I heard once that C.H. Spurgeon has more recorded words written than nearly any other author. Part of me finds this hard to believe, but when I consider the volumes of transcribed sermons and whatnot that the man has produced, I tend to think this could very well be true.
In this book, All of Grace, I got an immediate sense of the man’s speaking ability which he expertly mixes with his reason. Like C.S. Lewis or Ravi Zacharias, Spurgeon is capable of enlightening the most stubborn hearts with the logic of Truth, and he does so with impassioned kindness.
In discussing grace, Spurgeon writes that my repentance to God comes not from my goodness but from God’s. I could never be good enough to come near God, and God knows it, which is why He provided another Way (John 14:6). At one point, Spurgeon describes this marriage of my inability and God’s grace this way: a painter desiring to paint in perfect detail the people of his village calls the village’s well-known beggar to his studio to pose. When the bum arrives the next day all cleaned up and relatively well-dressed, the painter cannot continue with the portrait, because he needed to paint the beggar as he had always been known! Christ Jesus came to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.
In discussing faith, Spurgeon focuses on its simplicity, stating that we have explained faith so much that, now, nobody understands it. Faith contains three things, he writes: knowledge, belief, and trust. He then describes man’s faith as the aqueduct or channel through which the waters of God’s grace can flow. And in my opinion, there is not a simpler or more apt illustration of faith than that.
He concludes by discussing the fact that, while no one perfectly understands the mysteries of God’s grace, all can partake of it. If a person knows nothing of nutrition, food science, the anatomy of digestion or the processes of it, he can still eat food and be perfectly nourished by it. But if a scientist knows all the ins-and-outs of these things but fails to partake of the food in front of him, he will most certainly starve. Spurgeon has once again brought timeless truths down clearly to the level of the average man. And while he did so for a generation that has long since been buried, his writings can still touch hearts today.
© 2011 E.T.