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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 66

MENTONE, Dec. 12.

MY DEAR SON, —

Your note was a real joy to me. What a good fellow you are. I live twice in seeing you so firm in the faith of God’s elect. I do not wonder that the chickens flock around the man who gives them real corn and not mere chaff. The Lord keep you evermore true to the truth, and you will see His hand with you more and more.

Your little notices of books are first-rate. Short and pithy — better than half-a-page of long-winded nothings. You may do as many as ever you like, for nobody can do them better, nor as well.

You charm me as I ‘think of your interesting your dear mother, with your views and lantern. It is most sad to have her at home, when I am here, enjoying myself. What can we do but try to cheer her up at home and pray the Lord to give her journeying strength. I am right glad to hear of the growth and advancement of the little girl. God bless her mother.

Yes, I am having a true holiday — not idle, but restful. Our weather here is not so very warm, but just such as to allow of sitting about outdoors. Not many people out here yet. Flowers scarce, since autumn rains did not fall; I hope they are not coming in winter instead.

Love ever to you and yours from,

Your happy father,

C. H. S.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 65

WESTWOOD, May 23, 1889.

MY DEAR SON, —

It seemed a long time to be without news of you, but what I have now received is eminently satisfactory as to yourself.

We have had a glorious Conference. Never so good before. All else goes well. I hear glad tidings from Greenwich, except that the church needs you to gather in the converts. You may return without fear of having lost your congregation.

Your dear mother grows weaker and weaker, and looks at times very worn and weary. I was washed out by the Conference, but feel somewhat better now. Had a good time at Surrey and Middlesex at Brentford last Tuesday.

I don’t know what to say to Tom. He has never told me the case, and I really know not how to advise when I am quite in the dark. He is so good that it seems a great pity that there should be disagreement. I will, however, write him.

I trust you will come home strong for labor and sanctified in spirit. The summer has just come to us, and it as hot as one could well desire — a little more so. T. is well. Your family seems to be flourishing. In fact, I think, all is well. God bless you evermore. So prays

Your loving father,

C. H. SPURGEON.

I fear there is not time for this to reach you.

Grace & Law (What Have These To Do With Us?)

by Bill Hier

Grace & Law (What have these to do with us?)

Romans 6:14: For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

It is greatly to be feared today that a believer – any believer in the free, unmerited grace of God through the payment of our sin, and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our account and standing before God – may well be unaware that God’s grace and moral law are not antithetical to one another, but rather, stand together as friends. Many who come to know God’s grace in Christ Jesus have a truncated understanding of what part God’s moral law plays in their lives. They suppose that, having died to the law by burial with their Lord and Savior, they now have no part of that law as a part of their lives, although they may well feel some compunction to “live well” before their God. Such a compunction – a rather nebulous yet anxious feeling that they must do what Jesus did (which has its own inherent problems), may be applauded, as far as it goes, yet it does not go far enough, and it goes too far, at one and the same time.

Firstly, it does not go far enough, because the set of rules they might feel compelled, in uneasy manner, to live by, are unnamed. They are assumed through a general reading of Scripture, perhaps, or a general sense of what is right and what is wrong before their fellow saints and those outside the household of God. They are ideals without form, vague, unclear, and so difficult to determine with any degree of certainty. Some take the likes of the Sermon On the Mount as their guideposts, without realizing that what Christ spoke of there had to do with living perfect before God, and any attempt to realize such perfection outside of His own life given to pay for our sins, and lived to give us His righteousness, is doomed to failure. The ideals set forth in that section in the Gospel of Matthew are indeed lofty, and are to act as guides, but by no means to act as guides unto that righteousness before God which we could never attain or keep. They are, when all is said and done…..

 

 

 

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 64

WESTWOOD, Sept. 20, 1888.

MY DEAR SON,—

The Lord, Himself, bless you. Long may your useful life be continued and growing blessings be given to you, and be scattered by you. It is always a joy to me even to think of you. In all things you cause me comfort and delight, and specially for the grace manifested in you.

The Lord remember in His infinite love your beloved wife and children and. make them ever your joy.

I could not tell what birthday gift to send you and so I thought I would ask you to serve me by taking upon yourself the trouble of laying out the enclosed little check for something which would give you pleasure.

I have been to Wooton to-day to see Mr. Evelyn, and have rested finely. I feel that my candle has been snuffed.

Your loving father,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 63

WESTWOOD, Feb. 25, 1888.

DEAREST OF SONS, —

Quite right. Always open telegrams in such a case. We are one. The Lord is with us, I am sure. May HE be with you to-morrow in a very special way. Truth will pay her own charges though she costs dear for awhile.

Your loving sire,

C. H. S.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 62

WESTWOOD, OCT. 6, 1883.

DEAR CHAR,—

Poor mother has broken her rib, and I fear more than one. Ah me! She is in great pain, and is done up tight, which is another pain.

Can you preach for me in the evening of Nov. 11, and would you also preach all day on Jan. 13?

On the first occasion I shall go and have a Luther service for young men at Exeter Hall if you can serve me; and on the second I hope to be at Mentone. I put you on my last Sunday away, so as to leave a good interval that your good people might not be vexed.

Help me if you can, dear son. Love to you and Sissy and the bairn,

Your loving father,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 61

WESTWOOD, April 6, 1883.

MY DEAR SON, —

The Lord ever bless you. I beg you to thank your dear people for this noble help to the College funds, £20 os. 8d., which I have-safely received.

I feel already most dosely united to the brethren in South Street, but these generous deeds make the unity to be more powerfully felt. May you with them enjoy the richest prosperity. Peace and progress attend you.

Your dear mother is pretty well to-day. I have been out of sorts, but I am mending. Accept love for yourself and wife and babe.

Your affectionate father,

C. H. SPURGEON.

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