Sunday, October 23, 2011

Are Christians Nothing?

Some of you might be shocked to learn that Charles Spurgeon was human, and not inerrant :)

Someone posted the following on Facebook, quoting the beloved Spurgeon:

"I know I am nothing,” say you. Yes, but you would not even have had grace enough to know you were nothing if God had not given it to you. To be nothing is ours by nature: but to know that we are nothing and to confess that we are nothing is a gift of his grace.” --C.H. Spurgeon

Now before you shout, "Yeah! I'm nothing!", please read my response:


This common pseudo-humility idea that we are "nothing" is quite unbiblical.

Jesus has made us believers saints, holy ones, sons of God, friends of Christ, His bride, and His beloved -- and has declared us righteous. The Father has even given us to the Son as a gift!

True, we never deserved it, but that's beside the point, which is that we have been made FAR from "nothing".

Even Spurgeon himself acknowledged as much, in other more biblical sermons. He was alas conflicted in some of these things, due to a sort of self-abasement infection he got from his immersion in the legalistic Puritans.

I believe this was the source of Spurgeon's depression, which I addressed here:

Here are examples of Spurgeon preaching the real truth, when he was in his right mind: :)

"What a high relationship is that of a son to his father! What privileges a son has from his father! What liberties a son may take with his father! and oh! what obedience the son owes to his father, and what love the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we now have through Christ. 'Behold!' ye angels! stop, ye seraphs! here is a thing more wonderful than heaven with its walls of jasper. Behold, universe! open thine eyes, O world. 'Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God;'" - C.H. Spurgeon

"...he made us kings and priests, virtually, when he signed the covenant of grace....'and hast made us unto our God kings and priests.' The most honorable of all monarchs have ever been esteemed to be those who had a right not only to royal, but to sacerdotal supremacy—those kings who could wear at one time the crown of loyalty, and at another the mitre of the priesthood, who could both use the censer and hold the sceptre—who could offer intercession for the people, and then govern the nations. Those who are kings and priests are great indeed; and here you behold the saint honored, not with one title, or one office, but with two. He is made not a king merely, but a king and a priest; not a priest merely, but a priest and a king. The saint has two offices conferred upon him at once, he is made a priestly monarch, and a regal priest." - C.H. Spurgeon

Should we brag and give ourselves glory for what He has made us? Of course not. "What do you have, O man, that you have not received?" All glory should go to Him who has done it.


Kaye said...

Excellent! Thank you Terry. No wonder Spurgeon suffered with depression with that warped mindset.

Terry Rayburn said...

Appreciate it, Kaye!

Aussie John said...


Spurgeon was a giant of God's grace, but a faulty human, after all.

He would be aghast at the adulation so many heap on him today, and who are trying to replicate what God did in his time, by making themselves clones of Spurgeon, or someone else.

He was God's man for that time in God's timetable for history, and we can learn so much from that.

We need to be God's men/women for TODAY!