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Question of Questions

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? John 9:35

pastor_spurgeonNumbers of moral, amiable, generous, and even religious people have not believed on the Son of God. Excuse me, I cannot let you slip through in the crowd, I must lay hold upon you with a holy vehemence, that even forgets courtesy for the moment, and I must say to the best of you, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

Though this man had been scrupulously obedient, yet our Lord asked the question. It may be, I speak to some who say, “I have been at all times obedient to the duties of religion. Whatever I have found to be commanded of God in his Word, I have carefully carried out.” Was it not so with this man born blind? The Saviour put clay upon his eyes, and told him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash off the clay, and the man did exactly as he was told. He did not go to another pool, but to the pool of Siloam; and he did not attempt to get the clay from his eyes by any other process than that of washing. He was very obedient to Christ; yet the Lord said to him, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” No outward observances, however carefully carried out, will obviate the need of the enquiry, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” I am afraid some of you have not been very careful in fulfilling outward ordinances, and for this you are blameworthy; but if you had been scrupulously exact, yet no outward observances, however carefully followed out, can exempt you from the question, “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Delivered Sunday, April 4, 1890 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 36, Sermon No. 2141 “The Question of Questions”

A Defense of Calvinism

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