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

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> "His fruit was sweet to my taste."
> Song of Solomon 2:3
> Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is
sight: "Look unto me and be ye saved." It is hearing: "Hear, and your soul shall
live." Faith is smelling: "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and
cassia"; "thy name is as ointment poured forth." Faith is spiritual touch. By this
faith the woman came behind and touched the hem of Christ's garment, and by this
we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit's
taste. "How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my lips."
"Except a man eat my flesh," saith Christ, "and drink my blood, there is no life
in him."
> This "taste" is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first
performances of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward
ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God's Word, and we believe it to
be so; that is the "hearing" of faith. Then our mind looketh upon the truth as it
is presented to us; that is to say, we understand it, we perceive its meaning;
that is the "seeing" of faith. Next we discover its preciousness; we begin to
admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its "smell." Then we
appropriate the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its

Hence follow the enjoyments, peace, delight, communion; which are faith
in its "taste." Any one of these acts of faith is saving. To hear Christ's voice
as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us; but that which gives true
enjoyment is the aspect of faith wherein Christ, by holy taste, is received into
us, and made, by inward and spiritual apprehension of his sweetness and
preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit "under his shadow
with great delight," and find his fruit sweet to our taste.
> Evening
> "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest."
> Acts 8:37
> These words may answer your scruples, devout reader, concerning the ordinances.
Perhaps you say, "I should be afraid to be baptized; it is such a solemn thing to
avow myself to be dead with Christ, and buried with him. I should not feel at
liberty to come to the Master's table; I should be afraid of eating and drinking
damnation unto myself, not discerning the Lord's body." Ah! poor trembler, Jesus
has given you liberty, be not afraid.

If a stranger came to your house, he would
stand at the door, or wait in the hall; he would not dream of intruding unbidden
into your parlour--he is not at home: but your child makes himself very free about
the house; and so is it with the child of God. A stranger may not intrude where a
child may venture. When the Holy Ghost has given you to feel the spirit of
adoption, you may come to Christian ordinances without fear. The same rule holds
good of the Christian's inward privileges.

You think, poor seeker, that you are
not allowed to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; if you are
permitted to get inside Christ's door, or sit at the bottom of his table, you will
be well content. Ah! but you shall not have less privileges than the very
greatest. God makes no difference in his love to his children. A child is a child
to him; he will not make him a hired servant; but he shall feast upon the fatted
calf, and shall have the music and the dancing as much as if he had never gone

When Jesus comes into the heart, he issues a general licence to be glad in
the Lord. No chains are worn in the court of King Jesus. Our admission into full
privileges may be gradual, but it is sure. Perhaps our reader is saying, "I wish I
could enjoy the promises, and walk at liberty in my Lord's commands." "If thou
believest with all thine heart, thou mayest." Loose the chains of thy neck, O
captive daughter, for Jesus makes thee free.
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