Spurgeon and Common Grace

Here is a great quote from Charles Spurgeon’s All Around Ministry. It is on finding God’s truth in all fields of study. He sounds like Abraham Kuyper!

Having given that the precedence, neglect no field of knowledge. The presence of Jesus on the earth has sanctified the whole realm of nature; and what He has cleansed, call not you common. All that your Father has made is yours, and you should learn from it. You may read a naturalist’s journal, or a traveler’s narrative of his voyages, and find profit in it. Yes, and even an old herbal, or a manual of alchemy may, like Samson’s dead lion, yield you honey. There are pearls in oyster shells, and sweet fruits on thorny boughs. The paths of true science, especially natural history and botany, drop fatness. Geology, so far as it is fact, and not fiction, is full of treasures. History—wonderful are the visions which it makes to pass before you,—is eminently instructive; indeed, every portion of God’s dominion in nature teems with precious teachings. Intermeddle with all knowledge, according as you have the time, the opportunity, and the peculiar faculty; and do not hesitate to do so because of any apprehension that you will educate yourselves up to too high a point. When grace abounds, learning will not puff you up, or injure your simplicity in the gospel. Serve God with such education as you have, and thank Him for blowing through you if you are a ram’s horn, but if there be a possibility of your becoming a silver trumpet, choose it rather.


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2 responses to “Spurgeon and Common Grace

  1. Steve Weaver

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing it!

    Can we assume that you’re now back in the blogosphere? I’ve missed your posts!

  2. Ian

    Thanks for the post brother. We’ll see how things go with blogging. It’s exams this week, so I’m sure it’ll be a little slow. Hopefully when things aren’t so busy!

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