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, May 07, 2006

Salvation By Knowing Truth pt.1 - Spurgeon

Salvation by Knowing the Truth

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A Sermon
(No. 1516)
Delivered by
C. H. SPURGEON,
At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington


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"God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."—1 Timothy 2:3, 4.
AY GOD THE HOLY GHOST guide our meditations to the best practical result this evening, that sinners may be saved and saints stirred up to diligence. I do not intend to treat my text controversially. It is like the stone which makes the corner of a building, and it looks towards a different side of the gospel from that which is mostly before us. Two sides of the building of truth meet here. In many a village there is a corner where the idle and the quarrelsome gather together; and theology has such corners. It would be very easy indeed to set ourselves in battle array, and during the next half-hour to carry on a very fierce attack against those who differ from us in opinion upon points which could be raised from this text. I do not see that any good would come of it, and, as we have very little time to spare, and life is short, we had better spend it upon something that may better tend to our edification. May the good Spirit preserve us from a contentious spirit, and help us really to profit by his word.
It is quite certain that when we read that God will have all men to be saved it does not mean that he wills it with the force of a decree or a divine purpose, for, if he did, then all men would be saved. He willed to make the world, and the world was made: he does not so will the salvation of all men, for we know that all men will not be saved. Terrible as the truth is, yet is it certain from holy writ that there are men who, in consequence of their sin and their rejection of the Savior, will go away into everlasting punishment, where shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. There will at the last be goats upon the left hand as well as sheep on the right, tares to be burned as well as wheat to be garnered, chaff to be blown away as well as corn to be preserved. There will be a dreadful hell as well as a glorious heaven, and there is no decree to the contrary.
What then? Shall we try to put another meaning into the text than that which it fairly bears? I trow not. You must, most of you, be acquainted with the general method in which our older Calvinistic friends deal with this text. "All men," say they,—"that is, some men": as if the Holy Ghost could not have said "some men" if he had meant some men. "All men," say they; "that is, some of all sorts of men": as if the Lord could not have said "all sorts of men" if he had meant that. The Holy Ghost by the apostle has written "all men," and unquestionably he means all men. I know how to get rid of the force of the "alls" according to that critical method which some time ago was very current, but I do not see how it can be applied here with due regard to truth. I was reading just now the exposition of a very able doctor who explains the text so as to explain it away; he applies grammatical gunpowder to it, and explodes it by way of expounding it. I thought when I read his exposition that it would have been a very capital comment upon the text if it had read, "Who will not have all men to be saved, nor come to a knowledge of the truth." Had such been the inspired language every remark of the learned doctor would have been exactly in keeping, but as it happens to say, "Who will have all men to be saved," his observations are more than a little out of place. My love of consistency with my own doctrinal views is not great enough to allow me knowingly to alter a single text of Scripture. I have great respect for orthodoxy, but my reverence for inspiration is far greater. I would sooner a hundred times over appear to be inconsistent with myself than be inconsistent with the word of God. I never thought it to be any very great crime to seem to be inconsistent with myself; for who am I that I should everlastingly be consistent? But I do think it a great crime to be so inconsistent with the word of God that I should want to lop away a bough or even a twig from so much as a single tree of the forest of Scripture. God forbid that I should cut or shape, even in the least degree, any divine expression. So runs the text, and so we must read it, "God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

11 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

This messagae can be found here...

http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/1516.htm

May 07, 2006 10:48 PM

 
Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Very interesting. Thanks for that.

May 08, 2006 5:51 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Matthew:This is going to be a 10 parter.

May 08, 2006 7:09 AM

 
Blogger jel said...

morning mark


have great day :)

May 08, 2006 8:25 AM

 
Blogger forgiven said...

Hi Mark
This Is very cool
"It would be very easy indeed to set ourselves in battle array, and during the next half-hour to carry on a very fierce attack against those who differ from us in opinion upon points which could be raised from this text. I do not see that any good would come of it, and, as we have very little time to spare, and life is short, we had better spend it upon something that may better tend to our edification. "
I think this is what I will say To that
AMEN

May 08, 2006 9:16 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Wow, good stuff.

Mark, I just want to say to you that I truly appreciate the way you conduct yourself in your comments. I don't think any of us can be so dogmatic in our stance that we can't say things like, 'IMO' or this passage 'seems to say...' I see you saying just these things.

If I've learned anything it is this: we can have all the discussions in the world, and quote Scripture till we're blue in the face - but until God Himself illuminates the truth in our hearts and makes it real in our lives, well it's all just a bunch of talk.

There are some very difficult to swallow truths in the Word. I'm still wrestling through many of them. I do know that God is sovereign, and He does whatever He pleases - even when that runs contrary to my made-up theology about Him!

Anyway I just appreciate the discussions that occur here on your blog. BTW, I agree with you about 'the church' from your last entry.

Have a great day!

May 08, 2006 12:05 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Matthew: I love you my brother!

Janice: Thank you for my daily blessing!

Doug: Dear friend and co-worker, you and I are on the same page here!

Gayla: I appreciate your visits here so very much! Please keep coming back.

May 08, 2006 12:24 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

My love of consistency with my own doctrinal views is not great enough to allow me knowingly to alter a single text of Scripture. I have great respect for orthodoxy, but my reverence for inspiration is far greater.<

Bless his heart and yours too.

May 08, 2006 8:01 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Spurgeon makes a good point about this being a truth and meaning what it says without spinning it to fit a system.

Jazzycat

May 09, 2006 8:32 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Jazzycat: Boy, you got that right!

May 09, 2006 8:47 AM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Spurgeon is a wonderful example of how a Pastor lets the true Shepard speak without seizing His words. It is no wonder that both non-calvinists and calvinists alike enjoy him, for He fed us with the words of God and amplified them rather than sift away at them. I would almost say Spurgeonism could be a nickname for....well I better not go that far, but you gotta love how he understood and honored the truth as well as people who needed to hear it and slowly come into an understanding of truthful doctrine of God.

May 09, 2006 5:09 PM

 

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