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Sulphur Mixed with Our Incense​

November 1, 2022

Sulphur Mixed with Our Incense

Flowers from a Puritan Garden

“How often do we mingle sulphur with our incense!”

A strong expression, but most sadly true. When we offer prayer, is there not at times a sorrowful mixture of self-will, petulance, and impatience? Does not unbelief, which is quite as obnoxious as brimstone, too often spoil the sweet odor of our supplications? When we offer praise, is it all pure spices after the art of the heavenly apothecary? Do not self-laudation and pride frequently spoil the holy frankincense and myrrh? Alas, we fear that the charge must lie against us, and force us to a sorrowful confession.

As the priests of God, our whole life should be the presentation of holy incense unto God, and yet it is not so. The earthly ambitions and carnal lustings of our nature deteriorate and adulterate the spices of our lives, and Satan, with the sulphur of pride, ruins the delicate perfume of perfect consecration. What grace the Lord displays in accepting our poor, imperfect offerings!

What rich merit abides in our Lord Jesus! What sweet savor beyond expression dwells in him, to drown and destroy our ill-savors, and to make us accepted in the Beloved! Glory be unto our glorious High Priest, whose perfect life and sin-atoning death is so sweet before the Divine Majesty that the Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake, and accepts us in him with our sweet savor.

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Listen to the Blood!

August 13, 2022

Hebrews 12:24 “…and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” (ESV)

“Listen to the Blood!
Listen to the blood that speaks! It says, “Sinner, I am full of merit: why bring your merits here?” You say, “But I have too much sin.” Listen to the blood: as it falls, it cries, “from many trespasses, to justification” (Rom 5:16).

You say, “But I know I am too guilty.” Listen to the blood! “Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isa 1:18).

You say, “But I have such a poor desire, I have such a little faith.” Listen to the blood! “He will not break a broken reed, and he will not extinguish a dim wick” (Isa 42:3).

You say, “But I know He will cast me out if I do come.” Listen to the blood! “Everyone whom the Father gives to me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never throw out” (John 6:37).

You say, “But I know I have so many sins that I cannot be forgiven.” Now, hear the blood once more, and I will be done. “The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). That is the blood’s testimony, and its testimony to you. “The Spirit and the water and the blood, and the three are in agreement” (1 John 5:8), and behold the blood’s witness is, “The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” Come, poor sinner, cast yourself simply on that truth. Away with your good works and all your trustings! Lie simply flat on that sweet word of Christ. Trust His blood, and if you can put your trust alone in Jesus, in His sprinkled blood, it shall speak in your conscience better things than that of Abel.”

C. H. Spurgeon
Commentary on Hebrews