Spurgeon – We Know Jesus Rose From the Dead, Because the Spirit Tells Us So.

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Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. So it seems appropriate to share a quote today from Spurgeon. This is in my forthcoming book “Raised With Christ, How the Resurrection Changes Everything.”

In an age of human pride, it is sad how much a purely intellectual approach to faith has infiltrated the church. It is also sad that in some quarters we are encouraged to park our brains and “flow with the Spirit”. This quote of Spurgeon is a helpful pointer to a different way. We are right to consider the facts of the matter with our brains. We are also right to look to a higher and much better form of pursuasion directly from the Spirit himself. That might surprise some, but it is true nonetheless:

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one of the best attested facts on record. There were so many witnesses to behold it, that if we do in the least degree receive the credibility of men’s testimonies, we cannot and we dare not doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. It is all very easy for infidels to say that these persons were deceived, but it is equally foolish, for these persons could not every one of them have been so positively deceived as to say that they had seen this man, whom they knew to have been dead, afterwards alive; they could not all, surely, have agreed together to help on this imposture: if they did, it is the most marvellous thing we have on record, that not one of them ever broke faith with the others, but that the whole mass of them remained firm. We believe it to be quite impossible that so many rogues should have agreed for ever. They were men who had nothing to gain by it; they subjected themselves to persecution by affirming the very fact; they were ready to die for it, and did die for it. Five hundred or a thousand persons who had seen him at different times, declared that they did see him, and that he rose from the dead; the fact of his death having been attested beforehand. How, then, dare any man say that the Christian religion is not true, when we know for a certainty that Christ died and rose again from the dead? And knowing that, who shall deny the divinity of the Savior? Who shall say that he is not mighty to save? Our faith hath a solid basis, for it hath all these witnesses on which to rest, and the more sure witness of the Holy Spirit witnessing in our hearts.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, vol. 2, Spurgeon’s Sermons: Volume 2, electronic ed., Logos Library System; Spurgeon’s Sermons (Albany, OR: Ages Software, 1998)., No 66 (exposition)

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