Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.(1 Peter 1:10-12)

God is to be worshipped by us devoutly, and we are to take pains to worship him in his own way. How many people have a kind of—what shall I call it?—a happy-go-lucky religion.

Whatever their mother or father was, that are they. A great many of you go to certain places of worship, not because you have ever inquired whether the sect you belong to is right or not, but because you have drifted that way, and there you stick.

How few take the Bible and search for themselves; yet no man has obeyed God aright who has not done so. If I could not honestly say, “I am a member of this denomination because I have weighed the truths that are held by my brethren, and I believe them according to God’s Book,” I could not feel that I had done right toward the Most High. ((Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], August 24.))

Charles Spurgeon

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