Sermon 1, Immutability of God

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Where do I begin? I could just start at the beginning, but I’d rather start with the discovery that my ultimate favorite quote of Spurgeon’s ended up being in this first sermon. I first found this paragraph in J. I. Packer’s Knowing God when I was a senior in high school, and it has stayed with me ever since. Here it is:

“Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound! In musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief and in the influence of the Holy Spirit there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrows? Would you drown your cares? Then go plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea—be lost in His immensity. And you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul, so calm the swelling billows of grief and sorrow—so speak peace to the winds of trial—as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.”

Isn’t that glorious?! Just reading that gives me an overwhelming sense of peace. It reminds me of Isaiah 26:3- “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

I’ve come to the conclusion that my posts here on his sermons are probably just going to be a bunch of direct quotes, because I honestly don’t know how anyone could put it better than Spurgeon already did 🙂

“When we come to this master science [the study of God], finding that our plumb line cannot sound its depth and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thoughts that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’ colt and with the solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.”

His significance only deepens the impression of my insignificance.

 

And then there’s this beautiful section- “The mountains with their snow-white crowns doff their old diadems in summer, in rivers trickling down their sides, while the storm cloud gives them another coronation. The ocean, with its mighty floods, loses its water when the sunbeams kiss the waves and snatch them in mists to Heaven.” Such lovely word pictures ❤

spurgeonquote1But most intense of all was this passage here that convicted me in my faith, that thundered into my very soul and brought tears to my eyes- “Was He powerful? Was He the mighty God when He spoke the world out of the womb of non-existence? Was He the omnipotent when He piled the mountains and scooped out the hollow places for the rolling deep? Yes, He was powerful then and His arm is unpalsied now. He is the same giant in His might. The sap of His nourishment is still wet and the strength of His soul stands the same forever.” GLORY.

“God alters not His plans—why should He? He is almighty, and therefore can perform His pleasure. Why should He? He is the all-wise and, therefore, cannot have planned wrongly. Why should He? He is the everlasting God and, therefore, cannot die before His plan is accomplished. Why should He change? You worthless atoms of existence, ephemera of the day! You creeping insects upon this bay leaf of existence! You may change your plans, but He shall never, never change His. Then has He told me that His plan is to save me? If so, I am safe— ‘My name from the palms of His hands Eternity will not erase; Impressed on His heart it remains, In marks of indelible grace.'”

“Live and die without prayer and you will pray long enough when you get to Hell.”

Here is an outline of Spurgeon’s sermon #1-

  • Introduction & Text- Malachi 3:6
  • Immutability of God
    • Ways God Cannot Change
      • In His Essence- Who/What He Is in Substance
      • In His Attributes
      • In His Plans
      • In His Promises
      • In His Threats
    • Ways God Is Unchangeable
      • The very Fact that He is God
      • Perfection cannot Change
      • Infinity cannot Change
  • Persons Benefited by Immutable God- Sons of Jacob
    • Sons of God’s Election
    • Enjoy Peculiar Rights and Titles
    • Peculiar Manifestations
    • Peculiar Trials
    • Peculiar Character
  • Benefits Received-Not Consumed

So there you have it for Spurgeon’s Sermon #1; I hope that these excerpts that blessed me speak to your heart as well!

7 Comments
  1. Liz, it’s so lovely to “meet you” through your blog today. Thank you for linking up at #ThoughtProvokingThursday! I had to smile when I realized that you were sharing on God’s unchanging character. My blog post today actually alludes to it as well — although I wrote from a completely different angle. — I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.
    Blessings,
    Lyli

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  2. Two of my very favorite theologians, Liz. My Pastor turned me towards J I Packer’s writings and I have a been a smitten fan ever since. My son and I took time to study that book, Knowing God, together his Junior year in school, it was certainly faith deepening study. Spurgeon is my go to, next to Matthew Henry, when it comes to commentaries, quotes and anything. LOVED all the quotes here. So inspiring.
    Blessings,

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