Here are 5 things I noted down from the April 1866 edition of The Sword and the Trowel, the monthly magazine edited by Spurgeon.
1. This edition of The Sword and the Trowel was incredibly brief, comprising of a short reflection on ‘The Massacre of St Bartholomew in 1572’ and a brief evangelistic tract.
2. “When men’s hearts are melted under the preaching of the Word, or by sickness, or the loss of friends, believers should be very eager to stamp the truth upon the prepared mind. Such opportunities are to be seized with holy eagerness.”
3. “Today – there is hope. Tomorrow – You may be in hell.” Spurgeon couldn’t be clearer than this!
4. “The divine hand can even now set the seal of sacred love upon your heart.”
5. “No acts of pardon are ever passed on the other side of the grave, but pardons are plentiful on earth. Jesus suffered for the sins of all who trust him; so suffered that they can never be condemned, since Jesus was punished in their stead.”