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].

Friday, June 09, 2006

Repentance - Spurgeon Preached It

True Repentance!

From Spurgeon's sermon, "APART"

True repentance is always accompanied by sorrow.

Repentance is a deep, radical, fundamental, lasting change;
and you will find that, whenever you meet with it in Scripture,
it is always accompanied with sorrow for past sin.

And rest assured of this fact-- that the repentance which has
no tear in its eye, and no mourning for sin in its heart,
is a repentance which needs to be repented of.

In such false repentance, there is no evidence of conversion,
and no sign of the existence of the grace of God.

The man who knows that his sin is forgiven,
does not cease to mourn for it.
No, brethren, his mourning becomes deeper as
his knowledge of his guilt becomes greater.
His hatred of sin grows in proportion as he understands
that love of Christ by which his sin is put away.

In true believers, mourning for sin is chastened and sweetened,
and, in one sense, the fang of bitterness is taken out.

But, in another sense, the more we realize
our indebtedness to God's grace, and the more we see of
the sufferings of Christ in order to effect our redemption,
the more do we hate sin, and the more do we lament
that we ever fell into it.

The man who has led the purest life, when he is brought
before God by the humbling influence of the Holy Spirit,
is the man who almost invariably considers himself
to have been viler than anybody else.

"Repentance is to leave
The sin we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve
By doing so no more."

4 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

"and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" - Luke 24:47

"testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ..." - Acts 20:21

" but now [God] commands all men everywhere to repent..." - Acts 17:30

" but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance" - Acts 26:20

June 09, 2006 8:28 AM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

You know sometimes I think Spurgeon is reading my mind or something. I relate so much with him and its good to know that I don't have to keep apologizing for it. I used to think there was something wrong with me and some of the free gracers...not all of them, made me feel as guilty at times as John Piper did, but with Spurgeon it was like finding an ol buddy who has gone through the same things and its just good to know that I don't have to feel guilty about it. He was anything but an aloof preacher. He is a blessing. You are too.

June 09, 2006 4:55 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Brian: Thank you!

June 10, 2006 12:03 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Repentance; Spurgeon Preached It...
Thanks brother for the Charles H Spurgeon quotes. He most definitely was a man after God's own heart..
We know that the Lord calls us all to repentance - both Jew and Gentile(Acts 17:30). And here we see that there are probably at least two kinds of sorrow -worldly and Godly(2Cor 7:9-11)-one of the flesh and one of the Spirit.Godly repentance produces fruit(Mt 3:8; Lk 3:8-9) while worldly repentance produces only tears(like King Saul in 1Samuel 15, 18-19, 22-24, etc)
Isn't it interesting that even 'real' repentance comes from God Himself(Isa 30:15; Eze 18:30-32; 2Pet 3;9) What a gift He has given to us; We only must humbley receive it!(Jam 4:8-10)
When someone half-heartedly repents, that person plays games like king Saul did - this is not of God. But many professing Christians live this way - they are totally deceived like Saul(Israel's first king) was. Real Christians are not about themselves(Luke 9:23-24) - they are like Christ or Christlike(1Jn 2:6) - they are about the Father's business(Mt 7:21) and esteem others more highly than themselves(Rom 12:3,10,16).
If we have died to ourselves, how can we continue to live for ourselves(Rom 6:3-7)? We can't because we're dead; Or are we really brother...Do we live like this? "It is not possible for us to accept Christ as our Savior unless He becomes our King, for a very large part of salvation consists in our being saved from sin's domination over us, and the only way in which we can be delivered from the mastery of Satan is by becoming subject to the mastery of Christ" - Charles H Spurgeon
God bless you and your family...
Love: A brother from the north...

June 13, 2006 1:28 AM

 

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