Tuesday, February 19, 2008

...the sufficiency of grace

This is Spurgeon's best selling book called, All of Grace Subtitled: An Earnest Word with Those Who Are Seeking Salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is one of the greatest gospel presentations I have ever read. It has been a long tradition in my private study of God's Word to take this outstanding sermon by Spurgeon as a faithful friend along life's journey.

The gospel is clearly and carefully unfolded and explained in twenty (20) brief sections that "give the sense" of this familiar text: "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20).

Oh Alleluia beloved! What sweet words to the sin sick soul. In the powerful words of Christopher Love, "Jesus Christ is far greater a Savior, than I am a sinner." May this book/sermon/gospel tract of Spurgeon stir your hearts, enrich your minds, and cause your soul to overflow with gratitude, praise, reverence and worship for the Lamb of God.

We Stand in Grace,
2 Cor. 4:5-7

An excerpt:
chapter one - "To You"

"HE WHO SPOKE and wrote this message will be greatly disappointed if it does not lead many to the Lord Jesus. It is sent forth in childlike dependence upon the power of God the Holy Ghost, to use it in the conversion of millions, if so He pleases. No doubt many poor men and women will take up this little volume, and the Lord will visit them with grace. To answer this end, the very plainest language has been chosen, and many homely expressions have been used. But if those of wealth and rank should glance at this book, the Holy Ghost can impress them also; since that which can be understood by the unlettered is none the less attractive to the instructed. Oh that some might read it 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 to you, dear reader, is this—Will you be one of them?

A certain man placed a fountain by the wayside, and he hung up 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 persons drink at it?" Then they told him that thousands of poor people, men, women, and children, slaked their thirst at this fountain; and he smiled and said, that he was little troubled by the critic's observation, only he hoped that on some sultry 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 please; but do drink of the water of life. I only care for this. I had rather bless the soul of the poorest crossing-sweeper, or rag-gatherer, than please a prince of the blood, and fail to convert him to God.

Reader, do you mean business in reading these pages? If so, we are agreed at the outset; but nothing short of your finding Christ and Heaven is the business aimed at here. Oh that we may seek this together! I do so by dedicating this little book with prayer. Will not you join me by looking up to God, and asking Him to bless you while you read? Providence has put these pages in your way, you have a little spare time in which to read them, and you feel willing to give your attention to them. These are good signs. Who knows but the set time of blessing is come for you? At any rate, "The Holy Ghost saith, Today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts."


Captured! said...

Love this Gospel exposition by Spurgeon. Esp the way he describes our inability to even repent..."Oh, sit not down straining those eyes of yours to fetch out impossible tears! And, "Alas, I can do nothing!" Lots of good stuff here, and Ill be returning to it through the week.

ann_in_grace said...

I have this book in my QuickVerse Starter Kit, and skimmed through it, but I will follow your advice and read it properly now.

Andrew said...

All of Grace was a favorite of mine as a new Christian - i even bought extra copies and handed them out.

donsands said...

Excellent resource indeed, to keep handy. "A faithful friend along life's journey".

Isn't God incredibly gracious to preserve such wonderful teachings from one of His most beloved servants for us to glean from, in order to be built-up in our faith.

SJ Camp said...

Now if we could only make a video of All of Grace...

Augustine said...

The whole text can be found here.

Around the Wicket Gate is also a great little book:

Both are good books to hand out to both believers (for joy) and unbelievers (for their souls).

Tartanarmy said...

Great stuff. And Campy, you have been a real encouragement to me in your gospel stance these last few weeks!

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Wm Mallory said...

Awesome...I just love this read of Spurgeon's..One of my favorites as well... Hope you will post more of this Campi !!!!

blessings brother,