We are in week 2 of our journey through Spurgeon’s classic work, Around the Wicket Gate, and this chapter is filled with the splendor of Christ as the only Name under heaven by which man can be saved (Acts 4:12). Let’s get going!
This chapter resonates with the Reformation doctrine, solus Christus, or “Christ alone.” Spurgeon blazes a trail of pages rich with Scripture that point to the exclusivity of salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ. He says that our “only hope…lies in Him completely, only, and alone.” We can rest assured that there is one way of salvation, not many; truth that the Christian is most grateful for.
IT IS MOST GLORIFYING TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT WE SHOULD HOPE FOR EVERY GOOD THING FROM HIM ALONE.
Throughout the chapter Spurgeon emphasizes and reiterates that the doctrine of salvation is found in no other but Christ. He is keen on the fact that even the best of humanity still falls short of the glory of God. “The Lord must see more that is acceptable in His Son than in the best of us.” And as Psalm 14 reminds us, “There is none who does good, no not one” (verse 3). Instead of this creating a perplexing dilemma, Spurgeon uses a masterful illustration of a child, in danger of a fire, simply clinging to the fireman in order to be rescued. The child fully trusts in the strength, ability, and perseverance of the fireman, putting all fear and doubt on the one who has come to deliver the child from harm. “In the same childlike confidence, cling to Jesus, who can and will bear you out of danger from the flames of sin.”
Spurgeon is right to point out that mankind cannot add to salvation by any means. We cannot trust our own promises or good works to be the ultimate answers for our eternal souls. Adding to salvation would be like adding to Jesus Himself, which is illogical and impossible. Spurgeon asserts, “Away with such a notion!” Instead, there must be a “junction” between holy God and fallen humanity, the rope of Christ secured to the boat as well as land, pulling us to safety into the arms of the Almighty.
Since Christ is God, He therefore is mighty to save; and since He is man, He understands our struggle, yet is without sin. Christ is the One (and the only One) for the world to turn to in repentance, to receive forgiveness of sins, and to enjoy the blessing of everlasting life for all eternity.
“If Jesus only be your trust, you need not fear but that you shall effectually be saved, both now and in the day of His appearing.”
Since we are reading this classic work together, please feel free to offer your reflections and questions about this week’s chapter if you would like. Send emails to: email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you!
For next Monday (July 15th), read chapter 3, “Personal Faith in Jesus” and check back for reflections.