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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.[3]

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Have you seen the One my heart loves?
      "All night long on my bed I looked for the One my heart loves; I looked for Him but did not find Him." Song of Songs 3:1 "Have you seen the One my heart loves?" Song of Songs 3:3 "I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; He ... read more

Having nothing, yet possessing everything
      True grace will enable a soul to sit down satisfied and contented with the naked enjoyments of Christ. The enjoyment of Christ without honor will satisfy the soul. The enjoyment of Christ without riches, the enjoyment of Christ without pleasures, a ... read more

He awoke with everlasting flames about his ears!
      Earthly riches commonly load the soul with a multitude of cares, fears, griefs, and vexations—which mightily disturb the soul, distract the soul; yes, often rack, torture, and torment the soul. Earthly riches, for the most part, do a world of mi ... read more

He bruises His spices
      "God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness." Hebrews 12:10 Grace always thrives most when saints are under the rod. When Christians are under the rod, then their graces do not only bud, but blossom and bring forth fr ... read more

He dares spit in the very face of God Himself!
      Many, when they feel the rod to smart—ah, how they do fret and fume! Isaiah 8:21, 'Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.' ... read more

He drank it up—every drop!
      "Who can comprehend the power of Your wrath?" Psalm 90:11 Jesus Christ comprehends it, for He underwent it! His whole life was made up of suffering. From His birth to His death, from His cradle to the cross, from the womb to the tomb, ... read more

He draws out the core
      Afflictions are the Lord's drawing-plasters, by which He draws out the core of pride, earthliness, self-love, covetousness, etc. Pride was one of man's first sins, and is still the root and source of all other sins. Now, to prevent it, God many ... read more

He fills all, and yet remains full
      "It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell." Col. 1:19 The sun has not the less light for filling the world with light. A fountain has not the less for filling the lesser vessels. There is in Christ the fullness of a fount ... read more

He gives kingdoms, crowns, thrones!
      "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." Revelation 22:12 The more any man does or suffers for Christ here—the more glory he shall have hereafter. It was the saying of an ... read more

He has a mint constantly going in hell
      Christians should be mute and silent under their afflictions, because hereby they shall cross and frustrate Satan's great design and expectation. In all the afflictions he brought upon Job, Satan's design was not so much to make Job a beggar—as ... read more

He has all comforts at His disposal
       "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 God is the God of all sorts and degrees of comfort. He has all comf ... read more

He has become the worst of creatures
      Man before his fall was the best of creatures—but since his fall he has become the worst of creatures. He who was once the image of God, the glory of Paradise, the world's master, and the Lord's darling—has now become . . . an abomination to Go ... read more

He has no memory
       "I will not remember your sins." Isaiah 43:25 "I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." Jeremiah 31:34. "I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no ... read more

He has no reason to complain!
      The least drop of grace, the least smile from Christ's face, the least kiss of His mouth, the least embrace of His arm, the least hint of His favor— is worth more than ten thousand worlds! That Christian cannot be poor—who is rich in grace. ... read more

He has the worst names
      We may read much of Satan's nature and disposition by the diverse names and epithets that are given him in the Scripture. Sometimes he is called Behemoth, whereby the greatness and brutishness of the devil is figured (Job 40:15). Those evil spiri ... read more

He hides the hook!
      "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11 Satan has his several devices to deceive, entangle, and undo the souls of men. Satan has . . . snares for the wise, and snares for the sim ... read more

He is the blessed soul!
      "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness." Matthew 5:6 He who sees an absolute necessity of the righteousness of Christ to justify him, and to enable him to stand boldly before the throne of God; he who sees his own righteousness to ... read more

He leaps into a sea of wrath!
      Christ went through heaven and hell, life and death, sorrow and suffering, misery and cruelty—and all to bring us to glory! And shall we not prize Him? When in a storm, the nobles of Xerxes had to lighten the ship to preserve their king's life— ... read more

He left heaven for us
      "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24 Let the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, work us into a gracious willingness to embrace sufferings for His sake, and cheerfully and reso ... read more

He lived poor and died poor
      "Jesus replied—Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head." Matthew 8:20 Jesus does not say, Kings have palaces—but I have none. Nor He does say that rich men have houses and lands and ma ... read more

He loves those who are most unlovely
      Ah! sinners, the greatness of your sins does but set off the freeness and riches of Christ's grace, and the immensity of His love! This makes heaven and earth to ring of his praise, that He loves those who are most unlovely, that he shows most fa ... read more

He may murmur and struggle at first
      "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word." Psalm 119:67 Affliction is a fire to purge out our dross, and to make our graces shine. Affliction is the remedy which cures all our spiritual diseases. By afflictions, God h ... read more

He must deny himself
      "If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Mark 8:34 He must deny sinful self, which takes in a man's lusts. He must deny natural self, which takes in a man's arts, parts, gifts, and reason. ... read more

He never lacks an apple for an Eve
      It is ten thousand times a greater judgment and affliction—to be given to a fretful spirit, a froward spirit, a muttering spirit under an affliction—than it is to be afflicted. This is both the devil's sin, and the devil's punishment. God is sti ... read more

He overcomes the Almighty!
      "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." Genesis 32:28 Oh the power of private prayer! It has a kind of omnipotence in it; it takes God captive; it holds Him as a pris ... read more

He strives to make all as miserable and unhappy as himself
      Satan knows that assurance is the Christian's . . . manna in a wilderness, water out of a rock, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He knows that assurance is . . . a salve for all sores, a medicine for all diseases, a ... read more

He was still a-pointing at the toads in their bosoms
      How shall we find out that particular sin, for which God corrects us—for which He has brought the rod upon us? Seriously observe what that sin is, which your soul would have spared above all, which your soul is most unwilling to leave, and bid an ... read more

He who can truly say this, is a God
      "The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24 God is every believer's portion. Riches are not every believer's portion—but God is every believer's portion. Liberty and freedom are not every bel ... read more

He who has deserved a hanging
      "Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?" Lamentations 3:39 He who has deserved a hanging has no reason to charge the judge with cruelty—if he escapes with a whipping! And we who have deserved a damning have no rea ... read more

He would be double damned
      "Then I beg you—send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment." Luke 16:27-28 Dives knew that if his brethren were damned—that he would be double ... read more

Head, hand, heart, lip, and life
      True holiness is diffusive. It extends, diffuses, and spreads itself all over the whole person . . . the head and the heart; the lip and the life; the inside and the outside. The understanding is nourished on holiness, the mind is adorned w ... read more

Heaven would be a very hell
      "Yet they say to God—Leave us alone! We have no desire to know Your ways." Job 21:14 Heaven would be a very hell to an unholy heart. If now—the presence of God in His servants, and the presence of God in His ordinances—is such a hell to unhol ... read more

Heaven's key!
      "For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." 1 P ... read more

Hell would be the place of greatest pleasure
      "They delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil." Proverbs 2:14 Unsanctified people . . . take pleasure in unrighteousness, rejoice to do evil, make a sport of sin, delight to dishonor God, damn their own imm ... read more

Hell's greatest enrichers!
      "The prophets who lead my people astray." Micah 3:5 Satan labors by false teachers, who are his emissaries to deceive, delude, and forever undo the precious souls of men! They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and b ... read more

His angelic robes
      A hidden enemy is far worse than an open enemy. The devil has put his angelic robes upon many of his chief agents, that they may the more easily and the more effectually deceive and delude the souls of men. Ah! what multitudes are there, that ... read more

His dreadful threatenings!
       Sin and sorrow, iniquity and misery—always go hand in hand. "The wages of sin is death," Romans 6:23. Every sinner is worthy of death. "Those who do such things deserve death," Romans 1:32. If God is a just and righteous God, then s ... read more

His hand is always in his purse
       There is a difference between Christ's giving and the world's giving. The world gives—but they give more rarely. But Christ gives, and He gives frequently. He is every day, every hour, yes, every moment, a-giving of royal favors to His people. ... read more

His people's scars and warts
      When Caesar was painted, he put his finger upon his scar, his wart. God puts His fingers upon all His people's scars and warts—upon all their weaknesses and infirmities, that nothing can be seen but what's fair and lovely. "You are all fair ... read more

His purse is always full
      The riches of Christ are inexhaustible. Christ can never be drawn dry. Earthly riches are true gardens of Adonis, where we can gather nothing but trivial flowers surrounded with many briars, etc. Men rake together worldly riches as children do sno ... read more

His school of instruction
      "The rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense." Proverbs 10:13 The rod is to make the child sensible of his folly and vanity. So it is here: God takes up the rod, but it is to make His people sensible of their folly and vanity; it i ... read more

His tender mercies
      "His tender mercies." Psalm 145:9 "The multitude of His mercies." Psalm 106:45 It is God's free mercy which every day keeps hell and my soul asunder. It is God's free mercy which daily pardons my sins. It is God's free mercy which su ... read more

His treasured possession
      "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:6 God makes . . . many rich, and many great, and ... read more

His window in all our hearts
      "Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?" Job 31:4 The eye of God had so strong an influence upon Job's heart and life, that it wrought him up to a very high pitch of holiness. The scholar writes most exactly while his teacher ... read more

Holy hatred
       "I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104 Where there is real holiness, there is a holy hatred, detestation, and indignation—against all ungodliness and wickedness. A holy man knows that all sin strikes . . . at the holiness of God, at ... read more

Holy hatred
      "Through your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104 There is in every penitent a sincere hatred of sin, a universal hatred of sin. True hatred is universal—it is to the whole kind. He who hates sin ... read more

Holy joy and godly sorrow
      Holy joy and godly sorrow are in no way inconsistent. Yes, a godly man's eyes are always fullest of tears—when his heart is fullest of holy joy. A man may go joying and mourning to his grave, yes, to heaven, at the same time. Grace always thrives ... read more

Holy, holy, holy
      "Who is like You, glorious in holiness?" Exodus 15:11 God is . . . infinitely holy, transcendently holy, superlatively holy, constantly holy, unchangeably holy, exemplary holy, gloriously holy. All the holiness that is in the ... read more

Honeyed poison
      O Sirs! in the grave it is all the same—to one who has had all, and to another who has had none. What folly is it to lay up goods for many years, when we cannot lay up one day for the enjoyment of our goods! Christ, who never miscalled any, calls h ... read more

Horrid hypocrisy, damnable folly, and astonishing impudency!
      "He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy." Prov. 28:13 The true penitent would have God to forgive him, not only some of his sins—but all his sins; and therefore it is but just and equ ... read more

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