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Thomas Brooks (1608 - 1680)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Thomas Brooks in text and pdf format. Much of what is known about Thomas Brooks has been ascertained from his writings. Born, likely to well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625, where he was preceded by such men as Thomas Hooker, John Cotton, and Thomas Shepard. He was licensed as a preacher of the Gospel by 1640. Before that date, he appears to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet.
After the conclusion of the First English Civil War, Thomas Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle's, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on December 26, 1648. His sermon was afterwards published under the title, 'God's Delight in the Progress of the Upright', the text being Psalm 44:18: 'Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Thy way'. Three or four years afterwards, he transferred to St. Margaret's, Fish-street Hill, London.
In 1662, he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached as opportunity arose. Treatises continued to flow from his pen.
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The more a Christian is tempted
God had but one Son without corruptionbut
He had none without temptation!
By temptations the Lord will make His people more
and more conformable to the image of His Son.
Christ was much temptedHe was often in the school
of temptation; and t ... read more
The more Christ has suffered for us
The more Christ has suffered for usthe dearer Christ
should be unto us. The greater and the bitterer Christ's
sufferings have been for usthe greater and the sweeter
should our love be to Him. O my friends! there is no love
but a superlative lov ... read more
The more vile Christ made Himself for us
"Let the thoughts of a crucified Christ," says one, "be
never out of your mind, let them be food and drink
unto you, let them be your sweetness and consolation,
your honey and your desire, your reading and your
Ah! remember thi ... read more
The mortifying of your darling sins
Most professing Christians have not the right art of
mortifying sin. All their attempts are to hide a lust,
not to quench it.
A great motive to provoke you to the mortifying of
your darling sins, is solemnly to consider, that the
conquest and e ... read more
The most glittering services
The most glittering services of unregenerate
people are but dead works, because they proceed
not from a principle of spiritual life, and they lead
to death, Romans 6:23, and leave a sentence of
death upon the soul, until it is washed off by the
... read more
The most golden Christians
Under all fiery trials, God will make good that golden
promise, "And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God." Romans 8:28.
Mark, the apostle does not say, we suppose, or we
hope, or we conjecturebut we know! We kn ... read more
The most powerful charm of Satan
Honors, riches, and pleasures are the three deities,
which all people adore, and to whom they continually
sacrifice their best thoughts and energies. These, for
their unparalleled vanity, may well be called "the
vanity of vanities!"
Honors, r ... read more
The occasions and allurements of sin
He who ventures upon the occasion of sin and
then prays, "Lord, lead me not into temptation,"
is like him who thrusts his finger into the fire,
and then prays that it may not be burnt.
He who will not fly from the occasions and
allurements of ... read more
The old man
In every regenerate man, there are two menan old man and a new man; or if you please, flesh and spirit. Romans 7.
The old man, the fleshly part, will incline the soul, and bias the soul, as well to sins against the gospel, as to sins against the law, ... read more
The only ground of God's love
The Lord Jesus Christ is a gift of free grace. Christ is the greatest, the sweetest, the choicest, the chief gift which God ever gave; and yet this gift is given by a hand of love. The only ground of God's love is His love. The ground of God's love is o ... read more
The only happy man in the world!
"Happy are the people whose God is the Lord." Ps. 144:15
All the happiness and blessedness of the people of God
consists in thisthat God is their God, and that He is
their portion, and that they are His inheritance!
Oh, the heaped up happine ... read more
The outward dress and garb of religion
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You give a tenth of your spicesmint, dill and cummin. But you
have neglected the more important matters of the lawjustice,
mercy and faithfulness." Matthew 23:23
Take heed of spe ... read more
The plague of unsatisfiedness
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of
covetousness; a man's life does not consist in
the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15
Covetousness is . . .
a very great and grievous sin;
a breeding sin;
a si ... read more
The pouring forth of all His wrath
"I will sing of Your love and justice." Psalm 101:1
Mercy is God's Alphajustice is His Omega.
When God's mercy is despisedthen His justice takes
God is like a prince, who first hangs out the white flag
of mercy; if this win ... read more
The presence of a compassionate God!
"His compassions never fail!" Lamentations 3:22
Each believer has the presence of . . .
a God of mercy,
a God of tenderness,
a God of compassion.
Mercy is as essential to Godas light is to the sun,
or as heat is to the fire. He deligh ... read more
The presence of a loving God!
"Since you were precious in My sight, and
I have loved you." Isaiah 43:4
God loves His people with a first love! 1 John 4:19
"We love Him because He first loved us." By nature
we were without God, and afar off from God; we were
strangers to ... read more
The promises of God
The promises of God are as so many rich mines, they are as so many choice flowers of paradise, they are the food, life, and strength of the soul. They are as a staff to support the soul, and they are as jewelry to adorn the soul, and nourishment to enrich ... read more
The prosperity of the wicked
Oh you who have God for your portion, do not envy, do
not fret and vex, at the prosperity of the wicked; for
even though they have more than their heart can wish,
even though they live in pleasure and wallow in all carnal
and sensual delightsyet ... read more
The prosperity of the wicked
"For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of
the wicked. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the
evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They say, 'How
can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?' This
is what the ... read more
The pure in heart
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8
Dear hearts! As we truly say, that gold is pure gold, though much dross may hang about it; and as we truly say, that such and such an air is pure air, though at times there are many ... read more
The red sea of Christ's blood
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of
God's grace." Ephesians 1:7
O Lord! when I look upon my manifold weaknesses
and imperfectionsI am many times not only grieved,
but also ... read more
The regal gate
"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
A man may always pray habitually; he may have
his heart in a praying disposition in all estates and
conditions, in prosperity and adversity, in health
and sickness, in strength and weakness, in weal ... read more
The richest man in the world
"Having nothingand yet possessing all things." 2 Corinthians 6:10
This is a riddle the world cannot understand. A holy man
cannot be a poor man. A holy man is always the richest
man. The riches of a Christian have no bottom. All a
saint's ba ... read more
The right way of mortifying of sin
Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart
can only, by a hand of faith, be washed out in the
blood of the Lamb.
Suppose that the power and prevalency of sin hinders
the soul's sweet communion with Godso that the soul
cannot sport i ... read more
The righteousness of sanctification
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and
self-control." Galatians 5:22-23
The righteousness of sanctification, or imparted
righteousness, lies in the Spirit's infusing into the so ... read more
The saints' helland the sinners' heaven
"And they will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous will go into eternal life."
This present life is the saints' helland
the sinners' heaven.
The next life will be the saints' heaven
and the sinners' ... read more
The scholar's knowledge
What is the scholar's knowledge of the strength, riches,
glories, and sweetness of far countries, obtained by maps
and bookscompared to their knowledge, who daily see
and enjoy those things?
Truly, that knowledge which is only notional, specula ... read more
The Scriptures are sufficient
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so
that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for
every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Scriptures are sufficient . . .
to i ... read more
The secret kisses
When a Christian is in a wilderness, which is a very
solitary place, then God delights to speak friendly
and comfortably to him: Hosea 2:14, "Behold, I will
allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and
speak friendly or comfortably to her," ... read more
The secret of being content
A man needs very little of this world's goods to
carry him through his pilgrimage, until he comes
to his homeuntil he comes to heaven.
A little will satisfy the demands of nature;
though nothing will satisfy a man's lusts!
"I have learne ... read more
The secret of being content
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to
have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content
in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,
whether living in ... read more
The sharpest dealings of God with you
"Why should any living man complain when
punished for his sins?" Lamentations 3:39
To move you to silence under your sorest and
your sharpest trials, consider, that you have
deserved greater and heavier afflictions than
those you are under. ... read more
The shop, the farm, and the oxen
Take heed of engaging yourselves in a crowd of worldly
businesses. Many have so much to do on earth that they
have no time to look up to heaven. As much earth puts
out the fire, so much worldly business puts out the fire
of heavenly affections. Lo ... read more
The sovereignty of God
The sovereignty of God is that golden scepter in
His hand which He will make all bow to, either . . .
by His word or by His works,
by His mercies or by His judgments.
This scepter must be kissed and submitted to,
or else fire and sword, deso ... read more
The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory
"And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy,
holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is full
of His glory." Isaiah 6:3
The more holy any are, the more deeply are they
affected and captivated with the holiness of God.
The holy seraph ... read more
The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory
"His mouth is most sweet, and He is altogether lovely.
This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend." Song 5:16
That is, His mouth is sweetnesses, and He is altogether
desirablenesses, or He is wholly desirable. Alas! says the
spouse, I lack word ... read more
The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory!
Christ can never rest satisfied until His gracious
communion with His people here, issues in their
perfect and glorious communion with Him in heaven.
"Father, I want those You have given Me to be with
Me where I am, and to see My glory." John ... read more
The sweet nature of grace
Dwell much upon the sweet nature of grace.
Grace begets the greatest joy and sweetness in the
hearts of men, that possibly can be. Grace is a panoply
against all troublesand a paradise of all pleasures.
Grace is compared to the sweetest things; ... read more
("Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached,
Arraigned and Condemned" 1650)
Communion with God is . . .
the life of all your graces;
the sweetener of all providences and mercies;
the strengthener of your hearts and hands;
the soul of ... read more
The sweetest and the most comforting word
The knowledge of a man's property in God is the comfort
of comforts. Property makes every comfort, a pleasurable
comfort, a delightful comfort. When a man walks . . .
in a fair meadow, and can write mine upon it,
into a pleasant garden, and can w ... read more
The sweetest joys are from the sourest tears
Sin is a turning the back upon Godand the face
towards hell. Repentance is a turning the back
upon sinand a setting the face towards God!
True repentance is a sorrowing for sin because it
is offensive to God. Peter was sorry for his sin;
Judas ... read more
The sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath
To see God thrust the sword of His pure, infinite, and
incensed wrath through the very heart of His dearest Son,
notwithstanding all His supplications, prayers, tears, and
strong criesis the highest manifestation of the Lord's hatred
and indigna ... read more
The synagogue of incarnate devils!
O sirs, this is and this must be for a lamentation, that
there are so many ale-houses, and gaming-houses, and
whore-houses, which are usually stuffed with vain people,
yes, with the very worst of the worst of men. Certainly
these houses are the ve ... read more
The trifles which God gives
The emperor Augustus, in his great feasts, gave
trifles to somebut gold to his favorites.
Just sohonors, riches and worldly pleasures are
the trifles which God gives to the worst of men.
God gives His goldHis special love and graceonly
t ... read more
The trifling portions of this world
God gives the trifling portions of this world to
the vilest and worst of men; but His goldHis Christ,
HimselfHe gives only to His saints.
Briers, which are for hogs, grow upon every hedge;
but roses, which are for men, they only grow in
plea ... read more
The true Christian hates all sin
("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance")
"I hate every wrong path." Psalm 119:104
The original word signifies to hate with a deadly and
irreconcilable hatred; to hate so as that nothing will
satisfy but the destruction of the thing hate ... read more
The true convert
The true convert prizes Christ above all.
Ordinances are sweetbut Christ is more sweet.
Saints are preciousbut Christ is far more precious.
Heaven is gloriousbut Christ is infinitely more glorious.
The first thing that I would ask, if I mig ... read more
The true salamander's skin!
"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins."
1 John 1:7
O you who truly fear the Lord, and who are united
to Christ by faith, know for your everlasting comfort
and supportthat Christ has secured you . . .
from infernal fir ... read more
The ungodly flatter themselves
The ungodly flatter themselves that God is made up all
of mercy, and believe that they shall go to heavenuntil they
awake with everlasting flames about their earsas you may
see in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
God suddenly casts sinne ... read more
The unsearchable riches of Christ!
There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest
sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for
all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . .
the greatest good,
the choicest good,
the chief good,
the most suitable good,
... read more