“Think not of the sinner, or of the greatness of his sin, but think of the greatness of the Savior!” (1895, Sermon #2434)
If you get condemnation out of the Gospel, you put the condemnation into it yourselves! It is not the Gospel, but your rejection of it, that will condemn you.” (1893, Sermon #2300)
“Of two evils, choose neither”.
“We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word”.
“If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell”
“The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction”
“None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves”
“I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary”
“Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven”.
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark”.
“Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God’s grace”.
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom”.
“The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation”.
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.”
“Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite”.
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”.
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
“We must always remember that most of the miracles of Christ are symbols and emblems of the spiritual and moral miracles that He works in the world of the heart.”
“If you ask for wealth, you may not get it, for it is a small and paltry thing which the Lord may not care to give you. But if you ask for eternal life, you shall have it, for this is a great thing and God delights to give the greatest blessings to those who come to Him by Christ Jesus, so that, what might seem to hinder should now encourage!”
“Be it never forgotten by us that the salvation of a soul is a creation. Now, no man has ever been able to create a fly… Jehovah alone creates…No human or angelic power can intrude upon this glorious province of divine power. Creation is God’s own domain. Now, in every Christian there is an absolute creation…created anew in Christ Jesus.”
“Child of God, you cost Christ too much for Him to forget about you”.
“A man full of hope will be full of action; hope and a diligent hand are inseparable companions. Hope will make a man do, though he die for doing”.
“Ever since man became a sinner he has been self righteous. When he had a righteousness of his own he never gloried in it, but ever since he has lost it, he has pretended to be the possessor of it”.
“No man is ever taken to heaven against his will, though I do not believe any man ever went there of his own free will till God’s sovereign grace enlightened him and made him willing”.
“If you hear a real Gospel sermon, it directs you to look to Jesus Christ. That teaching which leads you to think of the priest and to think of the church, whatever there may be about them that is good, is not ‘the doctrine of God our Savior”
“It is well to preach as I do, with my lips. But you can all preach with your feet and by your lives—and that is the most effective preaching! The preaching of holy lives is living preaching! The most effective ministry from a pulpit is that which is supported by godliness from the pew! God help you to do this!”
Here are 30 of Spurgeon’s best quotes:
- Ambition: Our meat and our drink is to do the will of him who sent us.
- Atheism: Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for “the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).
- Authority of the Bible: If there be anything in the church to which you belong which is contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church.
- Neglect of the Bible: There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write “damnation” with your fingers.
- Teaching of children: Where the plow does not go and the seed is not sown, the weeds are sure to multiply. And if children are left untrained, all sorts of evil will spring up in their hearts and lives.
- Purpose of the church: Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for himself.
- Compassion: I am certain that to preach the wrath of God with a hard heart, a cold lip, a tearless eye, and an unfeeling spirit is to harden men, not benefit them.
- Christ’s death: Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior
- Fear of death: Dying is the last, but the least matter that a Christian has to be anxious about.
- Discipleship: If persecution should arise, you should be willing to part with all that you possess—with your liberty, with your life itself, for Christ—or you cannot be his disciple.
- Faithfulness: I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.
- Holiness: If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
- Holy Spirit: All the hope of our ministry lies in the Spirit of God operating on the spirits of men.
- Hope: Christ always preached doctrine that was hopeful. While he denounced self-righteousness, he would turn round and say, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). If he ever had a frown on his brow, it was for the hypocrite and the proud man. But he had tears for sinners and loving invitations for penitent ones.
- Jesus’ name: This is the one unbuttressed pillar on which all prayer must lean. Take this away, and it comes down with a crash.
- Joy: The greatest joy of a Christian is to give joy to Christ.
- Love for Christ: Come, Jesus, come into my heart, and let thy treasures be mine forevermore!
- Mercy: God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.
- God’s patience: We have heard in these days a blasphemer stand on a public platform and say, “There is no God, and if there is a God,” taking out his watch, “let him strike me dead in five minutes.” When he still found himself alive, he argued that there was no God. The fact was, God was much too great to be put out of patience by such an insignificant wretch as he.
- Perseverance: I protest that if you take final perseverance from me, you have robbed the Bible of one of its crowning attractions.
- Neglect of prayer: Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
- Power of prayer: You can be omnipotent if you know how to pray, omnipotent in all things which glorify God.
- Preaching: When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus, put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.
- Pride: Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.
- Resurrection: The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern.
- Satan: He can make men dance upon the brink of hell as though they were on the verge of heaven.
- Slander: The first sin which came into the world hardened man’s heart in a most terrific manner, so that he dared to excuse himself and even to charge God as being indirectly the author of his sin, by giving him the woman (Gen. 3:12).
- Suicide: That crime of all crimes most sure of damnation if a man commit it willfully and in his sound mind, I mean the crime of self-murder.
- God’s wrath: If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up?
- Worship: All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.