Charles Spurgeon on Evangelism

Someone asked Charles Spurgeon once if he thought people who had never heard about Jesus could be saved.  His response was something like, “I don’t believe they can be, but the better question is “How could those of us who have known Jesus and failed to take Him to those who have not heard possibly be saved?” 

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 158

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When I Thought God to be….

When I thought God was hard, I found it was easy to sin.  But when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could have rebelled against One who loved me so and sought my good.

– Charles Spurgeon

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2210

The Proper Study of the Christian is the Godhead

But the incomprehensibility of the divine nature is not a reason why we should desist from reverent iniquity and prayerful strivings to apprehend what He has so graciously revealed of Himself in His word.  Because we are unable to acquire perfect knowledge, it would be folly to say we will therefore make no efforts to attain to any degree of it.  It has been well said: Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout , earnest, continued, investigation of the great subject of the Deity.  The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ and Him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.  The proper study of the Christian is the Godhead.  the highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can engage the attention of a child of God is the name, the nature, the person, the doings, and the existence of the great God which he calls his Father.

C.H. Spurgeon

as quoted by Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 88

Hatred of Goodness

For which of His good works, for which of His generous words, for which of His holy deeds will they fasten His hands  to the wood, and His feet to the tree?  With unreasonable hatred, with senseless cruelty, they only answer to the question of Pilate, “Why, what evil has he done?”  “Let Him be crucified! Let Him be crucified!”  The true reason for their hate, no doubt, lay in the natural hatred of all men to perfect goodness.  Man feels that the presence of goodness is a silent witness against his own sin, and therefore he longs to get rid of it.  To be too holy in the judgment of men is a great crime, for it rebukes their sin.  If the holy man has not the power of words, yet his life is one loud witness-bearing for God against the sins of his creatures.

 

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

as quoted by Ray Comfort, Spurgeon Gold, copyright 2005, page 5

The Study of God

It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man.”  I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead.  The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.

There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity.  It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity.  Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.”  But when we come to this master science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought that vain man would be wise but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with solemn exclamation, “I am but full of yesterday, and know nothing.”  No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind than the thoughts of God…

But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it.  He who often things of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe…The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.  Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.

And whilst humbling and expanding, this subject is eminently consolatory.  Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore.  Would you lose your sorrow?  Would you drown your cares?  Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated.  I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.  It is to that subject that I invite you this morning

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon, in the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel

as quoted by J.I. Packer, Knowing God, copyright 1973, pages 17-18