July 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2629-1
When Spurgeon speaks, you’d be wise to listen.
The great London preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon had a lot to say during his four decades of ministry at the Metropolitan Tabernacle. And beyond his mighty voice, Spurgeon’s pen churned out countless words of biblical interpretation and Christian wisdom. These words can still encourage us today!
Volume 2 of the Spurgeon Speaks series focuses on the power of God’s Word. Nothing motivated Spurgeon more than proclaiming the holy Scriptures. His love for the Bible will encourage you as well.
Presented in lovely editions that you’ll be proud to have on your shelf, the Spurgeon Speaks series offers focused readings on topics that were important to the Prince of Preachers. Expertly selected by Jason Allen and updated for twenty-first century readers, this series will be a valued addition to the library of pastors, scholars, and anyone who appreciates the legacy of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Dr. Jason Allen is the fifth and youngest president of Midwestern Baptist Seminary. He has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past fifteen years. He currently serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries, including his own website www.jasonkallen.com, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural and local church issues. He and his wife, Karen, have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.
The Word of a King
Because God is monarch, His Word has power. Spurgeon first shows how the power of the Word excites our awe of Him. He shows in creation and redemptive history the power of God spoken in His Word. Second, he highlights the power of the Word of God in ensuring our obedience to it. Third, the power of the Word inspires our confidence. If we struggle with remaining corruption, there is power in the Word of God to cleanse us. Fourth, the power of the Word directs our efforts. We need the Word of God to do the work of God.
“Christians should more diligently search the Word to find out what the will of the Lord is on all matters affecting their everyday life.”
“We should tremble at God’s Word, and humble ourselves in the dust before Him, praying to be cleansed by His grace.”
“Spiritual work can only be done by spiritual power.”
Where the word of a king is, there is power. – Ecclesiastes 8:4
Kings in Solomon’s day had a vast amount of power, for their word was absolute. They did according to their own will, and none could check them, for, as Solomon said, “The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life” (Prov. 20:2). When such a monarch happened to be wise and good, it was a great blessing to the people; for “a king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters all evil with his eyes” (Prov. 20:8). But if he was of a hard, tyrannical nature, his subjects were mere slaves and groaned beneath a yoke of iron.
We do not sufficiently give thanks for the blessings of a constitutional government, but if we were for a season put beneath the power of a grinding despotism, we should set more store by those liberties for which we have to thank our Puritan ancestors. Mercies are seldom appreciated till they are taken away.
May we not prove ungrateful under free institutions, for if so, we shall be more brutish than any men.
There is, however, one King whose power we do not wish in any degree to limit or circumscribe. God does as He wills among the armies of heaven and the inhabitants of this lower world. None can stay His hand or say to Him, “What are you doing?” In this we greatly rejoice. The personal rule of one individual would be the best form of government if that individual were perfectly good, infinitely wise, and abundant in power. An autocrat turns into a despot because there is no man who is perfectly good, unselfish, or wise.
God has no fault or failing, and therefore it is a joy that He does according to His will. He never wills anything that is not strictly just; He is neither unjust nor unmerciful. He cannot err, and therefore it is a great subject for joy that “the Lord reigns” (Ps. 93:1).
Now, because God is the absolute Monarch, His word has power about it, and of that word of power I am going to speak at this time. May the Holy Spirit help us to think of the power of God’s Word for four purposes – first, to excite our awe; second, to ensure our obedience; third, to inspire our confidence; and fourth, to direct our efforts.