“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”
For more quotes by Charles Spurgeon see these posts:
” If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people”
This is a continuation of a sermon from two previous posts:
Now, as to judgment. There are two judgments that occur for all people. The first is called the judgment of faith. That refers to what happens when our bodies die. Those whose faith is in Christ go to the intermediate state I talked about earlier. Those who have no faith in Christ go to Sheol/Hades, The second judgment, the judgment of works takes place at the end when all people, those destined for hell and those destined for heaven will see their failures to abide by God’s Word. Those condemned as to their condemnation and those elected to salvation so we can see how much we owe to the Lord. We will all be judged in the end.
And I suppose I should say something here about hell. Hell is empty today, but after the final judgment it will be full to capacity. It has become popular to deny the existence of hell. People say that a loving God could not condemn anyone to eternal punishment. But when they say that they are not speaking of God, but of the God they create for themselves. They speak not of a holy and perfect God against whom all sin is an attempt to destroy His perfection, but of a kind of doting parent who gives his children whatever they want and more. To deny God and His Word is an attack on reality, the creation of a sort of wonderland,
We should not underestimate the horrors of hell or pretend that it won’t be that bad, because it will. And that should spur believers to be active in telling others the Good News of Jesus. The 19th century English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon said this in one of his sermons; “Oh my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners must be damned let them leap into hell over our bodies; and if they perish let them do so with our arms around their knees imploring them to stay and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions; let no one go there unwarned and un-prayed for.” That is, I think, a great reminder of the reality of hell and the pain that all Christians must feel for those who will be there forever. If we pretend there is no hell and tell no one of Christ’s atoning sacrifice for us, then we fail in an extraordinary way to be the people God wants us to be.
For earlier sections of this sermon see these posts: