Charles Spurgeon on Studying God

The Sunday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is all about quotes. No commentary from me, no reflection, etc. Just a provocative or informative quote from a saint in church history.

 

“It has been said by someone that ‘the proper study of mankind is man.’ I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father. …

Spurgeon Charles“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subject we can compass and grapple with; in them we will a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, ‘Behold I am wise.’ But when we come to this master science, finding that out plumb line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away from the thought that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with solemn exclamation, ‘I’m but of yesterday, and know nothing.’ No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God. …

“But while the subject humbles the mind, it also expands it. He who often thinks of God, will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe. …

“The most excellent study for expanding the soul, of the science of Christ, and Him crucified, and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity. Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the deity.”

– Charles Spurgeon, introducing a sermon to his church as the age of 20

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