Each Bird From Its Own Egg

“It would be monstrous for the eggs of one creature to bring
forth a brood of another kind, for a crow or a kite to come from the
egg of a hen. It is as unnatural a production for a new creature to
sin.”

Each creature brings forth after its own kind : the old nature being radically
evil continues to produce and to send forth swarms of sins ; it is not reconciled
to God, neither indeed can be, and therefore its thoughts and acts are those
of rebellion and hatred toward God. On the other hand the new nature ” cannot
sin because it is born of God;” it must have its fruit unto holiness, for
it is holiness itself. Out of a dove’s nest we expect only doves to fly. The
heavenly life breeds birds of paradise, such as holy thoughts, desires, and acts ;
and it cannot bring forth such unclean birds as lust, and envy, and malice.
The life of God infused in regenera tion is as pure as the Lord by whom it was
begotten, and can never be otherwise. Blessed is the man who has this heavenly
principle within, for it must appear in his life, and cause him to abound in
holiness, to the glory of God. Reader, have you this divine seed within you, or
do you remain under the dominion of corrupt nature ? This question deserves a
present and thoughtful reply.

Charles Spurgeon, “Illustrations and Meditations”

Salvation is of the Lord. Jonah 2:9

Salvation is of the Lord.
Jonah 2:9
Salvation is the work of God. It is he alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is of the Lord.” If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because he upholds me with his hand. I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God himself first does in me. Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me. Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instru
ctor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery. “He only is my rock and my salvation.” Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing. As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

The wrath to come. Matthew 3:7

The wrath to come.
Matthew 3:7
It is pleasant to pass over a country after a storm has spent itself; to smell the freshness of the herbs after the rain has passed away, and to note the drops while they glisten like purest diamonds in the sunlight. That is the position of a Christian. He is going through a land where the storm has spent itself upon his Saviour’s head, and if there be a few drops of sorrow falling, they distil from clouds of mercy, and Jesus cheers him by the assurance that they are not for his destruction. But how terrible is it to witness the approach of a tempest: to note the forewarnings of the storm; to mark the birds of heaven as they droop their wings; to see the cattle as they lay their heads low in terror; to discern the face of the sky as it groweth black, and look to the sun which shineth not, and the heavens which are angry and frowning! How terrible to await the dread advance of a hurricane–such as occurs, sometimes, in the tropics–to wait in terrible apprehension till the win
d shall rush forth in fury, tearing up trees from their roots, forcing rocks from their pedestals, and hurling down all the dwelling-places of man! And yet, sinner, this is your present position. No hot drops have as yet fallen, but a shower of fire is coming. No terrible winds howl around you, but God’s tempest is gathering its dread artillery. As yet the water-floods are dammed up by mercy, but the flood-gates shall soon be opened: the thunderbolts of God are yet in his storehouse, but lo! the tempest hastens, and how awful shall that moment be when God, robed in vengeance, shall march forth in fury! Where, where, where, O sinner, wilt thou hide thy head, or whither wilt thou flee? O that the hand of mercy may now lead you to Christ! He is freely set before you in the gospel: his riven side is the rock of shelter. Thou knowest thy need of him; believe in him, cast thyself upon him, and then the fury shall be overpast forever.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening