Just “Sinners”

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – 1 Timothy 1:15

Mr. Roger, Mr. Sheppard, Mr. Flavel, and several excellent divines, in the Puritanic age, and especially Richard Baxter, used to give descriptions of what a man must feel before he may dare to come to Christ. Now, I say in the language of good Mr. Fenner, another of those divines, who said he was “but a babe in grace when compared with them”- I dare to say it, that all this is not Scriptural. Sinners do feel these things before they come, but they do not come on the ground of having felt it; they come on the ground of being sinners, and on no other ground whatever. The gate of Mercy is opened, and over the door it is written, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Between that word “save” and the next word “sinners,” there is no adjective. It does not say, “penitent sinners,” “awakened sinners,” “sensible sinners,” “grieving sinners,” or “alarmed sinners.” No, it only says, “sinners,” and I know this, that when I come, I come to Christ to-day (for I feel it is as much a necessity of my life to come to the cross of Christ to-day as it was to come ten years ago), and when I come to Him I dare not come as a conscious sinner or an awakened sinner, but I have to come still as a sinner with nothing in my hands. I saw an aged man this week in the vestry of a chapel in Yorkshire. I had been saying something to this effect. The old man had been a Christian for years, and he said, “I never saw it put exactly so, but still I know that is just the way I come. I say, ‘Lord,

‘Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, look to Thee for dress;
Helpless, come to Thee for grace;
(“Black enough,” said the old man)
‘I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.'”

~ C.H. Spurgeon


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