Five years before Mr. Spurgeon died, he spoke the following to his congregation:
Brethren, I desire to be in the same mold as John the Baptist. I would have my thoughts and my ministry concentrated on the Lord Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, and his atoning death, henceforth and forevermore. During the little time I may be spared to lift up my voice in this wilderness, I would bear witness to the Lamb of God. The years will be short in which I shall preach to this flock, but around the cross of Christ, our Lord, shall be to me the green pastures, and from the sacrifice of our Lord shall flow to you the still waters. Many others are dealing with other things. Some, I doubt not, faithfully; others with evil intent. I leave them to do their best or their worst. For this servant of God shall be separated to the gospel of God, dedicated to the atonement by his precious blood. I know no gospel, no redemption, but by substitution, and no substitute but Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)