The Pardon that Gives Life


Spurgeon tells a story about his predecessor…

…an incident that occurred in the reign of King George the Third. It happened to the son of a member of his church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, and he lay under the immediate sentence of death for forgery.

His predecessor, Dr. Rippon, after incredible exertions, obtained a promise that the young man’s sentence should be remitted. But by a singular occurrence, the senior deacon, who was also then a young man, learned from the governor of the jail that the reprieve had not been received; and the unhappy prisoner was to be executed the next morning. Dr. Rippon left post-haste to Windsor, and obtained an interview with the king in his bedchamber. There he received from the monarch’s own hand a copy of that reprieve which had been negligently put aside by a thoughtless attendant.

“I charge you, doctor,” said his Majesty, to make good speed.” “Trust me, sire, for that,” responded the old pastor, and he returned to London in time, just in time, and only just in time, for the prisoner was being marched out to the scaffold.

Yes, the pardon had been given… but yet the man might have been executed if it had not been effectually carried out.

However, when we accept Christ as our Savior, our pardon is an effectual thing.

Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:24

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Have you asked him also to be your Lord? I pray that you do so, For Jesus also said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” –John 6:37


Taken and adapted from, “Spurgeon’s Illustrative Anecdotes”
Written by, Louis, Albert Banks