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Man Unwilling to Be Saved.

Man Unwilling to Be Saved.

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BY REV. ERSKINE MASON, D.D.,



" Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." REVELA
TION xxii. 17.

BY REV. ERSKINE MASON, D.D.,



" Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." REVELA
TION xxii. 17.

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MA UWILLIG TO BE SAVED.BY REV. ERSKIE MASO, D.D.," Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." REVELATIO xxii. 17.THE statement which thus closes the "book of God s inspiration, is no more remarkable than interesting. " The Spirit and the bride say, come.And let him that heareth say, come. And let him*/ /that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let himtake the water of life freely." o salvation butone absolutely free, could justify such language ;none but an all-sufficient atonement for sin couldwarrant an offer so unlimited. It seems to be thespirit of the testimony of Jesus, concentrated in alast appeal to those for whom he died. As wedare not add to, or detract from either the fulnessor freeness of the offer, but at the peril of theheaviest plagues which are written in the book of God, we can say nothing less of the gospel, thanthat it is a message for the lost, for all the lost ; formen of all climes, all classes, all conditions ; menof every shade and variety of character, men in allthe supposable circumstances in which any of therace can be found. Thus it sets before each andMAJST UWILLIG TO BE SAVED. 295all, an open cloor of life, which no man can shut.All the blessings purchased through a Redeemer sdeath, symbolized by " the water of life," are brought
 
within their reach. There is light for those whoare in darkness, pardon for those who are guilty,purity for the vile, strength for the weak, joy forthe sorrowing, hope for the desponding, life for thedead. "Whosoever will," and here is the onlylimitation which the Bible puts upon either theefficacy of the atonement, or the offer which it publishes, " Whosoever will may take of the water of life freely." Beyond all question, then, the posi- ,tion in which the gospel places the man to whomit conies, is one where every external obstacle tohis salvation is removed, and where, if he will, hemay have eternal life. Looking at this truth fromone direction, it is the most precious and delightfultruth which can be commended to the humanmind; looking at it from another direction it isthe most solemn truth which can engage humanthought. That there is forgiveness for the guilty,and hope for the lost,, who does not hail the announcement, that has ever felt himself to be a sinner, and has apprehended the retributions of eternity ? and what voice can be more cheering to theman who is no more aware of his indebtedness thanof his inability to meet it, than one which assureshim that salvation is " without money and withoutprice ?"But then, is it not so, in view of the fulness andfreeness of God s provisions and arrangements, thatthe responsibility of the result rests with man him-296 MA UWILLIG TO BE SAVED.self? Is the gospel of Jesus Christ, as thus welook at it, any more the measure of the rich graceof God, than it is of our obligation? Had theprovision been less full, or its offer been less freeand untrammelled, our responsibility had been pro-
 
portionably less. Every restriction you put uponthe fulness of the gospel is a limitation put uponhuman duty ; and in proportion as you impair itsfreeness, you take off from the weight it throwsupon the human conscience. If you insist upon afull and free salvation, you must take it in all itsnecessary connections and results- and there is notruth which its fulness and freeness more conclusively demonstrates than this, that every man towhom the message of Christ comes, is responsiblefor his failure to secure eternal life. To all hisreasonings to the contrary, to all his suggestions of difficulty in the way of pardon and acceptance withGod, we oppose the simple language of the text,which, if it means any thing, teaches us beyond allcontroversy, that since Christ has died and the offerof salvation in his name has gone forth to theworld, nothing can shut a man out from eternal life,but an unwillingness to embrace the offer.It is this simple truth (as a fitting and legitimateinference from previous discourses) that we wishto commend to the minds of our hearers, in thehope (God grant that it may not be a vain one) of leading them to a clear perception and a justappreciation of their circumstances as subjects of the gospel of Jesus Christ.The point then which we design to illustrateMA UWILLIG TO BE SAVED. 297this morning seems to grow necessarily out of aclear and consistent view of the Saviour s atonement.The glory of the gospel as a revelation of thatatonement is found in the fact that it representsevery external obstacle over which man had nocontrol removed out of the way of eternal life.

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