Archive for the ‘Matthew Mead’ Category

The Almost Christian Discovered; or, the False Professor Tried and Cast:

February 21, 2014

“A man may have much knowledge, much light; he may know much of God and his will, much of Christ and his ways, and yet be but almost a Christian. For though there can be no grace without knowledge, yet there may be much knowledge where there is no grace; illumination often goes before, when conversion never follows after. The subject of knowledge is the understanding; the subject of holiness is the will. Now a man may have his understanding enlightened, and yet his will not at all sanctified. He may have an understanding to know God, and yet want a will to obey God. The apostle tells us of some, that, “when they knew God, they glorified him not as God.”

– Matthew Mead

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God …

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Almost Saved

February 15, 2014

It is said of the truly righteous, he shall “scarcely be saved;” and it is said of the seemingly righteous, he shall be almost saved: “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” The righteous shall be saved with a scarcely, that is, through much difficulty; he shall go to heaven through many sad fears of hell. The hypocrite shall be saved with an almost, that is, he shall go to hell through many fair hopes of heaven.

– Matthew Mead

1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

What is a Chistian?

February 15, 2014

“‘A Christian.’ — I hope I need not tell you what a Christian is, though I am persuaded many that are called Christians, do not know what a Christian is, or if they do, yet they do not know what
it is to be a Christian. A Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ, one that believes in, and follows Christ.”

– Matthew Mead

Sadly, we live in a day where it is not uncommon for those calling themselves “a Christian” to abide in darkness and do not follow Christ. I reckon not everyone calling themselves “a Christian” can be; as not all follow Christ and doeth the will of the Father.

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:57-62 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Knowledge with zeal

February 14, 2014

“To make a man altogether a Christian, there must be light in the head and heat in the heart, knowledge in the understanding and zeal in the affections. Some have zeal and no knowledge – that is blind devotion. Some have knowledge and no zeal- that is fruitless speculation. But where knowledge is joined with zeal, that makes a true Christian.”

– Matthew Mead

Profession of religion

February 14, 2014

“… every grace hath its counterfeit, and that the highest profession may be, where true conversion is not …… How far it is possible a man may go in a profession of religion, and yet, after all, fall short of salvation; how far he may run, and yet not so run as to obtain.” This, I say, is sad, but not so sad as true; for our Lord Christ doth plainly attest it: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

– Matthew Mead

Eternal life

February 14, 2014

“If eternal life be of so easy attainment, and to be had at so cheap a rate, why did our Lord Christ tell us, “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it?” … certainly, therefore, it is no such easy thing to be saved, as many make it…”

– Matthew Mead