An Unclean Thing

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” —Isaiah 64:6-8

chspurgeon_boypreacherEvery gracious soul who is truly enlightened by the Spirit, has a clear sense of the root of all his guiltiness. He knows the plague of his own heart, and cries with the text, “We are all as an unclean thing.” He discovers that not merely his outward acts, but that his very person is essentially sinful in the sight of God. He was willing to confess once that the streams were black, but now he perceives to his horror that the fountain itself is defiled. You could have made him aforetime confess that the fruits of his boughs were bitter, but now he perceives that the root is corrupt, the tree is evil the very sap is poisonous. He is brought to feel now that sinfulness lieth in the very marrow of his bones and is inherent in his blood; that he himself— as well as his thoughts and his acts— he himself is “as an unclean thing

—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 2, 1862 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 8 Sermon No. 437, “A Sight of Self”


About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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