Sunday Sermon Series – 05/01/2022

There has been a whole lot of hoopla lately over Elon Musk taking over Twitter. Many on the left see him as the epitome of evil. While many on the right (including some “Christians”) see him as the savior of free speech. As the above quote from Thomas Brooks points out both are wrong. Musk, in all his orations, does not appear to be evil personified, that is just fear-mongering on the left. Yet, we can equally be assured that unless this is being done for the Glory of God, and we have no indication of that, it is but a sinful act in the eyes of God (and so should it be to True Believers).

Is Elon Musk a “bad guy” not that I can tell by worldly standards? Yet if you call or consider yourself a “Christian” you live by (or should be) a different standard. That standard is set forth by God and God alone. It is declared in His Holy Word. His precepts are clear and all who fail to uphold them are “bad” by His standards.

As Christians, we need to pray for Musk and more men like him to come to saving faith in Christ Jesus.

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry breaks down Chapter 11 as follows: The apostle having, in the close of the foregoing chapter, recommended the grace of faith and a life of faith as the best preservative against apostasy, he how enlarges upon the nature and fruits of this excellent grace. I. The nature of it, and the honour it reflects upon all who live in the exercise of it (v. 1-3). II. The great examples we have in the Old Testament of those who lived by faith, and died and suffered extraordinary things by the strength of his grace (v. 4-38). And, III. The advantages that we have in the gospel for the exercise of this grace above what those had who lived in the times of the Old Testament (v. 39, 40).

Matthew Poole’s Commentary, on V.6 – The Spirit here proveth that Enoch pleased God by faith, though it was not expressly written in his text by Moses, because of the impossibility of pleasing God without faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please him; but without faith upon God in Christ, whom Enoch pleased, it is absolutely impossible to do any thing acceptable to God, so as to be justified by him; for infidelity, or want of faith, makes God a liar, 1Jo 5:10, Christ a vanity, John 5:40, and God’s will a deceit, which peremptorily saith, there is no pleasing of him but by faith in Christ, John 14:6. The effect cannot exist without its cause, as is proved in the next words.

For he that cometh to God: for whoever he be, every particular soul, that cometh off from sin to God, so as to be under his conduct and influence; makes out by spiritual motions of his mind, will, affections, and members, in thoughts, desires, resolutions, and operations, to enjoy God, so as to be accepted with, justified by, and blessed of him; and at present makes his access to him with liberty and boldness in prayer, or any other duty, through Christ.

Must believe that he is; he must really, fully, and supernaturally receive all that which God revealeth in his word is pleasing to him, especially concerning himself; as, that he is the primitive, perfect Being, and the Cause of all; that he is three in relations and one in essence, most excellent in all his attributes, infinitely wise, powerful, just, good, and eternal, &c., the supreme Creator and Governor of, and Lawgiver to, all.

And that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and that he will recompense all men according to their works, but will eminently and freely give himself to be the reward of his, and whatever he can be to or do for them for their good, Genesis 15:1; but to those only, who with an intent heart and spirit pursue him by faith, love, and longing after him as their supremest good, Isaiah 45:22 Romans 2:6,12 Kings 22:12.


SERMON

WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IN COMING TO GOD?


NO. 2740
A SERMON
INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, AUGUST 18, 1901
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON
ON LORD’S-DAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12, 1880


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