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Sermon #3279 Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 1
“EVER THIS OUR WAR CRY—VICTORY, VICTORY!”
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1911,
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.
“Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors:
and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” Isaiah 53:12.
[Another Sermon by Mr. Spurgeon upon the same text is #2070, Volume 35—
CHRIST’S CONNECTION WITH SINNERS THE SOURCE OF HIS GLORY—
Our first and last concern is about the result of our great warfare in regard to Christ. And my text will be consoling to your hearts in proportion as you are consecrated to Christ. If you are a worker for Jesus and your heart is tremulous for the cause of God—if you feel dismayed at times and often anxious about the progress of the kingdom—such an assurance as this will be like a voice from the Comforter, Himself! It is the Father who speaks and He says, concerning the Well-Beloved, “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong.” I. The first great truth of God taught us here is that THE VICTORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IS SURE!
Sure, first, because these words are a divine promise and every word of promise that comes from God is established. “Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” God has said, “I will divide Him a portion,” that portion shall be divided. If the Lord has declared that He shall divide the spoil with the strong, who is he that shall keep Him back from the prey? We might have doubted if His word had been a prediction as to the probabilities of the life of this religion or of that. We might have supposed that the religion of Christ would be crushed out by rougher faiths that could use carnal weapons, or that its exceeding spirituality might cause it to wither away in an atmosphere so uncongenial. We might, I say, have had some trembling because of the ark of the Lord if this had been a mere influence or opinion! But we have none, now, for as surely as this book is the infallible Word of God, so surely must Christ win the day! As surely as God cannot lie, so surely must He, upon whom the Lord laid the iniquity of men, rise from all His sorrows to a glorious victory!
Volume 57 www.spurgeongems.org 1 2 “Ever This Our War Cry—Victory, Victory!” Sermon #3279 The text is a promise placed very singularly in connection with facts which have been accomplished.
We are told that Christ shall divide the spoil with the strong, but that promise is set side by side with the declaration that He is “brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opens not His mouth.” Just as surely, then, as that part of the prophecy is fulfilled in which Christ suffers, so surely shall that be fulfilled in which He triumphs! You have no doubt whatever about His being taken from prison and from judgment, about His making His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death. Well, the same book and the same chapter which contains the prophesy of those sorrowful facts contains this prophecy—that He shall divide the spoil with the strong! Therefore the ultimate victory of Christ is made sure by a divine promise!
Notice, moreover, that it is the Father, Himself, who here puts forth His hand to guarantee the victory. He writes, “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great.” “I will do it. I will see that He conquers. I will see that He has the reward of His labor. My own right hand and My holy arm shall so be with Him that He shall tread down His enemies and He shall take from them mountains of prey.” Who is this that says, “I will divide Him a portion”? It is He at whose voice the earth trembles— “The pillars of heaven’s starry roof Tremble and start at His reproof.” When He says, “I will do it,” who shall stay His hand, or resist His will? God, the everlasting Father, has staked His honor and His glory upon the success of Christ! I make bold to say that if Christ wins not the world, and if He is not crowned King of kings and Lord of lords, it is not Jesus that is dishonored so much as the great Father by whom He was ordained, sent and anointed! The stain would not only be upon the manhood but upon the Godhead, too, for God, Himself, appointed the Lord Jesus and said of Him, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” He must see the Messiah through with it! It is the pleasure of the Lord that is in His hand—and that pleasure must prosper there, or else God’s name would be dishonored. I am sure that Jesus will win the victory!
I am delighted to notice a change of expression in the next sentence. The Son of God Himself also puts His hand to the work of ultimate victory. Read the text again—“Therefore will I divide Him a portion,” “and He shall divide.” God gives Him the victory and He takes it Himself. The Father grants it and the Son grasps it by His own right hand. The glorious Jehovah cries, “He shall divide,” and the ever blessed Son of the Highest, as a conqueror, comes forth actually to divide the spoil. O my brothers and sisters, Jesus is as gentle as a lamb, but I might say of Him as they at the Red Sea said of Jehovah, “The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is His name.” The Lamb is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and who shall stand before Him when He goes forth to war? Who shall rouse Him? They that came against Him to take Him in the days of His humiliation stumbled and fell when He uttered the words, “I AM.” And if the full power of that, “I AM,” had been let loose upon them, they had not merely staggered to their falling, but each man among them had stumbled into his grave! It is He that stilled the waves upon Gennesaret! It is He that ruled the powers of the deep and made the devils fly at His bidding! If He puts His hand to the battle, woe to those that strive against Him! The defeat of Christ? Laugh the idea to scorn! No, the thorn crowned Prince is victorious! Well spoke the apostate Julian in his dying moments, “Nazarene, You have conquered.” All His foes will have to admit it. In the day of judgment, trembling, and in the lowest pit of hell, despairing, they shall acknowledge His supremacy! The despised and rejected of men, with a rod of iron shall break His enemies in pieces! Yes, He shall break them in pieces like potters’ vessels.
“Be wise now, therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” That is the first thing, then—the Christ will conquer. It is a divine promise! Its fulfillment is guaranteed by the Father! It will certainly be achieved by the Son!
II. Secondly, THE VICTORY IS AS GLORIOUS AS IT IS SURE. “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great.” The great King rewards our champion. You have heard of great champions who have been knighted on the battlefield by their sovereigns—deeds of special prowess have been thus rewarded. Others, amid the acclamations of their troops, and while yet their hands were unwashed from gore, have been 2 www.spurgeongems.org Volume 57 Sermon #3279 “Ever This Our War Cry—Victory, Victory!” 3 crowned on the field only because of their superior valor and the decisive nature of the battle. Now, what is it to be knighted or crowned by kings or nations? It is as nothing! But to be crowned of God? For God Himself to give the reward in the light of eternity? What must such a victory be? I know that many an act which man applauds is despised by the Most High—and many a fierce fight that has stirred the heart of nations and made the poets ring out their hymns for centuries—has been not only despicable but abominable in the sight of the Most High! But when God rewards, what must be the glory of the achievement? And here we have it—God, even the Father, the same one whom it pleased to bruise His son when He made the iniquity of us all to meet upon Him—that same God who knows all things and weighs all things aright, and is the very source and soul of honor, He shall crown our Lord Jesus! Must it not be a glorious victory? He has crowned Him! He is crowning Him! He shall continue to crown Him, for thus it is written, “Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great.” The glory of this victory may be seen, next, not only in the reward coming from so high a source, but from its being manifestly a great reward in the esteem of men, since our Lord is to have “a portion with the great.” It is difficult to say what makes a great man. When I look over the lists of great men, some of them seem to be to be very little. But still, men have among themselves a sort of standard by which to measure, and they say of such and such persons that they are “great.” From different points of view they are. Now, Christ is to have a portion with the great. Perhaps you have been grieved to see how certain ungodly men in these times make nothing of Christ—like Herod, they set Him at nothing—but these people are mostly very second rate individuals, of small account even among their own order. Almost all intelligent men, even if they do not accept all that Christ says, agree that He is a great man and many confess that there never was such another man as He. There have been skeptics whose admiration of Christ has been extreme. I, for one, cannot understand how any honest mind can do other than reverence His marvelous character and the grandeur of the truths which He has revealed. He is great, inexpressibly great, and the day will come—must come, is every day coming nearer—when Christ will be seen even by His enemies to be supremely great. His cross today towers over the wrecks of time and He, Himself, rises before my faith’s vision so much above all the sons of men that I see all philosophies, theories, and human dogmas crouching at His feet! His victories are not victories among pigmies, but victories among the great, such as shall make all men see that He, Himself, is the great—such as shall make all men see that He is the greatest of the great!
My brothers and sisters, think for a minute what a battle Christ has waged with all the powers of evil. With all the wit, and craft, and unbelief, and pride, and lust of man. With all the foul devices and cruelties, and wickedness of the devil, and all the principalities and powers that obey his bidding. And with death and all that goes with it, and shall come of it—against all these He has set the battle in array, and over all these He has triumphed, so that He divides the spoil with the great! Your adversaries, O Prince Emmanuel, are not such as a common warrior might rout. They are foemen worthy of your steel!
What desperate tugs they gave You when they forced the bloody sweat from out of You in the moment of your sternest wrestling. But you have flung them to the ground!
Of course, this language can only be used as speaking part of the truth of God because the portion which God has given to His dear Son is indisputably greater than the greatest things that earth can hold!
I take it that the question that Christ has come to answer is the greatest question that ever moved eternity. The work that Christ has come to do is the grandest work that ever stirred the ages. It is God’s work and God’s question—how shall evil be driven out of the world? How shall justice, without a stain, smile on a sinner? How shall God be seen as the Holy One with all the glory of His character manifested, receiving to His bosom the guilty sons of men? The grandest work that ever was done of God, Himself, Christ has come to perform, and not only has He His portion with the great, but of all the great He is the greatest, and His portion is above their portion! They are not to be mentioned in the same breath!