- Paperback: 20 pages
- Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (5 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1151528498
- ISBN-13: 978-1151528490
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.1 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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C. H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher, was one of the most influential people of the second half of the 19th Century. At the heart of his desire to preach was a fierce love of people, a desire that meant he did not neglect his pastoral ministry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Charles Spurgeon, a greatly gifted physician of souls, was concerned that many hung around the wicket gate, as it were, but did not go in. Part of the problem being that they found many reasons to exclude themselves from the simple, honest and real invitation to every man, woman and child, who was willing to enter in. Remember the leper who came to Jesus and said: "If You are willing, You can make me clean"? Jesus answered: "I am willing, be clean", and with that He touched and healed the sick man. There was no lack of willingness in Jesus. All who come to Him for salvation will find it, because He was so willing that He actually died to get us in.
But even to believers the mysteries of the wicket gate can be quite daunting. After all, if we are not sure how we got in the gate, we can hardly recommend it to others! It only takes a little doubt to shut us up, and make us feel that if we only ploughed our way through a virtual library of books our assurance in the gospel would return. This won't do.
But what should someone do to be saved? Must they conclude that the wicket gate, that gives them access to light and life, is actually their baptism; or their going forward in a meeting; or their sinner's prayer; or even their spoken declaration to follow Jesus? This is what this small book is concerned with and helps us understand.
Why do I recommend this book to you? I do so because the gospel is at once utterly simple and at the same time profoundly deep. The gospel is, actually, if you wish to look at it like this, an introduction to the real and living Lord, Jesus Christ. It is not just accepting a number of propositions; neither is it simply getting your head round some difficult concepts. It is quite literally to encounter Jesus for yourself.
The reason that the gospel is the power of God to save is that it presents Jesus. The evangelist doesn't save people, nor, in a sense, does the repentant sinner get HIMSELF saved. The gospel is a wicket gate - a door. That door is Jesus. It's not just about Jesus; it is Jesus! "I am the door", says Jesus, "He who enters by Me shall be saved".
When you get excited about the "wicket gate" you aren't just getting excited about some method or way of salvation, you are getting excited about Jesus; the Jesus that died and rose again for you. That's why I can happily recommend this book to you: I want you to know Him.