C.H. Spurgeon: Iniquity of Holy Things

“The Iniquity of the Holy Things.”- Exodus 28:38

What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there! Our work for the Lord, its emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a mountain of dead earth is there!

If we looked more carefully we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight. Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says, “My parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my desires for the melioration of both, proceed either from pride or vanity or indolence. I look at the weeds which overspread my garden, and breathe out an earnest wish that they were eradicated. But why? What prompts the wish? It may be that I may walk out and say to myself, ‘In what fine order is my garden kept!’ This is pride. Or, it may be that my neighbours may look over the wall and say, ‘How finely your garden flourishes!’ This is vanity. Or I may wish for the destruction of the weeds, because I am weary of pulling them up. This is indolence.”

So that even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives. Under the greenest sods worms hide themselves; we need not look long to discover them. How cheering is the thought, that when the High Priest bore the iniquity of the holy things he wore upon his brow the words, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD:” and even so while Jesus bears our sin, He presents before His Father’s face not our unholiness, but his own holiness. O for grace to view our great High Priest by the eye of faith!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) “Iniquity of the holy things.”

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C.H. Spurgeon: Doctrine and Holiness

Let us never reckon that we have learned a doctrine till we have seen its bearing upon our lives

My brethren, this is a lesson for us; let us never reckon that we have learned a doctrine till we have seen its bearing upon our lives. Whatever we discover in God’s word, let us pray the Holy Spirit to make us feel the sanctifying influence of it. You know not a man because you recognize his features, you must also know his spirit, and so the mere acquaintance with the letter of truth is of small account — you must feel its influence and know its tendency.

Love Holiness as much as the Truth

There are some brethren who are so enamored of doctrine that no preacher will content them unless he gives them over and over again clear statements of certain favourite truths: but the moment you come to speak of practice they fight shy of it at once, and either denounce the preacher as being legal, or they grow weary of that which they dare not contradict. Let it never be so with us. Let us follow up truth to its practical “therefore.” Let us love the practice of holiness as much as the belief of the truth; and, though we desire to know, let us take care when we know that we act according to the knowledge, for if we do not our knowledge itself will become mischievous to us, will involve us in responsibilities, but will bring to us no effectual blessing. Let everyone here who knoweth aught, now pray God to teach him what he would have him to do, as the consequence of that knowledge.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 15:58

Excerpt from the sermon “Motives For Steadfastness” delivered by Charles H. Spurgeon, May 11, 1873.

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Return to Holy Reverence

“Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.”  – Isaiah 52:13

One of the most tragic graces we have lost today in our Christianity is the fear of the LORD, and reverence for Jesus Christ, in particular. As the enemy, the world, or corrupt flesh delight to tear us away from God’s holy Word and the truth at the center of Christ, and Him crucified, and the more we forget, or forsake, the truth of the Cross, the greater the caricature we make of our Lord. Soon, the holy and beloved Son of God becomes our pal, our bro, our home boy, and a host of other common titles, that though the names are not offensive in and of themselves, the mere thought of the irreverence directed toward the holy Redeemer should turn our stomachs and bring forth from our eyes a fountain of tears.

Although the King has humbled Himself to become a man, although He has extended His favor and majestic scepter to us to call us “friend,” that does not mean that we have permission to be so familiar with my Lord that we lose all respect toward Him. When my earthly father played catch with me in the yard, it did not mean that I could start calling him by his first name like he was one of my school chums.

I taught my children to say “sir” and “ma’am” to their elders, and to their parents especially; so that, in teaching them to honor father and mother, as they learned to obey mom and dad, they were being trained to honor and obey their heavenly Father.

Do we see what our heavenly Father says about the Suffering Servant and Savior of our souls? He is exalted, lifted up, and ascended very high into heaven at the right hand of God because He, the Son of God, was prudent in wisdom and obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.

Get back to the Cross of Christ in the Word of God, in your private prayers, in your public, family and private worship, and His holiness will be as a brilliant light that shines brighter than the sun in its strength; His terrible majesty will bring us once again to fear Him and tremble at His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

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by Jon J. Cardwell


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The Happy Man

The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration

in the parish of Repentance unto life.

He was educated at the school of Obedience.

He has a large estate in the county of Christian Contentment,

and many times does jobs of Self-denial,

wears the garment of Humility,

and has another suit to put on when he goes to Court,

called the Robe of Christ’s Righteousness.

He often walks in the valley of Self-Abasement,

and sometimes climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness.

He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer,

and sups every evening on the same.

He has meat to eat that the world knows not of,

and his drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God.

Thus happy he lives, and happy he dies.

Happy is he who has Gospel submission in his will,

due order in his affections,

sound peace in his conscience,

real Divinity in his breast,

the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck,

a vain world under his feet,

and a crown of glory over his head.

Happy is the life of that man who believes firmly, prays fervently,

walks patiently, works abundantly,

lives holy, dies daily,

watches his heart, guides his senses, redeems his time,

loves Christ, and longs for glory.

He is necessitated to take the world on his way to heaven,

but he walks through it as fast as he can,

and all his business by the way is to make himself and others happy.

Take him all in all, in two words,

he is a Man and a Christian.

“The Happy Man” is taken from The Happy Man – The Abiding Witness of Lachlan MacKenzie (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1979), p 5. Reprinted from the volumes transcribed by Mr James Campbell and published in 1928 and 1930.

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