The form and spirit of religion
“Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.” 1 Samuel 4:3
Suggested Further Reading:
1 Corinthians 1:13-17
How vain are the hopes that men build upon their good works, and ceremonial observances! How frightful is that delusion which teaches for the gospel a thing which is not “the gospel”, nor “another gospel”; but it is a thing that would pervert the gospel of Christ. Let me ask thee solemnly, what is thy ground of hope? Dost thou rely on baptism? O man, how foolish thou art! What can a few drops of water, put upon an infant’s forehead, do? Some lying hypocrites tell us that children are regenerated by drops of water.
What kind of regeneration is that? We have seen people hanged that were regenerated in this fashion. There have been men that have lived all their lives as whoremongers, adulterers, thieves, and murderers, who have been regenerated in their baptism by that kind of regeneration.
Oh, be not deceived by a regeneration so absurd, so palpable even to flesh and blood, as one of the lying wonders that have come from hell itself. But maybe thou sayest, “Sir, I rely upon my baptism, in after life.”
Ah, my friends, what can washing in water do? As the Lord liveth, if thou trustest in baptism thou trustest in a thing that will fail thee at last. For what is washing in water, unless it is preceded by faith and repentance? We baptize you, not in order to wash away your sins, but because we believe they are washed away beforehand; and if we did not think you believed so, we would not admit you to a participation in that ordinance.
But if you will pervert this to your own destruction, by trusting in it, take heed; you are warned this morning. For as “circumcision availeth nothing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature,” so baptism availeth nothing.
Baptism is supposed to illustrate the gospel, not to replace it. The command to be baptised follows the new birth, repentance and faith in Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12,36-38; 9:17-18; 10:47-48; 16:14-15,31-34; 18:8).
Sermon no. 186
4 April (1858)
♥ <(((>< † ♥ † ><)))> ♥
“The true minister of Christ knows that the true value of a sermon must lie,
not in its fashion and manner, but in the truth which it contains.
~ C. H. Spurgeon ~
The purpose of these pages is to share the precious word of God, without acquiring any monetary reward. God gave me the salvation for free, so I share the gospel of his word the same way ..( NO ADVERTISEMENTS ) ...
Blessings to all of You, rejoice in the sublime and infallible word of God
Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those that I care deeply for,
who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy..
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.
"HAVE A BLESSED DAY FULL OF PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS"
You can see two post at the time, please go to the bottom and look for the "Blog Archive", there is many more, sometimes I do many during the day as the time permits.
DO YOU ENJOY THIS BLOG ? ..
If you like to visit my other blogs, please click at the link and If not clickable, please copy and paste the address to your browser, Thanks...
TRANSLATORS ARE AVAILABLE TO ANY LANGUAGE..
TRADUCTORES AL ESPAÑOL O CUALQUIER OTRO LENGUAJE...
Don't forget to spread The Word of GOD by sharing today's passage with friends...
Please share with your family and friends using small envelope (E-mail) next to a pencil, under my name at the bottom of post, or using the share link..
Reflection and inspiration from the "Prince of Preachers,"
Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
This resource was produced before 1923 and therefore
is considered in the "Public Domain".
We respect copyright laws and are committed to remove any copyright infringing material from our website. If you find any content on our website which infringes your copyrighted work, please contact us, we’ll be happy to verify and remove such content. Please do provide us the following details: 1) Your name, E-mail Address. 2) Location (URLs) of your copyrighted work on your website. 3) Location (URLs) of your copyrighted work on our website.
Some of images taken from Flickr under Creative Commons License and also the bank of free Creative images for non commercial usage...
Everything we do is for God Almighty's glory our creator and we pray for all the people that are making images available to continue spreading the Gospel.
Thank YOu and God Bless.
Blog created February 15, 2010 .