“As to myself, if I was not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope of success in preaching to men than to horses or cows.”
–John Newton, Letters of John Newton (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1869/2007), 116.
“Our longest sorrows have a close, and there is a bottom to the profoundest depths of our misery.
Our winters shall not frown forever; summer shall soon smile.
The tide shall not eternally ebb out; the floods retrace their march.
The night shall not hang its darkness for ever over our souls; the sun shall yet arise with healing beneath his wings.
‘The Lord turned again the captivity of Job.’ (Job 42:10) Our sorrows shall have an end when God has gotten His end in them.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Intercessory Prayer,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 7 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1861), 7: 449.
“How little does the world know of that intercourse which is carried on between heaven and earth; what petitions are daily presented, and what answers are received at a throne of grace!
O the blessed privilege of prayer! O the wonderful love, care, attention, and power of our great Shepherd! His eye is always upon us.
When our spirits are almost overwhelmed within us, He knoweth our path. His ear is always open to us: let who will overlook and disappoint us, He will not.
When means and hope fail, when every thing looks dark upon us, when we seem shut up on every side, when we are brought to the lowest ebb, still our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
To Him all things are possible; and before the exertion of His power, when He is pleased to arise and work, all hindrances give way and vanish, like a mist before the sun.
And He can so manifest Himself to the soul, and cause His goodness to pass before it, that the hour of affliction shall be the golden hour of the greatest consolation.
He is the fountain of life, strength, grace and comfort, and of His fulness His children receive according to their occasions: but this is all hidden from the world.
They have no guide in prosperity, but hurry on as they are instigated by their blinded passions, and are perpetually multiplying mischiefs and miseries to themselves.
And in adversity they have no resource, but must feel all the evil of affliction, without inward support, and without deriving any advantage from it.
We have therefore cause for continual praise. The Lord has given us to know His name as a resting-place and a hiding-place, a sun and a shield.
Circumstances and creatures may change; but He will be an unchangeable friend. The way is rough, but He trod it before us, and is now with us in every step we take; and every step brings us nearer to our heavenly home.
Our inheritance is surely reserved for us, and we shall be kept for it by His power through faith.
Our present strength is small, and without a fresh supply would be quickly exhausted; but He has engaged to renew it from day to day. And He will soon appear to wipe all tears from our eyes; and then we shall appear with Him in glory.”
–John Newton, The Works of John Newton, Volume 2 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 2: 182-183.
“Like sheep, we are weak, destitute, defenceless, prone to wander, unable to return, and always surrounded with wolves.
But all is made up in the fulness, ability, wisdom, compassion, care, and faithfulness of our great Shepherd. He guides, protects, feeds, heals, and restores, and will be our guide and our God even until death.
Then He will meet us, receive us, and present us unto Himself, and we shall be near Him, and like Him, and with Him for ever.”
–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 495.
“Jesus is mine: in Him I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, an interest in all the promises and in all the perfections of God.
He will guide me by His counsel, support me by His power, comfort me with His presence, while I am here. And afterwards, when flesh and heart fail, He will receive me to His glory.”
–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 488.
“I have lost another of my people; a mother in our Israel; a person of much experience, eminent grace, wisdom, and usefulness. She walked with God forty years.
She was one of the Lord’s poor; but her poverty was decent, sanctified, and honourable. She lived respected, and her death is considered as a public loss.
It is a great loss to me: I shall miss her advice and example, by which I have been often edified and animated.
But Jesus still lives. Almost her last words were, ‘The Lord is my portion, saith my soul.'”
–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 477.
“May the cheering contemplation of the hope set before us fill us with a holy ambition of shining as lights in the world to the praise and glory of His grace who has called us out of darkness.
Encompassed as we are with snares, temptations, and infirmities, it is possible (by His promised assistance) to live in some good measure above the world while we are in it, above the influence of its cares, its smiles, or its frowns.
Our conversation, πολιτευμα, our citizenship, is in heaven. We are not at home, but only resident here for a season, to fulfil an appointed service.
And the Lord, whom we serve, has encouraged us to hope that He will guide us by His wisdom, strengthen us by His power, and comfort us with the light of His countenance, which is better than life.
Every blessing we receive from Him is a token of His favour, and a pledge of that far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory which He has reserved for us.
Oh! To hear Him say at last, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!’ will be a rich amends for all that we can lose, suffer, or forbear, for His sake.”
–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 471-472.