Exposition of the doctrines of grace

Exposition of the doctrines of grace (3. Introduction of closing speaker)

JesusGethsemane

 

Suggested Reading: Romans 11:25-36

Has it never struck you that the scheme of doctrine which is called Calvinism has much to say concerning God? It commences and ends with the Divine One. It dwells with God; he begins, he carries on, he perfects; it is for his glory and for his honour. Father, Son, and Spirit co-working, the whole gospel scheme is carried out. Perhaps there may be a defect in our theology; we may perhaps too much forget man. I think that is a very small fault, compared with the fault of the opposite system, which begins with man, and all but ends with him. Man is a creature; how ought God to deal with him? That is the question some theologians seem to answer. The way we put it is—God is the Creator, he has a right to do as he wills; he is Sovereign, there is no law above him, he has a right to make and to unmake, and when man has sinned, he has a right to save or to destroy. If he can save, and yet not impair his justice, heaven shall ring with songs; if he destroy, and yet his goodness be not marred, then hell itself with its deep bass of misery, shall swell the mighty rollings of his glorious praise. We hold that God should be most prominent in all our teaching; and we hold this to be a gauge by which to test the soundness of ministers. If they exalt God and sink the sinner to the very dust, it is all well; but if they lower the prerogatives of deity, if he be less sovereign, less just, or less loving than the Scripture reveals him to be, and if man be puffed up with that fond notion that he is anything better than an unclean thing, then such theology is utterly unsound. Salvation is of the Lord, and let the Lord alone be glorified.

For meditation: We are to boast in the Lord and exalt his name (Psalm 34:2-3). Does your theology in every way exalt him and humble yourself or in any way do the opposite? We should always glory in him, never in ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:29,31; 2 Corinthians 10:17).

Part of nos. 385-8
25 April (Spoken on 11 April 1861)all rights belong to the collections of Charles Spurgeon(C)

They shall never perish!

Life Eternal

THRONE-VISION-IN-THE-COURT

 

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:28

Suggested Further Reading: Isaiah 49:14-16

They shall never perish. There is a way of explaining away everything, I suppose, but I really do not know how the opponents of the perseverance of God’s saints will get over this text. They may do with it as they will, but I shall still believe what I find here, that I shall never perish if I am one of Christ’s people. If I perish, then Christ will not have kept his promise; but I know he must abide faithful to his word. He is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent.  Every soul that rests on the atoning sacrifice is safe, and safe for ever; they shall never perish.

Then comes the third sentence, in which we have a position guaranteed in Christ’s hand.  It is to be in a place of honour: we are the ring he wears on his finger. It is a place of love: I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.  It is a place of power: his right hand encloses all his people. It is a place of property: Christ holds his people; all the saints are in thy hand. It is a place of discretion: we are yielded up to Christ, and Christ wields a discretionary government over us. It is a place of guidance, a place of protection: as sheep are said to be in the hand of the shepherd, so are we in the hand of Christ. As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, to be used by him, as jewels in the hand of the bride to be her ornament, so are we in the hand of Christ.

For meditation: If our trust in him is genuine, the Lord Jesus Christ has promised that we will never thirst (John 4:14), never hunger (John 6:35) and never taste death (John 8:51-52; 11:26), in other words that we will never perish. However, there will be no protection for those whose faith is not genuine; on the Day of Judgement  he will say to them I never knew you: depart from me,  despite all that they claim to have done in his name (Matthew 7:21-23). Which kind of never  applies to you?

Sermon no. 726
13 February (Undated Sermon)

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