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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Salvation: Theme for Thought
I have heard of a certain divine, that he used always to carry about with him a little book. This tiny volume had only three leaves in it; and truth to tell, it contained not a single word. The first was a leaf of black paper, black as jet; the next was a leaf of red-scarlet; and the last was a leaf of white, without spot. Day by day he would look upon this singular book, and at last he told the secret of what it meant. He said, 'Here is the black leaf that is my sin, and the wrath of God which my sin deserves; I look, and look, and think it is not black enough to represent my guilt, though it is as black as black can be. The red leaf reminds me of the atoning sacrifice, and the precious blood; and I delight to look at it, and weep, and look again. The white leaf represents my soul, as it is washed in Jesus' blood and made white as snow.' The little book was fuller of meaning than many a learned folio.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Salvation: Theme for Thought'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/s/salvation-theme-for-thought.html. 1870.
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