In this sermon, Rev. C.H. Spurgeon explores the great fact that Jesus Christ reveals himself to his people, but not to the world. He emphasizes the familiarity and condescension of Jesus towards his disciples, and the special manifestations of Christ that believers experience. The sermon also addresses the question of why Jesus chooses to manifest himself to some and not to others.
- What does it mean for Jesus to manifest himself to his people? How have you experienced this in your own life?
- Why do you think Jesus chooses to reveal himself to his people and not to the world? How does this demonstrate God’s sovereignty?
- How does the manifestation of Christ lead to humility, happiness, and holiness in the lives of believers? Share examples from your own life or the lives of others.
- Have you ever questioned why some people seem to have more spiritual manifestations than others? How does the sermon address this question? How does it challenge your own understanding of God’s ways?
- How can we seek and cultivate a deeper experience of Christ’s manifestation in our lives? What practices or attitudes can help us to be more open to his presence and work?
- Reflect on the statement, “If we do but preach divine sovereignty, some will say, ‘That man is an Antinomian and a hyper.'” How does this statement challenge our modern understanding of God’s sovereignty and human responsibility?
- How does the sermon encourage us to seek a balance between the manifestations of Christ and the practical outworking of our faith? How can we avoid becoming too focused on experiences while neglecting obedience and service?
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the great privilege of knowing and experiencing the manifestation of your Son, Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that it is by your grace and mercy that you reveal yourself to us, and we are humbled and grateful for this gift. Help us to seek a deeper experience of your presence and to be open to your work in our lives. May we grow in humility, happiness, and holiness as we walk with you. Grant us wisdom and understanding as we grapple with the mystery of your sovereignty and the ways in which you choose to reveal yourself. May our lives be a testimony to your goodness and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.