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Spurgeon on Human Inability

March 16, 2009

C. H. Spurgeon preached on the text of John 6:44,

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”

on March 7, 1858.  In his sermon, “Human Inability,” Spurgeon exposits on the doctrine of regeneration, a doctrine that remains tragically misapprehended by many professing Christians. This timeless sermon is perhaps one of Spurgeon’s most encouraging for those who have truly “come to Christ”–and sobering for those who have not.

“Coming to Christ” is a very common phrase in Holy Scripture. It is used to express those acts of the soul wherein, leaving at once our self-righteousness, and our sins, we fly unto the Lord Jesus Christ, and receive his righteousness to be our covering, and his blood to be our atonement. Coming to Christ, then, embraces in it repentance, self-negation, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it sums within itself all those things which are the necessary attendants of these great states of heart, such as the belief of the truth, earnestness of prayer to God, the submission of the soul to the precepts of God’s gospel, and all those things which accompany the dawn of salvation in the soul. Coming to Christ is just the one essential thing for a sinner’s salvation. He that cometh not to Christ, do what he may, or think what he may, is yet in “the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.” Read the rest of this crucial sermon.


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