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Christ’s Prayer for His People – Charles Spurgeon

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Christ’s Prayer for His People” Sermon No. 47, Delivered October 21, 1855

There was once a poor man in a small country town who had not all the sense people usually have, but he had sense enough to be a great drunkard and swearer as God would have it, he once listened to a poor woman, who was singing—

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all But Jesus Christ is my all in all”

Home he went, repeating these words, he put his trust in a crucified Savior, and was really converted. Well, he soon came to the church, and although he was a pedlar, and always traveling about, he said, “I want to join your church.” They, remembering his sinful way of life, required some great evidence of a change before they received him, “O!” says he, “I must come in,” “But you have been such a great sinner, and you are unconverted,” added the elders. “Well,” said poor Jack, “I don’t know if I’m unconverted, and I confess I am a great sinner—but

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all; But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

They could not get from him any other testimony save this. He would only say—

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all; But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

They could not refuse him, and therefore accepted him for fellowship. After this he was always happy. When a Christian man said to him “But you always seem so happy and pleased, John; how is it?” “Well” said he, ” I ought to be happy, for—

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all; But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Well but,” said the gentleman, “I can’t see how you can be always so happy and sure. I sometimes lose my evidences.” “I don’t,” said Jack,

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all; But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Ah,” said a friend, “I am at times miserable because I remember my sad sinfulness even since conversion.” “Ah!” said Jack, “you have not begun to sing,

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all. But Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

“Oh!” said the friend, “how do you get rid of your doubts and fears? My faith frequently fails, and I miss my sure hope in Christ. My frames are so variable and feelings so contrary, what do you think of that?” “Think,” said poor Jack, ” why master I have no good things to care about—

“I’m a poor sinner and nothing at all, But Jesus Christ is my all in all.'”

Well, then, if there is any one here who is “a poor sinner, find nothing at all,”—where is he? in the gallery” or sitting down below? If he cannot say all that poor man said; if he can say the first line, he need not fear to say the second. Never mind if he can’t say,

“Jesus Christ is my all in all.”

If he can say,

“I’m a poor sinner, and nothing at all,’

he is most assuredly on the right road.

“Oh! but,” says one, “I am sinful, vile, worthless.” All right! you’re “a Poor sinner and nothing at all,” and Jesus Christ is willing to be your “all in all.” “But I have blasphemed God, departed from his ways, and greviously transgressed.” Well, I believe that, and a great deal more, and am very glad to hear it; for thus I see you are

“A poor sinner, and nothing at all.”

I am very glad if you will hold that opinion of yourself. “Ah! but I am afraid I have sinned too much. When I try I cannot do anything. When I try to mend my ways; when I try to believe in Christ, I cannot.” We are glad, very glad of it brother, that you are

“A poor sinner, and nothing at all.”

If you had a single particle of goodness; if you had a little bit not big enough to cover the top of your little finger, we should not be glad. But if thou art

“A poor sinner, and nothing at all, Jesus Christ is thy all in all.