Evening, September 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” — Galatians 5:18
He who looks at his own character and position from a legal point of view, will not only despair when he comes to the end of his evaluation, but if he is a wise man he will despair at the beginning; for if we are to be judged on the basis of the law, there shall no person living that would be justified. How happy are we to know that we dwell in the domains of grace and not of law! When thinking of my state before God the question is not, “Am I perfect in myself before the law?” but, “Am I perfect in Christ Jesus?” That is a very different matter. We need not enquire, “Am I without sin naturally?” but, “Have I been washed in the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness?” It is not “Am I in myself well pleasing to God?” but it is “Am I accepted in the Beloved?” The Christian views his evidences from the top of Sinai, and grows alarmed concerning his salvation; it would be far better if he read his title by the light of Calvary. “Why,” says he, “my faith has unbelief in it, it is not able to save me.” Suppose he had considered the object of his faith instead of his faith, then he would have said, “There is no failure in him, and therefore I am safe.” He sighs over his hope: “Ah! My hope is blemished and darkened by an anxious concern about present things; how can I be accepted?” Had he regarded the ground of his hope, he would have seen that the promise of God stands sure, and that whatever our doubts may be, the oath and promise never fail. Ah! Believer, it is safer always for you to be led of the Spirit into the liberty of the gospel than to wear legal shackles. Judge yourself at what Christ is rather than at what you are. Satan will try to ruin your peace by reminding you of your sinfulness and imperfections: you can only meet his accusations by faithfully adhering to the gospel and refusing to wear the yoke of bondage.