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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - August 10, 2015

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> "Christ, who is our life."
> Colossians 3:4
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> Paul's marvellously rich expression indicates, that Christ is the source of our
life. "You hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins." That same
voice which brought Lazarus out of the tomb raised us to newness of life. He is
now the substance of our spiritual life. It is by his life that we live; he is in
us, the hope of glory, the spring of our actions, the central thought which moves
every other thought. Christ is the sustenance of our life. What can the Christian
feed upon but Jesus' flesh and blood?

"This is the bread which cometh down from
heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die." O wayworn pilgrims in this
wilderness of sin, you never get a morsel to satisfy the hunger of your spirits,
except ye find it in him! Christ is the solace of our life. All our true joys come
from him; and in times of trouble, his presence is our consolation. There is
nothing worth living for but him; and his lovingkindness is better than life!
Christ is the object of our life. As speeds the ship towards the port, so hastes
the believer towards the haven of his Saviour's bosom. As flies the arrow to its
goal, so flies the Christian towards the perfecting of his fellowship with Christ
Jesus.

As the soldier fights for his captain, and is crowned in his captain's
victory, so the believer contends for Christ, and gets his triumph out of the
triumphs of his Master. "For him to live is Christ." Christ is the exemplar of our
life. Where there is the same life within, there will, there must be, to a great
extent, the same developments without; and if we live in near fellowship with the
Lord Jesus we shall grow like him. We shall set him before us as our Divine copy,
and we shall seek to tread in his footsteps, until he shall become the crown of
our life in glory. Oh! how safe, how honoured, how happy is the Christian, since
Christ is our life!
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> "The Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins."
> Matthew 9:6
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> Behold one of the great Physician's mightiest arts: he has power to forgive sin!
While here he lived below, before the ransom had been paid, before the blood had
been literally sprinkled on the mercy-seat, he had power to forgive sin. Hath he
not power to do it now that he hath died?

What power must dwell in him who to the
utmost farthing has faithfully discharged the debts of his people! He has
boundless power now that he has finished transgression and made an end of sin. If
ye doubt it, see him rising from the dead! behold him in ascending splendour
raised to the right hand of God! Hear him pleading before the eternal Father,
pointing to his wounds, urging the merit of his sacred passion! What power to
forgive is here! "He hath ascended on high, and received gifts for men." "He is
exalted on high to give repentance and remission of sins." The most crimson sins
are removed by the crimson of his blood.

At this moment, dear reader, whatever thy
sinfulness, Christ has power to pardon, power to pardon thee, and millions such as
thou art. A word will speak it. He has nothing more to do to win thy pardon; all
the atoning work is done. He can, in answer to thy tears, forgive thy sins today,
and make thee know it. He can breathe into thy soul at this very moment a peace
with God which passeth all understanding, which shall spring from perfect
remission of thy manifold iniquities. Dost thou believe that? I trust thou
believest it. Mayst thou experience now the power of Jesus to forgive sin! Waste
no time in applying to the Physician of souls, but hasten to him with words like
these:--
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> "Jesus! Master! hear my cry;
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> Save me, heal me with a word;
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> Fainting at thy feet I lie,
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> Thou my whisper'd plaint hast heard."
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Thanks for that, I needed a boost today.
 
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