Last Words of Dying Christians

Like the Bible said in psalm.116:15 “Precious in the site of the LORD is the death of his saints” and in Psalm.37:37, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace”. We have compiled the last words of some saints as they laid on their dying bed. Indeed, if we live our lives in absolute trust and dependence on God, we will die trusting God, who has prepare a better place for us. Indeed, it is a thing of joy to know that after our lives and struggles here in this world, there is a better place prepared for us. A land that is fairer than day and by faith we can see it afar, for the Father waits over the way, to prepare us a dwelling place there.

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D.L. Moody, an American evangelist and author, popularly known as the greatest layman awoke from sleep shortly before he died and said; “Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If this is death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go.” And Moody’s son said, “No, no, Father. You’re dreaming.” And Moody replied, “I am not dreaming. I have been within the gates. This is my triumph; this is my coronation day! It is glorious!

Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet and politician. His last word was “See in what peace a Christian can die.”

Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury said, “I am ready to die for my Lord that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace.”

Willielma Campbell, Lady Glenorchy known as the Patroness of evangelical missionary work in Scotland and beyond said, “If this is dying, it is the pleasantest thing imaginable.”

Adoniram Judson was an American Baptist missionary to Burma, lexicographer, and Bible translator to Burma. He said, “I go with the gladness of a boy bounding away from school. I feel so strong in Christ.”

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John Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing The Pilgrim’s Progress. He said, “Weep not for me, but for yourselves. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, through the mediation of His blessed Son, receives me, though a sinner. We shall meet to sing the new song, and remain everlastingly happy.”

Richard Baxter, an English martyr, was an English Puritan church leader, theologian and controversial. He said, “I have pain; but I have peace, I have peace!”

David Brainerd, a missionary to the American Indians in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania who died at the age of 29 said, “I am going into eternity; and it is sweet to me to think of eternity; the endlessness of it makes it sweet. But oh! What shall I say of the future of the wicked! The thought is too dreadful!”

Sir David Brewster was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor of the kaleidoscope, and writer. He said, “I will see Jesus; I shall see Him as He is! I have had the light for many years. Oh how bright it is! I feel so safe and satisfied!”

Charles Wesley was an Anglican priest and co-founder of the Methodist movement, is regarded throughout the world as one of the greatest hymn-writers of all time. He authored over 6,000 published hymns. He said, “I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness. Satisfied!”

Charles Dickens, an English Novelist said, “I commit my soul to the mercy of God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Henry Moorhouse was English Evangelist. During the last years of his life Henry Moorhouse sold Bibles from a portable carriage. In two years he sold over 150,000 Bibles and gave away millions of books and tracts. At his dying point he said, “If it were God’s will to raise me up [from this sickbed], I should like to preach from the text, John 3:16. Praise be to the Lord.”

William Wilberforce, a Member of Parliament, philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade said, “My affections are so much in heaven that I can leave you all without a regret; yet I do not love you less, but God more.”

Catherine Booth was the wife of the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth. At her dying bed, her last word was, “The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Do not be concerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right.”

Queen Victoria, on her deathbed, told those around her that she loved God and was His little child, so she was ready to die. Then she called for the hymn to be sung: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee.”

John Nelson Darby was an Anglo-Irish evangelist, and an influential figure among the original Plymouth Church. He said, “Beyond the grave comes heaven. Well, it will be strange to find myself in Heaven, but it won’t be a strange Christ–One I’ve known these many years. I am glad He knows me. I have a deep peace, which you know.”

Brownlow North was a bishop of the Church of England. He said, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. That is the verse on which I am now dying. One wants no more.”

Thomas Sidney Cooper was an English painter member of the Royal Academy of Science in London. He said, “I have full faith in Thy atonement, and I am confident of Thy help. Thy precious blood 1 fully rely on. Thou art the source of my comfort. I have no other. I want no other.”

Earl Cairns, lord high chancellor of England. He was Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom in 1868 and from 1874 to 1880. He said, “God loves me and cares for me. He has pardoned all my sins for Christ’s sake, and I look forward to the future with no dread.”

Lord V.C. Roberts said, “I ask you to put your trust in God. You will find in this Book guidance when you are in health, comfort when you are in sickness, and strength when you are in adversity.”

William Pitt said, “I throw myself on the mercy of God through the merits of Christ.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, two days to his death called his secretary and said to him, “I have finished my work”

Williams Shakespeare said, “I commend my soul into the hands of God my creator, hoping and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ my savior to be made partaker of life everlasting; and my body to the earth, whereof it was made”.
Andrew Jackson said, “My dear children, do not grieve for me… I am my God’s. I belong to Him. I go but a short time before you, and I hope and trust to meet you all in heaven”.

John Milton said, “Death is the great key that opens the palace of eternity”.

Jonathan Edwards said, “Trust in God and you will have nothing to fear”.

Edward Perronet, pastor and author said, “Glory to God in the heights of His divinity! Glory to God in the depths of His humanity! Glory to God in His all-sufficiency! Into His hands I commend my spirit.”

Selina, Countess of Huntingdon was an English religious leader. Said, “I have the hope which inspired the dying malefactor. And now my work is done; I have nothing to do but go to the grave and thence to my Father.”

John Wesley English evangelical clergyman, preacher and was the founder of Methodism said, “The best of all: God is with us!”

John Bacon, eminent English sculptor said, “What I was as an artist seemed to be of some importance while I lived; but what I really was as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only thing of importance to me now.”

Francis Ridley Havergal, songwriter. After requesting a friend to read to her Isaiah 42, she uttered these nine words after verse 6-and died: (“I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee.”): called-held-kept! I can go home on that!”

Captain Hedley Vicars said, “The Lord has kept me in perfect peace and made me glad with the light of His countenance. In the Lord Jesus I find all I want of happiness and enjoyment.”

Sir Henry Havelock, said, “I have prepared for this for forty years,” and then he added to those around him: “Prepare to meet thy God!”

Apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “For the Christian, the grave itself is but a covered bridge leading from light to light, through a brief darkness.”

Polycarp, disciple of the Apostle John, at his own martyrdom said, “Leave me as I am, the one who gives me strength to endure the fire will also give me strength to stay quite still on the pyre., even without the precaution of your nails…. For eighty and six years I have been his servant, and he has done me no wrong, and how can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”

Susanna Wesley, Mother of John and Charles Wesley said, “Children, when I am gone, sing a song of praise to God.”

George Whitefield said, “Lord Jesus, I am weary in Thy work, but not of Thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for Thee once more in the fields, seal the truth, and come home to die.”

Philip Melanchthon, after several passages of Scripture were read to him by his son-in-law, he was asked if he would have anything else: “Nothing else but heaven!”

Samuel Rutherford said, “I am in the happiest pass to which man ever came. Christ is mine, and I am His; and there is nothing now between me and resurrection, except—Paradise.”

Ann Hasseltine Judson American missionary to Burma and wife of Rev. Adoniram Judson said, “Oh, the happy day will soon come when we shall meet all our friends who are now scattered–meet to part no more in our heavenly Father’s house.”

John Huss said, “What I taught with my lips, I seal with my blood.”

Theodosia Anne Howard said, “One needs a great many Scriptures to live by, but the only Scripture that a person needs to die by is 1 John 1:7, and that verse never was sweeter to me than at this moment.” (“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”)

John Knox said, “Live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.”

Martin Luther said, “Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation. God is the Lord by whom we escape death! Into Thy hands I commit my spirit; God of truth, Thou hast redeemed me!”

John Owen, the Puritan, lay on his deathbed, and his secretary was writing a letter, in his name, to a friend: “I am still in the land of the living”, he wrote and read what he had written to Owen. “No, please do not write that”, Owen said.“I am yet in the land of the dying, but later I will be in the land of the living!”

Henry Francis Lyte said, “Abide with me: fast falls the eventide.
“The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide!
“When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
“Help of the helpless, 0 abide with me.”
John Newton said, “I am still in the land of the dying; I shall be in the land of the living soon.”

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