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Sermon #2899 Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 1
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1904.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON,
ON LORD’S-DAY EVENING, JULY 9, 1876.
“To you is the word of this salvation sent.” Acts 13:26.
MY text must be read in the light of the 46th verse, or else I may be thought to be guilty of wresting it from its true meaning. Paul originally said to the Jews and proselytes in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia, “To you is the word of this salvation sent.” But they rejected the message and, therefore, the Apostle said to them, “It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” So, if Paul were now here, he might, in addressing you, use the very same words which he used in addressing Israel of old and say, “To you is the word of this salvation sent.” This fact furnishes us with a warning. Remember, Brothers and Sisters, that the Gospel was first sent to Israel. Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, confined His personal ministry almost entirely within the bounds of Palestine and He bade His disciples begin the preaching of the Gospel at Jerusalem—and such was the narrowness which naturally appertained to their nationality that it took a very long time to bring most of the Apostles to preach to any people beside the Jews. In this way the Jews had a full opportunity of knowing the Truth of God, but, because they were blinded by prejudice and sin, they could not see Christ. They judged themselves unworthy of everlasting life, so Paul and the rest of the Apostles turned to the Gentiles. I would solemnly remind you who now have the opportunity of hearing the Gospel that if any nation shall be privileged to have the Gospel sent to it and yet shall continue to reject it, God may turn from that nation as readily as He turned from the Jews—perhaps even more readily than He turned from His ancient and peculiarly favored people, Israel.
If, in this country, men and women continue to go after the idolatrous calves of Ritualism, or turn aside to the modern Sadduceeism of skepticism, it may be that the Lord will remove the candlestick out of its place and that the Word of the Gospel will no longer be sent to us. At present there are many nations to which the Gospel has scarcely been sent by the way of preaching it in their own tongue. They have not yet heard it, but they must do so, sooner or later. There are other countries that were, at one time, the home of saints to whom Christ’s name was known—yet they are now left in the darkness of Popery, or else Mohammedanism has brought the lies of the crescent to take the place of the Truth of the Cross. Go to the ruins of the seven churches of Asia and ask how it is that, as churches, we know nothing of them now— and learn from their doom not to trifle with the Truth of God when it comes to you, nor to judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life lest, perhaps, the messengers of peace should be sent to other lands and the Light of the Gospel should no longer shine upon our highly favored island!
And you, dear Friend—speaking personally to you as an individual rather than to the nation in general—I pray you to take heed that while you are able to hear the Gospel, you also receive it, for it may be that very soon you will be unable to come to the House of Prayer, or your lot may be cast where the Gospel is not faithfully preached and you may have to rue these blessed days in which the Kingdom of God came so near to you, yet you did not enter in! Yes, you may lie a-dying and you may have to lament the Sabbaths that you have wasted and which never will come back to you. And oh, in the next world, with what regret you will have to look back upon the desecrated Sabbaths, the neglected means of Grace and the despised invitations of God’s ministers! And you will mourn that you judged yourself unworthy of everVolume 50 www.spurgeongems.org 1 2 “To You” Sermon #2899 lasting life and, therefore, have passed away into that place of woe where Gospel invitations can never reach your ears! I am preaching with the hope that at least some of you may be saved from such a terrible doom as that and that, this very hour, the Gospel which is sent to you may be accepted by you!
There was a little boy whom his mother noticed as always wonderfully attentive to the Word. He would frequently put his hand to his ear so as to catch every word from the preacher. She said to him, “John, why do you do that, my Dear?” He replied, “Did you not hear the minister say, the other Sunday, that if there was any part of the sermon that would be sure to do us good, the devil would try to cause a disturbance just then, so that we might not hear it? So I am determined that if there is anything that is likely to do me good, I will hear it.” Any man, or woman, or child who will hear like that, will not hear in vain—that is impossible!
I. My talk will be very simple and not very long. And, first of all, I am going to answer the question, WHAT IS
THIS WORD OF SALVATION WHICH IS SENT TO US?If you read the passage through, as we did just now, you will see that the word of salvation, which is sent to us, is the testimony that Jesus Christ is the promised Savior. Paul showed that He was of the seed of David, the Messiah whom God had promised to His people by the Prophets. Jesus of Nazareth was the Seed of the woman who was to bruise the old serpent’s head, the One of whom the ancient seers spoke so sweetly and for whom the 12 tribes, watching night and day, waited so long. This is the Messiah, the world’s only Hope, the one Redeemer—rightly called the King of the Jews—yet also the Savior of all who believe in Him!
What has this Truth of God to do with you? Why, it has this to do with you—that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin! That same Jesus who was the Son of God, took upon Himself our human nature, lived in this world and worked righteousness. And when the due time came, He took upon Himself the sins of all His people. The Lord laid them upon Him and He carried them up to the Cross and there, upon the tree, He bore the full penalty for all the transgressions of His people. The penalty for sin was death, so Jesus died. And Paul writes, by Inspiration, “God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Now, because Christ died in the place of the ungodly, the forgiveness of sins is being preached, at this moment, in tens of thousands of places all over the world! Whoever believes in Jesus Christ—that is, simply trust in Him—shall receive at once the forgiveness of all his sins—a complete and irreversible forgiveness by which the whole of his sin is blotted out as when a man strikes his pen through the record of a debt or writes below it, “Settled.” All his sin is removed, as when the North wind drives away the cloud and the sky is bright and clear. All his sin is removed, as when the fuller cleanses the filthy garment and makes it white as snow. All his sin is removed forever, “as far as the East is from the West.” So who can lay anything to the charge of the man whose sins Christ has forgiven? This forgiveness is preached unto you through the Man, Christ Jesus, even to you who believe on His name!
The word of this salvation is the proclamation of perfect salvation through the risen Redeemer, for the Apostle adds, “by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses.” That is to say, there were some sins which the Law given to Moses never thought of forgiving, but there are no sins which Christ is either unable or unwilling to forgive. The Law of Moses could not, in very deed, put away any sin, so fresh sacrifices had to be continually offered under the Mosaic dispensation. “But this Man” whom we preach unto you, “after He had offered one Sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,” having no need to present any more sacrifices.
So that if you believe on Him, your sins shall be not figuratively, but actually put away forever—and there shall remain to you no more consciousness of sin. Washed in the precious blood of Christ, you shall be whiter than snow and shall enter into Heaven, none daring to accuse you, for who shall accuse the man or woman whom Christ has justified? This is the word of salvation, then, that is sent to you, my dear Friends, as much as to those to whom Paul spoke. “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” He shall never perish, for he is forgiven by God and is “accepted in the Beloved.” If there are any of you who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, it seems to me that you are like a ship that is derelict—left to the mercy of the winds and waves. O Soul, yours is an unhappy condition for anyone to be in! Though as yet you are not destroyed. Though as yet you are not in Hell, it ought to be misery enough for a man to feel, “I am not under the direction of God. I have not Christ on board to be my Pilot.” Stop, young woman! Stop, young man! If that is the case with you, go no further as you are, but ask the Lord to direct you from this time forth and even forever more! I stand here as a living witness to this fact that it is the highest wisdom and happiness to trust in the Lord! I have relied upon 2 www.spurgeongems.org Volume 50 Sermon #2899 “To You” 3 Him since I was 15 years of age and my only grief is that I did not trust Him earlier! But since the hour that brought me to His feet and enabled me to rest in Him, He has been a good Helper, a sure Guide and a blessed Friend to me! And speaking from my own experience, I would entreat my Brothers and Sisters who are younger than I am to delay no longer, but to take my Heavenly Father to be their Guide also! May the Lord, the Holy Spirit, lead you to do so this very hour, for Jesus Christ’s sake!
II. Now let us pass on to a second question which is, IN WHAT MANNER IS THIS GOSPEL SENT TO YOU? Let me have your ears and your heart while I try to answer this important question as the Holy Spirit shall guide me.
Well, first, it was sent to you, dear Friend, whoever you may be, in Christ’s universal commission which He gave to His disciples, “Go you into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” You are a creature, are you not?
Then the Gospel is to be preached to you! Paul wrote to Timothy, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” You are a sinner, are you not? Then, Christ came to save you and this faithful saying is worthy of your acceptation! Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His last invitation in the Book of Revelation, says, “Whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Surely, “whoever will” must include you, whoever you may be, for you have a will and you can come to Christ if you will— “Let every mortal ear attend, And every heart rejoice”— for, to everyone of woman born— The trumpet of the Gospel sounds With an inviting voice.” Young or old, rich or poor, whomever you may be, “to you is the word of this salvation sent” by Him who bade us go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, saying, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.” But it is also sent to you in another sense, for the preaching of it has actually come to you. The word of this salvation is sent to every creature under Heaven, but the great mass of mankind has not yet heard it. “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they are sent?” O Church of the living God, what a sin lies at your door because they are not sent and, therefore, the heathen do not hear and hence they are not saved! But, “to you,” the preacher has come! You have heard the Gospel—some of you from your childhood. Can you recollect the time when you did not hear it? You say, sometimes, that it has been dinned into your ears until you are almost weary of it. When we come into the pulpit, we cannot tell you anything fresh—it is just the same old story that you have heard so long. “To you” the word of this salvation has been sent and you have heard it and know what it is!
Perhaps some of you may say to me, “Sir, we live in a place where the Gospel is not preached. We have rank Ritualism in the parish church and nothing but vapid intellectualism in all the Dissenting chapels.” I am sorry if that is true, but look here, Sirs—you have all got this Bible, or you can all get it and it will be a stern witness against everyone of you, whether you hear the Gospel preached or not! I suppose that a copy of the Bible is in almost every Englishman’s house—I wonder whether there is one home in this land without it—there should not be. Well, then, as long as this invaluable preacher is with you—as long as you can read the Word of God in your home, or in the field, or in the barn or the shop—to you, indeed, is the word of this salvation sent!
Further, I believe that, to some people, the Gospel is sent in a yet more remarkable manner. Possibly the very fact that you are here, at this service, is one of the many instances in which the Gospel has been sent to you. There was a young man, some years ago, who dishonored his father’s name in the village where he lived—a scapegrace, as they called him—and he ran away from home to a distant land. He came to London and went on board a vessel, at the docks, expecting to sail. This was on a Saturday, but an “accident” occurred and the ship was delayed, so he had a Sunday in London.
He remembered that his father had often spoken of the Tabernacle, so he enquired the way and came here—an utterly ungodly young man. Some months after, in a letter which he wrote to his home, his father was surprised to find that he was commencing to preach the Gospel. He said that on that Sunday night when he came here, the Lord met with him and saved him. That was a blessed “accident” that kept him from sailing on the Saturday and that brought him here to listen to the Gospel of Jesus!