Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Highest Science

On January 7, 1855 the 20 year old pastor of New Park Street Chapel in Southwark (London) opened his morning sermon with these words:

"The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.
There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity…No subject of contemplation will tend to more humble the mind, than thoughts of God…

"But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it. He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe…The most excellent study for expanding the soul, is the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity."

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Harley A. said...

Todd, I was teaching the SS class this past Sunday on the Knowability of God and I read them this very passage ! Spurgeon is one of my favorites. A clear example, like Paul taught, of being satisfied whether you're the most popular pastor in the world or the most reviled. In both cases, he was pleased to preached the true Gospel and not waiver.

Todd Pruitt said...

Spurgeon's story is nothing less than compelling. I am amazed at this level of productivity. He pastored the largest Protestant church in the world, opened and ran an orphanage and a pastors college that is still going strong today. He wrote and preached copiously. On top of it all he suffered from several painful physical ailments.

Arnold Dalimore's biography on Spurgeon is worth the read. Also, Iain Murray's "The Forgotten Spurgeon" is outstanding.