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, June 17, 2007

Repentance? What Saith Spurgeon

We tell men to repent and believe, not because we rely on any power in them to do so, for we know them to be dead in trespasses and sins; not because we depend upon any power in our earnestness or in our speech to make them do so, for we understand that our preaching is less than nothing apart from God; but because the gospel is the mysterious engine by which God converts the hearts of men, and we find that, if we speak in faith, God the Holy Ghost operates with us, and while we bid the dry bones live, the Spirit makes them live—while we tell the lame man to stand on his feet, the mysterious energy makes his ankle-bones to receive strength—while we tell the impotent man to stretch out his hand, a divine power goes with the command, and the hand is stretched out and the man is restored. The power lies not in the sinner, not in the preacher, but in the Holy Spirit, which works effectually with the gospel by divine decree, so that where the truth is preached the elect of God are quickened by it, souls are saved, and God is glorified. Go on, my dear brethren, preaching the gospel boldly, and be not afraid of the result, for, however little may be your strength, and though your eloquence may be as nought, yet God has promised to make his gospel the power to save, and so it shall be down to the world's end. See then, ye that are unsaved, before I leave this point, see what it is we are bound to require of you this morning. It is, that ye repent and be converted. We are not satisfied with having your ear, nor your eyes; we are not content with having you gathered in the house of worship—it is all in vain that you have come here, except you repent and be converted. We are not come to tell you that you must reform a little, and mend your ways in some degree: except you put your trust in Christ, forsake your old way of life, and become new creatures in Christ Jesus, you must perish. This—nothing short of this—is the gospel requirement. No church-going, no chapel-going, will save you; no bowing of the knee, no outward form of worship, no pretensions and professions to godliness- ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and if ye do not this, neither shall your sins be blotted out. Thus much, then, on the first point: the apostle commanded men to repent and be converted.

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Blogger mark pierson said...

Teammates, please leave this post to stand until tomorrow - 6/18.

June 17, 2007 12:27 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Preach the entire gospel and let the Holy Spirit quicken the elect. Yes, repentance is part of the gospel and we should tell the entire story and not be consumed with attempts to keep it to bare minimums.

The Biblical command to repent is the truth. So, how is it possible to give a lost soul too much truth?

June 17, 2007 1:16 PM

 
Blogger Susan said...

If all that were necessary were to say "Yes, Jesus, I receive you as my Savior" and that's it, why were Paul's epistles added to the canon of Scripture? I mean, why add all that stuff and waste all that paper on obedience and repentance?
Absolutely right, Wayne. Ya can't give a lost soul - or even saved ones - too much truth.

June 17, 2007 2:37 PM

 
Blogger Gojira said...

Hi Mark,

Thank you so very much for the back and forth yesterday with the emails. I am finishing up my next installment in my series looking at Free Grace theology. It is about the one from the list I gave you to choose from. I suppose we will see in the morning what an ancient group of people might find in common with Free Grace theology.

June 17, 2007 3:25 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

"Preach the entire gospel and let the Holy Spirit quicken the elect."

Yes the deliverance from slavery to sin to servants of righteousness and of God is also a part of the good news. New creatures in Christ, led by the Spirit as opposed to being led by the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, is part of the good news. That is the reason for the "Beattitdes"... "Blessed are...".

This severing of justification from the rest of the salvation experience is born in the pit of Hell. It slaps the indwelling Holy Spirit in the face when only lip service is paid to His regenerating influences.

Man and his "clever" hermeneutics.

June 17, 2007 5:22 PM

 
Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

I often wonder what pastors have in their minds when they get up to "preach."

The wonder and the miracle of the ministry of the Holy Spirit through a broken and fallen creature should be enough to make us fall into a dead faint! How can human beings derive spiritual benefit from the preaching of a person like me? What transpires in that meeting place that causes men and women to have "aha" moments and understand spiritual truth?

It is the word of God that is empowered by the Holy Spirit that transforms the dead to life and causes Christians to be edified! Every single time I stand to preach I am overwhelmed with the responsibility God has put into my hands to handle the word aright.

I often wonder what pastors have in their minds when they stand up to "preach!"

June 17, 2007 8:44 PM

 
Blogger Scribe said...

It is the word of God that is empowered by the Holy Spirit that transforms the dead to life and causes Christians to be edified! Every single time I stand to preach I am overwhelmed with the responsibility God has put into my hands to handle the word aright.

I often wonder what pastors have in their minds when they stand up to "preach!"


Amen!! Let the man of God's choosing unashamedly declare the whole counsel of God, and let the chips fall where they may!

For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

But what do the people say...?

...See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.(Isaiah 30:10,11)

June 17, 2007 10:15 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Scribe - I love your presence on this blog. Please keep coming back.

June 17, 2007 10:20 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

DAVE.... YOU'RE BACK!!!!! YES!!!!!!

June 17, 2007 10:20 PM

 

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