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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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How do you know that?
      A sincere willingness to part with every sin, and to mortify every sin—is a sure sign of saving grace. When a man is sincerely willing to leave every sin, and to indulge himself in none, no, not even his darling sin—it is a most certain sign of hi ... read more

How so?
      All mankind would have been eternally lost, had God not, of His own free grace and mercy, made a covenant of grace with poor sinners. "They will be My people, and I will be their God." Jeremiah 32:38 This is a comprehensive promise, for ... read more

How to conquer the world!
      Perhaps the world—the smiling world or the frowning world, the tempting world or the persecuting world—lies as a heavy stone or burden upon your heart, as it does upon the hearts of thousands in these days; (witness their attempting anything to ge ... read more

However harsh His hand may be
      ("A Heavenly Cordial" 1665) None of God's afflictions upon His people ever make any change or alteration of God's affections towards His people. However harsh His hand may be against them— yet His love, His heart, His favor, His affections— ... read more

Humble souls
      None on earth are so near to God, and so high in their communion with God—as humble souls. And as they have the clearest visions of God, so God gives them the fullest sight and knowledge of their own sinfulness and nothingness. "I have heard ... read more

I am about to desecrate My sanctuary
      "This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to desecrate My sanctuary—the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection." Ezekiel 24:21 Many are much in and for church ordinances and activities ... read more

I am not the man that I was!
      All true holiness is the immediate fruit of genuine union with Christ. Christ is made not only wisdom, righteousness, and redemption—but He is also made sanctification to us, 1 Cor. 1:30. He who is in Christ is a new creature. He has . . . a new ... read more

I am undone
      Isaiah sees the glory of the Lord in a vision, and this makes him cry out, "Woe is me, for I am undone . . . for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!" Isaiah 6:5 "I am undone." The Hebrew is, "I am cut off," I am a forlorn man! Wh ... read more

I am with you
      "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Is. 41:10 Oh! this special, this favorable presence of the Lord with His people, in ... read more

I bequeath my pastor's soul to the devil
      "Covetousness, which is idolatry." Colossians 3:5 Covetousness is explicit idolatry. Covetousness is the darling sin of our nation. This leprosy has infected all sorts and ranks of men. Covetousness being idolatry, and the root of all evil, ... read more

I cried
      The child has got many a kiss, and many a hug —by crying. "In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears." Psalm 18:6 Prayer is the only means to sup ... read more

I hate vain thoughts
      "I hate vain thoughts." Psalm 119:113 The heart of a holy man rises against secret sins, against such as lie furthest off from the eye of man. What is more secret than vain thoughts? And yet against these, the heart of a holy man rises. Heze ... read more

I have found a ransom!
      "Deliver him from going down into the pit, for I have found a ransom!" Job 33:24 "I have found a ransom, or an atonement, a cover for man's sin. Angels and men could never have found a ransom; but by My deep, infinite, and unsearchable wisd ... read more

I have seen your tears
      "This is what the Lord says—Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness." 2 Kings 20:1 The tears of God's people have such a kind of omnipotency in them, that God Himself cannot withstand them. ... read more

I meditate on it all day long
      "Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119:97 We are to meditate upon blessed truths that we read in Scripture, such as . . . the holiness, greatness, and graciousness of God; the person, natures, offices, excelle ... read more

I was that soldier who murdered You!
      "He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 Our sins were the cause of Christ's sufferings! It was our tran ... read more

I will be with him in trouble
      "He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble." Psalm 91:15 Oh, the precious presence of God with a man, will sweeten every fiery dispensation, and take off much of the bitterness and dreadfulness of it. In the g ... read more

I will not, not, not, not, not
      "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said—Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 There are five negatives in the Greek, "I will not, not, not, not, not leave ... read more

I would trample upon my mother
      "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple." Luke 14:26 Surely they do not truly love Christ—who love anything more than Chri ... read more

I, even I
      "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more." Isaiah 43:25 "I, even I," is a passionate and emphatic expression. "I, even I," whom you have offended, "I, even I," whom you h ... read more

If a Christian could have his choice
      If a Christian could have his choice, he would be . . . the most humble, the most holy, the most heavenly, the most mortified, the most patient, the most contented, the most thankful, the most fruitful, the most active, the m ... read more

If our afflictions are so sanctified
      If our afflictions are so sanctified as that they draw out our soul . . . to love the Lord more, and to fear the Lord more, and to please the Lord more, and to cleave to the Lord more, and to wait on the Lord more, and to walk with ... read more

If this cockatrice be not crushed in the egg!
      There is infinitely more evil in the least sin—than there is in the greatest miseries and afflictions that can possibly come upon you! Yes, there is more evil in the least sin—than there is in all the troubles that ever come upon the world; yes, t ... read more

If this does not humble you
      Dwell much upon the greatness of God's mercy and goodness to you. Nothing humbles and breaks the heart, like God's mercy and love. In Luke 7, the Lord Jesus shows mercy to that notorious sinner, and then she falls down at His feet, and loves muc ... read more

If you are not as wicked as others
      "By the grace of God I am what I am!" 1 Corin. 15:10 Whatever evil you behold in other men's practices, realize that you have the same evil in your own nature. There is the seed of all sins, of the vilest and worst of sins—in the best of men. ... read more

If you attempt to enthrone the creature!
      O Christian! God has removed one of your sweetest mercies, comforts, or enjoyments! It may be you have over-loved them, and over-prized them, and over-much delighted yourself in them. It may be they have often had your heart—when they should have ... read more

If you would live gloriously
      ("The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance") Professors look far too much upon the tempting world, when she smiles and holds forth her beautiful breasts! If you would live gloriously, look away from the tempting world: it is a plague and a sna ... read more

Ignorance is the mother of destruction
      "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6 The Chaldee renders it, they are besotted—and so fitted for destruction. The Papists teach that ignorance is the mother of devotion; but this text tells us that ignorance is the mother ... read more

Ignorant people
      The Catholic Church says that ignorance is the mother of devotion. But the Scripture says that it is the mother of destruction. 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.' Hosea 4:6 'You are in error because you do not know the Scripture ... read more

In the beams of this heavenly light
      "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —and I am the worst of them." 1 Timothy 1:15 Divine and heavenly knowledge brings a man near to God; it gives a man the clearest and fullest sight of God; and the nearer any man comes to God, a ... read more

Inseparable companions
      "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Galatians 6:7 Sin and punishment are inseparable companions. "When the time comes for Me to punish, I will punish them for their sin." Exodus 32:34 "I will punish th ... read more

Inward and spiritual duties of religion
      Christians who have but small measures of grace and holiness; and hypocrites and formalists who have not the least measure of true grace and holiness—these are most commonly exercised and busied about the external duties and services of religion; ... read more

It is better to go to heaven alone
      Those who walk with the many—shall perish with the many. Those who do as the many, shall before long suffer with the many. Those who live as the many, must die with the many, and go to hell with the many. The way to hell is broad and well be ... read more

It is but a little sin!
      "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11 "Ah!" says Satan, "It is but a little sin—a little pride, a little worldliness, a little lust, etc. You may commit it without any danger ... read more

It mightily alters and changes a man
      "Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted." Romans 6:17 Certainly, gospel-obedience is a grace of much worth, and of great force upon the whole ... read more

It pierces and winds itself into every corner and chink
      SIN is of a penetrating nature. It pierces and winds itself into every corner and chink—into our thoughts, words, and works. It will wind itself . . . into our understandings to darken them, and into our judgments to pervert them, and into ou ... read more

It was a good question
      It was a good question, which the young man proposed, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Luke 10:25. I know I shall be eternally happy—or eternally miserable; eternally blessed—or eternally cursed; eternally saved—or eternally damned! ... read more

It was good for me to be afflicted!
      "It was good for me to be afflicted!" Psalm 119:71 A gracious soul secretly concludes—as stars shine brightest in the night, so God will make my soul shine and glisten like gold, while I am in this furnace—and when I come out of the furnace of ... read more

It was the golden link of love!
      "May you have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge." Ephesians 3:18-19 Oh, such was Christ's transcendent love—that man's extreme misery could not abate it. T ... read more

It will suck sweetness out of every flower
      Faith is the key which unlocks paradise, and lets in a flood of joy into the soul. Faith is an appropriating grace, it appropriates all to itself; it looks upon God, and says with the psalmist, "This God is my God forever and ever," Psalm 63:1, and Psal ... read more

It would make him pull his hat over his eyes!
      All Christians have their secret sins. Secret not only from other men—but from himself! It is but natural for every man to err, and then to be ignorant of his errors. Every man's sins are beyond his understanding. There is not the best, the wisest ... read more

Joseph saw God in the room!
      "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:9 The harboring of any known sin, either in heart or life, is a high contempt of the all-seeing eye of God—of the omnipresence of God. It is well known w ... read more

Keep a fixed eye upon a bleeding Christ
      Has Jesus Christ suffered such great and grievous things for you? Oh then, in all your fears, doubts, and conflicts with enemies, within or without—fly to the sufferings of Christ as your city of refuge! In every temptation let us look up to a cr ... read more

Keep your heart with all diligence
      "Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23 God's eye is mainly upon the heart. The heart is the fountain, the root, the store-house, the great wheel which sets all a-going; so therefore, above all ... read more

      "Oh, that He would kiss me with the kisses of His mouth! For Your love is more delightful than wine." Song 1:2 Not with a kiss—but with the kisses of His mouth. A soul once kissed by Christ, can never have enough of the kisses of Christ; His l ... read more

Lay your hand upon your mouth, and be silent
      "Be silent before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7 I charge you, O my soul, not to mutter, nor to murmur. I command you, O my soul, to be silent under the afflicting hand of God. Peace, O my soul! be still, leave your mutteri ... read more

Led by the Spirit
      "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." Romans 8:14 The Holy Spirit leads . . . from sin, from wrath, from the curse, to God, to Christ, to the promises, to glory! ... read more

Less than the least
      "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints." Ephesians 3:8 "Less than the least of all saints," is a double diminutive, and signifies lesser than the least, if lesser might be. Here you have the greatest apostle descending down t ... read more

Let Christ be hanged!
      Men bewitched with the world will prefer a Barabbas before a Jesus. They will with Judas betray Christ, and with Pilate condemn Christ, and with the Scribes and Pharisees they will cry out, "Crucify him! crucify him! Away with this Jesus! Away wi ... read more

Let me have Jesus!
      "Christ is all that matters!" Colossians 3:11 So says the saved soul: "Why do you tell me of this and that outward comfort, when I cannot see the face of Him whom my soul loves? Why, honor is not my Christ; riches are not my Christ; the favor ... read more

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