by Charles H. Spurgeon

Angelic Interest in the Gospel
Charles H. Spurgeon
1 Peter 1:12

The apostle Peter wrote his first epistle to a persecuted people, many of whom were in great heaviness through manifold trials. The sufferings of the early Christians are something terrible even to think upon; the world has scarcely ever beheld more relentless cruelty than that which pursued the first servants of our Divine Lord and Master. Peter, therefore, when he wrote to these tried saints, sought to cheer and encourage them. What, then, did he write about? Why, about the Gospel; for there is nothing like the simple doctrine of salvation by redemption to comfort the most distressed spirits.

The chapter from which our text is taken is just as plain as the Gospel itself is. Peter here tells the elect strangers that they were "begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away." He also reminds them that they "were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold"; "but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." In this chapter we have all the great central truths of the Gospel-election, redemption, regeneration, effectual calling, sanctification, and final perseverance. Brothers and sisters, whenever we want consolation, let us never go away from the Gospel to find it. The child of God always finds the best comfort in the things of God. If your comforts can only come to you from worldly society, it is quite clear that you belong to the world; but if you are one of God's true children, all that you want to cheer you under the heaviest trial is already provided for you in the Gospel of Christ and will speedily be applied to you by the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, if you only seek it at His hands. Peter here prescribes a remedy for lowness of spirits and for general depression. That remedy is to take a deeper interest in the things of God, to g ...

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