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Self Condemnation.

Self Condemnation.

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Published by glennpease

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." — John iii., 19.

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." — John iii., 19.

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SELF-CODEMATIO. BY REV. STEPHE H. TYG, JR., D.D.,"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." — John iii., 19. During the past week, I received through the mail this postal card. On its back are written these words : " Dear Sir : — If Christ died for all men, how is it all men are not saved ? Is the so-called gospel you preach the gospel that saves, or the gospel that leads to perdition ?" This is a question that deserves and demands an intelligent answer. I pass by all the bad spirit which is couched under some of the words, and seek to-night to touch the core of this question, and to give a solution of that difficulty, which, if it has a place in one mind, may also perplex others. That Christ Jesus died for all men, is the constant testi- mony of this word of God. The apostle writes to the Hebrews, " Jesus Christ tasted death for every man." To the Corinthians he declares, " Christ died for all men ; " and to the Romans he is exceedingly explicit, for in the 5th chapter, and at the 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th verses, he cumulates his description of the classes for whom Christ died. Christ died for the " ungodly ;" Christ died for " sinners ;" " when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son." "Without strength," are the persons for whom Christ died. You must prove a man not to be a man to take him out of the compass of the death of Christ. You have need to show that a man has strength of himself before you can demonstrate that he is not included in the work of Jesus Christ. You must 48 UDER CAVAS. vindicate the godliness of a man without Christ, before you can
put him beyond the long arm of the Saviour's redeeming grace. You must show that a man is naturally a friend of God, before you can cast him out from the compass of the gospel. This death of Christ is said, in the Scriptures, to have accomplished an abso- lute salvation. So Paul writes to Timothy : " It is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners ;" and to the Thessalonians he says, in very explicit words, that the death of Christ has " delivered us from the wrath to come." ow, good friends, there is no possibility of exaggerating the freeness and the fullness of the death of Christ in, relation to mankind and to the promises of God which are based upon it, and yet, the teachings of the Scriptures are equally plain in the declaration that all men are not saved. The apostle Jude, in the 13th verse, speaks of some "to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever." They are not saved. In this very chapter, we have the declaration, " He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him," and, indeed, the context of this passage is perfectly clear, when it declares, " He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son." Here are two statements that seem to be contradictory. One declares that Christ died for all men, and yet the same book testifies that all men are not saved. This text of ours is the con- necting link which brings these two classes of statements into perfect harmony. " This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Adam, in the first chapters of the book of Genesis, is said to have been placed in the garden under pro- bation. The terms of the probation were : " This do, this do not." He was forbidden to eat of certain fruit on pain of ever lasting death, and the warning was, " In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." In that condition Christ found this race of ours, and by His obedience to the letter of the law, and His endurance of the penalty of the law, He restored man to a new probation. Every man born into the world is not only lost through Adam, but saved through Jesus Christ. The terms of this new probation before God are now not " this do and live," but u De- lie ve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." This is
the theology that I gather from God's word. " This is the condem- nation, that light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Let us suppose a very faint illustration of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, and see whither it leads us. We are standing by the side of a river. A man has fallen into the water, has sunk twice and is SELF-CODEMATIO. 49 now sinking the third time. So far as all human probability and laws are concerned, the man is dead. Suddenly one on the shore plunges in, and by the sacrifice of his own life rescues the drowning man. He is brought to the bank of the river in an un- conscious condition. Those who are skillful a*nd tender apply restoratives to bring him to his full senses. A long time elapses before the man opens his eyes in wonder, and then immediately closes them again in unconsciousness. He still remains on the bank, and, after another hour has passed, he has a lucid interval of longer duration, and then he goes off into unconscious- ness for the second time. By and by, through the appliances and attentions and efforts of those who are working upon him, he comes to full consciousness, and he asks what all this means ? They tell him that he was in the water and was drowned. He says : " How is that ? My eyes are opened and my senses are all with me." But they say : " Do you believe the fact on the testimony of those who know ? " "Yes, I do ; I believe that I was drowned, but how came I to be here ? " They tell him, " this man plunged in and pulled you out, at the sacrifice of his own life." The man is saved, and he who gave his life for his rescue, is his saviour, even unto death. " But," the man says, " this was my greatest enemy ; I will have nothing to do with the work that he has done," and so he plunges into the water again. He was saved ; he is lost. He was saved, all the time he was unconscious, and the enjoyment of his salvation would have begun with his con- sciousness, but, as soon as he became conscious of the glorious fact • of his rescue, his heart told him to rebel against the instrument which had accomplished it, and he plunged into the tide, and is again drowned. That which is here illustrated very superficially,

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