Review: No Tears in Heaven

Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quietus for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Ghost, there is a balsam for every sore. Would you lose your sorrows? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of grief and sorrow; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead. (The Immutability of God, 1855)

It’s words like these from Spurgeon that make me come back wanting more. He has this way of illustrating a point, almost to exhaustion, which makes his sermons so poignant to the reader. That point hits home in No Tears in Heaven, a new compilation of sermons from the Prince of Preachers. In this short 143 page booklet, Spurgeon reveals a heaven, not one with angels sitting on clouds playing harps, but as a place where Christ rules magnificently, a place where his elect shall have every tear wiped from their eyes, and a place where God’s people shall enter into their rest.

When I read these 7 short sermons I can feel the Christological leanings of Spurgeon. These sermons are much more about the person and work of Christ than they are about the magisterial city which will be filled with God’s chosen people. He leans heavily on Christ as the focal point for the bulk of his message, for to lean on anything else would simply be folly. I appreciate his comforting tone and can picture in my mind feeling somewhat comforted yet spiritually uneasy as I sit in the pew of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. He confronts the audience with a glimpse of heaven and a taste of the divine while at the same time pushing us toward repentance in order to ensure we are right with Christ.

This book is small, it’s not hard to read, but it’s implications go far beyond the pages which contain these sermons. They are immensely practical and extremely applicable to the life of a believer. This volume is a good tool for spiritual growth, but can be used for so much more. These sermons are evangelical in nature which can turn the most hardened sinner towards repentance and can take the most pious of Christians and bring him weeping at the feet of the Jesus. Spurgeon just has a way of doing that, and I think we need more of that type of preaching in our pulpits today.

Spurgeon, C. (2014). No Tears in Heaven (p. 143). Geanies House, Fearn, Ross-Shire: Christian Focus Publications.

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