Spiritual and temporal. Josh. 15 :19.
Blessings of upper springs illustrate those which re-
late to our souls and those of the nether springs
speak of those which relate to the body and the life
which now is.

Character Shown in our choices. 2 Chron. 1.
Christian's real character appears in his choices.
"What wilt thou have?" tries a man as much as
"What wouldst thou do?"

Character Transformation of. Gen. 49.
Jacob's life ending in serenity and blessing, shows
God's power to transform character. Trace steps in
his experience. His first faith (Gen. 25:28-34). His
vision (Gen. 28). His wandering (Gen. 29-31). His

transforming experience (Gen. 32). Return to
Bethel (Gen. 35). His final walk of faith.

Cheerfulness Duty of. Acts 23:11. It is
Christ's will that we should suffer with Him, but in
the trials He would have us to be cheerful.

Children Ability for service. Jn. 6 :9. An un-
noticed lad played a big part because he became a
partner with Jesus.

Children Born in answer to prayer. 1 Sam. 1.
Hannah a rebuke to parents who have no thought of
God's glory in connection with bringing children into
the world. The child who is dedicated to the Lord
(v. 28) will usually be called by the Lord.

Children Dedicating unborn. Judges 13.
Manoah and wife devoting Samson to God before his

Children influenced by parents. 2 Kgs. 2 :23.
These children had been drinking in their parents'
discussions of unbelief, and now join their parents in
infidelity. Generation of scoffers produced (see 2
Pet. 3:3, 4).

Children. Model boyhood of Jesus. Lk. 2 :41-
52. Constant growth, physical, intellectual, spiritual
(v. 40, 52), filled with wisdom, crowned with grace
(v. 40), loved house of God (43, 46, 49), pondered
the Word (47), conscious of divine fatherhood (49),
obedient to human fatherhood, faithful in present
work (51), fitting for larger work (v. 52).

Children Necessity of restraining. 1 Sam. 2-3.
Eli's life work wrecked because of failure to prop-
erly restrain evil sons (3 :13). Eli like many preach-
ers too busy with sermons and meetings to look
after own sons.

Christ Authority of. Mk.9:7. God's voice says
listen to Christ's voice.

Christ Bread of God. Ex. 25. (Shewbread).
The shewbread speaks of the life-sustaining Christ.
He is the "corn of wheat" (Jn. 12:24) ground in
the mill of suffering (Jn. 12:27) and brought into
the fire of judgment ( Jn. 12 :31-33) . We feed on Him
as having undergone that in our stead and for our

Christ Captain of our Salvation. Joshua a
type of. Josh. 1 etc. Heb. 2:10, 11. Comes after
Moses (Jn. 1:17). Leads to victory (Rom. 8:37).

Our advocate when we have met defeat (1 Jn. 2:1).
Allots our portions (Eph. 1:11, 14).

Christ Companionship of. Mk. 6:45-52.
Though unseen, He is by our side. Comes to us some-
times in ways we do not recognize Him. If at sea,
remember He is ever ready to come to your relief.

Christ David a type of. 1 Sam. 16. David
means " beloved" type of "the beloved Son."
Called from place of obscurity and contempt. So
Christ came from humble walk. First anointed by
God and later by the people. Christ anointed at His
baptism and at His second coming it will be ratified
by His brethren and by all nations.

Christ Deity of proven by demons. Mk. 5 :1-
20. Demons believe in His deity and tremble before
Him. Know that by His word they will ultimately
be sent to chains of eternal darkness.

Christ His covenant with the Father. 1 Sam.
20. Covenant of Jonathan and David illustrates that
between God and the Son on behalf of believers. Jn.
10:28; Rom. 8:32-39.

Christ His manner of coming to the throne. 2
Sam. 4. (See v. 9). God had hitherto helped David
in his difficulties and in coming to the throne David
would depend upon Him and not the devices of men
to complete God's purpose. Jesus is coming to the
throne not by devices of men to * ' bring in the king-
dom" but by the hand of God Himself.

Christ His reception as King. 2 Sam. 5.
David recognized as king on three counts. Of their
flesh (v. 1). Christ, Matt. 25:40. Their leader in
battle (v. 2). Christ, Josh. 5:13-15. Designated by
God (v. 2). Christ, Rom. 3:25.

Christ His saving program. Jn. 13 :3, 4, 5, 12,
16. "Arose" from His place in glory, "laid aside
garments" of majesty (Phil. 2:6, 7). Took form of
a "servant" (Phil. 2:7). Provides "cleansing" (Jn.
15:3). Applies the cleansing water (Eph. 5:26).
"Took his garments" again (Jn. 17:5) and is
"seated" (Heb. 10:12).

Christ His triumph over Satan. 1 Sam. 17.
David's victory over Goliath, type of triumph of
Christ over Satan.

Christ in Humiliation. Ex. 16. Bread of life
"come down from heaven." A "small thing" (v.
14). Typifies Christ in humiliation "Having no form

nor comeliness." As such He must be received by
faith. To think on Christ as He went about doing the
Father's will is to feed on the manna.

Christ in resurrection, typified by Joseph Gen.
39-41. The one taken from pit into which he came
through rejection by his own. He is coming to the
place of ruler and will be channel of blessing to

Christ Intercession of. Ex. 31-32. Moses as
a prince who had power with God illustrated the
work of Christ as Intercessor whom the Father hear-
eth always. Through His intercession we obtain
constant assurance of the blessings of salvation.

Christ, Isaac type of. Gen. 21. Name given
before birth, birth predicted and supernatural. His
offering by his father, voluntary. His deliverance
from death, type of resurrection. Marriage bride
selected by father. The servant (Holy Spirit) calls
the bride. The meeting of the son and his bride.

Christ Kinsman Redeemer. Boaz, Ruth 3, a
type of. Through His incarnation Christ became kin
to us as a human being, that we through the Spirit,
might become betrothed to Him. By sin, we had
forfeited our inheritance. Christ, the only one who
can take up the documents and restore us to posi-

Christ Love of. 1 Sam. 18. Jonathan's love
illustrates the love of Christ for us. He stripped
Himself to clothe us. (Phil. 2:5-7).

Christ made sin for us. Brazen serpent a type
of. Num. 21; 2 Cor. 5:21. Serpent a symbol of
sin judged. Brass, type of divine judgment. Hence
brazen serpent speaks of Christ bearing our judg-
ment. See Jn. 3:14, 15. The race perishing in sin
(Rom. 3:10-12). Christ the divinely appointed cure.
Cured by a look (Jn. 1:29). Sting of sin incurable
by human means.

Christ Moses a type of. Ex. 2 etc. As
prophet (Acts 3:22-23). Advocate (Ex. 32:31-35;
1 Jn. 2:1, 2). Intercessor (Ex. 17:1-6; Heb. 7:25).
Leader (Deut. 33:4, 5; Heb. 2:10).

Christ Moses a type of. Ex. 2, etc. Reject-
ed by Israel he turns to Gentiles. In his rejection
takes Gentile bride, then later appears as Israel's de-
liverer and is accepted.

Christ our example. Ex. 12:8. Christ can
not be our example until He is our atoning sacrifice.
The lamb must be " roast- with fire" (not raw).
Speaks of Christ subjected to fires of God's wrath
against sin. Christ cannot be feasted on unless He
is accepted as the sin-bearer. Secured by His aton-
ing work we may feast on Him in peace.

Christ our High Priest. Ex. 28. Our great
high priest bears the names of His own on His breast
before God, presenting them as those "accepted in
the beloved."

Christ, our Intercessor. Deut. 10 :10, 11. Moses,
intercessor and commander of Israel, type of Christ
who ever lives to make intercession for His own,
who has all power in heaven and earth to give us
victory and who leads us by His Spirit.

Christ our light. Ex. 25 (v. 31). Candle-
stick as type of Christ shining in the fulness of the
power of the seven-fold Spirit (Heb. 1:9; Rev. 1:4).
Natural light excluded from the tabernacle. Must
put out our own lights if we would have light of

Christ, our Mediator. Deut. 5 :l-5. Moses stood
between type of Christ who stands between God
and man as the true Mediator so we may hear from
God and speak to Him without fear of the fires of
His holiness.

Christ our Peace. Lev. 3. Peace offering
fulfilled in Christ who "made peace" (Col. 1:20),
proclaimed peace (Eph. 2 :17) and is our peace (Eph.
2:14). In Him God and a sinner can meet in peace.
God is propitiated, the sinner reconciled. Note that
this is at cost of blood and fire.

Christ "our Passover." Ex. 12. Israelites
in offering lamb, recognized their inability to save
themselves and necessity of placing another between
them and consequences of sin. Christ "the Lamb of

Christ, our Provider. Elijah a type of. 1 Kgs.
17. Cf . v. 13 "Bring it to me " with Mt. 14 :18.

Christ, our Refuge. Num 35. Cities of refuge
type of Christ sheltering the sinner from judgment.
(Rom. 8:33, 34; Phil. 3:9; Heb. 6:18, 19).

Christ our Sacrifice. Lev. 1. Burnt offering
speaks of Christ who offered Himself without spot


to God in delight to do the Father's will even unto
death. Fire symbol of God's holiness which con-
sumed the offering. Laying on of the offerer's hand
(v. 4) was to show he was identifying himself with
the offering speaking of believer's faith in accept-
ing and identifying himself with Christ (Rom. 4:5;

Christ our Scapegoat. Lev. 16:11. One goat
slain as token of satisfaction to God's justice. Other
sent away as token of sin actually dismissed from
sinner. Wilderness symbol of abode of evil things
(Is. 13:21; 34:14).

Christ The Shepherd King. 1 Chron. 17 :7, 8.
David here a type of the Son of God after the flesh
(Mt. 1:1; Rom. 1:3) the shepherd king. In His
first coming He took the shepherd's place in death
(Jn. 10:11), now in resurrection power (Heb. 13 :20).

Christ our Sin Bearer. Lev. 4. The sin of-
fering shows Christ laden with the believer's sins,
standing in the sinner's stead, (cf. Is. 53; 2 Cor.

Christ Our source of life. Jn. 15. Vine and
branches. We are branches in true vine from which
we draw hourly the divine life. Draw all wisdom
and strength from Him.

Christ our Substitute. Lev. 17:11. Ex-
plains the meaning of the sacrifices. Every offering
expressed the sentence of law upon a substitute for
the offender, pointing toward substitutional death of
Christ which alone vindicated the righteousness of
God (Rom. 3:24, 25).

Christ our wilderness Bread. Ex. 16. Jesus
the Bread of life is ministered to us through the
Word, by the Spirit. He can be partaken of unre-
servedly but we have no more of Him than faith ap-
propriates, (v. 16).

Christ Power of. Mt. 9. Has all power in
heaven and earth. Degradation and disease (v. 20),
demons (v. 33), death (v. 25), are subject to His re-
buke. Faith in Him the most priceless treasure on
earth (vs. 2, 22, 29).

Christ Prince of Peace. 1 Chron. 29:23-25.
Solomon's glorious and peaceful kingdom a type of
the coming millennial kingdom. His will indeed be
"the throne of the Lord." (v. 23).


Christ, Prince of Peace. Solomon a type of.
(1 Kgs. 1:39, 40. See Is. 9:6; 1 Chron. 22:9). Jesus
does not fulfill the Solomon type until after He has
fulfilled the David type. Chosen before born (Is.
42 :1). Rode into Jerusalem on a mule (Jn. 12 :14-16).
Anointed (Acts 10:38). Peace will fill the earth when
His reign is set up (Zech. 14:9).

Christ Reign of, delayed. 1 Sam. 26. (v. 24).
David's way to throne lay through multiplied diffi-
culties. Christ, though anointed King with undis-
puted title, yet remains meek and lowly, awaiting
the set time for His actual reign over all.

Christ Resurrection of. Jonah (Mt. 12:40)
type of Christ who was buried and arose (1 Cor.
15 :4) after three days. Both were buried in order to
their rising again for the bringing of the. doctrine
of repentance to the Gentile world.

Christ Resurrection of. Num. 17. Illustrated
in Aaron's rod that budded. Christ in His resurrec-
tion was owned of God as High Priest. All authors
of religion have died, but Christ alone was raised
from the dead to be a high priest (Heb. 4 :14; 5 :4-10).
Resurrection proves Christ the chosen one (Rom.

Christ Satanic opposition to. Mk. 14:32-35.

What "hour" and "cup" was Jesus seeking to be
delivered from? Does He pray for deliverance from
the cross the very purpose for which He had come
into the world? (Jn. 12:27). Heb. 5:7 shows His
prayer was heard and answered. See Lk. 22 :44 ; Mk.
14:34. Shows Satan was attempting to kill Him be-
fore He could accomplish His purpose in the ap-
pointed way. Lk. 22 :43 is the answer to His prayer.
He was saved from death in Gethsemane. When
hour of the cross comes, He asks no angels or de-
fenders and rebukes Peter for trying to defeat God's
plan. Mt. 26 :52, 53, 56.

Christ Saul a picture of. 1 Sam. Saul raised
up to save Israel. Anointed Acts 10 :38. Although
anointed, acted as servant of father. Jn. 6:38.
Touched with compassion for people, Mt. 9:36.
Spirit came upon him, Mt. 3:16. Became salvation
of his followers, 1 Pet. 3 :18. Full of grace to those
who had rebelled against him, Jn. 1 :17. Went down
to Gilgal a second time. Was openly declared king.
Rev. 19 :11-16.


Christ Sovereign over every ailment. Mt. 8.
Over physical ailments (vs. 2, 6, 14), emissaries of
Satan and over sin (v. 16; Mt. 9:5). Faith takes
Him at His word and finds rest and deliverance.

Christ, the solver of problems. Joseph a type,
Gen. 41, of Christ, the one who is able to solve all
our vexing problems and relieve our hearts of all

Christ The resurrected. Josh. 3-4. Christ, our
Joshua, went through the Jordan of death, opening
the way for all who would believe, to follow Him.
Appointed twelve apostles (according to tribes of
Israel) by the memorial of the Gospel, to transmit
the knowledge of this to remote places and future

Christ The Resurrection and Life. Jn. 11. He
is the fountain of life and the head and author of
physical resurrection.

' Christ the Rock. Ex. 17:5-7. (cf. 1 Cor. 10:
4). He is the smitten rock out of which comes the
"water of life" the Holy Spirit's saving power.
Until the rock was smitten, the streams of salvation
were pent up.

Christ, the True Temple. 1 Kgs. 5. Illustrated
in Solomon's temple. See Jn. 2:21. God Himself
prepared Him (Bph. 1:4; Heb. 10:5). In Him all
God's spiritual children meet and through Him have
access to God.

Christ, the Wisdom of God. Solomon a type of.
1 Kgs. 3 and 4. Christ in whom are hidden all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden for a
use that he might be "made unto us wisdom."

Christ typified in Joseph. Gen. 37. Joseph
the beloved of his father, hated by brethren, his
claims rejected, conspired against, in intent and
figure was slain, in resurrection gains Gentile bride,
eventually reconciled to his brethren who are exalted
with him.

Christian Science. Inverts the divine order.
Mk. 2 :14, 15. Preaching of the Gospel precedes the
healing of the body.

Christian Science. Job 2:5. The foundation
stone of this cult. Body healing is exalted above
healing of the soul. Men will embrace anything that
will relieve pain of body. Satan uses physical ail-
ments to draw men from God.


Christians Temple a type of. 1 Kgs. 6-7. Be-
lievers are habitations of God. (1 Cor. 3:16, 17; 6:
19). Should be as beautiful a temple as the Holy
Spirit, the Builder, can make it. Yield to His Master

Church as bride of Christ. Isaac securing his

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