Unhewn Stones

Exodus 20:25 If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

God’s altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labor might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instead, however, of improving the gospel carnal wisdom pollutes it, until it becomes another gospel, and not the truth of God at all. All alterations and amendments of the Lord’s own Word are defilements and pollutions. The proud heart of man is very anxious to have a hand in the justification of the soul before God; preparations for Christ are dreamed of, humblings and repentings are trusted in, good works are cried up, natural ability is much vaunted, and by all means the attempt is made to lift up human tools upon the divine altar. It were well if sinners would remember that so far from perfecting the Saviour’s work, their carnal confidences only pollute and dishonor it. The Lord alone must be exalted in the work of atonement, and not a single mark of man’s chisel or hammer will be endured. There is an inherent blasphemy in seeking to add to what Christ Jesus in His dying moments declared to be finished, or to improve that in which the Lord Jehovah finds perfect satisfaction. Trembling sinner, away with thy tools, and fall upon thy knees in humble supplication; and accept the Lord Jesus to be the altar of thine atonement, and rest in him alone.

Many professors may take warning from this morning’s text as to the doctrines which they believe. There is among Christians far too much inclination to square and reconcile the truths of revelation; this is a form of irreverence and unbelief, let us strive against it, and receive truth as we find it; rejoicing that the doctrines of the Word are unhewn stones, and so are all the more fit to build an altar for the Lord.

– Charles Spurgeon


God’s Words are not ours. We tend to make things geometric, symmetrical, etc. That is not always God’s way. In fact it is most of the time never His ways. Such is the Gospel of Jesus. We may try and figure it out and put it into a nice little box of understanding, but that is not always true. Sure those that criticize and mock will say you are believing on blind faith. That we have not substance or evidence for our beliefs. But our faith is not built upon understanding, it is built upon trust. I trust in the one who changed my life. I trust in what He did to rescue me from the pit. I trust in Him who called me to be His own. No one can ever refute my own personal testimony. They can tell me that I have made it all up in my mind. That I simply needed a crutch to fall on. They may even agree that it is ok to have those things. But that is not why I believe. The Gospel is not something to be surveyed and calculated. It is not something to be “figured out”. It is meant to be lived. Trusting in Jesus and obeying His commands are the keys to a Holy and Righteous life. Never forget to always read the Bible with an open mind and an understanding that we will not always figure everything out. That is the glorious thing about that Book. It is living.

— John


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