Preparing to preach I often read a sermon on the same text by a preacher from history.  It helps me to see how someone in a different era read the same passage and communicated its truth.  This week, my reading included sermon #1555 by Charles Spurgeon, “The Glories of Forgiving Grace”.  I compiled a few highlights from it, especially with our church people in mind, as they prepare to receive the Word from Ephesians 1:7 this Sunday.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace… (Ephesians 1:7, ESV) Should I take the wings of the morning and fly unto the uttermost parts of the sea, unless I could escape from mine own self, even there would sin follow me, and its hand would smite me to my sore wounding. Nothing can be more practical than the doctrine which deals with sin and its removal, and no news can be more pleasant than the tidings of remission. Observe,...

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