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A.B. Simpson (1843 - 1919)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker A.B. Simpson in text and pdf format. Simpson is the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance Movement that began in Canada with a desire to promote missions and global evangelism. He was used powerfully of the Lord to unify many brothers and sisters in a common purpose of fulfilling the great commission.
A.W. Tozer joined with the Missionary Alliance denomination because of the teachings of A.B. Simpson and specific his writings on holiness: "A Larger Christian Life." He wrote many hymns and added a great emphasis on the person of Jesus Christ in church-life.
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(A Larger Christian Life) 1. THE POSSIBILITIES OF FAITH
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. "-Mark ix: 23.
These are bold and stupendous words. They open the treasure house of the Eternal King to sinful worms, and offer to the children of clay the privilege of God's own omn ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 10. SPIRITUAL GROWTH
"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."-2 Peter iii 18.
I have heard of a little boy being found by his mother in one of the garden beds with his feet buried in the soil, and standing beside a tall sunflower, to wh ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 11. ENLARGED WORK
"Enlarge the place of thy tent." Isa. liv: 2a
About one hundred years ago a humble Baptist preacher stood in an English pulpit and announced this text at the opening of what was perhaps the first Missionary Convention of modern times. He then proposed t ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 2. THE JOY OF THE LORD
"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Neh. viii:10.
There is no more pointed difference between Christianity and all other religions than the element of joyfulness.
The natural countenance of heathenism is gloomy, and often profoundly sad. The true ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 3. FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
"Be filled with the Spirit." Eph. v: 18.
"Ye are complete (filled) in Him." Col. ii: 10.
The emphatic word in both these verses "filled." It is the Greek plaroo which means to fill full, so full that there will be no room left empty. This is the though ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 4. THE LARGER LIFE
"Be ye also enlarged." 2 Cor. vi: 11.
The law of growth is a fundamental principle of all nature and redemption. Whatever ceases to grow begins to die; stagnancy brings corruption; the corpse belongs to the worm; a self-contained pool becomes a malariou ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 5. ISHMAEL AND ISAAC; OR, THE DEATH OF SELF
"Not I, but Christ." Gal. ii: 20.
The story of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac is a parable, illustrating this text. The casting out of Ishmael is most clearly declared in this very epistle to be an allegory setting forth the spiritual experience of the beli ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 6. MORE THAN CONQUERORS
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."-Rom. viii : 37.
It is a great thing to be a conqueror in Christian life and conflict. It is a much greater thing to be a conqueror "in all these things" which the apostle ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 7. GRACE ABOUNDING
"Where sin abounded grace did much more abound." Rom. v: 20.
We find in nature a beautiful approximation to the truth declared in this verse, a sort of parable and symbol of the glory of redemption. It is this. Go into the woods and cut a wound in the s ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 8. FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
"From strength to strength."-Psalm lxxxiv 7.
This is a chapter of the "Pilgrim's Progress" through the valley of Baca, of which this beautiful psalm is a picture. It is the story of the life of trust, and its two keynotes are the fifth and twelfth verse ... read more
(A Larger Christian Life) 9. GOD'S MEASURELESS MEASURES
"But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even ... read more
(But God) 1. THE GOD OF ELIJAH
"Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" (2 Kings 2:14.)
Always have I been glad that Elisha did not say, "Where is Elijah?" He had lost his friend and spiritual father, and if ever a sense of bereavement could have been justified, it would have been in the ca ... read more
(But God) 2. THE GOD OF PAUL
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 19.)
This is Paul's legacy to his disciples and friends. He bequeaths to us his God and all that his own life and experience have revealed of His in ... read more
(But God) 3. THE GOD OF JACOB
"Fear not, thou worm Jacob." (Isaiah 41:14.)
"I the Lord am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob."(Isaiah 49:26.)
What a combination! Thou worm Jacob, the Mighty One of Jacob! A worm united to Omnipotence! What so weak and worthless ... read more
(But God) 4. THE GOD OF ESTHER
"Surely the wrath of man will praise You: the remainder of wrath You will restrain." (Psalm 76: 10.)
"For if you altogether hold your peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but you and you ... read more
(But God) 5. THE VISION OF GOD
"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees You. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42: 5, 6.)
The book of Job is the world's oldest poem and presents some of the profoundest spiritual teachings of the b ... read more
(But God) 6. THE SECRET OF THE VISION
"Oh that I knew where I might find Him! That I might come even to His seat! . . . Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him: on the left hand, where He does work, but I cannot behold Him: He hides Himself on the ri ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 1. THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF THE CROSS
"And the people stood beholding" (Luke 23: 35).
What varied thoughts and feelings moved the hearts of those who stood that day beholding the cross of Calvary! We can perceive the cruel heartlessness with which the Roman soldiers drove the nails and rea ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 10. AFTER-EASTER-DAYS
“He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).
Easter morning is the beginning of a unique and most tenderly interesting po ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 2. UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS
"This do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).
This inscription placed by the hands of the Master over the Feast of Love might well be made the watchword of our whole Christian life. The Lord's Supper is a sort of microcosm, or miniature, of the believer ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 3. THE BRAND OF THE CROSS
"From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus" (Gal. 6:17)
The word marks in this text is translated by Rotherham, "brand marks." The world describes a mark that has been branded into the flesh, and suggests ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 4. THE UPLIFT OF THE CROSS
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).
A story is told of a medieval saint who asked his attendants to lift him from his death bed and place him on a cross. As he lay there and breathed out his life, he kept ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 5. ENEMIES OF THE CROSS
"They are the enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18).
“They crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh" (Heb. 6:6)
Once more we stand facing the cross of Jesus Christ, that wondrous cross which is at once the measure of the love of heaven a ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 6. THE CROSS AND THE WORLD
"If the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls" (Ex. 12:4).
The Paschal lamb was God's special type of Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 7. VOICES OF THE RESURRECTION
"According to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead" (Eph. 1:19-20).
The first message of the resurrection is that Christ is the Son of God and Christianity is Divine. He was "Declared to be the S ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 8. SEEKING THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD
"Why seek ye the living among the dead?" (Luke 24:5).
A Dead Christ
These women were looking for a dead Christ and of course they could not find Him, for He was living. How often since have men sought for Christ where He could not be found! How sad ... read more
(Cross of Christ) 9. THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION
"To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).
Our Lord's earthly life may be divided into three sections: befor ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 1. BOCHIM, OR THE CAUSE OF SPIRITUAL FAILURE
"And they called the name of the place Bochim." Judges 2: 5.
The Book of Judges has a very important place in the plan of divine revelation. It expresses a truth of great importance, and a lesson of deep and solemn moment, namely, the danger of spiritual ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 10. OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER; LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF RUTH
"Thy Maker is thy Husband, and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 64: 5.
The Book of Ruth is really a part of the Book of Judges. It is a sort of vignette inserted on the background of that mingled picture of the dark ages of the Old Testament, ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 2. SINNING AND REPENTING
"And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of the spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Neverthe ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 3. SHAMGAR, DEBORAH AND BARAK
"And what shall I more say? for the time will fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah, of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets; who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mo ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 4. GIDEON; OR THE STRENGTH OF WEAKNESS
"God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty, . . that no flesh should glory in His presence." 1 Cor. 1: 27, 29.
"And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 5. THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE
"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." 2 Cor. 10: 4.
"And the three companies blew the trumpets and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands and cried, The sword of the ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 6. SELF-RENUNCIATION AND SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT
"Not I, but Christ that liveth in me." Gal. 2: 20.
"But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." Gal. 5: 15.
"Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy so ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 7. JEPHTHAH, OR THE FAITH THAT LEADS TO FAITHFULNESS
"Well done, good and faithful servant." Matt. 25: 21; Judges 11: 30 to 36.
The story of Jephthah illustrates with great power two important principles in the divine economy. The first is that God uses the things that are despised to confound the things t ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 8.
"Wherefore, come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you." 2 Cor. 6: 17.
Compare Judges, chapters 13-16.
The story of Sampson is an illustration of this text. The principle of ... read more
(Danger Lines in the Deeper Life) 9.
"No man can serve two masters. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matt. 6: 24. Compare Judges, chapters 17 and 18.
The remarkable incidents of these two chapters illustrate with great vividness the principles of our text. These chapters contain the story o ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 1. EMBLEMS FROM THE STORY OF CREATION
While the Holy Scriptures are a literal and historical record of things, that have actually occurred, yet underlying the narrative there is for us a deeper spiritual meaning, which it is the province of faith, under the teaching of the Holy Ghost, rever ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 10. EMBLEMS FROM THEIR BONDAGE AND REDEMPTION
SECTION I -- The Brick Fields of Egypt.
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor." "And Pharaoh commanded ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 11. EMBLEMS FROM THEIR PILGRIMAGE
The Pillar of Fire.
We have here a picture of the pillar of cloud and fire, the guide of the Hebrew pilgrims through the wilderness, as it led them through many a changing scene of trial and education. All this is a picture of our life as the Holy S ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 12. EMBLEMS FROM THE WILDERNESS
“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt; but ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 13. EMBLEMS FROM THE WILDERNESS
THE MANNA, THE ROCK AND THE VICTORY.
1 Cor. 10: 3, 4, and 13: "They did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ." "There hath n ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 14. EMBLEMS FROM THE MOUNT
“For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest. And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the words should not be ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 15. EMBLEMS OF GRACE IN THE ANCIENT LAW
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." (Gal. 3: 24, 25.)
We looked in the last chapter at the dispensation of the law ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 2. EMBLEMS FROM THE STORY OF THE FALL
The inspired account of man's first disobedience and its bitter fruits, is but too real and literal; but back of the simple narrative there lies much deep spiritual symbolism and significance, vividly illustrating not only the dark shadows of sin and mise ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 3. EMBLEMS FROM ANTEDILUVIAN TIMES
SECTION I -- Abel's Sacrifice
In the two sons of Adam and Eve, human nature branched into its two great families, and these two races have since filled up the story of human life. The first born was, and still is, after the flesh. The type of faith ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 4. EMBLEMS FROM THE STORY OF THE FLOOD
The deluge has left its impress on the traditions of all ancient nations and in the structure of the globe itself. The Greeks have the story of a flood as vivid as the Bible narrative. The Assyrian inscriptions give accounts of an early inundation very ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 5. EMBLEMS FROM ABRAHAM'S TENT
SECTION I -- Abraham's Tent, or the Pilgrims Life
The first symbol we find in the patriarch's life is his moving tent. He has left the wealth and earthly prospects of his native home and committed himself to the vicissitudes of a pilgrim life. While ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 6. EMBLEMS FROM THE LIFE OF ISAAC
In the fourth chapter of Galatians, the apostle gives us a key to some of the most important events in the life of Isaac, and along with these a principle which may be applied to other portions of the historical Scriptures, as a key to their interpretat ... read more
(Divine Emblems of Spiritual Life) 7. EMBLEMS FROM JACOB'S PILGRIMAGE
More than any of the ancient patriarchs, Jacob speaks to us. He comes nearer to our life in human infirmity, in human imperfection, in human worthlessness, in human suffering, trial and discipline, and in the grace of God, which was magnified by all the ... read more