Your Good Works Before Men

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

It is by such works that the mouths of gainsayers are to be stopped. One holy action is a better argument against blasphemers than a thousand eloquent discourses. You are our replies to sceptics-you who having been rescued from sin maintain a life of holiness. When they see the men that are healed, standing with Peter and John, they can say nothing against them. Oh, by your works confound gainsayers! These works, too, bring glory to God. “That they, seeing your good works may glorify your Father which is in heaven.” And these works also ensure peace to your own conscience, and have much to do with your close communion with God. “How can two walk together except they be agreed?” If ye walk contrary to Him He will walk contrary to you. Your sins will separate between you and your God, but the Holy Spirit, where He maintains holiness, maintains peace and communion in the soul. “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” “If ye keep My commandments,” saith the Savior, “Ye shall abide in My love”-you shall abide in the conscious fellowship of that love, and in the enjoyment of it. May God help you, may God help you, for His name’s sake.

(Look ye here, ye who say you believe in Christ and are living in sin: what does this make of your boastings? Look you here, ye that say “I have only to believe by-and-by, and I may live as I like, and yet be saved.” Is it so? Is it so? “If the righteous scarcely be saved, where will the ungodly and the wicked appear?” …The salvation of Christ is not a salvation in sin, but a salvation from sin.) ~ C.H. Spurgeon


The Lord’s Battlements

For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. – 2 Corinthians 1:20 

The Christian man can go away with the reflection that his battlements can never be taken away, because they are the Lord’s. We rely upon the electing love of Jehovah-Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; we trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the Everlasting Son; we depend wholly upon the merits, blood, and righteousness of Jehovah-Tsidkenu-the Lord our righteousness; we are confiding in the Holy Spirit. We confess that we are nothing of ourselves-that it is not of him that willeth, or of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. We do not acknowledge one scrap of the creature in our salvation nor one atom of self; we rely entirely upon covenant love, upon covenant mercy, covenant oaths, covenant faithfulness, covenant immutability, and resting on these, we know our battlements cannot be taken away. Oh, Christian! with these walls surrounded thou mayest laugh at all thy foes. Can the devil touch thee now? He shall only look upon thee and despair. Can doubts and fears take away our battlements? No: they stand fast and firm, and our poor fears are but as straws dashed against the wall by the wind; for, “though we believe not, yet He abideth faithful,” and not all the temptations of a sinful world, or our own carnal hearts, can separate us from the Saviour’s love. We have a city, the walls of which are mighty, the foundations of which are eternal; we have a God who says, “I the Lord do keep her, and do water her every moment, lest any hurt her, I will keep her day and night.” Trust Christian, here, salvation shall God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Surrounded with these, thou mayest smile at all thy foes. But take heed you add nothing to them, for if ye do, the message will be, Take away the battlements, they are not the Lord’s.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

The Unbeliever’s Faith

Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. -Isaiah 45:22

It takes much more faith to be an unbeliever than to be a believer. I am sure the philosophies of the present age which are currently set forth would require a deal more credulity than I am the master of. I can believe Scripture readily, and without violence to my soul, but I could not accept the theory even of the development of our race, which is so much cried up nowadays, nor a great many other theories. They seem to me to require a far greater sweep of credulity than anything that is written in the Word of God. To the ungodly man this seems reasonable. “It is reasonable to trust a great man, and to hope that he will be the maker of you; it is reasonable to trust your own reason-to believe you can steer your own course; it is reasonable to be a self-made man, self-reliant; it is reasonable to look after the main change; it is reasonable to get all the money you can; it is reasonable to put your confidence in it (of course, it has not any wings, and won’t fly away); it is a reasonable and discreet thing to live in this world as if you were to live for ever in it, and never think of another world at all.” To a great many it seems to be philosophy to get as far away from God as ever you possibly can, and then you will get to be a wise man that the creature is wisest when it forgets its Creator. That is the world’s creed, and I can only say that if they scoff at our creed, we can fairly enough scoff at theirs.

Truly it seems to me to be wisdom that I, a creature who certainly did not make myself, should think of my Creator; that I, a sinner, should accept that blessed way of salvation, which is laid before me in the Word of God; that I, weak and unable to steer my own course, should put my hand into the great Father’s hand and say, “Lead me, guide me by Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” This may be jested at and sneered at, but it can bear a sneer and will outlive the mocker. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

My Strong One

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” – Matthew 27:46

Now it is easy to believe that God is ours when He smiles upon us, and when we have the sweet fellowship of His love in our hearts; but the point for faith to attend to, is to hold to God when He gives the hard words, when His providence frowns upon thee, and when even His Spirit seems to be withdrawn from thee. Oh! let go every thing, but let not go thy God. If the ship be tossed and ready to sink, and the tempest rages exceedingly, cast out the ingots, let the gold go, throw out the wheat, as Paul’s companions did. Let even necessaries go, but oh! still hold to thy God; give not up thy God; say still, notwithstanding all, “In the teeth of all my feelings, doubts, and suspicions, I hold Him yet; He is my God; I will not let Him go.”

You know that in the text our Lord calls God in the original His “strong one”-“Eli, Eli”-“My strong one, My mighty one.” So let the Christian, when God turns away the brightness of His presence, still believe that all his strength lies in God, and that, moreover, God’s power is on his side. Though it seemed to crush him, yet faith says, “It is a power that will not crush me. If He smite me, what will I do? I will lay hold upon His arm, and He will put strength in me. I will deal with God as Jacob did with the angel. If He wrestle with me, I will borrow strength from Him, and I will wrestle still with Him until I get the blessing from Him.” Beloved, we must neither let go of God, nor let go of our sense of His power to save us. We must hold to our possession of Him, and hold to the belief that He is worth possessing, that He is God all-sufficient, and that He is our God still.~ C.H. Spurgeon

This Memorable Cry

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”- Matthew 27:46

It has been well said that every word in this memorable cry deserves to have an emphasis laid upon it. If you read it, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? I marvel not that My disciples should, but why hast Thou gone, My Father God? Why couldst Thou leave Me?” there is a wondrous meaning there. Then take it thus, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? I know why Thou hast smitten Me; I can understand why Thou dost chasten Me; but why hast Thou forsaken Me? Wilt Thou allow Me no ray of love from the brightness of Thine eyes-no sense of Thy presence whatsoever?” This was the wormwood and the gall of all the Saviour’s bitter cup. Then God forsook Him in His direst need. Or if you take it thus, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” there comes another meaning. “Me, Thy well beloved, Thine eternal well beloved, shine innocent, Thy harmless, Thine afflicted Son-why hast Thou forsaken Me? “Then, indeed, it is a marvel of marvels not that God should forsake His saints, or appear to do so, or that He should forsake sinners utterly, but that He should forsake His only Son…I gather that many a child of God has had to say precisely what the Lord Jesus, the first-born of the family, uttered upon the cross. Now as God’s children are brought into the same circumstances as Christ, and Christ is considered the exemplar…do as Jesus did. If you come into His condition, lift up your hearts to God, that you may act as He did in that condition: Under desertion of soul, the Lord Jesus still turned to God. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

If Christ is Yours, All Things are Yours

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. – John 14:6

Christ is the channel of all, the pledge of all, the sum of all. All love and mercy flow from God through Christ the Mediator. We get nought apart from Him. “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” Other conduits are dry, but this channel is always full. “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” When God gave us Christ, He did as much as say, “I have given you all things.” “He that spared not His own Son, but freely delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” He is a covenant to us, the title-deeds of the promised rest. If you are going to travel on the Continent, you need not carry a bed with you, nor a house, nor a table, nor medicine, nor food; if you only have gold in your purse, you have these condensed. Gold is the representative of everything it can buy, it is a kind of universal talisman, producing, what its owner wishes for. I have never yet met with a person in any country who did not understand its meaning. “Money answereth all things,” says the wise man, and this is true in a limited sense; but he that has Christ, has indeed all things: he has the essence, the substance of all good. I have only to plead the name of Jesus before the Father’s throne, and nothing desirable shall be denied me. If Christ is yours, all things are yours. God, who gave you Christ, has in that one gift summed up the total of all you will want for time and for eternity, to obliterate the sin of the past, to fulfill the needs of the present, and to perfect you for all the work and bliss of the future. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Herein is Love

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10

This is where all our hope, and our joy, and our love begin: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” In connection with this same truth of union with Christ, and fruitbearing as the result of it, our Lord Himself says, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” When this love thus made choice of us, He entered into covenant with His Father concerning His people; and before we were born He identified Himself with us, so that in the purpose of God from all eternity we were accepted in Him. But union with us meant union with our sins; and though the Son of God could never be overcome of evil, or become a sharer in human guilt, yet by the blessed mystery of His unity with His people, He could take their sin upon Himself, and bear it in His own body on the tree. Thus, as there is no past or future to the eyes of Him before whom all events are spread out in one eternal “now”, the Son of God was able to atone for the iniquities of those who, through all the ages, would be truly joined to Him. His love that chose us did not shrink back from the awful payment which our debt rendered necessary: it was stronger than death, and mightier than the grave. Many waters could not quench it; many floods could not drown it; nor will it cease to exert its blessed influence over us until it shall bring us home to the mansions above; and not even then, for Christ’s love is everlasting. By this loving union Christ brings us safely through all the temptations of life; the ransomed spirits of such as are joined to Him are taken to be with Christ the instant they are absent from the body; and at last out of the tomb that same love shall call the body, and on the glad day of resurrection it shall be clearly seen how wonderful is the love which made our Lord so one with us.  ~ C.H. Spurgeon