The Law’s Thunder

Most Saturday nights I grab a green volume of Spurgeon’s Sermons and head straight to bed with it. This habit has been so helpful to me. My heart is almost always prepared for Sunday morning worship by this simple discipline of taking in a few words from the “Prince of Preachers.”

Over the past two Saturdays, I’ve been reading from a 1911 sermon entitled “The Curse Removed,” a text that is tethered to Galatians 3:13, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written: everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.”

Mr. Spurgeon reminded his hearers (and now, readers) that Christ’s pardon was not partial. His removal of the curse was complete for those who have placed their faith in Him alone. This portion of his message (which is pasted below) encouraged me greatly. I pray it will do the same for you:1

Mark, beloved… that this removal of the curse from us, when it does take place, is an entire removal. It is not a part of the curse which is taken away. Christ doth not stand at the foot of Sinai, and say, “Thunders! diminish your force;” He doth not catch here and there a lightning, and bind its wings; nay, but when He cometh He bloweth away all the smoke, He putteth aside all the thunder, He quencheth all the lightning; He removeth it all.

20160605_170901When Christ pardoneth, He pardoneth all sin; the sins of twice ten thousand years He pardons in an hour. Thou mayest be old and gray-headed, and hitherto unpardoned; but though thy sins exceed in number the stars spread in the sky, one moment takes them all away.

Mark that “all!” That sin of midnight; that black sin which, like a ghost, has haunted thee all thy life; that hideous crime; that unknown act of blackness which hath darkened thy character; that awful stain upon thy conscience—they shall be all taken away. And though thou hast a stain upon that hand—a stain which thou hast often sought to wash out by all the mixtures that Moses can give thee—thou shalt find, when thou art bathed in Jesus’ blood, that thou shalt be able to say, “All clean, my Lord, all clean; not a spot now; all is gone; I am completely washed from head to foot; the stains are all removed.”

It is the glory of this removal of the curse that it is all taken away; there is not a single atom left. Hushed now is the law’s loud thunder; the sentence is entirely reversed, and there is no fear left.



 Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. Spurgeon’s Sermons Volume Two (Peabody: Hendrickson Publisher’s Marketing, 2011). 286-87.