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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 08, 2015

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> "From me is thy fruit found."
> Hosea 14:8
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> Our fruit is found from our God as to union. The fruit of the branch is directly
traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is
produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit. Every bunch of
grapes has been first in the root, it has passed through the stem, and flowed
through the sap vessels, and fashioned itself externally into fruit, but it was
first in the stem; so also every good work was first in Christ, and then is
brought forth in us. O Christian, prize this precious union to Christ; for it must
be the source of all the fruitfulness which thou canst hope to know. If thou wert
not joined to Jesus Christ, thou wouldst be a barren bough indeed.
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> Our fruit comes from God as to spiritual providence. When the dew-drops fall from
heaven, when the cloud looks down from on high, and is about to distil its liquid
treasure, when the bright sun swells the berries of the cluster, each heavenly
boon may whisper to the tree and say, "From me is thy fruit found." The fruit owes
much to the root--that is essential to fruitfulness--but it owes very much also to
external influences. How much we owe to God's grace-providence! in which he
provides us constantly with quickening, teaching, consolation, strength, or
whatever else we want. To this we owe our all of usefulness or virtue.
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> Our fruit comes from God as to wise husbandry. The gardener's sharp-edged knife
promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and by cutting
off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning which the Lord
gives to thee. "My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not
fruit he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit he purgeth it, that it
may bring forth more fruit." Since our God is the author of our spiritual graces,
let us give to him all the glory of our salvation.
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> Evening
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> "The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the
working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from
the dead."
> Ephesians 1:19-20
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> In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing
short of a divine power. What shall we say of those who think that conversion is
wrought by the free will of man, and is due to his own betterness of disposition?
When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we
expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ.

It is not
the word preached, nor the word read in itself; all quickening power proceeds from
the Holy Ghost. This power was irresistible. All the soldiers and the high priests
could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb; Death himself could not hold Jesus
in his bonds: even thus irresistible is the power put forth in the believer when
he is raised to newness of life.

No sin, no corruption, no devils in **** nor
sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God's grace when it intends to convert a
man. If God omnipotently says, "Thou shalt," man shall not say, "I will not."
Observe that the power which raised Christ from the dead was glorious. It
reflected honour upon God and wrought dismay in the hosts of evil. So there is
great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It was everlasting power.
"Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over
him."

So we, being raised from the dead, go not back to our dead works nor to our
old corruptions, but we live unto God. "Because he lives we live also." "For we
are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God." "Like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness
of life." Lastly, in the text mark the union of the new life to Jesus. The same
power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be
quickened together with Christ!
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