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“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish;
to the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.
And who is sufficient for these things?”—2 Corinthians 2:15, 16.
1. The gospel produces different effects – 4:23
2. The minister is not responsible for his success – 25:20
3. To preach the gospel is high and solemn work – 32:34
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Canst thou look back my brother Christian, to that very moment when the gospel was “a savour of life” to thee—when thou didst cast away thy sins, renounce thy lusts, and turning to God’s Word, received it with full purpose of heart? Ah! that hour—of all hours the sweetest!
Preaching God’s word is not what some seem to think, mere child’s play—a mere business or trade to be taken up by any one. A man ought to feel first that he has a solemn call to it; next, he ought to know that he really possesses the Spirit of God, and that when he speaks there is an influence upon him that enables him to speak as God would have him, otherwise out of the pulpit he should go directly; he has no right to be there, even if the living is his own property.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon