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“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” _1 Corinthians 2:2.
This has been my recent determination as I go deeper in my relationship with God.
The Knowledge of Christ alone.
This is the core of BEing is for me.
And as I did more study on this, I couldn’t have found a better sermon/commentary by Charles Spurgeon to deepen my determination and resolution even more.
I urge you to give it a read with a open & humble heart.
A long Read! Yes! But Reading is important for your growth. It is a discipline you must imbibe.
So let’s dive into it.
The sermon by C.H Spurgeon begins here.
- “…And first, with regard to THE DOCTRINES WHICH YOU BELIEVE, I beseech you, do not know anything except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. You are told by one person that such and such a system of theology is based upon the soundest principles of reason.
You are told by another that the old doctrines which you have believed are not consistent with these advanced times. You will now and then be met by smart young gentlemen who will tell you that, to be what is called a Calvinist, is to be a long way behind this progressive age, “for you know,” they say, “that intellectual preachers are rising up, and that it would be well if you would become a little more intellectual in the matter of preaching and hearing.”
When such a remark as that is made to any one of you, I beseech you to give this answer, “I know nothing but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. If you can tell me more about Christ than I know, I will thank you, if you can instruct me as to how I may become more like Christ, how I may live nearer in fellowship with Him, how my faith in Him may become stronger, and my belief in His holy Gospel may become more firm, then I will thank you, but if you have nothing to tell me except some intellectual lore which you have with great pains accumulated, I will tell you that, although it may be a very good thing for you to preach, and for others who are intellectual to hear, I do not belong to your class, nor do I wish to belong to it, I belong to that sect everywhere spoken against, who after the way that men call heresy worship the Lord God of their fathers, believing all things that are written in the law and in the prophets. I belong to a race of people who believe that it is not the pride of intellect, nor the pomp of knowledge that can ever teach men spiritual things. I belong to those who think that out of the mouths of babes and sucklings God has ordained strength, and I do not believe that out of your mouth God has ordained any strength at all. I belong to the men who like to sit, with Mary, at the feet of Jesus, and to receive just what Christ said, as Christ said it, and because Christ said it. I want no truth but what He says is truth, and no other ground for believing it but that He says it, and no better proof that it is true than that I feel and know it to be true as applied to my own heart.”
Now, dear friend, if you can do that, I will trust you anywhere—even among the wisest heretics of the age. You may go where false doctrines are rife, but you will never catch the plague of heresy while you have this golden preservative of truth, and can say, “I know nothing but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
As for myself, I can truly say, that Jesus Christ and Him crucified, is the sum of all knowledge to me, He is the highest intellectualism, He is the grandest philosophy to which my mind can attain, He is the pinnacle that rises loftier than my highest aspirations, and deeper than this great truth I wish never to fathom. Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the sum total of all I want to know, and of all the doctrines which I profess and preach.
- Next, it must be just the same in YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Brethren, I beseech you, in your experience, know nothing except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. You may go out tomorrow, not merely into the outside world, but into the church, the nominal church, and you will meet with a class of persons who take you by the ear, and who invite you into their houses, and the moment you are there, they begin to talk to you about the doctrines of the Gospel. They say nothing about Christ Jesus, but they begin at once to talk of the eternal decrees of God, of election, and of the high mysteries of the covenant of grace.
While they are talking to you, you say in your hearts, “What they are saying is true, but there is one lamentable defect in it all, their teaching is truth apart from Christ.” Conscience whispers, “The election that I believe is election in Christ. These men do not talk anything about that, but only of election. The redemption that I believe always has a very special reference to the cross of Christ. These men do not mention Christ, they talk of redemption as a commercial transaction, and say nothing about Jesus. With regard to final perseverance, I believe all that these men say, but I have been taught that the saints only persevere in consequence of their relation to Christ, these men say nothing about that.”
This minister, they say, is not sound, and that other minister is not sound, and let me tell you that if you get amongst this class of persons, you will learn to rue the day that you ever looked them in the face. If you must come into contact with them, I beseech you to say to them, “I love all truths that you hold, but my love of them can never overpower and supersede my love to Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and I tell you plainly, while I could not sit to hear erroneous doctrine, I could just as soon do that as sit to hear the truthful doctrine apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“I could not go to a place where I saw a man, dressed in gorgeous robes, who pretended to be Christ, and was not, and on the other hand, I could not go to a place where I saw Christ’s real robes, but the Master Himself was absent, for what I want is not His robe, nor His dress, I want the Master Himself, and if you preach to me dry doctrine without Jesus Christ, I tell you it will not suit my experience, for my experience is just this, that while I know my election, I can never know it except I know my union with the Lamb. I tell you plainly that I know I am redeemed, but I cannot bear think of redemption without thinking of the Savior who redeemed me. It is my boast that I shall to the end endure, but I know—each hour makes me know—that my endurance depends upon my standing in Christ, and I must have that truth preached in connection with the cross of Christ.”
Oh! Have nought to do with these people, unless it is to set them right, for you will find that they are full of the gall of bitterness, the poison of asps is under their tongue, instead of giving you things whereon your soul can feed, they will make you full of all manner of bitterness, and malice, and evil speaking against those who truly love the Lord Jesus, but who differ from them in some slight matter.
You may meet with another class of persons who will take you by the other ear, and say to you, “We too, love Christ’s doctrines, but we believe that our friends on the other side of the road are wrong. They do not preach enough experience,” and you say, “Well, I think I have got amongst the people who will suit me now,” and you hear the minister insisting that the most precious experience in the world is to know your own corruption, to feel the evil of the human heart, to have that filthy dunghill turned over and over in all its reeking noisomeness, and exposed before the sun, and after hearing the sermon, which is full of pretended humility, you rise from your seats more proud than you ever were in your lives, determined now that you will begin to glory in that very thing which you once counted as dross. The things which you were ashamed once to speak of, you now think should be your boast.
That deep experience which was your disgrace shall now become the crown of your rejoicing. You speak to the dear brothers and sisters who imbibe this view, and they tell you to seek first, not the kingdom of God and His righteousness, but the hidden things of the prison, the discovery of the unrighteousness and unholiness of the soul.
O my dear friends, if you wish to have your lives made miserable, if you want to be led back to the bondage of Egypt, if you want to have Pharaoh’s rope put round your necks once again, take their motto for your motto, but if you wish to live as I believe Christ would have you live, I would entreat you to say, “No, it does me good sometimes to hear of the evil heart, but I have made a determination to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and you do not tell me anything about Him.”
These men preach one Sunday upon the leper, but do they preach, the next Sunday, upon the leper healed? These men tell all about the filthy state of the human heart, but they say little or nothing about that river that is to cleanse and purify it. They say much about the disease, but not so much about the Physician, and if you attend their ministry very long, you will be obliged to say, “I shall get into such a doleful condition, that I shall be tempted to imitate Judas, and go out, and hang myself. So, good morning to you, for I have determined to know nothing in my experience but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
I would be very earnest in trying to warn you about this matter, for there is a growing tendency, among a certain order of professing Christians, to set up something in experience beside Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Tell me that your experience is all concerned with the Lord Jesus Christ, and I will rejoice in it, the more of Christ there is in it, the more precious it is. Tell me that your experience is full of the knowledge of your own corruptions, and I answer, “If there is not in it a mixture also of the knowledge of Christ, and unless the knowledge of Christ predominates to a large degree, your experience is wood, hay, and stubble, and must be consumed, and you must suffer loss.”…
- Let me conclude by saying, brethren and sisters, determine, from this hour, that IN YOUR FAITH you will know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
I am perfectly certain that I have not a grain of my own merit to trust in, and not so much as an atom of creature strength to rely upon, but I find myself often, during the seven days of the week, relying upon merit of my own that does not exist, and depending upon strength of my own which I at the same time confess has no existence at all.
You and I often call the Pope antichrist, but do we not ourselves often play the antichrist too? The Pope sets himself as the head of the church, but do not we go further by setting ourselves up sometimes to be our own saviors? We do not say so, except in a sort of still small voice, like the mutterings of the old wizards. It is not a loud, outspoken lie, because we should know then how to answer it, “but now,” whispers the devil, “how well you did that!” and then we begin to rely upon our works, and Satan says, “You prayed so well yesterday, you will never be cold in your prayers again, and you will be so strong in faith that you will never doubt your God again.”
It is the old golden calf that is set up once more, for although it was ground to powder, it seems to have the art of coming together again. After we have been told, ten times over, that we cannot have any merit of our own, we begin to act as if we had, and the man who tells you in his doctrine, that all his fresh springs are in Christ, yet thinks and acts just as if he had fresh springs of his own. He mourns as if all his dependence was upon himself, and groans as if his salvation depended upon his own merits.
We often get talking, in our own souls, as if we did not believe the Gospel at all, but were hoping to be saved by our own works, and our own creature performances. Oh, for a stronger determination to know nothing henceforth but Jesus Christ and Him crucified! I would to God that I could make that resolution myself, and that you would all make it with me.
I heard once of a countryman, who was preaching one day, and he preached very nicely the first half of his sermon, but towards the end he entirely broke down, and his brother said to him, “Tom, I can tell you why you did not preach well at the end of your sermon. It was because you got on so nicely at first that devil whispered, ‘Well done, Tom, you are getting on very well,’ and as soon as the devil said that, you thought, ‘Tom is a very fine fellow,’ and then the Lord left you.”
Happy would it have been for Tom if he could have determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and not to have known Tom at all. That is what I desire to know myself, for if I know nothing but the power which comes from on high, I can never be less powerful at one time than at another, and I can glory in my infirmity because it makes room for Christ’s power to rest upon me.
“I glory in my infirmity,
That Christ own power may rest on me:
When I am weak, then I am strong,
Grace is my shield, and Christ is my song.”
It would be a good resolution for you, brethren, and for myself, to determine to know nothing about ourselves, and nothing about our own doings. Now, friend John, begin to think nothing about yourself, and to know nothing but Jesus Christ. Let John go where he likes, and be you relying not upon John’s strength, but upon Christ’s. And you, Peter, know nothing about Peter at all, and do not boast, “Though all men should deny thee, yet will I never deny thee,” but know that Peter’s Lord Jesus is living inside Peter, and then you may go on comfortably enough.
Determine, Christian, that by the grace of God, it shall be your endeavor to keep your eye single, to keep your faith fixed alone on the Lord Jesus, without any addition of your own works, or your own strength, and determining that, you may go on your way rejoicing, singing of the cross of Christ as your boast, your glory, and your all. We are now coming to the table of our Master, and I hope that this will be our determination there, to know nothing save Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and may the Lord give us His blessing! Amen.
The sermon by C.H Spurgeon ends here.
This sermon was gotten from the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit C.H Spurgeon collection.
Note: This is not the entire sermon. You can read the entire sermon HERE.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.John 17: 3
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ— the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.PHILIPPIANS 3: 7-11
Thanks so much for reading till the end. It starts with a determination to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. And God will strengthen you in that determination. Get into the Word of God and know your Savior and Him alone.
You are eternally loved.