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The Wednesday Word: Jesus – The Wonderful One

His name shall be called ‘Wonderful.’ (Isaiah 9:6).

“Wonderful” comes from the root word “wonder.” It can also be translated as ‘amazing,’ ‘surprising,’ ‘astonishing’ or ‘awe-inspiring.’ Jesus is all these things! Does Jesus bring wonder to our lives? I hope so! May we always find wonderfully surprising and astonishing things in Him.

Being that His name is Wonderful it is not strange to see there are so many wonderful things associated with Him. Salvation, for example, belongs to Him and He gives it to lost people. (Luke 19:10). He doesn’t charge them, He freely gives. That’s wonderful. Not only so, but look at those to whom He gives this Salvation … He gives it to the ungodly (Romans 4:5). That again is wonderful!

There has never been anyone as wonderful as Jesus. But, think about it, He was either wonderful or arrogant.

He came and pointed out our sins but acknowledged no sin of His own. That is either arrogant or wonderful?

He claimed to not only be sinless but also to be the Saviour from sin. That’s either arrogant or wonderful!

He came and told us we must repent but had no repentance of His own. That’s either arrogant or wonderful.

He tells us that we are sick but that He is our physician. That’s either arrogant or wonderful!

He tells us that we are His sheep and that He is our shepherd. That’s either arrogant or wonderful!

So, how say you? Is He arrogant or wonderful?

In the annals of human history, there never has been anyone like Him, and there never will be. He is called wonderful simply because there is no better way to describe Him! I dare you to make a point of telling your friends, that He is wonderful! Email them and let them know. Post it online. Let everyone know that He is wonderful!

Here’s another wonderful thing. Notice in Scripture how we are called sheep. (John 10:11-15).

We are not called lions, we’re too weak for that name.

We are not called serpents; they are wise, but sheep are dumb.

He doesn’t call us dogs. If a dog gets lost, he often finds his way back home.

A sheep can’t do that.

Sheep are weak and stupid and lose their way. But we have a shepherd whose name is Wonderful. He knows how to find us. He’s a shepherd who has a treasure house of wisdom and has all the strength that we need.” He is wonderful!

The word ‘wonderful’ is sometimes translated as marvelous or miraculous. Spurgeon says, “Christ is the marvel of marvels, the miracle of miracles. His name shall be called Miraculous,” for He is more than a man, He is God’s highest miracle. “Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh.” His Name is Wonderful!

(Spurgeon: Sermon Number 214: His Name shall be called Wonderful)

Let’s face it, Jesus is Wonderful in who He is! He is wonderful in what He did. He is wonderful in what He is doing and wonderful in what He will yet do. It’s no wonder then that the Puritan, John Flavel, wrote of Him saying,

“Out of His agony comes our victory;

Out of His condemnation comes our justification;

Out of His pain comes our ease;

Out of His stripes comes our healing;

Out of His gall and vinegar comes our honey;

Out of His curse comes our blessing;

Out of His crown of thorns comes our crown of glory;

Out of His death comes our life!”

John Flavel (1627-91).

He is Wonderful!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee 

The Wednesday Word: 14 Things that Jesus Would Never Say to His Followers

February 16, 2022 2 comments

1) “You haven’t repented enough so I can’t forgive you!”

Jesus would never say that!

Our salvation does not depend upon how much we repent. It rests entirely on the doing, dying and rising again of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2) “Shape up or ship out.”

Jesus would never say that!

If we were qualified for salvation because of our efforts none of us would ever be saved. Our efforts do not reach perfection but Christ’s effort to save us was perfect. It is finished!

3) “You have sinned, so I am, therefore, putting you on probation.”

Jesus would never say that!

After a sinful fall there is no waiting time for restoration of fellowship with God. While there may be necessary time given in the church assembly, decreed for healing and restoration to service after a serious fall, there is no fellowship probation in Heaven’s courtroom. If you have fallen, bring the blood and enjoy instant communion with the Father. We have already been purchased forever. He does not cast us off and spurn us.

4) “I am one of the many ways to get to God.”

Jesus would never say that!

Jesus was both exclusive and intolerant. He excluded all other teachers and would not tolerate any others who claim to be the way to God. (See John 14:6).

5) “You are wearing my patience very thin.”

Jesus would never say that! (Numbers 14:18 a). Jesus is the God of all patience (Romans 9: 22-24). He is entirely patient with us.

6) “You are not sanctified enough. I need you to do more before I accept you.”

Jesus would never say that!

He already is our sanctification. (1 Corinthians 1:30). In Him we are fully sanctified.

7) If you really loved me, you would not have fallen into sin.

Jesus would never say that!

In sovereignty, He chose us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). His choice of us was by grace alone … not because He foresaw how much we would love Him (see Ephesians 2:7)

8) “Go into all the world and make me look cool.”

Jesus would never say that!

We have an unpopular message (for the unsaved). Nevertheless, we should never attempt to make Jesus look ‘cool.’ Unpopular message? Yes indeed! As a build-up to the gospel to let someone know that they are a sinner before the all-holy God is uncool in the world’s eyes. To inform them that their only hope is the Lord Jesus is also uncool. But the truth is Jesus never compromised to gain followers. To the unbelieving Jews, He was a curse. Indeed, multitudes of people to this day find no beauty in Him.

9) “My passion is that everyone lives in peace”

Jesus would never say that!

In Matthew 10:34 He says the very opposite.

(10) ¨ You must get baptized or you can’t get to heaven!

Jesus would never say that! Jesus accomplished our salvation at the cross. He proclaimed, ‘It is Finished’ (John 19:30). While we believe in Baptism, we also believe it cannot alter our standing before God.

11) “I’m taking my gift of eternal life back.”

Jesus would never say that!

His gifts are irrevocable (see Romans 11:29)

12) “I will love you in the proportion to which you love me.”

Jesus would never say that!

Our love for Him is imperfect … at best. But Jesus demonstrated how much He perfectly loved us by going to the cross. He said ¨Greater love has no man than this than a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus has loved us with the greater love … a love, not conditioned by our love for Him. (See John 15:13).

13) “Your love for me is not steady and consistent so I’m going to love you in the same inconsistent way.”

Jesus would never say that!

Jesus is far from childish. Our love for Him never determines His love for us. His love was set upon us before time existed (Ephesians 1:4).

14) Follow me and have a trouble-free life.

Jesus would never say that!

(See Matthew 16:24).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee   


THAT is this sin about which the Spirit of God says by Moses, “Be sure your sin will find you out?” A learned divine has delivered a sermon upon the sin of murder from this text, another upon theft, another upon falsehood. Now they are very good sermons, but they have nothing to do with this text, if it be read as Moses uttered it. If you take the text as it stands, there is nothing in it about murder, or theft, or anything of the kind. In fact, it is not about what men do, but it is about what men do not do. The iniquity of doing nothing is a sin which is not so often spoken of as it should be. A sin of omission is clearly aimed at in this warning, — “If ye will not do so, be sure your sin will find you out.”

What, then, was this sin? Remember that it is the sin of God’s own people. It is not the sin of Egyptians and Philistines, but the sin of God’s chosen nation; and therefore this text is for you that belong to any of the tribes of Israel — you to whom God has given a portion among his beloved ones. It is to you, professed Christians and church-members, that the text comes, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” And what is that sin? Very sadly common it is among professed Christians, and needs to be dealt with: it is the sin which leads any to forget their share in the holy war which is to be carried out for God and for his church. A great many wrongs are tangled together in this crime, and we must try to separate them, and set them in order before your eyes.

First, it was the sin of idleness and of self-indulgence. “We have cattle: here is a land that yields much pasture: let us have this for our cattle, and we will build folds for our sheep with the abundant stones that lie about, and we will repair these cities of the Amorites, and we will dwell in them. They are nearly ready for us, and there shall our little ones dwell in comfort. We do not care about fighting: we have seen enough of it already in the wars with Sihon and Og. Reuben would rather abide by the sheepfolds. Gad has more delight in the bleating of the sheep and in the folding of the lambs in his bosom than in going forth to battle.” Alas, the tribe of Reuben is not dead, and the tribe of Gad has not passed away! Many who are of the household of faith are equally indisposed to exertion, equally fond of ease. Hear them say, “Thank God we are safe! We have passed from death unto life. We have named the name of Christ; we are washed in his precious blood, and therefore we are secure.” Then, with a strange inconsistency, they, permit the evil of the flesh to crave carnal ease, and they cry, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” Spiritual self-indulgence is a monstrous evil; yet we see it all around. On Sunday these loafers must be well fed. They look out for such sermons as will feed their souls. The thought does not occur to these people that there is something else to be done besides feeding. Soul-saving is pushed into the background. The crowds are perishing at their gates; the multitudes with their sins defile the air; the age is getting worse and worse, and man, by a process of evolution, is evolving a devil; and yet these people want pleasant things preached to them. They eat the fat and drink the sweet, and they crowd to the feast of fat things full of marrow, and of wines on the lees well refined — spiritual festivals are their delight: sermons, conference, Bible-readings, and so forth, are sought after, but regular service in ordinary ways is neglected. Not a hand’s turn will they do. They gird on no armor, they grasp no sword, they wield no sling, they throw no stone. No, they have gotten their possession; they know they have, and they sit down in carnal security, satisfied to do nothing. They neither work for life, nor from life: they are arrant sluggards, as lazy as they are long. Nowhere are they at home except where they can enjoy themselves, and take things easy. They love their beds, but the Lord’s fields they will neither plow nor reap. This is the sin pointed out in the text — “If ye do not go forth to the battles of the Lord, and contend for the Lord God and for his people, ye do sin against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.” The sin of doing nothing is about the biggest of all sins, for it involves most of the others. The sin of sitting still while your brethren go forth to war breaks both tables of the law, and has in it a huge idolatry of self, which neither allows love to God or man. Horrible idleness! God save us from it!

Charles H. Spurgeon- Words of Wisdom for Daily Life- Article ‘Selfish Ease’

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But now, in the last place, we have before us THE VICTORY OF FAITH

December 20, 2021 Leave a comment

CharlesSpurgeonIII. But now, in the last place, we have before us THE VICTORY OF FAITH.

If it were necessary to-night, I might speak to you concerning the resurrection, and I might tell you how much that takes away the sting of death, but I will confine myself to the simple fact, that “the sting of death is sin,” that “the strength of sin is the law,” and that Christ gives us the victory, by taking the sting away, and removing the strength of sin by his perfect obedience.

And now, sirs, how many are there here who have any hope that for them Christ Jesus died; Am I coming too close home, when most solemnly I put the question to each one of you, as I stand in God’s presence this night, to free my head of your blood; as I stand and appeal with all the earnestness this heart is capable of. Are you prepared to die? Is sin pardoned? Is the law satisfied? Can you view the flowing

Of Christ’s soul-redeeming blood

With divine assurance knowing

That he made your peace with God?”

Oh, can ye now put one hand upon your heart, and the other upon the Bible, and say, “God’s word and I agree; the witness of the Spirit here and the witness there are one. I have renounced my sins, I have given up my evil practices; I have abhorred my own righteousness; I trust in nought but Jesus’ doings; simply do I depend on him.

Nothing in my hands I bring

Simply to thy cross I cling.”

If so, should you die where you are-sudden death were sudden glory.

But, my hearers, shall I be faithful with you? Or shall I belie my soul? Which shall it be? Are there not many here who, each time the bell tolls the departure of a soul might well ask the question, “Am I prepared?” and they must say, “No.” I shall not turn prophet tonight, but were it right for me to say so, I fear not one half of you are prepared to die. Is that true? Yea, let the speaker ask himself the question, “Am I prepared to meet my Maker face to face?’ Oh, sit in your seats and catechise your souls with that solemn question. Let each one ask himself, “Am I prepared, should I be call to die?” Methinks I hear one say with confidence, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” I hear another say with trembling accents-

A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,

On Christ’s kind arms I fall;

He is my strength and righteousness,

My Jesus and my all”

Yes, sweet words! I would rather have written that one verse than Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” It is such a matchless picture of the true condition of the believing soul. But I hear another say, “I shall not answer such a question as that. I am not going to be dull to-day. It may be gloomy weather outside to-day, but I do not want to be made melancholy.” Young man, young man, go thy way. Let thine heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth; but for all this the Lord shall bring thee to judgment. What wilt thou do, careless spirit, when thy friends have forsaken thee, when thou art alone with God? Thou dost not like to be alone young man, now, dost thou? A falling leaf will startle thee. To be alone an hour will bring on an insufferable feeling of melancholy. But thou wilt be alone -and a dreary alone it will be-with God an enemy! How wilt thou do in the swellings of Jordan? What wilt thou do when he taketh thee by the hand at eventide, and asketh thee for an account; when he says, “What didst thou do in the beginning of thy days? How didst thou spend thy life?” When he asks thee, “Where are are the years of thy manhood?” When he questions thee about thy wasted Sabbaths, and inquires how thy latter years were spent? What wilt thou say then? Speechless, without an answer thou wilt stand. Oh, I beseech you, as ye love yourselves, take care! Even now begin to weigh the solemn matters of eternal life. Oh! Say not, “Why so earnest? Why in such haste?” Sirs, if I saw you lying in your bed and your house was on fire, the fire might be at the bottom of the house and you might slumber safely for the next five minutes, but with all my might I would pull you from your bed, or I would shout, “Awake! Awake! The flame is under thee.” So with some of you who are sleeping over hell’s mouth, slumbering over the pit of perdition, may I not awake you? May I not depart a little from clerical rules, and speak to you as one speaketh to his fellow whom he loves? Ah! If I loved you not I need not be here. It is because I wish to win your souls, and if it be possible, to win for my Master some honor, that I would thus pour out my heart before you. As the Lord liveth, sinner, thou standest on a single plank over the mouth of hell and that plank is rotten. Thou hangest over the pit by a solitary rope, and the strands of that rope are breaking. Thou art like that man of old, whom Dionysius placed at the head of the table: before him was a dainty feast, but the man ate not, for directly over his head was a sword suspended by a hair. So art thou, sinner. Let thy cup be full, let thy pleasures be high, let thy soul be elevated. Seest thou that sword? The next time thou sittest in the theater, look up and see that sword the next time thou art in a tavern, look at that sword; when next in thy business thou scornest the rules of God’s gospel, look at that sword. Though thou seest it not, it is there. Even now ye may hear God saying to Gabriel, “Gabriel, that man is sitting in his seat in the hall, he is hearing, but as though he heard not, unsheath thy blade. Let the glittering sword cut through that hair, let the weapon fall upon him and divide his soul and body.” Stop! Thou Gabriel, stop! Save the man a little while. Give him yet an hour, that he may repent. Oh, let him not die. True, he has been here these ten or a dozen nights, and he has listened without a tear; but stop, peradventure he may repent yet. Jesus backs up my entreaty, and he cries, “Spare him yet another year, till I dig about him, and dung him, and though he now cumbers the ground, he may yet bring forth fruit, that he may not be hewn down and cast into the fire.” I thank thee, O God, thou wilt not Cut him down tonight; but to-morrow may be his last day, Ye may never see the sun rise, though you have seen it set. Take heed. Hear the word of God’s gospel, and depart with God’s blessing. “Whosoever believeth on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.” “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” “He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto him.” Whosoever cometh unto him he will in no wise cast out.” Let every one that heareth, say come; whosoever is athirst, let him come, and take of.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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Then Christ has removed the law in this sense, that he has completely satisfied it

December 13, 2021 Leave a comment

SpurgeonIII. But now, in the last place, we have before us THE VICTORY OF FAITH.

Then Christ has removed the law in this sense, that he has completely satisfied it.

The law demands a perfect righteousness; “Christ says, “Law, thou hast it; find fault with me. I am the sinner’s substitute, have I not kept thy commandments? Wherein have I violated thy statutes?” “Come here, my beloved,” he says, and then he cries to Justice, “Find a fault in this man I have put my robe upon him; I have washed him in my blood. I have cleansed him; from his sin. All the past is gone; as for the future, I have secured it by sanctification; as for the penalty, I have borne it myself; at one tremendous draught of love, I have drunk that man’s destruction dry. I have borne what he should have suffered. I have endured the agonies he ought to have endured. Justice, have I not satisfied thee? Did I not say upon the tree, and didst thou not coincide with it, ‘It is finished! It is finished!’ Have I not made so complete an atonement that there is now no need for that man to die and expiate his guilt? Did I not complete the perfect righteousness of this poor once condemned but now, justified spirit?” “Yes,” saith Justice, “I am well satisfied, and even more content, if possible, than if the sinner had brought a spotless righteousness of his own. And now what saith the Christian after this? Boldly he comes to the realms of death, and entering the gates there, he cries, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect!” And when he has said it, the dragon drops his sting, he descends into the grave; he passes by the place where fiends lie down in fetters of iron; he sees their chains, and looks into the dungeon where they dwell, and as he passes by the prison door, he shouts, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect!” They growl, and bite their iron bonds, and hiss in secret, but they cannot lay aught to his charge. Now see him mount aloft. He approaches God’s heaven, he comes against the gates, and faith still triumphantly shouts, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” And a voice comes from within: “Not Christ, for he hath died; not God, for he hath justified.” Received by Jesus, faith enters heaven, and again she cries, “Who,” even here among the spotless and ransomed, “shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” Now the law is satisfied; sin is gone; and now surely we need not fear the sting of the dragon, but we may say as Paul did, when he rose into the majesty of poetry-such beautiful poetry, that Pope himself borrowed his words, only transposing the sentences “O grave, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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Christ has taken away the strength of sin in this respect, that he has removed the law

December 6, 2021 3 comments

Spurgeon 1III. But now, in the last place, we have before us THE VICTORY OF FAITH.

First, Christ has taken away the strength of sin in this respect, that he has removed the law. We are not under bondage, but under grace. Law is not our directing principle, grace is. Do not misunderstand me. The principle that I must do a thing-that is to say, the principle of law, “do, or be punished; do, or be rewarded,” is not the motive of the Christian’s life; his principle is grace. “God has done so much for me, what ought I to do for him?” We are not under the law in that sense but under grace.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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The Victory of Faith

November 29, 2021 Leave a comment

SpurgeonIII. But now, in the last place, we have before us THE VICTORY OF FAITH.

The Christian is the only champion who can smite the dragon of death, and even he cannot do it of himself, but when he has done it, he shall cry, “Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” One moment, and I will show you how the Christian can look upon death with complacency through the merits of Jesus Christ.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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The law gives strength to sin from the fact that for every transgression it will exact a punishment

November 22, 2021 Leave a comment

SpurgeonII. “THE STRENGTH OF SIN is the law.”

3. Yet again, the law gives strength to sin from the fact that for every transgression it will exact a punishment. The law never remits a farthing of debt: it says, “Sin-punishment.” They are linked together with adamantine chains; they are tied, and cannot be severed. The law speaks not of sin and mercy; mercy comes in the gospel. The law says, “Sin-die; transgress-be chastised; sin-hell.” Thus are they linked together. Once let me sin, and I may go to the foot of stern justice, and, as with blind eyes, she holds the scales, I may say, “Oh, Justice, remember, I was holy once, remember that on such and such an occasion I did keep the law.” “Yes,” saith Justice, “all I owe thee thou shalt have; I will not punish thee for what thou hast not done; but remember you this crime, O sinner?” and she puts in the heavy weight. The sinner trembles, and he cries, “But canst thou not forget that? Wilt thou not cast it away?”; Nay,” saith Justice, and she puts in another weighs. “Sinner, dost thou recollect this crime?” “Oh,” says the sinner, “wilt thou not for mercy’s sake?” “I will not have mercy,” says Justice; “Mercy has its own palace, but I have nought to do with forgiveness here; mercy belongs to Christ. If you will be saved by justice you shall have your full of it. If you come to me for salvation, I will not have mercy brought in to help me, she is lot my vicegerent, I stand here alone without her.” And again, as she holds the scales, she puts in another iniquity, another crime, another enormous transgression; and each time the man begs and prays that he may have that passed by. Says Justice, “Nay, I must exact the penalty; I have sworn I will, and I will. Canst thou find a substitute for thyself? If thou canst, there is the only room I have for mercy. I will exact it of that substitute, but even at his hands I will have the utmost jot and little; I will abate nothing, I am God’s justice stern and unflinching, I will not alter I will not mitigate the penalty.” She still holds the scales. The plea is in vain. “Never will I change!’’ She cries; “bring me the blood, bring me the price to its utmost; count it down, or else, sinner, thou shalt die.”

Now, my friends, I ask you, if ye consider the spirituality of the law, the perfection it requires, and its unflinching severity, are you prepared to take away the sting of death in your own persons? Can you hope to overcome sin yourselves? Can you trust that by some righteous works you may yet cancel your guilt? If you think so, go, foolish one, go! O madman, go! Work out thine own salvation with fear and trembling, without the God that worketh in thee, go, twist thy rope of sand, go, build a pyramid of air, go, prepare a house with bubbles, and think it is to last for ever, but know, it will be a dream with an awful awakening, for as a dream when one awaketh will he despise alike your image and your righteousness. “The strength of sin is the law.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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The law puts strength into sin in this respect-that it will not abate one tittle of its stern demands

November 15, 2021 Leave a comment

Spurgeon 3II. “THE STRENGTH OF SIN is the law.”

2. Then, again, the law puts strength into sin in this respect-that it will not abate one tittle of its stern demands. It says to every man who breaks it, “I will not forgive you.” You hear persons talk about God’s mercy. Now, if they do not believe in the Gospel they must be under the law, but where in the law do we read of mercy? If you will read the commandments through, there is a curse after them, but there is no provision made for pardon. The law itself speaks not of that; it thunders out, without the slightest mitigation “the soul that sinneth it shall die.” If any of you desire to be saved by works remember, one sin will spoil your righteousness; one speck of this earth’s dross will spoil the beauty of that perfect righteousness which God requires at your hands. If ye would be saved by works, men and brethren, ye must be as holy as the angels, ye must be as pure and as immaculate as Jesus; for the law requires perfection, and nothing short of it; and God with unflinching vengeance, will smite every man low who cannot bring him a perfect obedience. If I cannot, when I come before his throne, plead a perfect righteousness as being mine, God will say, “You have not fulfilled the demands of my law; depart, accursed one! You have sinned, and you must die.” “Ah,” says one, “can we ever have a perfect righteousness, then?” Yes, I will tell you of that in the third point; thanks be unto Christ, who giveth us the victory through his blood and through his righteousness, who adorns us as a bride in her jewels, as a husband arrays his with ornaments.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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The strength of sin is in the law, first, in this respect, that the law being spiritual it is quite impossible for us to live without sin

Spurgeon 3II. “THE STRENGTH OF SIN is the law.”

1. The strength of sin is in the law, first, in this respect, that the law being spiritual it is quite impossible for us to live without sin. If the law were merely carnal and referred to the flesh, if it simply related to open and overt actions, I question even then, whether we could live without sin but when I turn over the ten commandments and read, “Thou shalt not covet,” I know it refers even to the wish of my heart. It is said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery;” but it is said, also, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath already committed that sin. So that it is not merely the act, it is the thought; it is not the deed simply, it is the very imagination, that is a sin. Oh, now, sinner, how canst thou get rid of sin? Thy very thoughts; the inward workings of thy mind, these are crimes-this is guilt and desperate wickedness. Is there not, now, strength in sin? Hath not the law put a potency in it? Has it not nerved sin with such a power that all thy strength cannot hope to wipe away the black enormity of thy transgression?

Charles H. Spurgeon- Thoughts on the last battle, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, at Exerter Hall Strand, May 13, 1855

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