Eternal Salvation

Men who can drop their faith in the day of real emergency have never been really held by it. That is surely true; men who can drop their faith like a handkerchief have never known their faith as a strong and vital defense. . . . If our faith has ever meant anything vital, it will be as difficult to drop it as to drop our skin.

Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) on 1 Corinthians 16.13

Little Is Much When God Is in It

Fleeting things done for Christ are eternal. . . . The eternal things are the things done for Christ. They are eternal in His memory who has said, “I will never forget any of their works,” however they may fall from man’s remembrance. . . . Our influence for good blends with a thousand others, and may not be traceable beyond a short distance, still it is there: and no true work for Christ. . . goes to swell the aggregate of forces which are working on through the ages to bring the perfect Order. . . . So little do we know where our work will terminate. Our only concern is where it begins. Let us look after this end, the motive; and leave God to take care of the other, the consequences.

Alexander Maclaren, The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians and Philemon (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1890), 380-381. [FREE DOWNLOAD]

True Prayer Brings God and Man Together

May people’s notion is that prayer is urging our wishes on God, and that His answer is giving us what we desire. But true prayer is the meeting in harmony of God’s will and man’s, and its deepest expression is not, Do this, because I desire it, O Lord; but, I do this because Thou desirest it, O Lord.

FREE DOWNLOAD — Alexander Maclaren, The Epistles of St. Paul to the Colossians and Philemon (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1890), 357.