Morning, October 25, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever.” — 2 John 2
Once the truth of God obtains an entrance into the human heart and subdues the whole man to itself, no human or demonic power can dislodge it. We do not accommodate it as a guest–but as the master of the house—indeed, this is a Christian obligation. He is no Christian who does not so believe. Those who feel the dynamic power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Spirit as he opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be ripped away from the gospel of their salvation. A thousand mercies are wrapped up in the assurance that the truth will be with us forever, will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is our Christian privilege, and without it our faith would be worth little. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are just rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot deal in this way with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babies, it is in the highest sense, strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth, that whoever believes on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has interwoven us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so, until in death we clasp the Savior in our arms.
Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to put our love into effect. No narrow circle can contain our grace-driven compassion, and as wide as our selection by his grace is, so also should be our communion of heart. Much error may be mingled with the truth we receive; let us battle the error, but still love our brothers for the measure of truth which we see in them. Above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.