William Paton Mackay

1839-1885 Scottish clergyman

William Paton Mackay (13 May 1839–22 August 1885) was a Scottish doctor, Presbyterian minister and hymn writer.



Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)


Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • Jesus did ALL the saving-work. He brought the cross to our level. Get saved by looking to Him, and then live to God.
    • P. 81
  • Stand up from among the dead, and patiently work as one waiting for the judgment-seat of Christ.
    • P. 125.
  • Take the lost sinner's place, and claim the lost sinner's Saviour.
    • P. 153.
  • One look outward to Jesus and you are saved; not a look inward to a feeling that can give nothing but despair to the conscientious soul.
    • P. 230.
  • Virtuous or vile, decent or indecent, rich or poor, receive and rest upon Christ nim. as He is so freely offered you; and then you may believe (not feel) that your sins are in the depths of the sea.
    • P. 232.
  • He came down even to the grave, and .became the dead One for me. I believe in Him, and, as one with Him, I leap at one bound straight out of my grave up to His throne. " I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." This is not a matter of feeling, but all a matter of faith, merely apprehending the grace of God, "I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me."
    • P. 246.
  • We are not saved on account of the Holy Ghost's work in us; we are saved by means of it. We are saved on account of Christ's work for us. The Spirit never tells us to look iiiwara even to His own operations, for peace, but outward to Christ.
    • P. 319.
  • Resist is the word applied to the unconverted. Grieve is that applied to the individual Christian. Quench is that which has reference to the saints when gathered together waiting on the Spirit.
    • P. 319.
  • Bring your ignorance to the Holy Spirit, the great teacher, who by His precious truth will lead you into all truth.
    • P. 337.
  • A brother in the Lord could never get a young lady to think about eternity until he quoted this text: "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." That word forget seemed to haunt her. May it haunt you, dear reader.
    • P. 344.
  • The law showed what man ought to be. Christ showed what man is, and what God is.
    • P. 375.
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