Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (1 Corinthians 5:6)

Oh, if our mother Eve had shut her eyes when the serpent pointed out yon apple on the tree! Oh, that she had shut her eyes to it! Oh, that she had said, “No, I will not look at it.”

Looking leads to longing, and longing leads to sin. Do you say, “There can be no harm in looking, just to see it for yourself; are we not told to prove all things?”

“Just come here, young man,” says the tempter; “you do not know what life is; one evening will suffice to show you a little gaiety. Just come for an hour or two and look on.”

“Oh no,” says the man whose eyes are to see the King in his beauty, “the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil never brought any man good yet, so please let me alone. I shut my eyes from the sight of it. I do not want to participate, even as a spectator.”

Remember you cannot have half a Christ. You cannot have him as your Redeemer but not as your Ruler. You must take him as he is. He is a Savior, but he saves his people from their sins.

Now, if you have ever seen Christ as your Savior, you have seen beauty in him; he is lovely in your eyes, for the loveliest sight in the world to a sinner is his Savior.

Be it so, and you will henceforth shut your eyes from seeing, stop your ears from hearing, shake your hands from all iniquity, and turn your feet from it, to live in the flesh by the faith of the Son of God, to his honor and glory. ((Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], August 5.))

Charles Spurgeon

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