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God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by telling us to “Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Spurgeon 3Take this, dear friends, for a new year’s text, both ye who love the Lord, and ye who are only looking for the first time. Christian! in all thy troubles through this year, look unto God and be saved. In all thy trials and afflictions look unto Christ, and find deliverance. In all thine agony, poor soul, in all thy repentance for thy guilt, look unto Christ, and find pardon. This year remember to put thine eyes heavenward and thine heart heavenward too. Remember this day, that thou find round thyself a golden chain, and put one link of it in the staple in heaven. Look unto Christ; fear not. There is no stumbling, when a man walks with his eyes up to Jesus. He that looked at the stars fell into the ditch; but he that looks at Christ walks safely. Keep your eyes up all the year long. “Look unto him, and be ye saved,” and remember that “he is God, and beside him there is none else.” And thou poor trembler, what sayest thou? Wilt thou begin the year by looking unto him. You know how sinful you are this morning; you know how filthy you are, and yet it is possible that before you open your pew door, and get into the aisle, you will be as justified as the apostles before the throne of God. It is possible that ere you- foot treads the threshold of your door, you will have lost the burden that has been on your back, and you will go on your way, singing, “I am forgiven, I am forgiven; I am a miracle of grace; this day is my spiritual birthday.” Oh! that it might be such to many of you, that at last I might say, “Here am I, and the children thou hast given me.” Hear this convinced sinner! “This poor man cried, and the Lord delivered him out of his distresses.” Oh! taste and see that the Lord is good! Now believe on him; now cast thy guilty soul upon his righteousness; now plunge thy black soul into the bath of his blood; now put thy naked soul at the door of the wardrobe of his righteousness, now seat thy famished soul at the feast of plenty! Now “look!” How simple does it seem! And yet it is the hardest thing in the world to bring men to. They never will do it, till constraining grace makes them. Yet there it is, “Look!” Go thou away with that thought. “Look unto me, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by commanding us to “look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

June 27, 2016 1 comment

SpurgeonNow, who are the ends of the earth? Why, there are poor heathen nations now that are very few degrees removed from brutes, uncivilized and untaught, but if I might go and tread the desert, and find the Bushman in his kraal, or go to the South seas, and find a Cannibal, I would say to the Cannibal or the Bushman, “Look unto Jesus, and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.” They are some of “the ends of the earth,” and the gospel is sent as much to them, as to the polite Grecians, the refined Romans, or the educated Britons. But I think “the ends of the earth “imply those who have gone the farthest away from Christ. I say, drunkard, that means you! You have been staggering back, till you have got right to the ends of the earth; you have almost had delirium tremens, you cannot be much worse, there is not a man breathing worse than you. Is there? Ah! but God, in order to humble your pride, says to you, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.” There is another who lived a life of infamy and sin, until she has ruined herself, and even Satan seems to sweep her out at the back door; but God says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Methinks I see one trembling here, and saying, “Ah! I have not been one of these, sir, but I have been something worse, for I have attended the house of God, and I have stifled convictions, and put off all thoughts of Jesus, and now I think he will never have mercy on me.” You are one of them. “Ends of the earth!” So long as I find any who feel like that, I can tell them that they are “the ends of the earth.” “But,” says another, “I am so peculiar; if I did not feel as I do, it would be all very well; but I feel that my case is a peculiar one.” That is all right; they are a peculiar people. You will do. But another one says, “There is nobody in the world like me; I do not think you will find a being under the sun that has had so many calls, and put them all away, and so many sins on his head; besides, I have guilt that I should not like to confess to any living creature.” One of “the ends of the earth “again; therefore all I have to do is to cry out, in the Master’s name, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else.” But thou sayest sin will not let thee look. I tell thee, sin will be removed the moment thou dost look. “But I dare not; he will condemn me; I fear to look” He will condemn thee more, if thou dost not look. Fear, then, and look; but do not let thy fearing keep thee from looking. “But he will cast me out.” Try him. “But I cannot see him.” I tell you, it is not seeing, but looking. “But my eyes are so fixed on the earth, so earthly, so worldly.” Ah! but, poor soul, he giveth power to look and live. He saith- ”Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by cutting down the pride of man

Spurgeon 3But, lastly, mark how God has cut down the pride of man, and has exalted himself by the persons whom he has called to look. “Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” When the Jew heard Isaiah say that, “Ah!” he exclaimed “you ought to have said, Look unto me, O Jerusalem and be saved. That would have been right. But those Gentile dogs are they to look and be saved?” “Yes,” says God, I will show you, Jews, that though I have given you many privileges, I will exalt others above you, I can do as I will with my own.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by making the way of salvation the same for all

Spurgeon 3We say again, how this humbles the man! There is a gentleman who says, “Well if it had been a thousand pounds that would have saved me, I would have thought nothing of it.” But your gold and silver is cankered; it is good for nothing “Then am I to be saved just the same as my servant Betty?” Yes, just the same, there is no other way of salvation for you. That is to show man that Jehovah is God, and that beside him there is none else. The wise man says, “If it had been to work the most wonderful problem, or to solve the greatest mystery, I would have done it. May I not have some mysterious gospel? May I not believe in some mysterious religion?” No, it is “Look!” “What! am I to be saved just like that Ragged School-boy, who can’t read his letters?” Yes, you must, or you will not be saved at all. Another says, “I have been very moral and upright. I have observed all the laws of the land, and if there is anything else to do, I will do it; I will eat only fish on Fridays, and keep all the fasts of the church, if that will save me.” No, sir, that will not save you; your good works are good for nothing. “What! must I be saved in the same way as a harlot or a drunkard?” Yes, sir, there is only one way of salvation for all. “He hath concluded all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” He hath passed a sentence of condemnation on all, that the free grace of God might come upon many to salvation “Look! Look! Look!” This is the simple method of salvation. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by commanding us to look to Christ alone for salvation

Spurgeon 3The world likes a religion they cannot comprehend! But have you never noticed how gloriously simple the Bible is? It will not have any of your nonsense, it speaks plain, and nothing but plain things. “Look!” There is not an unconverted man who likes this “Look unto Christ, and be ye saved.” No, he comes to Christ like Naaman to Elijah; and when it is said, “Go, wash in Jordan!” he replies “I verily thought he would come and put his hand on the place, and call on the name of his God, but the idea of telling me to wash in Jordan, what a ridiculous thing. Anybody could do that!” If the prophet had bidden him do some great thing, would he not have done it? Ah! certainly he would. And if, this morning, I could preach that any one who walked from here to Bath without his shoes and stockings or did some impossible thing, should be saved, you would start off to-morrow morning, before breakfast. If it would take me seven years to describe the way of salvation, I am sure you would all long to hear it. If only one learned doctor could tell the way to heaven, how would he be run after! And if it were in hard words with a few scraps of Latin and Greek, it would be all the better. But it is a simple gospel that we have to preach. It is only “Look!” “Ah!” you say, “is that the gospel? I shall not pay any attention to that.” But why has God ordered you to do such a simple thing? Just to take down your pride, and to show you that he is God, and that beside him there is none else. Oh! mark how simple the way of salvation is. It is, “Look, look, look!” -Four letters, and two of them alike! “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” Some divines want a week to tell you what you are to do to be saved: but God the Holy Ghost only wants four letters to do it. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” How simple is that way of salvation! And, oh! How instantaneous! It takes us some time to move our hand, but a look does not require a moment. So a sinner believes in a moment, and the moment that sinner believes and trusts in his crucified God for pardon, at once he receives salvation in full through his blood. There may be one that came in here this morning unjustified in his conscience, that will go out justified rather than others. There may be some here, filthy sinners one moment, pardoned the next. It is done in an instant. “Look! Look! Look!” And how universal is it! Because wherever I am, however far off, it just says “Look!” It does not say I am to see; it only says “Look!” If we look on a thing in the dark we cannot see it, but we have done what we were told. So if a sinner only looks to Jesus, he will save him; for Jesus in the dark is as good as Jesus in the light, and Jesus when you cannot see him is as good as Jesus when you can. It is only “look!” “Ah!” says one, “I have been trying to see Jesus this year, but I have not seen him.” It does not say see him, but “took unto him!” And it says that they who looked were lightened. If there is an obstacle before you, and you only look in the right direction, it is sufficient. “Look unto me!” It is not seeing Christ so much as looking after him. The will after Christ, the wish after Christ, the desire after Christ, the trusting in Christ, the hanging on Christ, that is what is wanted. “Look! Look! Look!” Ah! if the man bitten by the serpent had turned his sightless eye-balls towards the brazen serpent, though he had not seen it, he would still have had his life restored. It is looking, not seeing, that saves the sinner.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by commanding us to look to Him alone for salvation, instead of a priest

Spurgeon 12. But the second thought is, the means of salvation. It is, “Look unto me and be ye saved.” You have often observed, I am sure, that many people are fond of an intricate worship-an involved religion-one they can hardly understand. They cannot endure worship so simple as ours. Then they must have a man dressed in white, and a man dressed in black; then they must have what they call an altar and a chancel. After a little while that will not suffice, and they must have flowerpots and candles. The clergyman then becomes a priest, and he must have a variegated dress, with a cross on it. So it goes on: what is simply a plate becomes a paten, and what was once a cup becomes a chalice; and the more complicated the ceremonies are, the better they like them. They like their minister to stand like a superior being.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6

God teaches us the truth that He alone is God by commanding us to look to Him alone for salvation

CharlesSpurgeon1. First, to whom does God tell us to look for salvation? Oh! does it not lower the pride of man, when we hear the Lord say, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth?” It is not “Look to your priest, and be ye saved:” if you did there would be another God, and beside him there would be some one else. It is not “Look to yourself:” if so, then there would be a being who might arrogate some of the praise of salvation. But it is, “Look unto me.” How frequently you who are coming to Christ look to yourselves. “Oh!” you say, “I do not repent enough.” That is looking to yourself. “I do not believe enough.” That is looking to yourself. “I am too unworthy.” That is looking to yourself “I cannot discover,” says another, “that I have any righteousness.” It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness; but it is quite wrong to look for any. It is “Look unto me,” God will have you turn your eye off yourself and look unto him. The hardest thing in the world is to turn a man’s eye off himself; as long as he lives, he always has a predilection to turn his eyes inside and look at himself, whereas, God says, “Look unto me.” From the Cross of Calvary, where the bleeding hands of Jesus drop mercy, from the Garden of Gethsemane, where the bleeding pores of the Savior sweat pardons, the cry comes, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” From Calvary’s summit, where Jesus cries, “It is finished,” I hear a shout, “Look, and be saved.” But there comes a vile cry from our soul, “Nay, look to yourself! look to yourself!” Ah, my bearer, look to yourself, and you will be damned. That certainly will come of it. As long as you look to yourself there is no hope for you. It is not a consideration of what you are, but a consideration of what God is, and what Christ is, that can save you. It is looking from yourself to Jesus. Oh! there be men that quite misunderstand the gospel; they think that righteousness qualifies them to come to Christ; whereas sin is the only qualification for a man to come to Jesus. Good old Crisp says, “Righteousness keeps me from Christ: the whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick; sin makes me come to Jesus when sin is felt, and in coming to Christ, the more sin I have, the more cause I have to hope for mercy.” David said, and it was a strange thing too, “Have mercy upon me, for mine iniquity is great.” But, David, why did you not say that it was little? Because David knew, that the bigger his sins were, the better reason for asking mercy. The more vile a man is, the more eagerly I invite him to believe in Jesus. A sense of sin is all we have to look for, as ministers. We preach to sinners; and let us know that a man will take the title of sinner to himself, and we then say to him, “Look unto Christ, and ye shall be saved.” “Look,” this is all he demands of thee, and even this he gives thee. If thou lookest to thyself thou art damned; thou art a vile miscreant, filled with loathsomeness, corrupt and corrupting others. But look thou here! seest thou that man hanging on the cross? Dost thou behold his agonized head drooping meekly down upon his breast? Dost thou see that thorny crown, causing drops of blood to trickle down his cheeks? Dost thou see his hands pierced and rent, and his blessed feet, supporting the weight of his own frame, rent well nigh in twain with the cruel nails? Sinner! dost thou hear him shriek, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” Dost thou hear him cry, “It is finished?” Dost thou mark his head hang down in death? Seest thou that side pierced with the spear, and the body taken from the cross? Oh! come thou hither! Those hands were nailed for thee; those feet gushed gore for thee; that side was opened wide for thee; and if thou wantest to know how thou canst find mercy, there it is! “Look!” “Look unto me!” Look no longer to Moses Look no longer to Sinai. Come thou here and look to Calvary, to Calvary’s victim, and to Joseph’s grave. And look thou yonder, to the man who near the throne sits with his Father, crowned with light and immortality. “Look! sinner,” he says, this morning, to you, “Look unto me, and be ye saved.” It is in this way God teaches that there is none beside him, because he makes us look entirely to him, and utterly away from ourselves.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Sovereignty and Salvation-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, January 6