Guard the Treasure of the Church

There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise… – Proverbs 21:20

What is there to praise about keeping God’s Word? I answer, because it is a holy thing to treasure up God’s Word. The solid truth of revelation, the doctrine of the Holy Ghost, a divine experience given to you by that Holy Ghost-all this is the treasure of the Church, and you are doing a holy thing when you guard it against every adversary. To this purpose are saints sent into the world-to keep this treasure of the Church against all adversaries. Truth is the jewel for which all believers must be ready to die. Solomon made shields of gold, which were borne before the king when he went into the house of the Lord; but Rehoboam took away the shields of gold, and put shields of brass in their place. It is to be feared many are doing the same at this moment. Let us bear our protest: the gold is good enough for us. Do not throw away the best for the sake of getting something that may be newer, but that must be far inferior. I hold one single sentence out of God’s Word to be of more certainty, and of more power, than all the discoveries of all the learned men of all the ages.

Warriors guard kings, and crowns, and thrones; but the living truth of the living God is infinitely more worthy of our watch. Oh for ten thousand valiant men to stand about the bed of the truth, each man with his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. Therefore, as it is a holy thing, a heavenly thing, a priceless thing, keep you God’s Word. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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