The Mark of His Gospel

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. – Matthew 11:5

“The poor have the gospel preached to them.” It was so in Christ’s day; it is to be so with Christ’s gospel to the end of time. Almost every impostor who has come into the world has aimed principally at the rich, and the mighty, and the respectable…Few of them thought it worth their while to address themselves to those who have been most wickedly called “the swinish multitude,” and to speak to them the glorious things of the gospel of Christ. But it is one delightful mark of Christ’s dispensation, that He aims first at the poor. “The poor have the gospel preached to them.” It was wise in Him to do so. If we would set fire to a building, it is best to light it at the basement; so our Saviour, when He would save a world, and convert men of all classes, and all ranks, begins at the lowest rank, that the fire may burn upwards, knowing right well that what was received by the poor, will ultimately by His grace be received by the rich also. Nevertheless, He chose this to be given to His disciples, and to be the mark of His gospel-“The poor have the gospel preached to them.”

I pray God to give to our ministers zeal and earnestness, that they may take the gospel into the streets, highways and byeways, and compel the people to come in, that the house may be filled. Oh, that God would give us this characteristic mark of His precious grace, that the poor might have the gospel preached unto them!~ C.H. Spurgeon


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