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Do you carry a "Black Book"?

You must not imagine when you hear a man swear, or when he is going on in sin- you must not write his name down in the black book, and say, "I am quite sure that man will go to the devil."

No- it may be that God ordains to save that man, and one of these days you will meet him lifting up his voice in prayer,outstripping you, perhaps, in the heavenly race, and serving his Master better than you have done! Jesus Christ takes many to his bosom, whose company we have shunned, when they were in their evil state. Sovereign mercy can dash into sinful places, and take captives! Free grace can go into the gutter, and bring up a jewel! Divine love can rake a dunghill, and find a diamond! There is no spot where God's grace cannot and will not go!

Pile up your walls, bring up the big stones of your iniquity, but Christ shall yet take your citadel and make you a captive! Plunge into the mire if you will, but that strong arm can bring you out and wash you clean. There is not strength enough in sin to overcome his grace! When he puts forth his arm, down you fall.

Let him but once strike, and you may stand and rebel, but the victory is his! You may desire to be damned, but if God wills to save you, His will be more than a match for your will, and you will come crouching down to his feet, saying, "Lord, I will that you save me."

All God's elect shall be saved! God not only saves those who are willing to be saved, but those who are unwilling to be saved, He can make willing in the day of his power!


C.H. Spurgeon

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