LAST WORDS OF SCOTTISH PREACHER
Mr. James Guthrie June 1, 1661
(From the scaffold where he was beheaded for preaching the Gospel)
I am come hither to lay down my life this day, and I bless God, I die not as a fool; not that I have anything wherein to glory in myself: I acknowledge that I am a sinner, yea one of the greatest and vilest that has owned a profession of religion, and one of the most unworthy that has preached the Gospel. My corruptions have been strong and many, and have made me a sinner in all things, yea, even in following my duty; and therefore, righteousness have I none of my own, all is vile. But I do believe “that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, whereof I am chief”, through faith in His righteousness and blood have I obtained mercy; and through Him, and in Him alone, have I hope of a blessed conquest and victory over sin and Satan, and hell and death, and that I shall attain unto the resurrection of the just, and be made partaker of eternal life. “I know whom I have believed and that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” I have preached salvation through His name, and as I have preached, so do I believe, and do commend the riches of His free grace and faith in His name unto you all, as the only way whereby ye can be saved.
“If we had God’s power, we would change everything. If we had God’s wisdom, we’d change nothing!” —Pastor Scott Richardson
“He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” Psalm 103:10
I Am The Bread Of Life
John 6: 48
What bread is in a natural sense to men; Christ is in a spiritual sense to believers. (John 6: 63) Here are six things I see in the word of God concerning this spiritual bread as I consider it in this type.
1. It is not a natural food. Bread is a prepared food. There are no bread trees or vines. Bread is a combination of different things. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the heavenly bread, is not a natural food but it is prepared by divine wisdom and purpose to give life to dead sinners. “A body hast thou prepared me.” (Hebrews 10: 5) He is both God and man in one glorious person. He is man to bare our sins in His own body on the tree and He is God to satisfy the demands of a perfect God.
2. This heavenly bread is given. Are we not exhorted in the scriptures to pray “give us this day our daily bread?” If our daily bread be the gift of God how much more our heavenly bread? You cannot merit the bread of life. You do not deserve the bread of life, nor can we produce this heavenly bread. He is given to us by our loving Father. (John 6: 57)
3. Bread is prepared and served by an experienced hand. Making bread is not like making stew. A dash of this and a pinch of that will work fine in a stew but bread requires an exact formula. Those who preach Christ, the bread of life, must be careful that He is preached as God has set Him forth.
4. Bread must be eaten to enjoy its true benefits. Our Lord told His hearers in John 6: 53, “except ye eat of the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” Holding bread, defending bread, and hiding bread will not give life. Life comes by eating.
5. Bread, when it is eaten, becomes one with the eater. As bread is absorbed into the body and used to sustain life, so it is that “Christ in you is the hope of glory.” It is not the power of the flesh that yields its own substance but God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Paul said, “When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received not as the word of man but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
(I Thessalonians 2: 13)
6. Bread is a food set before all men. There is nothing in bread to prevent anyone anywhere from eating. But know this, there is only one bread that can give life and Christ said, “I am the bread of life.” We prepare Gods bread and set it before all men. But God, himself, must give the appetite. May God be pleased to give us all an appetite for His Son.
—Pastor Darvin Pruitt
The royal bath of mercy in which black souls are washed white from their guilt, shame and sin was drawn from the veins of Immanuel, Jesus Christ. No blood of noble martyrs or noble confessors, popes, priest, cardinals, evangelists, missionaries, preachers or well-meaning religionists enter that stream.
“There is a fountain
Filled with blood
It’s drawn from Immanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged
Beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.”
—By Henry Mahan
Nothing, either great or small,
Nothing sinner, no;
Jesus did it, did it all,
Long, long ago.
When He from his lofty throne,
Stooped to do and die;
Everything was fully done:
Hearken to His cry: –
“It is finished!” Yes, indeed,
Finished every jot:
Sinner, this is all you need,
Tell me, is it not?
Weary, working, plodding one,
Why toil you so?
Cease your doing, all was done,
Long, long ago.
Till to Jesus’ work you cling,
By a simple faith,
“Doing” is a deadly thing,
“Doing” ends in death.
Cast your deadly “doing” down,
Down at Jesus’ feet.
Stand in Him, in Him alone,
“Rags exchanged for costly treasure
Shoe and ring and heaven’s best robe!
Gifts of love, which knows no measure;
Who can tell the heart of God?
All his loved ones his redeemed ones,
Perfect are in his abode.”