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, November 05, 2006

The Warrant of Faith - C.H.Spurgeon sermon 531

The Warrant of FaithA Sermon(No. 531)Delivered on Sunday Morning, September 20th, 1863, by theRev. C. H. SPURGEON,At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

"And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ."—1 John 3:23.

THE old law shines in terrible glory with its ten commandments. There are some who love that law so much, that they cannot pass over a Sabbath without its being read in their hearing, accompanied by the mournful petition, "Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law." Nay, some are so foolish as to enter into a covenant for their children, that "they shall keep all God's holy commandments, and walk in the same all the days of their life." Thus they early wear a yoke which neither they nor their fathers can bear, and daily groaning under its awful weight, they labour after righteousness where it never can be found. Over the tables of the law in every Church, I would have conspicuously printed these gospel words, "By the deeds of the law shall no flesh living be justified." The true believer has learned to look away from the killing ordinances of the old law. He understands that "as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse, for it is written: Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." He therefore turns with loathing from all trust in his own obedience to the ten commands, and lays hold with joy upon the hope set before him in the one commandment contained in my text, "This is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ."We sing, and sing rightly too— "My soul, no more attempt to drawThy life and comfort from the law,"for from the law death cometh and not life, misery and not comfort. "To convince and to condemn is all the law can do." O, when will all professors, and especially all professed ministers of Christ, learn the difference between the law and the gospel? Most of them make a mingle-mangle, and serve out deadly potions to the people, often containing but one ounce of gospel to a pound of law, whereas, but even a grain of law is enough to spoil the whole thing. It must be gospel, and gospel only. "If it be of grace, it is not of works, otherwise grace is no more grace; and if it be of works, then it is not of grace, otherwise work is no more work."The Christian then, turning his attention to the one command of the gospel, is very anxious to know first, what is the matter of the believing here intended; and secondly, what is the sinner's warrant for so believing in Christ; nor will he fail to consider the mandate of the gospel.

6 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

I am going to post this sermon in larger chuncks than normal. I am sure that those who are hungry enough to want to see what Spurgeon was actually preaching here will endure the longer posts.

November 05, 2006 3:03 PM

 
Blogger jel said...

:)

November 06, 2006 7:51 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

A woman of few words. Hi, Janice.

November 06, 2006 10:51 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Spurgeon had a magnificient gift for expressing the truths of God.

W.H.

November 06, 2006 11:16 AM

 
Blogger jel said...

That's me,!

November 06, 2006 1:32 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

BEHOLD the LAMB of GOD!

November 06, 2006 6:42 PM

 

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