That is often our idea, — that we must reform somebody else; but if we could bring ourselves to feel that weeding our own garden, and watering our own plants, and fulfilling our own vocation is what God requires of us, how much better it would be for the entire Church of Christ.—Spurgeon

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Spurgeon’s Sovereign Grace and Man’s Responsiblity

Several teachers have mentioned this sermon when they teach about how God’s sovereign grace in election, and man’s responsibility work together. I’m putting up here in an easy to read format for anyone interested in reading it for themselves.

Here’s a short excerpt to give you a taste of what’s inside. It’s a long read, but worth taking the time.

No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once I am taught in one book to believe that what I sow, I shall reap: I am taught in another place, that “it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” I see in one place, God presiding over all in providence; and yet I see, and I cannot help seeing, that man acts as he pleases, and that God has left his actions to his own will, in a great measure. Now, if I were to declare that man was so free to act, that there was no presidence of God over his actions, I should be driven very near to Atheism; and if, on the other…