Wednesday, March 18, 2015
‘And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.’
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Through the fall the spiritual taste of man became perverted, so that he puts bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter; he chooses the poison of hell and loathes the bread of heaven; he licks the dust of the serpent and rejects the food of angels.
The spiritual hearing became grievously injured, for man naturally no longer hears God’s word, but stops his ears at the Maker’s voice.
Let the gospel minister charm never so wisely, yet is the unconverted soul like the deaf adder which hears not the charmer’s voice.
The spiritual feeling by virtue of our depravity is fearfully deadened.
Whether the thunders of Sinai or the turtle notes of Calvary claim his attention, man is resolutely deaf to both.
Even the spiritual smell with which man should discern between that which is pure and holy and that which is unsavoury to the Most High has become defiled, and now man’s spiritual nostril while unrenewed derives no enjoyment from the sweet savour which is in Christ Jesus, but seeks after the putrid joys of sin.
As with other senses so is it with man’s sight.
He is so spiritually blind that things most plain and clear he cannot and will not see.
The understanding, which is the soul’s eye, is covered with scales of ignorance, and when these are removed by the finger of instruction, the visual orb is still so affected that it sees men as trees walking.
Our condition is thus most terrible, but at the same time it affords ample room for a display of the splendours of divine grace. Dear friends, we are naturally so entirely ruined, that if saved the whole work must be of God, and the whole glory must crown the head of the Triune Jehovah.
Silent mouths, blind eyes, deaf ears and other non-functioning features are the Bible’s description of idols and all who trust in them (Psalm 115:4–8).
Before conversion we are equally as dead to God and to the things of God;
we are totally dependent upon him for the gift of spiritual life (Ephesians 2:1,5).
Sermon no. 681
18 March (1866)
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ,
you can be accepted in to his kingdom.
I invite you to let him to make of you, what He always wanted.
Marvelous God Almighty, I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, who died for me to make me free of sin, I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free, I confess that He is the son of God. I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven. In the precious name of Jesus I ask. Amen..
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