Spurgeon’s Conversion: The Joy of Salvation

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In 1850 a 15 years old lad set out for church on a snowy Sunday morning. The snow storm forced him to seek shelter in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Artillery Street in Colchester, England.

Isaiah 45:22

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.
–Isaiah 45:22

Inside a substitute lay preacher preached a sermon from Isaiah 45:22. He exhorted his hearers to look to Christ. Young Charles Spurgeon looked. This was the moment of his conversion.

The Joy of Spurgeon’s Conversion

The purpose of this writing is not to examine so much the details of Spurgeon’s conversion. It is to demonstrate the intense joy which the teenage Spurgeon experienced. Hear this joy in his own words,

Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the pain of sin. When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain from dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels.

Notice some of the descriptions:

  1. Jesus takes away the pain of sin.
  2. The Lord pardoned my sin.
  3. So joyous.
  4. Set at liberty.
  5. I must tell the stones in the street of my deliverance.
  6. My soul was full of joy.
  7. I wanted to tell every snowflake of the wondrous love of Jesus.
  8. Jesus blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels.

Do these descriptions ring with familiarity for you? This joy should be just as much a part of our conversions and lives as it was for Spurgeon’s conversion.