“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” —Philippians 3:20-21
Brethren, we long to see the Saviour subduing souls unto himself. Not to our way of thinking, not to our church, not to the honour of our powers of persuasion, but “unto himself.” “He is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” O sinner, how I wish thou wert subdued to Jesus, to kiss those dear feet that were nailed for thee, to love in life him who loved thee to the death. Ah! soul, it were a blessed subjection for thee. Never subject of earthly monarch so happy in his king as thou wouldst be. God is our witness, we who preach the gospel, we do not want to subdue you to ourselves, as though we would rule you and be lords over your spirits. It is to Jesus, to Jesus only that we would have you subdued. O that you desired this subjection, it would be liberty, and peace, and joy to you!
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 17
Delivered Sunday Morning, January 29, 1871 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Sermon No. 973, “The Power of Christ Illustrated by the Resurrection”