Sermons of Robert Murray M’Cheyne

by R.M. M’Cheyne

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No Christian can read the biography or Sermons of Robert Murray M’Cheyne without realizing that the true measure of life is not its length, but its usefulness. He ministered but a short seven-and-a-half years, and died at the age of 29, yet the fruitfulness of that brief life remains to this day.

Nor does the amount of our activity or our words reflect the true value of our life. Robert Murray M’Cheyne left notes of only some 200 sermons when he died in 1843, but his own counsel to a fellow minister explains why these sermons brought such abundant blessing not only to ‘the noisy mechanics and political weavers’ of Dundee but, later, to all parts of the English-speaking world:

‘Get your texts from God – your thoughts, your words, from God…It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin’.

 

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Chapter 1 – The Love of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:14

  • p1 – “‘Troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed’–this was a faithful picture of the life of the converted Paul.”
  • p2 – “Whether the world think us wise or mad, the cause of God and of human souls is the cause in which we have embarked all the energies of our being. Who, then, is not ready to inquire into the secret spring of all these supernatural labours?”
  • p3 – “You have entered in at the strait gate of believing. You have seen that there is no peace to the unjustified; and therefore you have put on Christ for your righteousness; and already you feel something of the joy and peace of believing.”
  • p4 – “You can do all this, with shame and self-reproach, it is true, but yet without dismay, and without despair; for your eye has been lifted believingly to Him who was made sin for us, and you are persuaded that, as it pleased God to count all your iniquities to the Saviour, so He is willing, and has always been willing, to count all the Saviour’s righteousness to you.”
  • p4 – “‘Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not sin.’ This is the peace of the justified man.”
  • p5 – “Were it not that the hope of the glory of God is one of the chartered rights of the justified man, who would be surprised if this view of terror were to drive a man back, like a dog to his vomit, or the sow that was washed to wallow again in the mire?”
  • p6 – “The Spirit is given to them that believe; and that almighty Agent hath one argument that moves us continually—The love of Christ.”
  • p6 – “When Adam was unfallen, God was everything to his soul; and everything was good and desirable to him, only in so far as it had to do with God. Every vein of his body, so fearfully and wonderfully made—every leaf that rustled in the bowers of paradise—every new sun that rose, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race–brought him in every day new subjects of godly thought and of admiring praise; and it was only for that reason that he could delight to look on them.”
  • p7 – “In God he lived, and moved, and had his being; and not more surely would the blotting out of the sun in the heavens have taken away that light which is so pleasant to the eyes, than would the hiding of the face of God from him have taken away the light of his soul, and left nature a dark and desolate wilderness.”
  • p7 – “But when Adam fell, the fine gold became dim–the system of his thoughts and likings was just reversed. Instead of enjoying God in everything, and everything in God, everything now seemed hateful and disagreeable to him, just in as far as it had to do with God.”
  • p8 – “God saith that ‘the carnal mind is enmity against God’—that the very grain and substance of an unconverted mind is hatred against God—absolute, implacable hatred against Him in whom we live, and move, and have our being.”
  • p8 – “But the Bible testifies, that out of these two deadly roots—dread of God and hatred of God—grows up the thick forest of sins with which the earth is blackened and overspread.”
  • p9 – “In the love of Christ to man then—in that strange, unspeakable gift of God, when He laid down His life for His enemies—when He died the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God—do not you see an object which, if really believed by the sinner, takes away all his dread and all his hatred of God?”
  • p9 – “The root of sin is severed from the stock. In His bearing double for all our sins, we see the curse carried away, we see God reconciled. Why should we fear anymore? Not fearing, why should we hate God any more? Not hating God, what desirableness can we see in sin anymore?”
  • p9 – “‘Sin shall not have dominion over you’—it is impossible in the nature of things—’for ye are not under the law, but under grace’—ye are no longer under the curse of a broken law, dreading and hating God; you are under grace—under a system of peace and friendship with God.”
  • p10  – “How often in the day is the love of Christ quite out of view! How often is it obscured to us!—sometimes hid from us by God Himself, to teach us what we are.”
  • p10 – “The matter is very plain, if only we had spiritual eyes to see it. If we live a life of faith on the Son of God, then we shall assuredly live a life of holiness. I do not say we ought to do so; but I say, we shall, as a matter of necessary consequence.”
  • p11 – “It is through faith that God purifies the heart; and there is no other way.”
  • p11 – “Is there one of you, then, brethren, desirous of being made new—of being delivered from the slavery of sinful habits and affections? We can point you to no other remedy but the love of Christ.”
  • p11 – “As the timorous dove flies to hide itself in the crevices of the rock, so do you flee to hide yourself in the wounds of your Saviour; and when you have found Him, like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land—when you sit under His shadow, with great delight—you will find that He hath slain all the enmity—that He hath accomplished all your warfare. God is now for you. Planted together with Christ in the likeness of His death, you shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. Dead unto sin, you shall be alive unto God.”
  • p12 – “But now I wish to show you that the gospel does far more than restore us to the state from which we fell. If rightly and consistently embraced by us, it brings us into a state far better than Adam’s. It constrains us by a far more powerful motive.”
  • p13 – “But thrice blessed be God, He hath invented a way more powerful than hell and all its terrors—an argument mightier far than even a sight of those torments—He hath invented a way of drawing us to holiness. By showing us the love of His Son, He calleth forth our love.”
  • p14 – “And, oh! if there is but one of you who will consent this day, under a sense of undoneness, to flee for refuge to the Saviour, to find in Him the forgiveness of all sins that are past, I know well, that from this day forth you will be like that poor woman which was a sinner, who stood at Christ’s feet behind Him, weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head; and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment. Forgiven much, you will love much—loving much, you will live to the service of Him whom you love. This is the grand master-principle of which we spoke; this is the secret spring of all the holiness of the saints.”
  • p15 – “We are constrained to holiness by the love of Christ; the love of Him who loved us is the only cord by which we are bound to the service of God. The scourge of our affections is the only scourge that drives us to duty. Sweet bands and gentle scourges! Who would not be under their power?
  • p15 – “So that if you are visited with seasons of coldness and indifference—if you begin to be weary, or lag behind in the service of God—behold! here is the remedy: look again to the bleeding Saviour.”
  • p15 – “Whosoever, then, would live a life of persevering holiness, let him keep his eye fixed on the Saviour.”
  • p15 – “As long as you look believingly to the Saviour, who loved you and gave Himself for you, so long you may tread the waters of life’s troubled sea, and the soles of your feet shall not be wet; but venture to look around upon the winds and waves that threaten you on every hand, and, like Peter, you begin to sink, and cry, “Lord, save me!'”

Chapter 2 – A Time of Refreshing

Isaiah 44:3-4

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Chapter 3 – Thanksgiving Obtains the Spirit

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

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Chapter 4 – Family Government

Genesis 18:19

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Chapter 5 – The Heart Deceitful

Jeremiah 17:9-10

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Chapter 6 – Christ’s Love to the Church

Ephesians 5:25-27

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Chapter 7 – My God, My God

Matthew 27:46

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Chapter 8 – Time Is Short

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

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Chapter 9 – I Sleep, but My Heart Waketh

Song of Solomon 5:2-16

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Chapter 10 – The Second Coming of Christ

Mark 13:34-37

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Chapter 11 – Lot’s Wife

Genesis 19:26

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Chapter 12 – Will Ye Also Go Away?

John 6:66-69

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Chapter 13 – Conviction of Sin

John 16:8

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Chapter 14 – Conviction of Righteousness

John 16:8

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Chapter 15 – Christ Present, yet Uknown

John 14:9

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Chapter 16 – Who Shall Separate Us?

Romans 8:35-37

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Chapter 17 – Follow the Lord Fully

Numbers 14:24

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Chapter 18 – The Right Improvement of Affliction

Job 34:31-32

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Chapter 19 – Electing Love

John 15:16

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Chapter 20 – High Time to Awake Out of Sleep

Romans 13:11

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Chapter 21 – The Saviour’s Tears Over the Lost

Luke 19:40-41

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Chapter 22 – Conversion

Zechariah 3:1-2

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Chapter 23 – Grieve Not the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:30

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Chapter 24 – Future Punishment Eternal

Mark 9:44

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Chapter 25 – God’s Rectitude in Future Punishment

Psalm 11:6-7

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Chapter 26 – The Vessels of Wrath Fitted to Destruction

Romans 9:22-23

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