Friday, June 16, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Jesus came to deliver the spiritually blind, too. This is a part of salvation. All healing of the body is temporary and somewhat incidental. Even if one were raised from the dead, he would eventually die again, unless the rapture came. And if one is sick and healed in answer to prayer, he will get sick again. Now all healing of the body is temporary. Oh, but the healing of the soul can be forever. - John R. Rice

One who rejects the Light may become spiritually blind. There were some in Christ's day to whom He talked in parables lest they should be convinced against their will of the truth while they still hated Him. And in John 9:39 we find, "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and they which see might be made blind." - John R. Rice

Why don't lost men love righteousness instead of evil? They do not see it as righteousness. They do not see the beauty of Jesus. They do not understand because they are spiritually blind. Ephesians 4:17, 18 tells us about many heathen people who walk "in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart." Blindness of heart! - John R. Rice

Whatever the trouble, the Lord Jesus can bring peace to the aching heart, can make the sun shine again and the flowers bloom again. He can make a garden of joy out of whatever desolate place we find ourselves in. One can suffer and be happy. One can be poor and find himself rich in spirit. One can be healed in heart from the ravages that accidents, circumstances and enemies or loved ones leave. Jesus Christ can bring peace to the troubled, peace that the world cannot give. He comes to give deliverance to those who are bruised or crushed. - John R. Rice

The Scripture says, "To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts." Remember that "now is the day of salvation." One is foolish indeed if he has some pleasant thought that "some day" he will be saved. Some day never comes. "The road of By-and-By leads to the town of Never." And "procrastination is the thief of time." The only time to be saved is now. - John R. Rice

Let us not deceive ourselves. Sin is an all-pervasive fact in all mankind. Every man, every woman, every child, if we got our just deserts, would already be in Hell. The man who has blood on his hands and the man who has anger in his heart are alike. The street-walking prostitute and the woman who gladly shows her thighs and her breasts to entice the lustful looks of men are the same bedraggled, Hell-deserving sinners in God's sight. - John R. Rice

The other day on a plane a middle-aged, cultured woman, the mother of three grown sons, a church woman, protested to me, "Well, perhaps people don't know whether the Bible is really true or not," and, "How do we know what translation is correct? And people have different standards about sin." But I hushed all that with a simple word: "You have a conscience. You know you are a sinner. You do not have any assurance you are ready to meet God. You know you are not ready to die. Your body is getting old, your hair is turning grey, you have to die and meet God and you know you are a sinner." Her complaints and arguments were hushed and she bowed her head to ask the Lord Jesus into her heart. - John R. Rice

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