This thin volume is addressed to every reader—whoever they are, whatever they are and whenever they are. This was Spurgeon’s “earnest word” of the availability of salvation written in 1885. And it’s very much on target today.
For the supposed “the all-time bestseller” of Charles Spurgeon, it starts as a slow read—even given that it was “abridged and updated.” No, it wasn’t so much because the text is 130 years old or the language archaic (that was taken care of in the updating), but that the argument was so basic. That, of course, was Spurgeon’s plan. The greatest preacher of his day was laying a solid foundation so even a non-believer could follow his argument. What follows isn’t a four laws or twelve steps pamphlet but a full exposition of Christian redemption and growth drawing heavily on relevant scripture. It was the product of the “Prince of Preachers” at the height of his rhetorical powers.
The updating and abridging was done without removing the oral-presentation rhythm of the man to preached to ten thousand every Sunday (without amplification). His sermons had to be logical and easy-to-follow. They are.
His closing invitation, “meet me in heaven,” grows naturally from his intense concern for the eternal fate of his fellow humans.
Meet him halfway; read his book. Then you’ll be equipped to decide for yourself.