Evening, January 19, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” — Luke 24:45

We viewed Him last evening opening Scripture; here we perceive Him opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-laborers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savor and spirit. The most unlearned of men become suitable scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understanding cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the powerful letter of revelation, but its powerful spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of human reason cannot penetrate.

Such was our case not long ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the darkness, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we would have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus’ College is the only one in which God’s truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ’s alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understanding may receive heavenly things.