His by conquest

“The Lord’s portion is his people.” — Deuteronomy 32:9

Spurgeon in Morning and Evening asks the question:

“How are they his?”

He then gives three answers to his question:

1. They are His by his own sovereign choice.

2. They are His by purchase. 

3. They are His by conquest. 

It is the last point that struck me as I read Spurgeon’s words this morning.  Not only has God chosen us before the foundation of the world.  Not only has Christ paid for our sins.  He has battled and defeated our rebellious hearts that hate Him.

Or as Spurgeon puts it:

“What a battle he had in us before we would be won! How long he laid siege to our hearts! How often he sent us terms of capitulation! but we barred our gates, and fenced our walls against him. Do we not remember that glorious hour when he carried our hearts by storm? When he placed his cross against the wall, and scaled our ramparts, planting on our strongholds the blood-red flag of his omnipotent mercy? Yes, we are, indeed, the conquered captives of his omnipotent love. Thus chosen, purchased, and subdued, the rights of our divine possessor are inalienable: we rejoice that we never can be our own; and we desire, day by day, to do his will, and to show forth his glory.”