Spurgeon–New life by the Spirit

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Came across this powerful truth from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon a couple of days ago.  Only the Holy Spirit, opening our eyes to see the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and leading us to Him, can impart life.  Many have tried to substitute religious passion and zealous deeds, or church activity and moral behavior, for the gift of God’s grace–and it never works!  Listen to this challenge from Spurgeon that resounds across the 127 years since he preached these words in 1884 in London.

“If, when you believed, you had not a life imparted by the Holy Spirit, your believing was a dead believing, the mere counterfeit of living faith, and not the faith of God’s elect.  If the Holy Ghost has not been with you since your conversion, every act of your religion has been formal, dead, and unaccepted…If the Holy Ghost is not there, life is not there.
     “You have professed to be a believer, but you know nothing at all unless the Holy Spirit taught you…Both for life and for light we must have the Holy Ghost, or else we are dead and in the dark.” (taken from Volume 30, pp. 387-388, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit)

As I shared this quote in a sermon today, God spoke to many hearts and directed some of them to put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  “Dead believing” became living faith and folks came to life by trusting in the name of the Lord.  What a glorious Lord who makes all things new through Jesus Christ!

3 thoughts on “Spurgeon–New life by the Spirit

    Andrew Neamtu said:
    November 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing this quote on faith. Amazingly, I just read it today, almost a week before I will preach at the penitentiary next Sunday a message on “genuine faith.” This great quote will certainly be included in that message. Blessings on you and your family, Andrew.

      davidhhorner responded:
      December 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Andrew, so great to hear from you! Glad the quote was helpful and encouraging. I am a lifelong fan of Spurgeon and for many years of the Neamtus as well! Greetings to all your family. Heading back to Oradea in 2012 for a short teaching time…always think of you when I am there. David

    Barbara Weaver said:
    October 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I have just begun to read Francis Chan’s *Forgotten God.* I love how God reinforces a message/lesson through different sources. Thanks for sharing this, David. Charles Spurgeon’s quote is a perfect, easy-to-understand summation of this message/lesson for me, and it will help me as I try to share it with others.

    Hope you have an awesome week!

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