Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892): It is Christ who saves the sinner, not the sinner’s feelings

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“How many there are among God’s people, who say, ‘I know that Christ died for sinners, but I do not get any comfort from it because I do not feel as if I were saved.’ That is self-righteousness in a very deceitful form. You will not be saved by feeling that Christ died for you, but by his dying for you. If he died for you, you were saved when he died. If he took your sins, he took them in very deed, and they are not yours. If Christ was your substitute at all, then God can never punish two for one offence—first the substitute, and then the sinner himself. If Christ really died for you, then your sins are pardoned, whether you feel that they are pardoned or not. ‘Yes,’ one says, ‘but I want to realise that.’ It is a very blessed thing to realise it; but it is not the realising that saves. It is the death of Christ that saves, not your realising the death. If there is a lifeboat, and some poor man is about to drown, and some strong hand rescues him, when he comes to himself he realises that he is in the boat; but it is not the realising that he is in the boat that saves him; it is the lifeboat. So it is Christ who saves the sinner, not the sinner’s feelings.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), The Cleansing of the Leper, Sermon 353

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