Friday, June 23, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In a moment that poor dying thief who begged Christ to remember him got forgiveness. He who wasn't fit for earth and admitted it, in a moment was made fit for Heaven. And in one moment, you, too, can turn your heart from sin, can trust Christ to save you and be over the Divide, assured of Heaven. In a moment you can have a new heart, can have the Holy Spirit move into your body, can be made "partakers of the divine nature." In a moment you can have a home prepared in Heaven for you. But it must be your own honest decision. You must decide to turn from your sin, decide to trust Christ for forgiveness and do it now. - John R. Rice

First Corinthians 2:14 says, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." That is why one must have the blessed Spirit of God to some way awaken him, to some way tune him in, to some way give him a heart to listen to the Bible. Carnal-minded, wicked men read the Bible but go on in infidelity. They do not get the truth of the Bible because they do not want the truth. They are enemies of God, enemies of the Bible. They approach it with a bias that shuts up the truth from them. They read a parable of Jesus and do not see the truth. - John R. Rice

People choose not to trust in Christ because of the wickedness of heart which they love and to which they cling! I do not wonder that God is angry with the wicked every day. I do not wonder that one who persists in unbelief lands in Hell. It is a deliberate choice not to trust in Christ. He does not want to believe what He says. he does not want to know Him in forgiveness. He does not want his old heart changed and learn to love the things of God. So unbelief in the heart is wickedness. Oh, take care lest you have "an evil heart of unbelief." - John R. Rice

It is true that the little child has Adam's taint in his nature and so a tendency to sin when he becomes accountable, when he comes to know right from wrong. But no one goes to Hell for Adam's sin. Rather, whatever was lost in Adam is regained by the death of Christ, for I Corinthians 15:22 says, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." And although the little child is bent by nature, yet there is a certain freshness, a plastic state of mind and heart that makes him not far away from God and it is not hard for him to learn about God and to turn to God if he be taught and won. - John R. Rice

When Judas Iscariot heard the call of Christ to follow Him and set out to be with the Saviour as a learner, a student, a prospective apostle, who would suppose that he first started with an awful hardened heart and inclining toward betraying the Lord Jesus for money! No, no! He saw the miracles, he heard the teaching, but always he delayed the question of conversion. He became more covetous, and as he carried the bag, he began to steal. Then money became such an obsession that at last he would sell the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver. I say, the unsaved always go father and farther away from the conviction and calling of the Spirit of God, as did Judas and as did the children of Israel. - John R. Rice

The anger of God is a part of His righteousness. Every positively good man has some holy indignation against wrong, injustice, and gratitude. We do not have the authority nor the wisdom to be entrusted to bring upon men the catastrophes and disease and other things that take us suddenly out of this world. But God, who has not only the righteousness but the mercy to temper it, has a holy indignation against sin, and at long last He unsheaths His glittering sword, at long last He makes bare His mighty arm and brings judgment and punishment. He did to Israel. - John R. Rice

All Satan's apples have worms; every promise of Satan is a lie; all Satan's good times end in heartbreak. - John R. Rice

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