24 September 2010

Thursday's Spurgeon (on Friday)

I know, I know, I'm slacking off. More and more it seems that poor Charles Spurgeon gets neglected until late Thursday or Friday. Not to mention, I seem to have ceased spelling TULIP at TUL, having yet to complete my articles on Irresistable Grace and Perseverance of the Saints. I assure you that laziness is not at the root of my lack of posts. Just the opposite, in fact: I am too busy, am overworked, and overwhelmed. I am currently juggling a full time job, 2 graduate courses, and am a leader in the BSF school program (teaching junior high kids), which, despite what the all-knowing manual says, takes not 2 hours out of my week, but 10+ (once you add up class time, training time, and preparation time). So while I am not asking for a pity-poor-me party (even though it sounds like I am), I do ask for grace when I miss one of my regular posts! I hate to leave you hanging this week without an encouraging word from our dear Mr. Spurgeon, however, so please read on.

The following is excerpted from Spurgeon's work, All of Grace:
 You are not asked to trust in a dead Jesus, but in One who, though He died for our sins, has risen again for our justification. You may go to Jesus at once as to a living and present friend. He is not a mere memory, but a continually existent Person who will hear your prayers and answer them. He lives on purpose to carry on the work for which He once laid down His life. He is interceding for sinners at the right hand of the Father, and for this reason He is able to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him. Come and try this living Saviour, if you have never done so before.
    This living Jesus is also raised to an eminence of glory and power. He does not now sorrow as "a humble man before his foes," nor labor as "the carpenter's son"; but He is exalted far above principalities and power and every name that is named. The Father has given Him all power in Heaven and in earth, and he exercises this high endowment in carrying out His work of grace. Hear what Peter and the other apostles testified concerni ng Him before the high priest and the council:

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:30, 31).

    The glory which surrounds the ascended Lord should breathe hope into every believer's breast. Jesus is no mean person—He is "a Saviour and a great one." He is the crowned and enthroned Redeemer of men. The sovereign prerogative of life and death is vested in Him; the Father has put all men under the mediatorial government of the Son, so that He can quicken whom He will. He openeth, and no man shutteth. At His word the soul which is bound by the cords of sin and condemnation can be unloosed in a moment. He stretches out the silver scepter, and whosoever touches it lives.
    It is well for us that as sin lives, and the flesh lives, and the devil lives, so Jesus lives; and it is also well that whatever might these may have to ruin us, Jesus has still greater power to save us.

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