Spurgeon, "THE SAINT AND HIS SAVIOR"
So long as we cling in the least degree to self,
we have ground to distrust the reality of our salvation.
All trusting in your repentances, your tears, your sighs,
your groans, are for nothing, being but dross and dung
in the sight of the exacting Jehovah.
Self is the fly which spoils the whole pot
but Jesus is the salt which makes the most poisonous
river to become pure. To be weaned from trusting in
our own good works is the hardest weaning in the world.
That which strips the creature of all attractiveness,
which mars the beauty of pride, and stains the glory
of self-sufficiency, is from Jesus.
But that which exalts man, even though it make you
moral, gracious, and outwardly religious, is of the devil.