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Different Characters Instructed by Contemplating Christ as a Sacrifice for Sin.

Different Characters Instructed by Contemplating Christ as a Sacrifice for Sin.

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BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON



Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the
world JOHN i. 29.
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON



Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the
world JOHN i. 29.

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DIFFERET CHARACTERS ISTRUCTED BY COTEMPLATIG CHRIST AS A SACRIFICE FOR SI. BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOBehold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world JOH i. 29. 1 EED not tell my hearers that Jesus Christ is the person who is here called the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, and that he is so called in allusion to the Lambs which were appointed to be sacrificed under the Old Testament dispensation, as types and shadows of him who, in the purposes of God, and through these representations, was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. I need not inform you, that both in the Paschal Lambs, and in him whom they represented, both in the shadow and in the substance, an atonement is to be recognized by the shedding of his blood who is over all, God blessed for ever. You must know how im- possible it is to affix any consistent and adequate meaning to the sacrifices under VOL. II. M 242 the law on any other supposition than this. To the Je\vs Christ was preached as a sacri fice for sin, through the figurative repre
 
sentations of the ceremonial law, as he is now preached to us through the sacraments of his own ordaining. This point, then, being taken for granted as the uniform and universal dictate of re velation, that Jesus Christ has been made sin, or a sacrifice for sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him ; that he is the way, and the truth, and the life, and no man cometh to the father but by him ; permit me to direct your attention to Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. There is no description of persons, however exalted, or however de based, that we may not direct to the Lamb of God. ay, he is the only object to which they must be directed. All truth centres in him, and all grace is found in him. To which class of my hearers, then, shall I first address myself? one seems so naturally to present itself to the mind as that of penitents. By penitents, I do not mean them who whine over their sins, and still indulge them, and imagine they are repenting of their iniquities, be cause they are afraid of their everlasting consequences. I speak of them to whom sin is a real burden ; whose sin is ever before them ; who abhor themselves, and repent in 243 dust and ashes ; them whose aim is to please God, and to glorify him with their bodies, and their spirits which are his ; but who, in the midst of all their sincerity, and fervour,-
 
and devotedness, see and feel that in them dwelleth no good thing, and that they are less than the least of all saints, and not worthy to be called saints, because of all their guilt, and remaining unwor- thiness. Where, my brethren, are you to obtain hope, and peace, and salvation, but in Christ ? It is by beholding him with the eye of faith, that you are to derive all you want, and all you wish. You can never receive comfort from any good thing in yourselves ; for no repentance, no amendment, no graces, no virtues, can expiate your guilt, can reconcile you to God, can impart to you forgiveness. And no guilt can exclude you from the blessings of salvation. The only question is, whe ther you will behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world ; whether you will look unto him that you may be saved ; knowing that he is God, and believing that there is none else who can save you. The Lamb of God has satisfied divine justice, has made reconcilia tion for inqiuity, has brought in everlasting righteousness. And it is your wisdom, and safety, and happiness, to receive the atone ment, and to joy in God through our Lord M 2 244 Jesus Christ. There is no obstacle to your acceptance with God, to your everlasting salvation, except what may arise from your own unbelief, and want of confidence in

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