PREDESTINATION AND CALLING
DELIVERED ON SABBATH MORNING, MARCH 6, 1859,
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.
“Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called.” Romans 8:30.
THE GREAT BOOK OF GOD’S DECREES is fast closed against the curiosity of man. Vain man would be wise; he would break the seven seals thereof and read the mysteries of eternity. But this cannot be! The time has not yet come when the book shall be opened and even then the seals shall not be broken by mortal hand, but it shall be said, “The Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed to open the book and break the seven seals thereof.”—
Eternal Father, who shall look
Into Your secret will?
None but the Lamb shall take the book
And open every seal!
None but He shall ever unroll that sacred record and read it to the assembled world. How, then, am I to know whether I am predestinated by God unto eternal life or not? It is a question in which my eternal interests are involved—am I among that unhappy number who shall be left to live in sin and reap the due reward of their iniquity? Or do I belong to that goodly company who, albeit that they have sinned, shall nevertheless be washed in the blood of Christ and shall in white robes walk the golden streets of Heaven? Until this question is answered, my heart cannot rest, for I am intensely anxious about it. My eternal destiny infinitely more concerns me than all the affairs of time! Tell me, oh tell me, if you know, Seers and Prophets—is my name recorded in that Book of Life? Am I one of those who are ordained unto eternal life, or am I to be left to follow my own lusts and passions and to destroy my own soul? Oh, my Hearer, there is an answer to your inquiry! The book cannot be opened, but God Himself has published many a page thereof. He has not published the page whereon the actual names of the redeemed are written, but that page of the sacred decree whereon their character is recorded is published in His Word and shall be proclaimed to you this day! The sacred record of God’s hand is this day published everywhere under Heaven and he who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to him! O my Hearer, by your name I know you not and by your name God’s Word does not declare you, but by your character you may read your name! And if you have been a partaker of the calling which is mentioned in the text, then may you conclude beyond a doubt that you are among the predestinated—“For whom He did predestinate, them He also called.” And if you are called, it follows as a natural inference you are predestinated!
Now, in considering this solemn subject, let me remark that there are two kinds of callings mentioned in the Word of God. The first is the general or universal call, which in the Gospel is sincerely given to everyone who hears the Word. The duty of the minister is to call souls to Christ; he is to make no distinction whatever—“Go you into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The trumpet of the Gospel sounds aloud to every man in our congregations—“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come you to the waters and he that has no money, come you, buy and eat. Yes, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Continue reading