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Fifth Sunday in Lent.

Fifth Sunday in Lent.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DAVID JAMES VAUGHAN M.A.,


Preached March 25, 1855.



Heb. ix. 12. By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption for us.
BY DAVID JAMES VAUGHAN M.A.,


Preached March 25, 1855.



Heb. ix. 12. By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption for us.

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FIFTH SUDAY I LET. BY DAVID JAMES VAUGHA M.A., Preached March 25, 1855. Heb. ix. 12. By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. The holy season which we are now rapidly approach- ing, and the words of the Epistle which has been read in church to-day, lead our thoughts naturally this morning to the consideration of that great work of redemption which was perfected on the cross and in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who, "not by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place," (that is, into the immediate presence of God,) "having obtained an eternal redemption for us.' The word " redemption " is used in the ew Testa- ment in its simplest and most obvious sense. To " redeem " is to buy back; that is, to procure the release of a prisoner by the payment of a ransom. Redemption implies four things : — 1. That there are prisoners to be redeemed. 2. That there are certain persons who keep these prisoners in prison, and will not let them go without payment of ransom. 70 SERMO IX. 3. That there is a Redeemer, who pays the ransom
 
and procures the release of the prisoners. 4. That there is a ransom which is paid. ow, let us apply these four particulars to the case of man's redemption. Let us ask (1.) Who are the prisoners? (2.) Who is the gaoler, or who are the gaolers who keep the prisoners in prison? (3.) Who is the Redeemer? (4.) What is the ransom which is paid for the prisoners' release ? 1. There can be no doubt as to the answer which must be given to the first question. Men are the prisoners who required to be redeemed. Thus the prophet Isaiah, speaking of the Messiah's work, says (Is. xlii. 6, 7) : "I the Lord have called thee in right- eousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles ; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house." And the prophet Zechariah, speaking of the same subject, says (Zech. ix. 11, 12) : " As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope." 2. But, again, Who is it that holds these prisoners in captivity, in bondage? Assuredly, it is sin, and death, and the devil. Thus St. Paul speaks in many passages, and especially in Rom. vi. of men as having been the servants or slaves of sin. And in the 26th verse of this chapter from which the text is taken, we SEEMO IX. 71 read that "ow once in the end of the world hath Christ been manifested, to put away " (or to abolish)
 
** sin by the sacrifice of himself." And again, in the 2d chapter of this same Epistle and in the 14th and 15th verses, we read : " Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise " (that is, the Son of God) " took part of the same ; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage :" these words plainly speaking of a bondage or captivity to death and the devil, under which men had been suffering. I shall have occasion, my brethren, this morning, to refer you to many passages of Scripture, which I earnestly entreat you to notice and to weigh carefully in private, I wish to set before you the sure warrant of Scripture for all that I shall say on this most mo- mentous subject : and I am certain that if we will mark and inwardly digest by serious and prayerful medita- tation the passages that I shall lay before you, our thoughts will become clearer upon a question upon which they are often most vague and confused, and sometimes most perverse and distorted; and we shall form in our own minds a more vivid and lifeful con- ception of the immensity and the grandeur of the work of redemption : and thus the way will be prepared for the reception of a living, energetic, saving faith. 3. I think, then, we cannot doubt that the Bible speaks of men as the prisoners who require to be re- 72 SERMO IX. deemed ; and of sin, death, and the devil, as the powers who hold them in captivity, and from'whom they require to be released. It is equally clear, in the third place, that God himself is the Redeemer. Everywhere, in the Old Testament, the Lord Jehovah is spoken of as the

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