Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My Year With Spurgeon #24

Effectual Calling
Charles Spurgeon
“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.”—Luke 19:5.
Ah! my brethren, it matters not where you come from; you may come from one of the dirtiest streets, one of the worst back slums but if effectual grace call you, it is an effectual call, which knoweth no distinction of place. But, my brethren, grace knows no distinction; it is no respector of persons, but God calleth whom he wills, and he called this worst of publicans, in the worst of cities, from the worst of trades.
But God’s call is not a call for to-morrow. ”To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, when your fathers tempted me.” God’s grace always comes with despatch; and if thou art drawn by God, thou wilt run after God, and not be talking about delays. To-morrow—it is not written in the almanack of time. To-morrow—it is in Satan’s calendar, and nowhere else.
The common call which is given by the gospel to all men is a call which operates upon them for a time, and then it is all over; but the saving call is an abiding call.
The salvation of a sinner is as much a matter of necessity with God as the fulfilment of his covenant that the rain shall no more drown the world. The salvation of every blood-bought child of God is a necessary thing for three reasons; it is necessary because it is God’s purpose; it is necessary because it is Christ’s purchase; it is necessary because it is God’s promise.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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