Jesus is the medicine

spurgeon1“The Holy Spirit consoles, but Christ is the consolation. If we may use the figure, the Holy Spirit is the Physician, but Jesus is the medicine. He heals the wound, but it is by applying the holy ointment of Christ’s name and grace. He takes not of his own things, but of the things of Christ. So if we give to the Holy Spirit the Greek name of Paraclete, as we sometimes do, then our heart confers on our blessed Lord Jesus the title of Paraclesis. If the one be the Comforter, the other is the Comfort.

Now, with such rich provision for his need, why should the Christian be sad and desponding? The Holy Spirit has graciously engaged to be thy Comforter: dost thou imagine, O thou weak and trembling believer, that he will be negligent of his sacred trust? Canst thou suppose that he has undertaken what he cannot or will not perform? If it be his especial work to strengthen thee, and to comfort thee, dost thou suppose he has forgotten his business, or that he will fail in the loving office which he sustains towards thee? Nay, think not so hardly of the tender and blessed Spirit whose name is the Comforter. He delights to give the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Trust thou in him, and he will surely comfort thee till the house of mourning is closed for ever, and the marriage feast has begun.”

– Charles Spurgeon, Morning & Evening, October 12

(HT: Of First Importance)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

3 thoughts on “Jesus is the medicine

  1. I’ve been getting this message lately – God gives “much more” – not “much less” as many of us tend to really believe. He is a tremendous father.

    It struck me this morning – we often pray for healing, deliverance or the like but then don’t do what He has told us in that still small voice. Refinement is Him working in us – renewing, delivering, mending and healing, but part of that refinement is to walk and live in the truth and wisdom He gives us. It is a dynamic between us and Him.


    • Thanks for your comment Rachel.
      The wonder is, he gives us anything at all – amazing grace!. The glory is, he always gives us himself. He is the gift!

  2. And The Church is the Hospital!


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