They Had Been With Jesus!

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(Charles Spurgeon)

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men–they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus!” Acts 4:13

A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read “Lives of Christ”–beautifully and eloquently written. But the best life of Christ is His living biography, written out in the words and actions of His people.

If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be–we would be pictures of Christ! Yes, such striking likenesses of Him that the world would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus! He has been taught of Him! He is like Him! He has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and everyday actions!”

“He who says he abides in Him–ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 John 2:6


The Master Locksmith

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(Charles Spurgeon)

“He has given us His very great and precious promises!” 2 Peter 1:4

God’s promises are precious, because they tell of exceedingly great and precious things. We have promises in the Bible which time would fail us to repeat, which for breadth and length are immeasurable. They deal with every great thing which the soul can need:
promises of pardoned sin,
promises of sanctification,
promises of teaching,
promises of guidance,
promises of upholding,
promises of ennobling,
promises of progress,
promises of consolation,
promises of perfection.

In this blessed book you have . . .
promises for time–and promises for eternity;
promises for every condition every believer!

I sometimes liken God’s promises to the lock-smith’s great bunch of keys which he brings when you have lost the key of your chest, and cannot unlock it. He feels pretty sure that out of all the keys upon his ring, some one or another will fit, and he tries them with patient industry. At last–yes–that is it–he has loosened the bolt, and now you can get at your treasures!

In the same way, there is always a promise in the volume of inspiration, suitable to your present case.

The promises are precious in themselves . . .
from their suitability to us,
from their coming from God,
from their being immutable,
from their being sure of performance, and
from their containing wrapped up within themselves, all that every child of God can ever need!

“He has given us His very great and precious promises!”

To Trifle With Mere Pebbles

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“To rule a kingdom, is a nobler matter than to play with marbles.”

What, then, is the folly of the worldling’s choice, when he prefers to be contending among men for earthly toys–instead of seeking those eternal treasures above!

How great is the degradation of professing Christians, when their minds are taken up with fashionable trivialities–instead of living alone to glorify their God, and acting as those whom Jesus has made to be kings and priests!

Who cares for pebbles–when jewels glitter before him?

Who would choose toys and rattles–when the wealth of the Indies is offered him?

Let us be no longer children or fools–but act as men who have put away childish things.

“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ–keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above–not on the things that are on earth!” Colossians 3:1-2

The World Reads the Christian

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(Charles Spurgeon)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

The worldling’s Bible is the Christian. He never reads the Book–but he reads the disciple of Christ, and he judges the Christian religion by the lives of its professors!

The world does not read the Bible–the world reads Christians!

“For it is God’s will that by doing good, you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men!” 1 Peter 2:15

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:1-2

The Horrors of Hell

1024px-eruption_1954_kilauea_volcanoWe cannot fathom the horrors of that dismal dungeon of lost souls!

(Charles Spurgeon)

If we give any description of the doom of the impenitent which is at all true to God’s Word, those who reject the Scriptures begin to cry out that we have borrowed it from Dante, or taken it from Milton! But the most awful and harrowing descriptions of the woes of the lost which ever fell from human lips, do not exceed or even equal the language of the loving Christ, Himself! Listen: “Depart from Me, you who are cursed–into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!”

You and I can never imagine all the depths of Hell. Shut out from us by a black veil of darkness–we cannot fathom the horrors of that dismal dungeon of lost souls!

Happily, the wailings of the damned have never startled us, for a thousand tempests would be but a maiden’s whisper–compared with one wail of a damned soul.

It is not possible for us to see the tortures of those souls who dwell eternally within an anguish which knows no alleviation. Our eyes would become sightless balls of darkness–if they were permitted for an instant to look into that ghastly shrine of torment!

Hell is horrible, for we may say of it: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man–to conceive of the horrors which God has prepared for those who hate Him!

SIN, indeed, is Hell–Hell in embryo, Hell in essence, Hell kindling, Hell emerging from the shell.

HELL is but sin when it has manifested and developed itself to the full!

Stand at the gates of Hell and understand how venomous is the disease for which Heaven’s remedy is provided in the ignominious sufferings and death of the Only Begotten.

He is the true lover of men’s souls–who does not deceive them! He who paints the miseries of Hell as though they were but little–is seeking to murder men’s souls under the pretense of being their friend!

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath–but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

A Ransom For Us!

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“”Deliver him from going down to the pit, for I have found a ransom.’ Job. 33:24.   There is not a gleam of light in the case till you come to that divine word…Did you ever get any comfort for your troubled souls till you were led to see the ransom found by God in Jesus Christ?  Did you ever know the value of the ransom for yourselves till God spoke it home to you?  This is the central point of the sinner’s hope–a bleeding Saviour paying our ransom price in drops of blood, the dying Son of God achieving our redemption by his own death.”  –C.H. Spurgeon “Sermons, Vol. 10” p. 164