LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Spurgeon - Compel Them to Come In

A Sermon
(No. 227)
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, December 5th, 1858, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.



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"Compel them to come in."—Luke 14:23.
I FEEL in such a haste to go out and obey this commandment this morning, by compelling those to come in who are now tarrying in the highways and hedges, that I cannot wait for an introduction, but must at once set about my business.
Hear then, O ye that are strangers to the truth as it is in Jesus—hear then the message that I have to bring you. Ye have fallen, fallen in your father Adam; ye have fallen also in yourselves, by your daily sin and your constant iniquity; you have provoked the anger of the Most High; and as assuredly as you have sinned, so certainly must God punish you if you persevere in your iniquity, for the Lord is a God of justice, and will by no means spare the guilty. But have you not heard, hath it not long been spoken in your ears, that God, in his infinite mercy, has devised a way whereby, without any infringement upon his honour, he can have mercy upon you, the guilty and the undeserving? To you I speak; and my voice is unto you, O sons of men; Jesus Christ, very God of very God, hath descended from heaven, and was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. Begotten of the Holy Ghost, he was born of the Virgin Mary; he lived in this world a life of exemplary holiness, and of the deepest suffering, till at last he gave himself up to die for our sins, "the just for the unjust, to bring us to God." And now the plan of salvation is simply declared unto you—"Whosoever believeth in the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved." For you who have violated all the precepts of God, and have disdained his mercy and dared his vengeance, there is yet mercy proclaimed, for "whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "For this is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief;" "whosoever cometh unto him he will in no wise cast out, for he is able also to save unto the uttermost them that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for us." Now all that God asks of you—and this he gives you—is that you will simply look at his bleeding dying son, and trust your souls in the hands of him whose name alone can save from death and hell. Is it not a marvelous thing, that the proclamation of this gospel does not receive the unanimous consent of men? One would think that as soon as ever this was preached, "That whosoever believeth shall have eternal life," every one of you, "casting away every man his sins and his iniquities," would lay hold on Jesus Christ, and look alone to his cross. But alas! such is the desperate evil of our nature, such the pernicious depravity of our character, that this message is despised, the invitation to the gospel feast is rejected, and there are many of you who are this day enemies of God by wicked works, enemies to the God who preaches Christ to you to-day, enemies to him who sent his Son to give his life a ransom for many. Strange I say it is that it should be so, yet nevertheless it is the fact, and hence the necessity for the command of the text,—"Compel them to come in."

6 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

This shall be part one of a possible 3 parts

March 26, 2006 12:31 AM

 
Blogger Kc said...

Mark I may not always comment but I appreciate you isolating and posting these edifying works. ;-)

March 26, 2006 5:54 PM

 
Blogger J. Wendell said...

Hi Mark~

Wow! This is perhaps my favorite sermon by the esteemed Prince of Preachers. Last night, just before I turned in for the night, I recommended this one to Matthew without realizing I could give him a link over here. I tabled my normal bed time routine and reread this sermon in its entirety.

Rose just asked me if I knew you had posted it. She was surprised to find out that I did not know.

BTW did you know that on the day he delivered this message there were thirteen thousand eager listeners inside, and several thousand more on the outside waiting to get in and hear it? What was the message the very one you posted "Compel them to come in!"

This is a riot.

your brother in Christ,
John

March 26, 2006 7:06 PM

 
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Great stuff.

March 27, 2006 3:46 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Casey, John (Attack Sheep), Matthew: Thank you for stopping by.

Stay tuned for parts 2,3,4,5...

March 27, 2006 6:10 AM

 
Blogger forgiven said...

Cool Mark

That's Sweeet

Doug

March 27, 2006 9:16 AM

 

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