Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Election: The House; Predestination: The Map

What a wonderful word-picture from none other than the Prince of Preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon! Do we have anyone today that speaks and teaches like this? Alas. . .

"I will tell you the names of these stupendous Titans who have gone before [salvation]. . . . Before Salvation came into this world, Election marched in the very forefront, and it had for its work the billeting of Salvation. Election went through the world and marked the houses to which Salvation should come and the hearts in which the treasure should be deposited. Election looked through all the race of man, from Adam down to the last, and marked with sacred stamp those for whom Salvation was designed. "He must needs go through Samaria," said Election; and Salvation must go there. Then came Predestination. Predestination did not merely mark the house, but it mapped the road in which Salvation should travel to that house, Predestination ordained every step of the great army of Salvation, it ordained the time when the sinner should be brought to Christ, the manner how he should be saved, the means that should be employed; it marked the exact hour and moment, when God the Spirit should quicken the dead in sin, and when peace and pardon should be spoken through the blood of Jesus. Predestination marked the way so completely, that Salvation doth never overstep the bounds, and it is never at a loss for the road. In the everlasting decree of the Sovereign God, the footsteps of Mercy were every one of them ordained. As nothing in this world revolves by chance—as even the foreknown station of a rush by the river is as fixed as the station of a king—it was not meet that Salvation should be left to chance; and therefore God has mapped the place where it should pitch its tent, the manner of its footsteps to that tent, and the time when it should arrive there. Then came Redemption. The way was rough; and though Election had marked the house, and Predestination had mapped the road, the way was so impeded that Salvation could not travel it until it had been cleared. Forth came Redemption, it had but one weapon; that weapon was the all-victorious cross of Christ. There stood the mountains of our sins; Redemption smote them, and they split in halves and left a valley for the Lord's redeemed to march through. There was the great gulph of God's offended wrath; Redemption bridged it with the cross, and so left an everlasting passage by which the armies of the Lord may cross. Redemption has tunnelled every mountain; it has dried up every sea, cut down every forest; it has levelled every high hill, and filled up the valleys, so that the road of Salvation is now plain and simple. God can be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly." (C.H. Spurgeon, Sermon: Things That Accompany Salvation, September 20, 1857)

6 Comments:

At 3/28/2007 12:45 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Beautiful! I am studying to become a pastor, it is very helpful to understand how the greats preached. Thank you for posting this.

 
At 3/31/2007 12:19 AM, Blogger wwdunc said...

"Predestination...ordained the time when the sinner should be brought to Christ, the manner how he should be saved, the means that should be employed; it marked the exact hour and moment, when God the Spirit should quicken the dead in sin, and when peace and pardon should be spoken through the blood of Jesus."

When I consider the particular path predestination mapped out for my salvation, I can only stand in awe of God. Thank you for posting this wonderful Spurgeon excerpt.

Wyeth Duncan

 
At 4/24/2007 5:37 AM, Anonymous Paul said...

Thats a wonderful word from Spurgeon. You are right, there is no one like him nowadays, yet we are blessed to have all his sermons and books readily available to us. And the people who publish his sermons online for free are indeed doing a very good work. This was is such a wonderful way to put election, predestination and redemption together :) Be blessed!

 
At 6/07/2007 9:49 AM, Anonymous Blake said...

Thomas,

Great blog. Thanks for what you do.

On this subject, I wonder if you would have any thoughts for a friend of mine. She and I have been talking for months now about this subject. She was raised in an arminian church, and has now come to agree that Calvinism is the proper way to view the Scriptures. But as she’s begun to learn in more detail about the doctrine of Predestination, things have taken a surprising (to me) turn. She sees that those who are elect will experience X, Y, and Z (fruits of the Spirit, a remorse over sin, etc.). She believes what the Bible says about Christ, that He is God and that faith in His cross-work is the only way to salvation. But she says there are many sins that she has no remorse for, and that while she knows they are wrong and has tried for years to turn from them, she has had no success. She therefore concludes that she must not be one of the elect! So she says that she is NOT trusting in Christ for her salvation, not because she thinks she can find salvation elsewhere, but because she thinks that He hasn’t saved her! So she finds no comfort in any notions of free grace, because Calvinistically she thinks that God has ordained before time that the grace not be extended to her.
I’ve gone from being excited about her turning to Calvinism to wishing it never happened. What should I do from here?

 
At 6/07/2007 6:58 PM, Blogger TSHusker said...

Blake,
First of all, thanks for coming by the blog, and second, thanks for dropping a comment!

Your question with your friend is tough. I've never heard of a "theology" like hers. And I'm not sure I know an answer. She needs to continue to work her way through the Scriptures, in Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, etc. And she needs to get plugged into a good, sovereign-graced, Bible-based church where she is taught the Word. And some form of Biblical counseling - NOT from a psychologist or psychiatrist, but from a pastor who can answer her questions and point her to Christ! And get some other good reading into her - anything from R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, and the like.

Like I said, I don't have an "answer," but hopefully I've given you some things to think about and that might help.

Blessings!

Tom

 
At 9/02/2009 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read and understand the Scriptures concerning Election and Predestination. My spiritual dilemna is "Double Predestination" in which God predestinates "Damnation" If all is settles, why also did Christ have to suffer such a terrible passion? And who wants a bride who is already designated without a will to freely give her heart. Someone please respond.

 

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