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Christ in Grace, The Object of Faith.

Christ in Grace, The Object of Faith.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,



SALVATION.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God is made
unto us wisdom and righteousness y and sanctification,
and redemption:

" That according as it is written. He that glorieth let
him glory in the Lord'' — i Cor. i. 30-31.
REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,



SALVATION.

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God is made
unto us wisdom and righteousness y and sanctification,
and redemption:

" That according as it is written. He that glorieth let
him glory in the Lord'' — i Cor. i. 30-31.

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CHRIST I GRACE, THE OBJECT OF FAITH.REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,SALVATIO.But of him are ye in Christ Jesus who of God is madeunto us wisdom and righteousness y and sanctification,and redemption:" That according as it is written. He that glorieth lethim glory in the Lord'' — i Cor. i. 30-31.THE Lord Jesus Christ came to seek and to save thatwhich was lost ; and let us not suppose that Hismission was in vain, but believe and expect thatin reality He came, and is here still, seeking and savingmultitudes 'who without Him could never have obtainedGk)d's favour and forgiveness. Whatever may be the in-strumentalities that are used, and whatever the number andthe kind of persons who are employed, yet, let us remem-ber, the work is His by the power of the Holy Ghost :without Him was not anything made that was made, andwithout Him is not anyone saved who is saved.We shall see as we go on, that sinners of various kindsare saved, and that believers of various kinds are helpeciin the race which is set before them ; but in every casewe shall see that faith only is the instrumental causeB 24 CHRIST I GRACE, THE OBJECT OF FAITH.whereby saving or healing virtue comes to them who arein need.In this chapter I propose to consider our subject ingeneral ; and to show that this salvation is one worthy of the great God, all merciful and all good; and it is onewhich exactly and fully meets all our wants. In the endof the first chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians,St. Paul sets before us, in very few words, a most com-
 
prehensive statement of the source, and manner, and cha-racter of this salvation. "Of Him," says he, "are ye inChrist Jesus, who is made unto us the wisdom of God."First, observe, it is of Him, that is, from God the EternalFather, who is Himself the source of it ; and secondly,he says, "ye are in Christ Jesus" — the substitute or repre-sentative — by which he shows the manner of this salva-tion ; and then, thirdly, that Christ is made unto us thewisdom of God, which indicates to us its character.First. Salvation is of Him — the Lord. Long beforewe knew our need, and indeed long before we werecreated at all, the Lord foresaw the fall of man, and de-vised it. So that, in the purpose of God, the Lamb wasslain before the foundation of the world. We may hereremark, this was not an after-thought, as something withwhich God would mend a broken creation, but a meanswhereby He originally intended to manifest Himself inHis greatest and highest character. Creation shows Di-vine power and wisdom, but Redemption brings beforeus, and even to us. His forgiving and forbearing love:God is love, and it is a forgiving love. It is a kinglyfiterogative to forgive.The Lord God created us, not to be saved, but that weshould be His companions for ever. Satan's temptationSALVATIO. 5and man's fall, so far from frustrating this original pur-pose, rather advanced it ; for through the Atonement ithas become possible for fallen man to be changed from acreature to a son, and if a son, then an inheritor of eternalglory ; so that the Lord, who was praised for the wonder-ful works of Creation, when the morning stars sang toge-ther for joy, is now praised also for the far more wonderfulwork of Redemption. The Lord Jesus speaks of Himself as the Wisdom of God, in the Proverbs, thus : " Whenthere were no deptbs, I was brought forth; when therewere no fountains abounding with water. Before the moun-tains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth :While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, northe highest part of the dust of the world. When he pre-pared the heavens, I was there : then I was by him, as one
 
brought up with him, and I was daily his delight, rejoicingalways before him : Rejoicing in the habitable part of hi3earth ; and my delights were with the sons of men." (Prov.viii. 24-31.) In this passage we are carried back to a very'remote, not antiquity, but eternity, and we see how ourLord Jesus was there and the Father ; and we see their joyand interest in this their future Redemption. Salvation,therefore, is no new thing, and beyond all dispute GodHimself is the source of it, and from Him it flows as ariver from its fountain — all the grace and glory are com-municated through the Son of His love, who is as thechannel of these blessings to us.Secondly, let us consider its manner — ''ye are in ChristJesus'' These are but a few words, but how comprehen-sive ! In undertaking the work of man's salvation, theLord God adopted a plan at once simple and yet mostperfect and effectual, and altogether inaccessible to failure.6 CHRIST I GRACE, THE OBJECT OF FAITH.He placed us, while yet uncreated, unfallen, and unborn,in Christ Jesus, that He might do for us what we couldnever have done for ourselves. Having thus judiciallyplaced us in His Son, the Lord has made Him unto us inHis death, resurrection, ascension, and coming again,Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption.That that has been done is an historical fact beyond un-doing. He did not die or rise again for Himself, but asour Representative, and for us ; and therefore, all the bene-fits which can possibly accrue are ours. They are all nowready, and we are invited to approach and accept them byfaith. By placing us in Christ, God has made us what Heis, and He accepts from Him what we should give. " Hehath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin ; thatwe might be made the righteousness of God in him."(2 Cor. V. 2 1 .) Substitution is the groundwork of all God'sdealings with us, and of ours, with Him : any and everysystem and theory of man which ignores this is anothergospel which is not another, and is quite apart from themanner of God's appointed dealings with us.Thirdly, we come to the character of this salvation. Hewas made unto us the Wisdom of God, Righteousness,Sanctification, and Redemption. It was necessary that

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