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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 191

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

GRAND HOTEL, MENTONE. Dec. 23, ‘83.

DEAR CHILDREN,—

It pleases me to think of you all as full of glee and gladness to-day. Let us thank God for providing the Orphanage and then for giving us kind friends who think of our daily wants, and then again for finding another set of friends to make us merry on Christmas Day. You see the Lord not only sends us our daily bread, but something over. Let us together bless the Great Father’s name. I do not know how you can thank Him better than by becoming His own dear children, through believing in His Son Jesus. I hope every boy and girl will be found believing in Jesus, loving Jesus, and serving Jesus.

I am just a thousand miles away from you, but my love gets to you by one great leap. It is a little after seven on Sabbath morning, the sun is just up, and the sea is like melted silver. There are such sweet roses in my room, and just outside the window there are oranges and l mons. Don’t envy me, for I know the oranges are sour, and those which you will have to-day will be much better. Do not forget three cheers for Mr. Duncan. I shall listen between 1 and 2 on Tuesday, and if I hear your voices I shall just ride on the moon to you, and drop down from the ceiling. That is a great big if!

Be very happy and very kind to one another. Do not give the dear matrons and masters any trouble at any time. Obey immediately all Mr. Charlesworth’s rules, and make him happy, and then perhaps he will get quite stout.

God bless you, my dear girls and boys. Three cheers for the Trustees. No more, except my best love,

From

C. H. SPURGEON.

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 190

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

To [Children at Stockwell Orphanage].

MENTONE, Saturday evening, January 24, 1874.

DEAR BOYS,—

I have been much impressed by hearing that death has been to the Orphanage. Are you all prepared, if he should shoot another arrow into one of the houses, and lay another low? I wonder who will be the next! Dear boys, would you go to Heaven if you were now at once to die? Wait a bit, and let each one answer for himself. You know, you must be born again, you must repent of sin, you must believe in Jesus. How is it with you? If you are not saved, you are in great danger, in fearful peril! Be warned, I pray you! I cannot bear to think of one boy going from the Orphanage to hell; that would be terrible indeed. But to rise to Heaven, to be with Jesus for ever; why, this makes it worth while even to die a hundred deaths.

I hope my dear friend, Mr. Charlesworth, and all the teachers, and matrons, and nurses, are well; I send them all my kindest regards. I often think about you all. I want to see you all happy here and hereafter. May you grow up to be honorable Christian men; and if God should take any of you away, may we all meet in Heaven! Will you pray a special prayer, just now, that the death of one boy may bring all of you to Jesus to find eternal life? Be diligent in school, be very kind in the homes. Do not cause us pain, but give us all joy, for we all love you, and desire your good.

Mr. Charlesworth will, on my behalf, give you a couple of oranges all round, and I will pay him when I come home.

Your loving friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 189

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

To [Ministers’ Children].

WESTWOOD, June 19, 1890. O Lord, bless this letter!

MY DEAR —

I was a little while ago at a meeting for prayer, where a large number of ministers were gathered together. The subject of prayer was “our children.” It soon brought the tears to my eyes to hear those good fathers pleading with God for their sons and daughters. As they went on entreating the Lord to save their families, my heart seemed ready to burst with strong desire that it might be even so. Then I thought, I will write to those sons and daughters, and remind them of their parents’ prayers.

Dear____, you are highly privileged in having parents who pray for you. Your name is known in the courts of heaven. Your case has been laid before the throne of God.

Do you not pray for yourself? If you do not do so, why not? If other people value your soul, can it be right for you to neglect it? All the entreaties and wrestlings of your father will not save you if you never seek the Lord yourself. You know this.

You do not intend to cause grief to dear mother and father, but you do. So long as you are not saved, they can never rest. However obedient, and sweet, and kind you may be, they will never feel happy about you until you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and so find everlasting salvation.

Think of this. Remember how much you have already sinned and none can wash you but Jesus. When you grow up, you may become very sinful, and none can change your nature, and make you holy but the Lord Jesus, through His Spirit.

You need what father and mother seek for you, and you need it now. Why not seek it at once? I heard a father pray, “Lord, save our children, and save them young.” It is never too soon to be safe; never too soon to be happy; never too soon to be holy. Jesus loves to receive the very young ones.

You cannot save yourself, but the great Lord Jesus can save you. Ask Him to do it. “He that asketh receiveth.” Then trust in Jesus to save you. He can do it, for He died and rose again that “whosoever believeth in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.” Come and tell Jesus you have sinned; seek forgiveness; trust in Him for it, and be sure that you are saved.

Then imitate our Lord. Be at home what Jesus was at Nazareth. Yours will be a happy home, and your dear father and mother will feel that the dearest wish of their hearts has been granted them.

I pray you to think of heaven and hell; for in one of those places you will live for ever. Meet me in heaven! Meet me at once at the mercy-seat. Run upstairs and pray the great Father, through Jesus Christ.

Yours very lovingly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 188

September 27, 2018 Leave a comment

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

To [Ministers’ Children].

MENTONE, 1890.

MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND,—

I am anxious that the little ones should be saved. I heard a number of ministers pray for their dear boys and girls; and after they had done, I said to myself — “ I will write a letter to their children, and try to make them think about Jesus.” What a joy it would be if you, dear…. were, while yet a child to be saved by the Lord Jesus. He can wash away sin, and by His Holy Spirit, He can change the heart, and He can do it quite as easily in the young, as in the grown-up people. If we seek salvation by Jesus Christ, God will give it. In the Bible we are told to believe, and that is TRUST. We trust Jesus to save us, and He does save us. I want you to trust Him now. I hope you will have a long and useful life, and trust in Christ will be the sure way to help you year by year to live happily. But you may die while yet young, and then through faith in Jesus you will enter Heaven to be glorified in the Lord for ever. “They that seek Me early shall find Me.” That is the text for you. I hope you will seek at once, and find Jesus at once. I may never see you here, but I hope I shall meet you and your dear parents in the land of the blessed.

Yours with my best wishes,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: Good News for Bad Christians

September 26, 2018 1 comment

“Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6)

Have you ever thought of yourself as a bad Christian? You look at your life and all you see is flaw after flaw. You fail in your thought life. You fall easily. You don’t read the word or pray the way you could.

Here’s some good news, your Saviour does not condemn you for these failures. There remains no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

All of us, no matter in what stage of growth we find ourselves, need to hear the Gospel on an ongoing basis. That’s because we forget it on an ongoing basis. We need to remember the words of Elizabeth Prentice who wrote: “The greatest saint on earth has got to reach Heaven on the same terms as the greatest sinner; unworthy, unfit, good-for-nothing; but saved through grace.”

To grow in grace, we need to hear about Jesus, His person, His doing, His dying and rising again.

We need to be immersed in the truth that Jesus is the God-man…God manifest in the flesh.

We need to know that Jesus has perfectly satisfied God’s justice.

He has magnified God’s Law.

He has entirely met God’s demands on us.

He has forever put away sin.

He has completely routed the devil.

He has defeated death.

He has cleansed our conscience.

He has perfectly loved His people.

He has perfectly hated His people’s sins.

He has perfectly cleansed His people’s sins.

He has perfectly taken them away.

He has perfectly paid for them with His blood.

His Gospel is Good news and more good news.

The Gospel is finished, it is complete.

His Gospel is unsearchable but not incomprehensible.

O that all the churches would preach the Gospel and its multiplied applications! At best, however, we get a little bit of grace to make us feel loved, a big bit of law to try to make us behave and a major amount of condemnation when we don’t make the grade.

But that is not the pattern for New Testament ministry.

Speaking of condemnation, even we who are grace preachers sometimes leave our listeners with the impression that there is now, therefore, still condemnation to those that are in Christ.”

But that’s wrong! Let’s try it again.

‘There is now, therefore, only a tiny teeny bit of condemnation to those in Christ.’

Never!

There is NO condemnation to those who struggle and fail. The Gospel is about good news, good news and more good news (Romans 5:20-21). And that’s what we need if ever we are to grow in grace.

Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? That scallywag disregarded his father and then disgraced himself in every way possible. One old time preacher said, “Do you know the difference between the son in that pig-pen and the pig? The pig never said to himself, ’I will arise and go to my father.’

No indeed, it’s not in the pig’s nature to leave the Pig-pen but the Child of God hates it there.

And the truth is, we’ve all been in the Pig-pen at various times. We have all failed, disappointed ourselves, and felt condemned. But the good news is, all the wealth of the righteousness of Christ is ours and all our guilt is His. He is the shepherd who seeks until He finds. Yet we hide from Him and turn away in fear and shame, not because we don’t love Him, but because we don’t know His love for us. We don’t know the Gospel.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 187

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

MENTONE, Feb. 12, 1874.

DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS,—

I am full of delight at hearing of what the Lord is doing among you in saving souls; but will any of you be missed by the gracious visitation? Will the sacred rain leave some of you dry as the mountains of Gilboa? Is Jesus passing by, and will you not cry to Him? Is His grace felt by your brother, your sister, and your mother, and not by you? Unhappy soul, which shall manage to elude the blessed influences which are now abroad among us! Surely, such an one must be dexterous in resisting the Holy Spirit, and desperately resolved to perish! What reason can be urged for such a course? What excuse for such suicide? Let those who are saved, pray much for others who remain hardened.

I am rejoiced that those of you who have found Jesus are not ashamed to own Him. Why should you be? Only make sure that you are really converted; do not be content with shams. Seek the real thing. Lay hold, not on temporary hope, but on eternal life. True faith always has repentance for its twin brother, love for its child, and holiness for its crown. If you have looked to Jesus for life, be sure that you next look to Him for the pattern of life, so that you may walk as He also walked. As young Christians, you will be greatly tempted; pray, then, to be securely kept, that you may never dis-honor your Lord. We shall soon meet, if the Lord will; and till then, my love be with you all. Amen.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: ‘Until’ (Part 2)

September 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Do you remember those dreaded words your Mother would say when you were a child? “Wait until your Father gets home!” It was a long, anxious, uneasy wait, wasn’t it?

We, likewise, are waiting, waiting for Jesus to come back. But, for us, there is no dread or fear. Jesus is coming back … to unite His family with Himself … forever! We don’t know just WHEN He will return but we know that He WILL.

Concerning the return of Jesus, Acts 3:21 gives us another precious UNTIL. It reads, ‘Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.’

This ‘until’ will herald the consummation of Salvation to His people but at the same time will announce the destruction of Christ- rejecters.

The destruction of Christ-rejecters?

Yes! But don’t get mad at me, I didn’t write it! Speaking of this last day’s ‘until’, Acts 3:23 declares; ‘And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.’

Oh but the redeemed of the Lord have no need to fret and worry about this. Those whom the Savior has rescued can never be lost again. Concerning people who believe that we can be saved and lost, Spurgeon said, and I paraphrase, ‘those who hold this view need to go up to heaven and set the angels straight on this matter. They need to tell them not to rejoice until the sinner dies and goes to heaven, because they may be rejoicing too soon. What if he repents but later falls away and is lost? The angels shouldn’t be so fast with their joy!’ (see Luke 15:10).

Salvation is the gift of God, and God’s gifts are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).

The redeemed of the Lord cannot be unpurchased.

The blood can never lose its authority.

Eternal life cannot be temporary if it’s eternal.

It’s not provisional life, it’s everlasting life.

Remember, we are not secure in our salvation because of our grip on the Saviour, but rather because of His grip on us. He loved us before time began. He came here Himself in the person of His Son to secure our redemption with His blood. He sought us until He found us. Do you think that He will now let us go back into our sins and be lost again? Away with such nonsense! If a child of God ends in Hell, Jesus, the One who claimed to be the Truth, is made a liar because He has promised His sheep they will never perish (John 10:28).

May we learn patiently to wait for this next great ‘until’ that will bring the resurrection of our bodies and the consummation of His glorious salvation.

We have been justified, reconciled and set apart unto Him. And now we wait, resting on the exceeding great and precious promises of His Word (2 Peter 1:4).

Until He comes, we are Worshippers. We show His death (1 Cor. 11:26).

Until He comes, we are Warriors. We hold fast his truth, (Revelation 2:25).

Until He comes, we are Workers. We are occupied in His service (Luke 19:13).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

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