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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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How do you know that?
A sincere willingness to part with every sin, and to mortify
every sinis 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 sinit is a most certain
sign of hi ... read more
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."
This is a comprehensive promise, for ... read more
How to conquer the world!
Perhaps the worldthe smiling world or the frowning world,
the tempting world or the persecuting worldlies 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
However harsh His hand may be against them
yet His love, His heart, His favor, His affections ... read more
None on earth are so near to God, and so high in their
communion with Godas humble souls. And as they
have the clearest visions of God, so God gives them
the fullest sight and knowledge of their own sinfulness
"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 sanctuarythe 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 redemptionbut 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
The child has got many a kiss, and many a hug
"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 saysSet 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."
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 saidNever 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
sistersyes, even his own lifehe cannot be My
disciple." Luke 14:26
Surely they do not truly love Christwho 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."
"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 sinthan
there is in the greatest miseries and afflictions that
can possibly come upon you! Yes, there is more evil
in the least sinthan 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
sinsin 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 heartwhen 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 besottedand 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
The Catholic Church says that ignorance is the mother
of devotion. But the Scripture says that it is the mother
'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
"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 holinessthese
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 manyshall 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 sina 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."
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 chinkinto 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 happyor eternally miserable; eternally
blessedor eternally cursed; eternally savedor eternally
... 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 concludesas stars shine
brightest in the night, so God will make my soul shine
and glisten like gold, while I am in this furnaceand
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 lovethat 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 menbut 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 Godof
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 withoutfly 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 kissbut 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."
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 the curse,
to the promises,
to glory! ... read more
Less than the least
"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints."
"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