I love Charles Spurgeon. Scroll through my social media, and you will find a plethora of Spurgeon quotes mixed in with memes and the occasional pet photo.
I’m an auditory learner, so I was thrilled to find recordings of some of Spurgeon’s sermons! Obviously, they aren’t actually Spurgeon’s voice, but the reader’s name is also Charles. XD
Over the past few months, I’ve built up quite the collection of Spurgeon quotes (in bold below). The commentary is my own. All Scripture quotes are taken from the ESV.
The fact is, we oftentimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say.
Ooo, this is a good one.
Those of us raised in the church have been exposed to certain Scriptures so many times we think we know exactly what it means. We might groan internally when the pastor has us turn to the passage, thinking we already know what it says. (Anyone else?)
But these preconceived notions can be flawed. It’s vital to not read Scripture for what we think it means or what we want it to mean, but for what God intended it to mean.
There is one interpretation of Scripture (2 Peter 1:20). It’s not a Choose Your Own Adventure Novel. It’s a complete work with a precise meaning.
After ten thousand sins He loves you as infinitely as ever.
I printed this one off and stuck it in the front of my journal.
As Christians, we aren’t supposed to continue in sin (Romans 6:1-2). We are called to walk in righteousness and to imitate Christ. But while we sojourn here on Earth, we will never be perfect. We will continue to stumble and fall.
But God is gracious!
He still loves us, even when we sin. All our mistakes are covered by the blood of Christ. Isn’t that amazing?
Men know not the gold which lies in the mine of Christ Jesus, or surely they would dig in it night and day.
My family has been watching a show called Gold Rush. It’s about a group of guys who quit their jobs to, you guessed it, gold mine.
Even when the elements are against them, when their equipment breaks down, and when their team breaks apart, they keep going. They are so consumed with the desire to find gold, they will do anything to get it.
Solomon says wisdom is “better than gain from silver and her profit is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 3:14-15)
If we pursued wisdom as we pursue earthly treasures, how rich would we be? Think of all the time and effort men pour into making money. We should work even harder to find wisdom than we do to grow our checking account.
Later, Solomon says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10) Knowing Christ is true wisdom, the greatest treasure of all!
Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us. If we don’t know where we’re going, we know with Whom we go.
My absolute favorite Corrie ten Boom quote is: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” This goes hand-in-hand with what Spurgeon is saying here.
Our future may look uncertain (particularly in 2020) and we may have no idea what tomorrow will hold. “But [we] know Who holds the future.”
It is folly to think that God provides grace for every trouble but the one you are in today.
My English friend sent this one to me a few months ago. I promptly fell in love with it and put it on my wall.
Don’t we often think that God maybe doesn’t care about what we are going through? Surely He has bigger things to handle than our school stress. Yeah, He cares about the sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31), but our broken finger isn’t that important.
But God provides for every need, no matter how small. Peter tells us to cast all our anxieties on Him (1 Peter 5:7). That includes the small ones and the big ones.
When we think too lightly of sin, we think too lightly of the Saviour.
Haven’t we all thought, “Eh, it’s okay if I do x, y, or z, it’s not really that bad. It’s not like murder.”
But all sin is an offense to God. Even the “tiniest” lie breaks His perfect Law.
If we somehow managed to live our entire lives without sinning except for stealing a candy bar in the checkout line, we would still be incapable of entering heaven on our own. God takes sin very seriously. His Son had to die to let us into heaven. That should make us realize the gravity of our sin and motivate us to godliness.
You will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything but Christ.
This is one of my favorites. I have it hanging above my desk where I can see it every day.
When we try to find fulfillment in anything but Jesus, we will come up empty.
It’s so easy to think we can fill ourselves with successful careers, families, and friends. But only Christ can truly and fully satisfy us.
It’s like being hungry, but settling for sugar water instead of a solid meal. Yeah, it tastes good and lasts for a little while. Then it disappears, leaving us hungrier than before.
There are difficulties in everything, except in eating pancakes.
This one just makes me smile. Yes, Spurgeon actually said this. (According to Facebook. XD)
I hope these quotes have been a blessing to you! Please share this article with anyone you think would benefit from it.
Like what you see? Subscribe to my email list and never miss a post!