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Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. HENRY WOODWARD, A.M.



Revelation vii. 14.
These are they which came out of great tribulation^ and have
wc^hed their robes^ and made them white in the blood of tk
Lamb.
REV. HENRY WOODWARD, A.M.



Revelation vii. 14.
These are they which came out of great tribulation^ and have
wc^hed their robes^ and made them white in the blood of tk
Lamb.

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WASHED I THE BLOOD OF THE LAMBREV. HERY WOODWARD, A.M.Revelation vii. 14.These are they which came out of great tribulation^ and havewc^hed their robes^ and made them white in the blood of tk Lamb.o man who reads the Scripture can deny that it is hisduty, and no man who reads the Scripture to advantagecan doubt that it his happiness, to set the Lord alwaysbefore him, to meditate on Him continually, to remem-ber Him upon his bed, and to think of Him when heis waking. or can the human understanding, thusemployed upon so vast an object, fail to exult in theimmensity of its prospects, and give full range to itscapacities and powers upon so various and boundlessa field of exercise. And though the light of revelationalone can guide our footsteps safely through the tracklessspace ; and though to be wise above what is written isbut to grope in the darkness of our own presumption:yet it is the nature of that truth which shines fromheaven to set us free ; and, therefore, to compare spiritualthings with spiritual, and to deduce from plain principlesof Scripture such general notions of the Divine characteras may vindicate the ways of God to man, is but to giveHim that tribute of the mind and understanding whichis, in truth, a part of the first and great commandmentSERMO XXX. 367It IS clearly revealed, then, that God is love. It isclearly revealed that He delights in the happiness of His creatures. It is clearly revealed that man has beennot a loser but a gainer by his fall in Adam. From
 
a comparison, then, of these truths together, can we, if asked in the words of the Psalmist, W/iat is man ? — canwe feel any reluctance in answering : Man is a creatureformed for happiness, and that happiness to spring fromhis loss in Adam, and his redemption from sin andsorrow through the merits and mediation of the LordJesus Christ?And here I would invite your footsteps into a fieldwhich we should assuredly tread with awe and reverence,but which we may tread, I trust, without presumption.If then the nature of God be love, and if the trueelement of love be the communication of happiness, canwe conceive a more suitable or amiable exercise of themind of a beneficent Creator, than that of planningmeans and instruments by which He may send forthstreams from the fountain of that bosom which is thefulness of joy, and thus scatter far and wide aroundHim some portion of His own essential blessedness.^In the boundless range of God's creation, of which thisearth is but a speck, what can the eye of reason or of faith discern but a wide and wondrous field of happinessto various orders of intellectual natures } Walk abroadupon some clear and starlight night, and lift up youreyes and behold the canopy of these lower heavens besetwith bright and countless worlds, all the work of infinitelove and of almighty power ; and then say what anthemsof gratulation and what bursts of joy may fill that circle,in the centre of which the God and Father of all pre-sides ! And if one star*diffcr from another star in glory ;368 SERMO XXX.if these worlds of light, and the sons of God who inhabitthem, are varied and diversified by the same great law,which here below forbids that two human faces or twohuman voices should, amidst the swarming myriads of men, be identically the same ; if the Scripturqs, sparing
 
as they are in their discoveries of the unseen state, tellus of angels and archangels, of cherubim and seraphim,of thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, — ^all im-plying ranks and varieties in these higher natures— canwe doubt that the Divine Mind is inventive of new modesof happiness, and is employed in calling new forms of rational life into existence, in pouring the streams of His own blessedness through varied channels, and sur-rounding His throne with diversified images and reflec-tions of His own glory? What then. is man — man solately formed, and at whose creation the morning starssang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?May we not reasonably conclude that man was made toform a new order of happy beings in God's creation ; totaste of the pleasures which flow from God's right hand,and exhibit the wisdom and goodness of his Creator insome mode and manner distinct from all other ranks of intelligent beings ?Amongst all the orders of happy creatures, there wasnone, perhaps, whose enjoyment was of the peculiar castand character which is derived from contrast with someformer state ; none whose blessedness grew out of, andwas enhanced by the remembrance of antecedent misery.Such a mode of happiness we may conceive presentingitself to the Supreme Mind, and the Almighty, in con-sequence, resolving to give existence to a race who wereto be the subjects of this gracious scheme, and on whomthis Divine experiment was to be tried.SERMO XXX. 369But there was another particular in which this newrace was to stand distinguished from every other. Asove to God is the root and source of all true blessedness,ill the higher modes of happiness to the creature are>ut varied exhibitions of God to his apprehension, byvhich his affections may be engaged. In what infinite

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