• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Charles Spurgeon On The Secret Of The Holy Spirit

Charles H. Spurgeon

Quoting Charles H. Spurgeon:

Let me tell you a little secret- whenever you cannot understand a text, open your Bible, bend your knee, and pray over that text; and if it does not split into atoms and open itself, try again.

If prayer does not explain it, it is one of the things God did not intend you to know, and you may be content to be ignorant of it.

Prayer is the key that opens the cabinets of mystery.

Prayer and faith are sacred picklocks that can open secrets, and obtain great treasures.

There is no college for holy education like that of the blessed Spirit, for He is an ever-present tutor, to whom we have only to bend the knee, and he is at our side, the great expositor of truth. (Sermon: “The Holy Ghost, the Great Teacher”)

God Is Gathering His People

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:2-3)

Think about these verses and the blessings we are told of here. The home of a Christian is in heaven. It may be difficult to see this sometimes but our home is where Christ is. We may not have been to heaven but we have partaken in one of God’s greatest spiritual blessings in Christ. We have received a new nature and now we are new persons in Christ Jesus! This world and its system is no longer our home. We are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. This is why the sinfulness of this world which never bothered you before has become obnoxious to you. This new heavenly nature we have been blessed with now helps us to see that the world is not as it should be and our hearts long for our true home.

A Christian actually has citizenship in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. God is able by the power of His grace to take the most vile sinner and change him miraculously inside to become a new creature! We are blessed. We can rise from our beds each and every day and by the power of our citizenship in heaven and draw upon the resources there. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. It doesn’t matter how you feel, because God has given His only Son on the cross at Calvary to save you. Will God then not freely give us all things?

God has blessed us by giving us and identifying us in Christ. Does your lifestyle fit in with who you are in Christ? Does it reflect every spiritual blessing you have received? Our lives should be a praise unto the Lord because we know we are anchored in Christ. One of the spiritual blessings that we have in Christ is that God has chosen us in Christ, once and for all time, chosen us out of the world, chosen us to be His own.

What does it mean to be chosen? We are condemned men, because we all sin. We are lost and on our way to hell, but God saves some in His mercy. Do you see election as a blessing? Paul saw it as a great blessing. What is the doctrine of election?

Jesus said to the disciples: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” (John 15:16) God initiates redemption. It is God who first declares “You are mine”. God is gathering unto Himself a holy people who were, originally, lost in sin!

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