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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 25, 2015

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> "Just, and the justifier of him which believeth."
> Romans 3:26
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> Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer.
Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon
past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to
come; for Christ has paid the debt of his people to the last jot and tittle, and
received the divine receipt; and unless God can be so unjust as to demand double
payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast
into ****.

It seems to be one of the very principles of our enlightened nature to
believe that God is just; we feel that it must be so, and this gives us our terror
at first; but is it not marvellous that this very same belief that God is just,
becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a
sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my
stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in
Christ, can never be punished. God must change his nature before one soul, for
whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the
law.

Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer--having rendered a
full equivalent to divine wrath for all that his people ought to have suffered as
the result of sin, the believer can shout with glorious triumph, "Who shall lay
anything to the charge of God's elect?" Not God, for he hath justified; not
Christ, for he hath died, "yea rather hath risen again." My hope lives not because
I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not
that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not
upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he
has done, and in what he is now doing for me. On the lion of justice the fair maid
of hope rides like a queen.
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> "Who of God is made unto us wisdom."
> 1 Corinthians 1:30
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> Man's intellect seeks after rest, and by nature seeks it apart from the Lord Jesus
Christ. Men of education are apt, even when converted, to look upon the
simplicities of the cross of Christ with an eye too little reverent and loving.

They are snared in the old net in which the Grecians were taken, and have a
hankering to mix philosophy with revelation. The temptation with a man of refined
thought and high education is to depart from the simple truth of Christ crucified,
and to invent, as the term is, a more intellectual doctrine. This led the early
Christian churches into Gnosticism, and bewitched them with all sorts of heresies.
This is the root of Neology, and the other fine things which in days gone by were
so fashionable in Germany, and are now so ensnaring to certain classes of divines.

Whoever you are, good reader, and whatever your education may be, if you be the
Lord's, be assured you will find no rest in philosophizing divinity. You may
receive this dogma of one great thinker, or that dream of another profound
reasoner, but what the chaff is to the wheat, that will these be to the pure word
of God. All that reason, when best guided, can find out is but the A B C of truth,
and even that lacks certainty, while in Christ Jesus there is treasured up all the
fulness of wisdom and knowledge.

All attempts on the part of Christians to be
content with systems such as Unitarian and Broad-church thinkers would approve of,
must fail; true heirs of heaven must come back to the grandly simple reality which
makes the ploughboy's eye flash with joy, and gladens the pious pauper's
heart--"Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners." Jesus satisfies the
most elevated intellect when he is believingly received, but apart from him the
mind of the regenerate discovers no rest. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of knowledge." "A good understanding have all they that do his commandments."
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