by Clarence E. Macartney

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Strange Texts but Grand Truths (11 of 17)
The Battle for Man's Soul
Clarence E. Macartney
Jude 9

When Charles Spurgeon was once being shown through the
library of Trinity College, Cambridge, he stopped to
admire a bust of Byron. The librarian said to him,
"Stand here, sir, and look at it."

Spurgeon took the position indicated and, looking upon
the bust, remarked, "What an intellectual countenance!
What a grand genius!"

"Come, now," said the librarian, "and look at it from
this side."

Spurgeon changed his position and, looking on the
statue from that viewpoint, exclaimed, "What a demon!
There stands a man who could defy the Deity." He asked
the librarian if the sculptor had secured this effect

"Yes," he replied, "he wished to picture the two
characters, the two persons-the great, the grand, the
almost supergenius that he possessed; and yet the
enormous mass of sin that was in his soul."

Strange, and in many ways forbidding, is this brief
one-chapter book of Jude. As scowling gargoyles look
menacingly down upon him who enters one of the old
cathedrals, so this mysterious book is like a gargoyle
at the golden gate which opens into the glorious
cathedral of the Apocalypse of John, with its grand
harmonies, its voices like the sound of many waters,
its sea of glass mingled with fire, and its great
white throne. Nowhere else in the Bible do we come
upon such volcanic judgments, such overwhelming
condemnation, as confront us in the epistle of Jude.
One might liken it to the enraged ocean breaking upon
a rocky barrier and then retreating with sullen roar,
or to a summer hurricane which sweeps over smiling
fields and peaceful hamlets with the besom of
destruction, or to a storm of thunder and lightning at
midnight, illuminating the heavens and making the
earth shake with the flash of its artillery.

What a book! Here we behold the fall of the angels and
contemplate their doom as ...

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