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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 104

February 16, 2017 Leave a comment

TO MR. THOMAS OLNEY

MENTONE, Dec. 17, 1883.

DEAR MR. OLNEY, —

I had no idea that the presentation to the Rev. Burman Cassin was coming off so soon. Had I been at home, I was to have attended the meeting, for he is a brother for whom my heart always has a warm place. I wish him every blessing, and, above all things, abundant grace to win multitudes of souls for Christ out of his immense parish. His true piety, his loving manners, and his catholic spirit, make me esteem him most highly. Had I been able to attend, I should have added £5 to the testimonial, as a very inadequate but very honest token of my affection for him. As I am so far away, please be my substitute, and give the amount on my behalf. You can trust me till I return.

Yours ever heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: Christ Alone

February 15, 2017 Leave a comment

We have a real treat for you this week!

We greatly rejoice that some Christians in China, led by Brother Keith Hobkirk, are beginning to translate some of our Gospel writings. As you can see, our ministry is steadily growing in its scope and influence. Thank you for your prayers and financial help which sustain us as we spread the Gospel.

Below is a sample of some of the work the brothers and sisters are doing.

Gospel Blessings

Miles

BY Miles McKee

唯有耶稣 Miles McKee

The best thing that can happen to any of us is to become convinced that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves.

发生在我们每个人身上最美好的事情就是深信我们不能做什么来拯救我们自己。

Apart from the mercy of Jesus Christ, we are utterly and helplessly lost. There is no saving merit in anything that we can do or feel. In ourselves, we have nothing to recommend us to God.

若不是耶稣基督的怜悯,我们都是迷失且无助的。我们所思所做的没有什么值得可夸赞的。向神我们一无所夸。

Let me ask you, have you become convinced that Christ alone is your Saviour? Have you been persuaded that you cannot save yourself? Have you seen that the Lord needs no assistance from anyone to give you eternal life? Have you seen that from first to last, Christ alone is your hope?

我想问你,你深信耶稣基督是你的救主吗?你相信凭自己你不能拯救你自己吗?你相信神不需要通过其他人赐给你永恒的生命吗?你相信自始至终唯有耶稣基督是你的盼望吗?

I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit. One aspect of the Spirit’s work is to destroy all the vestiges of self-righteousness we harbour in our hearts (John 16:8).

Self–Righteousness, that great, stubborn rebel against God, must be rooted out. The Holy Spirit continually brings us to a place where we see and confess that we are nothing and Christ is everything.

非常感谢圣灵。圣灵的一项工作就是除尽我们心中的自义。(约168)必须根除心中强大顽固,不符合神心意的自义。圣灵不断带领我们,使我们看到自己的自义,我们就为此忏悔承认我们是一无所有的而耶稣才是我们的一切。

Someone says, ‘I’ve been reading about all those deep convictions that people used to get during the revivals of yesteryear. If I could experience those, then I’d be sure that I was saved.’ But, wait a minute, that is just another way of you bringing something to Christ in exchange for salvation. That is self-righteousness. It is a lack of trust in Christ alone as your only qualification for eternity.

有一个人说,”我一直在思想关于福音复兴时期人们所怀的信念。如果我经历了那些事情,我就会确信我已经被救赎了。”但是,等等,那其实是你在通过另一种方式和耶稣基督交换救恩。是不相信唯有在耶稣基督你才能有永生。

“But I want to feel something,” says someone else.

Christ Jesus doesn’t want you to bring your feelings to Him. Feelings are no part of Salvation. We are to trust in Christ alone, not in feelings.

另一个人说,“我想感觉到。”耶稣基督不希望你对他怀着感觉。感觉不属乎救恩。我们相信基督不是凭借感觉。

‘’Feelings come and feelings go

And feelings are deceiving

My warrant is the Word of God

Naught else is worth believing.

感觉时有时无,感觉是不可靠的,我的凭据在乎神的话,除此之外没有什么可以相信。

Though all my heart should feel condemned

For want of some sweet token,

There is One greater than my heart

Whose Word cannot be broken.

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word

Till soul and body sever,

For, though all things shall pass away,

HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

直到死我仍深信神永不更改的话,因为一切都会废去,他却永远掌权。

Martin Luther

马丁路德

“But I feel so spiritually unfit.”

可是我觉得如此不配。”

Do you not know that the only fitness you have before Him is the fitness of being unfit?

你不知道在神面前你唯一配的地方就在于你是不配的吗

“Oh, but I am so entirely unworthy.”

噢,而我是完全不配的”

Do you think Jesus came to save the worthy? Do you ever expect to have any worthiness in yourself? Jesus saves “the ungodly” (Rom 5:6-8). Jesus came into the world to save sinners, not worthy people (1 Timothy 1:15). Spurgeon said it like this; “It is our badness, not our goodness, which drew Christ to us as a Saviour.”

你觉得耶稣来是为了拯救那些配得的人吗?你曾希望自己有什么配得之处吗?耶稣拯救“罪人”(罗5;6-8)耶稣来到世上为要拯救罪人而不是配得的人(提前1:15)司布真说,是我们的罪恶不是良善成就了耶稣成为我们的救主。”

‘With Pitying eye the Prince of Peace

Beheld our helpless grief;

He saw, and, O amazing love!

He ran to our relief.’

“”和平之君以怜悯的目光看着我们的无助和悲伤;他看见了,噢,何等的慈爱,他来抚慰我们。”

Isaac Watts.

以撒 瓦特斯

Christ didn’t die because we were good. He died for us because we were sinful wretches. We had nothing whatsoever in ourselves that could recommend us. …and still don’t. Yet the Young Prince of Glory came from Heaven to save us. What do you think you can add to that? Is there anything with which you would care to supplement His finished work?

基督不是为我们的良善而死。他乃是为我们的罪行而死。无论何时我们都没有什么可夸的。然而荣耀的君王却来到世间拯救我们。想想你能为此做些什么呢?你能做些什么协助他未完成的工作呢/

Be advised, don’t try to show Christ how worthy you are to be saved. He’s unimpressed. Our righteousness is sin but His righteousness is salvation. We are nothing; Christ alone is everything!

记住,不要企图向耶稣表明你是多么值得被救赎。他并不为所动。我们的自义是罪而他的义是救恩。我们一无所有;而耶稣基督是一切!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

这是福音真谛!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 103

TO MR. THOMAS OLNEY

WESTWOOD, June 26, 1883.

DEAR FRIEND, —

The check reached me safely this morning. Many thanks for all your care of the finances, and for your extreme punctuality in payment. If the check did not come at the exact time, I should think the Monument had walked over to Fountain Court, and killed the Chancellor of my Exchequer. I can only pray, “God bless Thomas Olney, and all he undertakes I”

Yours most lovingly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 102

TO MR. THOMAS OLNEY

WESTWOOD, Jan. 4, 1883.

DEAR FRIEND, My foot is better this morning though I cannot put it to the ground. This trial is nothing compared with that of losing Mr. Higgs. I cannot bear to think of it. He was a tender friend to me, and a sound adviser to us all. You will all help me under this trouble, but you will each one also have a personal loss to bear in his going home. I should like his son, William, to take his place, but even then the father is not there.

How grateful I ought to be that so many of you Live on — all dear to me!

Many thanks for your proposed present. How I wish I could have seen the friends at the Bazaar! The work will get through all right.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: Tell Peter

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you (Mark 16:7).”

As a believer, have you ever blown it? I mean royally blown it? Have you ever failed God, failed the Gospel, failed your family, or failed yourself?

As a result, you suspect that there is no longer a place for you in the Lord’s affections. If so, this message is for you.

Do you remember Peter? He was quite a remarkable man.

The Lord gave him a new name and told him to become a “fisher of men.” He walked on water. He experienced the incredible event of Jesus’ transfiguration. And it was Peter who was the first to confess that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah.

What a stellar ministry… so full of promise. But, suddenly, Peter crashed with an unceremonious wallop.

It might be helpful at this point if we paint the scene of this major failure. Jesus has just been arrested and taken to the Palace of the High Priest. Almost all of His disciples had run away in fear for their lives. Two of them, however, Peter and another (probably John), followed behind the mob as they escorted Jesus to the kangaroo court.

Having, with John’s help, gained admittance into the compound, Peter now warms himself at a fire in the Palace courtyard, (Luke 22: 55). Suddenly, he is approached by a woman (John 18:17) who identifies him as one of the Lord’s disciples. When he hears her words, Peter immediately denies any connection with the Saviour basically saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about! You’re crazy!” Then he walks away, (Matthew 26:71). Almost immediately, another girl sees him and calls out, “This is one of them!” (Verse 71).

Again, Peter denies all ties to his saviour. In Matthew 26:72, we see that Peter now resorts to denying the Lord with an “oath.” In other words, Peter swore before heaven that he did not know Jesus. He may have said something like: “I promise before God and swear to Him that I’m not lying, I do not know Jesus of Nazareth!

What a tragedy! This time Peter doubles his lie count. He lied when he denied knowing Jesus and lied when he swore that he wasn’t lying!

An hour passes (Luke 22:58). Peter is approached for the third time by a delegation of sorts. He is again accused of being one of the Lord’s disciples. Peter’s Galilean accent has betrayed him. This group of accusers was led by a relative of Malchus whose ear Peter had cut off when Jesus had been arrested. When the apostle hears this allegation, he loses control and begins to “curse and to swear” (Matthew 26:74). His tongue becomes vile and vulgar. He calls God to be his witness that he doesn’t know Jesus.

Oh, how are the mighty fallen!

Notice the progression (or regression). First Peter lies. Then he tells a second lie to cover up the first lie. Then he tries to prove his lies by cursing and taking God’s name in vain.

Watch out Peter! God’s going to get you!

Sleep with one eye open Peter!

You’re a failure Peter!

If you’d been a stronger man Peter!

You’re not fit to be an apostle Peter!

Such nonsense!

Listen to me! Peter was a man of God. He loved the Lord, but he failed. Get used to it! And when he failed it broke and humbled him (Luke 22:62).

It’s no wonder that we learn of his invitation to meet the Master in Galilee. This is grace in operation. “Tell the disciples and Peter. Make sure you tell Peter. Whatever else you do, let Peter know that he’s welcome.”

But Peter has failed you!

Yes, and be sure to tell Peter that He’s welcome.

But he’s let you down.

And?…be sure to tell Peter

Listen to me: if the bad news is that you’ve spiritually failed, the good news is that there are both grace and restoration waiting for you in Christ Jesus.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 101

TO MR. THOMAS OLNEY

NIGHTINGALE LANE, Friday, Nov. 26, 1869.

MY DEAR MR. OLNEY, —

It seems so strange to be so near to you, and yet to be virtually in another land. It would have seemed an idle tale if anyone had told me that I should not be at your father’s death-bed. Nevertheless, it is well,-well especially for him to whom a longer sojourn here would have meant pain, weakness, and failure of mind, while his departure means a glory too resplendent for us to imagine it.

I quite think that, if you can get Mr. Brock, it will be just what he himself would have desired in my absence. I have sent to the deacons my request to have the pulpit hung with black, for his death is as much a bereavement to us all as anything could be.

My dear friend, I devoutly pray to God to incline your heart to be henceforth to me all that your father has been till he fell asleep. Not that you have not ever been the soul of goodness: but now he is gone, you must undertake more publicly the responsibilities which in private you really have borne; and if the Lord accounts me worthy to have in Thomas Olney the same tender friend that I have had in Thomas Olney, sen., my pathway in life will be smoothed, and my labor cheered.

The Lord be with you! My devoutest wishes are for your best happiness.

Yours most truly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: What a Gospel! What a Saviour!

What a Gospel!

What makes Christianity different from all the other religions of the world? Years ago that question was discussed at a conference. Some of the participants argued that Christianity is unique in teaching that God became a man. But someone objected, erroneously saying that other religions teach similar doctrines. What about the resurrection? No, it was argued, some other faiths believe that the dead rise again. The discussion grew heated.

A well-known theologian, a staunch defender of Christianity, came in late, sat down, and asked, “What’s the rumpus about?” When he learned that it was a debate about the uniqueness of Christianity, he immediately commented, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”

How right he was!

At the very heart of our message is the concept of Grace. We are not only saved by Grace but also live in and by it. Our life is not one of trying to impress God as we tick off a list of dos and don’ts. We can do nothing to move the heart of God to love us. He loves us constantly and continually. His love for us is assured. He loves us simply because He loves us…. He loves us, not because we merit it. No indeed, the truth is that we deserve the very opposite of love. We are helplessly sinful, but God has been and continues to be amazingly gracious to us. This is one of the main things that sets us apart from the world religions.

What a Gospel! It’s all of grace!

Think of this, it’s only by His infinite grace that we are saved,

It’s not by our moral character,

It’s not by our works of righteousness,

It’s not by keeping the Law,

It’s not by Churchgoing,

It’s by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. What a Gospel!

Grace is free. Jesus was not obligated to die for anyone. If we are saved, it is because God resolved to save us and not because we resolved to be saved! It’s all of grace!

What a Gospel!

He is the God of all grace. Think for a moment how graciously He deals with us. Robert Farrar Capon noted in Christ’s story of the return of the prodigal that the Father, “Wasn’t afraid of giving the prodigal son a kiss instead of a lecture, a party instead of probation.”

That’s Grace!

What a Saviour!

Grace is hard to comprehend but so indeed is our Saviour. The Saviour with whom we have to do is none other than God clothed with humanity. He is not a man made into God but God made man. When He spoke, God spoke. When He laughed, God laughed. When He sang, God sang. When He wept God wept. The fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily in Him (Colossians 1:19; 2:9).

“Wonder of wonders! The mighty God, without ceasing to be God, becomes a man to redeem us! Let the greatest king become the lowest beggar; let the richest prince leave his palace for the vilest cell of a loathsome prison; it is as nothing compared to the act of Jesus, when He left heaven to put on the rags of our mortality! The Creator of all things becomes a creature! The Almighty is a weak baby! The Eternal is a child of time! The Infinite is contracted into the limits of poor flesh! Is not this the wonder of wonders? Is not this grace which has no bounds?”

Henry Law: Christ is All.

What a Gospel! What a Saviour!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com