“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” -1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“The Gospel has a powerful effect on every aspect of our lives.” (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon “A Godly Role Model” from 1 Peter 3:7)
I wanted to share with you all something I found the other day while I was studying my Sunday School lesson. After I had read the text several times, I decided to see if Mr. Spurgeon had anything to say about Jeremiah 3. Of course, he did! You can read his sermon on Jeremiah 3:14 here.
The interesting thing is that an illustration he used in this sermon is one that C.J. Mahaney quoted in his second message at New Attitude. It is an excellent reminder of what God has done for us! It goes hand in hand with not only the Sunday School lesson yesterday, but the two sermons as well! (a. You can’t have beauty in God’s sight to begin with if you have not experienced His love [1 Peter 3:1-6] and b. it fits with Exodus 34:6-7, too!)
Now, it is impossible for you to love God without the strong conclusive evidence that God loves you. I once knew a good woman who was the subject of many doubts, and when I got to the bottom of her doubt, it was this: she knew she loved Christ, but she was afraid He did not love her. “Oh!” I said, “that is a doubt that will never trouble me; never, by any possibility, because I am sure of this, that the heart is so naturally corrupt, that love to God could never get there without God first putting it there.” You may rest quite certain, that if you love God, it is a fruit, and not a root. It is the fruit of God’s love to you, and did not get there by the force of any goodness in you. You may conclude, with absolute certainty, that God loves you if you love God. There never was any difficulty on his part. It always was on your part, and now that the difficulty is gone from you there is no more difficulty left. O let our hearts rejoice and be filled with great delight, because the Savior has loved us and given himself for us. So let us realize the truth of the text, “I am your husband.”
Isn’t it wonderful to know that “He put it there!”