Using plain language and word pictures, Spurgeon shares an earnest word for those who are seeking salvation. It has been written to show clearly how much we all need grace and how much grace is available for our needs. The writer would like to compel us, by his words, to come to Jesus Christ and receive that grace. A classic on a great subject written by one of the greatest preachers who ever lived.
About the Author
C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry.
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Chapter 1To You
My intention in writing this message is that many will be led to the Lord Jesus. It is sent forth in childlike dependence on the power of God the Holy Spirit to be used in the conversion of millions if He so pleases. No doubt many men and women will read this volume and the Lord will bless them with grace. For this reason, the clearest language has been chosen and many simple expressions have been used. But if scholars should happen to glance at this book, the Holy Spirit can impress them, also. Oh, that some might read this who will become great winners of souls!
Who knows how many will find their way to peace by what they read here? A more important question for you is this: Will you be one of them?
A certain man placed a fountain along a busy road. Then, he hung a cup near to it by a little chain. He was told some time after that a great art critic had found much fault with its design. "But," said he, "do many thirsty people drink at it?" Then they told him that thousands of poor people, men, women, and children, quenched their thirst at this fountain. He smiled and said that he was not troubled by the critic's observation. He only hoped that on some hot summer's day the critic himself might fill the cup and be refreshed and praise the name of the Lord.
Here is my fountain, and here is my cup. Find fault if you wish, but do drink of the water of life. I only care for this. I would rather bless the soul of the poorest street cleaner or rag-gatherer than please a prince and fail to convert him to God.
Are you serious about reading these pages? If so, we are agreed at the outset. But, my goal is nothing short of your finding Christ and heaven. Oh, that we may seek this together! I do so by dedicating this book with prayer. Will you not join me by looking up to God and asking Him to bless you while you read? Providence has put these pages before you. You have a little spare time in which to read them, and you feel willing to give them your attention. These are good signs. Who knows, maybe the time of blessing has come for you. At any rate, "The Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts"(Hebrews 3:7-8).
Table of ContentsCONTENTS
- 1. To You 5
- 2. Open The Door 7
- 3. God Justifies The Ungodly 9
- 4. "It Is God That Justifieth 20
- 5. The Just And The Justifier 28
- 6. Deliverance From Sinning 35
- 7. By Grace Through Faith 43
- 8. What Is Faith? 47
- 9. How May Faith Be Illustrated? 53
- 10. Why Are We Saved By Faith? 62
- 11. 1 Can Do Nothing! 68
- 12. The Increase Of Faith 85
- 13. Regeneration And The Holy Spirit 91
- 14. "My Redeemer Liveth 95
- 15. Repentance Must Go With Forgiveness 99
- 16. How Repentance Is Given 107
- 17. The Fear Of Final Failing 113
- 18. Confirmation 121
- 19. Why Saints Persevere 128
- 20.Conclusion 134
- 1. To You 5