Spurgeon: June AM* 06/06/AM
"Behold, I am vile."
One cheering word, poor lost sinner, for thee! You think you
must not come to God because YOU are vile. Now, there is not a
saint living on earth but has been made to feel that he is vile.
If Job, and Isaiah, and Paul were all obliged to say "I am
vile," oh, poor sinner, wilt thou be ashamed to join in the same
confession? If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the
believer, how dost thou hope to do it thyself? and if God loves
His people while they are yet vile, dost thou think thy vileness
will prevent His loving thee? Believe on Jesus, thou outcast of
the world's society! Jesus calls thee , and such as thou art.
"Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners, Jesus came to call."
Even now say, "Thou hast died for sinners; I am a sinner, Lord
Jesus, sprinkle Thy blood on me"; if thou wilt confess thy sin
thou shalt find pardon. If, now, with all thy heart, thou wilt
say, "I am vile, wash me," thou shalt be washed now. If the Holy
Spirit shall enable thee from thy heart to cry
Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidd'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come!"
thou shalt rise from reading this morning's portion with all thy
sins pardoned; and though thou didst wake this morning with
every sin that man hath ever committed on thy head, thou shalt
rest to-night accepted in the Beloved; though once degraded with
the rags of sin, thou shalt be adorned with a robe of
righteousness, and appear white as the angels are. For "now,"
mark it, " Now is the accepted time." If thou "believest on Him
who justifieth the ungodly thou art saved." Oh! may the Holy
Spirit give thee saving faith in Him who receives the vilest.