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Christ Crucified.

Christ Crucified.

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BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D.


We preach Christ crucified. — 1 Cor. i. S3.
BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D.


We preach Christ crucified. — 1 Cor. i. S3.

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CHRIST CRUCIFIED. BY REV. HOLT OKES, D.D. We preach Christ crucified. — 1 Cor. i. S3. To preach Christ crucified, is enforced by numerous passages of Scripture : but, plain as thijs doctrine inay appear, much disputa- tion has arisen with respect to its meaning* The whole of the ew Testament, which refers to the glad tidings of Christ, the Saviour, by whose propitiatory sacrifice our sins are for- given, and on which our hopes of immortality are founded, sufficiently, it might be imagined, point out what is intended by this important doctrine. There are, however, too many, who bear the Christian name, who, by an incon- sistency for which it is difficult to account, contend that a moral life is the basis of salva- tion ; thus virtually rendering the sacrifice of Christ of no effect. Before we can duly estimate the value of Christ^s sufferings, we must be sensible of that Digitized by Google 72 sinful state in which we are, not only by na-
 
ture, as derived from Adam, but from the sins which we have actually committed. If we are pure and undefiled in the sight of God — if we are perfect in our moral character — we have no need of a Saviour; the gates of hea- ven will open to receive us immediately on our departure from these earthly scenes : for Christ did not come ^' to call the righteous^ but sinners to repentance/' If, however, we examine our own hearts, and scrutinize the whole course of our past lives, we shall find that we f^ll infinitely below the standard of purity and holiness which is requisite to make us acceptable in the sight of God. We shall find that we do not possess that degree of moral rectitude which will ensure our salva- tion. The oflences we have committed by thought, word, and deed, will appear so nu- merous, as to deprive us of any confidence in ourselves. Such a scrutiny will lead every man to inquire by what means he may obtain salvation. Were the transgressor, in reply to such an inquiry, referred to the Decalogue, he would find, in the commandments there pro- mulgated, the strongest proofs of his condem- nation. But it is not a proof of his condem- nation which is the object of the sinner's in- Digitized by Google 73
 
quiry ; his earnest desire is to know, by what, means he can escape the dreadful senteuce which threatens his violation of the holy com- mandments of God ; to learn what method there is, by which he may escape the wrath to come? ** The Christian minister, therefore, in x&p\y to this important question, will unfold the glad tidings conveyed in the ew Testa- ment. He will not only lay before the sinner the enormity of his sins, as an offence against God and man; but shew that the immense debt he has incurred may be cancelled, by a reference to him who has died for our x)f« fences — who is the Saviour of all those that believe in him; that his pardon may be sealed in heaven, by faith in Him who is his surety — by reliance on the merits of Christ. To state to a person, thus circumstanced, that the precepts he has broken are the basis of salvation, would be to drive hiip to despair: he could find no consolation in language of this description. But inform him that Christ has died for all men — that ^^ though his sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wooV if he will believe in Christ;— re- peat to him the gracious words of Jesus, ** Come unto me, all ye that are weary and Digitized by Google

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