FAITH / WORKS

http://www.naves-topical-bible.com/WORKS.html

http://www.openbible.info/topics/faith

http://www.openbible.info/topics/works

http://www.gotquestions.org/salvation-faith-alone.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yob4Hm4Zj1A (Washer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVK-_dEGysM&feature=related (Sproul)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnWoVk-mbyY (Piper)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru6e_IPdIFE

http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/Works/

http://www.diretta.lanuovavia.org/m-153-colui-che-giustifica-lempio.mp3

http://carm.org/are-we-saved-faith-alone-or-do-we-need-works-too

http://carm.org/are-we-justified-faith-romans-or-works-james

Sermon #107 New Park Street Pulpit 1
Volume 3 http://www.spurgeongems.org 1
FAITH
NO. 107

DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, DECEMBER 14, 1856,
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Hebrews 11:6.
The old Assembly’s Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” And its answer is, “To glorify God and to enjoy
Him forever.” The answer is exceedingly correct. But it might have been equally truthful if it had been shorter. The chief
end of man is, “to please God,” for in so doing—we need not say it, because it is an undoubted fact—in so doing He will
please Himself. The chief end of man, we believe, in this life and in the next, is to please God, his Maker. If any man pleases God, he does that which conduces most to his own temporal and eternal welfare. Man cannot please God without
bringing to himself a great amount of happiness, for if any man pleases God, it is because God accepts him as His child! It
is because He gives him the blessings of adoption, pours upon him the bounties of His Grace, makes him a blessed man in
this life and insures him a crown of everlasting life which he shall wear and which shall shine with unfading luster when
the wreaths of earth’s glory have all been melted away. While, on the other hand, if a man does not please God, he inevitably brings upon himself sorrow and suffering in this life. He puts a worm and a rottenness in the eve of all his joys.
He fills his death pillow with thorns and he supplies the eternal fire with firewood of flames which shall forever consume
him! He who pleases God, is, through Divine Grace, journeying onward to the ultimate reward of all those who love and
fear God! But he who is not pleasing to God, must, for Scripture has declared it, be banished from the Presence of God
and, consequently, from the enjoyment of happiness! If then, we are right in saying that to please God is to be happy, the
one important question is, how can I please God? And there is something very solemn in the utterance of our text—
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” That is to say, do what you may, strive as earnestly as you can, live as excellently as you please, make what sacrifices you choose, be as eminent as you can for everything that is lovely and of
good repute—yet none of these things can be pleasing to God unless they are mixed with faith! As the Lord said to the
Jews, “With all your sacrifices, you must offer salt.” So He says to us, “With all your doings, you must bring faith, or
else without faith it is impossible to please God.”
This is an old Law of God. It is as old as the first man. No sooner were Cain and Abel born into this world and no
sooner had they attained to manhood than God gave a practical proclamation of this Law, that, “without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Cain and Abel, one bright day, erected an altar, side by side with each other. Cain fetched of the
fruits of the trees and of the abundance of the soil and placed them upon his altar. Abel brought of the firstlings of the
flock and laid it upon his altar. It was to be decided which God would accept. Cain had brought his best, but he brought
it without faith. Abel brought his sacrifice, but he brought it with faith in Christ. Now, then, which shall best succeed?
The offerings are equal in value—so far as they, themselves are concerned—they are, alike, good. Upon which will the
Heavenly fire descend? Which will the Lord God consume with the fire of His pleasure? Oh, I see Abel’s offering burning
and Cain’s countenance has fallen, for unto Abel and unto his offering, the Lord had respect—but unto Cain and his
offering, the Lord had no respect. It shall be the same till the last man shall be gathered into Heaven—there shall never
be an acceptable offering which has not been seasoned with faith! Good, though it may be—as apparently good, in itself,
as that which has faith—yet, unless faith is with it, God never can and never will accept it, for He, here, declares, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
I shall endeavor to pack my thoughts closely, this morning, and be as brief as I consistently can, with a full explanation of the theme. I shall first have an exposition of what is faith. Secondly I shall have an argument, that without faith it
is impossible to be saved. And thirdly I shall ask a question—Have you that faith which pleases God? We shall have,
then, an exposition, an argument and a question.
I. First, for the EXPOSITION—What is faith?
The old writers, who are, by far, the most sensible—for you will notice that the books that were written about 200
years ago by the old Puritans have more sense in one line than there is in a page of our new books—and more in a page
than there is in a whole volume of our modern divinity! The old writers tell you that faith is made up of three things—
first, knowledge, then assent and then what they call affiance—or the laying hold of the knowledge to which we give
assent and making it our own by trusting in it.
1. Let us begin, then, at the beginning. The first thing in faith is knowledge. A man cannot believe what he does not
know! That is a clear, self-evident axiom. If I have never heard of a thing in all my life and do not know it, I cannot believe it. And yet there are some persons who have a faith, like that of the coal miner, who when he was asked what he believed said, “I believe what the Church believes.” “What does the Church believe?” “The Church believes what I believe.”
“And pray tell, what do you and the Church believe?” “Why we both believe the same thing.” Now this man believed
nothing except that the Church was right—but in what, he could not tell. It is idle for a man to say, “I am a Believer,”
and yet not to know what he believes! But I have seen some persons in this position. A violent sermon has been preached
which has stirred up their blood. The minister has cried, “Believe! Believe! Believe!” And the people, all of a sudden, have
got it into their heads that they were Believers and have walked out of their place of worship and said, “I am a Believer.”
And if they were asked, “Pray tell, what do you believe?” they could not give a reason for the hope that was in them!
They believe they intend to go to Chapel next Sunday. They intend to join that class of people. They intend to be very
violent in their singing and very wonderful in their rant. Therefore they believe they shall be saved—but what they believe, they cannot tell. Now, I hold no man’s faith to be sure faith unless he knows what he believes. If he says, “I believe,” and does not know what he believes, how can that be true faith? The Apostle has said, “How can they believe on
Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach except they are
sent?” It is necessary, then, to true faith, that a man should know something of the Bible. Believe me, this is an age when
the Bible is not so much thought of as it used to be. Some hundred years ago the world was covered with bigotry, cruelty
and superstition. We always run to extremes and we have just gone to the other extreme, now. It was then said, “One
faith is right, down with all others by the rack and by the sword.” Now it is said, “However contradictory our creeds
may be, they are all right.” If we did but use our common sense, we would know that it is not so! But some reply, “Suchand-such a Doctrine need not be preached and need not be believed.” Then, Sir, if it need not be preached, it need not be
revealed! You ridicule the wisdom of God when you say a Doctrine is unnecessary—for you do as much as say that God
has revealed something which was not necessary—and He would be as unwise to do more than was necessary, as if He had
done less than was necessary! We believe that every Doctrine of God’s Word ought to be studied by men and that their
faith should lay hold of the whole matter of the Sacred Scriptures and more especially upon all that part of Scripture
which concerns the Person of our all-blessed Redeemer! There must be some degree of knowledge before there can be
faith. “Search the Scriptures,” then, “for in them you think you have eternal life and they are they which testify of Christ.” And by searching and reading, comes knowledge—and by knowledge comes faith—and through faith comes salvation.
2. But a man may know a thing and yet not have faith. I may know a thing and yet not believe it. Therefore assent
must go with faith—that is to say, what we know, we must also agree unto as being most certainly the Truth of God.
Now, in order to have faith, it is necessary that I should not only read the Scriptures and understand them, but that I
should receive them in my soul as being the very Truth of the living God. And I should devoutly, with my whole heart,
receive the whole of Scripture as being Inspired of the Most High and the whole of the Doctrine which He requires me to
believe to my salvation. You are not allowed to halve the Scriptures and to believe what you please. You are not allowed
to believe the Scriptures with a half-heartedness, for if you do this willfully, you have not the faith which looks alone to
Christ! True faith gives its full assent to the Scriptures. It takes a page and says, “No matter what is in the page, I believe
it.” Faith turns over the next Chapter and says, “Herein are some things hard to be understood, which they who are unlearned and unstable, do twist, as they do the other Scriptures, to their destruction. But hard though it is, I believe it.” It
sees the Trinity. It cannot understand the Trinity in Unity but it believes it. Faith sees an atoning Sacrifice. There is
something difficult in the thought, but it believes it. And whatever it is which it sees in Revelation, it devoutly puts his
lips to the Book and says, “I love it all. I give my full, free and hearty assent to every word of it whether it is the threat or
the promise, the proverb, the precept, or the blessing. I believe that since it is all the Word of God, it is all most assuredly
true.” Whoever would be saved must know the Scriptures and must give full assent unto them!
3. But a man may have all this and yet not possess true faith. For the chief part of faith lies in the last head, namely,
in an affiance to the Truth—not merely the believing it, but the taking hold of it as being ours and in the resting on it
for salvation. Recumbency on the Truth was the word which the old preachers used. You will understand that word,
leaning on it—saying, “This is Truth, I trust my salvation on it.” Now, true faith, in its very essence rests in this—a
leaning upon Christ. It will not save me to know that Christ is a Savior. But it will save me to trust Him to be my Savior!
I shall not be delivered from the wrath to come by believing that His Atonement is sufficient, but I shall be saved by making that Atonement my trust, my refuge and my all! The essence, the essence of faith lies in this—a casting oneself on the
promise. It is not the lifebuoy on board the ship that saves the man when he is drowning, nor is it his belief that it is an
excellent and successful invention. No! He must have it around his loins, or his hand upon it—or else he will sink. To use
an old and trite illustration—suppose a fire in the upper room of a house and the people gathered in the street. A child is
in the upper story—how is he to escape? He cannot leap down—that were to be dashed to pieces. A strong man comes
beneath and cries, “Drop into my arms.” It is a part of faith to know that the man is there—it is another part of faith to
believe that the men is strong—but the essence of faith lies in the dropping down into the man’s arms—that is the proof
of faith and the real essence of it! So, Sinner, you are to know that Christ died for sin. You are also to understand that
Christ is able to save. And you are to believe that, but you are not saved unless, in addition to that, you put your trust in
Him to be your Savior and to be yours forever! As Hart says in his hymn, which really expresses the Gospel—
“Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude!
None but Jesus
Can do helpless sinners good!”
This is the faith which saves! And however unholy may have been your lives up to this hour, this faith, if given to you at
this moment, will blot out all your sins, change your nature and make you a new man in Christ Jesus! It will lead you to
live a holy life and make your eternal salvation as secure as if an angel should take you on his bright wings, this morning,
and carry you immediately to Heaven! Have you that faith? That is the one all-important question, for while with faith
men are saved, without it, men are damned! As Brooks has said in one of his admirable works, “He that believes on the
Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved, be his sins ever so many. But he that believes not in the Lord Jesus must be damned, be
his sins ever so few.” Have you faith? For the text declares, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
II. And now we come to the ARGUMENT—why without faith, we cannot be saved.
Now, there are some gentlemen present who are saying, “Now we shall see whether Mr. Spurgeon has any logic in
him.” No, you won’t, Sirs, because I never pretended to exercise it! I hope I have the logic which can appeal to men’s
hearts, but I am not very prone to use the less powerful logic of the head when I can win the heart in another manner. But
if it were necessary, I would not be afraid to prove that I know more of logic and of many other things than the little men
who undertake to censure me! It were well if they knew how to hold their tongues, which is at least a fine part of rhetoric.
My argument shall be such as I trust will appeal to the heart and conscience, although it may not exactly please those who
are always so fond of syllogistic demonstration—
“Who could a hair divide
Between the west and north-west side.”
1. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” And I gather it from the fact that there has never been the case of a
man, recorded in Scripture, who did please God without faith. The 11th  Chapter of Hebrews is the Chapter of the men
who pleased God. Listen to their names—“By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice.” “By faith, Enoch
was translated.” “By faith, Noah built an ark.” “By faith, Abraham went out into a place that he should afterwards receive.” “By faith, he sojourned in the land of promise.” “By faith, Sarah bore Isaac.” “By faith, Abraham offered up
Isaac.” “By faith, Moses gave up the wealth of Egypt.” “By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob.” “By faith, Jacob blessed the sons
of Joseph.” “By faith, Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel.” “By faith, the Red
Sea was dried up.” “By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down.” “By faith, the harlot Rahab was saved.” “And what more
shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak and of Samson and of Jephthae, of David, also, and
Samuel and of the Prophets.” All these were men of faith. Others mentioned in Scripture have done something, but God
did not accept them. Men have humbled themselves and yet God has not saved them. Ahab did and yet his sins were never
forgiven. Men have repented and yet have not been saved, because theirs was the wrong repentance. Judas repented and
went and hanged himself and was not saved. Men have confessed their sins and have not been saved. Saul did it. He said to
David, “I have sinned against you, my son, David.” And yet he went on as he did before. Multitudes have confessed the
name of Christ and have done many marvelous things—and yet they have never been pleasing to God—from this simple
reason that they had not faith. And if there is not one mentioned in Scripture, which is the history of some four thousand years, it is not likely that in the other two thousand years of the world’s history there would have been one, when there
was not one during the first four thousand!
2. But the next argument is faith is the stooping Grace and nothing can make a man stoop without faith! Now, unless man does stoop, his sacrifice cannot be accepted. The angels know this. When they praise God, they do it veiling their faces with their wings. The redeemed know it. When they praise God, they cast their sorrows before His feet. Now, a man
who has not faith proves that he cannot stoop. He has not faith for this reason—because he is too proud to believe! He
declares he will not yield his intellect, he will not become a child and believe meekly what God tells him to believe. He is
too proud and he cannot enter Heaven because the door of Heaven is so low that no one can enter in by it unless they will
bow their heads. There never was a man who could walk into salvation erect! We must go to Christ on our bended knees.
For though He is a door big enough for the greatest sinner to come in, He is a door so low that men must stoop if they
would be saved. Therefore it is, that faith is necessary, because a lack of faith is certain evidence of absence of humility.
3. But now for other reasons. Faith is necessary to salvation because we are told in Scripture that works cannot save.
To tell a very familiar story so even the poorest may not misunderstand what I say—a minister was, one day, going to
preach. He climbed a hill on his road. Beneath him lay the villages, sleeping in their beauty, with the corn fields motionless in the sunshine. But he did not look at them, for his attention was arrested by a woman standing at her door and
who, upon seeing him, came up to him with the greatest anxiety and said, “O Sir, have you any keys about you? I have
broken the key of my cabinet and there are some things that I must get right now.” Said he, “I have no keys.” She was
disappointed, expecting that everyone would have some keys. “But suppose,” he said, “I had some keys—they might not
fit your lock and, therefore, you could not get the articles you need. But do not distress yourself, wait till someone else
comes up. But,” he said, wishing to improve the occasion, “have you ever heard of the key of Heaven?” “Ah, yes,” she
said, “I have lived long enough and I have gone to Church long enough to know that if we work hard, if we get our bread
by the sweat of our brow and act well towards our neighbors, if we behave, as the Catechism says, lowly and reverently to
all our betters, and if we do our duty in that station of life in which it has pleased God to place us and say our prayers
regularly, we shall be saved.” “Ah,” he said, “My good woman, that is a broken key, for you have broken the Commandments, you have not fulfilled all your duties! It is a good key, but you have broken it.” “Pray tell, Sir,” she said,
believing that he understood the matter and, looking frightened, “What have I left out?” “Why,” he said, “the allimportant thing! The blood of Jesus Christ! Don’t you know it is said the key of Heaven is at His belt? He opens and no
man shuts. He shuts and no man opens.” And explaining it more fully to her, he said, “It is Christ and Christ, alone, who
can open Heaven to you—not your good works.” “What? Minister,” she asked, “are our good works useless, then?”
“No,” he said, “not after faith! If you believe, first, you may have as many good works as you please. But if you believe,
you will never trust in them, for if you trust in them you have spent them and they are not good works any longer. Have
as many good works as you please, but still put your trust wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you do not, your key will
never unlock Heaven’s gate.”
So then, my Hearers, we must have true faith because the old key of works is so broken by us all, that we never shall
enter Paradise by it! If any of you pretend that you have no sins, to be very plain with you, you deceive yourselves and the
Truth is not in you! If you conceive that by your good works you shall enter Heaven, never was there a more fell delusion!
You shall find at the Last Great Day that your hopes were worthless and that, like sear leaves from the autumn trees,
your noble doings shall be blown away, or kindled into a flame within and you, yourselves, must suffer forever! Take
heed of your good works! Get them after faith, but remember, the way to be saved is simply to believe in Jesus Christ!
4. Again—without faith it is impossible to be saved and to please God—because without faith there is no union to
Christ. Now, union to Christ is indispensable to our salvation. If I come before God’s Throne with my prayers, I shall
never get them answered unless I bring Christ with me! The Molossians of old, when they could not get a favor from their
king, adopted a singular expedient. They took the king’s only son in their arms and, falling on their knees, cried, “O
King, for your son’s sake, grant our request.” He smiled and said, “I deny nothing to those who plead my son’s name.”
It is so with God! He will deny nothing to the man who comes having Christ at his elbow! But if he comes alone, he must
be cast away! Union to Christ is, after all, the great point in salvation. Let me tell you a story to illustrate this—the stupendous falls of Niagara have been spoken of in every part of the world. But while they are marvelous to hear of and
wonderful as a spectacle, they have been very destructive to human life, when, by accident any have been carried down
them. Some years ago, two men were being carried so swiftly down the current that they must both inevitably be borne
down and dashed to pieces. Persons on the shore saw them but were unable to do much for their rescue. At last, however,
one man was saved by floating a rope to him, which he grasped. The same instant that the rope came into his hand a log
floated by the other man. The thoughtless and confused bargeman, instead of seizing the rope, laid hold on the log! It
was a fatal mistake. They were both in imminent peril, but the one was drawn to shore because he had a connection with
the people on the land, while the other, clinging to the log, was borne irresistibly along and never heard of afterwards.
Do you not see that here is a practical illustration? Faith is a connection with Christ. Christ is on the shore, so to speak,
holding the rope of faith—and if we lay hold of it with the hand of our confidence, He pulls us to shore. But our good
works, having no connection with Christ, are drifted along down the gulf of fell despair! Grapple them as tightly as we
may, even with hooks of steel, they cannot avail us in the least degree! You will see, I am sure, what I wish to show to
you. Some object to anecdotes. I shall use them till they have done objecting to them. The Truth is never more powerfully
set forth to men than by telling them stories or parables as Christ often did.
Faith, then, is an union with Christ. Take care you have it! For if not, cling to your works and there you go floating
down the stream! Cling to your works and there you go dashing down the gulf! Lost because your works have no hold on
to Christ and no connection with the blessed Redeemer! But you, poor Sinner, with all your sin about you, if the rope is
round your loins and Christ has a hold of it, fear not—
“His honor is engaged to save
The meanest of His sheep.
All that His Heavenly Father gave,
His hands securely keep.”
5. Just one more argument and then I have done with it. “Without faith it is impossible to please God”—because it
is impossible to persevere in holiness without faith. What a multitude of fair-weather Christians we have in this age!
Many Christians resemble the nautilus, which, in fine, smooth weather, swims on the surface of the sea in a splendid little
squadron, like the mighty ships! But the moment the first breath of wind ruffles the waves, they take in their sails and
sink into the depths. Many Christians are the same. In good company, in evangelical drawing rooms, in pious parlors, in
chapels and vestries, they are tremendously religious! But if they are exposed to a little ridicule, if some should smile at
them and call them Methodist, or Presbyterian, or some name of reproach, it is all over with their religion till the next
fine day! Then when it is fine weather and religion will answer their purpose, up go the sails, again, and they are as pious
as before! Believe me, that kind of religion is worse than irreligion! I like a man to be thoroughly what he is—a downright man. And if a man does not love God, do not let him say he does. But if he is a true Christian, a follower of Jesus,
let him say it and stand up for it! There is nothing to be ashamed of in it. The only thing to be ashamed of is to be hypocritical. Let us be honest to our profession and it will be our glory. Ah, what would you do without faith in times of persecution? You good and pious people who have no faith, what would you do if the stake were again erected in Smithfield
and if, once more, the fires consumed the saints to ashes? What would you do if the Lollard’s tower was again opened? If
the rack were again piled, or in event stocks were used, as they have been used by a Protestant Church as witness to the
persecution of my predecessor, Benjamin Keach, who was once set in the stocks at Aylesbury for writing a book against
infant baptism? If even the mildest form of persecution were revived, how would the people be scattered abroad! And
some of the shepherds would be leaving their flocks!
Another anecdote, now, and I hope it will lead you to see the necessity of faith, while it may lead me on insensibly to
the last part of my discourse.

A slaveholding American, on one occasion buying a slave, said to the person of whom he was purchasing him, “Tell me honestly what are his faults.” Said the seller, “He has no faults that I am aware of but one
and that one is, he will pray.” “Ah,” said the purchaser, “I don’t like that. I know something that will cure him of it
pretty soon.” So the next night Cuffey was surprised by his master in the plantation, while in earnest prayer, praying for
his new master and his master’s wife and family. The man stood and listened but said nothing at that time. But the next
morning he called Cuffey and said, “I do not want to quarrel with you, my man, but I’ll have no praying on my premises—so you just drop it.” “Massa,” he said “me canna leave off praying. Me must pray.” “I’ll teach you to pray, if you
are going to keep on at it.” “Massa, me must keep on.” “Well, then, I’ll give you 25 lashes a day till you leave off.”
“Massa, if you give me fifty, I must pray.” “If that’s the way you are saucy to your master, you shall have it directly.” So
tying him up, he gave him 25 lashes and asked him if he would pray again. “Yes, Massa, me must pray always, me canna
leave off.” The master looked astonished! He could not understand how a poor saint could keep on praying when it
seemed to do no good, but only brought persecution upon him. He told his wife of it. His wife said, “Why can’t you let
the poor man pray? He does his work very well. You and I do not care about praying, but there’s no harm in letting him
pray if he gets on with his work.” “But I don’t like it,” said the master, “he almost frightened me to death. You should
see how he looked at me!” “Was he angry?” “No, I should not have minded that. But after I had beaten him, he looked at 
me with tears in his eyes and as if he pitied me more than himself.” That night the master could not sleep. He tossed to
and fro on his bed. His sins were brought to his remembrance. He remembered he had persecuted a saint of God. Rising
in his bed, he said, “Wife, will you pray for me?” “I never prayed in my life” she said, “I cannot pray for you.” “I am
lost,” he said, “if somebody does not pray for me. I cannot pray for myself.” “I don’t know anyone on the estate that
knows how to pray, except Cuffey,” said his wife. The bell was rung and Cuffey was brought in. Taking hold of his black
servant’s hand, the master said, “Cuffey, can you pray for your master?” “Massa” he said, “me been praying for you ever
since you flogged me and me means to pray always for you.” Down went Cuffey on his knees and poured out his soul in
tears—and both husband and wife were converted. That slave could not have done this without faith! Without faith he
would have gone away, directly, and said, “Massa, me leave off praying. Me no like de white man’s whip.” But because
he persevered through his faith, the Lord honored him and gave him his master’s soul for his hire!
III. And now in conclusion, THE QUESTION, the vital question. Dear Hearer have you faith? Do you believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart? If so, you may hope to be saved! Yes, you may conclude with absolute certainty
that you shall never see Hell. Have you faith? Shall I help you to answer that question? I will give you three tests, as briefly as ever I can, not to weary you and then, farewell, this morning. He who has faith, has renounced his own righteousness. If you put one atom of trust in yourself you have no faith! If you place even a particle of reliance upon anything else
but what Christ did, you have no faith! If you trust in your works, then your works are anti-Christ and Christ and antiChrist can never go together! Christ will have all or nothing! He must be a whole Savior, or none at all. If, then, you
have faith, you can say—
“Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to the Cross I cling.”
Then true faith may be known by this—it begets a great esteem for the Person of Christ. Do you love Christ? Could you
die for Him? Do you seek to serve Him? Do you love His people? Can you say—
“Jesus, I love Your charming name,
‘Tis music to my ear.”
Oh, if you do not love Christ, you do not believe in Him, for to believe in Christ begets love. And yet more—he that has
true faith will have true obedience. If a man says he has faith and has no works, he lies! If any man declares that he believes in Christ and yet does not lead a holy life, he lies! While we do not trust in good works, we know that faith always
begets good works! Faith is the father of holiness and he has not the parent who loves not the child. God’s blessings are
blessings with both His hands. In the one hand, He gives pardon. But in the other hand, He always gives holiness—and
no man can have the one, unless he has the other!
And now, dear Hearers, shall I get down upon my knees and entreat you for Christ’s sake to answer this question in
your own silent chamber—Have you faith? Oh, answer it—Yes, or No? Leave off saying, “I do not know,” or, “I do not
care.” Ah, you will care, one day, when the earth is reeling and the world is tossing to and fro! You will care when God
shall summon you to judgment and when He shall condemn the faithless and the unbelieving! Oh, that you were wise—
that you would care, now, and if any of you feel your need of Christ, let me beg of you, for Christ’s sake, now, to seek
faith in Him who is exalted on high to give repentance and remission and who, if He has given you repentance, will give
you remission, too! Oh Sinners who know your sins! “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved.” Cast yourselves
upon His love and blood, His doing and His dying, His miseries and His merits—if you do this, you shall never fall but
you shall be saved, now—and saved in that great day when not to be saved will be horrible, indeed! “Turn you, turn you!
Why will you die, O house of Israel?” Lay hold on Him, touch the hem of His garment and you shall be healed. May God
help you to do so. For Christ’s sake. Amen and Amen.
Adapted from The C.H. Spurgeon Collection, Version 1.0, Ages Software.
PRAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL USE THIS SERMON
TO BRING MANY TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST.

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