Adam: God's First Words to the First Sinner by Charles H. Spurgeon

Adam: God's First Words to the First Sinner
Charles H. Spurgeon
Genesis 3:9

It will be interesting to the members of this church to know that it was under a sermon delivered by Mr. William Wallin from this very text that my honored and venerable predecessor, Dr. Gill, was converted to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. I looked with some degree of curiosity to his interpretation of this passage. I had half hoped to find there some allusion to his own conversion, but I did not, although I was edified by his clear and methodical comment upon it, to which I am under obligations for suggesting the present discourse. May I hope that, as this text has been the means in the hand of God of conferring upon the church of Christ a man who valiantly defended the truth of God and was the means of expounding the doctrine of grace with great clearness, that there may be here present today someone at least who, like John Gill, may hear the Word with power and may receive it in its quickening influence into his soul. No, let us pray that not one alone but that many may hear the inquiry of God as it rings through the multitude, and while it reaches the ear may it reach the heart too, and may some be brought before God in answer to the question ''Where art thou?'' and receive the assurance of pardon and go on their way in peace.

It is not necessary that I should, in expounding this text, enter at all into the circumstances which led to the inquiry. Man had sinned against God. Mark the alienation of heart which sin causes in the sinner. Adam ought to have sought out his Maker. He should have gone through the garden crying for his God, ''My God, my God, I have sinned against You. Where are You? Low at Your feet Your creature falls and asks mercy at Your hands. My Father, You have placed me in this lovely Paradise; I have wickedly and willfully eaten of the fruit of which You said that I should not eat of it, since in the day late thereof I should surely die. Behold, my ...

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