1 Sermon #1726 1 Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit BUYING WITHOUT MONEY NO. 1726 A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, JUNE 17, 1883, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. “He that has no money; come you, buy, and eat.” Isaiah 55:1. THERE is a semicolon in our translation, but we nee d not take notice of it. It should not be there, since the text is the second of two parallel senten - ces arranged according to the method of Hebrew poet ry— “Ho, everyone that thirsts, come you to the waters, And he that has no money, come, buy, and eat.” We have before us the figure of a merchant selling his wares, and crying like a peddler in the market , ome! Come!” three times, and he adds to this the cr “Ho!” To attract attention he calls aloud, “Come! C y of, “Buy! Buy!” Shall the Great King thus liken Him of self to a trader in the market, earnest to dispose His goods? It is even so, and I therefore call upon you to admire the mercy of the Lord. In the fifty-third and fifty-fourth chapters, this Divine Merchantman has been spreading out His wares. What treasures they are! Look at the fifty-t hird chapter, what do you see there? Behold that pe arl of great price, . Behold Him wounded for our transgressions, and br the Lord Jesus Christ uised for our iniquities. This is so costly a treasure that heave n and earth could not match it. Where else could we find a sacrifice for sin, a justifier of many? This anoi nted One of God, upon whom the chastisement of our peace was laid—who would not have Him to be his Sav ior? Surely with such a treasure to display, we ought not to cry long for buyers, for every truly w ise man will exclaim, “This is what I need, a Savio r, necessary for me.” To this you are invited in thes e and a great one. Atonement for sin is the one thing words, “He that has no money, come, buy, and eat.” In the fifty-fourth chapter the Divine Merchantman His everlasting sets forth the rare possession of love. forsaken you; but with great mercies will I Read from verse seven, “For a small moment have I gather you. In a little wrath I hid My face from yo u for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, says the Lord your Redeemer. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be re- moved; but My kindness shall not depart from you, n either shall the covenant of My peace be removed, says the Lord that has mercy on you.” What more can be set forth to win men’s hearts? First a full atonement and now love everlasting, making a covena nt confirmed by oath. Shall there be need often to cry, “Come and buy,” when such celestial wares are displayed before us? Added to this, we see a little further on the bles sing of heavenly edification. Notice the eleventh verse—“I will lay your stones with fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. And I will ma ke s a s, and all your borders of pleasant stones.” This i your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncle rare building, is it not? There should be a quick m arket for such an array of choice things. Sapphires and agates—what more would you have? Here are all manne r of precious stones, and all of these given freely! The only terms are, “everything for nothing ! Heaven for the asking!” All the treasures of God are freely bestowed upon the sons of men who are willin g to accept them as gifts of grace. As if this were not enough, the Lord brings out a fourth blessing, namely, everlasting safety by faith, “In righteousness shall you be established: you sha ll be far from oppression; for you shall not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near you. No wea pon that is formed against you shall prosper; and e ve- ry tongue that shall rise against you in judgment y ou shall condemn.” Security is worth infinitely mor e than gold. To be protected by Divine wisdom from ev ery possible harm is the portion of believers in Je - like the sus. To be saved, and made safe forever, is not this worth worlds? Never was there a market gospel market. And never were such wares spread out before the eyes of men as those which are here y- opefulness, speak to those who have not yet been bu presented to you. I shall therefore with the more h “He that has no money, come, buy, and eat.” ers, and urge upon you the invitation of the text, 1 Volume 29 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ.
2 2 Buying Without Money Sermon #1726 In handling this text we shall notice, first, of the buyer, “He that has no money.” Sec- the description the selection of this particular buyer—why is he invited beyond all others? Thirdly, ondly, the invitation to purchase, “Come, buy, and eat.” And fourthly, we shall add the assurance that this gospel market is no deception, for these things are really to be had . First, then, here is A DESCRIPTION of the buyer. I believe he is here this morning. I hope he will I. recognize his own portrait, though it is by no mean s a flattering one. It is truth itself, a photograp h taken by the sunlight of heaven. It is the portrait of a poor, penniless, broken-down creature reduced to th e ex- tremity of need. Here it is—“He that has no money.” Of course, by this is meant, among other things, t he man who literally has no money. Among the man who had money was at a great advantage with Jews of our Lord’s day there existed an idea that a regard to heavenly things, so that when the Lord sa id, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter i nto n, can be saved?” as if they thought that if the the kingdom,” they exclaimed with wonder, “Who, the The Word of God contains nothing to encourage such rich could not be easily saved then none could be. Testament, but he is often spoken of most slightin gly. a notion. The rich man is never extolled in the Old the gospel preached to them,” and it is the glory o f the It is the glory of the Messiah that “the poor have gospel that it is freely provided by the bounty of God for the beggar on the dunghill. Let no man’s he art fail him this day because he says, “Silver and gold have I none.” Having nothing, you may yet possess all things. You are at no disadvantage in God’s mar ket because your pockets are empty. You may come penniless and bankrupt and receive the exceeding ri ches of His grace. But we understand the reference of the text to be mainly spiritual, and so the port rait here is that of a man who has no spiritual mon ey, no gold of goodness, no silver of sanctity — he it is that is invited to come and buy the wine a nd milk of heaven. His fancied stock of natural innocence is spent . At first he thought himself to be pure as the new ly clean that is born of a woman?” They told him fallen snow, forgetting the question—“How can he be d, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven” while that he was made “a member of Christ, a child of Go he was yet a babe, and thus he was led to think tha t he had started life’s business with a respectable stock in trade. He knows better now. He has seen th is fancied goodness melt away like the mist of the morning. He has gone, like the prodigal, into the f ar country, and there he has wasted his substance t ill and through, he cannot find a relic of innocence. T he not a coin remains. If he searches himself through the sole of the foot even to the head he is all wou nds, whole head is sick and the whole heart faint, from and bruises, and putrefying sores. There is no heal th in him. Innocence is utterly gone, if it was eve r there. ings of good works, but his imaginary righteous- He thought that he had accumulated some little sav ness turned out to be counterfeit. Had he not been honest? Had he not been sober? Had he not attended a place of worship, and repeated forms of prayer? Did not all this make up a little fortune of righteous - ness? He thought so, but then he was ignorant and d eluded. He knows better now, for he has found out that all his righteousness is base metal. He could not pass a penny’s worth of it in the shop of his o wn to conscience, much less in the market of heaven. He k nows that it would at once be detected, and nailed the counter. He finds that his silver is white meta He has l of the basest sort, and that his gold is a sham. not the face to offer it anywhere. Yes, he is so af that, raid of being seized by justice as a counterfeiter like a wise man, he has hidden his sham righteousne ss in the earth, and has run away from it. He is no w more afraid of his righteousness than of his unrigh teousness. He would think it just as possible for h im to be saved by cursing and swearing as by the merit of his own works. His good works are an ill odor with his conscience, for he sees them to be defiled within and without with sin, rottenness is in the bones of any sort. Look at his poverty, his original stoc of his righteousness, and thus he is without merit k is gone, and all his savings have melted away! He is in a still worse plight, for he is also too poor to get anything, the procuring power is gone, for he has “no money.” Now that he has come to his sobe r senses, he would repent, but he cannot find a tender heart. He would believe, but he cannot find faith. He has no money, that is to say, nothing wit h which he can procure those good things which are ne cessary unto salvation and eternal life. He sees them all before him, like many a poor man who walks the streets of London, and sees just what he wants s hand into his pocket, and despairingly passes on, behind the glass of the shop window, but he puts hi be bought in the world’s market, so is this poor for he has no money. As without money nothing is to . 2 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ Volume 29
3 Sermon #1726 3 Buying Without Money s because he has no good thing to offer, no righteo us- man afraid that no blessing of grace can ever be hi ness to give in exchange. If God would sell him eve n a penny’s worth of righteousness, he has not the penny to buy it with. And if the Lord would pardon all his sins for one sixpenny worth of holiness, he has not so much as that to offer—he has no money. Moreover, his stock with which to trade is gone . Money makes money, and he that has a little to no stock to start with, cannot hope to be rich to- begin with may soon have more. But this man, having llest shop, or sell the most trifling wares, for he wards God in and by himself. He cannot open the sma uy a few matches and hawk them about the streets, has no money to start with. Even the poorest will b ven invest a two-pence in goods. He has no power but this poor creature has “no money,” and cannot e s to become pleasing to God. He is as much without even to think aright, much less to act aright, so a ood, but he appears to himself to be without power to strength as without merit. Not only is he without g get good. He is a broken trader who cannot again tr y his fortune, for he has “no money.” He is worse than a common beggar, for he does not even know how to beg—“We know not what we should pray for as we ought.” He even needs to be taught how to beg . What a pass to come to. There is your portrait, my poor friend! Do you rec ognize it? I hope you do. I hear you say, “Yes, tha t is myself. I am without money.” Then to you the wor d of this salvation is sent—“He that has no money, come, buy, and eat.” “No money!” Then he cannot pay his old debts. His sins rise up before him, but he cannot make the record of his debts, it must be deep as the bo t- amends for them. What a long file is needed to hold tomless pit, and high as heaven. He owes ten thousa nd talents and has “nothing to pay.” He has not a coin, he has no money whatever! He is reduced to ba nkruptcy, and cannot pay a farthing in the pound. Moreover, he cannot meet his present expenses . Poor man! He must live. He must eat the bread of heaven, and he must drink of the water of life, but he has nothing with which to procure these good things. His soul hungers, yes, even faints after th e mercy of God, but he has no price with which to p ro- the cure it. This day he would pluck his eyes out to be pleasing to God, but he has nothing to offer which r.” at like the prodigal he cries, “I perish with hunge Lord could accept. He is reduced to such beggary th He cannot face the future ht of it will come in. He . He hardly dares to think of it, and yet the thoug ing bed, and the terrible demands of the resurrec- remembers the needs which will surround him on a dy ce him to the dread Judgment, and he shall stand tion morning when the ringing trumpet shall introdu he cannot answer Him for one sin in a thousand. He before his God to render his account. He knows that hing with which to meet the demands of the eternal dreads the thought of the world to come! He has not future. He has “no money,” nothing that will pass c urrent in the day of judgment. He is brought to the last stage of spiritual destitution; poverty has co me upon him like an armed man. This is a terrible p light to be in, yet I wish that every sinner here might b ght e reduced to it, for when he is so reduced and brou low, grace will come in, and the tide will turn. The only hope for a man who has “no money” must be outside himself. It is idle for him to look into his own coffers. He must look away from himself, an d his only chance in thus looking is to appeal to charity, and plead for mercy’s sake. He cannot buy— it is only God’s mercy that talks about his buying. He must beg, he must entreat for love’s sake. This is an essential part of spiritual poverty, and I wo uld that every unregenerate person knew that in him the re dwells no good thing, and that he were convinced that he must look out and look up for salvation, an - d that upon the ground of mercy, since he cannot ex pect to obtain any blessing upon the footing of jus tice or as a matter of debt. This is the man who is called to buy heaven’s wine and milk. Do you need a fuller picture of him? apter of Luke’s gospel, where He that made the feas t Look at the twenty-first verse of the fourteenth ch e halt and the blind.” This man is so poor that he said, “Bring in here the poor and the maimed and th it, so halt that he cannot stand up to receive it, and cannot buy bread, so maimed that he cannot run for so blind that he cannot see it. Yet such a person w you e are to bring into the royal banquet of mercy. If would like another picture, turn to Revelation 3:17 , 18—“You know not that you are wretched, and mis- erable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” This portr ait was taken by John, who had an eagle’s eye, and saw deep into the inward misery of the heart. To th e “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, an d naked,” the Lord says, “I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich, and w hite r raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the sham e of your nakedness does not appear, and anoint you eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” Gospel rich o es are sent to remove our wretchedness, and mercy t s Christ. Volume 29 Tell someone today how much you love Jesu 3
4 4 Sermon #1726 Buying Without Money lind beggars, and these naked vagrants, that the go remove our misery. It is to these wretches, these b spel is sent. This day I have to present the promise of God and the exhortation of mercy to those who have failed in life, who are down at the heel, broken an d crushed. Oh, you utterly lost ones, to you is the re opened a door of hope. The Lord has come into the m arket, and He bids you buy of Him without money and without price! II. Now a minute or two upon the second point, THE SELE CTION of the buyer. It is a strange choice, and it leads to a singular invitation, “He ets that has no money, come, buy, and eat.” In the stre ay evening, you may note the salesmen standing be- round about this Tabernacle, especially on a Saturd Buy! Buy!” No one can refuse to hear their noise, fore their shops and crying out vociferously, “Buy! k they would save their breath so far as he is con- but if they knew that a person had no money, I thin cerned. They need ready-money customers, and plenty of them. What would be the use of crying, “Buy! Buy!” to a man whose purse is empty? Yet these are the very persons whom the Lord selects, and to them He cries, “Come, buy, and eat.” What is the re ason? He does Well, first, these need mercy the most . Oh, poor souls, when the Lord Jesus looks on you, not look at what you have, but at what you have not . He does not look at your excellences, but at your necessities. He is not looking out for man’s fullne ss, but for man’s emptiness. The Lord Jesus never gave Himself for our righteousness, but He “gave Hi is mself for our sins.” Salvation is by grace, and it presented to those who are lost, for they are the p eople whom it will suit. How should those who are n ot st poverty-stricken first, because this character m ost lost value salvation? I say that God selects the mo The greatness of your necessity is that which gives you a first call from the God needs His pitying love. of all grace. Not merit, but demerit. Not desert of for reward, but desert of wrath, is the qualification mercy. Again, this character is chosen because he is such a one as will exhibit in his own person the power of divine grace. If the Lord Jesus Christ takes one that is wretche d, and miserable, and poor, and blind, is and naked, and if He satisfies all his necessities by being riches for his wretchedness, comfort for h ess, and raiment for his nakedness, then all the wo misery, wealth for his poverty, eyes for his blindn rld will see what a great Savior He is, and how wonderf ully His salvation meets the necessities of the cas e. how Christ could be anything but a little Savior t If you and I were only little sinners, I do not see o us. And if He only met our smaller needs, a small suppl y would suffice. Ah, friends, it pleased the Father that this fullness should be seen. When He takes a that in Him should all fullness dwell, and He wills man whose needs are as large as the sea, and as man y as the sands on the shore, whose danger is deep a s the bottomless pit, and whose sin is black as Tophe t’s midnight. And when He makes that man into a child of God and an heir of heaven, ah, then all in telligences are amazed, and cry out, “What a Savior is this! What precious blood is this! What a fullness this must be which satisfies such immeasurable needs!” As it is one end of Christ’s work to glorif y divine grace, therefore He calls first upon those who have the most need, for in them His grace will be b est displayed. Next, the Lord Jesus delights to make evident the freenes s of His grace . Now, if those were first called who have the money of merit, it might be ima gined that they had paid their way. But if those ar e called who have no good thing in them, it is clear that grace is free. When a poor wretch cannot do a stroke of work, or contribute a button to you, then ing your lodging him must be of pure charity, and noth else. The Lord Jesus is very jealous of the freenes s of His grace. He will not let a sixpence of our m erit cross His hand, lest we should glory in our flesh, and think that we have made Jesus rich. If you ask me yet again why is he who has no money so expressly called, I would answer, because . The man who is needy is the man that will listen to the tidings of a he is the kind of man that will listen full and free supply. It is the guilty man who love s to hear of pardon. It is the bond-slave whose ear s are charmed with the word, “redemption.” If you are no sinner you will not care about a Savior. Only real sinners rejoice in a real atonement. The Lord sends the gospel to every creature under heaven, but He knows, as we do, that the most of men will not rega rd it, for they fancy that they don’t need it. But if there is one that has no merit or claim, he will li sten with eagerness to the tidings of mercy for him . He that has no money is the man for Christ’s money. He that is shivering in his nakedness will rejoice to be clothed. A wretched sinner jumps at mercy like a hu ngry fish leaping at the bait. When a soul is empty , are not then it longs for the fullness of Christ, but not t ill then. Full souls quarrel over honeycombs, they every bitter thing is sweet. A man who is conscious sweet enough for them, but to the hungry man, even . 4 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ Volume 29
5 Sermon #1726 Buying Without Money 5 if pardon is to be had, he will have it at once. W of sin will not quibble about the way of grace, but hoev- er may be silent, you will hear his voice crying al oud, “You Son of David, have mercy on me!” Let me add that such an empty, penniless soul, whe will prize it and praise it . n he does get mercy, He that has been shut up in the dark for years valu es the light of the sun. He that has been a prisone r for months, how happy he is when the prison doors are o pened, and he is at liberty again! Let a man once get Christ, who has bitterly known and felt his nee d of Him, and he will prize Him beyond all things, and find his sole delight in Him. The impotent man at the beautiful gate of the temple, when his ankle s received strength, walked, yes, and ran, yes, and l eaped. He leaped, praising God, before all the peop le. He could not do enough to show his delight and his gratitude. Oh, for a few leaping Christians. The Lo rd Jesus loves us to prize the mercy which cost Him so dearly. Shall He die on the cross and give us bles s- im much because of His priceless gifts to us. There - ings to treat with contempt? No, no. We will love H fore the Well-beloved delights to invite those who e- manifestly have no merit, and no spiritual power, b cause He knows that when they taste of His love, th ey will overflow with praise to His name forever an d ever. You have heard of the old woman who said that if ever she got to heaven the Lord Jesus Christ should never hear the last of it? Many of us are of that mind. We shall never praise the Lord sufficie ntly throughout eternity. If I do but once, cross the go lden threshold, and stand within the pearly gate, m y heart, my soul, my tongue, shall extol my Redeemer world without end. This shall be the one and only contention among the birds of Paradise, who shall s ing the most sweetly to the praise of infinite comp as- sion. None of us will yield the palm in that contes li- t. We will see which can sink lowest in sense of ob gation, which can rise highest in adoring love. Sin gers are needed for the celestial choirs and there are no voices as sweet as those which have known the fo rce of spiritual hunger and thirst. These take the alto notes, and sing, “Glory to God in the highest. ” In any case, be the reason what it may, it is clea r that there are special invitations issued for the royal feasts, and these are all directed to those whose n eed has reached the extremity of distress. o preach! I long with my whole heart to use great But I may not linger. How I wish that I knew how t tence which would seem to have the wisdom of words plainness of speech. I would not utter a single sen in it. I aim not at fine language, but only to get at poor sinners’ hearts. Oh that I could bring the sinner to tian church. It has hidden the cross under roses, a his Savior. Oratory has been the curse of the Chris nd taken men’s minds away from Christ. To strain after eloquence when preaching the gospel, is a sin wor- Christ must be our sole desire. Pray for me, brethr thy of eternal destruction. To point the sinner to en, as I go on, for I need aid from the Holy Spirit. III. I have now, in the third place, to notice THE INVIT ATION. The man who has no money is to come, buy, and eat . It looks odd to tell a penniless man to come and buy, does it not? And yet what other words could be used? Come and has a meaning of its own not to be otherwise expre ssed. buy, In buying there are three or four stages, the firs t is, desiring to have the thing which is exhibited. The man who buys has first the wish that the property i n the article should be vested in himself. Will you not desire that Christ, that forgiveness, that eternal life, that salvation should become yours? Do you no t long for the Lord to grant it to you? Men in the streets, as I have said before, cry, “B uy! Buy!” because buying means business. They are not unwilling that people should stop and look at t r heir goods—they even ask them to walk in and see fo themselves, but they aim at finding buyers and not gazers. If a man were to come into the shop and tur n over all the goods, and never purchase anything, th e tradesman would begin to cry, “Buy! Buy!” with quite another accent, for he does not want a crowd to look at him, but he wants people to buy from him. Many of you who are here this morning have only com e to hear what the preacher has to say, and to crit - icize his style and language. I pray you rise to so mething better than that. Come, and buy! Let us do business this morning for God, and for our own soul s. Do not waste the precious market day of the Sab- bath. People come and go, and hear sermons, and rea d books, and all for a sort of amusement. They do not come to do business with the Lord. Look how the y select striking sentences and cull sparkling and delightful extracts, and take notes of telling anec dotes. But all this is comparatively wasting time. “Come, buy! Buy! Buy!” Do you mean business? Then come and buy . Do not stand huckstering by the years together. Come to terms, and make an end of h esitation. If you have no desire you will not buy, uy, and eat.” Oh that the Spirit may work in you th at and I shall achieve no sales. Again I cry, “Come, b strong desire without which no man will ever buy! A las! There are thousands who are always discussing s Christ. Volume 29 Tell someone today how much you love Jesu 5
6 6 Sermon #1726 Buying Without Money rstand the gospel, but because they do not care to knotty points, not because they have a wish to unde come to serious dealings. Perhaps you have read the story of a governor of one of the American States r, who was well known to hold Calvinistic opinions, who called at a hotel where there was a black waite and was, therefore, made the butt for many a jest. y So the Governor said to him, “Sam, you do not reall believe that doctrine of election, do you?” “Deed I do, Suh,” he said. “Well, then,” replied the Gover nor, e Negro, “I did not know you were a candidate, and I “tell me whether I am elect or not.” “Suh,” said th not put up for it.” Now, that is common sense. It i know nothing about a man’s being elected if he has s a Certain people who are not even candidates for business-like way of answering an absurd question. as of predestination—playing with the blessings of heaven will yet shelter themselves behind wrong ide man with a pack stand at a door trying to sell a f ew grace instead of desiring them. Have you not seen a r’s talk about his goods, but when at last he finds that trinkets to a servant? He does not mind half-an-hou the maid does not mean buying, see how he shuts up his boxes, folds up his packages, and indignantly takes off, saying by his gestures, “I wish I had no ar- t wasted so much time on you.” It is just so with e nest preachers. They grow sick at heart when they s ee that men will not come to business. They cry, arry their heavenly burden to another people. Oh, “Who has believed our report?” and are anxious to c dear hearers, let us not have to shake the dust off of our feet for a testimony against you! Oh, that you would hunger and thirst after Christ and His salvat ion, and then we should soon do a trade with you. “Buy.”— This means next, to agree to terms, for there cannot be any purchasing, however much t he buyer desires to buy and the seller to sell, till t hey agree to terms. Now, our difficulty with God’s goods is this, whereas ordinarily the buyer cannot be bro up to the seller’s price, in our case we cannot get ught men down to God’s price. They will persist in offering something or other as a price. They talk to us thus—“I cannot be saved, for I do not see any good thing in myself. Sir, if I had a deep sense of need , ove, I then I could be saved,” or “Sir, if I could pray be tter,” or “Sir, if I had more repentance, or more l could then believe in Jesus.” Oh, yes, if you had a ss- price in your hand, you would pay for heaven’s ble ings, would you not? But then, you see, they are no t presented to you upon such terms. Price is out of o terms of purchase at all, you are to be nothing, and the question. God’s terms are that there shall be n down to that, then take the goods, the bargain is m ade, Jesus is to be your all in all. When you will come eternal life is yours. The next thing in a purchase is that, when the ter ms are carried out, the buyer appropriates the goods to himself. If I buy a thing it is mine, and I take it into my possession. You do not see a man buy a thing and then leave it behind him for the seller to do a ap- s he likes with it. In the things of God you are to propriate the blessing to yourself. Put out the han d of faith, and say, “Here is Christ for a sinner. I am a sinner, and I take Christ to be my Savior. Here is washing for the filthy. I am filthy, and I wash. He re is a robe of righteousness for the naked. I am naked. I take the raiment to be mine.” Make Christ your ow n, and He has made you His own. Take the Lord by an ap propriating act of faith to be yours forever and the bargain is struck. But the text says a little more than that—it says, as much as to say, “Make it yours and eat,” “Buy, in the most complete sense.” If a man buys a loaf o lawyers f bread it is his, but if he eats it, then all the in the world cannot dispute him out of it—he has it by a possession which is not only nine points of t he ce enough, to take Christ and to live upon Him as h is law, but all the law. When a poor soul has confiden e Him into me and I am saved,” why, the devil himse lf own, saying, “This Christ is able to save me, I tak cannot unsave you. What is to divide him from Chris t? There is the bath, and I wash in it and am clean . What then? Who can obliterate the fact that I have washed? The righteousness of Christ is bestowed up- on me, and put on by me, who can tear off that glor - ious dress? Christ fed upon is ours beyond all ques tion. No method of possession is more sure and safe than that of eating what you have bought. Feed, then, on Christ, the bread of heaven, and though yo u are in yourself the poorest of the poor, yet He i s yours forever and ever. See, then, the blessed invitation, the whole of Go d’s mercy in Christ, infinite love and boundless are freely given to every man who has no money with compassion are to be had for no price at all. They which to procure them. The height of love meets the depths of poverty and fills them up. He that has nothing is invited to have all things, for he is th e person for whom they were provided in the eternal pur- poses of God. . 6 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ Volume 29
7 Sermon #1726 Buying Without Money 7 IV. URANCE, to show that this is all real and I conclude now by saying a few things by way of ASS l may have this day, all the grace of God. Oh, may true, and no make-believe. Every needy, thirsty sou the Spirit of God make him willing; he shall have a own ll the blessings of the covenant of grace to be his forever and ever! This is no sham. There is an hone st offer made to everyone who is conscious of soul- poverty! For, first, it is not God’s way to mock men . He has Himself declared, “I said not unto the see d of Ja- cob, seek you My face in vain.” God has not said on - e thing in one place and another in another, to con tradict Himself. He has not in the Scriptures bid m en come to Him with the promise that He will not ca st them out, all the while meaning of some of them tha t He will cast out. No, there are no exceptions mad e in the promises of God to empty sinners who come to Him. You must not dream of exceptions which do me. I not exist. Jesus says, “He that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out,” and this includes all who co am speaking to some this morning who have come acro ss the Atlantic and are not yet saved. You may but if you come to Jesus Christ this morning He wil have been careless and thoughtless all your lives, l not refuse you His salvation. Many have come in fro m the country today, oh that this may become their spiritual birthday! Come to the Lord Jesus Christ, my friend, and He will welcome you. He has never rejected one, and He never will. He will not find p e, to leasure in tantalizing you. He is too good, too tru become a deceiver even to one poor lonely seeker. H is word of promise to you is true and real, every word is full of meaning, sweeter meaning than you d ream of. Grace shall be had by you at once if you will but take it “without money and without price.” Men mock men, but God never deludes. We may say of Him, “Your word is truth.” Note that these mercies must be really meant to be given free to the poor, because God is under no necessity to sell His benefits. He is not impoverished. He is so rich that none can add anything to His wealth. All things are His, therefore He must give freely, since it would be beneath His all-sufficien cy to be haggling for compensation, or demanding a price at a creature’s hands. He means the penniless to have everything for nothing, since nothing can be i magined to be a price to Him. If a poor tradesman is some trick about this.” But when the Most High began to give away his goods you would say, “There e- rything, freely gives to us, then there can be no d God, the possessor of heaven and earth, who has eve sign for His own advantage. His motive must be pure compassion. There is no adequate price that we could bring to G od for His mercy . How could there be? Would it ice because it is priceless. You can buy gold if yo u be mercy if it could be bought? Grace is without pr hase of every finite thing. But what medium of ex- will; there is some medium of exchange for the purc change could there be for the purchase of infinite blessings? Huge heaps of such things as the native Af- ricans call money would be of no value to us, and w hat self-righteous men call merit is utterly despic a- ble to God. Is there any comparison between a man’s l giving all his wealth and the possession of eterna glory? No comparison can be instituted between meta ls and spiritual joys. As you cannot bring any price, I do pray you believe that God is honest whe n He declares that He will give you pardon of sin a nd all the blessings of His grace of God without money and without price. You cannot have them other- wise. Do believe that He means you to receive them by grace. if sinners had not existed there never would Remember that Jesus must be meant for sinners, for have been a Savior. ve, He must have known that When the Lord Jesus Christ set up in business to sa there was no sphere for His operations except among th sinners, and therefore He entered in His office wi the view of saving sinners. If a doctor comes into a town, and there is nobody ill, and it is certain that nobody ever will be ill, he had better drive off somewhere else. He will do most business where there is most sickness. When Christ Jesus became a soul-phys ician, He had His eyes on the spiritually sick and on them alone. They are the patients who make up Hi s practice, and they only. If, then, you are sick even unto death, put your case into the hands of Ch rist, for He will heal you. give these blessings to men who have no merits, Remember, too, that it must be true that God will and will bestow them as gifts, because Jesus Himself is a gift. Did anybody ever dream of buying Christ? Stand at the foot of the cross and say to y ourself, “Could I ever have procured this vast disp lay of love by any merit of mine? Could I have done any thing which could have merited that the Son of God should become man, and being found in fashion as a man, He should die such a death as this for me?” with your sacraments, your ceremonies, your prayer s, Salvation must be a gift, for Jesus is a gift. Away your alms, your good works, if these are made the b rass penny with which you hope to buy such inesti- s Christ. Volume 29 Tell someone today how much you love Jesu 7
8 8 Sermon #1726 Buying Without Money is seen to be such when it is given to those who ha ve mable things as pardon, sonship, heaven! Salvation no money of their own. Beside that, Christ is all. f getting ready for Men have no notion what Christ is when they talk o Christ, or bringing something to Him. What would yo u bring to Christ? Everything is in Christ, and t,” you say, “I must come with a broken heart.” I therefore you cannot bring anything to Him. “Oh, bu for tell you, no, you must come of need.” I tell you a broken heart. “Oh, but I must come with a sense repentance and a sense of need spring from His grac that a true sense of need is His work in you. True e, and you must get them from Him without money and wi thout price. “Ah, but I must be something.” Say, rather, you must be nothing. We cannot drill this i nto men’s brains. No, if we were to use steam power to work upon the mind, we could not get this though t fixed in their proud hearts. They will cling to m er- be something, feel it; they must say something, do something. Away with your somethings! something, Subside into nothingness. The Spirit of God brooded of old over chaos, so that order was clearly His work, and when the mind seems to be all chaos and d d arkness, then the Spirit of God is sure to work, an the Lord’s voice is heard, saying, “Let there be li ght!” Go to the Lord Jesus just as you are. You wil l never be better—you may be worse. Go now, just as y ou are, to Jesus, and buy and eat without money, means, or merit. One thing more I would say, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ is blessedly free from all cloggin g all supposed conditions are supplied in Christ Jesu conditions, because . We have heard of men adver- s tising to give things away, but when you read the a y, dvertisement carefully, you find that you are to pa after all. The gospel is not so. Its freedom is rea l. Many a good thing is to be had, but when you see how ditions shut me out.” But the conditions of eternal life it is to be obtained, you say to yourself, “the con be saved. Over the gate of heaven is written, “Come , shut no man out who needs to be saved and wills to and welcome.” But you remind me that it says, “Buy, ” and you insist upon it that therefore you must pay. Not so. Salvation is already paid for, all the paying has been done by Him who opened His veins t o find the only price that is current in heaven—the s in-atoning blood. If price may be spoken of—that price was all paid long before you were born. The p urchasing work was done nearly 1,900 years ago on Calvary’s cross, and Jesus bowed His head and said, “It is finished.” Will you add to that which is fi n- ished? Will you tag on your rags to the Lord’s glis tering cloth of gold, and add your base farthings t o the the foot of the Eternal Throne? Oh, don’t do it. T infinite price which He poured forth so lavishly at o ogether! An archangel and an ant would make a bet- yoke you with Christ can never be. You and Christ t sink, sink, sink, by a mighty descent sink to noth ing, ter pair than you yoked with Christ. No, my friend, hole horizon of your thoughts and hopes, for then a and let Jesus rise, rise, rise, till He fills the w re you saved. Let us sing— “’Tis done! The great transaction’s done! I am my Lord’s and He is mine! He drew me, and I followed on, Charmed to confess the voice divine.” PORTION OF SCRIPTURE READ BEFORE SERMON—ISAIAH 55. HYMNS FROM “OUR OWN HYMN BOOK”—487, 496, 233. The C. H. Spurgeon Collection Adapted from , Version 1.0, Ages Software. PLEASE PRAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL USE THIS SERMON . TO BRING MANY TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST By the grace of God, for all 63 volumes of C. H. Spurgeon sermons in Modern English, and 574 Spanish translations, all free, visit: www.spurgeongems.org . 8 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ Volume 29