C.H. Spurgeon


From C.H. Spurgeon (as posted by Ray Ortlund)…

 “‘Immanuel, God with us.’  It is hell’s terror.  Satan trembles at the sound of it. . . . Let him come to you suddenly, and do you but whisper that word, ‘God with us,’ back he falls, confounded and confused. . . . ‘God with us’ is the laborer’s strength.  How could he preach the gospel, how could he bend his knees in prayer, how could the missionary go into foreign lands, how could the martyr stand at the stake, how could the confessor own his Master, how could men labor if that one word were taken away? . . . ‘God with us’ is eternity’s sonnet, heaven’s hallelujah, the shout of the glorified, the song of the redeemed, the chorus of the angels, the everlasting oratorio of the great orchestra of the sky. . . .

Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. . . . But in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem.  Let him have a place in your hearts, give him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived him, but think most of all of the Man born, the Child given.

I finish by again saying, A happy Christmas to you all!

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Old Testament (London, n.d.), III:430.

Keving DeYoung has a discenring post on St. Nicholas and Jesus Christ at Christmas time… click here.

Jim Hamilton can help you understand how the Christmas story contributes to God’s glory… click here.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Preaching on Isaiah 7:14, C. H. Spurgeon said this about Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel:

“God with us.” It is hell’s terror. Satan trembles at the sound of it; the black-winged dragon of the pit quails before it. Let him come to you suddenly, and do you but whisper that word, “God with us,” back he falls, confounded and confused. “God with us” is the laborer’s strength; how could he preach the gospel, how could he bend his knees in prayer, how could the missionary go into foreign lands, how could the martyr stand at the stake, how could the confessor own his Master, how could men labor, if that one word were taken away? “God with us” is the sufferer’s comfort, the balm of his woe, the alleviation of his misery, the sleep which God gives to his beloved, their rest after exertion and toil. “God with us” is eternity’s sonnet, heaven’s hallelujah, the shout of the glorified, the song of the redeemed, the chorus of angels, the everlasting oratorio of the great orchestra of the sky.

I’m reading Lectures to My Students by C.H. Spurgeon (one of my “dead” heroes of the faith) which contains a series of lectures that Spurgeon gave to young ministers.  It has excellent stuff for those within pastoral ministry by the prince of preachers.

A particular section that I was reading this morning caught my eye and made me laugh.  Spurgeon always had a great sense of humor, yet a sense of earnestness and urgency when it came to the gospel.  I think this paragraph captures both well…

Above all we must show our zeal for the truth by continually, in season and out of season, endeavouring to maintain it in the tenderest and most loving manner, but still very earnestly and firmly.  We must not talk to our congregations as if we are half asleep.  Our preaching must not be articulate snoring.  There must be power, life, energy, vigour.  We must throw our whole selves into it, and show that the zeal of God’s house has eaten us up.

Excellent advice and admonition to us ministers… and I can’t get over the line that “Our preaching must not be articulate snoring”!  Makes me chuckle!

“The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest state.  Just as there is the most heat nearest to the sun, so there is the most happiness closest to Christ.”

-C.H. Spurgeon, Evening by Evening

Albert Mohler has a great 3 part biographical piece on C.H. Spurgeon, a man that every Christian should read.  You can read the 3 parts (which are not long at all, so no excuse!) here, here, and here.