the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Will: Not Violated by Grace
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
When we see a casket wrenched open, the hinges torn away, or the clasp destroyed, we mark at once the hand of the Theif; but when we observe another casket deftly opened with a master-key, and the sparkling contents revealed, we note the hand of the Owner. Conversion is not, as some suppose, a violent opening of the heart by grace, in which will, reason, and judgment are all ignored or crushed. This is too barbarous a method for him who comes not as a plunderer to his prey, but as a possessor to his treasure. In conversion, the Lord who made the human heart deals with it according to its nature and constitution. His key insinuates itself into the wards; the will is not enslaved but enfranchised; the reason is not blinded but enlightened, and the whole man is made to act with a glorious liberty which it never knew till it fell under the restraints of grace.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Will: Not Violated by Grace'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​w/will-not-violated-by-grace.html. 1870.