Heaven’s Guiding Star for Lost Men

The Pole-Star of Scriptures

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  –John 3:16

 By Charles H. Spurgeon of London

Charles H Spurgeon
Charles H Spurgeon

Of all the stars in the sky the pole-star is the most useful to the mariner.  This text is a pole-star, for it has guided more souls to salvation than any other Scripture.  It is among promises what the Great Bear is among constellations.

Several words in it shine with peculiar brilliance.  Here we have God’s love, with a SO to it, which marks its measureless greatness.  Then we have God’s gift in all its freeness and greatness.  This also is God’s Son, that unique and priceless gift of love which could never fully show itself till heaven’s Only-begotten had been sent to live and die for men.  These three points are full of light.

Then there is the simple requirement of believing, which graciously points to a way of salvation suitable for guilty men.  This backed by a wide description—‘whosoever believeth in Him.’ Many have found room in ‘whosoever’ who would have felt themselves shut out by a narrower word.  Then comes the great promise, that believers in Jesus shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  This is cheering to every man who feels that he is ready to perish, and that he cannot save himself.  We believe in the Lord Jesus, and we have eternal life. 

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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