C.H. Spurgeon

“O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.” [Daniel 10:19]

Every true Christian is, in some sense – and that a very deep and true sense, too, a “man greatly beloved.” Though there are differences in the manifestation of the Love of God, so that we may say there are elect ones out of the Elect, yet the entire Elect are “greatly beloved.” There are choice spirits among the chosen, such as the 70 who were selected from the disciples, the 12 out of the 70, the three – Peter, James, and John – out of the 12, and John out of the three. Election rises out of itself again and again, ascending like a pyramid; yet for all that the common disciples, at the base of the pyramid, are “greatly beloved,” and loved with an Infinite Love.

The weakest babes in Grace are as truly loved as those who have come to the fullness of the stature of men in Christ Jesus; there are spots where the sun’s light seems to rest most constantly, yet the sun of God’s Love shines on all the field which He has chosen. The goodly land owned the superior excellence of its Carmel and Sharon, yet from Dan to Beersheba, every acre was blessed of the Lord. Every heir of Heaven is purchased with the SAME BLOOD, written in the SAME ROLL OF LIFE, called by the SAME SPIRIT, preserved by the SAME DIVINE POWER, and is ripened under the SAME SPIRITUAL INFLUENCES for Glory; surely then EVERY BELIEVER is “beloved,” and “greatly beloved,” too!

Great Love has been shown in the Salvation of each one of us, and in our preservation to this day; therefore, if none of us should be bold enough to hope that the expression of the Text could be applied to us in any peculiar and eminent sense, yet our faith, without presumption, dares to know that we are men greatly beloved, seeing we have been saved by the Sovereign Grace of God, and made near to God by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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  1. Praise God for His love of his elect!

    Now, somewhat off topic – I have heard, and I know you have, ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. This is an excerpt from a sermon by Ralph Venning, “”The wicked and the one who loves violence–His soul hates!” Psalm 11:5

    God hates man for sin! It is not only sin, but sinners that God hates–and that for sin! It is said of God, that He hates the workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5); not only the works of iniquity–but the workers of it.

    It is because of sin, that the merciful God says, “Their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor!” Isaiah 27:11

    This is the worst that can be spoken of the venom of sin, that in a sense, and to speak after the manner of men–it has put hatred into God Himself! Sin has made the Lord hate and destroy His own workmanship!

    The full sermon is available at http://www.apuritansmind.com/wp-content/uploads/FREEEBOOKS/TheSinfulnessofSin-RalphVenning.pdf

    • Thank you for the link. I will take a look. But here’s a quote from A.W. Pink on the same topic – “It has been customary to say God loves the sinner, though He hates his sin. But that is a meaningless distinction. What is there in a sinner but sin? Is it not true that his “whole head is sick”, and his “whole heart faint”, and that “from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness” in him? (Isaiah 1:5,6). Is it true that God loves the one who is despising and rejecting His blessed Son? God is Light as well as Love, and therefore His love must be a holy love. To tell the Christ rejector that God loves him is to cauterize his conscience, as well as to afford him a sense of security in his sins.”

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