One of My Favorite quotes of Charles Spurgeon

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Charles Spurgeon – 1834-1892

“When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul – when they were, as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron. One week-night, when I was sitting in the house of God, I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon, for I did not believe it. The thought struck me, “How did you come to be a Christian?” I sought the Lord. “But how did you come to seek the Lord?” The truth flashed across my mind in a moment – I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him. I prayed, thought I, but then asked myself, “How came I to pray?” I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures. “How came I to read the Scriptures? I did read them, but what led me to do so?” Then, in a moment, I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, “I ascribe my change wholly to God.” I know nothing, nothing again that is more humbling than this doctrine of election. I have sometimes fallen prostrate before it when endeavoring to understand it. But, when I came near it, and the one thought possessed me – ‘God hath from the beginning chosen you unto salvation’ – I was staggered with the mighty thought; and from the dizzy elevation down came my soul, prostrate and broken, saying, ‘Lord,  I am nothing, I am less than nothing. Why me? Why me?”
 

 

“Immanuel is hell’s terror”

Ray Ortlund, Jr. reminds me this morning of a great hero of the faith, Charles Spurgeon:

“‘Immanuel, God with us.’  It is hell’s terror.  Satan trembles at the sound of it. . . . Let him come to you suddenly, and do you but whisper that word, ‘God with us,’ back he falls, confounded and confused. . . . ‘God with us’ is the laborer’s strength.  How could he preach the gospel, how could he bend his knees in prayer, how could the missionary go into foreign lands, how could the martyr stand at the stake, how could the confessor own his Master, how could men labor if that one word were taken away? . . . ‘God with us’ is eternity’s sonnet, heaven’s hallelujah, the shout of the glorified, the song of the redeemed, the chorus of the angels, the everlasting oratorio of the great orchestra of the sky. . . .

Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. . . . But in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem.  Let him have a place in your hearts, give him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived him, but think most of all of the Man born, the Child given.

I finish by again saying, A happy Christmas to you all!

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Old Testament (London, n.d.), III:430.

One of my most favorite quotes

Charles Spurgeon – 1834-1892

He was the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London for thirty years,  the most famous pastor of his day – and a Reformed Baptist.  His preaching was powerful to the winning of souls to Christ.  What was the gospel that he preached that brought thousands to Christ?  What was his life-long confession? Read what Spurgeon describes as his salvation at the age of 16.

When I was coming to Christ,  I thought I was doing it all myself,  and though I sought the Lord earnestly,  I had no idea the Lord was seeking me.  I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul – when they were,  as John Bunyan says,  burnt into my heart as with a hot iron.  One week-night,  when I was sitting in the house of God,  I was not thinking much about the preacher’s sermon,  for I did not believe it.  The thought struck me,  “How did you come to be a Christian?”  I sought the Lord.  “But how did you come to seek the Lord?”  The truth flashed across my mind in a moment – I should not have sought Him unless there had been some previous influence in my mind to make me seek Him.  I prayed,  thought I,  but then asked myself,  “How came I to pray?”  I was induced to pray by reading the Scriptures.  “How came I to read the Scriptures?  I did read them,  but what led me to do so?”  Then,  in a moment,  I saw that God was at the bottom of it all,  and that He was the Author of my faith,  and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me,  and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day,  and I desire to make this my constant confession,

I ascribe my change wholly to God . . . I know nothing,  nothing again that is more humbling than this doctrine of election.  I have sometimes fallen prostrate before it when endeavoring to understand it.  But,  when I came near it,  and the one thought possessed me – ‘God hath from the beginning chosen you unto salvation’ – I was staggered with the mighty thought;  and from the dizzy elevation down came my soul,  prostrate and broken,  saying,  ‘Lord,  I am nothing,  I am less than nothing.  Why me?  Why me?