(The picture to the right has nothing to do with this post. I just like it. New pictures of Owen are posted here.)
I am deeply enjoying reading The Forgotten Spurgeon. Spurgeon ministered and preached in an age in which Calvinism and the doctrines of grace were about as unpopular as they are in the modern western church, and yet he could not but preach the sovereignty of Christ in salvation. He was compelled by the clear teaching of Scripture to do so. The following is from a message he preached when he was 22 years old.
“Remember, sinner, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument – it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not to thy hope, but to Christ, the source of thy hope; look not to faith, but to Christ, the author and finisher of thy faith; and if thou doest that, then thousand devils cannot throw thee down. . . .
There is one thing which we all of us too much becloud in our preaching, though I believe we do it very unintentionally – namely, the great truth that it is not prayer, it is not faith, it is not our doings, it is not our feelings upon which we must rest, but upon Christ, and on Christ alone. We are apt to think that we are not in the right state, that we do not feel enough, instead of remembering that our business is not with self, but Christ. Let me beseech thee, look only to Christ; never expect deliverance from self, from ministers, or from any means of any kind apart from Christ; keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His agonies, His groans, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look for Him; when thou liest down at night look for Him.”