Anyone who has known me for a period of time, knows that I am a huge Spurgeon fan.
A friend of mine once joked that when I enter into Heaven, Jesus will be there to greet me and I will run right past Him into the arms of Spurgeon. Although morbidly exaggerated, I am very much looking forward to meeting Charles one day. He holds a very dear place in my heart. I have never read anyone who spoke like Spurgeon. His grace and proficiency with the pen is second to none. He never spoke in a way that made the reader feel as if they were being berated. Even when the truths he was saying were hard, he never fell into condescension or belittled his reader. He always spoke the truth is love and grace, even the when truth was hard to say or hear. Perhaps the greatest quality of Charles Spurgeon was that he never encouraged or convicted without leading his reader to Jesus. More than anyone I know, Spurgeon flawlessly weaves the Savior into his writings and sermons like a master. This is what I love about Spurgeon. He is one of my dearest heroes.
I would like to share with you the love that I have for this dear old saint. Here are some quotes that I believe very accurately portray the man knows as Spurgeon. There are some of my personal favorites as well as some others that hopefully give you a little glimpse into the heart of the incredible man. My advice to any Christian would be to above all else, read the Bible...then read Spurgeon. A Christian cannot go wrong with these materials.
“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”
Jesus is the perfect advocate for us. There is nothing we go through that He cannot say “I understand.”
“You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.”
We are here for one purpose, to bring God glory with our lives. Live every second for Him and His fame.
“As for His failing you, never dream of it — hate the thought of it. The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end.”
God will finish what He starts. You are never abandoned. You are never forgotten. You are always in His sovereign will.
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
Let us all care this much about the lost. Cling to their ankles and hold as long as you can through the Gospel. Never stop preaching it to them.
“Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit.”
All our trials and worries are nothing compared to the strength of Christ. Take your burdens to the cross and watch them fall away into the grave, never to be seen again. Jesus does this for us.
“The motto of all true servants of God must be, ‘We preach Christ; and him crucified.’ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching.”
I LOVE THIS!!! Preach Christ. Everything must be Christ. Nothing is better or more worth preaching. Let it ring out!
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
The Bible is living. It’s the Word of God Himself. We will never find the bottom of its depths or the end of its wisdom.
“He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more; he overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case.”
Let us be like this to one another. We all fall and fail. We should all remember the grace we have been shown more often. We would have less strife and anger toward each other if we did. This is what the Gospel does.
“The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.”
Pain and suffering should lead us to Christ. He is sufficient and His grace knows no limits. We find our hope in Him!
“Jesus has borne the death penalty on our behalf. Behold the wonder! There He hangs upon the cross! This is the greatest sight you will ever see. Son of God and Son of Man, there He hangs, bearing pains unutterable, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God. Oh, the glory of that sight! The innocent punished! The Holy One condemned! The Ever-blessed made a curse! The infinitely glorious put to a shameful death! The more I look at the sufferings of the Son of God, the more sure I am that they must meet my case. Why did He suffer, if not to turn aside the penalty from us? If, then, He turned it aside by His death, it is turned aside, and those who believe in Him need not fear it.”
This quote. Oh man this quote. Amazing. Never, EVER fear that Christ is not enough. He drank the cup of God’s wrath to the dregs for you. Every drop of wrath has been swallowed up in the love and grace of Jesus. Live in that freedom and let the Gospel fly!