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Salvation of the Ignorant Sinner.

Salvation of the Ignorant Sinner.

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REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,


Then he called for a lights and sprang in and came
tremblings and fell down before Paul and Silas

And brought them out and said Sirs, what must I do
to be saved — AcTS xvi. 29-30.
REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,


Then he called for a lights and sprang in and came
tremblings and fell down before Paul and Silas

And brought them out and said Sirs, what must I do
to be saved — AcTS xvi. 29-30.

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SALVATIO OF THE IGORAT SIER.REV. WILLIAM HASLAM, M.A.,Then he called for a lights and sprang in and cametremblings and fell down before Paul and SilasAnd brought them out and said Sirs, what must I doto be saved — AcTS xvi. 29-30.IT is good for us to have a clear idea of the attitudein which God now stands towards us. Havinggiven us His Son to be our Saviour, and with Himand by Him having provided for us a salvation worthy of Himself, and exactly suited to all our needs, the Lordsends forth His invitation to all everywhere to come, andto come at once on hearing of it ; for all things are nowready. This indicates the attitude in which He waits. Heis waiting to be gracious who loves to be kind. Life forthe dead soul, pardon for the sinner, and peace for thetroubled one, are all ready and all free, without money, andwithout price. This is not promised upon terms, butoffered unconditionally to every sinner as such. The Lordis grieved, and even angry, when men reject His offer, orexcuse themselves, adding insult to the injury of refusalby preferring something else, and alleging that preferenceSALVATIO OF THE IGORAT SIER. 1 3as the reason for not accepting at once His invitation.He remonstrates with those who offer anything like aprice, sa3dng, "Wherefore do ye spend money for thatwhich is not bread ? and your labour for that which satis-fieth not? hearken diligently imto me, and eat ye thatwhich is good, and let your soul deHght itself in fatness.Incline your ear, and come unto me : hear, and your soulshall live ; and I will make an everlasting covenant withyou." (Isa. Iv. 2-3.) Texts may easily be multiplied toshow that God, who willeth not the death of the sinner,hath found a sufficient ransom ; and therefore He can be just, and justly save the sinner from going down to the pitof destruction. God is faithful to Him who paid theprice ; and just to the sinner for whom the price waspaid. He can forgive us our sins, and save our souls from
 
death.This salvation is as full as God's abounding love couldmake it ; to meet all our needs as to the past, and as to thepresent, and as to the future. The believer is saved fromthe penalty of sin by the death of Christ, and from thepower of sin by the grace of the risen and living Saviour,who lives to keep us as He died to save ; and, moreover,the believer is to be saved hereafter from the presence of sin. His soul may be for a time in what the Apostle callsthe unclothed state, but finally he shall be saved in aglorified state, into the immediate presence of the King,to rejoice and reign with Him for ever.There is just one more thought about this ; it is apresent salvation. For what is it to me if it is not mine,and mine now ? Our life is uncertain, and our danger,therefore, a present one ; our salvation is present also ;and thus it is that we are all at this moment either lost or14 CHRIST I GRACE, THE OBJECT OF FAITH.found, either dead in Adam or alive in Christ, unsaved orsaved. Too often people imagine that this salvation issomething to be sought for when the time of dangerarrives ; and in this way they make for themselves a thirdstate or position, in which they vainly dream that there isno present need or danger. They promise themselvesthat they will not be lost, and they hope they shall besaved. But it is well to understand that the "brink of ruin"is not outside the horrible pit, but actually in it ; and, asit were, in the very bottom of it. The sinner is there,and from thence must be irrevocably launched into eternalruin and damnation, if, by faith through grace, he is nottaken out of the pit and placed upon the Rock. Can you,dear Reader, say with the Psalmist, " He," the Lord," brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of themiry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and establishedmy goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth,even praise unto our God " ? (Psa. xl. 2-3.) If you cannotsay this, then the Scripture intends you to know, whetheryou feel it, or think it, or not, that you are in that awfulpit still ; and there you will perish. A mighty Saviourinvites you to yield to Him, that He may draw you out ;therefore, if you are ultimately lost, it will be because you
 
would not be saved.In the sixteenth chapter of the Acts we have a beauti*-ful illustration of what this salvation is, ^nd what effect itcan produce on the hearts and lives of those who areunder its influence. See Paul and Silas landing for thefirst time in Europe, and going forward with a happy andthankful heart to tell others what a Saviour they havefound. While they testified, the Lord opened the heart of Lydia to receive the things which were spoken, and sheSALVATIO OF THE IGORAT SIER. 1$was added to the number of the saved. Here was thefirst seal to their ministry in this place, and no doubt theyrejoiced greatly and gave thanki ; but how quickly thestorm gathered, and the once bright open sky becameovercast; the Lord's servants were unjustly and unwarrant-ably beaten with stripes and cast into prison, and there, inthe inner prison, their feet were made fast in the stocks.What is this ? The servants of the Most High could stilltrust their Master; His grace was sufficient for them. Inthis trying and sudden emergency were heard no com-plaints, no frettings of impatience, no threats of vengeanceagainst their persecutors. ay, the grace of God whichbrought them salvation, appeared with them still ; and inthe midnight the dark dungeon resounded with theirprayers to God, and their hymns of praise. Unconqueredthough captured, and free though captives, the other pri-soners heard them praising God ; and, what is more, theLord heard them, and saw their faith and their trust, andHe manifested His presence by shaking the foundations of the prison with an earthquake. The walls were shaken,the prison-doors flew open, and everyone'si bands wereloosed ! The keeper of the prison, awaking out of hissleep, seeing that the doors were open, and supposing theprisoners were fled, drew his sword, and would have killedhimself, to save himself, as he thought in his ignorance,from something worse; but Paul cried out, "Do thyself noharm : for we are all here." What a kind, forgiving voicewas this ! He had no feeling of anger or revenge againstthe man who had so lately exceeded his orders in crueltyand severity t6 his prisoners.Such is the power of grace ; but let us see the effect of 

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