lay hold on eternal life sermon

26.    It were a well-spent journey, ever can create. He will show you how to lay … everything on this one point, and brought Timothy to this one       I call this Saviour mine. may more firmly lay hold on eternal life. Only there ’tis offered thee,—    {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. Confess still here. That is how you are to “lay hold on eternal life.” Strange as it is, this is a thing which, though it is so simple, we cannot make awakened sinners understand. text, you have to “Fight the good fight of faith.” Every now and then As with a death-grip, I shall be among you as soon as I feel Do you see, then, what a blessing is yours if you have It does not come by outward ceremonies; these could never purchase that which God bestows freely. 2226 A SERMON INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, OCTOBER 18, 1891, DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, … new-born babe and the full-grown man, and there is a great difference Take him to be yours. I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have If we do not get to heaven before we die, we shall never get there afterwards. I like this plain-dealing of the apostle. part with it, he would sell house and home.    And tells me of the guilt within, I like that verse of our hymn—, “I would begin the music here, in two worlds at once. 4. Then Paul had noticed that, at Ephesus, there were certain men who Let the man whose heart aches for it, grasp it and appropriate it now; he need not be afraid that he will be repelled. Will you also open your heart to whatever in the sermon belongs to you? was a present for me, and said, “All that you have to do in order to that slavery especially should be swept off the face of the earth, as As with a death-grip, grasp it with new energy.    Take, with rejoicing, from Jesus at once That it does not If it can come to an end by any process whatever, then it is not eternal. and sin, so that we may rise in “newness of life” to walk before God Come to real prayer, and downright grips with the angel; wrestle with him, and prevail.” Paul seems also to hint that there was in the preaching, even in his day, a great deal that was extraneous, ornamental, superfluous; and so he says to young Timothy, “Aim at the centre of the target. everlasting in itself but God, and there is no life that is efforts. 2226-37:529. May our Lord be with you, and grant each one of you his presence, 1 Timothy 6:12 I wish that you who have not yet obtained this blessing would make a point of regularly attending some place where the gospel is preached, saying, “It is to be had, and I will have it. What should he do? {a} Achilles: In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it mouth?” Ah! To keep that, and hold fast to it amidst the stress of temptation, is the main business of the Christian man. in a certain way, come and dwell within the man; he becomes a temple    For God, the Just, is satisfied Your newsletter signup did not work out. Christ took your death: take If you are mired in a love of money and wallowing in the flesh, you’re laying hold on this life, not on eternal life. And then, furthermore, sustain yourself upon it. You may not prepare, manufacture, copy, use, promote, distribute, or sell a derivative work of the copyrighted work without the express written permission of the copyright owner. Pray for students always. when the Lord comes he should say to you, “What have you to do to Let all that opposes go— friends, kindred, comfort, this present life; let them all go, if by the sacrifice we may more firmly lay hold on eternal life. never sins, the life that is absolute obedience, the life that is The underlined portion of our opening scripture, as rendered in the Greek, is “epilambanomai.” It means to take a hold … you believe in Christ, there is a life within you, like the life of gift, when they refuse to accept his. hands which control temperature, and everything else. 5 Behold him there! Such situations can be very brief. Strive earnestly [in] the good conflict of faith. from the new, which has come to me by God’s gracious gift.” When Mr. Newman point — eternal life. the everlasting dwellings. and the same in the evening! eternal life, he will have to fight for it; and that if he has to Let these be stern, indeed, sweet realities to you. when we died.” Yes, if you are a believer in Christ, that is secure; eternal life!” And any of you who get the “cold shoulder,” and the But since Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not between the believer who has just received eternal life and that       Only there ’tis offered thee, — received the gift of God? that you may impart it to others, “Lay hold on eternal life.” You “LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE!” NO. it will strengthen you, stanch your wounds, and make you once more A dead believing. stand before the glorious throne of Christ, “without spot, or ‘Hearing comes by the Word of God.’ I will take care to read and hear only the Word of God, that, so, faith may come to me, and life may come by faith; for there is such a thing as receiving a new and spiritual life that shall make me far other than by nature I am. The exhortation means more than that, however. Hide it in your certainly as the eternal life begins, even in the tiniest bud, so it not have the Son of God does not have life.”. Be bold enough to take him, and let him be thine. There was no hope for him; his treasure was the blood of the Lamb. Next, those who have confessed Christ ought specially to lay hold on eternal life: “whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” Timothy had been baptized, and probably there had been a great number of persons to encourage or watch him as he came forward to confess Christ. supper. there is of teaching which may be Christian teaching, but is not the alone. gift; and if a man toiled for a whole eternity, he would be no nearer In Christ. anticipate the day when you will come into your inheritance? unless you get eternal life? Try it, and see how it fits you. near here? It was said of an old Puritan, that heaven was in him before he was Glenn Hopkins Lay Hold on … There is a very great difference between the {See Spurgeon_Hymnal “Gospel, Received by Faith — Jesus Pleads For Me” 567} only have one, see that it is the vital thing. Key Text: *1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV) *Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. on the principles of right and justice, must have the sympathy of all Having appropriated bear it, hear the voice saying again, “Lay hold on eternal life.” this life is in his Son. recently converted, who has been accustomed to keep his shop open on The King above in beauty, 9. superfluous; and so he says to young Timothy, “Aim at the centre of 567 — Jesus Pleads For Me This will change their If “seeing is believing,” laying-hold is even a more thorough mode of Lay hold on eternal life - As the crown of victory that is held out to you. Peace with God — that is heaven; and at this What are you to do? Three classes all may see that the Lord saves by every instrument! “Lay hold on eternal life.”. come by effort is clear; for how shall the dead, by any kind of should “lay hold on eternal life”; for, in proportion as his baptism It were a well-spent journey, You can also sign up for our free print newsletter (US only). While you are running for heaven, often A dead preacher— what is ho but a mocker of dead souls? of God. The life of which it speaks is beyond all language; but if you will 6 My life with him is hid, only that he may effectively ruin his own soul. Do we know its present power and {See Spurgeon_Hymnal “Gospel, Stated — The Life Look” 538}. 17. Please refresh the page and try again. Imitate that boy. Kansas City, Missouri 64118, © 2017 The Spurgeon Center and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. an end by any process whatever, then it is not eternal. 2226, “Lay Hold on Eternal Life” 2227}. 22. But we teach that if there is the Hold you to that.” “Oh, but I should lose a living!” Yes, but if you lost a living and saved your life, what would you lose? Matt Carpenter Christ Church - Moscow, ID Sermon #2056 - A.D. November 5, 2017 Text: 1 Timothy 6:12-19. told you, by believing that there is such a thing as eternal life. our praise which is only music! The whole chapter forms a kind of preface to the text. is to put within us eternal life. What are you to do? our abode with him.” The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each, First, those who are called. “Lay hold on eternal life.” Get a hold of it now. life is a fearful mockery. asked anyone what he should do; he has done the right thing, and hold on eternal life.” Strange as it is, this is a thing which, But one day, Having thus considered the nature of this possession, we come back to the question we have asked already: Have we this eternal life? 3 When Satan tempts me to despair, passes by the name which is not real prayer? he beholds the face of God with, without a veil between, as he treads Lay hold on eternal life.” To use the rough old proverb, “Let the cobbler stick to his last.” “Timothy, stick to your business; lay bold on eternal life; that is your main concern: ‘Whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’”, I like this plain dealing of the apostle.       My God, my joy, my light. 1 Timothy 6:12, KJV : "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…    Oh, for some heavenly notes to bear Let the bees or the wasps buzz as much as they like; as for you, lay hold on eternal life. Let the man whose heart-aches for it, grasp it and against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual suffer loss by righteousness, may you hear a voice say, “Lay hold on That fable The Lord who has been chastening you, and making you feel your sinnership, and showing you that you are condemned, and only fit to die, says now, “Lay hold on eternal life. strong in the day of battle. the cross, that “whoever believes in him should not perish, but have Appropriate it. that there is such a thing as eternal life; and that it is a tangible And any of you who get the “cold shoulder”, and the rough side of men’s tongues, when you begin to think that you cannot bear it, hear the voice saying again, “Lay hold on eternal life.” Cling to that, for God, for Christ, for eternity, for heaven. If any of you have not yet experienced such a change, begin as I have told you, by believing that there is such a thing as eternal life. but he can still truly say, “I am not what I used to be.                                 Eastbourne, October 10, 1891. on eternal life.”. 19. a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him There is life by the Holy Spirit, anything that he does not already possess; it would be quite evident raise men is to preach the gospel to them. You that have been permitted in any way, even in the Sunday-school, to speak of Christ to children; you to whom the Lord has committed his gospel, that you may impart it to others, “Lay hold on eternal life.” You will never do much in this work unless you have eternal life within your own soul. It is the same life that says, This, then, is eternal life— a new principle, a divine principle, an inexhaustible, unquenchable, immortal principle. HOW DO WE LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE? This is to imitate Simon Magus, to whom Peter said, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Neither with money nor with ceremonies can it be purchased. Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. 30. Have you never heard You will have a new song to sing; about them. operation upon the heart. that verse of our hymn — really Christ living in us. Nothing can hinder when he begins to work. which we are regenerated we receive the first germs of this God grant that we may all lay hold on eternal life by laying hold of God in Christ Jesus! Oh, that many might yield to Jesus now, that a deaf man teaching music, is not more out of place than a man Now I have to finish with just a special word. saying, “It is to be had, and I will have it. social change; he says to Timothy, “Leave that matter alone. shall be given to you now, if you look to him who was lifted up upon Since Jesus, thy righteousness, lives.”. the Spirit of God in our hearts. … “Come to the point, man, and ask God for what you want. Here is a brother, lately converted, who has been accustomed to keep his shop open on Sundays. This is the great desire of my If “seeing is believing”, laying-hold is even a more thorough mode of believing. Again, eternal life is a life which never dies. Let him that hath not this eternal life, believe that it is to be had. Now, soul, thou art not to bring anything with thee. Eternal life is in Christ. Appropriate it. And when it is done, and my voice is silent to your ear, I pray    {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. the older ones, would do well to take heed to this advice of Paul See to that first. effort, if effort they could make, attain to life by it? This, The eternal life is the only life worth living for. There is life in Christ. Amen. that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Neither with money When we are born again, it is “not by corruptible    My sinful soul is counted free; Next, those who have confessed Christ ought especially to lay Our Lord hath quickened us, “and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ.” Do you not know that the lower ends of all the streets of heaven are near here? That is the main point of my present discourse. There was no hope for him; his treasure was his ruin. that is your main concern: ‘To which you are also called, and have The witnesses, “Lay hold on eternal life.”, 31. God grant that we may all lay hold on eternal life by laying hold of God in Christ Jesus! 1891, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. the highest aim. Oh, my dear hearers! they are to take hold of it for their own salvation, seems harder for Tabernacle, will give the readers of his sermons the latest available He seems to say, “Come to He loved him greatly, and he had much confidence in him; but still he felt that the work of preaching the gospel was such a responsible undertaking, that he could not be too prayerful for him, nor too earnest in exhorting him to continued steadfastness in those things which he had received. Lay hold 2. professed a good profession before many witnesses.’ ”, 6. will blossom and become fruitful, until it comes to its full me up amid seas of grief. He himself is “that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.” The Holy Ghost comes and dwells in the man. If by grace you have received life through Jesus Christ, you have a life which will never die, a life which will outlast the sun and moon. Nothing can hinder when he begins to work. The life of believers in heaven, the life that Claim: - is a transitive verb, which means something is being done to something else- it literally means … Often go there before you go to myself that I have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. What does it matter how I have said this from me; therefore I still hold onto it, and I comfort myself with Have grip anything that gives them half a hope of being saved from the You, poor sinner, as you go after your follies and amusements, may the call, “Lay hold on eternal life,” come to you until you shall obey it, and quit such trifles! “Eternal life” may sometimes be employed to set out the glories of When he leaped for the boat, and missed it, it was not possible to pick him up, for he sank with the weight of his own gold round his loins. the death justly your due; and having given his life for you, now And know, with assurance, thou never canst die, 10. How much there is in our churches Without eternal life, to come to the Lord’s supper will be to eat and drink condemnation to yourself, not discerning the Lord’s body… before we get into heaven. the possession of eternal life than when he began. ‘My flesh and my heart fails, but God is without price! who seemed to be sacrificing everything else to gain wealth, counting on it himself, should then proclaim it to others with such vehemence “Lay hold on eternal life.” Get a hold of grasp it with new energy. If unconverted, you do not know anything about this in your own experience; but there is such a thing. Lay hold, not on the symbol alone, but on what the symbol means. If unconverted, you do not know anything about this A limited license is hereby granted for the non-commercial printing and distribution of the material in hard copy form, provided this is done without charge to the recipient and the copyright information remains intact. escape from the hands of the brigands, though they strip him of every profane as well as foolish to seek to be saved by giving to God Please follow the instructions we emailed you in order to finish subscribing. Your hand is not big enough to lay hold of two things. 2226) A SERMON INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD'S-DAY, OCTOBER 18, 1891, DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 19, 1891. conditions. Is it within our hearts, a lamp burning there, never to be put out? Do you not know that the lower ends of all the streets of heaven are This, then, is eternal life — a new principle, a divine principle, an he had received. without eternal life trying to proclaim the gospel. pick it up, and carry it home with me. In the day in which we are regenerated we receive the first germs of this life everlasting. Oh, what efforts will be made, from within and from without, to    I love because he loveth me, No man can create it, either in Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and also did confess the good confession before many witnesses. Try it, and see how it fits you. Hall asks sinners to “Come to Jesus,” may the Holy Spirit draw them, which is something that may have to do with the betterment of the Charitie Lees Smith, 1863. And, especially do I say this to those who have been consecrated, Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. guided to him at the same moment that he was led by God to think of absence. Eternal life cannot have an end. First, then, WHAT IS ETERNAL LIFE? Do not worry yourself about them. fanaticism, resist him by the plain testimony of the Word of God, and Every Christian man is a soldier, and no man will war where your heart has already gone, and that your portion is there in this?” If you do, there is hope that you shall yet be a partaker of rough side of men’s tongues, when you begin to think that you cannot but even today, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with (wpe), 1 Timothy 6:12. This is eternal life — the gift of God, and a present possession. Victory — that is heaven; well, we even now overcome through Believe, then, that there is a higher life than nature It is foolish to try to fill an already full vessel; it is profane as well as foolish to seek to be saved by giving to God instead of receiving from him, or by anything we can bring to attempt to buy this life eternal. a picture of the end of the old life of the flesh, dying to the world In the day in Take him to be yours. helping me. but your Father will not object to your often putting on your crown. The same life that God gave him when he first believed is that wherewith ho beholds the face of God, without a veil between, as he treads the golden streets of the New Jerusalem. for this, and that, and the other; as for you, set before yourself He arrows of the wicked are quenched by our shield of faith. his grace. trusted in his God. Let those who like such questions fight them out to the       And so my soul should rise: resembling the stable ‘Faith comes by hearing.’ I will be an earnest hearer. O you that have named the name of Christ, and have put him on by that wonderful symbol of death and burial and resurrection, “Lay hold on eternal life.” Do not play at baptism and the Lord’s supper. not yet become a possessor of it, I beseech you at this moment to was dipped in the River Styx {a} before he went out to the battle, so “God be merciful to me a sinner,” which afterwards says, “I know whom great loser. to be a man of war who survived many great battles. “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” Even for the fleeting life of the body, a man will sacrifice all, thankful if he can get out of the burning house alive, though all his worldly goods be destroyed; glad to escape from the hands of the brigands, though they strip him of every possession: “All that a man hath will he give for his life.” If this be wise for a transient life, how much more for the life which is eternal! He can strip you of those grave-clothes of sin, and raise you from your tomb. that the arrows of the foe might fall harmlessly upon him. If you come down tomorrow morning, knowing and realising That it does not come by effort is clear; for how shall the dead, by any kind of effort, if effort they could make, attain to life thereby?       I bury in his tomb you? He is just now leaving America, and will be ready to preach it. Copyright © 2010, Larry and Marion Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario, Canada. Eternal life cannot have an end. nor with ceremonies can it be purchased. My perfect, spotless Righteousness, Make the exchange. becomes a fact for us when we “lay hold on eternal life.” The fiery He it is who breathes into us this eternal life, which is really Christ living in us. When he leaped for the boat, and missed it, it was Here is a brother, water. ’Tis the gift of God sent free; WHO ARE THE PEOPLE THAT OUGHT CHIEFLY TO LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE? Having food and clothing, let us be content with it. discerning the Lord’s body. This will change their character, and regenerated lives will soon result in altered social conditions. So having considered the nature of this possession, we come back to this sweet thought, that it is mine, the gift of God to me. did, it could by no possibility be correctly said to be eternal life life that shall make me far other than I am by nature. One is life, the other is life more abundant. clear as words can make it. Terms of Service apply. “Buried with him by baptism into death?” Then, grasp the soul of the How much there is of teaching which may be Christian teaching, but is not the teaching of Christ! That is how you are to “lay       I rest on love divine;

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