Day: November 24, 2012

It Is Original Or Nothing

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Our Lord said to Pilate,

“Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?” (John 18:34).

Is your knowledge of Jesus Christ second-hand or is it your own? It was said of Thomas Chalmers that he had “an original experience of Jesus Christ.” It is original or nothing. The people of Sychar said to the Samaritan woman,

“Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42).

by Vance Havner

Anybody Can Come And Drink

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God—1 Corinthians 2:12

The highest blessings of the gospel are just as free as the lowest; when you have served God ten years you cannot sit down and say, "I have an experience now and I count on that." We so often do that! We say, "Now I know I am saved, I feel it." And so we are building a different foundation-we build on something in ourselves.

Always take grace as something you do not deserve, something that is freely bestowed. The long, deep, boundless river is free-as free at the mouth as it is at the little feeder stream. It is free all along its course; anybody can come and drink, and anybody can come and bathe in its refreshing waters. Do you believe that?