Today’s Devotion

Meditation for This Evening by C. H. Spurgeon
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“He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”–Luke 24:27.

THE two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and He was not ashamed to exercise His calling before an audience of two persons, neither does He now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till He is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.

This unrivalled tutor used as His class-book the best of books. Although able to reveal fresh truth, He preferred to expound the old. He knew by His omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, He showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God. The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea. When Jesus Himself sought to enrich others, He wrought in the quarry of Holy Scripture.
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Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
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Holiness

“Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14

The text which heads this page opens up a subject of deep importance. That
subject is practical holiness. It suggests a question which demands the
attention of all professing Christians: Are we holy? Shall we see the Lord?

That question can never be out of season. The wise man tells us, “There is . . .
a time to weep — and a time to laugh; a time to keep silence — and a time to
speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:4, 7); but there is no time, no, not a day, in which a
man ought not to be holy. Are we holy?

That question concerns all ranks and conditions of men. Some are rich — and
some are poor, some learned — and some unlearned, some masters — and some
servants; but there is no rank or condition in life in which a man ought not
to be holy. Are we holy?

I ask to be heard today about this question. How does the account stand
between our souls and God? In this hurrying, bustling world, let us stand
still for a few minutes and consider the matter of holiness. I believe I might
have chosen a subject more popular and pleasant. I am sure I might have found
one more easy to handle. But I feel deeply I could not have chosen one more
seasonable and more profitable to our souls. It is a solemn thing to hear the
Word of God saying, “Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews
12:14).

I will endeavor, by God’s help, to examine what true holiness is and the
reason why it is so needful. In conclusion, I will try to point out the only
way in which holiness can be attained. Having considered the doctrinal side,
let us now turn to the plain and practical application.

1. The NATURE of true practical holiness.

First then, let me try to show what true practical holiness is — what sort of
people are those whom God calls holy?

A man may go great lengths in religion — and yet never reach true holiness.

It is not knowledge — Balaam had that.

It is not great profession — Judas Iscariot had that.

It is not doing many things — Herod had that.

It is not zeal for certain matters in religion — Jehu had that.

It is not morality and outward respectability of conduct — the rich young
ruler had that.

It is not taking pleasure in hearing preachers — the Jews in Ezekiel’s time
had that.

It is not keeping company with godly people — Joab and Gehazi and Demas had
that.

Yet none of these were holy people! These things alone, are not holiness. A
man may have any one of them — and yet never see the Lord.

What then is true practical holiness? It is a hard question to answer. I do
not mean that there is any lack of Scriptural matter on the subject. But I
fear lest I should give a defective view of holiness, and not say all that
ought to be said — or lest I should say things about it that ought not to be
said, and so do harm. Let me, however, try to draw a picture of Biblical
holiness, that we may see it clearly before the eyes of our minds. Only let
it never be forgotten, when I have said all, that my account is but a poor
imperfect outline at the best.

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness

Today’s Devotion

Meditation for This Evening by C. H. Spurgeon
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“The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself.”–Daniel 9:26.

BLESSED be His name, there was no cause of death in Him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled Him, and therefore death had no claim upon Him. No man could have taken His life from Him justly, for He had done no man wrong, and no man could even have lain Him by force unless He had been pleased to yield Himself to die. But lo, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in Him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offerings, seas of the blood of bullocks, and hills of frankincense, could not have availed for the removal of sin; but Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away for ever. Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised! Herein is condescension, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross! Herein is love, which led the Redeemer to lay down His life for His enemies!
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Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
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