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Andrew Bonar (1810 - 1892)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Andrew Bonar in text and pdf format. He was a well-known pastor in Scotland with the Free Church. His brother Horatius was another well-known minister who was contemporary with Robert Murray Mchyene and others in those days. They saw a move of revival in their churches where the Spirit brought many immediate conversations in a short period of time.

He is best known for his work on compiling the life of the prophet of Dundee: Robert Murray Mchyene: "Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne." One cannot read this volume and feel the sobriety of eternity and the fear of the Lord. He also wrote a wonderful volume on Leviticus.

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A sermon to children.
      'There were also with Him other little ships' Mark 4: 36 Some of the little things we do in our meetings with you are imitations of Christ's ways. When you are going away from a meeting we sometimes give you a tract ; so Jesus in sending the people ... read more

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 There are many wonderful things in this epistle. Sometimes we are told to look up to the 'heavenly pl ... read more

Andrew Bonar quotes
       There is a practical error very common among God's people. All of them profess to believe that the Holy Spirit may convert souls at any age, and that conversion cannot take place too soon; while yet they do not look for the conversion of children with t ... read more

Angel Workers
      What I write is not a vision, nor a dream; it is an allegory of its kind. You will follow me into another region, to a spot where angels are gathered together in quiet, happy converse. They are all ' ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them wh ... read more

Are you living within the veil?
      “When present affliction strips us of all earthly comforts, so that we can adopt Habbakuk’s words; if it makes us look with in the veil and hear Christ saying, ‘Am I not better than all My gifts?’ then affliction is a blessing. How far will the blessing ... read more

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
      Psalm 103: 1-5 IN this psalm we find the Psalmist standing at the golden altar with his harp in his hand, recounting all his mercies. This psalm teaches us adoration. Adoration is not thanksgiving; it is silent wonder. I once saw a striking instance of ... read more

Christ's Silence (1).
      'A time to keep silence and a time to speak' Eccles. 3:7 We can draw a great deal of instruction from Christ's silence. 'Let Christ's word and silence too Dwell in thy heart,' a Moravian hymn says. Silence as to things we would like to know ab ... read more

Christ's Silence (2).
      'Have I not held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:11 IT is, as we would say, an old custom of God's to keep silence when we would have expected Him to speak. Of old God's silence was meant to lead men to fear. We need not wonde ... read more

Christ's Silence (3).
      Matthew 11:1-11 JOHN the Baptist lay in prison unnoticed, and we may say uncared for, for nearly a year. How mysterious! No wonder he sent to ask the Master if there was any explanation of this. 'Art Thou He that should come? Is this like the Messiah?' ... read more

Closing address on Communion Sabbath, January 27, 1889.
      'When He is come, He will tell us all things' John 4:25 You must have noticed some great and memorable sayings in the New Testament which were spoken unwittingly. 'This man receiveth sinners' (Luke 15:2); 'It is expedient that one man should die for ... read more

Coming to Christ.
      The natural man is exceedingly perverse, and Satan knows how to wield this perversity of the heart. We, in our day, are ready to excuse ourselves for slowness to believe in the Lord Jesus by saying, 'How much easier it would have been, had we seen Him in ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Chapter 1. The Personality of Antichrist
      Christians are called to tread nowhere with greater circumspection than when dealing with unfulfilled prophecy, and it is owing to want of due caution here that so many a humble inquirer has been left, amidst the confusion that is within and ridicule with ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Chapter 2. The Time of His Appearing
      Reference has been made to the declaration in 2 Thessalonians 2 that the day of Christ should not come until "the apostasy" as well as "the man of sin" had been seen. Also to Matthew 24, where the great tribulation, "such as was not from the beginning of ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Chapter 3. His Characteristics and Duration
      The very name of Antichrist implies a denial of Christ having come in the flesh as well as an assumption of His place and dignity; and so exactly does this description apply, that to deny Christ in any measure or shape is held to indicate the working of t ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Chapter 4. His Destruction and Its Consequences
      In saying so much of Antichrist, it was impossible not to anticipate to a certain extent, what ought in proper order to have fallen under this division of the subject. It was necessary to allude to some of its circumstances in establishing his personality ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Conclusion
      There would be no conclusion to draw from all this were it true, as is so frequently insinuated, that prophecy is of no private interpretation as far as our own individual interests are concerned. There may undoubtedly be a risk not alone of neglecting, b ... read more

Development of Antichrist - Preface
      The principle of interpreting the prophetic portions of Holy Scripture as literally as the historical is recognized throughout the following pages, and it is upon this ground alone that the writer builds his hope of escaping a charge of presumption in sub ... read more

      'Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God' Col. 4:12. Epaphras was a citizen of Colosse. Hence his deep interest in the Colossians. The Lord does not ask His people to give up their ... read more

First-fruits of the Resurrection.
      'The graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.' Matt. 27: 50-53 This is a passage about which very little has been written. Commentators seem to pass it by as something very mysterious. But if the Holy Spirit be with us we wi ... read more

How faith receives Christ.
       It is often best for us not to attempt to define Faith and its actings, but to show how the soul that has been awakened and is seeking a resting-place, may be gently led by the Spirit to meet Christ, in whom it finds all it desires, without an effort. L ... read more

Indwelling sin.
      And I John saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not : for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the ... read more

      Exodus 18 I. Jethro's name. - His personal name was Reuel or Raguel, 'God's Shepherd.' His father must have been a good man, not an idolater. Jethro is his official title, meaning his highness, or 'his excellency.' So this man was at once a priest of God ... read more

Jonathan and his Armour-bearer.
      1 Samuel 14 I would like to have known the name of the Armour-bearer, but we are not told his name. There are a great many cases of useful persons whose names are hid. Sometimes God puts honour upon them before the church; sometimes He says, 'never mind ... read more

Kept by the power of God.
      1 Peter 1: 5 ARE there any believers here who are afraid that they will some day bring disgrace on their profession ? Let them study these words. 'Kept' is the whole history of a believer's life. It tells us we are very weak, for we need to be kept; but, ... read more

Leaning on the Beloved.
      'Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved ?' Song 8: 5 Leaning on the Beloved is faith - faith which looks out to Christ, as distinguished from feeling, which looks in to self. Faith has regard to what the Lord has done ... read more

Letter: CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 18th August 1882.
      GLASGOW, 9th April 1883. MY DEAR MISS MARY, — Amidst our Communion services yesterday, we did not fail to remember 'a former member of the congregation now lingering in the valley of the shadow of death.' Nor did we forget yourself, watching by the sic ... read more

Letters: A friend in Blairgowrie (2)
      GLASGOW, 2nd Sept. 1859. DEAR FOLLOWER OF THE LAMB, — He that believeth shall not make haste. Go on quietly resting in the grace of Jesus, for His grace is like a full well which you may draw from and yet no way exhaust. Sit beside this well, and when ... read more

Letters: A friend in the country (1)
      MY DEAR SIR, —I have been too long in replying to your welcome letter. Do you think letters ever passed between the families of Moses and Jethro? Would not Moses or his son Gershom write occasionally to their friends in Midian, and tell of the wilderness ... read more

Letters: A schoolboy in London (1)
      GLASGOW, 20 INDIA STREET, 21st October 1873. MY DEAR WALTER, —I wonder how your soul prospers? You know we can go on busily with work, and all the more busily, when enjoying the sunshine round us—it makes all so cheerful. It is even thus with us in our ... read more

Letters: A servant in his congregation (1)
      CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 6th August 1884. DEAR MARGARET, — I was greatly surprised on receiving your letter. But I suppose you were yourself taken altogether unawares. This comfort, however, you have, sure and full, viz., that E. has only gone to 'the ... read more

Letters: His niece in school at Kelso (1)
      GLASGOW, 14th December 1874. MY DEAR NIECE EMILY, —It was very good in you to write me so nice a letter. It was well written every way, and makes me think you are already greatly the better of being away from home, breathing your native air. Your great ... read more

Letters: His son James (2)
      GLASGOW, 14th Feby. 1873. MY DEAR JAMES, —I have this week been lighting upon some passages in the poets that seemed to me to illustrate, or, rather, to put in a good setting, some truths that are usually stated in Bible language. Reading a little of C ... read more

Letters: Isabella, his daughter (1)
      Tuesday, 2nd April 1867. MY DEAR ISABELLA,—. . . This is a week of many interruptions of course, people calling about the Communion, etc. . . . No news here. The stream of life glides on, and we are on its banks. It will take many turns and windings, an ... read more

Letters: Miss Anne Whittit (2)
      GLASGOW, 19th March 1873. DEAR MISS ANNE, —Many thanks for your narrative of the Lord's doings. I was so interested that I just told all over at my prayer-meeting, with a few remarks as I went along. You see the Master has not cast you aside. You are n ... read more

Letters: Miss Clarke, Edinburgh (1)
      CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 18th August 1882. DEAR MISS C., —It was very kind in you to let me know of your sister's illness. She is safe in any case in 'the everlasting arms'. During all her time of trial and pain, the same Holy Spirit who upheld and com ... read more

Letters: Miss Macphun, Zenana Mission, Benares, India (1)
      GLASGOW, Sept 1st, 1888. MY DEAR MISS MACPHUN,—We are to 'rejoice with those that do rejoice,' as well as to sympathise with those that weep, and so I wish to-day to join with you in praises and thanks. You have been getting much to gladden you, even in ... read more

Letters: Mr. and Mrs. James Bonar, Hampstead (1)
      GLASGOW, 29th May 1889. Very many thanks to my son and daughter for their congratulations to me on my birthday! And let me say specially to Mary that the sweet fragrance of both words and flowers is filling my study to-day, and from time to time sending ... read more

Letters: Mr. D. Maclagan (Gives some interesting details about his time as a missionary with R.S. Candlish)(1)
       5th March, 1874 "It was November 1836 that I came from Jedburgh (where I had been for eighteen months partly as a friend and partly as a missionary with Mr. Purves) to be missionary in St. George's parish. So far as I can remember I was the first ... read more

Letters: Mr. David Dickson, his brother-in-law (1)
      ABERNYTE, Saturday, 3rd August 1867. MY DEAR DAVID,—Your note was another cloud in our sky. I thought you had got better accounts of your dear boy. But if the Lord is indeed threatening to let him continue with you only for a short time, be assured that ... read more

Letters: Mr. Lewis Grant, his nephew, Kirkcaldy (1)
      GLASGOW, 16th January 1880. MY DEAR LEWIS, —Your note has just come with its burden of heavy tidings. I had written an hour ago to Uncle William, whose letter expressed anxious alarm, but we were not prepared for your announcement, for Willie's note of ... read more

Letters: Mr. Robert Noble, Clapham (1)
      GLASGOW, 14th Dec. 1891. MY DEAR MR. NOBLE,—You sympathise with us, I know, though far off; and so I write to tell you of another stroke on our congregation. Last week George Jackson, (an elder in Finniston Church for many years) who to the last was alw ... read more

Letters: Mr. Robert Young Edinburgh (1)
      AFTER MRS. BONAR'S DEATH GLASGOW, 17th Oct. 1864. MY DEAR MR. YOUNG, —This has been an awfully sudden and solemn stroke. All went well till the afternoon of Friday—nothing indeed to startle us till about six o'clock, and in three hours all was over. ... read more

Letters: Mr. Wikinson at the Mildmay Mission to the Jews (1)
      GLASGOW, November 8th 1881 MY DEAR MR. WILKINSON, Last night I was present with Mr. Baron at a most interesting meeting of Jews, fifteen in number, and could at once see that the stagnant waters had been stirred by Mr. Baron's visit. I am very thankful ... read more

Letters: Mr. William Bonar his brother (1)
      COLLACE, Tuesday Morning. (probably written about 1845) MY DEAR WILLIAM, —Here is a neat plan of Jerusalem and the country round, to which I have added a few names. By means of it you may 'walk about Zion and tell the towers thereof,' just as you do at ... read more

Letters: Mr. William Dickson Edinburgh (5)
      COLLACE, Oct. 6th, 1846. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I have this moment got a refreshing word which being a piece of the Bread of Life I may share with you. It is Ruth 1:21: 'The Almighty hath afflicted me.' The word 'Almighty' is John Bunyan's word 'Shaddai,' th ... read more

Letters: Mrs. Grant his sister-in-law, on the death of her husband, the Rev. Wm. Grant of Cavers (1)
      ON THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND, THE REV. WM. GRANT OF CAVERS. COLLACE, Oct. 18th, 1853. MY DEAR JEANIE, — 'The heart knoweth its own bitterness.' You have felt this and have experienced how powerless are words, however well-meant and kind, to relieve su ... read more

Letters: Mrs. Horatius Bonar his sister-in-law (2)
      GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864. MY DEAR JANE, —Perhaps you and Horace will excuse me for not writing sooner. It requires something to raise me before I can at present take up the pen. The bewilderment is passing away—all appears too real now, but the loneline ... read more

Letters: Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law (1)
      GLASGOW, 29th Decr. 1884. MY DEAR MARY,— 'Along the river of time we glide, The swiftly flowing resistless tide !' Only think! the year is nearly done, and I have lived seventy-four years in this world, and must be getting near the edge of the ... read more

Letters: Mrs. Manson (1)
      GLASGOW, 17th March 1858. MY DEAR MRS. MANSON,—Thanks for writing me, for in truth I was meditating to write you (i.e. your husband and you=one), but could not make out whereabouts you were at this time. I am glad you are to be near Crieff ; we may see ... read more

Letters: Mrs. Milne on the death of her father (1)
      ON THE DEATH OF HER FATHER. COLLACE, F. C. Manse, Dec. 13th, 1855. MY DEAR MRS. MILNE, —I write because it might be some variety to you in your sojourn at Hastings, something like a visit. We felt for you in your bereavement, for a father is altogeth ... read more

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