"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you
abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:10,11
Suggested Further Reading: Revelation 6:12-7: 12
There are the two things which you and I are to prove to be sure for ourselves-whether we are called and whether we
are elected. And oh, dear friends, this is a matter about which you and I should be very anxious. For consider what an honourable
thing it is to be elected. In this world it is thought a mighty thing to be elected to the House of Parliament; but how much
more honourable to be elected to eternal life; to be elected to "the Church of the first born, whose names are written
in heaven;" to be elected to be an equal with angels, to be a favourite of the living God, to dwell with the Most High,
amongst the fairest of the sons of light, nearest the eternal throne! Election in this world is but a short-lived thing, but
God's election is eternal. Let a man be elected to a seat in the House; five years must be the longest period that he can
hold his election; but if you and I are elected according to the Divine purpose, we shall hold our seats when the day-star
shall have ceased to burn, when the sun shall have grown dim with age, and when the eternal hills shall have bowed themselves
with weakness. If we are chosen of God and precious, then are we chosen for ever; for God changeth not in the objects of his
election. Those whom he hath ordained he hath ordained to eternal life, "and they shall never perish, neither shall any
man pluck them out of his hand." It is worth while to know ourselves elect, for nothing in this world can make a man
more happy or more valiant than the knowledge of his election. "Nevertheless," said Christ to his apostles, "rejoice
not in this, but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
For meditation: It is
far more important to make sure of our standing in God's sight than to obtain high office in man's sight (Acts 26:27-29).
Note: Spurgeon preached this sermon during the run-up to an election.
Sermon no. 123365
Days with C.H. Spurgeon
22 March (1857)
, Vol. 1: A Unique Collection of 365 Daily Readings from Sermons Preached by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
from His New Park Street Pulpit (365 Days With Series); edited by Terence Peter Crosby; (c) Day One Publications, 1998.