John Mason's Spiritual Sayings
THE BIBLE, THE WORD OF GOD
**The word of God must be . . .
nearer to us than our friends,
dearer to us than our lives,
sweeter to us than our liberty, and
pleasanter to us than all earthly comforts.
**Take the candle of God's word and search the corners of
**We speak to God in prayer; God speaks to us in His word.
**All arguments against the word of God
all ideas against the word are delusions;
all derision against the word is folly; and
all opposition against the word is madness.
**When God threatens, that's a time to
when He promises, that's a time to believe;
when He commands, that's a time to obey.
**If a man believed the threatenings of the word of God,
he would tremble and fly to the promises for refuge.
**As Christ came out of His Father's bosom,
so the promises came out of Christ's side.
**We may have right apprehensions of God,
though not an exact comprehension of Him.
**God's goodness makes His majesty amiable, and His majesty
makes His goodness wonderful. His love is not abated by His greatness,
nor His greatness by His love. His holiness hinders Him not from
dwelling with the poor in spirit.
**God deals with His servants not as an angry master,
but as a compassionate father.
**A sight of God begins a saint on earth and perfects him in
**God takes notice of every particular man as if there were
none else; and yet takes notice of all as if they were but one man.
**God repented that He made man but never repented that He
**This is a sure rule– God never takes anything
from His people,
but He gives them something better instead of it.
**A man may be a worshiper of the true God,
and yet not a true worshiper of God.
**Fear God for His power,
trust Him for His wisdom,
love Him for His goodness,
praise Him for His greatness,
believe Him for His faithfulness,
adore Him for His holiness.
**All creatures are as nothing compared with God,
and absolutely nothing without God.
THE FEAR OF GOD
**Those who fear God least have the greatest reason to fear
**The more we fear God the less we shall fear men.
**Those who will not fear God in prosperity
will be afraid of Him in adversity.
THE LOVE OF GOD
**We hated God without a cause,
and He loved us without a cause.
**Love begets love. It is a flame that communicates itself.
Those who have much forgiven them, much done for them, much laid out
for them, and much laid up for them, will love much.
THE PRESENCE OF GOD
**If God's earthly presence is so good, what is His heavenly
presence? If God's being with us is so sweet, what is it to be with
God? There is joy in God's gracious presence, but in His glorious
presence there is fullness of joy.
**There are pleasures in approaching to God here on earth,
but at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
**The presence of God's glory is in
the presence of His power on earth;
the presence of His justice in hell; and
the presence of His grace with His people.
If He denies us His powerful presence we fall into nothing;
if He denies us His gracious presence we fall into sin;
if He denies us His merciful presence we fall into hell.
**God allows us anything, but sin.
**If sin be in fashion, we must be out of fashion.
**A man shows himself to be a Christian,
when he chooses rather to suffer than sin.
**Sin digs graves for bodies, and kindles hell for souls.
**Should not we groan for that which makes the whole
**If you are not purified you are not pardoned.
**A man can never leave sin thoroughly, until he loathes it
**There is no sin a man can be tempted to, but he will find
greater comfort in resisting than in indulging.
**How can we say that we love Christ if we love sin, which
was an enemy to His life and soul when He was on earth, and is the
enemy to His glory now He is in heaven?
**Go to Golgotha and see what sin did there!
**Christ did not die for sin, that we might live in sin.
**Get this principle in your hearts– "There is
nothing gained by sin, nor lost by holiness."
**By suffering we may avoid sinning,
but by sinning we cannot avoid suffering.
**One that truly fears God is afraid of sin; he sees more
evil in sin than in all the evil in the world.
**One that is sincere hates sin in himself, and laments it
**Our hatred of sin must be irreconcilable; and our
endeavors against it perpetual.
**The sins of the wicked anger Christ,
the sins of His people grieve Him.
**Lack of sorrow for sin argues more a lack of love to
Christ than the sin itself.
**Sin is a believer's burden and wound, but Christ is his
cure and comfort.
**Sin is the sickness of the soul, and Christ
the only physician that can cure it of . . .
the leprosy of profanity,
the fever of lust,
the cancer of covetousness,
the parade of pride,
the lethargy of lukewarmness,
the madness of passion, and
the palsy of unbelief.
**Hatred is heart-murder;
lust is heart-adultery;
covetousness is heart-stealing.
**How tender is our flesh! how hard our hearts!
How much more aware are we of suffering than of sin!
**We should fear to think that before
God which we are afraid to do before man; for God
knows our hearts better than any man knows our faces.
**Vain thoughts are sin's advocates and Christ's adversaries.
**God is so holy that He would not allow
such an evil as sin;
but He is so wise, that He can bring good out of it.
**Idleness is the mother of many profligate children.
**A Christian should never say he has nothing to do.
**A hypocrite is one who neither is what he seems; nor seems
what he is.
**A hypocrite is the picture of a saint; but his paint shall
be washed off and he shall appear in his own colors.
**A hypocrite is hated by the world for seeming to be a Christian; and hated by God for not being one.
**A man is proud of that, which he scorns another for the
**That which a man envies in another,
he would be proud of if he had it himself.
**Pride is founded on error and self-ignorance.
**Some are proud of what they are, others of what they are
**God had rather His people should fare poorly, than live
**As the first step heaven-ward is humility,
so the first step hell-ward is pride.
**Pride is a sin that will rise out of the ashes of other
**Folly is the beginning of pride, and shame shall be the
end of it;
either repentance in time, or remorse in eternity.
**Shall the sinner be proud who is going to hell?
Shall the believer be proud who is saved from it?
**You who can call nothing your own,
but sin and shame—are you proud?
Dust and ashes—and proud?
A worm—and proud?
**It is unreasonable for the creature to be proud, much more the sinner.
**Christ made Himself like us, that He might make us like
**Christ must needs have died, how else could . . .
sin be paid for,
the law satisfied,
the devil conquered, and
man be saved?
**Men would rather hear of Christ crucified for them, than
be crucified for Christ.
**If Christ denied his holy
nature out of love to us,
shall not we deny our corrupt nature out of love to Him?
**He who thinks he has no need
of Christ, has too high thoughts of himself; he who thinks Christ
cannot help him, has too low thoughts of Christ.
**Christ satisfied God to the
uttermost, and therefore can save sinners to the uttermost. The blood
of Christ which satisfied the justice of God, may satisfy the
conscience of an awakened sinner.
**If sin was better known,
Christ would be better thought of. If sin does not taste bitter, Christ
cannot taste sweet. When sin is hell, Christ is heaven!
**God will give us nothing for
but He will deny us nothing for Christ's sake.
**None are so low as Christ
was—none so lowly, none so loving.
**We may know what Christ has
done for us, by what He has done in
**Our Judge instead of
condemning us—stepped from the bench and died for us!
**As God glorifies Christ in
heaven, so the Spirit glorifies Him on earth, in the hearts of
**A believer's comfort in living
is to live to Christ;
and in dying it is that he shall go to Christ.
**Christ's Blood is the Soul's Ransom.
Christ's Spirit is the Soul's Comforter.
Christ's Word is the Soul's Food.
Christ's Supper is the Soul's Feast.
**A Christian may triumph in the
death of Christ!
O death! where is your sting?
O grave! where is your victory?
O hell! where is your terror?
O world! where is your malice?
O sin! where is your strength?
O my soul! where are your accusers?
**Christ executes the office of
a prophet in our calling; of a priest
in our justification; and of a king in our
sanctification. Let us then hear Him as our prophet; rely on Him as our
priest; and obey Him as our king.
**Do not think the worse of
Jesus for His manger or His cross. As He ceases not to be man in His
highest estate, so He was God in His lowest.
His words were oracles.
His works miracles.
His life was a pattern.
His death a sacrifice.
His resurrection glorious.
His ascension triumphant.
His intercession prevailing.
His coming again will be magnificent.
All the angels
in heaven adore Him!
All the devils in hell fear Him!
All people must stand before Him!
Own Christ's person.
Love His name.
Embrace His doctrine.
Obey His commands.
Submit to His cross.
His person is lovely.
His name is sweet.
His doctrines are true.
His commands are rational.
His cross is honorable.
The very angels admire Him, and
shall not we?
**O! did we but know ourselves,
and our Savior!
We are poor, but He is rich.
We are dead, but He is life.
We are sin, but He is righteousness.
We are guilty, but He is gracious.
We are misery, but He is mercy.
We are lost, but He is salvation.
He ever lives,
He loves and saves to the uttermost all who come unto Him.
LOVE OF CHRIST
**Nothing grieves Christ more than to have His love
slighted; nothing pleases Him more than to have it accepted.
**The love of Christ is stronger than death, sweeter than
life, and better than wine.
**The love of Christ has a height without a top, a depth
without a bottom, a length without an end, and a breadth without a
**Christ's sorrows, griefs, and sufferings, can be
paralleled with nothing but His love.
*The goodness of God satisfies our emptiness,
the grace of God satisfies our sinfulness, and
the mercy of God satisfies our unworthiness.
*What sin is there which grace cannot pardon?
What heart is there which grace cannot soften?
What soul is there that grace cannot save?
*The more God's justice was magnified in His Son —
the more was His grace magnified in the sinner.
*God humbled His holy Son — to exalt His saving grace.
*God's faithfulness performed what His grace
Grace drew the covenant — faithfulness keeps it.
Grace called us — faithfulness will not cast us off.
*Abusers of God's grace — are treasurers up of His wrath!
*There is grace in the desire for grace
— as there is sin in the desire for sin.
*Though God in grace has done great things for you —
yet consider what in justice He might have done to you.
*While we carry a sense of grace in our conscience to
— let us carry a sense of sin in our memory to humble us.
*We can never thank God enough for His patience — which has kept us so
long out of Hell;
nor for His grace — which so earnestly invites us to Heaven.
*All who are elect — are vessels of grace;
all who are regenerate — are patterns of grace;
all who are saved — are monuments of grace;
all the work of Heaven — is to sing the loud praises of grace.
*It melts the heart to think that God is as full of grace
as I am of sin!
He is as free to forgive — as I am to offend.
He has daily grace — for daily sins.
*The heart of man is such a barren soil that no good can grow
there unless almighty grace plants it.
Grace is an immortal seed, cast into an immortal soil, which brings forth immortal fruit!
**Those who will not hear Christ
say, "Come to me," in a day of grace, shall hear Him say, "Depart from
me," in a day of judgment.
**If we are graceless
here, we shall be speechless hereafter.
**The conversion of a sinner is
a greater wonder than the creation of the world.
**If a sinner's thoughts be not
changed by grace,
they will be changed hereafter by sad experience.
**Hatred is due to sin,
compassion to the sinner.
**If you would not go to hell,
you must know that you have deserved it.
**Let not your hearts flatter
you, nor the world
comfort you, when God threatens you.
**The worst of the ways of God
than the best of the ways of sin.
HEART AND CONSCIENCE
**It matters not what a man loses if he saves his soul.
But if he loses his soul it matters not what he saves.
**The soft mercies of God will break the hard heart of man.
A word from God, a look from Christ, a touch from the Spirit, will
break the heart.
**God has no sons that are unlike Himself.
**Believers are children of the same Father, members of the
same Son, and habitations of the same Spirit, fellow-citizens,
fellow-servants, fellow-soldiers, fellow-travelers, and fellow-heirs.
**None are so easily acquainted, so closely knit together,
and so much endeared to one another, as real Christians.
**One true Christian differs from another, as friends love
one another, though in different clothes.
**Heart work is better than head work; and it is a better
temper to be fervent in charity, than in disputes.
**Better be a melancholy saint than a silly sinner.
**Whom God chooses the world refuses. God's gold is the
world's dross. They of whom the world is not worthy, are counted not
worthy to live in the world.
**A holy man is so far acquainted with the corruption of his
own heart that instead of condemning others, he is apt to account them
better than himself.
**The imperfections of a believer's sanctification, make him
continually depend on Christ for his justification.
**A child of God is neither afraid of dying nor living; he
desires to go to heaven to see Christ, yet is willing to stay upon
earth to serve Christ.
**If the children of God did but know what was best for
them, they would perceive that God did that which was best for them.
**A true Christian lives like a saint,
and begs like a sinner.
**All God's children have received God's Spirit, by whom
they are made humble, believing, and holy; humble in regard of their
sins, believing in regard of Christ, and holy in regard of their
conscience and care to keep all God's commandments.
**A good deal of the trouble of God's people arises from a
mistake and misapprehension of God; they judge of God by their sense,
not by His promise; by their own frame, and not by His constant nature.
**As saints have unutterable groanings so they have
**Believe firmly, hope joyfully, love fervently, pray
earnestly, walk humbly, work diligently, and wait quietly. Hold up,
hold on, hold out, hold fast that which you have received. Still watch,
still pray, still believe; still fight and run, that you may obtain. It
is but a little while, and He who comes will come, and will not tarry;
it is but a little while, and your warfare is accomplished, and your
iniquities shall be everlastingly separated from you; your sin and
sorrows, tears and fears, fled and gone — gone forever; and you meet
with an unspeakable reward.
**Repentance begins in the humiliation of the heart, and
ends in the reformation of the life. He who repents of sin as sin,
implicitly repents of all sin. Let not sinful pleasures prevent godly
sorrows. A humble confession of sin brings shame to ourselves but glory
to God. Godly sorrow is the sorrow of love; the melting of the heart;
love is the pain and pleasure of a mourning heart.
**If we study to honor God, we cannot do it better than by
confessing our sins and laying ourselves low at the feet of Christ.
**The true penitent loves and grieves.
"Alas," says he, "that I, who am as high as heaven in privilege should
be as deep as hell in iniquity! Instead of repenting I have run up a
further score! Instead of honoring God, I have dishonored Him! Instead
of pleasing Him, I have provoked Him! Instead of following Him, I have
forsaken Him! O what kindness have I grieved! How can I sin against my
Jesus! Shall I deny and crucify my Savior? He was crucified for me, and
shall He be crucified by me? Shall I wound His heart and pierce His
side again and give Him cause to say, These are the wounds I received
in the house of my friends?"
**Reliance is the essence of faith, Christ is the object,
the Word is the food, and obedience the proof; so that true faith is a
depending upon Christ for salvation in a way of obedience, as He is
offered in the word.
**The true tears of repentance flow from the eye of faith.
**God is often pleased to embitter a life of sense,
that He may endear the life of faith.
**Justifying faith is always attended with universal
**There is as much difference between faith and assurance,
as there is between the root and the fruit.
**Fill up the empty spaces of your time with meditation and
**They are safest who are most alone with God.
**Prayer does not consist in gifted expressions, and a
volubility of speech; but in a brokenness of heart. Imperfect broken
groans from a broken heart, God will accept. A broken heart is made up
of prayer. Prayer does not consist in the elegance of the phrase, but
in the strength of the affection.
**When God pours out His Spirit upon man, then will man pour
out his heart before God. He who lives without prayer or prays without
life, has not the Spirit of God.
**Waiting upon God continually will abate your unnecessary
cares, and sweeten your necessary ones.
**Let nothing get between heaven and prayer, but Christ.
Prayer if it be done as a task is no prayer. Sin quenches prayer,
affliction quickens it.
**Those who spend their days in faith and prayer, shall end
their days in peace and comfort.
**To be low is the safest and loveliest posture for sinful
creatures. It is the creature's honor to abase himself before the most
**If men did but know themselves more, they would be more
**Those who are humble are content and thankful.
A humble spirit is a charitable and quiet spirit.
**When Paul was a Pharisee, he thought
he was blameless.
When he was a Christian, he thought he was the chief of sinners.
**Neither all the devils in hell nor all the temptations of
the world can hurt that man who keeps himself humble and depending on
**None so high and glorious as Christ; yet none so meek and
**The deeper your self-abhorrence the easier is
self-resignation. Those who know they deserve nothing, will be content
**We must commit our souls to God's keeping, and submit
ourselves to God's disposing. We should obey His revealed will and then
be resigned to His providential will.
**Neither contentment nor discontentment arises from the
outward condition, but from the inward disposition. If a man is not
content in the state he is in, he will not be content in any state he
would be in.
**God will either keep His people . . .
from temptations by His preventing mercy;
or in temptations by His supporting mercy;
or find a way for their escape by His delivering mercy.
**Two things should comfort suffering Christians, namely,
all that they suffer is not hell;
yet it is all the hell they shall suffer.
**Afflictions are not so much threatened as promised, to the
children of God.
**By affliction God separates the sin which He hates,
from the soul which He loves.
**Sin is the poison, affliction the medicine.
**If the servants of Christ are ever so low and afflicted,
yet His heart is with them, and His eye upon them.
**God takes it unkindly when we grieve too much for any
outward thing; because it is a sign we fetch not that comfort from Him
which we should.
**Though the hand of God may be against
yet the heart of God may be towards you.
**What is bearing a temporal cross, to the wearing an
**Our enjoyments are greater than our afflictions,
and our afflictions less than our sins.
**Our sufferings should stir up our graces as well as our
RELIGION THAT IS REAL
**If a man lives and dies a mere professor of religion it had
been better for him if he had lived and died a mere heathen!
**It is not talking
but walking with God,
that gives a man the true title of a Christian.
**A desire for happiness
a desire for holiness is supernatural.
**When a Christian considers the
goodness of God's ways, he wonders that all the world does not walk in
them. But when he considers the blindness, and depravity, and prejudice
of the heart by nature, he wonders that any should enter upon God's
**Four things a Christian should
especially labor after,
namely to be humble and thankful, watchful and cheerful.
**It will cost something to be a
it will cost more not to be one.
**The gate which leads to life is a narrow gate, therefore we should fear; it is an open gate, therefore we should hope.
**Two duties must run through a Christian's life, like the warp through the woof — blessing and trusting.
**We may judge of our eternal
state by our spiritual state; and our spiritual state by the delightful
and customary actions of our lives. If we expect to live with Christ in
heaven, we must live to Him on earth.
**Our opportunities are (like
our souls) very precious;
but if they are lost they are irrecoverably lost.
**Men are apt to dislike that
preaching which is
plain, pure, powerful and practical.
**True religion begins with a
knowledge of man's self,
and is perfected with the knowledge of God.
**Here is a threefold
a gospel published in the midst of an ungodly world;
a believer preserved in the midst of devils; and
a little grace kept alive in the midst of deep corruptions.
**We have nothing that we can properly call our own,
but what we have reason to be ashamed of.
**We never truly learn the truth,
until we are conformed to the truth.
**A pride of knowledge is the greatest enemy to
knowledge, and the greatest argument of ignorance.
**We remember many things we should forget, such as
injuries, disappointments, etc. but forget what we should remember,
namely God and our souls.
**Man may commend you, but God may condemn you.
**When God punishes another, He threatens you;
when He wounds another, He warns you.
**It is as great a mercy to be 'preserved in health'
as to be 'delivered from sickness'.
**If you mind nothing but the body, you lose body and soul
If you mind nothing but earth, you lose earth and heaven too.
**Honesty is the best policy; and innocence the best wisdom.
**Learn of Christ, who was sensible of injuries, yet patient
**What can you get by ungodly company? If you are truly
holy, they will either taunt you or despise you. Take heed of being
infected with the breath of a profane heart.
**Speak neither well of yourself, nor evil of others.
Speak of people's virtues, conceal their infirmities.
If you can say no good, say no bad about them.
**To render good for evil, is God-like.
To render good for good, is man-like.
To render evil for evil, is beast-like.
To render evil for good, is devil-like.
**Carry yourself . . .
submissively towards your superiors;
friendly towards your equals;
kindly towards your inferiors;
generously towards your enemies;
and lovingly towards all.
**If the world is our portion
here, hell will be our portion hereafter.
**We must neither leave
the world nor love it.
**The world promises
comforts, and pays sorrows.
**Be not proud of riches but
afraid of them,
lest they be as silver bars to barricade the way to heaven!
**Love the men of the world, but
not the things of the world.
**To have a portion in the world
is a mercy;
to have the world for a portion is a misery.
**We should endeavor to pass
through this world with a cheerful indifference.
**The things of the world, the
more they are known, the less they are admired. But the things of God,
the more they are known, the more they are admired.
**There is no miss of the
creature, where there is a full enjoyment of the Creator.
**If you are not afraid of the
world, I fear are a friend of the world, and an enemy to God.
**As you love your souls, beware
of the world!
It has slain its thousands and tens of thousands!
What ruined Lot's wife? The world!
What ruined Judas? The world!
What ruined Simon Magus? The world!
What ruined Demas? The world!
And "what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul?" Mark 8. 36.
**In reality . . .
riches are but dust,
honors are but shadows,
pleasures are but bubbles, and
man a lump of vanity, composed of sin and misery.
**The longest life is a lingering death. First infancy dies,
then childhood, then youth, then manhood, then old age, and then we
make an end of dying.
**Man does not die because he is made of earth;
but because he is infected with sin.
**Death to a Christian is putting off rags for robes!
**As the king of terrors leaves us, so the day of terror
will find us.
**Let us familiarize death by meditation, and sweeten it by preparation.
**If heaven does not enter into us by way of holiness,
we shall never enter into heaven by way of happiness.
**If you would lay up a treasure of glory
in heaven, lay up a treasure of grace in your
hearts. If your souls are rich in grace they will be rich in glory.
**In heaven all God's people will be abundantly satisfied
with His dealings and dispensations with them while on earth; and shall
see how all combined like so many winds to bring them to their haven;
and how even the roughest blasts helped to bring them homeward.
**How can we expect to live with God in heaven if we love
not to live with Him on earth? If you love to worship God here below,
God will take you up to worship Him above. You shall change your place
but not your employment.
**Heaven is a day without a cloud to darken it, and without
a night to end it.
**We would be seated in the heavenly Canaan, but are
reluctant to be scratched with the briers and thorns of the wilderness.
**In heaven there is the presence of all good and the
absence of all evil.
**Grace and glory
differ but as the bud and the blossom.
What is grace, but glory begun?
What is glory, but grace perfected?
**If there be any grief in heaven, surely it will
be that we have done no more for God on earth.
**Those who will not fear the punishment in the threatening,
shall feel the threatening in the punishment.
**In heaven, holiness is their everlasting temper, and
happiness their everlasting portion; in hell, sin is their eternal
temper, and sorrow their eternal portion.
**The reason why so many fall into hell is because so few
think of it.
They fall deepest into hell that fall backward into hell.
**We must fall into the arms of Christ, or into the flames
**It is a wretched thing by false peace, to secure eternal
**Who would not deny himself for a time, that he may enjoy
**What is the world to those who are in the grave, where our
bodies must shortly be? Or to those who are in eternity, where our
souls must shortly be?
**Remember you are at the door of eternity, and have other
work to do than to trifle away time. Our life is a passage to eternity;
it ought to be a meditation of eternity; and preparation for eternity.