The Rock Is Rising: Writing Leave Day Three

December 3, 2015 | by: Elijah Layfield | 0 comments

Posted in: Writing Leave | Tags: gospel, C.H. Spurgeon, Gospel optimism, Paul, Romans, Philippians

Dissertation Writing Leave Day 3: Began my look at Paul’s use of the gospel in his letters. Of the 76 times gospel appears in the New Testament, 60 of the uses are Paul. In which of his letters do you think he referenced the gospel the most?  It's a tie between Romans and Philippians.

34 pages written so far on my writing leave. Here’s a quote from my studies on C.H. Spurgeon:

“Because the good old cause does not seem to prosper for a single day, and the kingdom does not come to Christ in my short life, shall I sit down and weep? Nay, I am but one amongst millions who shall achieve the divine purpose—one little coral insect, helping to pile up the rock on which, by and by, shall grow the cedar and the palm tree, and the lovely flowers…I will do my work, though it be beneath the waves; I will do my work and die; and others shall do the same, but the rock is rising, God’s purpose is being accomplished. In the words of the prayer of Moses, ‘Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children’.

Lord, let us take the work, and give our children the glory. Let us work on; they shall live to see the glory. Some future generation shall see the triumph…Glory be to God, the victory is secure. Let us work on till then” (Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 60, 548).

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