“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”—Galatians 3:2
When you come to die do not look upon death through the glass of the law; for if so it will be terrible to you; but believe this, that to die by faith is to enter into life. I hardly like to use the word death in such a connection, for it is not dying at all, but “departing out of this world unto the Father.” By faith to die is such sweet work as you, poor Despondency, and you, Much-Afraid, will be able to accomplish as safely as Valiant-for-Truth, or Great-heart himself. By faith we swallow up death in victory. They that have served God for fifty years faithfully and without fault, when they come to die have in every case gathered up their feet in the bed and said, “Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” But never has one of them died pleading his own religiousness and claiming a reward as due to his deserts. Trusting in Jesus is the universal spirit of the most praiseworthy believers. Well, if they flung every other hope away except that which was presented to them in Christ, you, dear friend, need not hesitate to do the same; and as they were secure and triumphant, even so shall you be.
This is the argument, then-you have obtained nothing except by the hearing of faith; therefore, keep to the way of faith even to your last hour, for wisdom teaches you so to do.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, February 11, 1883 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 29 Sermon No. 1705, “The Hearing of Faith”