Monday, October 31, 2022

Spurgeon: saving grace

Monday, October 31, 2022
    Reformation Day
    [Jesus:] “...yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
    —John 5:40 (NIV)
    I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, “If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright.” It may seem a harsh sentiment; but he who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to God, cannot have been taught by God, for it is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that he gives both; that he is “Alpha and Omega” in the salvation of men.
    ... Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), Spurgeon’s Sermons Volume 1: 1855, CCEL, Sermon 52 (see the book)
    See also John 5:40; Isa. 6:9-10; 54:13; Mic. 4:2; Matt. 11:25; 13:13-15; 23:37; John 1:11; 6:44-45; 12:37-41; Eph. 1:4-6; 2:8-9; Rev. 22:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am helpless without You.
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