Young Charles Spurgeon says of this sermon, “[it] is intended for those who are young in the fear of the Lord, that they may better understand this great starting point of God in the heart, the effectual calling of men by the Holy Spirit.” It came as a surprise to me that Spurgeon believed his congregation to be well instructed in the doctrine of effectual calling. I don’t think we can say that of the vast majority of congregations in our day, but I hope and pray many will embrace this wonderful truth having heard this sermon!
“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zaccheus, make haste and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house.”—Luke 19:5.
1. A gracious truth – 4:22
2. A personal call – 8:07
3. A hastening call – 11:22
4. A humbling call – 14:59
5. An affectionate call – 17:35
6. An abiding call – 22:44
7. A necessary call – 25:30
8. An effectual call – 35:25
The following are select quotes from this sermon.
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“Come down,” says God, when he means to save. Now, proud sinners, it is of no use for you to be proud, to stick yourselves up in the trees; Christ will have you down. Oh, thou that dwellest with the eagle on the craggy rock, thou shalt come down from thy elevation; thou shalt fall by grace, or thou shalt fall with a vengeance one day.
I tell you there is not a reprobate walking the streets and defiling the air with his blasphemies, there is not a creature abandoned so as to be well-nigh as bad as Satan himself, if he is a child of life, who is not within the reach of mercy. And if God says “To-day I must abide in thy house,” he then assuredly will.
“And if I have taken anything from any one by false accusation, I will restore it to him fourfold.”—away goes another portion of his property. Ah! Zaccheus, you will go to bed to-night a great deal poorer than when you got up this morning—but infinitely richer, too—poor, very poor, in this world’s goods, compared with what thou wert when thou first didst climb that sycamore tree; but richer—infinitely richer—in heavenly treasure. Sinner, we shall know whether God calls you by this: if he calls, it will be an effectual call—not a call which you hear and then forget but one which produces good works.