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].

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Salvation By Knowing The Truth pt.6 - Spurgeon

A knowledge of the truth reveals the atonement by which we are saved: a knowledge of the truth shows us what that faith is by which the atonement becomes available for us: a knowledge of the truth teaches us that faith is the simple act of trusting, that it is not an action of which man may boast; it is not an action of the nature of a work, so as to he a fruit of the law; but faith is a self-denying grace which finds all its strength in him upon whom it lives, and lays all its honor upon him. Faith is not self in action but self forsaken, self abhorred, self put away that the soul may trust in Christ, and trust in Christ alone. There are persons now present who are puzzled about what faith is. We have tried to explain it a great many times to you, but we have explained it so that you did not understand it any the better; and yet the same explanation has savingly instructed others. May God the Holy Ghost open your understandings that you may practically know what faith is, and at once exercise it. I suppose that it is a very hard thing to understand because it is so plain. When a man wishes the way of salvation to be difficult he naturally kicks at it because it is easy; and, when his pride wants it to be hard to be understood, he is pretty sure to say that he does not understand it because it is so plain. Do not you know that the unlettered often receive Christ when philosophers refuse him, and that he who has not called many of the great, and many of the mighty, has chosen poor, foolish, and despised things? That is because poor foolish men, you know, are willing to believe a plain thing, but men wise in their own conceits desire to be, if they can, a little confounded and puzzled that they may please themselves with the idea that their own superior intellect has made a discovery; and, because the way of salvation is just so easy that almost an idiot boy may lay hold of it, therefore they pretend that they do not understand it. Some people cannot see a thing because it is too high up; but there are others who cannot see it because it is too low down. Now, it so happens that the way of salvation by faith is so simple that it seems beneath the dignity of exceedingly clever men. May God bring them to a knowledge of this truth: may they see that they cannot be saved except by giving up all idea of saving themselves; that they cannot be saved except they step right into Christ, for, until they get to the end of the creature, they will never get to the beginning of the Creator. Till they empty out their pockets of every mouldy crust, and have not a crumb left; they cannot come and take the rich mercy which is stored up in Christ Jesus for every empty, needy sinner. May the Lord be pleased to give you that knowledge of the truth!

6 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

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

May 13, 2006 9:27 AM

 
Blogger jel said...

morning Mark, left you a comment on your last post! this morning!


this is a very cool post,
great day!

May 13, 2006 9:53 AM

 
Blogger Joe said...

As always, this is rich stuff!

May 13, 2006 7:48 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Janice: Where would I be without my daily blessing from Janice?

Joe: I like your new avatar!

I love sharing Spurgeon.

Mark

May 14, 2006 7:27 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Matthew: After this series with Spurgeon is complete I shall revisit our discussion of Dispensationalism with another post. Would it be possible for you to reproduce on this thread a compiliation of all that you have said so far, in regards to what Dispensationalism is, so that I could make that part of that post by cut and paste? I would appreciate it, sir. Thank you.

May 14, 2006 7:36 PM

 
Blogger jel said...

going to gone allday monday.

so have a great day! :)

May 15, 2006 5:23 AM

 

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