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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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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 vexationswhich 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 smartah, 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 upevery drop!
"Who can comprehend the power of Your wrath?"
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."
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."
The more any man does or suffers for Christ herethe
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 beggaras ... 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 creaturesbut 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 darlinghas 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 poorwho 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 crueltyand 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 repliedFoxes 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 palacesbut 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
afflictionto be given to a fretful spirit, a froward
spirit, a muttering spirit under an afflictionthan
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 usfor 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 portionbut
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 crueltyif he escapes with
And we who have deserved a damning have no
rea ... read more
He would be double damned
"Then I beg yousend 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."
Dives knew that if his brethren were damnedthat
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 GodLeave us alone! We have no
desire to know Your ways." Job 21:14
Heaven would be a very hell to an unholy heart.
If nowthe presence of God in His servants, and the
presence of God in His ordinancesis such a hell to
unhol ... read more
"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 miseryalways
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 givesbut 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 wartsupon 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."
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?"
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
"I hate every false way." Psalm 119:104
Where there is real holiness, there is a holy
hatred, detestation, and indignationagainst
all ungodliness and wickedness.
A holy man knows that all sin strikes . . .
at the holiness of God,
at ... read more
"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 universalit 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 tearswhen
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 . . .
All the holiness that is in the ... read more
O Sirs! in the grave it is all the sameto 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 sinsbut all his sins; and therefore it is but just
and equ ... read more