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Anchor of the Soul!

THE ANCHOR by C.H. Spurgeon “FAITH is the divinely-appointed way of receiving the blessings of grace. “He that believes shall be saved,” is one of the main declarations of the gospel. boat-anchor-736693_640The wonders of creation, the discoveries of revelation, and the movements of providence are all intended to create and foster the principle of faith in the living God. If God reveals anything it is that we should believe it; of all the books of Holy Scripture it may be said, “These are written that you might believe, and that believing you might have life.”

Even if God conceals anything, it is that we may be able to confide in Him; since what we know yields but little space for trust compared with the unknown. Providence sends us many different trials; all meant to exercise and increase our faith, and at the same time in answer to prayer it brings us varied proofs of the divine faithfulness which serve as refreshments to our faith. Thus the works and the words of God cooperate to educate men in the grace of faith. You might imagine, however, from the doctrine of certain teachers that the gospel is “Whoever doubts shall be saved,” and that nothing could be more useful or honorable than for a man’s mind to hang in perpetual suspense, sure of nothing, confident of the truth of no one, not even of God Himself! The Bible raises a mausoleum to the memory of its heroes, and writes upon it as their epitaph “these all died in faith”; but the modern gospel derides faith, and sets up instead the new virtue of keeping abreast with the freshest thought of the age! That simple trust in the truthfulness of God’s word, which our fathers inculcated as the basis of all religion, would seem to be at a discount now with “men of mind” who are able to cope with “modern thought.” Shame upon professed ministers of Christ that some of these are worshipping at this shrine, and are laboring after the repute of being intellectual and philosophical by scattering doubts on all sides! The doctrine of the blessedness of doubt is as opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ as darkness is to light, or Satan to Christ Himself; it is invented as a quietus to the consciences of those proud men who refuse to yield their minds to the rule of God.”

“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil; where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 6:17-20.
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