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027 Grains from Gutteridge – Holiness: The Preparation for His Coming

Bible Teaching by Rev. Percy Gutteridge
Shownotes for episode #27: Holiness—
The Preparation for His Coming

A Second-Advent message: "Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord!"

A Second-Advent message: “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord!”

Scripture Reading:

Hebrews 12


In a season when we celebrate Advent — the first coming of Jesus — Pastor Percy Gutteridge reminds us that we are now in the time of the Second Advent — that is, we are in the days before Jesus’ Second Coming.

This message is an exposition of the twelfth chapter of Hebrews. Yes, it deals with the “future tense” of the Second coming; but the wonder of this message is its focus on the present tense of Hebrews 12:22-24:

“Ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant.”

From the One who said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8) and “Follow…holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14), this chapter is God’s last call to us to be made holy before the Lord Jesus comes!

Other Scriptures Cited:

  • Luke 2:12
  • Hebrews 12:1-29
  • Isaiah 42:7
  • Revelation 1:8
  • Psalm 91:5
  • Isaiah 35:3
  • Ezekiel 21:7
  • 1 Peter 3:19
  • Ephesians 4:9-10
  • Revelation 1:8
  • Isaiah 49:16
  • Psalm 23:6, 1
  • Psalm 91:7
  • Deuteronomy 33:27
  • Philippians 1:6
  • John 13:1
  • Matthew 8:17
  • Hebrews 12:3
  • Galatians 6:9
  • Luke 9:23
  • Hebrews 12:5-8
  • Genesis 1:3
  • Exodus 39:27-30
  • Hebrews 12:7
  • Revelation 21:10-11, 9
  • Revelation 19:7-9, 11-14
  • Hebrews 12:14
  • Matthew 5:8
  • Hebrews 10:19-20
  • Isaiah 6:2
  • Hebrews 7:25
  • Ephesians 1:18
  • Psalm 40:8
  • Romans 8:3
  • Hebrews 12:18, 22
  • Ephesians 5:27
  • Hebrews 12:23
  • John 13:4-14
  • Matthew 20:28
  • Romans 8:29
  • Hebrews 12:16
  • Exodus 13:13
  • Job 11:12
  • Romans 8:17
  • Revelation 19:11-14
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
  • Jude 1:14
  • Hebrews 12:22
  • 1 Peter 1:12
  • Hebrews 12:23
  • Hebrews 12:1
  • 2 Peter 3:11
  • Hebrews 12:24
  • Hebrews 4:14
  • Revelation 5:6
  • Exodus 12:23
  • Genesis 4:10
  • Revelation 5:10
  • Revelation 21:24
  • Galatians 3:28
  • Hebrews 4:14
  • Ephesians 5:8
  • Luke 14:27
  • Revelation 14:4
  • Galatians 5:16, 25
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Hymns, Poems, and Notes:

  • When Pastor Gutteridge mentions a previous Advent message about “the sign,” he is referring to This Shall Be a Sign unto You (Grains from Gutteridge podcast #6).
  • The Old, Old Story by A. Kate Hankey (quoted in the opening prayer)
  • There is a point about 14-15 minutes into the message where Pastor Gutteridge says, “‘Now before the throne my surety stands, and shows His wounds, and spreads His hands. My name is engraven on the palms of His hands,’ as [Augustus M.] Toplady puts it in his lovely hymn.” I couldn’t find a Toplady hymn with this exact quote. Instead, it seems to be a conflation of lines from three hymns:
    • Depth of Mercy by Charles Wesley (“shows His wounds and spreads His hands”);
    • Arise, My Soul, Arise also by Charles Wesley (“Before the throne my surety stands, / My name is written on His hands”); and,
    • A Debtor to Mercy Alone by Augustus Toplady (“My name from the palms of His hands / Eternity will not erase”).
    • The allusion, in any case, is to Isaiah 49:16a, in which the Lord says, “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands….” If anyone can find the “missing” Toplady hymn, please leave me a note in the comment section below. Thanks! [Jim]
  • Eternal Light, Eternal Light! by Thomas Binney
  • Because of a technical problem with the original master cassette-tape, we  lose a key transition at around 43 minutes into the message. Pastor Gutteridge, discussing scars and wounds, introduces the Battle of Agincourt (Azincourt to those of you in the non-English-speaking world), which occurred on Friday, 25 October 1415, during which the vastly outnumbered English army of King Henry V decisively defeated the flower of French knighthood. In this passage, Percy quotes from Shakespeare’s play Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii, lines 18-67.
  • Ashamed of Jesus? by Joseph Gregg
  • The Church’s One Foundation by Samuel J. Stone
  • Now I Have Found the Ground Wherein by John (not Charles) Wesley
  • It Is Well with My Soul by Horatio Stafford

Book Mentioned:

  • What Is Man? by J. Stafford Wright

Other Material by Rev. Percy Gutteridge

A list of all of Pastor Gutteridge’s work—audio, online articles, books, and e-books—can be found on our FinestOfTheWheat.org site.


We thank Fellowship member Brian Fettes for providing the digitization of the original cassette tape through the services of Audioanalogy Musicworks of Canada. Thanks also to Mary Cullinane, who provides us with show notes for Pastor Gutteridge’s podcast messages.

Credits: Podcast theme music: “Steam Train” from the John Williams album Dusty Porch, under license from Magnatune.com. Image licensed from Lightstock.com from the Neely Wang collection.

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