To Those Who Feel Unfit for the Communion
Charles H. Spurgeon
2 Chronicles 30:17-20
Brethren, it should be much to our joy that we do not serve under the ceremonial law, nor live within the legal dispensation. The legal economy exhibited to the people a multitude of types and figures, and consequently it laid down many rules and rituals, and these were enacted with such solemn and terrible penalties, that the people were in constant fear of offending, and found obedience irksome by reason of the weakness of their flesh and the unspirituality of their minds. As for our Lord Jesus, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light; but concerning the law, even Peter speaks of it as "a yoke which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear." We are now brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God, a liberty which those who had been in the bondage could best appreciate. Those who are still under legal restrictions feel the pressure of them when they see the liberty of others. Sitting at dinner with a Samaritan, who considered himself under the law of the Pentateuch, I noticed that the worthy man refused first one dish and then another, and at length he exclaimed, "Moses very hard," evidently feeling that the limit upon his diet involved a good deal of self-denial. Some of us could cheerfully bear such small matters as abstinence from certain meats and drinks, but if we were surrounded with regulations and prescriptions entering into minute details, our lives would be full of care, and we would feel ill at ease.
We have attained the liberty of the Gospel, and we are not called upon to observe days, and months, and years, nor to border our garments with a certain color, nor to trim our hair by rule; neither are we called to practice divers washings and purifyings, or to observe laws and regulations amounting to a continual round of rites. The "free Spirit" dwells in us; to us every place is hallowed; our religion is not of the outward, and in the matter of m ...
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