What is this cry that we hear? (Charles Spurgeon)

What is this? What is this cry that we hear? (Charles Spurgeon)

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” Genesis 4:8

“The blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:24

“The sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance].” Hebrews 12:24 (NLT)

There is a cry heard in Heaven; the angels are astonished; they rise up from their golden seats and inquire, “What is that cry?”

God looks upon them, and says, “It is the cry of blood; a man has been slain by his fellow; a brother is slain by him who came from the womb of the same mother, has been murdered in cold blood, through malice. One of My saints has been murdered, and here he comes.”

And Abel entered into Heaven, blood-red, the first of God’s elect who had entered Paradise, and the first of God’s children who had worn the blood-red crown of martyrdom.

And then the cry was heard, loud and clear and strong; and thus it spoke: “Revenge! Revenge! Revenge!” And God Himself, rising from His throne, summoned the culprit to His presence; questioned him, condemned him out of His own mouth, and made him henceforth a fugitive and a vagabond, to wander over the surface of the earth, which was to be sterile to his plough.

And now, beloved, contrast the blood of Christ with this. There is Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; He hangs upon a tree; He is murdered–murdered by His own brethren. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him–but put Him to death.

He bleeds; He dies; and then a cry is heard in Heaven.

The astonished angels again start from their seats, and they say, “What is this? What is this cry that we hear?” And the mighty Maker answers yet again, “It is the cry of blood; it is the cry of the blood of My only-begotten and well-beloved Son!”

And God, uprising from His throne, looks down from Heaven and listens to the cry. And what is the cry? It is not revenge; but the voice cries “Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!” Did you hear it? It said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

“The sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance].” Hebrews 12:24 (NLT)

Spurgeon: All that He has and all that He is, is theirs

“I will be their God.” Jer. 31:33

Child of God, let me urge you to make use of your God. Make use of him in prayer; I beseech you, go to Him often, because He is your God. He has made Himself over to you, and He has become the property of all His children, so that all that He has and all that He is, is theirs. O child of God, will you let your treasury lie idle, when you need it? No! go and draw from it by prayer.

Fly to Him, tell Him all your needs. Use Him constantly by faith, at all times. 

Oh! I beseech you, if some dark providencehas come over you–use your God as a sun, for He is a sun. 

If some strong enemy has come out against you–use your God for a shield, for He is a shield to protect you. 

If you have lost your way in the mazes of life–use Him for a guide, for the great Jehovah will direct you. 

If you are in storms–use Him, for He is the God who stills the raging of the sea, and says unto the waves, “Be still.” 

If you are a poor thing, knowing not which way to turn–use Him for a shepherd, for the Lord is your Shepherd, and you shall not want. 

Whatever you are, and wherever you are, remember that God is just what you need. I beseech you, then, make use of your God!

– Charles Spurgeon

They came to Him from every quarter

They came to Him from every quarter.”— Mark 1:45

People of all types came to Jesus from every direction. Their paths were different, but their center was the same.

Still true today.

I refer you to Spurgeon’s wonderful sermon, “Gathering to the centre.


A Thousand Lives For Christ

“I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ, and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me.” – C. H. Spurgeon

That is the truth!

The Bigot of Today

Truer by the minute:

“This present age is so flippant that if a man loves the Savior he is a fanatic, and if he hates the powers of evil he is a bigot.” – Spurgeon

And that was written in the 1880’s.

Spurgeon’s Covering

Spurgeon says, when God saves sinners, He no longer sees sin in them, instead He sees Jesus covering us as a veil.

“God will never strike a soul through the veil of His Son’s sacrifice. He accepts us because He cannot but accept His Son, who has become our covering.” (Christ in the Old Testament)

“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Col. 3:3

What a Savior!

True Love For God

“True love for God must be in the heart–or else there is no grace there whatever. If a man does not love God, then he is not a renewed man. Love for God is a mark which is always set upon Christ’s sheep, and never set upon any others.

I have no right, therefore, to believe that I am a regenerated person–unless my heart truly and sincerely loves God. If I have been regenerated, I will not be perfect, but this one thing I can say: “Lord, You know all things. You know that I love You!” When by believing we receive the privilege to become sons of God–we also receive the nature of sons, and with filial love we cry, “Abba, Father!”

There is no exception to this rule! If a man does not sincerely love God–then he is not born of God. As the sun must give forth its light–so must a soul that has been created anew by divine grace, display its nature by earnest affection toward God. You are not born again, unless you love God. Sincere love to God is indispensable!”

– Charles Spurgeon

“If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed!” – 1 Cor. 16:22

18″ of Snow

“Imagine there are two trails. One is well-traveled. It is smooth and it has beautiful flowers along the path. The other trail is a mess. It is filled with deep ruts. It is ugly and difficult to take.

Imagine a storm comes along and drops 18 inches of snow. You can’t tell the difference between the two trails because both of them have been covered by the snow.

Just so our sins, big and small, are equally covered by God.

‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.’ – Isaiah 1:18

Your sins might still be on your mind, but they are not on His! He says ‘I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist.’ – Isaiah 44:2

Charles Spurgeon also illustrated the lengths God will go to cover our sins:

‘Man piles a mountain of sin, but God will match it, and He raises up a loftier mountain of grace; man heaps up a still larger hill of sin, but the Lord surpasses it with 10 times more grace; and so the contest continues until at last the mighty God pulls up the mountains by the roots and buries man’s sin beneath an Alp. Abundant sin is no barrier to the superabundant grace of God.’

These are the words of Erwin Lutzer and Charles Spurgeon. I felt someone needed to hear them today.

Ref: The Power of a Clear Conscience, Erwin Lutzer, 2016.

Social Media: The New Bible

bowing before technology

Charles Spurgeon said that “Newspapers are the Bibles of worldlings! How diligently they read them! Here they find their law & profits, their judges & chronicles, their epistles & revelations!”

I trust the Prince of Preachers would indulge me just a minor update: “Social Media is the Bible of worldlings!”

Not much has changed in 2000 years. Paul basically said the same thing to the church at Colossae:

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. – Col. 2:8

Paul said bowing before anything other than Christ is cheating you. This is the only occurence of that Greek word. It has several implications such as someone plundering & taking captive and making a victim by fraud. But here is the most literal translation (and the most chilling): “to carry off like a predator with its prey!” Bowing before anything other than Jesus is carrying you off like a viscous predator. What are you bowing before?

Social Media is fine as long as we are not neglecting time in God’s Word. Is this ratio out of balance? I know its harder and harder to fit all that we have going on in, but – FIGHT FOR THAT TIME! Make it a priority. Maybe something needs to go. What’s it going to be? What’s most important? If this were your final day, how would you spend it? Scrolling through Facebook?

Time spent with the Lord is never wasted. His Word heals & delivers us (Psa. 107:20). Don’t know where to begin reading the Bible? Start with the Gospels (it introduces you immediately to Christ).

Please don’t give up that precious time to see what someone else had for dinner.

Where are you getting your news? Which is your Bible: the actual Word of God or the internet?

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Ref: http://biblehub.com/greek/4812.htm