“There are many who fancy they are born again who are not” – C.H.S.
Spurgeon makes the case that it’s possible to act and talk like a Christian, even profess to be a Christian, and yet not be a Christian.
— You must be born again —
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”—John 3:3.
1. The matter of regeneration – 3:04
2. Seeing the kingdom of God – 22:31
3. Except we are born again we cannot see God’s kingdom – 23:46
4. Expostulation – 34:52
The following are select quotes from this sermon.
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There are many who fancy they are born again who are not. It well becomes us, then, frequently to examine ourselves; and it is the minister’s duty to bring forward those subjects which lead to self-examination, and have a tendency to search the heart and try the reins of the children of men.
“For except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The change is radical; it gives us new natures, makes us love what we hated and hate what we loved; sets us in a new road; makes our habits different, our thoughts different, makes us different in private, and different in public. So that being in Christ it is fulfilled,—“If any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.”
I appeal to yourselves; a sermon is too long for you very often; the singing of God’s praises is dull dry work; you think that going up to God’s house is very tedious. What will you do where they praise God day without night. If just a short discourse here is very wearying, what will you think of the eternal talkings of the redeemed through all ages of the wonders of redeeming love? If the company of the righteous is very irksome to you, what will be their company throughout eternity? I think many of you are free to confess that psalm singing is not a bit to your taste, that you care nought about any spiritual things; give you your bottle of wine and set you down at your ease, that is heaven for you! Well, there in no such a heaven yet made; and therefore there is no heaven for you. The only heaven there is, is the heaven of spiritual men, the heaven of praise, the heaven of delight in God, the heaven of acceptance in the beloved, the heaven of communion with Christ.
I came here determined this morning, if I must use rough words to use them; to speak right out against men and for men too; for the things we say against you now are really for your good. We do but warn you, lest you perish.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon