If Some Are Elect, Why Preach?

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Watering the Tulips

06/15/2011

This week, we will look at a response of Charles Spurgeon when once asked, “If some are elect, why preach?”
Charles Spurgeon responds:

Captious and cavilling persons will object, “You say that God loves His people, and therefore they will be saved; then what is the good of preaching?” What is the good of preaching? When I say that God loves a multitude that no man can number, a countless host of the race of men, do you ask me what is the good of preaching?

What is the good of preaching? To fetch these diamonds of the Lord out of the dunghill; to go down to the depths, as the diver does, to fetch up God’s pearls from the place where they are.

What is the good of preaching? To cut down the good corn, and gather it into the garner.

What is the good of preaching? To fetch out God’s elect from the ruins of the fall, and make them stand on the rock Christ Jesus, and see their standing sure.

Ah, ye who ask what is the good of preaching, because God has ordained some to salvation, we ask you whether it would not be a most foolish thing to say, because there is to be a harvest, what is the good of sowing? There is to be a harvest, what is the use of reaping? The very reason why we do sow and reap is, because we feel assured that there is to be a harvest.

And if, indeed, I believed there was not a number who must be saved, I could not go into a pulpit again. Only once make me think that no one is certain to be saved and I do not care to preach. But now I know that a countless number must be saved; I am confident that Christ “shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days.” I know that, if there is much to dispirit me in my ministry, and I see but little of its effects, yet He shall keep all whom the Father has given to Him; and this makes me preach.

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