Monday, February 4, 2019
“Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.” – Heinrich Heine
I love writing and have been told many times that I have a natural gift for it. However, as Clint Eastwood famously said in Magnum Force, “A man’s got to know his limitations”. And so, having come across the following essay by Charles Spurgeon, I am choosing to step aside as the “Prince of Preachers” shares one of the best explanations of the gospel I’ve ever read.
“You have an enemy who all his life long has been your enemy. His father was your enemy, and he is your enemy too. There is never a day passes but you try to win his friendship; but he spits upon your kindness, and curses your name. He does injury to your friends, and there is not a stone he leaves unturned to do you damage.”
“As you are going home today, you see a house on fire; the flames are raging, and the smoke is ascending up in one black column to heaven. Crowds gather in the street, and you are told there is a man in the upper chamber who must be burnt to death. No one can save him.”
“You say, ‘Why that is my enemy’s house;’ and you see him at the window. It is your own enemy – the very man; he is about to be burnt. Full of lovingkindness, you say, ‘I will save that man if I can.’ He sees you approach the house; he puts his head from the window and curses you.”
“An everlasting blast upon you!” he says; “I would rather perish than that you should save me.”
“Do you imagine yourself, then, dashing through the smoke, and climbing the blazing staircase to save him; and can you conceive that when you get near him he struggles with you, and tries to roll you in the flames? Can you conceive your love to be so potent, that you can perish in the flames rather than leave him to be burned?”
“You say, ‘I could not do it; it is above flesh and blood to do it.’ But Jesus did it. We hated him, we despised him, and, when he came to save us, we rejected him.”
“When his Holy Spirit comes into our hearts to strive with us, we resist him; but he will save us; nay, he himself braved the fire that he might snatch us as brands from eternal burning.”
Thank you, Lord Jesus!
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President