the First Week of Lent
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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
“Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
If, while the apostles were yet alive, errors crept into the churches, we need not wonder that they multiply in these last days. We must set our faces as a flint against them.
If professors leave the gospel for unholy doctrine and impure living, he who cast down the angels for their sin will not spare them.
We do not know when this occurred, but the lesson of gentle speech is clear enough.
Jude 1:22 , Jude 1:23
Those who are in error are not all equally guilty: some are deceivers and others are dupes. We must restore all we can, but their error must be severely dealt with. Charity to error is cruelty to souls.
“Behold, He cometh with clouds.”
Andrew Fuller has said concerning this mysterious book: ”It is that to the New Testament church which the pillar of the cloud was to the church in the wilderness, guiding it through the labyrinth of anti-Christian errors and corruptions. It must not be neglected under a notion of its being hard to be understood. As well might the mariner, amidst the rocks, neglect his friendly chart, under an idea of its being difficult to understand it.”
“To induce us to give the most serious attention to the subject, a blessing is pronounced on those who ‘read, and hear, and keep,’ the words of this prophecy, especially as the time of its fulfilment was at hand. There does not appear to be any other part of Scripture that is prefaced with such an inducement to read, and understand, and practically regard it.”
He makes no mention of his being banished there by the persecutor: true virtue never boasts, or even invites others to admire it.
to denote that he is the Ancient of days
He was overwhelmed by the glory of his Lord’s appearance. We are as yet incapable of beholding the full blaze of the Redeemer’s glory: this corruptible must put on incorruption before we shall be able to endure the sight.