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A Slender Cord in the Hands of a Great God

16 Apr

Charles Spurgeon on faith and works . . . two passages on the merits of one and inadequacy of the other:

I am told that years ago a boat was upset above the falls of Niagara, and two men were being carried down the current, when persons on the shore managed to float a rope out to them, which rope was seized by them both.  One of them held fast to it and was safely drawn to the bank; but the other, seeing a great log come floating by, unwisely let go the rope and clung to the log, for it was the bigger thing of the two, and apparently better to cling to.  Alas!  The log with the man on it went right over the vast abyss, because there was no union between the log and the shore.  The size of the log was no benefit to him who grasped it; it needed a connection with the shore to produce safety.  So when a man trusts to his works, or to sacraments, or to anything of that sort, he will not be saved, because there is no junction between him and Christ; but faith, though it may seem to be like a slender cord, is in the hands of the great God on the shore side; infinite power pulls in the connecting line, and thus draws the man from destruction. (All of Grace, pp. 45-46)

And another:

Those who hope to be saved by trying to do their best know nothing of that glowing fervor, that hallowed warmth, that devout joy in God, which come with salvation freely given according to the grace of God.  The slavish spirit of self-salvation is no match for the joyous spirit of adoption.  There is more real virtue in the least emotion of faith than in all the tuggings of legal bond-slaves, or all the weary machinery of devotees who would climb to Heaven by rounds of ceremonies.  Faith is spiritual, and God who is a spirit delights in it for that reason.  Years of prayer-saying, and church-going, or chapel-going, and ceremonies, and performances, may only be an abomination in the sight of Jehovah; but a glance from the eye of true faith is spiritual and it is therefore dear to Him. (All of Grace, p. 99)

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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Book Comments, Charles Spurgeon, Faith

 

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