Following @ReadingSpurgeon programme, here are notes from Sermons No. 52-58 of the New Park Street Pulpit preached by C. H. Spurgeon.
SUNDAY | NPSP1 S52 | FREE WILL – A SLAVE | JOHN 5:40
Free will is nonsense. Free agency we may believe in, “but free will is simply ridiculous.” Why? Because by nature men are dead. They are legally dead and under the penalty of sin. They are spiritually dead and unable live according to God’s Word. They are facing eternal death which is the flower that comes from the legal and spiritual death roots.
But in Jesus Christ there is life. There is legal life, spiritual life, and eternal life. Eternal life will be given to all who come for it. “There never was a man who came to Christ for eternal life, for spiritual life, who had not already received it.”
By nature, no man will come to Christ, because by nature no man wants Christ, nor do they like Christ’s way of saving them, and because of their sin which stops them from coming.
MONDAY | NPSP1 S53 | HEALING FOR THE WOUNDED | PSALM 147:3
Just as we are greatly concerned for our physical needs, so we should also be for our spiritual needs. A broken heart can be cause by desertion (of a spouse or friend), bereavement, extreme poverty, or disappointment and defeat. Another kind of broken heart is that caused by sin.
How do you know if your heart is broken by sin? Your heart is not broken in this way if the pleasures of the world are your delight or you are self-righteous. A broken heart implies, “a very deep and poignant sorrow on account of sin,” and feeling “utterly unable to get rid of it.”
A great mercy is that God heals the broken in heart. Only He does. Only He can do it. Only God may do it and wonderfully He will. God heals the broken in heart securely. If he heals, he heals effectually. No man who is once saved of God shall ever be lost. If we receive mercy by faith, we shall never lose it. When God heals once, he heals for ever.”
TUESDAY | NPSP2 S54 | CHRIST OUR PASSOVER | 1 CORINTHIANS 5:7
Jesus Christ corresponds with the Passover Lamb. We find a picture of Christ in the lamb who is the emblem of sacrifice and whose very blood was poured out for sins. The lamb was without blemish because Jesus was without a taint of sin. The lamb was a male of the first year, in its prime, and so was Jesus when He died. The lamb was selected four days its sacrifice and kept apart, like Jesus who about four days before the cross rode into Jerusalem as one openly set apart as being distinct from mankind. The place where this lamb was killed was in Jerusalem the precise spot where God had ordained Jesus should be killed. The lamb was slaughtered, roasted (long torment) without a bone broken, and “crucifixion was the only death which could answer all of these three requirements.”
We derive benefit from the blood of Christ in two ways. “First, by having his blood sprinkled on us for our redemption; secondly, by our eating his flesh for food, regeneration and sanctification.” When we come to Lord’s Supper, “by faith, we will eat the Lamb, by holy trust we will come to a crucified Saviour, and feed on his blood, and righteousness, and atonement.”
WEDNESDAY | NPSP2 S55 | THE EXODUS | EXODUS 12:41
How are we to understand Old Testament history? “We believe that every portion of Scripture history is not only a faithful transcript of what did actually happen, but also a shadow of what happens spiritually in the dealings of God with his people, or in the dispensations of his grace towards the world at large.”
The Exodus therefore is a type of the deliverance which God will give to His elect people. As the Israelites were forced out by the Egyptians, so it is the very sins which oppress the child of God that drive them to Jesus. As they came out covered with jewels and in their best garments so the child of God comes out with the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ upon him, and adorn with the graces of the Holy Spirit. They also came out in haste and those under a sense of sin will be in a haste to get the burden off their backs.
A great multitude came out of Egypt and there will be a multitude Christ redeems with his blood. “Christ did not die to save a few.” The Lord will deliver all His people. “All the Lord’s people shall come out of bondage at the predestined moment and they cannot possibly come out of bondage before the appointed time.”
THURSDAY | NPSP2 S56 | HEAVEN | 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9-10
The things of God cannot be perceived by eye, and ear, and heart, but must be revealed by the Spirit of God. This is true of heaven. Heaven is not a heaven of the senses, imagination, or the intellect. These things cannot picture or discover heaven. “It is only the Spirit that can give you a guess of heaven.”
Christians get a gaze of what heaven by the Spirit’s impulse, influence, direction, and instruction in the midst of trials and troubles when they are able to cast all their cares upon the Lord; during season of quiet contemplation; at the Lord’s table; when they assemble in meetings for prayer; and in extraordinary closet seasons when we are led by God to devote, say an hour, to earnest prayer.
FRIDAY | NPSP2 S57 | THE INCARNATION AND BIRTH OF CHRIST | MICAH 5:2
Jesus was sent of the Father, that He might be the Saviour of men. He did not come forth without His Father’s permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He came to Bethlehem and this was the right place for Him to be born.
Christ was born in Bethlehem because it was a place of sorrow because Rachel died there, a place of joy where the marriage of Boaz and Ruth united Jews and Gentiles, a royal place because from there kings were brought forth. Bethlehem means house of bread and house of war. Jesus was born in the house of bread because He is the Bread of his people on which they feed and the house of war because if sinners don’t know Him as bread, He will bring war on them. Ephratah means fruitfulness of abundance and again shows this to be a fitting place for the Saviour to be born as it is Jesus that makes us fruitful. It was a wonderfully mysterious providence that brought Mary to Bethlehem at the time she was to give birth.“Why should Cæsar Augustus think of it just at that particular time? Simply because, while man deviseth his way, the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord.”
Jesus came to be ruler in Israel. Those who are not ruled over by Christ are not of Israel. Did He ever come before? He went forth in eternity in his Godhead as our covenant head in election and as our representative before the throne. He came forth in Old Testament times walking in the garden of Eden, and in all the types.
He also came forth in those occasions when He appeared on earth as a man before His great incarnation for our salvation. In each of these occurrences it was when the saints were engaged in their duty or about to be. To Abraham when he was interceding as one of the 3 men who visited him; to Jacob as he was wrestling; to Joshua as the commander of the Lord’s army as he was exercising bravery, and to Daniel’s 3 friends as they were being persecuted in the fiery furnace.
SATURDAY | NPSP2 S58 | CANAAN ON EARTH | DEUTERONOMY 11:10-12
Canaan represents the life of the Christian here on earth where they have faith and confidence in God and no longer live in Egypt. They trust not in natural causes but in the God of those natural causes, seeing life’s mercies has coming from heaven. They do not have to keep toiling away without rest because they are satisfied in what God gives to them. They also understand God’s providential care over all things.
It is a special privilege of the Christian to have the eyes of the LORD upon them. God watches over every one of His people, just as if they were the only one in the world. It is a special privilege of the church to have the eyes of the LORD upon her and His hand of blessing upon her service. It is a special privilege for a minister to have the eyes of the LORD upon him as he preaches the Word.