Sunday, 2 September 2007

Spurgeon on the joy of assurance

    "He cannot be an unhappy man who can cry, 'Abba, Father.' The spirit of adoption is always attended by love, joy and peace, which are the fruits of the Spirit; for we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but we have received the spirit of liberty and joy in Christ Jesus. 'My God, my Father.' Oh how sweet the sound. But all men of God do not enjoy this, say you. Alas! we grant it, but we also add that it is their own fault. It is the right and portion of every believer to live in the assurance that he is reconciled to God, that God loves him, and that he is God's child, and if he doth not so live he has himself only to blame.
    If there be any starving at God's table, it is because the guest stints himself, for the feast is superabundant. If however, a man comes, and I pray you all may, to live habitually under a sense of pardon through the sprinking of the precious blood, and in a delightful sense of perfect reconciliation with the great God, he is the possessor of a joy unspeakable and full of glory."

    C H Spurgeon - "The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 17" - Pilgrim, Sermon 1027, p 712.

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