Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jesus Came to Save Sinners - Charles H. Spurgeon (a review)

Charles H. Spurgeon was among the greatest preachers of all time. His words of wisdom and his godly example are well known around the world. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, England's best-known Baptist minister, was born on June 19, 1834 in Kelvedon, Essex and spent his childhood and early teenage years in Stambourne, Colchester, and Newmarket. In 1856 he married Susannah Thompson; their only children, twin sons Thomas and Charles, were born on September 20, 1857. Spurgeon had no formal education beyond Newmarket Academy, but he was very well-read in Puritan theology, natural history, Latin and Victorian literature. Although he held no college degree, this did not deter him from a remarkable preaching career which he began at the young age of 15. Spurgeon's preaching was both enormously popular and highly controversial.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon has always been one of my favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review one of his works, I was excited. I've always loved the depth of Spurgeon's writings and how they always point the reader toward a more meaningful relationship with Christ. Jesus Came to Save Sinners certainly did not disappoint in those areas.

Aneko Press has taken Spurgeon's original Christian classic book, Jesus Came to Save Sinners, and has updated it for today's readers. The book is so well written. It's easy to read and understand. I really enjoyed Spurgeon's way of writing this book as if it were a personal conversation from one friend to another. The book is written for both Christians and non Christians alike. It gives a beautiful and clear picture of God's grace, love, mercy, forgiveness and acceptance. Subjects covered in the book include:
  • Justification
  • Grace
  • Salvation
  • Faith
  • Regeneration
  • Repentance
  • Forgiveness
  • Deliverance from Sin
  • Living the Christian Life
To give you an example of how simply Spurgeon expounds on each topic, I'll share an excerpt of his thoughts on the concept of justification. He says, "According to our natural reliance on works for salvation, we tend to always talk about our own goodness and our own worthiness. We stubbornly hold to the idea that there must be something good in us for God to take notice of us. But this is a deception, and God sees through all deceptions. He knows that there is no goodness whatsoever in us. He says that there is no one righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10) and He knows all our righteousness's [are] as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Therefore, the Lord Jesus didn't come into the world looking for those who were good and righteous, but to grant these virtues to people in need of them. He comes no because we are just, but to make us so, for He is the One that justifies the ungodly...With perfect justice, He has set up a system by which He can treat the guilty as if they lived free from offense all their life. In this way, He can treat them as if they are totally free from sin. He justifies the ungodly." He also says, "The salvation of God is for those who don't deserve it and have no way to make themselves ready or good enough for it. This may sound odd, but it is a reasonable statement because the only ones who need justifying are those who have no justification of their own. That includes all of us. For only the perfectly righteous would have no need of justifying." So you can see by the way he writes, Spurgeon wants to make sure the reader completely understands what he is sharing with them. He also uses personal examples from his own life to help the reader know the writings in the book not only apply to others but to himself as well.

I can't give enough praise to this book! If I could, I'd had out copies of it to everyone I meet. It is so powerful and simple but explains the truth of God's plan to redeem us so well. Spurgeon incorporates the "Roman Road" concept of salvation in Jesus Came to Save Sinners and his explanations of each Scripture will sweetly point the reader to Christ.

I would like to thank Aneko Press for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not encouraged to give a positive review although it was my pleasure to do so. Please read Jesus Came to Save Sinners! It will bless you and I'm sure you'll also want to pass a copy on to someone you know.

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