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Conditions of Pardon

Conditions of Pardon

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BY SAM JONES


"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John i. 9.)
BY SAM JONES


"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John i. 9.)

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CODITIOS OF PARDOBY SAM JOES"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive U8 outains, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John i. 9.)THIS is an epitome of the gospel. It is wonder-ful how the whole gospel — that is, my side of the gospel — can be compressed into three linesof this book; but thus we have it. "If we confess oursins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, andto cleanse us from all unrighteousness." ow, to-night let us mix love and logic, the grandest com-pound ever put together in the universe. I want toget on your side to-night; the fact is, I want to liveon humanity's side of the gospel, especially when Iam in the pulpit. I want to look in the face of everyman and woman here to-night and say this : God lovesthe meanest man as much as he loves the best man inthis city God loves the meanest man that evercursed this earth as much as he loves the best manthat lives on the face of the earth. I have listenedto some sermons and have said: "Surely God is madwith somebody. God has a grudge against some peo-ple, and is waiting to get them into a tight place tocatch them. God is mad with these sinners, and willpour out the vials of his wrath on their devoted heads."But God's name and nature are love. It is just asnatural for God to love every thing in the range of hisheart as it is for the sun to shine on every thing in therange of its light The sun shines because it is its(171)172 Sermons and Sayings.
 
nature to shine. It shines on that dead tree and oethe blossoming rose alike, because it is the nature of the sun to shine on all things that come within theradius of its rays. God loves every being that evercame under the burning rays of his heart. The mostobdurate, hardened heart— the good, the bad — Godloves all alike, because it is his nature to love. Godcan no more help loving every man than the sun canhelp shining. Why, some sinners who hear me to-night think that the prayers of a sinner are an abom-ination to the Lord. That is a mistake as long aseternity. Listen: "The prayers of the wicked are anabomination." You ask the Lord on the street todamn somebody. That prayer is an abomination, butthe prayer, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner," is thesweetest music that ever charmed the ear of God. Idon't know whether it is the fault of us preachers ornot, but every old sinner thinks he has to take a week's journey through the wilderness to get to heaven. Hehas got to beat his way through briers and gulliesand creeks and swamps before he can get to heaven.There is but one road. Heaven is at one end, hellat the other. Every man in this city is on the roadto heaven. The road to hell is the road to heaven.Here is hell, and there is heaven. It is not so muchwhich road you are on as which way you are going.The meanest sinner does n't have to take a week's jour-ney to get to heaven. Turn round, and you are in theroad to heaven. As soon as he gets turned round heis going to heaven. Therefore my book says, "Ee-pent," and that means turn round. Turn round, andyou are traveling with the best man. I wish thisworld of thinking men could see that there is but oneSekmons and Saiings. 173
 
road in the moral universe of God. Hell is at oneend and heaven at the other end. Turn your back onone, and you are moving toward the other.Let us come to this text and think a moment. Herewe are in the road to-night, and it is the only road inthe universe. If I am turned by this text I am right."If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to for-give us our sins." In other words, if I repent of mysins, he is faithful and just to forgive. ow, we saythat repentance is to start a man on his way to God.This is just what the alphabet is to the man of letters.When I was a little boy at my mother's knee, learningthe alphabet, I repeated the letters from A to Z, andthen backward, and by sample lots, and my motherfinally said: "You know your letters, my son; nowyou can begin to spell." I said: "I have had a toughtime with these A B C's, but mother says I am readyto spell." I thought that would be harder, but justas my eye fell on that page I found it was coveredwith A B C's. When I got over to "baker" I found 1could not even spell "baker" without the alphabet.When I got over to "publication," I said, "Surely I amalmost ready for my diploma;" but I could not spell"publication" without my A B C's. When mothersaid, "Get your First Header," I said, "Good-by, A BC's — now I am done with you forever;" but I foundthat from the first page to the very last they were allcovered with A B C's. The eye could not read a linewithout them. The teacher said, "Tell your motherto get you a grammar." I found the grammar cov-ered from the first page to the last with the alphabet When my teacher said, " Tell your mother to gelyou an arithmetic," thinks I, "Arithmetic is the sciencf 171 Sermons and Sayings.

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