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].

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Salvation By Knowing The Truth pt.3 - Spurgeon

Men are saved, and the same men that are saved come to a knowledge of the truth. The two things happen together, and the two facts very much depend upon each other. God's way of saving men is not by leaving them in ignorance. It is by a knowledge of the truth that men are saved; this will make the main body of our discourse, and in closing we shall see how this truth gives instruction to those who wish to be saved, and also to those who desire to save others. May the Holy Spirit make these closing inferences to be practically useful.
Here is our proposition: IT IS BY A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH THAT MEN ARE SAVED.
Observe that stress is laid upon the article: it is the truth, and not every truth. Though it is a good thing to know the truth about anything, and we ought not to be satisfied to take up with a falsehood upon any point, yet it is not every truth that will save us. We are not saved by knowing any one theological truth we may choose to think of, for there are some theological truths which are comparatively of inferior value. They are not vital or essential, and a man may know them, and yet may not be saved. It is the truth which saves. Jesus Christ is the truth: the whole testimony of God about Christ is the truth. The work of the Holy Ghost in the heart is to work in us the truth. The knowledge of the truth is a large knowledge. It is not always so at the first: it may begin with but a little knowledge, but it is a large knowledge when it is further developed, and the soul is fully instructed in the whole range of the truth.
This knowledge of the grand facts which are here called the truth saves men, and we will notice its mode of operation. Very often it begins its work in a man by arousing him, and thus it saves him from carelessness. He did not know anything about the truth which God has revealed, and so he lived like a brute beast. If he had enough to eat and to drink he was satisfied. If he laid by a little money he was delighted. So long as the days passed pretty merrily, and he was free from aches and pains, he was satisfied. He heard about religion, but he thought it did not concern him. He supposed that there were some people who might be the better for thinking about it, but as far as he was concerned, he thought no more about God or godliness than the ox of the stall or the ostrich of the desert. Well, the truth came to him, and he received a knowledge of it. He knew only a part, and that a very dark and gloomy part of it, but it stirred him out of his carelessness, for he suddenly discovered that he was under the wrath of God. Perhaps he heard a sermon, or read a tract, or had a practical word addressed to him by some Christian friend, and he found out enough to know that "he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed on the Son of God." That startled him. "God is angry with the wicked every day:"—that amazed him. He had not thought of it, perhaps had not known it, but when he did know it, he could rest no longer. Then he came to a knowledge of this farther truth, that after death there would be a judgment, that he would rise again, and that, being risen, he would have to stand before the judgment-seat of God to give an account of the things which he had done in the body. This came home very strikingly to him. Perhaps, also, such a text as this flamed forth before him,—"For every idle word that man shall speak he must give an account in the day of judgment." His mind began to foresee that last tremendous day, when on the clouds of heaven Christ will come and summon quick and dead, to answer at his judgment-seat for the whole of their lives. He did not know that before, but, knowing it, it startled and aroused him. I have known men, when first they have come to a knowledge of this truth, become unable to sleep. They have started up in the night. They have asked those who were with them to help them to pray. The next day they have been scarcely able to mind their business, for a dreadful sound has been in their ears. They feared lest they should stumble into the grave and into hell. Thus they were saved from carelessness. They could not go back to be the mere brute beasts they were before. Their eyes had been opened to futurity and eternity. Their spirits had been quickened—at least so much that they could not rest in that doltish, dull, dead carelessness in which they had formerly been found. They were shaken out of their deadly lethargy by a knowledge of the truth.

11 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

Please visit...
http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/wg.htm#Jesus%20Only/

May 10, 2006 7:31 AM

 
Blogger jel said...

Morning Mark!

I can see my self in this post!
when i got save, I thought it made, I didn't have to worry about anything, I had my ticket. and that was it! but the older I got,
as as they say life happens, and things happen that weren't suppost to happen happen, and I got mad , this is not suppost to happen I had my free pass, I 'thought this was no better then when I was in the world, and walked away for a very long time!


but him never left me, something happen to open my eyes , someone said something that got me to thinking that I had be wrong in my thinkng, and this lead to someone els doing or saying about God is all about, so now I want to find out all that I can, that I was blind too back then! one of this days, here or over there, I want to thanks these people for what they have done for me,


sorry mark , if this doesn't make sense! and thank you

May 10, 2006 9:34 AM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Morning Mark :)

Well, your blog (as you can probably tell) has become a daily read for me!

I've put the Spurgeon Archive on my sidebar; I haven't had time yet to really dig into it, but certainly plan to.

I guess my take on it is that God must be the One to infuse the Truth into our hearts, and make it real, lest we all simply have a 'head knowledge'about Him. And as we all can attest to, He has done this via many different ways in each of our lives.

Good stuff, Mark!

May 10, 2006 10:18 AM

 
Blogger Nunzia said...

Amen!

May 10, 2006 10:35 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Janice! Thank you for sharing! I like reading your thoughts, I like it very much!

Your brother AND friend,
Mark

May 10, 2006 12:17 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Gayla: I think it is great that you come by every day. PLEASE DON'T STOP!

I think you would love Spurgeon's Autobiography, a 2 volume set from BANNER OF TRUTH.

Volume One is entitled "THE EARLY YEARS" and Volume Two is "THE FULL HARVEST"

Hope you look into these books.

Mark

May 10, 2006 12:24 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Nunzia: Don't be such a stranger! Thank you so much for the visit!

Mark

May 10, 2006 12:26 PM

 
Blogger Gayla said...

Mark, thanks for that heads up. I will definitely look into those. :)

BTW, Mark are you a native 'Yankee'? :) Just curious. I love NY. I lived in Pawling (about 60mi north of the city) for a short stint in the early 80's.

Went to NYC last October for vacation. LOVE IT!

May 10, 2006 1:30 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

Spurgeon gives the reality check. A man in this condition will lean on and believe the truths of God in His Son Jesus Christ without any hesitation if he is in this state. Of course any man not in this uncomfortable condition will find no need to have to believe much of any thing at all. This is not an argument of soteriology, this is simple an observable fact. If you are in this condition, then you will most willingly cry out to God and believe that His Son is your only hope being God himself and having died for you on the cross.

May 10, 2006 7:13 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mr. Bluecollar,
Really good series. Spurgeon had such a way of explaining the Bible.

Jazzycat

May 10, 2006 8:01 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Gayla: I am a Rochestarian, born and raised. Rochester is 80 miles east of Niagara Falls, one of my favorite places to go.

Brian: Thanks for your thoughts.

Jazzycat: Great to hear from you!

May 11, 2006 7:02 AM

 

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