Morning, June 16, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish.” — John 10:28
The Christian should never think or speak lightly of unbelief. It must be greatly displeasing to God for one of his children to mistrust his love, his truth, his faithfulness. Why would we ever grieve him by doubting his sustaining grace? Christian! It is contrary to every promise of God’s precious Word that you should ever be forgotten or left to perish. If it could be so, how could he be true who has said, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” What was the value of that promise—”For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken, says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Where was the truth of Christ’s words—”I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Where was the doctrine of grace? It would be disproved if one child of God should perish. Where was the veracity of God, his honor, his power, his grace, his covenant, his oath, if any of those for whom Christ has died, and who have put their trust in him, should nonetheless be cast away? Banish those unbelieving fears which so dishonor God. Arise, shake yourself from the dust, and put on your beautiful garments. Remember it is sinful to doubt his Word in which he has promised you that you shall never perish. Let the eternal life within you express itself in confident rejoicing.
“The gospel bears my spirit up:
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation for my hope,
In oaths, and promises, and blood.”