Sunday Meditation – There Is Sure to Be Purity

Sunday Meditation – There Is Sure to Be Purity

“In my early days in the country, I was horribly shocked when I heard of a man standing on a publichouse table, and saying, though at the time he was almost drunk, ‘I can say what none of you fellows can say, that I am one of God’s elect.’ All of us who knew anything of the man used to shudder at the thought of his blasphemy in pretending to be one of the elect. Why, if the grace of God does not make a man holy, what is it worth? My dear friend, if you are determined to be damned, leave religion alone altogether; but do not pretend to be a child of God, and yet live in sin. To profess to be an heir of heaven, and then to live as an heir of hell, is such detestable hypocrisy that I pray God that all of you may be preserved from ever falling into it. Where the Spirit of God dwells, there is sure to be purity.”

Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Meditation – His Countenance

Sunday Meditation – His Countenance

“That, though honest good people may be run down and trampled upon, yet God does and will own them, and favour them, and smile upon them, and that is the reason why God will severely reckon with persecutors and oppressors, because those whom they oppress and persecute are dear to him; so that whosoever toucheth them toucheth the apple of his eye, v. 7. 1. He loves them and the work of his own grace in them. He is himself a righteous God, and therefore loves righteousness wherever he finds it and pleads the cause of the righteous that are injured and oppressed; he delights to execute judgment for them, Ps. 103:6. We must herein be followers of God, must love righteousness as he does, that we may keep ourselves always in his love. He looks graciously upon them: His countenance doth behold the upright; he is not only at peace with them, and puts gladness into their hearts, by letting them know that he is so. He, like a tender father, looks upon them with pleasure, and they, like dutiful children, are pleased and abundantly satisfied with his smiles. They walk in the light of the Lord. In singing this psalm we must encourage and engage ourselves to trust in God at all times, must depend upon him to protect our innocence and make us happy, must dread his frowns as worse than death and desire his favour as better than life.”

Matthew Henry

Sunday Meditation – The Greatness of Jesus

Sunday Meditation – The Greatness of Jesus

“His life and death cover all believers head to foot with a perfect obedience to the law. With royal Gesture are they clad: Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of those. His blood has washed believers white as the driven snow, and his righteousness has made them to be ‘accepted in the Beloved.’ He has such merit with God that he deserves of the Most High whatsoever he wills to ask; and he asks for his people that they shall have every blessing needful for eternal life and perfection. He is great, indeed, my brethren, when we think that he has clothed us all in his righteousness, and washed us all in his blood. Nor us alone, but ten thousand times ten thousand of his redeemed stand to-day in the wedding-dress of his eternal merit, and plead before God a claim that never can be denied — the claim of a perfect obedience which must always please the Father’s heart. Oh, what mercy is that which has turned our hell to heaven, transformed our disease into health, and lifted us from the dunghill, and set us among the princes of his people! In infinite power to remove sin, to perfume with acceptance, to clothe with righteousness, to win blessings, to preserve saints, and to save to the uttermost, the Lord Jesus is great beyond all greatness.”

Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Meditation – A Picture of Christ

Sunday Meditation – A Picture of Christ

“We commence, first of all with the victim – the lamb. How fine a picture of Christ. No other creature could so well have typified him who was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. Being also the emblem of sacrifice, it most sweetly portrayed our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Search natural history through, and though you will find other emblems which set forth different characteristics of his nature, and admirably display him to our souls, yet there is none which seems so appropriate to the person of our beloved Lord as that of the Lamb. A child would at once perceive the likeness between a lamb and Jesus Christ, so gentle and innocent, so mild and harmless, neither hurting others, nor seeming to have the power to resent an injury. What tortures the sheepish race have received from us! how are they, though innocent, continually slaughtered for our food! Their skin is dragged from their backs, their wool is shorn to give us a garment; and so the Lord Jesus Christ, our glorious Master, doth give us his garments that we may be clothed with them; he is rent in sunder for us; his very blood is poured out for our sins; harmless and holy, a glorious sacrifice for the sins of all his children. Thus the Paschal Lamb might well convey to the pious Hebrew the person of a suffering, silent, patient, harmless Messiah.”

Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Meditation – Faith Gets to Know Christ

Sunday Meditation – Faith Gets to Know Christ

“It is such a blessing to get to know the Lord Jesus personally. I heard the other day of a famous infidel, an agnostic, — that is, an ignoramus, a person who knows nothing, — and he went to a certain house to meet an elderly lady of considerable literary renown. He was told that she believed in the Word of God, and was a faithful follower of the Lord Jesus, so he thought that he would have a word with her before he went away. ‘Madam,’ said he, ‘I have been astonished to hear one thing of you. I hear that you believe in the Bible.’ ‘Yes, sir,’ she said, ‘every word of it.’ ‘And pray, Madam,’ he said, ‘however came you to believe in that book?’ She replied, ‘One of the principal reasons that I have for believing in the Book is that I am intimately acquainted with the Author of it.’ That was a blessed answer. Faith gets to know Christ; and so, knowing Christ, and meeting him in the midst of his people, it becomes armed against all unbelief, and goes forth in its panoply conquering and to conquer. So will it be with you, beloved, if you meet the Well-beloved alone in your closets, and if you add to this a frequent attendance at the holy assembly. I pray you, do not let us have to complain that one of you is away. Come always. My heart will rejoice if our meetings are filled with men and women who there seek communion with Jesus. Come, for Jesus is with us. Come, for it would be most unseemly for him to be here and you away.”

Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Meditation – Drunkenness

Sunday Meditation – Drunkenness

“Drunkenness is one of the most debasing of sins, it lowers the whole tone of the person who is held in bondage by it. We sometimes talk of a man being ‘as drunk as a beast,’ but whoever heard of a beast being drunk? Why, it is more beastly than anything a beast ever does. I do not believe that the devil himself is ever guilty of anything like that. I never heard even him charged with being drunk. It is a sin which has no sort of excuse; those who fall into it generally fal1 into other deadly vices. It is the devil’s back-door to hell, and everything that is hellish; for he that once gives away his brains to drink, is ready to be caught by Satan for anything. Oh! but while the drunkard cannot have eternal life abiding in him while he is such, is it not a joy to think of the many drunkards who have born washed and saved? This night, there are, sitting here, those who have done with their cups, who have left; behind them their strong drink, and who have renounced the haunts of their debauchery. They are washed and cleansed, and when they think of the contrast between, where they used to spend their evenings, and where they now are, they give echo to the question, ‘Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?’”

Charles Spurgeon

Sunday Meditation – You Who Are Unholy

Sunday Meditation – You Who Are Unholy

“Whatever you are, do seek to be holy. And if you will not be holy, if you have a mind to keep your sins, do us the favour to lay down your profession. If you will have your sins, and go to hell, you can do it so much better outside the church than you can inside. I cannot see why you must needs do Christ the double ill-turn to be his enemy, and yet profess to be his friend. Get out of the church, ye that are hypocrites! What profit can ye get? There are no loaves and fishes that I know of to be had here. If you want them, there are some places where you can have them in abundance. There is no particular honor that I know of in being associated with this church; we are generally held in little enough esteem by the world. Why should you come unless you intend to be true followers of the Crucified? Why, why, deacon, if thou lovest the world, dost thou pretend to love the church? Judas, Judas, go sell somebody else; what need to sell Christ, and to be a son of perdition? O you who are unholy, you who cheat in business, you who can lie in your daily lives, there is scope enough for you outside of God’s Church.”

Charles Spurgeon