A Preacher I’ve Never Heard
One of the greatest preachers I have never heard is Charles Spurgeon. His words are striking and rich in theology. Here is just a snippet of a sermon that he preached on March 7, 1858:
Coming to Christ is just the one essential thing for a sinner’s salvation. He that cometh not to Christ, do what he may, or think what he may, is yet in ‘the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.’ Coming to Christ is the very first effect of regeneration. No sooner is the soul quickened than it at once discovers its lost estate, is horrified thereat, looks out for a refuge, and believing Christ to be a suitable one, flies to him and reposes in him. Where there is not this coming to Christ, it is certain that there is as yet no quickening; where there is no quickening, the soul is dead in trespasses and sins, and being dead it cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. We have before us now an announcement very startling, some say very obnoxious. Coming to Christ, though described by some people as being the very easiest thing in all the world, is in our text declared to be a thing utterly and entirely impossible to any man, unless the Father shall draw him to Christ. It shall be our business, then, to enlarge upon this declaration. We doubt not that it will always be offensive to carnal nature, but, nevertheless, the offending of human nature is sometimes the first step towards bringing it to bow itself before God. And if this be the effect of a painful process, we can forget the pain and rejoice in the glorious consequences. – Sermon No. 182
Spurgeon’s sermon was based on John 6:44 when Jesus says:
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. -NET
Personally, I think Spurgeon nailed it!
Thanks for reading.
- 2 Peter 3:9 vs. Calvinism (anotherchristianblog.org)
- Charles Spurgeon On The Changed Heart (filterbypass.wordpress.com)