Friday, April 29, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

No human quality of character can guarantee a happy home. Human love cannot bring happiness. Only the blessing of God can make the home happy. For your mate, choose only one who knows the Lord Jesus and is willing to put Him first in heart and life. - John R. Rice

Any person who marries one of the Devil's children is certain to have trouble with his father-in-law, Satan! - John R. Rice

The second coming of Christ does not mean death, does not mean the coming of the Holy Spirit. No, it is "the Lord himself" who shall descend from Heaven! Jesus is really coming again. - John R. Rice

There is more in the Bible about the second coming of Christ than about His first coming! All the Scriptures about His first coming were fulfilled to the letter. Jesus was literally born of a literal virgin. He was born in a literal town, Bethlehem, as was foretold. He fulfilled literally the promise that He would ride into Jerusalem upon a colt, the foal of an ass. The prophecies that He would have stripes by which we are healed, that He would be wounded for our transgressions, that He would be pierced, that He would be hanged on a tree, that His body should not see corruption in the grave but would arise from the dead -all these were fulfilled literally. So the prophecies about Christ's second coming must be fulfilled just as literally as the promises about His first coming. Jesus is coming again. - John R. Rice

If anyone thinks he has a revelation from Heaven, an impression, a leading of the Holy Spirit that tells him when Christ will return, he is dead wrong. God does not reveal that to anybody. The time of the Saviour;s coming is a tremendous surprise. It will be a glad surprise to those who look for Him, those who are saved and ready for His coming. It may be a sad surprise to others, but it will be a surprise. - John R. Rice

In Mark 13:32-37, the Saviour gives strong warning that His coming will be unexpected, that no man can foretell the time, that all ought to earnestly watch. Jesus said:
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
The angels in Heaven do not know when the Saviour will return!
Even the Son Himself, while He was here on earth and had purposely-limited knowledge, did not know when He would return. Doubtless, now in Heaven, the Saviour knows all the the Father knows and has been glorified with the glory He had with the Father before the world began. But if the perfect Saviour while on earth did not know of the time of His return, any other man who claims to know is presumptuous and ignorant. He is mistaken. No one on earth knows when the Saviour will return. - John R. Rice

Do not fret when you remember that the bodies of some saints may have been dissolved in the waters of the seven seas, or that other bodies have been burned and the gases have been wafted by breezes of the illimitable air and only a handful of ashes remaining may have been sprinkled on a flowing stream. Never mind; the God who made all things and made man from the dust of the earth in His own image knows how to make again the bodies of the Christian dead. And they will be new bodies, glorious bodies without taint, without sickness, without weakness and without the germs of frailty of mortality. - John R. Rice

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