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Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813 - 1843)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Robert Murray M'Cheyne in text and pdf format. Scottish divine, youngest son of Adam McCheyne, writer to the signet, was born in Edinburgh, 21 May 1813. At the age of four he knew the characters of the Greek alphabet, and was able to sing and recite fluently. He entered the high school in his eighth year, and matriculated in November 1827 at Edinburgh University, where he showed very versatile powers, and distinguished himself especially in poetical exercises, being awarded a special prize by Professor Wilson for a poem on 'The Covenanters.' In the winter of 1831 he commenced his studies in the Divinity Hall, under Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Welsh; and he was licensed as a preacher by the Annan presbytery on 1 July 1835.
McCheyne devoted all his energies to preaching; and although he was an accomplished Hebrew scholar, he left few permanent proofs of his erudition. He had refined musical taste, and was one of the first of the Scottish ministers to take an active part in the improvement of the congregational service of praise. Long after his death he was constantly referred to as 'the saintly McCheyne.'
The Mighty Conqueror
I BELIEVE, DEAR FRIENDS, that this passage describes the great last controversy Christ will have with this world. He has had many a controversy with it, but the last will be the greatest of all; so that it is called 'the supper of the great God' (Revelati ... read more
THE NEW COVENANT AND ITS BETTER PROMISES.
Hebrews xiii. 7-13,"For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra ... read more
THE NEW COVENANT.
Hebrews viii. 6."But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
The last day that I spoke on this chapter, we saw three things.
1st. What ... read more
THE OFFERING OF THE HIGH PRIEST.
Hebrews viii. 3-6"For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts ... read more
THE PERFECTION OF THE GOSPEL COVENANT.
Hebrews ix. 11,12."But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands,that is to say, not of this building,neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he enter ... read more
The Pilgrim's Staff
MY BELOVED FRIENDS, let us notice, in the first place, the history of this remarkable promise: 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' These words have been a staff in the hand of believers throughout all ages; and they will be so to you, if you lean ... read more
The Salvation Of God
THIS IS ONE OF THE SWEETEST portions of the Word of God, and yet it strikes me that it is seldom understood. I observe that it is very frequently one of the devil's plans to prevent a proper understanding of these passages of the Word of God that are he s ... read more
The Saviour's Tears Over The Lost
JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, today, and for ever. He is the same Saviour now that he was that day when he wept over Jerusalem. If he were on earth now as he was then, I have no doubt but that there are many here tonight over whom he would weep, as ... read more
THE SEA OF GALILEE
How pleasant to me thy deep blue wave,
O sea of Galilee!
For the glorious One who came to save
Hath often stood by thee.
Fair are the lakes in the land I love,
Where pine and heather grow,
But thou hast loveliness far above
What Nature ca ... read more
THE SERVICE OF THE TABERNACLE
Hebrews ix.6-8."Now, when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first Tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God : But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for hims ... read more
The Spirit Commited To God
There is something peculiarly interesting in these words; they are the words of the Lord Jesus when he hung upon the cross he hung upon it for six long hours in bitter agony. The gall and the vinegar were bitter, but it was nothing to the wrath of God. It ... read more
THE SUPERIORITY OF CHRIST'S SACRIFICE OVER THOSE OF THE LAW
Hebrews ix. 13,14."For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the Eternal Spirit, offered himself without s ... read more
The Transfiguration Of Christ
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST SEEMS ordinarily to be but little understood. It is like Gethsemane, darkness hangs around it. Gethsemane showed the deepness of his sorrow; mount Tabor showed the height of his glory, which passeth knowledge.
Let us go o ... read more
The True And False Sheperd
WE LEARN, DEAR BRETHREN, FROM THE sixth verse, that this passage is one of considerable difficulty. How much need then have I of a fresh baptism that I may speak rightly from it; and how much need have you to have your heart opened, as was that of Lydia, ... read more
The True Pleasantness Of Being...
THE WORDS WHICH I HAVE read to you, dear friends, from the sixteenth Psalm, are properly and originally the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." You will see this, if you look at ... read more
The Vision Of Dry Bones
IN EARLY LIFE THE Prophet Ezekiel had been witness of sieges and battle-fieldshe had himself experienced many of the horrors and calamities of war; and this seems to have tinged his natural character in such a way that his prophecies, more than those of ... read more
The Word Made Flesh
YOU REMEMBER, BRETHREN, WHEN Philip went down to Samaria, it is said that he preached Christ unto them, and there was great joy in that city (Acts 8:5, 8). You remember that the apostle Paul says, 'I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus C ... read more
TO YONDER SIDE
Luke viii. 22-25.
Behind the hills of Naphtali
The sun went slowly down,
Leaving on mountain, tower, and tree,
A tinge of golden brown.
The cooling breath of evening woke
The waves of Galilee,
Till on the shore the waters broke
In s ... read more
"I AM DEBTOR."
When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon glaring sun,
When we stand with Christ in glory,
Looking o'er life's finished story,
Then, Lord, shall I fully know -
Not till then - how much I owe.
When I hear the wicked call
On the rocks an ... read more
"THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH."
When Israel knew not where to go,
God made the fiery pillar glow;
By night, by day, above the camp
It led the way - their guiding lamp;
Such is Thy Holy Word to me
In day of dark perplexity.
When devious paths before me spread,
And all invite my fo ... read more