What Saith the Gospel?

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. – John 6:47

No man among us doubts that if he had performed the law of God the Lord would give him life; but it is equally certain that if we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ we have eternal life. No trembling sinner doubts but that by the breaking of the law we are condemned: be you equally sure of it, that by not believing you are condemned. As no keeper of the law would have been lost on any ground whatever, so no believer in Christ shall be lost on any ground whatever; as no breaker of the law could escape punishment, so no unbeliever in Christ can be saved. The gospel states its message as clearly as the law. As positively as the law utters its promise and threat, so positively and unalterably doth the gospel deliver its decree. The believer in Jesus shall be saved because he is a believer; and Christ’s veracity is staked thereon:-“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.”

Oh, but this is a very blessed thing to have to say to you. I do not come to-day with a gospel veiled in mystery and shrouded in doubt; I do not bring a message which you cannot understand or receive; neither do I come with “ifs” and “buts” and “peradventures,” but with this, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” “Whosoever believeth in Him hath everlasting life.” …Do not suppose that anything is wanted as to doings or feelings in order to complete the righteousness which is wrought out by the Lord Jesus, and imputed by God to the believer… Confess yourself a sinner; trust in the sinner’s Savior, and you are saved. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


Believe and Live

“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off...But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” – Deuteronomy 30:11-14

“The righteousness which is of faith, speaketh on this wiseThe word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” – Romans 10:5-9

The gospel by no means involves itself in obscurity, but says, Believe and live, quite as distinctly as Moses said, “Do and live.” Here you have it, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Moses’ utterance was single and by itself. He did not say, “Do and thou shalt live, and yet there is another way.” No; under the law it was nothing but “Do and live; leave undone and die.” So the gospel does not propose a second way, and suggest “a larger hope,” but it declares with solemn decision, “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” It is just as clear as ever the law was, and quite as sharply distinct. Herein is no mystery: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Wrapping everything up into one, the gospel says, “Trust thou in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thy sins shall be forgiven thee, and thou shalt be saved.” This believing, or trusting, is the whole of the matter, and neither heaven above nor the abyss beneath will ever reveal another salvation. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


The Hope of Salvation by Good Works is Black Despair

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. – Romans 10:5

Judge ye whether any one of us has fulfilled the whole law. To my mind this word of Moses is conclusive that none of us can possibly live by the works of the law. We cannot keep the law now, for we have already broken it: the vase is fractured, and to talk of keeping it entire is nonsense. But even if it were not already broken, should we get through to-morrow with its temptations, bearing such a heart as we have within us, without breaking that perfect and spotless law? I am sure we should not. You that hope to be saved by your works are indulging a forlorn hope; what never you may do or be in the future, the past has already ruined you…The hope of salvation by works is black despair; yet we have a set of men on the face of the earth who are always wanting us to preach up this hopeless hope and urging us to lay this heavy burden upon the shoulders of dying men. They would have us proclaim salvation by the works of the law. This, they say, would at least make men moral and keep them sober: whereas even in this they err against the light; for it has been proved by history that such preaching makes men worse and worse. The idea of salvation by works sits like an awful incubus upon the breast of humanity, and presses out of the soul all hope, thus robbing man of strength to attempt true holiness…Clear, then, as possible it must be to every man among us who will think, that if the only way of salvation by the works of the law is by the keeping of the law in its entirety, then that road is closed against us, and the sooner we have done with it the better; for then we shall turn our thoughts in the right direction, and travel on the way which the Lord in great mercy has prepared for us.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

~ C.H. Spurgeon


He Came to Meet a Grim Necessity

For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. – Romans 10:5

If you wish to be saved by the law you must do its commands and you shall live. The law is written in the ten commandments; you know them; and if you desire to live by them you must keep them. It will not suffice for you to learn those commands by heart, or to write them up in your churches, or to read them over and say, “Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law”: all that may be well enough, but it is not to the point. If you are to be saved by the commandments you must do them: that is clear. Moses does not allow any person to dream that under the law he can be saved in any other way than by perfect obedience thereto. “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Whatever it is that God has commanded, you must do; whatever He forbids, you must avoid; for by such obedience alone can you live.

Christ’s fullness is meant for our emptiness; Christ’s righteousness is meant for our sin; salvation is for the lost. When you and I are no longer sinners, Christ is no longer our Savior; when you and I no more need Him, then we shall not have Him. Our need is our warrant, and if that be gone, all is gone. Jesus did not bleed and die to be a superfluity to us: He came to meet a grim necessity. As long as we are nothing Christ is our all in all; we may be sure of that, and that is just the gospel in a nutshell…Jesus came into the world to save real sinners, not sham sinners; for He is a real, and not a pretended Savior. He saves those who are always confessors of sin, always needy in themselves, and therefore always glad of Him. Even in their best estate the saved ones need their Lord: even if we walk in the light as God is in the light, and have fellowship with Him, we still sin, and still the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


A Miracle of Mercy

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain… – Acts 2:23

It is Christ that died… – Romans 8:34

Who can tell us what Christ’s suffering really was? It goes into the region of things unknown; it goes beyond the knowable; for flesh and blood will never be able to comprehend what Jesus suffered when the great flood of human sin came rushing down upon Him and filled His spirit to the brim. “It is Christ that died.” My unknown sins are buried in the unknown deeps of His almighty sacrifice.

Ah! but another thought comes up, “You know that He died; but then you have slain your Lord. You had a share in His death. You know that every sinner is guilty of the murder of Christ.” I know it; I know it to my shame and confusion; yet do I live by Him I slew, I am saved by Him I murdered; and I glory in the grace that makes such a miracle of mercy possible.”

“With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled,
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by Him I killed.”

Whether it was by mine or by any other wicked hands, yet it was by “the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God,” that Jesus died in the stead of all who believe in Him: I believe in Him, therefore He has died for me. He died for His murderers, for those that mocked and insulted Him; for He commanded His disciples to begin preaching the gospel at Jerusalem, where they crucified Him, to preach it even to those who had hounded Him to His doom. O dear friends, what comfort lies in this word, “It is Christ that died.”! ~ C.H. Spurgeon


The Debt is Paid

It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. – Romans 8:34

God has punished sin; and when men say, “God must punish sin,” we answer, “Sin has been punished, for Christ has died.” Not only is our sin punished, but the sin is gone. If my friend over yonder has paid my debt, it is gone. I owe no man anything after the debt has been paid, whether by myself, or by somebody else; and if Christ took our sin upon Himself, and suffered for it, the sins for which He suffered are gone, plunged as in a shoreless sea, drowned in the Redeemer’s blood. They are gone and gone forever!

And that my sins are gone is further clear, for He rose again from the dead. “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again.” If He had not paid the debt, He would have remained in the prison of the grave; but He rose again. He has discharged the debt; and we have still another assurance that it is all gone, for the apostle goes on to speak of Christ “who is even at the right hand of God.” He would not be there if He were a debtor. If Christ owed anything to the justice of God by reason of His suretyship engagements, He would not be at God’s right hand: but He owes nothing whatever. Both the sinner and the Surety are now free. The debt is paid, and Christ is at the right hand of God. And as to our weaknesses and infirmities, He is there to plead for His people: “Who also maketh intercession for us.” He ever liveth to secure effectually the eternal salvation of every soul for whom He died, even for every one who puts his trust in Him. Are you among the number? Oh, if you, my dear hearers, knew the joy and peace that would come to you if you but trusted in the doctrine of substitution, you would not rest until you were able to say, “Christ was in my place, that I might stand in His place: my sins were laid on Him, that His righteousness might be girded on me.”…This, then is God’s great remedy for sin: “It is Christ that died.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon


Our Strong Confidence

…for He shall save His people from their sins. – Matthew 1:21

It is Christ that died… – Romans 8:34

Now, there is but one Judge-the man Christ Jesus. It is He that died for us. He cannot bring us in debt to divine justice; for in His own hands and feet are the nail-prints, which are the receipts of justice in full settlement of all claims against us. He has paid all we owed and He will vindicate His own death, and claim for the travail of His soul its due reward, which is the forgiveness and the salvation of all guilty men who have come and put their trust in Him. Wherefore, since it is only our Judge who can condemn us, and since He is the very Person who has paid our debt for us, and put our sin away, we dare to repeat again, with additional emphasis, our ringing challenge to all the universe, “Who is he that condemneth?” We stand boldly in front of all our foes, because we know that we are free from the evil which once condemned us: it is all gone. Our confidence is therefore strong, and it is so because Christ’s dying has removed all sin from all believers.

“Look,” says one, “there is sin. It is true that you are a believer, but you have sinned often, for years, in all sorts of ways.” Yes, as we look, we must confess that it is true, there is the sin. But yonder is the Saviour, and He is called Jesus, “For He shall save His people from their sins.” He has come on purpose to put away our sin, and when He died, He made an end of it. The answer, therefore, to the statement, “There is sin,” is this, “Christ has died.”

There is great sin; that we know only too well: but we also rejoice in the knowledge that there is a great atonement to cover all our sin, “For it is Christ that died.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon