John Kay

Men are greatly deceived in religion. They think thus that there is no mystery in religion; whereas, TRUE RELIGION IS THE VERY MYSTERY OF GOD. “The mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Rev. 10:7) “It is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom.” (Matt. 13:11; Luke 8:10)

For my part, I bless God that it was early in my religion laid on my mind to pray; to pray in reading the Scriptures; to pray in everything; for I became gradually persuaded that there was a secret, a mystery, “a deep couching beneath”; something hidden; something the non-elect were never to know; something hidden from the eyes of all naturally living; something “sealed”; something running under ground, as it were, in religion. And O the deeps! for who hath known the mind of the Lord? “Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun (of righteousness); because, though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea, farther, though a (supernaturally) wise man think to know it, yet shall not he be able to find it,” (Eccl. 8:17) by thinking merely, reading, hearing, or speculation. It is “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” [Zech 4:6]

Ignorance, then, is a thing greatly complained of for a long time by the manifested elect of God. They see THE BARE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LETTER OF SCRIPTURE IS OF NO USE BY ITSELF! Thus, they set out thence hunting after the Incarnate Word, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” “In my flesh I shall see God”, said Job. O the glories of the incarnation of Christ in the heart! “We are members of his flesh, of his body, and of his bones.” “All my bones (supernaturally) shall say, “Who is like unto Thee?” “If any man eateth not the flesh of Christ, and drinketh not His blood, he hath no life in him.” Thus, true religion is something “more than notion.”

“The question is not so much whether you have MUCH FAITH, but whether you have ANY. It is not QUANTITY, but QUALITY; not whether you have a very great religion, but whether you have any at all. A grain of true faith will save the soul; and I have known many, many seasons when I should be glad to feel certain that I had the thousandth part of a grain.” [J.C. Philpot]


  1. Just read this morning about a “reformed” pastor of a megachurch, who after 40 years has abandoned Christianity. He said his marriage was a fraud, his prayers went unanswered, people died, children got sick, and God didn’t do the things he wanted. He preached the Bible, though admitted to never believing it nor experiencing the regeneration of his own heart. He ended up finding people who were “more Christian” outside of Christianity. Religion is an empty road that leads to disappointment.

    • Brother you would be amazed how many such ‘pastors’ there are in India who have gone into ‘ministry’ for one reason or another. Not because God called them. That Word is still true as regards to the majority of ‘pastors’, “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” [Jer 23:21]

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