…said the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.” Ezekiel 36:32.
First, since this doctrine [FREE GRACE] is true, how humble a Christian man ought to be! If you are saved, you have had nothing to do with it—God has done it. If you are saved, you have not deserved it. It is mercy undeserved which you have received. I have sometimes been delighted when I have seen the gratitude of abandoned characters to any who have assisted them. I remember visiting a house of refuge. There was a poor girl there who had fallen into sin long ago and when she found herself kindly addressed and recognized by society and saw a Christian minister longing after her soul’s good, it broke her heart. What should a man of God care about her? She was so vile. How could it be that a Christian should speak to her? Ah, but how much more should that feeling rise in our hearts?
My God! I have rebelled against You and yet You have loved me, unworthy me! How can it be? I cannot lift myself up with pride, I must bow down before You in speechless gratitude.
Remember, my dear Brethren, that not only is the mercy which you and I have received undeserved, but it was unasked. It is true you prayed, but not till free grace made you pray. You would have been, to this day, hardened in heart, without God and without Christ, had not free grace saved you. Can you be proud then? Proud of mercy which, if I may use the term, has been forced upon you?—proud of grace which has been given you against your will, until your will was changed by Sovereign Grace? And think again. All the mercy you have you once refused. Christ sups with you. Be not proud of His company. Remember, there was a day when He knocked and you refused—when He came to the door and said, “My head is wet with dew and my locks with the drops of the night. Open to me, My Beloved.” And you barred it in His face and would not let Him enter.
Be not proud, then, of what you have, when you remember that you did once reject Him. Does God embrace You in His arms of love? Remember, once you lifted up your hand of rebellion against Him. Is your name written in His book?
Ah, there was a time when if it had been in your power, you would have erased the sacred lines that contained your own salvation.
Can we, dare we, lift up our wicked head with pride, when all these things should make us hang our heads down in the deepest humility?
SOURCE: Sermon NO. 233, DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, JANUARY 9, 1859, BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.
Meet the Author and part of your Christian heritage: Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.
It is estimated that in his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years. He was part of several controversies with the Baptist Union of Great Britain and later had to leave the denomination. In 1857, he started a charity organization which is now called Spurgeon’s and works globally. He also founded Spurgeon’s College, which was named after him posthumously.
Spurgeon was a prolific author of many types of works including sermons, an autobiography, commentaries, books on prayer, devotionals, magazines, poetry, hymns and more. Many sermons were transcribed as he spoke and were translated into many languages during his lifetime. Spurgeon produced powerful sermons of penetrating thought and precise exposition. His oratory skills held his listeners spellbound in the Metropolitan Tabernacle and many Christians have discovered Spurgeon’s messages to be among the best in Christian literature.