1770. Recruits For King Jesus

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No. 1770-30:145. A Sermon Delivered On Lord’s Day Evening, February 17, 1884, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

And there came from the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold to David. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart shall be knit to you: but if you have come to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our forefathers look on it, and rebuke it.” Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, “We are yours, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse: peace, peace be to you, and peace be to your helpers; for your God helps you.” Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. {1Ch 12:16-18}

1. At this time David was in the hold — I suppose in the stronghold of Ziklag, which the king of the Philistines had given to him. It was in that fortress town that he received a welcome addition to his band. David was an exile; and it is not every man who cares to cast in his lot with a banished nobleman. He was outlawed, and his sovereign would have killed him with his own hand if he had found an opportunity: few care to stake their all with a man in such a condition. The many who were on Saul’s side spoke very bitterly of David, and, wishing to curry favour with the king, they slandered him to the blackest degree: few respectable people care to associate themselves with a person who is in ill repute. Many to whom he had done no ill were eager to betray David, and sell him into the hand of his enemy; for men sought their own gain, and did not care whom they sold, as long as they clutched the price: it was a great thing for a band of men to unite with a man who had a price on his head. David had to stand his guard, for traitors were all around: the men of Keilah would have delivered him up when he went in all simplicity of heart within their gates. The fortunes of David were at a low ebb, and hence when these men came to David they did a valorous action — an action which he would be sure to remember in the later days of his triumph.

2. I want to run a parallel between the case of David and that of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the present moment our Lord Jesus, the Son of David, is still in the hold. Among the men of this world he is not yet enthroned: their hearts go after another prince, and as yet the kingdom has not come to the Son of David. I know that he reigns in heaven, and that he is in very deed King of kings and Lord of lords; but before the eyes of the majority of men he is still despised and rejected. His people, as yet, are only a feeble folk, and often hard done by; while his kingdom is ridiculed, his claims are derided, and his yoke is scorned. The doctrines which he preached are tossed to and fro like a ball; and men at the present time are boasting in science or tradition, in reason or in speculation; yes, they speak as if human wisdom would soon wipe out the very name of Christianity. It is not so in truth before God, but it is so in appearance before men. This is an age of blasphemy and of rebuke for our Lord the King. Brave are those who will stand by Christ in this, the day of his exile. They shall be very royally rewarded who will now take up his cause, and will go out to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. He is the man for the Lord Jesus who can now run the gauntlet of miles of scoffers, and be willing to be called a fool, a madman, or an idiot for his name’s sake. Blessed are those who are not ashamed today to bear the name of Christ written out large; and to confess that, after the way which men call “orthodoxy,” so they worship the Lord God of their forefathers. The philosophical Christian may escape if he will drown the Christian in the philosopher; but this is not to stand up boldly for Christ. It does our heart good nowadays to meet a few brethren who are not ashamed to still believe in the merit of the Redeemer’s precious blood, and in the power of his Spirit to regenerate. We feel at home when we drop in with a few who believe in prayer, and expect the Lord to intervene on the behalf of his people. I say, blessed are those who, like these men of Benjamin and Judah, are willing to go to the King in the hold, and take up his cause though it is at a low ebb, and stand up for him when the many are ready to trample him down, and are ridiculing his work and his cause. For my own part, I never loved my Lord better than now that he is defamed; and his truth is all the dearer to me because it is flouted by the worldly-wise.

3. It is to those who will volunteer for Jesus that I am about to speak; and our first point is, that using the text as a parable we have here a commendable example. It is a commendable example for men to join themselves with Christ while he is despised. Secondly, here is a cautious enquiry. When David sees these men come he does not at once receive them with open arms, but there is a reserve about him until he has asked them a question or two. He wants to know who they are before he writes down their names in his muster-roll. And, thirdly, here is a very cordial enlistment as they answer his question, and say, “We are yours, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse; for your God helps you.”

4. I. First, then, here is A VERY COMMENDABLE EXAMPLE. May the Holy Spirit lead many of my dear hearers to follow it.

5. Many of these men of Benjamin and Judah, in the first place, went to join themselves to David because they had heard that he was the Lord’s anointed. They understood that Samuel had gone down to Ramah, and, in the days of David’s youth, had anointed him in the name of the Lord to be king instead of Saul. Therefore they said, “Whom God anoints we will follow,” and they came after David. It was fitting that they should be loyal to David if they would be obedient to God.

6. Now, it is within the belief, I trust, of all assembled here, that the Lord God Almighty has anointed “one chosen out of the people” to be his King in Zion — the King of his church for ever and ever; and that one chosen out of the people is Jesus of Nazareth, of the house of David, who is himself, as man, the servant of God, but who is also divine, and does not think it robbery to be equal with God. All of us have, I trust, agree with this doctrine, that the Lord Jesus is the Anointed of God, the very Word of God, in whom dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Now, it seems to me that if it is so, the next inevitable step for men who fear God is to go out and follow the Lord’s Anointed. If Jesus is the Messiah, the sent One of God, in the name of everything that is gracious and right let us follow him. God has given him to be a leader and a commander to the people; let us rally to his banner without delay. If the Lord has anointed Jesus to be a prince and a Saviour, let him be our prince and our Saviour at once. Let us render him obedience and confidence, and publicly affirm the same. Our Lord puts it like this — “If I tell you the truth, why do you not believe me?” The argument is irresistible with true-hearted men. If any of you believe that Jesus is anointed to be the Saviour of men, I say that you are unreasonable if you do not practically accept him as such. But if you are willing to come right straight out, and say, “Let others do as they wish; as for me, I will be the loving servant of the anointed of the Lord”; then you act correctly, and render a reasonable service. What better argument can I find with just and reasonable people than this? You believe that God has anointed Jesus, therefore accept him for yourself. If these men followed David because God had anointed him, it is infinitely more binding on you and on me, believing that God has anointed Jesus of Nazareth to be the King, for us to follow him, so that we may be found faithful to his cause and kingdom. Oh, my dear hearers, I am perplexed about some of you: you call Jesus Lord, and yet you do not obey him, you admit that he is the Saviour, and yet you do not trust in him for salvation. Think this over, and may the Holy Spirit lead you to a sensible decision. If Jesus is God’s anointed, led him be your beloved.

7. Next, these men, no doubt many of them, followed David because of his personal excellencies. They had heard about him — about what he was in his youth, what he had been at home, and at court, and in the army, and in the day of battle. He had behaved admirably everywhere, and these warriors had heard about it. I should not wonder if some of them remembered that, when he was a youth and ruddy, he came out with his sling and stone and struck the giant foe of Israel on the forehead. Perhaps they had heard of all his mighty acts that he did when, as Saul’s captain, he went in and out before the host and did valiantly in the name of the Most High. And when they heard of his gentleness, and of his courtesy, and of all the many virtues which adorned him, making him so greatly different from those leaders of freebooting bands who were so common in that land, I do not wonder if they enthusiastically gave themselves up to be the loyal followers of this David the son of Jesse. A good soldier should have a good captain: a good captain deserves good soldiers. These men of war argued well when they enlisted under David. But how shall I commend the Lord Jesus Christ to you who are of a noble spirit? Was there ever anyone like him? Who among the good, the great, the brave, the beautiful, can be compared to him? He left the courts of heaven so that he might save men. Love brought him from glory to be the Redeemer of his enemies! Being found in form as a man, he gave himself up to death, even the death of the cross for the love of men. All his lifelong he did valiantly for the Lord his God, in all holiness and righteousness, defeating every temptation and overcoming all evil, and he ended his labour by going up to the cross to enter into personal duel with death and hell, in it overthrowing all the powers of evil on the behalf of his people. Oh, could I paint his face, and could you see it as it is beheld by the eyes of God, you would all be enamoured by him! Oh, could all men know how good he is, how gracious he is, as some of us do know; even if they only went to that partial extent, surely no man would hold out, but the Prince Emmanuel would win all hearts! All these young men and all the vast multitude who gather to this Tabernacle would gladly take up their cross, and follow after Jesus at once, if they had any idea of his surpassing excellence. Oh my soul, how would you rejoice if men would come at once to Jesus! Oh to hear you all say, “We also will be with Jesus in the day of his derision and his scorn; for we see what he is, and there is no one like him. He shall be our King and our Captain, for he is the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely.” He, being such a One, and so worthy of the anointing which he has received from God, I do as his recruiting sergeant commend him to every one here. Oh, that you would all become his true followers at once; for he deserves the love and loyalty of every one of you. If you would be safe and happy, come to my Lord, and be henceforth his servants. If you would fight a good fight, enlist beneath this glorious “Captain of our salvation.”

8. There was a third reason why brave spirits resolved to enlist under David, and that was, that he was so cruelly persecuted by Saul — so misrepresented and abused by his enemies. There are some cringing, fawning spirits in this world, who must always go with the majority. What everyone says they say: they take their cue from those who lead the fashion of the hour. They ask permission of common custom to breathe or eat. They dare not swallow down their spittle until they have obtained permission so to do. Cringing, fawning tale-bearer of all that is great, and all that is fashionable, scarcely could a soul be found in them if they were searched through and through with a microscope. These will never come to David when he is in the hold, nor need he wish that they would. On the other hand, there are brave spirits who rather prefer to be in the minority. They do not even care if they have to stand alone for truth and righteousness. They could have dared to say with Athanasius, “I, Athanasius, against the world”; for they know the right and they cling to it; and it is not for them a question whether truth walks in silver slippers or whether she plods barefoot through the mire. It is the truth they care for, and not the attire with which she may be adorned or disfigured. Such men took up David’s side chivalrously because it was the right side, and the despised side; and they liked it none the less because so many spoke evil of it. It is sadly true that the Lord Jesus Christ is still of so little account in this world. His name, ah, I am sick of the way in which they use his name today! Shame on some who are called Christian ministers! They believe in Christ, but it is a Christ without his crown, his atonement, his judgment seat, or even his Godhead. They mock us with orthodox phrases, from which the essential truth is gone. They pretend that they believe in the atonement, and when we listen to their atonement we find that it does not effectively atone for anyone. It is a mere fiction, and not a fact. It saves no one, but is a mere sham. They have eviscerated the gospel, and then they hold up the empty carcass, and claim that they are still Christians. Christians who have murdered Christianity! Believers who doubt whether there is anything to be believed! Yet we are entreated in our charity to hug such traitors to our bosom. We shall do nothing of the kind. We would sooner believe in outright infidels than in those who pretend to be Christians and are infidels at heart. “Modern thought” is a more evil thing than downright atheism; even as a wolf in a sheep’s skin is worse than a wolf in his natural form. There are pretty things said of our Lord Jesus by those who deny the faith which are sickening to me. I loathe to hear our true Lord praised by false lips. They deny the doctrines which he taught, and yet prate about believing him. It is a shallow trick, but yet it deceives shallow souls. Poor, weak minds say, “The man speaks so beautifully of Jesus, surely he cannot be in error.” I tell you it is the old Judas trick — the Son of man is betrayed with a kiss. How nauseating their praises must be to him whom they are betraying. Do not think that they are honest; their intentions are far other than appear upon the surface. They laud him as man so that they may dishonour him as God: they extol his life, and his example, so that they may cast his atoning sacrifice into the ditch. They lift up one part of the divine revelation with no other intention than that they may dash down the other: they crouch at his feet so that they may stab at his heart.

9. I affirm myself at this hour the partisan of Christ, and of the whole truth of Christ, in its old-fashioned form: the more old-fashioned the better for me. I am for Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and for ever. I am for the gospel of martyrs and confessors who gave their hearts’ blood as the seal of their faith. New gospels and new theologies I abhor. I am for that same ancient gospel which today is said to be absolutely defunct. Science has wiped out the evangelicals: we are dead: we are gone. So they say of us. Yet in our graves we turn: even in our ashes live our normal fires: we expect a resurrection. Truth may be crushed down, but it cannot be crushed out. If there survived only one lover of the doctrines of grace he would suffice by God’s Spirit to sow the world again with the verities of our holy faith. The eternal truth which Christ and his apostles taught is not dead but sleeps; at a touch of the Lord’s hand she shall rise in all her ancient power and look around for her adversaries, and they shall not be: yes, she shall diligently consider their place and they shall not be. Blessed are those who at this time are not afraid to be on the side that is ridiculed and laughed at. Truth will have its turn, and though it now grinds the dust it shall be at the top before long, and those who are loyal to it shall share its fortunes. Let us be bold enough to say, “List my name among the fools who believe, and not among those whose wisdom lies in doubting everything.” May God save us from the wisdom which believes in itself, and give us more of the wisdom which believes in him!

10. Once more, these men came to David because they believed that David had a great future before him. He was very poor when they came to him, an exile, as we have said, an outlaw, one who could not return to his land because the king himself had a personal feud with him. But they said, “It does not yet appear what he shall be. This son of Jesse will yet be king, and his enemies shall beg for their lives before him.” So, looking to the great future that awaited him, they determined to take shares with him in his present low estate so that they might be raised with him in his exaltation. Now, I think that I can say to everyone here, “I wish that you would come over to David’s side — to Jesus’ side — for there is a future awaiting him, a glory, a triumph, even here on earth, such as shall make those men gnash their teeth who throw away this opportunity of enlisting in his host.” How will souls lament for ever their neglect of joining themselves to Jesus! It shall be their everlasting regret that they lost the opportunity of standing up for truth, and right, and love, as they are seen in the person of the Son of God. Oh, it will be an endless loss to have refused to stand upon the pillory of scorn, and affirm Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, and the Saviour of men. “Behold he comes with clouds, and every eye shall see him.” Woe to those who pierced him by refusing to believe in him. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever, and the shout of “Hallelujah, hallelujah,” shall come up from earth and descend from heaven. He shall sit upon the throne of his forefather David, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Who does not desire to be with him and to behold his glory? Cast in your lot with him, then, oh you undecided! Let his cause be as it may in the eyes of worldlings, espouse it at once very heartily; for those who are with him in his humiliation shall be with him in his triumph.

11. Those are the reasons why, at this time, I stand here, and exhort, beg, beseech, entreat every one among you to be on the side of Jesus Christ our Lord. Woe to you if you turn your backs on him! Woe to you if you attempt to be neutral! Woe to you if you are lukewarm followers! Remember, he who is not with him is against him. He who does not take up his cross and does not follow after him is not worthy of him, and shall not be counted among his disciples. Oh, that this whole company here tonight were distinctly and decidedly, perfectly and continuously, on the side of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace, the coming King! Oh my friend, over there, I speak to you personally, I wish that you would at once put on the livery of my Lord Jesus, and become his sworn servant for ever!

12. II. Now, I have just a few words to say upon the second point. CAUTIOUS INQUIRY.

13. These men of Benjamin and of Judah came to David, and David met them as a warrior standing his guard. The times were not such as to allow for a negligent confidence in all who professed friendship. The Benjamites were of the same tribe as Saul, and it was exceptional that they should come and join with David, the rival of their own leader. The men of Judah belonged to the same tribe as those men of Keilah who had betrayed David: therefore the hero was cautious and made careful enquiry. Your Lord Jesus Christ is never so eager for disciples as to enrol those who cannot bear to be questioned. He did not go abroad sweeping up a heap of nominal followers who would increase his apparent strength and prove a real weakness to him. He said to those who offered themselves, “Count the cost.” “Lord, I will follow you wherever you go,” one says. Jesus does not enlist him then and there, but calmly replies, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” He wants followers, but he wants them to be of the right kind; therefore he does not delude them and stimulate them to enter suddenly upon a course which they will, before long, renounce. He does not act as, I am afraid, the recruiting sergeant does when he tells the brave boys of all the glories they will enjoy, and crosses their hands with a shilling, so that they may take Her Majesty’s money and become her servants. The sergeant does not say much about the wounds of battle and the pains of hospital: he does not dwell very long upon wooden legs, and broken arms, and lost eyes, and all that. No; he dwells on pleasure, victory, pension, glory. Our great Captain does not in this manner entrap allies, but he sets the worst part of his service first, and tells men to consider whether they will be able to carry out what they propose to do. I would in this matter imitate my Lord: I have pressed you to come to his banner, but at the same time I would cautiously enquire of you.

14. Now, see what David said to them: he set before them the right way. He said, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart shall be knit to you.” If you wish to join with Christ’s people, and have your name numbered with them, one main question is — Do you come to him? Do you first give yourselves to the Lord and afterwards to his people? “If you have come to me,” says David. It would have been useless for them to answer, “We have come because we are fond of some of the people who are with you.” “No,” he says, “if you have come to me, then my heart shall be knit to you. Not otherwise.” Do you come to Christ, dear friend? Are you sure that Jesus is your Leader? Do not profess to be a Christian if you have not come to Christ, for Christ is the soul of Christianity. To come to Christ is this: confessing your sin, look to him as the sin bearer, trust him with your future, trust him with your soul altogether. By a sincere, simple, undivided faith, do you really come to Jesus: do you have such a faith? Let Jesus Christ be first and last with you. Take him to be your Saviour altogether. Do not be your own Saviour even in part. Let him save you from beginning to end, from top to bottom, in all ways and respects. If it is so, come along with you, for our host will be glad to have its number increased by your coming. If you do not come to our Lord like this, please do not come to us, for you will neither do good, nor receive good by it.

15. Then David asks the question, “If you have come peaceably to me,” and this was necessary, for some are argumentive and quarrelsome. Some profess to come to Christ, but they quarrel with Christ at the very first. They would make terms with him, and they come intending to dispute with his people. From the first they are discontented and fault-finding, rather patronizing Christ and his cause than humbly uniting with him and his people. They do not think half as much of God’s people as God thinks of them. When I hear people say, “Oh, there is So-and-so, who is not what he ought to be, and he is a member of the church,” and then they begin finding fault with this and with that, I say to myself, “That critic is no true friend.” The church is not perfect, but woe to the man who finds pleasure in pointing out her imperfections. Christ loved his church, and let us do the same. I have no doubt that the Lord can see more fault in his church than I can, and I have equal confidence that he sees no fault at all, because he covers her faults with his own love — that love which hides a multitude of sins; and he removes all her defilement with that precious blood which washes away all the transgressions of his people. I dare not find fault with those whom the Lord has loved from before the foundation of the world; more especially since I find that I need all my time to find my own faults and to get rid of them. If you are a faultless man I do not ask you to join the Christian Church, because I am sure that you would not find anyone else there like yourself. It is true that if you do not join a church until you find a perfect one you will not be a church member this side heaven; but I may add, that if there were such a church, the moment your name was written in the list it would stop being a perfect church, for your presence would have destroyed its perfection. If you are coming to pick holes, and quiz, and question, and find fault, and talk about inconsistencies and so forth, then you may pass on and join some other army; but if you have come peaceably to our Lord and to us, then I offer you a hearty welcome. We are not anxious to enlist men who love to have the preeminence, nor men of fierce temper, nor unforgiving spirits, nor proud, envious, lovers of strife: we want only those who have the mind of Christ. Come peaceably, or do not come at all.

16. Again David asks the question, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me.” See this and notice it well: those who join with Christ must join in his battles, join in his labours, join in his self-sacrifice. We must come to his church not only to be helped, but to help. It is of no use your entering the army if you do not intend to fight; and it is of no use your uniting with the host of God unless you intend to take your share in the holy warfare. Many forget this, and look upon a religious life as one of sanctified selfishness. A great many stop the gospel plough. “Hi!” they say; “stop!” They want to ride on one of the horses. Yes, but the ploughman has no good opinion of such friends. Let them lead the horses or hold the plough handles, or do something, or else let them leave. Of course, I do not mean the sick and faint; but all who are fit for war must go to the war. There is something for every church member to do as well as to receive. Those who join the Church of Christ must come to pull as well as to be pulled — come to work as well as to eat; and usually the rule is true in Christ’s house as it ought to be in everyone else’s, “He who will not work, neither shall he eat.” Those who do not labour in the cause of Christ will very soon find that they are not fed in the house of God. Why should they be? I think it to be no office of mine to carry bread and meat to sluggards and lay-abouts: I would sooner feed swine. Those who never do a hand’s turn among us ought to be turned out from us. If you have come peaceably to help us, then I speak for my Captain, and bid you welcome; but if you do not intend real service, please march on.

17. There are the three questions, then. Do you come to Christ and accept him? If so, come along. Do you come with a desire to maintain peace among your Christian brethren? If so, come! Do you come with the intention of helping the Lord Jesus Christ to spread abroad his truth? Then come, and welcome, and may the Lord be with you and with us!

18. Do you know what Jesus says to you who come to him properly? “My heart shall be knit to you.” Oh, I think that if I had been Amasai, I should have felt the Spirit come upon me to speak just as Amasai did when he so heartily declared that he and his brethren came to join heart and soul with David. With all that loving warmth which was so natural to him, David said, “My heart shall be knit to you.” Now when the Lord Jesus Christ says, “Will you espouse my cause? Will you accept me for leader? Will you come and join with my people? Then my heart shall be knit to you” — do not your hearts leap within you? What a charming promise it is! What union of soul it presents! I do not know much about knitting; but some of you do. Things knit together are not merely joined in one, but they are one. They are not merely sewn together by a machine, so that you can draw out a thread and the pieces separate, but they are knit together and are of one piece, one fabric, one substance. Come, then, you truly faithful, you shall be knit together with Christ, his heart with your heart; you shall never be separated from him any more. It is a great thing when the hearts of God’s people are knit together; but it is greatest of all when their hearts are knit with Christ’s heart, and his heart is knit with theirs. Come here, you true-hearted: cast in your lot with your Lord. Is it not reward enough for coming into his host that his heart shall be knit to you? I consider this my heaven upon earth, to have my Lord’s love; do you not agree with me?

19. Notice how David put the other side of it, and set before them the wrong way; — “But if you have come to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our forefathers look on it, and rebuke it.” Will people ever join the church to betray the Lord Christ to his enemies? I do not say that such is their present purpose; but a great many have acted as if they were from the beginning traitors to him and to his truth. They have come into the church, and yet they have betrayed Christ to his enemies; yes, they have been aided in their treachery by having been admitted within our ranks. Some have done this by giving up the doctrines of the gospel. Falling into this error and that, they have denied the gospel, overthrown the weak, and shaken the strong. Some have proven themselves to be the enemies of the cross of Christ by their inconsistent lives. People have pointed at them, and said, “They are followers of Christ, you see. They can lie, and cheat, and get gain as the basest rogues do.” They say that they are Christians, and yet you cannot trust them in business. They are just as carefree, and worldly, and false as if they were not Christians at all. Why, then I suspect that they are not Christians at all; but like Judas Iscariot, they are children of perdition. Then there are some in all ages who betray the Lord Jesus by apostasy. They run well for a time, and then they are hindered. Being armed and carrying bows, they turn back in the day of battle. They are trees twice dead, plucked up by the roots. Such sorrowful heart-breaking cases do occur in all churches, where men come to the very forefront, and appear to do great service for Christ, and yet forsake him, and walk no more with his people, nor in his ways; even denying that they ever were associated with him and with his cause. They open his wounds! They put him to a public shame! Woe to them! Sorrowfully, yet sternly I would say, “If there should be one here who will in some future day wilfully betray the Saviour on any account whatever, the Lord have mercy upon such, and prevent his joining with our church lest we are overwhelmed with shame and sorrow.” True-hearted men, we invite you! Half-hearted, fickle men, we would avoid you! Yet such do come, and will come, and what can we say about them? “The God of our forefathers look on it and rebuke it,” — indeed, rebuke it in order to prevent it, so that they may not be as thorns in our side.

20. III. But time fails me, and therefore I must finish up, thirdly, by describing from the text A CORDIAL ENLISTMENT. The captain of these brave men felt the Spirit come upon him, and he spoke up as warm-heartedly as David had spoken, saying, “We are yours, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse: peace, peace, be to you, and peace be to your helpers; for your God helps you.”

21. He began like this: — “We are yours, David.” Now, that is the first thing I want from those who are going to join the church — “We are yours, Jesus. We are not our own; we are bought with a price.” Well may that man affirm himself to belong to Christ who has been bought with the blood of Christ: “For you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.” Now, if you are indeed redeemed by him, I ask you to confess that you are altogether and absolutely your Lord’s. Sing with your whole heart — 

   All that I am, and all I have
      Shall be for ever thine.

Do not only sing it, but practise it. Let your lives say — We are yours, Jesus. Neither do we consider anything that we possess to be our own; but all is dedicated to your royal use.

22. Then Amasai added, “and on your side, you son of Jesse”: for, if we belong to Christ, of course we are on Christ’s side, whatever that side may be. In religion, morals, politics, we are on Christ’s side. Here is the side of the learned; there is the side of the ignorant: we are on neither the one, nor the other: we are on Christ’s side. In every political question we desire to be and ought to be on Christ’s side: we are neither of this party nor of that, but on the side of justice, peace, and righteousness. In every moral question we are bound to be on Christ’s side. In every religious question we are not on the side of predominant thought, nor on the side of fashionable views, nor on the side of lucre, but on the side of Christ. Make this your oracle — “What would Jesus do?” Go and do that. How would Jesus think? Go and think that. What would Jesus have you to be? Ask God to make you just that. “We are yours, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse.”

23. Then he added, “Peace be to you.” “Peace, peace, be to you.” Double peace to you. So say we to our Lord Jesus Christ: our heart greets him and invokes peace upon him. Blessed Master, we are at peace with you so completely as to be at one with you. What you say we believe; what you do we admire; what you command we obey; what you claim we resign; what you forbid we forego. We yield ourselves up to you entirely, and are at perfect peace with you in all your purposes, and intentions, and acts. Peace, peace, to you.

24. “And peace be to your helpers.” We desire all good for all good men. We pray for the peace of the peaceful. The day that we were converted we felt that we loved every Christian. I used to say of the little village where I first preached, that I had such an attachment to every inhabitant in it that if I had seen a dog that came from Waterbeach I would have given him a bone. Do you not feel the same towards all the Lord’s people? The proverb has it, “Love me, love my dog”; and when you love Christ you love the very lowest of his people. Indeed, if Jesus had a dog, you would love that dog for Christ’s sake. I am sure that it is so. When a man is always criticizing, I fear he does not have the spirit of Christ, and is not his. We know some people who might he compared to hedgehogs, they cannot be touched by anyone, they are all spines and prickles; such people may think well of themselves, but it is to be feared that the loving Jesus does not think well of them. The man with a hot head and a bitter heart, is he a friend of Jesus? I cannot imagine that such a head as that will lie in Jesus Christ’s bosom. Oh, no, dear friends; he who loves is born by God, but not the man of hate and spite. Give me the eyes of the dove, and not those of a carrion crow. When the dove soars aloft into the air, what does she look for? Why, for her dovecote, and when she discovers the beloved abode she uses her wings with lightning speed, for there is her delight. If you were to throw a raven or a carrion crow into the air, it would be looking for something foul which it could feed on; and there are men and women in every Christian church who are always trying with far-reaching and greatly magnifying eyes to find out some wretched scandal or another. If you want to go to your bed uncomfortable, and to lie awake all night, if you are a pastor of a church, have a few minutes’ talk with a friend of this order. These are the folks who have just sniffed out a matter that ought to be enquired into. When it is enquired into there is nothing to discover, and great heart-burning is caused in the process of investigation. These same scandal-mongers will have something fresh tomorrow morning by which to keep their dear tongues going. May we be favoured with very few of these irritating beings. May those who come among us always be those who can say, “Peace be to your helpers.” Whatever helps Christ I would help. Wherever I see anything of Christ there any heart shall rest. Oh, to have a large increase to this church and all the churches of hearty, loving, peacemaking people!

25. The last word that they said to David was, “For your God helps you”; and I shall keep that last sentence very much to myself: I want to feed upon it as my portion of food: you must not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain, and I am that ox at this time. “Your God helps you.” How I rejoice to think that God is helping the Great Son of David. All the powers of the God of nature and providence are working to aid the Lord of grace. The stars in their courses are fighting for our Emmanuel. Everything is being overruled for the advance of Christ’s kingdom. We are all trembling concerning the Sudan and Egypt; {a} but if we could see all things we should rejoice. None of us knows what is coming. I am no prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but I venture to foretell that mountains will be levelled for the coming of our Lord even by calamities and disasters. There will be a speedier dissolution of the empire of the false prophet and of the false prophet’s imitator because of all this mixing up of the west and the east in an unwilling conjunction. I do not say how or when, but the Lord’s purpose shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure. When the ocean roars at its utmost fury, the Lord puts a bit into the mouth of the tempest and reins in the storm. Jehovah makes a way for himself amid the tumult of great waters. When confusion and uproar predominate everywhere, and old chaos seems to be coming back again, all this is only a phase of unbroken order. How swift and sure are the revolutions of the wheels which are bringing nearer the chariot of the Son of God!

26. Cast in your lot with “the Leader and Commander of the people,” who has God with him. It is the glory of Christ’s cause that the Lord God is involved in it. Mr. Wesley’s dying words were, “The best of all is, God is with us!” As I repeat the truth my heart cries, “Hallelujah! Blessed be the name of the Lord!” The Lord your God helps you, oh Christ of God! The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in your hand. You must reign: your Father swears it to you. You shall divide a portion with the great, and you shall share the spoil with the strong, for you have given up your soul to death, and permitted your glory to be rolled in the dust; and you have risen and gone into glory; therefore you must reign. Oh Anointed of the Lord, your throne shall endure for ever! Tonight your servants greet you again, you Son of David. Wounded Christ, we lay our fingers in the print of the nails, and say, “My Lord and my God.” Risen Christ, we look upward as the heavens receive you, and we adore. Ascended Christ, we fall at your dear feet, and say, “We are yours, oh Son of David, anointed to be a Prince and a Saviour.” Coming Christ, we wait and watch for your appearing! Come quickly to your own! Amen and amen.

[Portion Of Scripture Read Before Sermon — Joh 1:29-51]
{See Spurgeon_Hymnal “The Christian, Holy Anxiety — ‘Lovest Thou Me?’ ” 639}
{See Spurgeon_Hymnal “The Christian, Courage and Confidence — Not Ashamed Of The Gospel” 670}
{See Spurgeon_Hymnal “The Christian, Courage and Confidence — Stand Up For Jesus” 674}
{See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3564, “Publications” 3566 @@ "The Clue Of The Maze"}

{a} British troops under the command of Gordon found themselves in a difficult situation in Sudan about the time this sermon was preached. See Explorer "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mahdist_Sudan"

The Christian, Holy Anxiety
639 — “Lovest Thou Me?”
1 Do not I love thee, oh my Lord?
      Behold my heart and see;
   And turn each odious idol out
      That dares to rival thee.
2 Do not I love thee from my soul?
      Then let me nothing love:
   Dead be my heart to every joy,
      when Jesus cannot move.
3 Is not thy name melodious still
      To mine attentive ear?
   Doth not each pulse with pleasure bound,
      My Saviour’s voice to hear?
4 Hast thou a lamb in all thy flock
      I would disdain to feed?
   Hast thou a foe, before whose face
      I fear thy cause to plead?
5 Would not my ardent spirit vie
      With angels round the throne,
   To execute thy sacred will,
      And make thy glory known?
6 Would not my heart pour forth its blood
      In honour of thy name,
   And challenge the cold hand of death
      To damp the immortal flame?
7 Thou know’st I love thee, dearest Lord;
      But oh, I long to soar
   Far from the sphere of mortal joys,
      And learn to love thee more.
                     Philip Doddridge, 1755.

The Christian, Courage and Confidence
670 — Not Ashamed Of The Gospel
1 I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,
      Or to defend his cause;
   Maintain the honour of his word,
      The glory of his cross.
2 Jesus, my God! I know his name,
      His name is all my trust;
   Nor will he put my soul to shame,
      Nor let my hope be lost.
3 Firm as his throne his promise stands,
      And he can well secure
   What I’ve committed to his hands,
      Till the decisive hour.
4 Then will he own my worthless name
      Before his Father’s face;
   And in the New Jerusalem
      Appoint my soul a place.
                        Isaac Watts, 1709.

The Christian, Courage and Confidence
674 — Stand Up For Jesus <7.6.>
1 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
      Ye soldiers of the cross!
   Lift high his royal banner;
      It must not suffer loss:
   From victory unto victory
      His army shall he lead,
   Till every foe is vanquish’d,
      And Christ is Lord indeed.
2 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
      The trumpet call obey;
   Forth to the mighty conflict,
      In this his glorious day;
   Ye that are men, now serve him,
      Against unnumber’d foes;
   Your courage rise with danger,
      And strength to strength oppose.
3 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
      Stand in his strength alone:
   The arm of flesh will fail you;
      Ye dare not trust your own:
   Put on the gospel armour,
      And watching unto prayer,
   Where duty calls, or danger,
      Be never wanting there.
4 Stand up! Stand up for Jesus!
      The strife will not be long;
   This day the noise of battle,
      The next the victor’s song.
   To him that overcometh
      A crown of life shall be;
   He with the King of Glory
      Shall reign eternally.
                        George Duffield, 1858.

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