Scanners

In spite of sleet and snow the previous evening, we were able to make the drive to church yesterday and be encouraged by two weighty and wonderful sermons, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Pastor Barcley continued his series from Ephesians, focusing on Ephesians 1:20-23 in a sermon titled, “Praising a Sovereign Lord.” Early in his message he made the point that we as God’s people need to seek and study God. He quoted from a sermon that Charles Spurgeon preached on January 7, 1855 on the immutability of God.

It has been said by some one that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. There is study_godsomething exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought, that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with the solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.  [From Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol 1. 1855, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, “The Immutability of God”]

I knew as I was listening to the quote that I would be looking it up when I returned home. There’s just too much to see here in one pass, which made it fitting that we were asked at the end of the sermon whether we were “scanners” when it comes to God, too preoccupied with other things to give concentrated time to the one thing that is most important, the knowledge of God.

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