“That I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” —1 Corinthians 9:22
The topic of this morning is this: it has pleased God to save souls by his people, and therefore he places in them a sacred longing by all means to save some. He might if he had pleased have called all his chosen to himself by a voice out of the excellent glory, just as he called Saul the persecutor; or he might have commissioned angels to fly throughout the length and breadth of the world, and carry the message of mercy; but in his inscrutable wisdom he has been pleased to bring men to himself by men. The atonement is complete, and the Spirit’s power is fully given; all that is needed is that men be led to believe for the salvation of their souls, and this part of salvation is accomplished by the Holy Ghost through the ministries of men. Those who have themselves been quickened are sent to prophesy upon the dry bones. In order that this divine arrangement may be carried out, the Lord has implanted in the hearts of all genuine believers a passion for the salvation of souls: in some this is more lively than in others, but it ought to be a leading feature in the character of every Christian.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, April 26, 1874
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 20, Sermon No. 1170
“By All Means Save Some”