November 29, 2016

Quotes from Charles Spurgeon's book, All of Grace

I've read this book by Charles Spurgeon before, although I can't recall if I've read the entire book.  My Kindle highlights show that I've read portions of the book as far back as 6 years ago too.

But I'm reading the book now, as part of my teaching series at church concerning the grace of God found in Scripture.

A few months ago, I had taught a series of expositions concerning the Ten Commandments and then, I began a new series on the grace of God without realizing the great balance this teaching would bring to our congregation and anyone who would listen to our podcast in the future.

Here is a recent short list of studies thus far that you may find on the church's website to listen online, or add to your iTunes podcast.

  • October 19 - Ephesians 2:4-9, God's Grace - The Source of Our Salvation
  • November 2 - Hebrews 4:14-16, Jesus, At the Throne of God's Grace
  • November 9 - Romans 5:15-17, The Incomparable Gift of God's Grace
  • November 16 - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Grace that is Sufficient in Power, Purpose & Pleasure
When this study began several weeks ago, I stated to our congregation that this study on the grace of God is indeed inexhaustible, meaning that it is so extensive in the character of God that each new discovery of it from the bible should leave us in awe.

The study of God's grace is also immutable, meaning that it and He never changes.  God's grace will never change regardless of the gravity of your sin, or the amount of praise you give to Him, on a daily and weekly basis.

It's amazing to realize that we as human beings have a tendency to choose how much we are willing to be gracious to someone else, either being a little gracious towards someone, or generously gracious.  But God is unlike us where He is constantly gracious.  Think about that for a minute.

Then, there was the last point to make regarding the introduction of this study in that God's grace is truly incredible.  It's not just something that we say before a meal, but a recognition by those who have been genuinely converted to faith in Jesus Christ have been given something that they truly do not even deserve.

In Michael Horton's book, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, he said, "In grace, God gives nothing less than Himself.  Grace, then, is not a third thing or substance mediating between God and sinners, but is Jesus Christ in redeeming action."  

And so, with that, I wanted to share a few quotes from Charles Spurgeon's book All of Grace, An Earnest Word with Those Who Are Seeking Salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ that I've been reading, as a supplement to my study for this weekly series and the quotes below are from what I read today.

"The old nature is very strong, and they have tried to curb and tame it; but it will not be subdued, and they find themselves, though anxious to be better, if anything growing worse than before. The heart is so hard, the will is so obstinate, the passions are so furious, the thoughts are so volatile, the imagination is so ungovernable, the desires are so wild, that the man feels that he has a den of wild beasts within him, which will eat him up sooner than be ruled by him." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"We want to be purified as well as pardoned. Justification without sanctification would not be salvation at all. It would call the leper clean, and leave him to die of his disease; if would forgive the rebellion and allow the rebel to remain an enemy to his king. It would remove the consequences but overlook the cause, and this would leave an endless and hopeless task before us. It would stop the stream for a time, but leave an open fountain of defilement, which would sooner or later break forth with increased power. Remember that the Lord Jesus came to take away sin in three ways; He came to remove the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and, at last, the presence of sin." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but He also knows that He can do both." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"All things are possible with God. He can reverse the direction of your desires and the current of your life, and instead of going downward from God, He can make your whole being tend upward toward God." ~ Charles Spurgeon
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:2

Pastor Kurt

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