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Octavius Winslow, 1839 Preface The Spiritual and Experimental Character of the Atonement The Divine Attributes Entwining Around the Tempted and Trembling Believer The Speciality of the Design of the Atonement The Freeness of the Atonement The Tried Believer Comforted The Fearful Alternative of Rejecting the Atonement
Preface– This unpretending little volume forms the commencement of a series of similar works, which it is the author's design, should the Lord permit, to publish upon the important subject of experimental religion, under the general title of "The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical View of Divine Truth." Various considerations, to one or two of which he may be permitted to allude, suggested the undertaking, and pleaded for its execution. The first that may be mentioned was, the vast and solemn importance of the subject.
The religion of the Lord Jesus is valuable only as its power is experienced in the heart. In this respect, and in this only, it may be compared to the physical
sciences, which, however ingenious in structure, or beautiful in theory, yet, if not reduced or reducible to purposes of practical use, are of little worth. It is so with the truth of Jesus. The man of mere taste may applaud its external beauty- the philosopher may admire its ethics, the orator its eloquence, and the poet its sublimity, but if the Spirit of God does not take his own truth, and impress it upon the heart, as to the great design of its revelation, it avails nothing. What numbers there are who rest in the mere 'theory' of Christianity. As a practical principle they know nothing of it. As a thing experienced in the heart, it is a hidden mystery to them. They speak well of it as a religious system; believe its Divinity, and even defend its doctrines and extol its precepts; yet make no approaches towards a personal and practical obedience to its claims. In a word, they know nothing of repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. It will surely appear to a spiritually-enlightened mind, a subject of vast and solemn moment that this delusion should be exposed- that this foundation of sand should be undermined, and the absolute necessity of experimental religion, as necessary to an admission within the kingdom of glory, be strenuously and scripturally enforced.
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Another consideration which had its weight with the author's mind was, the conviction that the state of the church demanded a more spiritual, experimental, and practical exhibition of Divine Truth. To those who have been silent, though sad, spectators of the recent history of the Christian church, it is known that controversies of an alarming character have, for a lengthened period, existed in her bosom. They have seen and deplored the divisions that have rent her- the party feeling that has been engendered, the alienation and distance that have existed among those who, holding one Head, should therefore "love as brethren." To mitigate this alarming evil, to heal these divisions, and to draw the different sections of the church more closely together, various able disquisitions have been written, many ingenious plans have been proposed, and many affecting appeals have been made. But, it is the author's honest conviction, that the first and the chief step towards the accomplishment of an end so earnestly to be sought, and so fervently to be prayed for, is to deepen the spirituality of the churches of each evangelical denomination. Nothing short of this will bring it about. Vain will be all expectation of returning to an apostolic union- fruitless will be every plan for a coalition of sects, while the spirituality of the church is at so low an ebb. But, augment the true piety of the churches- hold up a more elevated standard of holiness- let them be deeply baptized in the reviving and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit, and these controversies will all terminate, these divisions will all be healed, and the din and the strife of party interests will speedily be hushed. Christians will not hold less firmly, and defend less zealously their conscientious views of truth, but they will hold and speak the truth in love. In order then thus to strengthen the tone of spirituality among the churches, experimental and practical religion must be more frequently and earnestly insisted upon. There cannot possibly exist genuine piety apart from experimental truth, and in proportion to the deep experience of the truth, will be the depth of spirituality. It will suffice to mention but one other consideration which influenced the author in the preparation of these works, and that was, the demand which the church herself has made for writings of this class. The church is wearied with controversy. There is a restlessness, a growing desire for publications of a less polemical and more spiritual and experimental character, which it is important should be met. There are those, and the number is increasing, who are hungering and thirsting for the simple truth of God, presented to them unmixed with the bitter herbs of controversy and discussion. They want God's truth as it is. They want it so opened and explained as to meet the daily experience of the Christian life. The inward and the outward conflicts- the struggling of inbred sinthe deep affliction- the heavy cross, all of which demand an experimental unfolding of the doctrines and truths of the Bible. And there is a sweetness and
preciousness in Divine Truth thus exhibited, which controversy tends much to impair. The father of the inductive philosophy truly and beautifully remarks, "As
those wines which flow from the first treading out of the grapes, are sweeter and
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better than those forced out of the press, which gives the roughness of the husk and of the stone; so are those doctrines best and most wholesome which flow from a gentle crush of the Scriptures, and are not wrung into controversies." (Bacon) To meet in some degree this demand, has been the humble attempt of the Author. How far he has proved successful, the experienced believer must decide. He has commenced with the doctrine of the Atonement of Christ, it being the central truth of the Bible, on which all others are based, and around which they all entwine. The second volume in the series will embrace "Experimental and Practical Views of the Work of the Holy Spirit," and will appear, should the author's life and health be preserved, early in the ensuing autumn. Should the Lord, in a solitary instance, condescend to bless the perusal of this work, let all the praise and the glory redound to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the triune Jehovah, to whom it alone belongs.
Introduction– "The Province of Reason in the Investigation of Spiritual and Experimental Truth" "The world by wisdom knew not God. " -1 Cor. 1:21. In a few observations, intended mainly as introductory to this series of works, we wish to explain what we believe to be the legitimate province of Natural Reason in the investigation of revealed Scriptural truth. We feel the more impelled to this- perhaps otherwise unnecessary, task, lest in the views we may advance on experimental religion, we shall be suspected of abrogating entirely the exercise of the intellectual faculties in the study and experience of God's truth, thus turning away from a most important instrument which He has given us for the purpose of weighing and sifting the evidence of its validity. The two extremes towards which writers on Christianity have verged, have been, the opponents of the system on the one hand, descanting upon the power and sufficiency of reason, as though all the light which we possess of the invisible world and its sublime realities were owing to its discoveries, and to no other source: and on the other, the advocates of the system, abdicating almost entirely the employment of our mental faculties- setting aside the use of reason, assigning to it no office, and awarding to it no distinction. Both, we believe to be in error; each extreme of opinion untenable. The one, in elevating reason too high, the other, in depressing it too low. The one, in investing us with the prerogative of God, the other, in robbing us of the dignity of man. We feel it
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important then, briefly and in simple terms, to state what province should be assigned to human reason in prosecuting our researches in revealed and experimental truth. And that the reader may have the subject clearly before him, we shall first show what is not, and then what is, the proper use of reason in matters of religious faith. First, It is NOT the province of human reason to discover spiritual truth. This far transcends the power of the highest created reason, unenlighted by the Spirit of God. We do not say that the mind taught of God can discover nothing of the glory of his character, the excellence and loveliness of Jesus, and the spirituality and fitness of his truth. By no means would we assert this. The mind divinely illuminated can penetrate deeply into the vast domain of faith, and discover the glories there revealed. But without this teaching, aside from this divine illumination it cannot advance a step. All is dark- all mysterious. And just what the telescope is to the eye of the astronomer, as when with a glance he sweeps the firmament of nature in search of new and undiscovered worlds, faith is to the eye of reason, as it ranges the firmament of revelation in search of the glorious truths of God. But unenlightened by the Holy Spirit, it can discover nothing. Take, for example, the existence, perfections, and moral government of Jehovah; what can human reason discover here? What light can it throw upon the fundamental article of our belief- the being of a God? Our senses may assure us that we exist: that we form but a moiety of human existence is equally certain. That we have existed but a short time, memory testifies- and that we are not self-created, but that there must be a First Cause, from which all creation originated; is all that we can deduce from these obvious facts. This is the utmost limit to the discoveries of reason. "Who is this First Cause?" "What is He?" "Where is He?" "In what relation does He stand to me?" "How may I propitiate his regard, and be admitted to communion with Him?" are momentous questions on which reason may conjecture, but on which it can pronounce with no authority. Let the reader glance but for a moment at the results to which reason has come in its investigation of religious truth. What are they? where is the evidence of its mighty powers? where is the scribe? where is the philosopher? where is the disputer of this world?- let them produce the amount of their researches. What discoveries have they made of God?- what light have they reflected upon his moral attributes? How far have they penetrated into the dark and deep abyss of futurity, demonstrating with certainty whether there be any state after this, and if there be, what that state is? How have they accounted for the existence of moral evil; and what balm have they proposed for the mitigation of all its entailed miseries? And how have they solved the problem, that God can be a just God just to his law, just to himself, and yet be the justifier of the ungodly? We ask, and are referred to tradition, while that tradition is derived, we are all assured, from the fountain of divine revelation.
and panting for some better guide than reason. and must necessarily have been familiar with their religion. and receiving only what is "perfectly consentaneous with reason. Nor is it the province of our intellectual faculties to judge in matters of religious faith with an authoritative power of dictation. that Pythagoras dwelt among the Jews. "Which of the poets. A heathen writer asserts that Pythagoras transferred many things from the Jewish institutions into his own philosophy. "the angels desire to look into. unsustained by evidence. let us show.biblesnet.biblesnet. is a mystery stretching far beyond the most sublime power of finite reason. and Virgil from Isaiah. wearied with their own fruitless researches. considered both in himself and in his operations. revelation being the source of that tradition. than that all the knowledge which the ancient philosophers had of morals and of God. by whom." There is much of deep mystery in revelation. No fact is more certain. What can poor finite reason accomplish here? What beams can its feeble. and these are not all that might be adduced in proof of the position. "What is Plato but Moses atticising?" And who can doubt but the lo on of this philosopher was borrowed from the I AM of Moses? and that his noun logos and psuke cosmo clearly refer to the Word and the Spirit. Christ.com . Here they drank. which of the sophists was there.rejecting what may be inexplicable to reason. 14." Mark his expressions! He represented not these celestial beings of purity and intellect.the union of the divine and human natures in one. "Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty unto perfection?" Job xi. too is the "great mystery of godliness.www. and styles himself the imitator of the Jewish dogmas. it is when it sits in judgment upon the doctrines and facts of revelation.com . as he learned from the Old Testament. is to seize upon existing facts. Thus it is evident from the few examples cited. discarding or retaining such only as are intelligible to its dwarfish capacity. "Which things. All that it can do. as scaling the heights and diving into the depths of www. that in the vast domain of spiritual truth. "Lo! these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him!" xxvi. it must be acknowledged a depth too profound for human thought adequately to fathom. and it is certain from the testimony of Hermippus. And of his operations." Whether his complex person is regarded. Another heathen writer was often heard to ask the question. from the Hebrew writings he derived his pious conceptions of God and his worship. reason can never assert its claims to the power of discovery. may we not exclaim with the same inspired penman. or whether we look at his work. the world was made. Ovid from Moses.his obedience and death constituting a full Atonement to Divine justice in behalf of the sins of his people. God. flickering light cast upon this world of mystery? And if ever it stands forth invested in its own native impotence. We may inquire in the language of Tertullian." says the apostle.Online Christian Library That this is not mere assertion. Another of the fathers styles Plato the Hebrew Philosopher. and from these facts proceed to argue and establish its conclusions. who did not drink of the prophet's fountain?" To this they came. while a third asserts that. 7. as quoted by Selden and Grotius. was traditionary.
the corruption and perversion of our reason by sin: sin has impaired our mental faculties.but "which things the angels desire. that we readily admit that. as that a doctrine should be rejected.its hopes and its fears.the life of God in the soul. with which reason cannot cope." And yet for fallen and unrenewed mind to sit in judgment upon God's truth. It is important that we devote a moment to an inquiry into the cause of this incapacity of reason." It will be perceived then. new inclinations. is a mystery incomprehensible to unrenewed reason. reject it. his understanding darkened. we ask. The transforming operation of the Holy Spirit upon the mind. to be understood it must be experienced. ever productive of a holy life that is seen.com . merely because it is interlaced with difficulties which our intellectual faculties cannot unravel." scarcely dare. If the truth of God.www. what shall we say of the truth as experienced in the heart? If reason cannot understand the vast framework of truth. why not. being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them. the province of our intellectual faculties to pronounce with a dictatorial and authoritative tone. iv. what matters of religious faith shall be received and what rejected? By no means. Truly "the world knows us not. and his heart. the door is closed which leads into the great treasury of spiritual and experimental truth. creating the man anew in Christ Jesus. and deny our very existence? We assert then. that. and the spiritual nourishment by which it is supported. but "desire to look into. the seat of his affections. iii. On this account. polluted: "Having the understanding darkened. and it declares that since the fall the nature of man has been corrupt." Eph.that life which is hidden. accounts for the difficulty. there is much that towers above human reason. and on this only. all is incomprehensible to human reason. how can it comprehend the secret power by which it operates? The very fact. its defeats and its triumphsthe causes which operate to deaden it. This view perfectly accords with the spiritual delineation of man by nature. while in that www. We open God's Word.biblesnet.Online Christian Library redemption's mystery.biblesnet. in the revelation of God. does not extend so far. that the proper jurisdiction of our reason in matters of faith and of divine revelation. in its natural state. The cause is. on the same grounds. because of the blindness of their heart. all. to comprehend spiritual and experimental truth. 18. The natural man. and kindling its enmity into love. in its doctrines and facts. and his reason blind. but which is yet perfectly agreeable to the very reason it transcends. clouded. There are mysteries in the world of mind which philosophy cannot unravel. why not reject them? There are mysteries in the physical world." Rom. Is it then. enslaved. giving it a new bias. 11. why not reject them? Our being too is a mystery. and debased our reason.com . turning its darkness into light. "That upon the face of the whole earth there is none that understands and seeks after God. can only be exceeded in its brazenness by the depravity which prompts it.
that old things should pass away. "Come. let us reason together. for. and in a few words. before spiritual truth can be understood. ii. and then only. And when Paul stood before Felix. and debase. with which his nature was endowed when it came originally from the hands of God: in a word.com . without sitting in the place of God." is his own condescending invitation. "to debase all the glorious mysteries of the Gospel. Beyond this. what is the legitimate province of reason in the investigation of spiritual truth. they being foolishness unto him. Then. and of a judgment to come. 14. which is the person of Christ. she cannot. That our intellectual faculties are to be laid aside when we come to the study of God's holy Word. but it labors to deprave. 2: that he should be restored to that sound mind.' unto the lowest and nearest effect of his grace. he should be "transformed by the renewing of his mind. and the holiness which he communicates by the sanctification of his Spirit to be but that moral virtue which is common among men as the fruit of their own endeavors. hates and flees from it when proposed to his consideration. the Roman governor. and spiritual discernment. from the highest crown of it. that reason shall carefully. 'God manifested in the flesh. "It is the design of corrupted reason. temperance." and then bow humbly." (John Owen) We promised to show. will he be able to understand the mystery of the truth of God. and prayerfully examine the evidence of its validity. 25. 15. with meekness and fear. all it demands is. it is the privilege of reason www.biblesnet." Acts xxiv.biblesnet. it cannot pass. that he should be born again. candidly. and enlightened understanding. This being the state of man. 18." as Dr.Online Christian Library state. iii. we believe God has nowhere demanded. when it comes to the study and examination of God's truth. it dare not. When God speaks plainly. Isa. reverentially." Rom. God's Word consequently declares it necessary that. dishonor. arises the constant and fearful perversion of God's holy truth by ungodly minds. and that all things should become new.com .www. he "reasoned of righteousness. The revelation of God asks not the surrender of our reason as a sacrifice on the altar of faith. so far from being able to explore the wide domain of spiritual truth." 1 Pet. in his doctrine to be confined under the capacity and comprehension of carnal reason. it would have in his whole person to be but a mere man. surrender her own authority which the Creator had invested her with for the government and guidance of man. without criminal rashness. and all the concernments of them. "if she have not satisfactory evidence of this. "receiving not the things of the Spirit of God." 1 Cor. and exalting itself above all that is called God. And in writing to the scattered Christians. Owen truly observes. and obediently to the Word of God. This is the legitimate province of reason. i. The Lord Christ.that reason must be entirely sacrificed to faith. in his obedience and suffering to be but an example. There is nothing in the whole mystery of godliness. From this dark and corrupted state of natural reason. xii. the apostle Peter exhorts them to be ready always to "give an answer to every one that asks them a reason of the hope that is in them. created anew in Christ Jesus.
are you such a one? Pause. that they make any determination of what is true or false in religion. is to deny that indeed we are men. or to neglect the laying out of the best that he has entrusted us with by nature.biblesnet. The enlightened reader will be gratified. and in judging of their truth and falsehood by the rule of them. without the use and exercise of their reason. "that a man is not to use his reason in finding out the sense and meaning of the propositions wherein the truths of religion are represented unto him. Mistake not then. before you advance another step. nor ought to do. For they do but vainly deceive themselves who suppose. and operations of his moral government which accord not with your rule of judgment. than which nothing can be spoken more to the dishonor of religion. the true province of your reasoning faculties when God's Word speaks.www. cannot. so spiritual and profound as Dr. "To say. that we dare avow the religion we profess to be highly rational. doctrines which you cannot comprehend. and such as cannot be rejected without a contradiction to the most benign dictates of that intellectual nature with which of God we are endued. that shall make us ungrateful to God that he has made us men. reader. as they or may not accord with its taste or capacity of comprehension. and that the most mysterious articles of it are proposed unto our belief on grounds of the most unquestionable reason. "lest haply you be found to fight against God?" Dare you reject any single doctrine or fact of revelation. in its sublimity and mystery.dare you withhold the obedience of your faith. and to put a reproach upon our mortality. that which they not only know they do. discarding or retaining doctrines propounded for your belief. Owen. where he sees proper to throw a veil of mystery over some of his revelations. or rather dream. because there are parts of his Word which you cannot harmonize.com . at the same time withholding from you all authority to exalt your reason as a rule of judgment. the finite power of your mind? What astounding brazenness is this! Dare you turn your back upon God's truth. remember you turn your back upon God himself. it is to say they do it as beasts. which is the Scripture. and not as men." The subject we have thus but imperfectly discussed.biblesnet. it is the duty of reason instantly to submit. the entire consecration to his service of your life. by intimating that men do not. if we once more fortify our position with the testimony of a divine. and your views of equity and of mercy? What fearful presumption is this! What are you? the infant of a day! and will you oppose your puny intellect to the mind of God? Even were the grasp of your intellect that of www. because God has said it. and believe what God has said. And it is not a few trifling instances of some men's abuse of their reason in its prejudiciate exercises about the things of God. because it transcends. the homage of your affections. but also that they cannot but do.and in rejecting any part of his truth." are his words. He has empowered you to investigate well and thoroughly the grounds of your faith.com . nor more effectual to deter men from the entertainment of it.Online Christian Library instantly to obey. Reader. For our parts we rejoice in this. in his service in the work of grace. speaks pointedly and solemnly to those who are setting up their reason in opposition to God's truth.
To that cross you must come as a poor. the precious Word of God. Are you longing to know the truth? then come: the heart of God bids you come. your false reasoning. are fully carried out. xxxii.com . may be longing to know and experience the truth. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world."Except you be converted and become as little children. that proud intellect must be humbled. as stood the publican. for they are foolishness unto him." That depraved heart of yours must be changed. xxv. before he passes to the next chapter." Job xxxiv. turned into a new weapon of attack against his truth? How then can you escape the woe pronounced upon him. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God: for it is written. Psalm. when measured with God's. 5. whose eye traces this page. and. docility. but foolishness with God? Yes. and which he sustains. humble sinner." Matt. is not the very intellect God has given you. www. 1. "Let no man deceive himself. what is it? What too. whose transgression is forgiven. teach me. but to the present.com . Is it so? then tear yourself away from every thing that would keep you from the cross of Christ. " 1 Cor. which you may have toiled to accumulate. viii. 19. He takes the wise in his own craftiness. The reader is earnestly requested to make this petition his own. are all your literary and scientific attainments the wisdom of ages. You must stand. ignorant. Lead me in your truth. every promise of his Word bids you come. Listen to the word of the apostle. 14. The Spiritual and Experimental Character of the Atonement: Inexplicable to the Unregenerate Mind THE NATURE AND NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH ILLUSTRATED. "The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God. ii. 3.Online Christian Library an angel. 18. before you can know "the blessedness of the man. and you must cry." Psalm. for you are the God of my salvation. O lay aside your caviling.biblesnet. "That which I know not. and breathe it at the mercyseat. let your ardent prayer be. impressed with a deep and abasing sense of your ignorance and vileness. more than this. whose sin is covered.www. yet." 1 Cor. because they are spiritually discerned. as did he. and teach me. Listen to the solemn words of the Son of God. "God be merciful to me a sinner. has "stumbled at the word" through a desire to understand what God has not revealed. the treasures with which you have enriched and garnished your mind. which does but keep you back from simply receiving Christ as the Savior of sinners. that rebellious will must be subdued. 32. you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. neither can he know them. iii. and individually applied. and. who "strives with his Maker?" The reader. what is it all. let him become a fool that he may be wise.biblesnet. in which the principles enforced in this introduction. receive with the simplicity. taking your place low at the feet of Jesus. and ingenuousness of a child.
be it known. this eye to trace its proportions and its beauties. nor love for its adorable Author. whose words we quote." (as the same phraseology in parallel passages would seem to decide. Expanding this thought yet further. There is neither admiration of its external form. and expect to awaken corresponding sympathy in the soul. the varied and often conflicting emotions which are its proper results. what then does it know of sin? Of sinthe transgression of that law.www. spiritual truth has no attraction. Each doctrine and precept has its proper and appropriate place. For instance. is the production of God himself. sympathy with its holy revelations. the hope. "Except a man be born again. and the source of its nourishment. we would dare assert.this heart to love the truth. that the supreme excellence.the alarm. or floods of brilliant light on the eye-ball of the blind. can only be discerned by a spiritual eye. that until a man is regenerated. the joy. the great mystery of godliness is unintelligible." will produce conviction in favor either of its excellence or its beauty.biblesnet.biblesnet. to mean by "the kingdom of God." If we are to understand our Lord. than that to all. the peculiarity of its actings. are incomprehensible. it is as equally insensible. its great aggravation. it is totally ignorant. that he alone is a truly www. its moral turpitude. the contrition. until he is the subject of a new spiritual creation. Of the law of God. so simple and self-evident is it. the truth of God he cannot see. it is a incomprehensible mystery. The life of God in the soul. but distinctly and emphatically that spiritual empire which Christ came to establish among men. what does it know of God? We repeat the observation then. as that spiritual truth. Now. when brought in contact with a "carnal mind. there is a beautiful and perfect symmetry in the vast structure of God's truth. that to a mind on whom the renewing influence of the Holy Spirit has never passed.com . or born from above. how is this symmetry to be seen?. but all whose faculties are warring against it? As well may you pour tones of delicious music on the ears of the deaf. then it is as true as the testimony of Jesus can make it. It requires no labored process of reasoning to establish the proposition.) not strictly the kingdom of glory and purity in which Jehovah reigns with an immediate and majestic presence. being ignorant of Christ. painful as it may be to the minds of many whose eye may trace this page. the mode of its communication. To such an unregenerate individual.Online Christian Library By no stronger argument does the truth of God establish the Divinity of its origin. And all this process. except the regenerate. this mind to investigate its nature. in order to impress it upon every mind.com . Not only the great principles of truth are inexplicable. are altogether unintelligible. the great assertor and defender of the holiness of God.how is this harmonious relation and nice adjustment of each part to the whole to be ascertained by a mind not only morally blind to the truth.things that are spiritual can only be discerned by a mind that is spiritual. but the hidden and transforming operation of that truth upon the mind. taste for its intrinsic excellence. Is this a hard saying? We fear not to assert. he cannot see the kingdom of God. and perfect harmony which pervade the entire revelation of God. what then does it know of sin's wondrous Sacrifice? And.
The evidence to which we allude." The Spirit of God breaking. dismember it of any one part. with no precept diluted. have received it as a system from God. thus leading it to rest on him as on an all-sufficient Savior. it demands. and orthodox as may be its creed. take out of it any single ingredient. more precious to him than gold.com . it asks. is the evidence of experience. and you impair its efficacy. Every part to him is precious.Online Christian Library confirmed believer in a Divine revelation. admonishes or cheers.a faith that credits the doctrine of man's ruin by nature. And yet there is a species of evidence. the nature of which they may have never examined. and upon all those who believe. reader? Let us for a moment glance at the different reception of God's truth by a renewed mind. and excellence in spiritual truth. yes.biblesnet. and the force of which they may have never felt. and has revealed to him a "fountain open for www. humbling. thus producing "righteousness. The revelation of God asks not for a faith that will merely endorse its Divine credentials. beautiful as may be its theory. opening the eye of the soul to the holiness of God's law.". and who. and all other religion. taking his own truth and transcribing it upon the soul. whether doctrinal or preceptive. a faith that brings them home with a realizing power to the soul. "the righteousness of Christ. but he loves it for its perfect adaptation to his own case. to its own moral guilt. Not only does he feel bound to watch it with a jealous and vigilant eye. which is unto all. and joy in the Holy Spirit. implicitly. and the truth he cannot sell. is nothing worth. and seeks to escape it. there are individuals who have closely investigated and accurately weighed the external and historical evidences in corroboration of the truth of Christianity. It has disclosed to him his sinfulness. who is a true experimental believer in the Atonement of Christ. healing the heart.with whatever tone it speaks. for in the striking language of God's own truth. a faith that rejects all human dependence. and identifies it with them. no portion undervalued." O this is the true faith of the gospel! Have you it. poverty. it is a perfect system. practically receive the momentous and awful facts it announces. and accepts as its only ground of refuge. and you mar its beauty. helplessness. We are prepared to admit that.this is the truth experienced. "he that believes has the witness in himself. To such an individual there is glory. because it is God's own truth. he welcomes it as God's own eternal truth. and deep need of Christ's blood and righteousness. In his eye.biblesnet. and strives to enter it.com . than much fine gold. and that welcomes the doctrine of man's recovery by grace: in a word. and receive it as a Divine verity. more than this. harmony. yes. upon the conviction produced by those evidences.a faith that believes there is a heaven. He can consent to no compromise: he has bought the truth. He must have it with no doctrine dissevered.this is the religion of the heart. a faith that believes there is a hell. Without this experience there is no true belief in God's Word. sealing. peace. it demands a faith that will fully. whether it rebukes or comforts. sanctifying. it asks not merely that scepticism will lay aside its doubts. In whatever form it presents itself. with no institution perverted. It is a sovereign panacea. witnessing.www.
spiritual perception of God's truth. and condemnation to the cross. bearing in the hand the empty lamp. while living in a state of distance from God. should have become extinct in his soul. humble himself before the Lord God. beloved reader. his conversation vapid and unedifying. lifeless religion. God's revealed truth should be precious? that he should guard it vigilantly. yet much forgotten connection." It has led him in his ruin. There is no cross in it. guilt upon the conscience. and recover if he has lost. and a holy. and that he does but hang a lifeless. truths the most solemn.com . to such an individual.com . The great wonder would be if it were otherwise: that if. a sense of acceptance in Christ and adoption into God's family. and that all taste and desire for the "communion of saints. which exists between a clear.Online Christian Library sin. Let not such a professor of Christ wonder that appeals the most thrilling." and for a spiritual searching ministry. and unmortified sin in the life. sapless. but hardens the heart to the power of the truth. and a spotless orthodoxy. all are disarmed of their force in his case. the Father and the Son should yet draw near and manifest themselves. and ably and successfully defended his institutions. to have assented to his doctrines.biblesnet. and there introduced him to a Savior all-sufficient and willing to repair that ruin. Be assured. all. withered branch upon the Vine. he knows nothing of the holy spiritual actings of the life of God in the soul. assist that helplessness.biblesnet. with an enlightened judgment." will be the withering repulse of the Savior. and motives the most persuasive. ready to be removed at the Husbandman's bidding. Is it any marvel that. enrich that poverty. the ordinances neglected.www. Let him not be astonished that there is no close and fervent fellowship with the Father and his dear Son Christ Jesusthat his prayers are cold and formal. nothing less difficult. and sin unmortified. Oh how awful is the state of such a professor! Does the eye of such an one scan this page? Let him be affectionately and earnestly entreated to abandon as worthless his notional. Let him not be amazed that. the habitual frame of his mind earthly and sensual. helplessness. To have outwardly professed Christ. to bow the head at the mention of his name. the vesture. and so make known that secret which peculiarly belongs to those that fear him. A distant and careless walk not only veils the mind to the glory of the truth. O might we rouse you to the importance of this! What consolation and support will be derived from a formal profession in the hour of death? What will it avail after death. humble. and close walk with God. what is easier? To speak respectfully him. The world in the heart. and love it ardently? This leads us to return to the close and important. It costs a man nothing to do all this. this is no marvel.the name. have a fearful and certain tendency to petrify the spiritual sensibilities. To pass onward and upward to the fearful scrutiny. poverty. the outward garb. and what is a man's religion if he extract from it the www. and remove that condemnation. implore his forgiveness. and a scriptural creed. or seek if he never possessed. all. it is an awful event to die. when comes the judgment? "I never knew you. and render powerless the sword of the Spirit. except the reality of a justified soul. The two can never be separated.
Online Christian Library cross? There is no love to Christ influencing. the truth. has the witness in himself. and to this. and the more vividly will he reflect its brightness. it must be experienced to be understood." Reader. The nearer he lives to the Sun of Righteousness." 'I am the Father's great revelation. I am the way. and when found. be satisfied. I have come to make Him known. and to erect one common platform on which may meet in holy fellowship. and adore the love." He has the inward witness to the truth. filial. but the assurance that God's Word is truth and not fiction." says Christ. illustrate His law. In proportion then to a believer's simple. To quote again the striking words of the Apostle." The more steadily he walks in God's light. The more simply and entirely the believing soul lives on Christ. "he that believes on the Son of God. and on the faithfulness of Him that has promised. they all again return.www.his reply to the unbelieving objector is. to cherish no doubt or hesitancy.biblesnet.com . To know Christ then. and close walk with God. A holy walk then will tend much to confirm the soul in the belief of the truth. experimental. What is his own testimony? "He that has seen me. and practical will be his ideas of all truth.to repose by simple faith upon the promise. will increase. Let the formalist. impelling the soul. we admire the grace. is a blessing earnestly to be sought. we glory in it. the more enlarged. Call you it enthusiasm? Blessed enthusiasm! we exult in it. He may not be able to define the precise nature of his evidence. will be his deep and spiritual discoveries of truth. And to be thoroughly established in this. all the lines of truth diverge. He needs no outward demonstration. and extol the power. the more entirely will he be flooded with its glory. let the man of notional religion. The central fact of the Bible is Christ crucified. To unveil His attributes. This evidence is not the result of 'a labored process of www.this. to have Christ in the heart!. because it cannot reach it. let the mere professor call it what he may.com . the clearer will he see the light. From this. which has formed "Christ within us the hope of glory. this is the truth of God experienced. take nothing for granted short of this. as by a common attraction.biblesnet. has seen the Father. "it must be felt to be known. and what if self only be the idol which the heart sets up.the two extremes of being– learn of me. as their center.' Not only will a spiritual perception of the beauty and fitness of the truth be the result of a close and filial communion with God. "If any man will do His will. and what value are all inferior motives? There is no singleness of eye to God's glory. To know that God's Word is true. diligently to be kept. to pour forth the ocean fulness of His love. to give Him full credit for all that he has said. and before which it burns its daily incense? But O. He is in possession of a source of evidence to the truth of God's Word which scepticism cannot shake. is no small attainment.to know him as dwelling in the heart by his own Spirit is to have traversed the great circle of spiritual truth. deride it as he will. God and the sinner. and the life. "he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God.
is.www."Evidence of Christianity! I am weary of the word! Make a man feel the need of it. the true God. and you seal up the soul to blackness. We feel the vast and solemn www. and you may safely trust it to its own evidence. you are now invited to consider.com . yet by a walk holy and close with God. yes. as an essential pillar of immortal hope. their assertions he may not be able to disprove. then. of all truth. spiritual. Remove this. fled to Christ. the satisfaction of Divine justice. 28. that is." And not more completely was his sophistry confuted. the most spiritual and important. and still it is but an occasional and transient thought that is conferred upon a subject of the deepest moment and transcendent interest. than a humble.biblesnet.' I arrived not at it by mathematical reasoning." The truth. how few view it. and now I know of a surety that God's blessed Word is truth.that Jehovah should tabernacle in flesh. darkness. and what he himself professes to be. its glory. and all is gone! Seal up the fountain of Christ's precious blood. If Christ is not absolutely and truly what the Word of God declares. that all the value and efficacy of the atoning blood is derived solely and entirely from the dignity of the person who sheds it. and what of the gospel remains? It lies at the very basis of a believing sinner's hope. O that men should treat this subject so?. Their sophistry he may not be able to detect. its very substance. in a full and entire sacrifice for sin. rouse him to the self-knowledge of his need of it. may thus put to silence the foolishness and ignorance of men.Online Christian Library thought. The reader will at once perceive the propriety of this. and even the necessity of the Atonement. take from it the Atonement. in this all-important light. even of the many who profess a sacred regard for God's Word! The truth of revelation is admitted.biblesnet. There is much wisdom in the observation of Coleridge. who attempted to disprove the doctrine of motion by his opponent immediately rising and walking. as it regards the great purpose for which his Atonement was made. it were utterly valueless. It is the central fact of the gospel. it seems proper and appropriate that we should begin with the absolute Deity of Christ.its sun. dear reader. I was convinced by the Eternal Spirit of my sin. and that yet we should pass it by with indifference and neglect! What language is sufficient to describe the affecting spectacle? The Atonement in its Relation to the Godhead of Christ. from a consideration of the single fact. for. and despair! And yet. and in his humiliation pour out his precious blood as an offering for sin. ventured my all upon him.com . In entering upon the more immediate discussion of this glorious subject. which he has purchased with his own blood. he may demonstrate to the unbelieving universe that Jehovah's Word is true. though unlettered believer." Acts xx. The Divine Attributes Entwining Around the Tempted and Trembling Believer "The church of God. is conceded.
was Jehovah himself: "God manifest in the flesh?"that. is it surprising that Satan should strive to overturn it? It is the very sun of the Christian system. is more animating than the full. could survive the storm that will eventually sweep away every lying refuge. When personally upon earth. Therefore his shafts are leveled against Christ's members. carrying forward the great work of redemption. To regain his kingdom he cannot. and whose look prostrated to the ground the soldiers sent to his arrest. the same works that I do. Let no believer sink in despondency under this severe temptation.com .is the doctrine most frequently and severely assailed. We cannot view it lightly. Before Abraham was.www. unwavering conviction of the fact. and by all means. If the foundation of our faith were not laid deep and broad in this. as God." Our blessed Lord saw and felt the importance of a full belief in the doctrine of his Godhead. verily. bear witness of me that the Father has sent me. www.that he who became our surety and substitute. he suffered the penalty? What deep views does this fact give of sin! what exalted views of sin's atonement! Pray. believe me not. that the blessed and Eternal Spirit may build you up in the belief of this truth. And the doctrine. with so superficial and casual an allusion: whereas it is of the deepest importance. And in reading disquisitions on the Atonement. though you believe not me. Christ came to overthrow his kingdom and he did overthrow it. Jesus himself challenges investigation. but if I do. I leave the world. was God in our nature?. "the incarnate mystery" we marvel not. afresh to the atoning blood. I say unto you. and on no other can we die. to them most essential and preciousthe doctrine of Christ's Godhead. he became incarnate. nor discuss it partially." "If I do not the works of my Father. again. and I in him. It is a truth on which we can live. to the believing soul. and he triumphed. is it surprising that he should seek to veil it? Satan's great controversy is with Christ. whose word stilled the angry waves of the Galilean lake. that he who bore our sins in his own body on the tree. he well knew that no structure. for the works which the Father has given me to finish. and have come into the world." Thus was he wont to confirm it: "I have greater witness than that of John.Online Christian Library importance of this point. we have been pained to find this single point passed by. Thus was he wont to declare it: "I and my Father are one. otherwise able and elaborate. Our examination of the claims of Christ to proper Deity cannot be too close: we cannot too rigidly scrutinize the truth of his Godhead. on all occasions.biblesnet. I AM. believe the works: that you may know and believe that the Father is in me. That Satan should often suggest suspicions to the mind respecting the veracity of this doctrine we can easily imagine. To recover what he has lost he knows to be impossible. and as God-man. as God. This signal and total defeat Satan will never forget. Christ came to vanquish him.biblesnet. That a dear saint of God should at times find his faith wavering in its attempts to grasp this wondrous fact. and faith in Him. he obeyed." "Verily. and go to the Father. will give him the victory. sustaining and holding together every part of the mighty fabric. dear reader.com ." "I came forth from the Father. he announced and proved his Deity. however splendid in its external form. it is the key-stone of the arch. Let him look afresh to the cross. And what. It is the very basis of his hope.
are doomed to the fearful punishment of those who are found fighting against God. "I deny not the utility of such learning. and discover a decrease in evangelical piety. in general. as seldom reaching beyond the explaining of allusions and phrases of minor importance. It is an erroneous impression which many have imbibed. We are far from undervaluing the aid afforded in the investigation of revealed truth by the labors of able and learned bibliciststhe Church owes them. are opposed to the most stupendous and transcendent display which has.and he himself a just object of spiritual worship.Either that Christ is an impostor. in a limited compass." Jesus Christ is the true God.biblesnet. were. The supreme Deity of Christ rests for its proof upon the testimony of God's Word. and the just inference which is derived in favor of the Divine efficacy of his atoning blood. if the former conclusion be the one fairly deducible from the Word of God. while the great facts and doctrines. a debt of gratitude. and consequently. "but I wish to establish a correct idea of the nature and extent of its utility. If this were so. and consequently the very purpose of revelation must be entirely frustrated. plain and unlettered men. and will ever owe them. almost in the same ratio with the advance of philological learning. that his precious blood is of priceless value and sovereign efficacy.biblesnet. his death vicarious. The holy men who wrote the Scripture under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.his Atonement of no value. to refer to the various modes by which God has manifested himself in his own sacred word. The result of this scripture investigation will compel us to adopt one of two conclusions. of true vital Christianity. and untrammeled by the technicalities of the schools pervades all their writing.www. and the worship we have rendered him mistaken and idolatrous. or ever will be. the scripture testimony to the Deity of our adorable Immanuel." And when we turn our eyes towards Germany.com . are expressed in terms the most plain and the least associated with remote allusions. or. who have no such key to its concealed treasures. we are compelled to yield our preference to the scriptural and simple method of investigating religious truth. the supreme God." are the sentiments of a profound scholar and eminent divine. and then to trace the www. It has been usual.a style unadorned by the arts of rhetoric. that he is all that the Scriptures declare him to be. in establishing this doctrine. dying in this rejection. to bring to light their deep and concealed meaning. then the inference will be indisputable. They were educated at the Savior's feet. the precepts and the promises of the gospel. then it will appear that they who reject Christ's Deity. We bring the doctrine to no other test. in examining this testimony.Online Christian Library It is our design in this chapter to bring before the reader.com . that is. While. if this be scripturally proved. perplex the mind of the reader with needless criticisms. then is God's Word lost to more than two-thirds of the human race. "comparing spiritual things with spiritual. nor shall we. and therefore a beautiful simplicity of style. made of the Divine wisdom and goodness. that the Scriptures cannot be understood without the constant application of philological criticism.
God. 8: "Neither let us tempt Christ as some of them also tempted. lest they see with their eyes. when he saw his glory and spoke of www. and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King. and said. Isaiah vi. are selfexistence. for I am undone. because I am a man of unclean lips. Here am I. both in nature and degree. Above it stood the seraphim. The idea conveyed to the mind by the names Jehovah. and make their ears heavy. Then said I. Go and tell this people. and hear with their ears. and understand with their heart. and were destroyed of serpents. nor understand with their heart. send me! And he said. and his train filled the temple. and many people of Israel died. I saw also Jehovah sitting upon a throne. saying. and be healed.biblesnet. Jehovah is the incommunicable name of the eternal." And in the eighth verse. Lord. The modes of manifestation arethe names which are given to him. with two he covered his face.the relations which he sustains to created beings and the worship which he has demanded from his intelligent creatures. Holy! Holy! Holy! is Jehovah of hosts! the whole earth is full of his glory. and see indeed. and who will go for us? Then said I. and shut their eyes. was the Eternal Son of God Jehovah Jesus? Again. These things said Elijah. Jehovah of hosts. as they are attributed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now then our argument is this. Let us then proceed to show how Christ stands forth invested with each and all of these several properties of Deity. and with two he flew. Lord." To what conclusion do these passages conduct us.com . 1. that they should not see with their eyes. and be converted. and be converted. and who swore they should not enter into his rest.biblesnet. indeed. He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts. they include all the awesome attributes which belong to the Divine nature. and I should heal them. selfexistent God. 5-7: "The people spoke against Jehovah. We commence with Numbers xxi. that the Person whom the rebellious Israelites tempted. who inflicted the punishment. x. because that Elijah said again. omnipotence. but to the blessed one. "Also I heard the voice of Jehovah. and with two he covered his feet." Now compare this passage with 1 Cor.6: "In the year that king Uzziah died. infinite and absolute perfection. Woe is me. each one had six wings. And one cried unto another." Compare these passages with John xii. Hear indeed. make the heart of this people fat. 39. and the whole house was filled with smoke. We begin with the NAMES which are given to God. then Christ is God. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried.41: "Therefore they could not believe. God.Online Christian Library application of each and all these several particulars.the attributes which are ascribed to himthe actions peculiar to himself. and Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people.com .if it can be shown that in the Scriptures of truth Christ is called Jehovah.www. high and lifted up. but perceive not. and they bit the people. Whom shall I send. but understand not.
biblesnet."." Is Jehovah the true God? so is Christ. "Of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came.com .com ." Here Christ is declared to be the visible Jehovah. dear reader. "We are ambassadors for Christ. as though God did beseech you by us: we beg you in Christ's stead. preached unto the Gentiles. Here. tangible to our apprehensions. is found in Rom. reconciling the world unto himself. clear. 2O. seen of angels. and eternal life. and the Word was with God. Can language be more explicit? 1 Tim. unto us a Son is given.even this would have been overwhelmingly conclusive. This is the true God. Blessed Immanuel! give us. "Unto us a Child is born. received up into glory. touching his Deity.the Ancient of days. Regard the declaration of the Evangelist. v.begotten Son of God." marg. that you are God in our nature. God embodied in Christ. declared to be God as absolutely as the Father himself was declared to be God. 13. 19. even in his Son Jesus Christ. "God was in Christ. v. through the righteousness of God and our Savior" ("God our Savior. and his mind received the full conviction of the truth? "My Lord and my God!" Again. 1. the everlasting Father. and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior" ("the great God our Savior. he came from the Jews. Another instance in which the term God is applied to Christ. It was the Glory of Christ as the King Jehovah of hosts. www. ix.Online Christian Library him. But let us proceed. "We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we may know him that is true: and we are in him that is true. 2 Cor. and the Word was God. the Mighty God. and of whom did he speak? It was the glory of the only. 5. close.He that was to come. believed on in the world.) "Jesus Christ. Touching his humanity. ix. to those who have obtained like precious faith with us.) "Jesus Christ. 6. 2 Peter i.and of Him he spoke." Is Jehovah the mighty God? so is Christ.Tit." What can more clearly and conclusively prove the real Deity of our dear Lord than these words of the Holy Spirit? Not merely is it declared that the Word was God.biblesnet. Keep our souls fast anchored on this truth.1 John v. Is Jehovah the great God? so is Christ. the Prince of Peace. justified in the Spirit. Counselor. by the teaching of your Spirit. humbling views of your exalted person. 1.www. God blessed forever. Amen. and as so distinguished. "Looking for that blessed hope. after his doubts had vanished. clear. "Without controversy.in which passage the interchanging of the names God and Christ.Isa.but the Word. "In the beginning was the Word. as distinguished from the Father. a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ." marg." What was the declaration of Thomas. ii. and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful." Here is a distinct declaration of the complex person of our Lord. 16. great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.John i. 2O. "Simon Peter." 2 Cor. might we pause and adore the great Jehovah for this glorious revelation of himself. be you reconciled to God:". iii." Whose glory was it that Elijah saw. Will not this single passage suffice to remove every doubt? We have yet other and equally conclusive evidence. proves that the same person is entitled to both. he is God over all. who is over all.
and his Redeemer the Lord of Hosts. And they took counsel. And they took the thirty pieces of silver. therefore. And I took the thirty pieces of silver. the same is made the head of the corner and a stone of stumbling. and he who believes in him shall not be confounded. xxii. What is that to us? see you to that. and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel." www. give me my price. xliv. and beside me there is no God. whom they of the children of Israel did value: and gave them for the potter's field. Unto you. inference. "Then Judas. recorded by Zech. But this stone of stumbling and rock of offence. and let him be your fear. Isa. is the Lord Jesus Christ in the New? To the proud and unbelieving Jews he was a stone of stumbling and rock of offence. and I am the last.www. We would also direct the reader to that remarkable prophecy which was fully accomplished in Christ. forbear. I have sinned. and bought with them the potter's field. And the Lord said unto me. and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. is.biblesnet. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Jesus is God. and if not. "Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture. but for a stone of stumbling." The stone of stumbling and the rock of offence. Let the reader turn for the exact fulfilment of this prophecy. He is precious." Compare with Rev. besides whom there is no God. and said.com . "If you think good. repented himself." These titles are confined to him alone. Behold I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone. 6. and let him be your dread. 13. he is precious. It is not lawful for to put them in the treasury. Jesus has assumed these titles to himself. is no other than Christ. can doubt that the same Being who is called Jehovah of Hosts in the Old Testament. and a rock of offence. "Thus says the Lord the King of Israel. as the Lord appointed me. 14. because it is the price of blood. 1 Peter ii. the beginning and the end. is the Lord of Hosts himself. strictly logical. And he shall be for a sanctuary. who had betrayed him. the price of him that was valued. 12.com . Who was sold? Jehovah Jesus. Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. Further. in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." Who with a mind not steeled against the truth. At what price? For thirty pieces of silver. elect. but to us who believe. xi. to bury strangers in. mark. viii.Online Christian Library Again. I am the first. when he saw that he was condemned. and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. And the chief priests took the silver pieces. and departed. "Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself. but open to conviction. precious. the stone which the builders disallowed. And they said. 6.1O. 3. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple. Wherefore that field was called the field of blood unto this day. as appears from the language of Peter. Isa. who believe. let us compare the Word of God with itself. "I (Jesus) am Alpha and Omega. but unto those who are disobedient.biblesnet. the first and the last. 13. saying. and went and hanged himself. to Matthew xxvii. saying." Who is the speaker in this passage? Jehovah. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy (or Zechariah) the prophet.
but Jehovah." What is the solemn inference? that the God who predicates that all men shall give account to him and stand before him. for he fell. "For it is written. to the saint of God! www. The Apostle argues that all creation should do honor to Christ. he were a mere creature. Could this be true. and by him all things consist.and still let it be remembered the Socinian and Arian deny that he is more.".biblesnet.the life of pardon. And Christ could not have sustained himself in the solemn hour of Atonement when standing beneath the mighty load of his people's sins. says the Lord. the church: who is the beginning. Jehovah.the life of the soul. Jesus is declared to be before all created things. If.www. If. and all spiritual life is sustained by Christ. xiv. for they fell. and the life of all that is to come. he were a creature only."Christ who is our life. the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness.but. 18: "And he is before all things. too. No mere creature ever has or ever can sustain itself. We repeat it. xlv. His humanity did indeed tremble and shudder and shrink back. Glorious truth this. and how could he sustain that life when given? All spiritual life is from Christ. We now proceed to show that the Lord Jesus.23. As I live. 17. for he must have been created before he could create. without qualification or diminution. the creature or the Creator. is represented in God's Word as invested with all the ATTRIBUTES which belong to Jehovah. The angels could not. There is no intermediate scale of being. the life of sanctification." In this striking and beautiful passage. every knee shall bow to me. 11. the life of justification. If a mere creature. He is a creature or the Creator. it must follow that he is God. and every tongue shall confess to God.biblesnet.Online Christian Library The last proof we quote is Isa. "I have sworn by myself. made an end of sin.and the Socinian allows him to be no more. if he himself were a created being? Christ is either created or he is uncreated. If it can be proved from the sacred Scriptures that this belongs to Christ.secretly. invisibly. is the same referred to in the tenth verse. yet effectually sustained by his Deity. too. had he not been more than creature. And he is the head of the body. for of no other being can it be said that he is eternal." Thus have we shown. he achieved a complete triumph." Compare this prophecy with Rom. the life of all the Christian graces. God. that Christ is. and brought in a new and everlasting righteousness. how could he give spiritual life to the dead. Adam could not. then he could not have been before all created things. that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Lord. that unto me every knee shall bow. from the simple testimony of Scripture.the uncreated Jehovah. he must be one of two. the first-born from the dead. Examine then Coloss.com .how could he uphold all things? For he would need an upholding power for himself. Let us commence with his ETERNAL EXISTENCE. our adorable Immanuel. every tongue shall swear.then it were absurdity to suppose him creating all things. and shall not return. upborne by his Godhead. the life of all that now is."We shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.com . i.
but by the conduct of the Jews: "Then took they up stones to cast at him. can never be removed: having given them himself. you may be conscious of many and great departures. John viii. and unbelief. though your name is rebellious. but he loves your person. and I will return unto you." They considered Christ guilty of blasphemy in applying to himself the incommunicable name and attributes of Jehovah. "Sanctify them through your truth. and he will follow your wanderings with his chastising rod. never will he take himself from the people of his love. 'Though you have dealt so with me. i. this single view of your Father's unchangeableness may recall to your recollection backslidings many and aggravated. Return unto me. Before Abraham was. and his Redeemer the Lord of Hosts. and forever.biblesnet. from this revealed attribute of his nature! Is he eternal?. fully and freely accepted in the glorious righteousness of Jesus. It is not the love of yesterday or of todayit is the love of eternity: its spring-head is his own external existence. I say unto you." Does not Jehovah apply these very terms to himself? Exod. verily. 58: "Jesus said unto them. though you have forgotten me.then his love to his people is eternal. " Ver. 19. And hence the apostle reasons. who is the same "yesterday. yet do I love you still. Blessed thought! he may blight earthly hopes. and who is to come. breach upon breach. and averted the danger that threatened him? What a consoling view do we derive of Christ. be broken up to your soul by the blessed and Eternal Spirit. "John xvii. ingratitude. himself he will never take away. Turn to our blessed Lord's conference with the Jews. and who was. the effect will be most holy and abasing. would he have left them under so fearful a delusion? And would he have jeopardized his life.www.biblesnet.Online Christian Library Compare Rev. I am. his love to them being co-existent with his very being. I am the first and I am the last. 8: "I am Alpha and Omega.does he look complacently on your wanderings? No! He hates your sins.' What a soul-humbling. Verily. "Christ also loved the church and gave www. rebellion.com . but never. the Almighty. say to you. 17. forgetfulness. 6: "Thus says the Lord the King of Israel. and beside me there is no God. so self-evident is the truth. Dear reader. in which he asserts his eternal existence. set upon them from all eternity. he may wither earthly gourds. today. your God. heart-melting thought is this! Does your Father love your sins? No. iii. unkindnesses without number." Isa. who is. murmurings. dear reader." How then are we to understand these words? Not by the Socinian's gloss. The legitimate tendency of all spiritual truth is sanctifying. Is he eternal? Then must he be unchangeable too: his precious love. when by a single retraction he could have allayed their rage. Still does God. he may break up earthly cisterns. the beginning and the ending. "And for their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth." We refrain from commenting on these passages. They perfectly understood him to mean that he was God. beholding you in the Beloved. Hence our blessed Lord prayed that the truth might be the medium through which his people should be sanctified. 14: "And God said unto Moses. says the Lord. xliv.com . I Am That I Am. he may send billow upon billow. Had he not been truly Divine." If this truth.
they turn it from its right and legitimate use to their own loss. Jesus is. by which you are learning the changeableness of every thing earthly. That God's truth has been. you may now be draining adversity's bitter cup: the rod of the covenant may be heavy upon you: friends unkind. in all places. Still. and deepens the shade. the Lord Jesus makes of himself. to deliver them in the time of conflict. he was with Daniel in the lions' den. with his dear people. the truth stands firm in its peerless dignity and holy tendency: and when unfolded to the understanding. faith weak." Compare this with Exod. when he established her in the wilderness. So that you may boldly say.www. OMNIPRESENCE is an attribute of Deity ascribed to Christ.Online Christian Library himself for it: that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water. we have this encouraging declaration from Christ: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name. for he knew what was in man." Whose prerogative is www. because he knew all men. They abuse it to their own condemnation. when he gave to her the law. this furnace is but to consume the tin and burnish the gold. 24: "In all places where I record my name. even you only. 26. they both run in parallel lines with each other. this draught is but to work your inward good: these painful dispensations. for he has promised never to leave or forsake you. v. Do not be cast down. Then be of good cheer. corruptions strong. Christ's prayer is answered. in all places. and laid upon the heart by the Holy Spirit. I will come unto you and will bless you. Reader. your Father hiding from you his dear reconciled face. in almost the same expressions. unsatisfying world. to support them in the hour of death. and is abused by wicked and ungodly men. and. know the hearts of all the children of men. at all times. Consoling thought! Jesus is with his saints at all times." Regard the attribute of OMNISCIENCE as belonging essentially to Christ. are but to wean you from a poor. to enlighten them in the hour of darkness. 39. In Matt. He is "God with us." Thus the reader will perceive that the identical promise which God gave to his ancient church. "The Lord is my helper. O for faith to realize this! He was with his three faithful servants in the fiery furnace. 24. there am I in the midst of them. and needed not that any should testify of man. the world empty. by the word. he was with Jacob in his wrestlings at Bethel. in the progressive sanctification of the soul.biblesnet. and under all circumstances. is no argument against the truth. to guide them in the hour of doubt and perplexity.biblesnet. he was with John in his exile at Patmos. 25: "But Jesus did not commit himself unto them. John ii." Eph. Is it so? Still is your omnipresent Jesus with you. built for her the tabernacle.com . We would refer the reader to two portions of Scripture for proof. every thing earthly changing. is ascribed to Jehovah: "For you." We beseech the reader to regard attentively 1st book of Kings viii. and instituted for her a sacrifice. what embitters the cup. 2O." He is with them to comfort them in the hour of sorrow.com . xviii. are you a child of sorrow?. and to draw you near and yet nearer to Jesus. where the same attribute.perhaps you are a son or a daughter of affliction: you may now be passing through the furnace. and under all circumstances. xx.
who? "I. for the promise is. His iniquity he sees and subdues. 1O. that he only searches the heart. He detects some lurking evil."And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the reins and hearts."I. we say. and I will give unto every one of you according. He sees. but Jesus knows what is genuine and what is base.the Lord Jesus never. Christ says.cannot know the heart." In Rev.keep nothing back. 23.I would not conceal a thought. and know my thoughts. "He will subdue our iniquities. honest disclosure: he delights in this confiding surrender www. the hidden corruption of my heart. 19. He loves the full. 'that all my inbred evil. 23.com . The Lord Jesus knows and recognizes his own work: the counterfeit he soon detects.biblesnet.the panting for divine conformity. search the heart and try the reins.the inward strugglings with sin. this is his own solemn declaration of himself. In the prophecy of Jeremiah xviii. and must in its own nature be incommunicable.the external profession and the unbroken heart. to your works. and he would have it proclaimed through the churches as the true doctrine of the Gospel.biblesnet." A mere creature.com . then it could with no propriety be said of him. 24.www. the Lord. The little spiritual life that he has breathed there. try me.Online Christian Library it to search the heart? who can fathom this fathomless sea of iniquity? who can follow it in all its serpentine windings? who can detect its deep subtlety?.the hungering and thirsting for holiness.tell him all that you detect within you. that God should delegate the power and prerogative of searching the heart. We may not be able to discern between the righteous and the wicked. Dear reader. 'Cheering thought. some latent corruption."' Ps. the overt act. it could not be peculiar to God himself.between nature and grace between the outward profession and the inward reality. O God. too." Micah vii. Were it possible. Lord.the little spark of love that he has kindled there. to give every man according to his ways. his own gracious work in the soul." Can you open all your heart to him? Can you admit him within its most secret places? Are you willing to have no concealments? Are you willing that he should search and prove it? O be honest with God!. escape not his piercing glance.the little grace that he has implanted there.such as the denier of Christ's proper Deity would make him. and trying the reins of the children of men to a mere created being. I would not hide it from you. and see if there be any wicked way in me. It is a perfection peculiar to God. search the heart.' may the believer say. but would cry. the Lord. what is the work of his own blessed Spirit. I would not veil from your eye a single corruption. and before it develops itself in the outward departure. for were it communicable to a creature. ii. the Lord says. cxxxix. is known to my Savior God. and what is the mere effect of an enlightened judgment.the faint and feeble longings after him. and lead me in the way everlasting. "Search me. and know my heart. And yet to Jesus does this attribute belong.all is known to Jesus. Man may be deceived." Is not then the evidence of his Deity most conclusive? Who can resist it? From this attribute of Christ what blessedness flows to the believing soul! It is at all times a consolation to him to remember that Jesus knows and searches the heart. The outward garb and the unhumbled spirit. Jehovah. he checks and conquers it. "I. search the heart. and an alarmed conscience. I try the reins.
Come at once. i. you may make to him: sins you would not confess. and which was. be clean:". "I will. and my iniquity have I not hid. let no unbelieving suggestion of Satan.biblesnet." OMNIPOTENCE is declared to belong to Jesus. 5.to the dead. and delights in having. disclose to him all.come now. dear reader: let no consciousness of guilt keep you back. your God.Omnipotent to protect." to pour into the ear of your Father and God. 3: "Gird your sword upon your thigh.Omnipotent to deliver- www. And let us glance at the authoritative manner with which he executes his mighty acts of grace. or the imperfection of a sinner?." Heb. O most mighty. You love righteousness and hate wickedness: therefore God. you know all things: you know that I love you. "Peace.then confess all to him. and which is to come. "Stretch forth your hand:"to the 'blind. the weakness of a mortal. where the same words are quoted and applied to Christ.com . 9." Compare ver. the submission of a dependant. in this posture. if anxious for a complete cure. i. O God. Be as honest with the Great Physician. let the eye of faith be fixed on Christ.www. You would not conceal from your physician a single symptom of your disease. that such confessions are inappropriate for the ear of God. you are privileged.biblesnet. when to the leper he said. "I say unto you. It is true he knows your case. and peace and joy flow into the soul by this opening of the heart to God! Try it. Thus from the attribute of Christ's Omniscience. at all times permitted to appeal to it. "Lord. fully and freely. the Almighty. 8. 7.tell him all. I said.did not the God shine through the man with majestic awe. Was there anything that betrayed the consciousness of an inferior. Faith must rest itself upon the atoning blood. and bringing in your hands the precious blood of Christ. how the heart will become unburdened.rush to your Father's feet.to the man with the withered hand. and subdue all its iniquity?. yet he will have. And O. And while the heart is thus pouring itself out in a full and minute confession.com . Are you honest in your desires that he might sanctify your heart. has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. beloved reader. of the same Psalm: "Your throne. 6. be still?" Dear reader. you would not hide any part of the wound. his child approach him with a full and honest disclosure. may you pour out your heart to God! Disclosures you dare not make to your tenderest friend. are you an experimental believer in Jesus? then this Omnipotent Christ is wedded to your best interests. may a humble believer extract much consolation. Mark his deportment. and say with Peter. says the Lord.and to the tumultuous waves.Online Christian Library of the whole heart. but you would. Let David's example encourage you: "I acknowledged my sin unto you. is forever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom is a right scepter.the Physician of your soul. and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 8: "I am Alpha and Omega. He is Omnipotent to save. restrain you." Psalm xxxii. the beginning and the ending. xlv. and the conscience purified. And O. corruption you would not acknowledge as existing within you. make a full and free disclosure. which is. Compare Psalm." Rev.it is true he anticipates every need. It is only in this posture that the soul shall be kept from despondency. thus "looking unto Jesus. Arise:". "Receive your sight:". I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord.
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Omnipotent to subdue all your iniquities, to make you humble, holy, and obedient. All power resides in Him. "It pleased the Father that in Him"- in Him as the Mediator of his church- "all fulness should dwell." Not a corruption, but he is omnipotent to subdue it; not a temptation, but he is omnipotent to overcome it; not a foe, but he is omnipotent to conquer it; not a fear, but he is omnipotent to quell it. "All power," is his own consoling language, "all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Could any mere creature assert this of himself? Never, without the deepest blasphemy. "Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of you." From this view of the Divine attributes, let us pass to a consideration of THE DIVINE WORKS attributed to Christ, and such as no mere creature could perform. The work of CREATION belongs to him. Col. i. 16,17: "By him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible; whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers, all things were created by him and for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." If then he is the Creator, he must be God. The glory of creation is given to him by the redeemed in heaven- "They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power, for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created." Rev. iv. 2. What a thought is this- that the great Creator of all things once trod, in human form, the world of his own creating!- for "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not." John i. 1O. And so is he the author of the new spiritual creation. He spoke, and there was life, light, and order in the soul, where before there was death, darkness, and derangement. Let us give him the glory of both creations, the natural and the spiritual. PROVIDENCE is another Divine work as truly belonging to Christ. Thus he says, Matt. xxviii. 18, "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth." "He is Lord of all." Acts x. 36. "Lord both of the dead and the living." Rom. xiv. 9. "Christ is above all principality and power, might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come." Eph. i. 2O- 22. "Upholding all things by the word of his power." Heb. i. 2. "By him (Christ) all things are held together." Col. i. 17. "The prince of the kings of the earth." Rev. i. 5. Thus is it clear that Jesus is the God of providence. The government of all worlds and of all creatures, according to the prediction of prophecy, is upon his shoulders. Is not this thought full of rich comfort and consolation to the experienced believer? Jesus is the God of providence. All your steps, dear reader, if you are his, are ordered and directed by him- by him who is God in your nature by him who loved you unto the death- by him who is your Elder Brother, your Prophet, Priest, and King. O how tranquillizing to the soul in the hour of its deepest sorrow and bereavement, to know that it is sheltered in the hollow of
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those very hands which were once pierced for us! that Christ has blended with his mediatorial character his providential government! that the Redeemer who died to save, is the God who lives to sway the scepter! It has been well remarked, that Providence was intended to be the handmaid to Grace, but that Grace only can unfold the steps of Providence. It is only the experimental believer who can clearly discern the movements of an invisible hand in all the affairs and incidents of life. He has learned to acknowledge the Lord in all his ways, and to commit to his disposal all his steps. And he who thus guides and governs is the Mediator- the Christ who obeyed, suffered, and died in our behalf. O consoling thought! Christian reader, ponder this! What are your present circumstances? Are you persecuted for Jesus' sake?- Listen to his own cheering words, "Marvel not if the world hates you, for you know that it hated me before it hated you." "In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Are you in circumstances of need? What does he say? "Do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than clothing? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?" "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Are you perplexed to know the path of duty? longing to know the way the Lord would have you walk? This is his promise- "Call upon me in the day of trouble, and I will deliver you." "Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way." Are you sore pressed by temptation? See how the Holy Spirit would lead you to the sympathy and tenderness of Jesus- "He took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to support those who are tempted." "For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Are you oppressed by present or anticipated trials? Hearken again to his dear voice- "Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me." John xiv. 1. Whatever may be the dark and gloomy aspect of things around you, yet Jesus does all things well- and all things, however adverse, and apparently severe, yet all things are working for your present and ultimate good. The last Divine work belonging to Christ to which we allude, is that of JUDGING the world. This, the most skeptical will acknowledge, peculiarly belongs to God. In Eccles. xii. 14, we read, "God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil." Now it is most clear, that
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Christ shall be the Judge. For so we read- "We must all stand before the judgment- seat of Christ." "He shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing." "The Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son." John v. 22. Could this office be filled, and this power exercised, by a mere creature? Are not Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence indispensably necessary to qualify the judge of all, for the high office? We have shown that Christ is fully invested with all these qualifications- that he is fully qualified to sit in judgment at his second coming, upon the beings whom he created. The Redeemer of men then will be the Judge of men. He who once appeared in the mild and gentle character of a Savior, will then appear in the glorious form of a judge. Men will not then question his Godhead- men will not then dispute his Deity- but "to Him every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." To the believer in Jesus, what a transporting thought is this- that his Savior shall be his Judge; that in the face of him who shall sit upon the great white throne- before him gathered for judgment all nations, he will recognize a Friend- a Brother- a Redeemer- an Advocate. Dear reader, have you an Advocate with the Father? What is your foundation in view of that solemn day? A professor of Christ you may be; but is his blood and righteousness at the root of that profession? Are you building, as a poor, empty, condemned sinner- disclaiming all merit, all self- righteousness, all works- upon a crucified Savior? What know you of the broken heart- of the contrite spirit? What know you of the precious blood of Christ? O examine yourself, be affectionately entreated; for in the day when Christ shall judge the world in righteousness all mere outward profession, all notional religion, will wither away, and if you are found destitute of a better righteousness than your own, even the finished righteousness of Christ, how appalling will be the consequences! We have now arrived at the last source of argument in proof of our Lord's absolute Deity, and that is, the DIVINE WORSHIP which belongs to him. We feel this to be strong ground. It will be acknowledged that one end of revelation was to expel from the world polytheism and idolatry, by teaching that God, and God only, was to receive the adoration and worship of men. Now if it can be shown by a reference to the simple declaration of God's Word, that the Lord Jesus received and encouraged the adoration and worship due only to proper Deity, then most triumphantly shall we have established this glorious doctrine of the gospel, that Christ is God. The reader will bear in mind that solemn command of Jehovah, recorded in Exod. xx. 3: "You shall have no other gods before me." Let him then turn to Heb. i. 6: "And again, when he brings in the first- begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him." What can be more conclusive? Here, in ushering into the world his only begotten Son, the Father claims for him the adoration and worship belonging exclusively to Deity. Would he have so contradicted himself; trampled upon his own law, had not Christ been co-equal with himself? Never! Yet further: if Christ had been a mere man, why did he not check those people who, when he was on
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earth, presented to him divine homage? We find that Paul and Barnabas refused the worship that was offered them as divine. When Cornelius would have worshiped Peter, he said, "Stand up, for I myself also am a man." And when John, in the Apocalypse, mistook a celestial messenger for a divine being, and would have worshiped him, the angel immediately abjured the homage and said, "See you do it not: for I am of your fellow servants the apostles .... worship God." And yet Jesus refused not, but rather encouraged divine homage when he tabernacled in the flesh. "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord," was the exclamation of Peter, when he caught a sudden glimpse of the Godhead of Jesus, reminding us of an equivalent expression of the prophet Isaiah, "Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone, for mine eyes have seen the Lord of hosts." Isa. vi. 5. And what was the last act of the disciples, as they saw the sacred form of their Lord ascending and lessening from their view? It was a solemn act of worship; we read that "they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." Luke xxiv. 52. Having followed us through this mass of scriptural evidence in favor of Christ's proper Deity, the reader will now be prepared to pass to the INFERENCE which is fairly deducible from the doctrine, that is, THAT THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST IS OF INFINITE VALUE AND EFFICACY. Let the remark already made be borne in mind, that if Christ were a mere creature, if he claimed no higher dignity than Gabriel, or one of the prophets or apostles, then his atonement, as it regards the satisfaction of Divine justice, the honoring of the law, the pardon of sin, the peace of the conscience, and the salvation of the soul, would possess no intrinsic efficacy whatever. It would be but the atonement of a finite being, a being possessing no superior merit to those in whose behalf the atonement was made. We state it then broadly and unequivocally, that the entire glory, dignity, value, and efficacy of Christ's precious blood which he shed for sin, rests entirely upon the Deity of his person. If the Deity of Christ sinks, the atonement of Christ sinks with it; if the one stands, so stands the other. How strong are the words of Paul, addressed to the Ephesian elders!- "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God which he has purchased with his own blood." Acts xx. 28. How conclusive to the question before us is this testimony! The blood that purchased the church was Divine. It was indeed the blood of Christ's humanity- for his human nature alone could suffer, bleed, and die- yet deriving all its glory, value, and efficacy from the union of the human with the Divine nature. It was the blood of the God-man, Jehovah Jesus; no inferior blood could have sufficed. The law which Adam, our federal head, broke, before it could release the sinner from its penalty, demanded a sacrifice infinitely holy, and infinity great: one equal with the Father- the dignity of whose person would impart infinite merit to his work, and the infinite merit of whose work would fully sustain its honor and its purity. All this was found in the person of Christ. In his complex person he was eminently fitted for the mighty work. As
Online Christian Library God. I beseech the reader." Zechariah 13:1. deem it not a useless speculation. death in view. remarked upon the incompetency of natural reason to understand spiritual truth: neither the nature. he obeyed the precepts and maintained the honor of the law." We wonder not that. enlightened and sanctified by the Spirit of God. If the blood of Christ possess not infinite merit. It was the blending as into one. and yet there is no sympathy the one with the other. The author lately saw one die. and eternity lets down upon the view the full blaze of its awful realities. this. the bringing together these extremes of being. it is of the deepest moment. This incapacity may be traced. No subject discussed in these pages claims such vast importance as this. and sin's long catalogue passes in review before you. in the opening chapter of this work. the harmony. will be the most precious and sustaining. can it be accounted for? There is no spiritual taste for the investigation of God's holy Word. In that solemn hour. on other grounds. We have already. this.that the blood in which you have washed has in it all the efficacy and value of Deity. of all truths. the believer in Jesus can survey the scene with composure. it could never be efficacious in washing away the guilt of sin. "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The moral tone of the mind harmonizes www. when all false dependences will crumble beneath you. in that hour.but to the lack of a spiritually-renewed mind. what could I do now?" O precious truth this. amid circumstances the most appalling.www. who has Jesus. as man. or to the extreme abstruseness of revelation. for sin and uncleanness. the other lucid. when the curtain that conceals the future parts.com . for the weakest intellect. The Speciality of the Design of the Atonement. How. the one vigorous. fast anchored on this truth.biblesnet. which shed such resplendent luster on his atonement."If Christ was not my Creator. is safe even amid the perils of the sea.com . and there is the truth. There is the mind. infinite worth. and at that fearful crisis. so far as the revelation of that doctrine extends. this will be the alone plank that will buoy up the soul in that awful moment. The Entire Pardon and Justification of the Believing Sinner. the finite and the infinite. and his testimony to the sustaining power of Christ's Deity in that moment was given in these words. which stamped such worth and efficacy on his blood. not to a deficiency of mental endowment. wearing its most terrific aspect.O then to know that the Savior on whom you depend is God in your nature. When you come to die. these two natures. he bore its curse and endured its penalty. if you are an experimental believer. or in removing the dread of condemnation. for a poor believing soul to rest upon! We wonder not that "he. may grasp the profoundest doctrine in the great system of theology. This is the cause and this only. and quietly yield his spirit into the hands of Him who redeemed it.biblesnet. or the end of Divine truth can it discern. treat it not lightly.
It follows then. may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. of mere theoretical views of truth. and prayer. and however firm his belief in the truth of Divine revelation. and let the sinner stand forth in the full blaze of its terrors. it betrays the feebleness of a dwarf. i.emptied of all self-sufficiency. that all error in theology. however vast his mental powers. 18. taught by the Spirit. this lack of the Spirit's teaching. more awful yet! It is to this natural darkness. who is emphatically designated "The Spirit of Truth.". here. its inflexible dignity. as a self-evident truth. so no individual. Let no man be deceived. May we feel. Hence we find the Apostle." Eph. it is this. it is tossed upon an open sea.made to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin as against a holy God. thus ignorant of sin. that we are to attribute all the false and erroneous views that men have advanced touching the nature and design of Christ's death. humility. it may prove itself a giant in power. and precisely such an Atonement as the adorable Redeemer offered upon the cross. is the doctrine of Christ's Atonement in its especial and gracious design.www.no individual thus taught. is holy. To deceive others is awful. the Father of glory. to offer to Divine Justice a full and infinite satisfaction for sin. and its spotless purity. This can only be understood by a mind awakened to the nature and turpitude of their personal sin. If there be a subject.biblesnet. can discover and welcome this truth. and the reception of the truth in the heart.com . thus dark and inexplicable to an unrenewed mind. Where then is the affinity? where the sympathy? On other subjects it may be at home. the other assumes the attitude of hostility to that law. let all hope of justification by its obedience be swept away. There is as wide a difference as possibly can be. In the investigation of other themes.but to deceive oneself. and laid prostrate in the dust as a poor. the consideration of which we should approach with caution. between a reception of the truth in the judgment. this ignorance of sin. The one asserts the authority and spirituality of the law. especially that which undermines the Atonement. has its rise in the setting aside the law of God. This brings us to the immediate discussion of the subject. O no! We speak of a higher grade of knowledge than this. let its condemnatory sentence be felt in the soul. Of all the doctrines of the Gospel. here.com . before Divine truth will either be understood or received. 17. and then will be seen the absolute necessity of an Atonement. The one is on the side of holiness.biblesnet. the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. It is our solemn belief. broken-hearted sinner. that the mind must be changed. that is. would ever affirm that Jesus died with any other design than that for which he did die.Online Christian Library not with its holy and lofty themes. May www. that the ground on which we now stand. We speak not. and need we again assure the reader. Let the law be fully recognized in its Divine authority. in behalf of the Ephesian Christian thus praying: "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. the other on the side of sin. No individual then. and changed by God himself. As the expiation of sin was the great design of Christ's wondrous death.the eye open to the inward plague.
Christ presenting himself a sacrifice for sin! For the purpose of presenting the subject clearly before the mind of the reader. "This is my blood of the New Testament. and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. or nothing at all.com . Recur again to the amazing expressions. and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean.Online Christian Library our hearts be lifted up to God for the teachings of his Spirit. and showing them to the soul. i. "Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things."Wounded for our transgressions.com ." "Bruised for our iniquities. as silver and gold. from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. "He has made him to be sin (or a sin offering) for us. he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him. an Atonement for sin." Isa. "Herein is love. and the especial and gracious design of that sacrifice. not that we loved God. If he be a disbeliever in the doctrine of Christ's vicarious sufferings. ix. "In whom we have redemption through his blood. 6. 5. how are we to interpret the following remarkable passages? "He was wounded for our transgressions. i. The Word of God. the only rule of faith and duty. O for his holy anointing.biblesnet. which is shed for many for the remission of sins. and with his stripes we are healed." 1 John iv. but that he loved us. it is to glorify Christ. "taking of the things that belong to him. as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. if we regard them not as so many affirmations of the great doctrine in question! Let not the reader turn away from God's Word. If this is denied. that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Rom. 14. we shall first adduce those prominent portions of God's Word. They affirm the doctrine of the Atonement. liii. purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Heb. 1O. How perfectly unintelligible these declarations of God's Word. 28. it will then be appropriate to show that the Atonement of Christ is a full and entire blotting out of the sins of his people. distinctly and invariably represents the death of Jesus as a sacrifice." 1 Pet." Matt. v. "When we were yet without strength. this will prepare us to glance at the great covenant blessings which an experimental belief of this truth conveys into the soul.www. 21." Ver." Eph. but with the precious blood of Christ. 14. v. who through the Eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God." John xvi. 7." On him the "iniquity of us all. 18. while we treat of this stupendous subject. in due time Christ died for the ungodly. xxvi. 13. let him be cautious how he tampers with these solemn declarations. according to the riches of his grace. "For if the blood of bulls and of goats.biblesnet. whose blessed office. 19. the forgiveness of sins. in the economy of grace. They possess no meaning if interpreted in any other light. "The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. who knew no sin. which declare the end and design of Christ's death to be an Atonement for sin." 2 Cor." "Through his blood the forgiveness of sins." "Made sin. 6." "Propitiation www." "Blood shed for the remission of sins" "Died for the ungodly. sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ.
Online Christian Library for our sins.biblesnet. too. he became a party in the covenant of redemption. and mysterious. the last resource of sympathy. and because he has so proclaimed it. yet made sin. But the doctrine of a vicarious sacrifice explains it all. And God alone www. who was holy. forsaking him. the law of God exacted its utmost claim. not one thought of evil in his heart. Heaven. he fulfilled the prophecy which spoke of him. Why a holy. for this. or a sin-offering! O the bigness of the thought! If God had not himself declared it. if not required by Divine justice. we could not have believed it.com . Survey his eventful history mark every step which he took from Bethlehem to Calvary. and to a death so painful and ignominious."I have trodden the wine-press alone. All the mystery now is gone. Earth. we must inevitably have borne alone the punishment of our sins." He bore the sin. the substitute? And how shall we account for the sufferings of Christ. But Jesus took upon him our sins. For this. 13. The Father. v. and what do we learn of his sufferings. he assumed our nature. and presents the only key to the mystery.www. all the waves and billows of God's wrath. were passing over him. he sorrowed in Gethsemane. his suffering humanity should exclaim. veiled his face. we believe it. "Father. were mysterious. being made a curse for us. His professed followers themselves stood aghast at the scenes through which their Lord was passing. and for this. if it be possible." Gal. "He was made sin for us. harmless Being.one betraying him. He was "made sin for us. due to the sins of his people." He was "made a curse for us. the justice of God inflicted the utmost penalty." What see we here. whose whole life had been one act of unparalleled beneficence. and all. iii. but the Atoning blood. God himself must proclaim it. like dogs of war. harmless. Is it any wonder that.the bearing of sin. draining the cup of sorrow. in the anguish of his soul. for this. yet not my will. another denying him. for this. if not on the ground of their vicarious character? Those sufferings were intense in the extreme. Christian reader. There was a severity in those who. O what a truth is this! The Son of God offering himself up a sacrifice for sin! He who knew no sin. would be perfectly unaccountable." In that awful moment. and undefiled.com . but yours be done. in the hour of his extremity. should be doomed to persecution so severe. Had we been left." Isa. lxiii. were let loose upon him.the surety. that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Cor. the denier of the atonement must be embarrassed to account. to sufferings so acute. and Hell. though an angel's trumpet had announced it. all were in league against him. but that they were of the most extraordinary and intense character? His enemies. who knew no sin. His sufferings. which were intense. and of the people there were none with me.biblesnet. and on the cross. let this cup pass from me. and consequently the penalty of sin. and withdrew from him his sensible presence. "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.the full satisfaction. 21. to bear our sins. 3.
so to speak. as we would suppose a created Savior to offer. and made it honorable?" utterly impossible! A finite being had broken it. Be satisfied then not to rest upon the surface of this wondrous truth. and at last be suspended upon the cross. O heavens! and be amazed. And why? Because he enters not fully into the experience of the truth. To accomplish this.com .biblesnet. Low views of self result in high views of Christ. peace. 'O blessed and adorable Immanuel! and was this the end and design of your intense and mysterious sufferings? Was it that you should obey. the incarnate God must die! O depth of wisdom and of grace! www. the purity of the Divine nature must be guarded.Online Christian Library can write it upon the heart. It was this that gave perfection to his obedience. too. as to be dealt with by stern justice as though He were Himself the sinner: that He should drain the cup of wrath.that dream of the Socinian. endure the curse. bear the sin. the glorious result of his Atonement. that I might go free? Was it in my stead. give his back to the smiter. His entire work would have been lacking. and virtue to his Atonement: it was this that made the blood He shed efficacious in the pardon of sin. in every respect equal in glory and dignity to the law that was violated. and pour out his last drop of most precious blood. and the eternal glory. Shall we not say. It guarantees. of the sinner that hangs on Christ? Let not the reader be satisfied to rest upon the mere surface of the truth. and in my behalf? O unexampled love! O infinite and free grace! That God should become incarnate: that the Holy One should so take upon Him sin. this may be believed. but for his Godhead. it may be proper to glance at the BASIS OR CAUSE of that completeness. and the righteousness He wrought out complete in the justification of the soul.com . Need we say anything upon the vast importance of this truth? Need we say how closely it stands connected with the peace. that the Atonement of the blessed Redeemer was a full and entire blotting out of the sins of the believer. and bow your head in death. the sanctification. and calling aloud for vengeance. broken by man.an infinite Being must repair it.biblesnet.and all this for mefor me a rebel. An obedience was required. and the honor of the Divine law must be vindicated. May God the Eternal Spirit now lead us into it! Before we consider the completeness of Christ's Atonement. How could such a sacrifice. O earth! Was ever love like this?' It will now be appropriate to show from God's Word.could have given full satisfaction to an infinite law. The rights of the Divine government must be maintained. No created Savior. because his views of sin rest but on the surface of sin's exceeding sinfulness? Deep views of sin will ever result in deep views of the Sacrifice for sin. that Christ has made an Atonement for sin. and sanctification of it not enjoyed. endure the shame and the spitting. have "magnified the law.www. and yet the full blessedness. God himself must become flesh. This arises from the infinite dignity of his Person: his Godhead forms the basis of his perfect work. and to carry this fully out.for me a worm for me the chief of sinners! Be astonished. Inadequate knowledge of sin result in inadequate knowledge of Christ.
it will now be an easy and a delightful task to trace its perfection." How beautiful will be the feet that convey to him tidings so transporting as this! And are not these statements perfectly accordant with the declarations of God's own Word? Let us ascertain.of a partial payment of the debt? Not one throb of joyous sensation would it produce. The Holy Spirit has convinced him of his utter helplessness. Aaron's rod. so did the Lord Jesus Christ hide the sins of his chosen. with the infinite glory and dignity of his Godhead. Tell him that the Atonement which Jesus offered on Calvary was a full satisfaction for his sins.com . "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. weary and heavy laden with sin. The law of God has brought him in guilty of an entire violation. alluded to by the Apostle." Stamped. in the entire blotting out of all sin. covenant people. in the complete justification of the person.biblesnet. but with shouts of praise.www. and second. which contained the manna. That all his sins were borne and blotted out in that awful moment. its helplessness.if it were but a partial cancelling of the debt.. this very mockery of his woe would but deepen the anguish of his spirit. On the contrary. the law of God pronounces them acquitted. "Not to be thought on. That the bond which Divine justice held against the sinner was fully cancelled by the obedience and sufferings of Christ. If it were but a partial blotting out of the thick cloud.then the Gospel were not be glad tidings to his soul. but the entire covering of sin? For. The pardon of a believer's sins is AN ENTIRE PARDON.com . love rich. as it is seen first. but after the Spirit. as the work of Christ is. not from the eye of God's omniscience. and proclaim the Gospel. Not to be mentioned.biblesnet. It is the full pardon of all his sins. have made a declaration so astounding. What rapture would kindle in his bosom at the announcement of a mere partial atonement of a half Savior. with any truth. God was "ready to pardon." "Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died. but from the eye of the law. in the ninth chapter of his Epistle to the Hebrews. love free! Love. and that. so infinite and satisfactory his obedience. It were no pardon to him if it were not an entire pardon. So entire was the work of Jesus. They stand legally acquitted.and can never bring them into condemnation. as the covering of the ark did hide the law and testimony. www. appeased and satisfied.mourning over its vileness.if it were but a forgiveness of some sins only." How could the Apostle. But. The justice of God demands a satisfaction equal to the enormity of the sins committed. and the tables of the covenant. over which stood the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy-seat? What. and uttered a challenge so dauntless as this. who walk not after the flesh. What was the ark symbolical of.Online Christian Library O love infinite. his entire bankruptcy. but with tides of joy. go to the soul.. and of the guilt incurred.
and wins back God's wandering child. but on the ground of a full and entire blotting out of all sin? This it is that subdues. though I have not burdened and wearied you with my requests for grain offerings and incense. for I have redeemed you. I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. I—yes. makes the sin of departure. of rebellion. he will subdue our iniquities. overcomes. xliv. that in it are cast. be sought for. with the Lord. so fathomless are the depths of that sea of atoning blood. You have not honored me with sacrifices." Micah vii. and will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. And who can read.though you have departed from me. 1.biblesnet. Where would be the constraining power of the motive to "return" to God. my dear people. of ingratitude. he says: "But. xxxviii.Online Christian Library if the point we are now endeavoring to establish were not strictly as we affirm it to be? And does not the phraseology which the Holy Spirit employs in announcing the doctrine of Divine forgiveness confirm the statement we have made? "I have blotted out. your sins: return unto me. and. So that the trembling soul may exclaim. your transgressions. so glorious was the work of Jesus. "I will cleanse them from all their iniquity. when on the broad basis of a full and free blotting out of sin. You have not brought me fragrant incense or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices.biblesnet.com .www. 8. and I will pardon all their iniquities whereby they have sinned. as a thick cloud. all the sins of the believer. What an astounding truth is contained in these two passages! In the one it is declared.' Again: "In those days. he will have compassion upon us." 'I have blotted out all your sins." Jer. as a cloud. God bids the soul "return. as a thick cloud. "He will turn again. and they shall not be found. Instead. you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your faults.forgotten and forsaken me. so abhorrent. "You have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for you have cast all my sins behind your back. for I have redeemed you. whereby they have sinned against me. you refuse to ask for my help. therefore return." Isa. that if the iniquity of Israel. and the sin of Judah. your transgressions: return. "Bless the Lord." Jer. Though you have gone after other lovers. and there shall be none. that if the eye of God's holy law searches. xxxiii. which Christ has poured out." Isaiah 43:22-25. that. yet beloved people. 2O.deepens the conviction of its vileness. This it is that abases the soul. 22. yet have I blotted out. the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for. You have grown tired of me! You have not brought me lambs for burnt offerings. without deep emotion. and in that time. So entire was the blotting out. and whereby they have transgressed against me.com . never to be found again. it is declared. In the other. O www.and where can it not penetrate? it cannot discover them. so perfect his obedience. 19." Isa. and the sins of Judah. 17. they shall not be found. these affecting announcements by the God of heaven? Gently chiding his wayward.
www. The one would have been useless if separated from the other." Psalm."If we confess our sins." Here was the confession of sin and the pardon of sin. It is truth. Fully received into the heart. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.. who are disconsolate through fear of condemnation. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. and forget not all his benefits: who forgives all your iniquities.expel the love of the world and of self.we allude to the intimate connection between a daily habit of confession of sin. There could be no pardon without confession. 21. would have availed nothing in averting God's holy displeasure. Before we pass to an experimental view of the kindred. months. and yet one much overlooked. the believer in Christ walks for days. See all your sins charged to the account of your mighty Surety. Look up and rejoice! Let not the indwelling of sin. so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 12." Col. though distinct doctrine of justification. and increasing in the knowledge of God. The sympathy between the soul's deep and humble confession of sin and the sense of the blotting out of that sin."Walking worthy of the Lord. without the bearing away of sin. 3. sanctifying. who heals all your diseases. 11.biblesnet. God has so ordained it. see them all laid upon him as your Substitute.or from not having seriously considered it at all. If we confess our sins. and it is your privilege to live in the holy enjoyment of it.sinking them in the ocean of his blood.com . we find a beautiful and striking illustration of this important point.ver.biblesnet. and all their transgressions in all their sins. It will weaken the power of sin. and the mere confession. and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel. we would beg the Christian reader's serious attention to a subject of the greatest importance."If we say that we have no sin. and the truth is not in us.impart tenderness to the conscience. the remains of corruption. For as the heaven is high above the earth.and for the lack of clear and scriptural views of it. 1O. and it may be. we deceive ourselves. In turning to the book of Leviticus xvi. i." www. so great is his mercy towards those who fear him. without the blood upon the conscience. In the first Epistle of John.Online Christian Library my soul. cause you to overlook this amazing truth. See him bearing them away. 9. Thus we read: "And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat. is great.it will draw up the heart in pantings for Divine conformity.it will deaden the influence of the objects of sense. Yes. this Apostle thus writes.com .casting them behind his back. its tendency will be of the most holy. putting them upon the head of the goat." Observe the close relation in this passage. you saints of God. 8.the entire blotting out of all your sins. being fruitful in every good work. unto all pleasing. As far as the east is from the west. through the atoning blood of your adorable Immanuel. and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness. and cause the soul to go softly. 2. and the application of the atoning blood to the conscience. closely and beautifully blended. ciii. abasing character. by the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Look up. and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is a point of deep significance.
distorted views of God. by the remains of guilt upon the conscience.that feeble lisping of a child. Father!" O how unutterably dear is it all to the heart of God! But let the spiritual reader imagine how much of this holy communion is destroyed. not because he knows it to be www. and which often requires heavy affliction to remove. How it crusts the heart with a callousness which no human power can soften.communes by the inward voice of the indwelling Spirit and draws up the affections to Himself. by this gradual process. which we once had. 'I have sinned.www. Another evil that results from sin unconfessed is. so hardened. We sink the Father in the judge. and adopted child. "Abba. by slow and almost imperceptible degrees.that contrite sigh.Online Christian Library Let us unfold some of the evils that result from a neglect of this duty. and this confidence weakened. The moment Adam became conscious of having sinned. We misinterpret his dealings. imparts misty. That lowly view of self. how precious is his own work in the soul of his child. the Father opens. He sought concealment from the endearing presence of Him who had been wont to walk in the cool of evening through the bowers of paradise.that broken heartthat faint and feeble longing for Christ. he hid himself from God's eye.' And so we seek concealment from God. and the child in the slave. One more evil we may mention. and God is angry. through the neglect of a full and free confession of sin. "Beloved of God"? On God's part. We dare not look up with holy. Who can fully enter into that amazing expression of the Apostle's. without reservation.biblesnet. in sweet and confiding communion.com . too. and that is.com . Guilt upon the conscience.pours down the ocean fulness of his love. Sin unconfessed.think harshly of his waysand if providences are dark. A sense of guilt upon the conscience invariably occasions distant views of God. gloomy. pardoned. the hardening tendency it produces upon the conscience. tends to remove that holy familiarity which ought always to subsist between God and the believer. The believer loses sight of his sin. the conscience loses its tenderness. neglects the habit of a daily confession of sin. then. Standing in the righteousness of the adorable Immanuel. humble boldness. without the sweet sense of its forgiveness. The communion between a called. all his heart. and some of the blessings that result from its observance. We lose that clear endearing view of his character. This communion is of the tenderest kind. and its heavenly Father. is more close and endearing than even that between a mother and her first-born child.those broken accents of prayer. as at length to think nothing of a sin which at one period would have filled the soul with horror and remorse. that a neglect of this most important duty causes a fearful forgetfulness of sin. and becomes. It is so now.that poverty of spirit. we need not stay to prove how hardening is the tendency of sin.that hungering and thirsting for righteousness. in a moment we exclaim. sin unconfessed.biblesnet. and afflictions come. To a child of God who has felt and mourned over the power of sin. Where a child of God.
Sins daily and hourly committed are not forgotten. This habit too. are rich and varied.biblesnet. Going thus to God. leaves its impression upon a conscience in the habit of a daily unburdening itself in confession. and fills him with shame. 5. xxi. Just as a breath will tarnish a mirror highly polished. "He will call to remembrance the iniquity. a daily washing in the fountain. and acknowledging iniquity over the head of Immanuel." Ps. and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 63."I acknowledged my sin unto you. www. when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done. cannot soon forget his sin. 2O. In this state. leads the abased and humbled believer afresh to the "fountain opened".com ." Lam. so will the slightest aberration of the heart from God. and be confounded.Online Christian Library pardoned.com . and adore the grace. The conscience retains its tender susceptibility of guilt. He thinks of it. but from a mere carnal forgetfulness of the sin. iii. keeps. David had forgotten his sin against God. O no! Freed from a sense of its condemnation. yet he remembers how far he could depart from the God that so loved him. We would present them as in one group.the smallest sin.pleading the atoning blood. and is humbled in me. 23. This was David's testimony. will preserve the believer from many and perhaps deep afflictions. xxxii.biblesnet. humiliation. I said. THE BLESSINGS that result from a strict observance of daily confession of sin.and thus he is led to go softly all his days. until brought under the rod of the covenant.the conscience retains its tenderness and its sensitivenessand sin. God will eventually bring our sins to remembrance. and the soul abhors. and my iniquity have I not hid. xvi. and never open your mouth any more because of your shame. 62. says the Lord God. and his treacherous conduct to Uriah. and extol the blood that blotted it out. is viewed as that which God hates. delivered from its guilt. only to admire the love. A daily confession then of sin." Ezek. so to speak. until God sent the prophet Nathan to bring his iniquity to remembrance. But the believer who neglects the duty and the privilege of confession. The very pardon of his sin stamps it upon his memory. and contrition. and looking up to the unclouded face of a reconciled God. "I will establish my covenant with you. For let us not forget." Ezek. afresh blotted out. speaks in language of comfort and says. loses the remembrance of his sin. and of a daily washing in the fountain. then some deep and heavy chastisement recalls it to his memory. all sin. and therefore they need not the correcting rod to recall them to remembrance. and you shall know that I am the Lord: that you may remember. The child of God on whose conscience the atoning blood has been afresh sprinkled. and so readily and freely forgave him. a clear account between God and the believer. the Eternal Spirit comes into the soul with his restoring mercies.www.they fade not from the mind. "My soul has them still in remembrance.God the God of all comfort. I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord.
I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. and weep." Ver. for you have fallen by your iniquity. though you have forgotten to be faithful. my brother.lay all bare before his eyes. and am no more worthy to be called your son. "I will heal their backsliding. return unto the Lord your God.seeing that." We now proceed to SHOW HOW FULL AND ENTIRE IS THE JUSTIFICATION OF A BELIEVER. Take with you words. "O Israel.com .". and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.of God's willingness to receive back the repenting prodigal. loving and faithful as ever." Jer. "Return. lift up your heart at once to God. the close connection between an honest and minute confession of sin." Jer. "Only acknowledge your iniquity" would dare creep down at his feet. and turn to the Lord. and mourn.stay not until you find some secret place for confession.God ready to pardon. then. This will not require much amplification. my brother. Return.Jesus is still the samethe blessed and Eternal Spirit." "If we confess our sins. is looking out for the first return of your soul. say unto him.biblesnet. iii. for my anger is turned away from him. backsliding Israel. says the Lord. and struck with that amazing declaration. the God against whom you have sinned. this moment.feels his heart melted. says the Lord. the Father from whom you have wandered. Take away all iniquity. return! God has not turned his back upon you. come back. Shrink not from unfolding its most secret recesses. O! then. and say. if the pardon of www. the love of your espousals." Your Father.of his yearning after his wandering child. Do not be afraid of a full and honest confession. for the first kindlings of godly sorrow. O what words are these! Does the eye of the poor backslider fall on this page? And as he now reads of God's readiness to pardon. "I will arise and go to my Father. Open all your heart to him. 13. and the application of the precious blood of Christ. though you have turned your back upon him. and receive us graciously. his soul subdued. Only acknowledge your iniquity. I will love them freely. that you have transgressed against the Lord your God. for the first confession of sin. xiv.Online Christian Library See. persuasive declarations. 2.is his own touching language"the kindness of your youth. and will say unto him. 12.www.biblesnet. says. Take up then the language of the prodigal and say. Return." Hos. Father. Do you think he will turn from the exposure? Do you think he will close his ear against your breathings? O no! Listen to his own encouraging. and confess your sin with the hand of faith upon the great atoning Sacrifice. God has not forgotten to be gracious. and confess. 2. return! God. 4. come back.stay not until you are alone. Have you sinned? Have you taken a single step in departure from God? Is there the slightest consciousness of guilt? Go at once to the throne of grace. 1. "I remember you. the fountain is still open. and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful.com ."Go and proclaim these words toward the north. ii. O is there one such now reading this page? then return. Let the child of God be encouraged to take all his sins to his heavenly Father. he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. and I will not keep anger forever.
We deprecate the introduction of a metaphysical and scholastic mode of reasoning in the exhibition of Divine truth. May it not be a subject of important enquiry how far the pulpit and the press. not being able to follow a metaphysical argument. and often its simple meaning fearfully perverted. the imputation of Christ's infinite and finished righteousness to a repenting. it is quite unnecessary in the investigation of the mind of the Spirit. 5. as under the personal curse of the law. and tending to mar its beauty. embarrassed. died and rose again for himself.Online Christian Library a believing sinner is a full and entire forgiveness it follows that. and that believer would walk more in peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. that we might receive the adoption of sons. resulting from it. and impart to the learner crude and misty views of Divine truth? Confident are we. true. obeyed for himself. and thus constituting the sole ground of his acceptance. the making over of his perfect obedience in behalf of his church to him that believes.www. far removed from the beautiful simplicity of the Gospel. in its every iota. But to return from this digression. 4.the perfection of our adorable Lord's obedience. too. and discouraged. God's Word is obscured.the law of God demanded no personal obedience from Christ. We mean by JUSTIFICATION. and holding out its threats to a being who was immaculately holy. but it was "to redeem those who were under the law.biblesnet. and therefore had never incurred its penalty. most prayerfully studied. suffered for himself. so must be his justification. True. mystified. are many and dangerous. the Word of God means by Gospel justification. is to take a most obscure and defective view of truth. or rather. had never sinned. pervert its meaning. As made under the law. and that treatise would be read with more blessing. that that ministry would come clothed with most unction. and most studiously followed. believing sinner.biblesnet. had never broken the law: and to suppose the law exacting obedience. may be chargeable with the adoption of a mode of discussing religious truth. The evils. The mind in search of the truth. and at length gives up the investigation." Gal. This Book tells best and simplest its own wondrous story. Christ was made under the law. but in the clear light of God's own Word. but it was for the people for whom he had entered into a covenant engagement www.for he was perfectly holy. becomes perplexed. we would say. that law. endured the curse for himself. It is not our intention to view the subject metaphysically.com . iv. They both result from the same glorious cause. Let us briefly enquire what we are to understand by the righteousness of Christ imputed to a believer. in their efforts to diffuse evangelical knowledge.com . but for his Church. where God's Word was most honored. It is an absurdity to suppose that he obeyed the law for himself. or to comprehend the meaning of a scholastic term. God's Word does not require it. Christ obeyed not for himself. If he was obligated to do anything for himself. then he became incarnate for himself. he was bound to obey.
But Jesus did this once for all when he sacrificed himself on the cross. "Made the righteousness of God"! So called because the righteousness which Christ wrought out was a Divine righteousness." Acts xiii.com . "And by him (the Lord Jesus) all who believe are justified from all things. i. "Accepted in the Beloved. not the righteousness of a created being. unstained by sin.for it was not possible that he could himself break it. 25. sufferings." O no! the righteousness in which you stand. that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. John xiv." is a more costly and glorious righteousness than Adam's. tried." 2 Cor. that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. but that it should be holy and without blemish. v. "He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless." "For he has made him to be sin for us. or ask for a compromise of its claims.biblesnet. 3O." (there is the imputation of our sins to him. and gave himself for it. all it could demand. who knew no sin. then. or the highest angel in www. And on the ground of his obedience. and found nothing in him. 2 Cor.Satan came. It gave all the law demanded. The God became the Substitute. In their behalf he endured the curse. obedience. 21. "And you are complete through your union with Christ. And what stamped this righteousness with a glory so great? what enabled the Redeemer to offer an obedience so perfect? What.his obedience." Col. "He has made him to be sin for us. 21. in the same manner in which their sins were imputed to himthey stand before God. the heart-searching God." Hebrews 7:26-27. from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. or righteousness imputed to them. 2:10 "Christ loved the church. v. He does not need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests.www. Behold.) "that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (there is the imputation of his righteousness to us). of an angel. 25. if you "are accepted in the Beloved. 6. fully and freely "justified from all things. else it were blasphemy to call it "the righteousness of God. It took in the whole law of God. and death of Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe. and he has been given the highest place of honor in heaven." Ephes. let us proceed to unfold it. 39. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people.Online Christian Library with the Father." Eph. It did not soften down. and tempted him. is a most glorious righteousness.biblesnet.the judge became the Surety. v. It took the law in its utmost strictness and honored it. the justification of a believing sinner! He stands accepted in the righteousness of Christ with full and entire acceptance. that he might present it to himself a glorious church. and shall glory. The righteousness wrought out by the incarnation. With this explanation of the doctrine. In their behalf he kept the Law. xlv. Mark the expression. and suffered the penalty. or of a superior prophet. or any such thing. but that he was God in our nature! The Law-giver became the Law-fulfiller. who knew no sin. not having a spot or wrinkle. What says the Holy Spirit? "In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified.com . He has now been set apart from sinners. the holy." Isa.27.
the altogether lovely.to be conformed entirely to the will and image of Christ. and therefore under condemnation. and rejoice over him with singing. and to rob the believer of a most influential motive to holiness. If it is God's truth. received in the heart by the power of God the Holy Spirit.to have the temper. he has found it in a renunciation of selfrighteousness. the daily walk. it takes him out of himself. it exalts the believer himself. reader. and this only. What true happiness can the heart feel while it is unrenewed. and we humbly believe we have proved it to be so. Shall we say his happiness is intimately connected with it? And where is the believer that does not desire to walk happily with God? This is the attainment the world are eagerly in search of. without divesting them of their beauty and obvious sense? Would it not be to turn from God's word." Zech.biblesnet." The righteousness of the God-Man. worthy of the name. If this. What consideration shall we urge upon him why he should welcome it? Shall we say his sanctification is intimately connected with it? and what an argument should this be with a child of God! To be holy.it is not less his privilege than his duty to receive it. iii. lived upon daily. the taste. the principles. and perfection of Deity.to be like God. The righteousness of Christ has a most exalting tendency.but the believer in Christ is its only possessor. it exalts a believer's view of God. the soul unjustified. it exalts his view of Jesus.biblesnet." Psalm lxxxix. and exposed to the wrath of a holy and just God? O dream not of happiness. is the source of all true happiness. so that. until you have gone as a repenting sinner to the cross of Christ.Online Christian Library glory: it is "the righteousness of God. and conforms him to Christ. 16.www. his practice. its sins unpardoned. this finished righteousness. and found it in Jesus. work. his person. the believer is made the righteousness of God in Christ. of his character and perfections. a complete justification? what can be more so? Do not the passages we have quoted prove it? Can any other meaning be given to them. and in a humble reception of Christ. until the atoning blood has been applied to your conscience. above and beyond himself. and glory. were we to take a less expanded view of this subject than that which we have taken? Most assuredly it would. Is it not then we ask. the Father can "rest in his love. who is "the chief among ten thousand.com . he has found it. it exalts his principles. a perfect. And what seems still more incredible. will promote all this: "In your righteousness shall they be exalted.this infinite. possessing all the infinite merit. Then let the Christian reader welcome this truth. and there is no happiness. this Divine. 17. his affections." O! can a believer aspire to a more lofty aim? And this righteousness. and love. Made that righteousness. beholding him in Christ. to dishonor and grieve the Spirit. that is sought and found outside of Jesus.com . then the more constantly and closely the believer realizes his full and complete acceptance in www. broken up to the soul. and the Spirit bears his witness to your adoption.all like our blessed Immanuel.
you shall experience a peace. Saints of God catch. the greater must his happiness be." Eph. he is to be light where there is darkness. dread. the holy influence which a believer is called to exert around him. and tormenting fear. Carry out this thought. upon an ungodly world." Num. as a realization of his justification by Christ? O how this commends the religion of Jesus! We will suppose a Christian parent surrounded by a large circle of unconverted children. though rough and thorny may be your path. and deep your poverty. and.instead of walking in the holy liberty. his heart yearns over you with more than a mother's exquisite fondness for her child. Is it any marvel then. free. neglected." What then will so elevate his own piety. if they behold their parent always indulging in doubts as to his acceptance.reviewing our ground." He is surrounded by moral putrefaction and darkness. your domestics." "the light of the world. Shall we say. and the bold sceptic falls back abashed. his example tells." 2 Tim.www. xxiii. xlviii.biblesnet. they look to him for an exemplification of the truth he believes. my darling. and powerfully felt. his temper. You may be a child of poverty. and lonely your situation. How many a child has borne this testimony. and tells powerfully.that in speaking of his beloved and justified people. realize your full. they expect to see its influence upon his principles.biblesnet. saying with the apostle. Realize this. possessing but little of this world's comforts. for the sake of those around you. Had there been no iniquity in Jacob? Had there been no perverseness in Israel? Read their histories.for the sake of your children." Song 4:7. 12. to which the world around you is an utter stranger. because he has loved you with an everlasting love. i. in this furnace you may be chosen. as it were. his affections. consistent example. his whole conduct. and fiery the furnace. The worldling acknowledges the reality of the Gospel he professes.com . there is no flaw in you. "how appropriate goodness is. and what do they develop but iniquity and www. Isa. 1O. They look to him as to a living Gospel. the contagion of his sanctity. and a happiness.com ."The doubts and fears of my parent have been my great stumbling-block!" O then. will be greatly augmented. and feels. O look up! you are precious in God's sight dear to him as the apple of his eye. to the praise of the glory of his grace. What then must be their impression of the Gospel. God employs in his Word language like this: "All beautiful you are. 21. By his holy. You may be a son or a daughter of affliction. your friends. yielding to unbelieving fears as to his calling? Instead of walking in the full assurance of faith. lonely. by an abiding realization of his full and entire acceptance in Christ? The child of God is "the salt of the earth. if his life is holy.Online Christian Library the Beloved. and entire acceptance in Christ. "He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob. and comfort of acceptance. i. despised. he is to exert a counteracting influence. Yet. there is nothing but distrust. And if his walk is consistent. 6. and. He is to be purity where there is corruption. your connections. neither has he seen perverseness in Israel. and increase the power of his influence. "I know whom I have believed. peace. has "accepted" you "in the Beloved. and through this furnace it may be the Lord's holy will you should pass all your days.
and no perverseness in Israel. and his heart with pride and unmortified sin. the fitness. We acknowledge the magnitude of this doctrine. will come. and it is gone! On this it may boldly venture.sinful and perverse. we look not to them for an exemplification of the great doctrines of grace. what does it set forth but the glorious work of the adorable Immanuel. because well near every doctrine of the cross has been abused to unholy purposes. for an angel's mind. deceiving and deceived. walk in it. nor are we to attribute their abuse of God's truth to the legitimate tendency of the truth itself. and which a lamb might ford.biblesnet. because worldly men have held it in unrighteousness. made over to the repenting believing sinner. fully and freely justified by Christ.because ungodly men.but the day of separation. by an act of free and sovereign grace. then might we set aside well near every doctrine of the cross. the cherubim may veil their faces. The abuse of any single truth is no argument against the soundness or utility of that truth: if so. that God should say he saw no iniquity in Jacob. It is a solemn thing for a believer to overlook any single doctrine. while yet with eager longings they desire to look into it. through which an elephant might swim. because the pearl has been trampled under foot of swine. have walked after their own lusts. To the heart of a child of God it should not be the less precious because of this. The mere prater about doctrine.com .www. www. and. we solemnly affirm. and not experimentally in the heart. live upon it. O no. the day of sifting. This we assign as a reason why we contend so earnestly for experimental religion: there is no true holiness of heart and of life without it. in themselves vile and worthless. receiving the truth notionally in the judgment. Let it attempt the passage across the cold river of death on any other.still may the weakest saint of God receive it. may walk in the outward garb of Christianity. deceiving himself. his head filled with notions. yet counted righteous in the righteousness of another. but worthy only of his just displeasure. deceiving others. the perfection of that righteousness. and on this it shall be safely and triumphantly carried into the quiet and peaceful haven of future and eternal blessedness.Online Christian Library perverseness of the most aggravated kind? And yet. v. sufferings. Is this doctrine startling to some? Is it considered too great a truth to be received by others? Any other Gospel than this. overpowered with its glory. is the only plank on which the soul can safely rest. what at the day of judgment will be most awful. or any such thing?" Eph. when the wheat will be gathered into the garner. It is "a deep river. almost too deeply so. 27. or wrinkle. to stand aloof from any single truth of God's holy Word. It may be profound.the glory.deeply conscious before God of possessing not a claim upon his regard. and the chaff will be burned with unquenchable fire. and death of the God-man. will never save the soul! The obedience. in which they stand "without spot." Nor let any individual slight it.com .biblesnet. yet is it not to be rejected because of its greatness.
and the hearer deceived. and. a day when much chaff must necessarily be gathered with the wheat.biblesnet. how they glorify God.Online Christian Library Let not the reader then turn his back upon a truth. because unholy men have brought it into reproach. or for our right eye. when received in the heart. how they exalt the dear Redeemer. no. Do you wonder that such a scrutiny into the ground of your hope should be made? Are you astonished at the solemn fact implied in this question? Do not be so. and unconditional election of a people. may we not inquire. all. that we repeat the question. Have you.com . how they empty. and to him they draw the soul.it is for your life we ask it. his redemption of them by the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ. your spotless morality.biblesnet. What do you know of the broken heart and the contrite spirit? What do you know of the healing blood of Jesus? What do you know of a sense of pardon and acceptance? What do you know of the witness of the Spirit? What do you know of a humble. and their preservation to eternal glory. your irreproachable deportment. and gathered in the sheaves. not for our right hand. your church memberships.com . what do you know of yourself as a helpless. have gone into eternity holding up the empty lamp! O marvel not then. It was so in the primitive days of the church. and of Jesus as a rich. able. in the present day.these are God's truths. when apostles. your talking respectfully of Jesus will avail you nothing. sovereign. Shall it then be thought a thing incredible with you that. his particular and effectual calling of them by the Eternal Spirit. or think slightingly of them. and neither of them www. They come from God. Many have lived in the mere outward profession. inspired by the Spirit of God. ruined sinner. This is a day of great profession. The doctrine of God's eternal. your liberality. all are vain without the justifying righteousness of the God-man upon you. again and again. he has received in the house of his friends.a day of great ingathering into the church. this robe upon you? In whose righteousness do you at this moment stand? Is it all merely profession? Startle not at the question. and after all. and sanctify the soul! We would not be the individual to speak anything against them. they have their origin in him.then might he turn his back upon Jesus. And now. and not to be rejected. they lead to God. watered.www. humble. your regular attendance on the sanctuary.have been baptized in his name. were the men who planted.turn not from it. abasing view of yourself? What do you know of a holy and a close walk with God? What do you know of communion and fellowship with the Father and his dear Son? In a word. and present Savior? Ponder these solemn questions! The hand that pens them trembles with awe as it traces them on this page. Precious truths! How they abase the sinner. their complete pardon and justification.given liberally for his cause. low. because of the wounds which. In whose righteousness do you at this moment stand? Mere profession will not save your soul. dear reader. your being found mingling among the wise virgins will not secure you an admittance with them into heaven. the minister may be deceived.have put on Christ in the external garb have talked well of him.
Satan. taking advantage of his prolonged fast. during which his hope seems to have perished. if he be an adopted child. tempts the soul to believe the past has been but a deception. seasons. Far be it from us to utter a sentiment like this. during which he cannot look up as a pardoned sinner. 9. and appropriated to an occasion of deep and sore temptation. Taking advantage of the momentary absence of the Lord. and say. which now are depressing the spirits.the way is obstructed. in the sweet and holy realization of his pardon and acceptance. as he believes. Heb.www. of every name and denomination. and casting a shade over every prospect. let it be remembered. let it ever be borne in mind." Lam.com . We mean not to affirm. and prepared unto every good work. sanctified. narrowly to scrutinize his motives. as an adopted child. seasons. 8. God took upon him pure humanity with all the sympathies of our nature.biblesnet. iii. 15. Let us not be misunderstood. and God. and the weakness of body and hunger which were the consequence. "He has hedged me about.com . for. iv. and freedom from condemnation. thus shall he experience the blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven. when he sees not a spot before him. and that the future will develop nothing but darkness and despair." There are many and peculiar BLESSINGS which an experimental belief and realization of this great truth conveys into the soul. frequently seizes. Many and long are the seasons of spiritual darkness and sensible withdrawments of God's presence." Job xix. It was thus he dealt with our blessed Lord. Satan. and closely and habitually to examine the foundation on which he is building for eternity. And while God seems to have withdrawn. who was in all points tempted as his people. deeply to probe his heart. Let it not then be forgotten by the soul that walks in darkness and has no light. and thus. "He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass. that I cannot get out. lxxvii. it is not an actual and eternal withdrawment. whose sin is covered. and with all the www. and he has set darkness in my paths. upon periods of the believer's history. too. through which the believer is often called to pass. Lam.Online Christian Library know it? It solemnly behooves each professing member of Christ's church. a slight glance at some of which will close this chapter. may be seized upon by its great enemy. has forgotten to be gracious. is rough and intricate. "Abba. yet without sin. stirring up unbelief.biblesnet. and he is ready to exclaim with job. 18. that a child of God is secure only as he realizes his pardon and acceptance.Satan levels his fiery darts. First.for. when the Providences of God are dark and mysterious. 7. that constant and subtle foe.when the path. that the providential dealings of a covenant God and Father. Ps. it may be. A consciousness of perfect security. too. Satan instantly appears. and fit for the Master's use.or. suggests hard thoughts of God. shall he constantly be "a vessel unto honor. iii. Father!" All is midnight gloom to his soul. or with Jeremiah. as a justified soul. Thus shall he walk. along which the weary pilgrim is pressing.
loss of thoughts of God. Luke iv.the blessed ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper. ii. so will be the member. worldly professor! Christian www.he must walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. that fell from her lips. There is no true spiritual light but that which beams from the Sun of Righteousness.he must look away from himself to Jesus. and sit down amid the gloom and the obscurity with which he has enshrouded himself. how more powerfully would they have warned. walked no more with Jesus. we dare not. and perhaps more obvious cause. the bitter self-reproaches. life.he must be found prayerful and diligent in the means. and to this every inlet of the soul must be open. who. through which a covenant God conveys such untold blessings into the soul of his dear child! For "the secret of the Lord is with those who fear him.biblesnet. worldly professor of Christ around that bed. but as a child to walk in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly." and to fear him.it is but like the treacherous beacon erected upon a rock-bound coast. the piercing cries for pardon. we allude to a distant and careless walk. All other light is false. And if the Head thus was tempted. so the disciple. O! what losers then are such! While penning this closing part of the chapter. a believer must dwell near the Sun.Online Christian Library weakness which clung to it presented the temptation in its most pliable form. he draws all his light. that he might enter sympathetically into all the circumstances of his tried and suffering people. to have listened to the deep regrets.biblesnet. with its painful attendants.church fellowship. 2.unbelief.these channels.what visits of mercy they rob themselves of! What losers are they who neglect the means of grace. at an early period of her life." Heb. every backsliding. every careless. after a time.at a distance from their Lordwhat seasons of endearing communion. had come! And O! could he have gathered every wandering. and probably of death. To enjoy this light then. and now the season of sickness.closet prayer. for the purpose of beguiling to its shore the unsuspecting bark. too."For in that he himself has suffered being tempted. and to have witnessed. O what losers are they who walk as Peter walked.the communion of saints.www. the writer was sent for to administer spiritual consolation to one on the confines of eternity. But we must not.13. and peace from the God of the means.if the Lord.what tokens of love. the deep anguish that wrung her agonized bosom. but who. rising above them.as if an individual were to close every inlet of a habitation to the rays of the sun.com . and how more persuasively would they have pleaded. 28. he must live close to Christ: he must live the life of daily faith upon him. refrain from ascribing this spiritual darkness to another. prayerless. professed publicly her attachment to the Lord. while. And for this very end was our blessed Lord thus tempted. This will as certainly bring darkness into the soul. than the page which now warns and pleads with the careless.com . is not to dread him as a slave. he is able to support those who are tempted.slavish fear.
com .abandon it as worthless. so his love never changes for all the fickleness. how fearfully you are turning your back upon God! how wantonly are you trampling your precious privileges under foot! What a harvest of sorrow are you sowing for a dying hour! what reason have you to tremble. Thus it is evident that to those who walk uprightly before God. 2. then. your friendship. go to Jesus. sinfulness. He may change. and this only." The atonement guarantees his eternal safety.Online Christian Library professor! are you walking at a distance from Christ. closet prayer? O. A mere profession will never save you. Christ has never been formed in your heart.social prayer. or should see. the departures. but for an unchangeable God.www. but the atoning blood? This. A bare supposition will only delude you. and unworthiness. yes." Mal. washed and clothed. your pursuits. in that child. he daily and hourly discovers.biblesnet. if following him at all? Are you opening your heart to the world. As God never loved his child for anything he saw. 4. to what consolation would it resort? But what forms the great security of the believer? what. if so. the ever varying and fitful pulses of a believing soul. but his covenant God never.biblesnet.com . iv. there are two 'exceeding great and precious promises. the hope of glory! What is your present hope? Is it merely a profession? Give it up.the preaching of the Gospel.and to those who walk in the holy filial fear of God. the sanctuary of God. and sees enough sin in a thought to sink it to eternal and just perdition. your maxims. your policy. But to return: We say not. the child of the covenant is sealed with a better hope and promise.upright in heart. but his Father's love never veers: He loved him from all eternity.laying yourself out for its entanglements? Are you conforming to it in your spirit. the communion of saints? Are you neglecting prayer. lest after all. and rejoice over him with singing. O no! The covenant rests upon a surer basis than this. we would say. when it reviews the history of but one day. the prayer-meetings. his feelings may vary. The Father. pardoned and justified. beholding his child in his beloved Son. But to the soul following hard after God. your dress.family prayer. a sinner without hope. can "rest in his love. O where would the soul fly but for this truth? When it takes into account the sins. What formed the www. your religion? Are you neglecting the means of grace. the Lord has his choicest covenant blessings.' which a child of God should ever keep in view: "Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness. the flaws of but one week. and that love extends to all eternity.sanctuary prayer. nothing can disturb. and as a sinner undone. the follies. The safety of a child of God hinges not upon a frame or a feeling. cxii. that a momentary sense of God's withdrawment from the believer affects his actual security in the atoning blood: this." Ps.most of all. as well as upright in outward conductupright in principle as well as upright in practice. You must have the witness of the Spirit. "Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
com . but must mourn over his defective views of sin. Redeeming love has been my theme. if he is advancing in the divine life. into that house he dared not enter. all guilty. yet effectual growth www. is the atoning blood of Christ to the believing soul. It forms his eternal security. beneath its cleansing stream! and with Cowper let us sing. A growing hatred of sin. and helpless as you were. the tree may be growing downwards.www. concealed.biblesnet. may be regarded as another invaluable blessing. polluted. and brings down the unclouded sunlight of God's reconciled countenance in the soul! O. When this poor lisping. What formed the security of the children of Israel in Egypt. O. "Then in a nobler. adore the love and admire the grace that opened the fountain.com . and the blood of the lamb was to the children of Israel. may we not add? the deeper the view of his own vileness.biblesnet.dispels the mist. The child of God is not the best judge of his own spiritual growth. of great sins. No child of God. as well as sin observable in the outward practice. to him it may be like a retrograde. sweeter song. but passed on to do the work of death where no blood was found. of all sin. of little sins." Second. Reader! is that blood applied to you? Are you washed in it? Is it upon you at this moment? Precious blood! precious Savior who shed it! precious faith that leads to it! how it washes away all sin! how it lightens the conscience of its burden. the stronger the evidence of his growth in sanctification. resulting from a realizing apprehension of the atoning blood. Exactly what the ark was to Noah. I'll sing your power to save. to an observer it is an evidence of advance.deeper views of sin's exceeding sinfulness. its roots may be expanding and grasping more firmly the soil in which they are concealed. it is one of the surest symptoms of the onward progress of the soul in its spiritual course. the more sensible he is of this: yes. There is an inward.sin detected in the indwelling principle. The holier he grows. when the destroying angel passed through the camp waving in his hand the weapon of death? The blood of the Pascal lamb. and where this sacred sign was seen. when the deluge of God's wrath descended upon an ungodly world? The ark in which God had shut him. but others see it.Online Christian Library security of Noah and his family. sprinkled on the lintel and doorposts of their dwellings. The believer himself may not be sensible of it. stammering tongue Lies silent in the grave. heals the heart of its wound. "E'er since by faith I saw the stream Your flowing wounds supply. He may be rapidly advancing when not sensible of it. and yet the appearance of growth not be very apparent. and led you to bathe. And shall be until I die.
4. too. discloses to him the chamber of imagery. why is it there? For the sanctification of his people. often works by contraries. as well as the Savior. and even others may overlook it. that he is the Refiner. its mortification.com . at once to Jesus: his grace can make you all that he would have you to be. He opens the eye of his child to the deep depravity of the heart. unsuspected. as it were. that this is one of the great privileges of the life of faith. Thus there is a great growth in grace." we should ever look to any other mode of healing and of sanctification! For. And why? Only to make his child more holy.for the subduing of all their sins. "I am the truth. And through this. then. unconfessed. to compel him to repair to the mercy-seat. no more can you. This is the only glass through which sin is seen in its greater magnitude. Take your indwelling corruptions to him. too. and I in him. the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. that a child of God is as much called to live on Christ for sanctification as for pardon: "Sanctify them through your truth. But how are these views of sin to be deepened? By constant. the Sanctifier as well as the Redeemer. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself.living on Christ for the daily subduing of all sin. Let the Christian reader. reveals to him the sin unthought of. its crucifixion. then. and he does not think disdainfully of it. you are the branches: he that abides in me. for resignation to God's will." John xv.biblesnet. the believer presses on to high and higher degrees of holiness." And who is the truth? Jesus himself answers. when a believer's views of sin's exceeding sinfulness. To this blessed and holy life our Lord Jesus referred. when speaking of its necessity in order to the spiritual fruitfulness of the believer: "Abide in me. circuitous process. let it never be forgotten. by a deep discovery which the Lord gives him of the pride of his heart. In this way. and it purifies by leading the believer to live out of himself upon Christ. by a sense of restlessness and impatience. take the besetting sin. the believer earnestly seeks for humility. unrepented. deal much and often with the blood of Christ. This is the faith that purifies the heart. once having bathed in the "fountain opened. Remember. the infirmity. close views of the blood of Christ. O! that we should need to be urged to this. and the inward plague.www. that lies deeply embedded there. God. the weakness. the believer may not be sensible of it. except you abide in me." Then we are to live on Jesus for sanctification: and happy and holy is he who thus lives on Jesus. there to plead. through all the graces of the blessed Spirit. there to wrestle for its subjection. The fulness of grace that is treasured up in Christ.com . 5. there to cry. O forget not.realizing apprehensions of the Atonement.Online Christian Library of grace in the soul. except it abide in the vine. for meekness by a discovery of petulance. www. I am the vine. in his gracious dealings with the believer. and so on. are deepening. and I in you. of whatever nature it is. that. but God sees it: it is his own work.biblesnet.
let us assure the reader. why close up the ordinances. The author will not soon lose the impression left upon his mind by an interview with that eminent servant of Christ. helpless sinner. who. Christ must be all in all to him.a conformity to the death of Christ may be regarded as another and a great blessing. www. simply to Christ. nothing must suffice for Jesus. is to take the affliction. domestic comforts. when I enter heaven. crosses. the conflicts and the victories. to wean them from their idols. a poor. in order to learn experimentally this holy truth. and write death upon the means of grace? O why. and driven at the mercy of the winds from billow to billow. is no small proof of God's love. and desolate heart. closer. It is this living upon Christ for all he needs. leads back the believer to first principles! He is led to retrace his steps. Rowland Hill. and convince that lonely. while nothing shall ever be a substitute for him! He will have the supreme affection of his saints. why blight domestic comforts. that he is a substitute for everything. ordinances. and the great secret of all holiness. bereaved. why rob us of church privileges. Indeed. and draw them to himself. that Christ must be every thing.that lesson is the first and the last lesson. which forms the happy and holy life of a child of God. that simpler. this going to Christ under all circumstances and at all seasons.com . church privileges.biblesnet. and all-sufficient Savior. but to open away through which he himself might enter the believer. empty and helpless as when first he cried for mercy.www. resulting from a personal realization of the atoning blood. he is compelled to betake himself afresh to Jesus. more experimental views of Jesus would essentially strengthen the tone of inward spirituality and comfort! The great secret of all comfort in seasons of affliction. Let him not be discouraged if the Lord is dealing thus with him now. 'God be merciful to me a sinner!"' Coming from such a man. when speaking of his then state of mind. Friends. I shall enter it. the Spirit. as it rises. Sometimes. as it comes. There is no other path for him to walk in. This. and find his comfort and his evidence at the very spot from where he first set out. He has to come as at first. After all he has passed through of severe trial and fiery temptation. empty. the Lord.biblesnet. would but realize this truth. Happy and holy is he who thoroughly learns it.Online Christian Library O that the church of Christ. he becomes like a vessel loosed from its moorings. a few months previous to his death. thus to be led back to first principles. Third. and to this end he sends afflictions. means of grace. the late Rev. is to take the corruption. and disappointments. rich. hanging on a full. go over the ground he has traveled. and each individual member. The moment he turns from Christ. let him count it all joy if his Great Teacher has seen fit to put him in a lower class.com . and has given him the first lesson of Christian experience to learn. it was an affecting and striking testimony to the blessedness of being led back to first principles. and at such a time. And why does the Lord so frequently discipline the soul? why remove friends. remarked in his peculiarly solemn manner. simply to Christ. they shall find their all in him. after all the storms and tempests. crying."Sir.
How is this to be attained? Faith dealing frequently and closely with Christ the atoning blood upon the conscience.the sin of his nature.is mourned over. individual. in his present earthly life. the sin of the practice. remove the cross. but the sin that no eye saw but God's. confessed. This is to have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. and the power of his resurrection. This was the great desire of the apostle: "That I may know him." Phil. mortified. It is in the cross the holiness of God shines with such ineffable luster. Jesus suffered as much for the subduing of the indwelling principle of sin.the believer sitting constantly at the foot of the cross.the root of all sin. blot out the Atonement. and branch out on either hand? To cut off the outward branches is not the proper method to stay the growth of the tree: the root must be uncovered. sin. To illustrate the idea: if the root be allowed to strengthen and expand. and mourned over. of one particular sin. This is the sun that throws its light upon these two great objects. unwavering faith.the holiness of God. as for the pardon of the outbreakings of that sin in the daily practice. It is in the cross sin is seen in its exceeding sinfulness. being made conformable unto his death. www. sin in thought. but of all sin. to indwelling sin. neglected. iii. To expect this. sin in conversation. crucified. sin in temper.biblesnet. this the Word of God leads us to hope for and aim after. that conformity to his death can only be obtained by close. Let the reader again be reminded.the sin of the indwelling principle.the "fountain opened" daily resorted to. yes. the sinfulness of the sinner. and the axe laid to it. Have we fellowship with him in these sufferings? There must be a crucifixion of the indwelling power of sin. sin in worldly conformity. would be to expect what God's Word has not declared: but that it may be greatly subdued and conquered. and take a deeper and firmer grasp. and all our knowledge of holiness and sin vanishes into distant and shadowy views. what more can we expect than that the tree will shoot upward. not only the sin that most easily beset him. Outward sins may be cut off. the sin that he daily saw and felt. We do not assert that the inherent evil of a believer will ever be entirely eradicated. He desired not only a crucifixion of sin. He desired crucifixion with Christ. is overlooked. a crucifixion to sin. and the fellowship of his sufferings. all sin. to sin in principle." In this posture. This was the noble prayer of this holy man. will invariably produce in the soul conformity to his death. and allowed to gather strength and expansion. sin in the very glance of the eye. realizing views of the cross. that all true crucifixion of sin springs from the cross of Christ.gazing upon it with an eye of steady. Veil this sun. its power weakened and mortified. dealing much and closely with the cross of Christ. while the concealed principle. and even honestly confessed and mourned over.com . 1O.the sin of the heart. to sin in its every shape.com .www. Faith.biblesnet. the root of the sin.Online Christian Library we dare affirm."looking unto Jesus. wept over.
what a mercy to come with a plea like this! Who can fully estimate it? No plea has the poor believer springing from himself: he searches. burthened. do but make up the history of the day. the petition ungranted. unfaithfulness. And O. tried. the faint pleading of the atoning blood? There is so feeble a recognition of the blessed way of access. no trembling apprehensions of a repulse from God. all without is marred by sin. depressed.www. and wearing the inviting smile. the draft on the full treasury of his love unhonored? The Father loves to be reminded of his beloved Son. the very waving of the censer of infinite merits to him is fragrant. brethren.O then what a persuasion to draw near the throne of grace has the believer in Christ! Then. it glorifies himself. pleading the infinite merit of Christ. but nothing can he find on which to rest a claim. draw near the mercy-seat: God delights to hear. ingratitude.O! is it any marvel that our prayers return to us unanswered. and when urged so coldly mentioned. reminded the Father of what his Son has accomplished. With such an altar. boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. "Having. when pardon and acceptance are sealed upon the heart by the Eternal Spirit. God is viewed through the cross as reconciled. the most disconsolate. of his own gracious promise to receive and favorably answer the petition endorsed with the name. his flesh. honors his Son. may approach and open all the heart to a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God. such atoning blood. delights to answer.the feeblest child of God. no dread of God. through the veil. so little wrestling with the precious blood. in the absence of all other pleas. which he has consecrated for us. and the blessing petitioned for will be obtained. therefore. But in Christ he sees that which he can urge. May not this be assigned as a reason why so few of our petitions are answered.Online Christian Library Fourth. there is no consciousness of guilt to keep the believer back. by a new and living way. let the precious and infinite merit of Christ be fully urged. why so little blessing is obtained. as it may be. the most burdened.com . Let the atoning blood be strenuously pleaded. all within is vile. tempted.biblesnet. while it enriches him who urges it. departure. He delights to be pressed with this plea. and such a reconciled God. and in urging which God will hear and answer. what an element should prayer be to a believer in Christ! Let the soul. and www. the dear name of Immanuel so seldom urged. What encouragement does it present to this blessed and holy life of communion with God! the atoning blood! the mercy-seat sprinkled over! the High Priest before the throne! the cloud of incense constantly ascending! the Father well pleased! What can more freely invite the soul that pants for close and holy communion with God? And when the atoning blood is realized upon the conscience. the very breathing of the name to him is music. and presented in behalf of that Son. and as standing in the endeared relationship. it is a plea He cannot reject. that is to say. such a High Priest.biblesnet. so little looking by faith to the cross.a most powerful incentive to prayer is found in a close and realizing view of the atoning blood.com . Taking in the hand the atoning blood. of a Father. it is a plea at all times prevalent.
We need all our time.the thick cloud blotted outthe soul wrapped in the robe of righteousness. and devoted. who daily dwells by the side.com . A sweet and abiding consciousness of pardon and acceptance is essential to spiritual fruitfulness.biblesnet. all our energies. If these are the inestimable blessings connected with personal and close realizing views of the blood of Atonement. he may have nothing to do but to die. Fifth. The Freeness of the Atonement The Anxious Sinner Venturing on Christ.22. wage a daily war with the innumerable foes that oppose him. and yield obedience to the law of Christ. when you shall enlarge my heart.www.biblesnet. and that will be quite enough.Online Christian Library having a High Priest over the house of God. no energy then to search for evidences. that when he comes to die. to delight in the precepts as in the doctrines of God's truth. yes. but let him earnestly seek it now. The great impelling motive of all Gospel obedience is. We would allude but to one other blessing growing out of the atonement realized." We see not how a child of God can be fruitful otherwise. from the constant moisture it receives. the atoning blood must be realized." Heb. "I will run the way of your commandments. in the "fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. surely the Christian reader will strive to live near the fountain: this is the only spot where his soul shall flourish. lest while they have gone the bridegroom comes! O then to know that all is right.ready to enter in to the marriage supper of the Lamb! To die will be quite enough: to face and grapple with the King of Terrors will be sufficient employment for the spirit struggling to be free: no time. and the cross felt to be no cross. so is that believing soul the most fruitful. and the yoke felt to be no yoke. the love of Christ in the heart. to bear the daily cross.the spring it gives to all holy evangelical obedience. let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. who is perpetually in search of evidence of his adoption. 19." Psalm cxix. is. holy. As the gentle flower which blooms unseen by the side of some veiled fountain. No believer can advance in the Divine life. no strength. and our bodies washed with pure water. all our means. www. spiritual. Let not the professor of Christ leave the "sealing" of his pardon and acceptance to that fearful hour. always beautiful and fragrant. 32. in order to vanquish the spiritual Philistines who obstruct our way to the heavenly Canaan: we have none to send in search of evidences. The apostle admits it when he says.com ." In order to walk as an obedient child. having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. x. and be fruitful in every good work. "The love of Christ constrains us. How easy and how sweet will then become the commandments of the Lord! Duties will be viewed as privileges. David acknowledged this principle when he prayed.
" Tit. while the river flows so richly and so freely at their feet.Online Christian Library "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. even among those "called to be saints. we would rather not call it an attribute.www. it is not a repairing of a breach. waiting for some condition to be performed. but. which manifests itself to all it pleases. its nature. With an eminent divine. many are kept. They have been convinced of their need of Christ." Should not even this be deemed sufficiently explicit. but the will of God which brings all other manifestations of the Divine character before the eye: "It is not mercy. would assuredly bring into their possession. and." from entering fully into the liberty and peace of the Gospel. they are kept back from those rich and untold blessings which a closing in with Jesus. though holiness is to be seen in grace. constituting as essential and substantial a part of the Divine existence. it is not holiness. he terms it. It is necessary to go still higher. 11.com . or some price to bring. sensible of his lost state. more simple." -Rom. the freeness of the Atonement. that from the lack of clear and spiritual views of the freeness of the gift. he elevates his reader at once to the source and fountain-head of all grace. or goodness. come to the vilest sinner. and make him the nearest link in that chain that hangs from the throne of God. lingering on its margin. not only from a deep consciousness of its vast importance. they have been brought.com . though mercy is to be seen in grace. he sets forth its author. but also from the conviction. In this short but emphatic sentence. holiness. definition of grace may be acceptable to the general reader.biblesnet. we prefer the phrase.' to stand. and made willing to accept of Jesus in the day of God's mighty power. we would pass to higher ground even than this. the perfectly unconditional bestowment of the blessing. we mean then. We enter the more readily on the discussion of this subject. the perfectly gratuitous and unconditional manner in which the blessings of pardon and justification. and its end. as expressing "the grace of God that brings salvation. 24. the Savior of sinners. but an exalting of the handiworks of God into a higher region. through a deep 'law work of the soul. as on the very borders of the land that flows with milk and honey. it is a mere act of the Divine will. they have been made to hunger and thirst for pardon and acceptance. It is the grace of God. iii. as the attributes of power. it is not merely the second in a series of ascending steps. looking more to themselves and less to Christ. it may be. flowing through the Atonement of Christ. the apostle employs language the most concise and expressive. some fitness to be experienced. www. ii." A less theological. justice.biblesnet. which much conversation with inquiring souls has tended to deepen. When speaking of the great unfolding of Divine mercy in the redemption by Christ. "The grace of God that brings salvation. and to lift man up. perhaps. and as the great manifestation of this grace we are now to consider is the Atonement of Christ. in humanity to make the Godhead forever manifest.
Take those remarkable words. This is the testimony: "Ho! every one that thirsts. he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted. then." Where was the worthiness here? What price with which to purchase their redemption. the anxious question is. then. without money and without price. What a gospel.com . "Thus says the Lord. buy wine and milk. how the glorious Atonement received its stamp of freeness. without fitness. the most vile.biblesnet." these "bound?" See. come you. and he that has no money. and. buy and eat. may come and drink water freely out of the wells of salvation. "What shall I do to be saved?" With you. we particularly address ourselves to that class of our readers who. had these "brokenhearted.than are found in the Old Testament writings? The single point of course now under proof is. yes. with brokenness of heart and deep contrition of spirit are inquiring. by the mouth of his prophets. let not the reader be amazed if we lead him first into the Old Testament. For where will be found more distinct and glorious views of the Atonement. can we suppose that the blessing of pardon will be less freely bestowed? Again. and peace! In adducing the simple and express testimony of God's Word on this subject." The simple meaning of which iswithout worthiness.Online Christian Library For the purpose of clearness in the discussion of our subject. This is the language of God. lxi. because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the poor. come to the waters.without price. even under the legal dispensation." Isa. "Will God have mercy upon me? Will he have a wretch so vile as I?" Read then. is here revealed! how full the supply! how free the gift! And if this was the language of God under the obscure exhibition of the Gospel. the perfect freeness of the gift." Entirely bankrupt. Again. Come we now to the clearer revelations of the new Dispensation. and the invitation has gone out. 1. 42. O sweet expression! "Nothing to pay.www. the most penniless. some scriptural examples will be adduced confirmatory of the doctrine before us. joy. with close attention and prayer. design. dear penitent reader. without condition. and you shall be redeemed without money. lii. what must be his free welcome to poor sinners under the full meridian glory of the Gospel? Now that Christ has come.its nature. "And when they had nothing to pay. Mark the expressions as descriptive of the characters to whom our blessed Lord came"broken-hearted. and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. then. the medium through which its blessings flow to the seeking soul. lv." "captive. come." Luke vii." "those who are bound.com . and the fountain has been opened. 1. he frankly forgave them both. So that the most unworthy." Isa." Isa. and the Atonement has been made. In the observations now to be made. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. www. 3. the following statement. the reader will be first led to consider the simple and express testimony of God's Word. and freeness. and may the Eternal Spirit give you light. to proclaim liberty to the captives. reader. Behold the freeness of the rich and inestimable blessing! "Without money." these "captives.biblesnet. lastly. You have sold yourselves for nothing.
and therefore. There is no difference. has been made known. this inflexible law of God? Let me assure you. xxii. all these works. because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-. forgiven with all the heart of God! But one other passage is adduced." Rev. bereft of all. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. See how the Word of God closes with the proclamation of a free-grace salvation. Where. they flow not from faith and love. cordially forgiven. in this respect." Again. And let him that is athirst come. from an unrenewed. are. to which the Law and the Prophets testify. even as faith is the gift of God's grace. rather. through the law we become conscious of sin. and brings it in guilty and self-condemned www. that faith." Accompanied by the Spirit of God. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. wretched." Romans 3:20-28. is boasting? It is excluded. your lifeless religion. reader. If it be shown from God's truth. And let him that hears say. every stream that branches from it must partake of the foulness of the source from where it flows. Come. is the grand medium through which pardon and justification flow. let him take the water of life freely. convinces it of sin. all confirm the solemn declaration of the apostle. But now a righteousness from God. to conform to the requirement of this holy." he has reference to those many and fruitless efforts to obey the law which men in a state of nature are found so zealously to aim at. your resolutions broken. and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. And whoever will. it discloses to the soul the sinfulness of the heart and life.com . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. it will be clear that. freely. "For by the law is the knowledge of sin. Review the outline of his reasoning: "By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified. 17. that all these strivings. The last words that linger in sweet vibration on the ear.com . Come. "the water of life freely!" Let us view the subject in another point of light. and not the works of the law. penniless. What says the Scripture? "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law.he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time. is worse than worthless in God's holy sight. Let your formal prayers. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement.biblesnet. they are sinful. He did this to demonstrate his justice. through faith in his blood." By "the deeds of the law. that is. so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. fully. your vows foresworn. apart from law. they proceed from an unregenerate nature. Are you striving. as the blessed canon of Scripture closes."By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. Thus.www. then.Online Christian Library Poor. the heart being thus a fountain of corruption. Let the failure of the past suffice to teach you that you can never keep this holy law. unsanctified heart. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No. all that toiling. the Atonement must be free and unconditional. and yet frankly forgiven."And the Spirit and the bride say. then. but on that of faith. by one of the finest arguments in the apostolic writings does Paul triumphantly establish the perfect freeness and unconditional character of a sinner's acceptance with God. nothing to pay.biblesnet.
We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood. away with every other covering.and this is the utmost extent of its prerogative. harmonize with every other portion of God's Word! Thus. 21." Having established the incapacity of the law to justify the sinner. curse. nor the righteousness of Adam. 22. is the second point established by this conclusive argument of the apostle. condemn. "And as they went on their way. and safe forever: take him for a moment out of this righteousness. and does. that he gave his only-begotten Son. being made a curse for us." John iii. not to him that deserves. here is water. that whoever believes in him should not perish.nothing but the "righteousness of God" can justify a soul in the sight of God. Thus: "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.biblesnet. the freeness of the gift! "To him that believes.it can. Away with every other refuge. disconsolate soul. peace." How perfectly does this statement of the instrument or medium by which the blessings of pardon and justification are received into the soul. Now. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.com . It must not be the righteousness of angels. we dismiss it now with but one observation.www. but have everlasting life.com . not to the www." and betake yourself to Him who has.Online Christian Library before God. you may. As we have enlarged upon this point in another chapter. In this righteousness the believing sinner is safe. It never yet gave spiritual life to the soul." not to him that works. He clearly proves it to be by faith. "redeemed us from the curse of the law." Romans 3:22." Acts xvi. and the instrument by which it is received. sacrificing his life for us. by his most precious blood. See. resign all the hope you fondly cherish of life.biblesnet. for instance: "By Him all who believe are justified from all things. and acceptance by "the deeds of the law. With regard to the first he declares it to be "the righteousness of God." Acts xiii. how is it possible that the law can ever be an instrument of life and an instrument of death to a sinner? It is utterly impossible that it can be. 39. O see. 37. fitness. 36. "God so loved the world. and does. It can. If you believe with all your heart." ver. it never yet conducted it to Jesus." Acts viii. what hinders me from being baptized? And Philip said. And in verse 25: "For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us. He takes up and argues two important points. it never yet whispered liberty and peace. the apostle then proceeds to unfold the glory. and freeness of that righteousness which can and does justify the soul before God. nor the righteousness of Moses. clad in any other righteousness than that which the adorable Immanuel wrought out. and he is lost. 16. and lost forever! The instrument by which this divine righteousness is received. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. 31. And he answered and said. it never yet emancipated the soul from its thraldom. and let not the reader dream of entering with acceptance into the presence of a holy and heart-searching God. they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said. it must be the righteousness of God in our nature. and you shall be saved. O then.the nature of the righteousness.
whatever would tend to satisfy the soul in his absence. and only as it leads. Christ must be everything or nothing. an able and willing Savior. ill and hell deservings. for stronger faith. but the eye that looks at both. a full." "Where is boasting then? It is excluded. and indigent to Christ. must pardon and justification be drawn. undue prominence.it must be yielded. it is not the blood. or too explicit. Christ in his great and finished work. it is healing.Online Christian Library worthy. The matter of a sinner's standing before God. but the instrument by which that Savior is received. the great object of faith." as a rich. poor. It is efficacious. and obligations to punishments without end. the subject of faith be misunderstood. but the channel through which that fountain flows. that faith is not the source of pardon and peace to the soul. before the soul closes in with Christ. "looking unto Jesus. precious and important as it is. is the danger of which we caution the soul seeking for salvation. with its attendant blessings. unless it be needs and weakness. And what is that hanging back." Let not. this making a Christ of faith. from him exclusively. Wrong views. the method of the soul's acceptance of Christ. Is it as the plucking out of a right eye?.com . but the mere instrument. which takes the place of Christ.let it go. it is not the fountain. that waiting for more faith. Anything. this substituting of the instrument for the great Object. Where this is the case. Of all the graces of the Spirit. we may convert it into a Savior. the soul to Jesus." in the words of an old divine. Christ in his humanity. We say then.biblesnet. to his healing. In itself. Now. small faith. let not the seeking soul wonder that it finds no peace. it is peace-speaking as it leads.what is it. sins without number. but "to him that believes. must be surrendered. may be entertained by the seeker of salvation. Christ in his Godhead. It is of the utmost importance that none should be satisfied with crude and obscure views. "So that office of faith. nor the righteousness of Christ.whatever would take his place in the affections. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith (in Christ) without the deeds of the law. are momentous themes. which shuts out Christ from the soul. even if it be the blessed production of the Eternal Spirit of God. views contrary to God's Word. from him solely. and not bring to.com . Other graces www. and inimical to the soul's spiritual peace.www. is received by the repenting sinner. Christ in his mediatorial fulness. It is not the Savior. must be all in all to the sinner. peace-speaking blood. it accordingly goes empty. Christ. "is to receive from. We may deify faith. that lingering. from him entirely. There is a danger of giving to faith. it has no healing. faith is the most emptying. Is it as the cutting off of a right hand?. In the great work of salvation. On this point we cannot be too earnest.biblesnet. substitute it for Christ. peaceimparting power. Whatever then rises between the soul and Christ. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith. is dangerous. but making a Savior of faith? It is not great faith that saves the soul: it is not strong faith that pardons and justifies it: it is a weak faith. however. it possesses no intrinsic efficacy. the simple channel through which the Atonement.
"Lord. That was faith of the same feeble character. viii."If you can do anything. he has presented to our views sturdy characters. Let no anxious. at the apparent repulse of the blessed Lord. As in nature the hand and the mouth are both of them adapted to receive. so is faith adapted to look.the one a gift. that the ever-varied and varying circumstances of the saints of God may be adequately met. and. unwavering faith in Job. 28. Here was no doubting of Christ's ability. as it were. who. That was great faith exhibited in the case of the woman of Canaan. to be dispossessed. hang back from Jesus. in order that no dear child of God. O woman." It is delightful to trace THE DIFFERENT EXHIBITIONS OF FAITH which the Holy Spirit has presented to our views in his own Word. seeking soul. "Lord. because of the weakness of its faith. but its first and great business is with the person and righteousness of Christ.Online Christian Library bring something. too. who could take his son. his son whom he loved. gigantic faith. And he seems to have thus spread them out before us. exercised by the father who brought his child possessed of a mute spirit to Jesus. 27. the one that doubted his willingness. yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. but met his seeming objection by saying. "Though He slay me. his only son. And. and yet. viii. That was feeble faith which the leper exercised when he said. and works by love. was strong faith in Abraham. have compassion on us and help us. then.www. and offer him up at God's bidding. Christ manifested his compassion. 22. and sows in tears of godly sorrow. yet will I trust in him. In some sections of his Word. having received him." Matt. when he said. the Holy Spirit presents to the view some of the weakest exhibitions of faith. reposing by simple reliance on Christ. his willingness to cleanse him. Christ's willingness was fully believed. great is your faith: be it unto you even as you will. by which we are persuaded to abide with him. www. the other food." Matt. though it is both.biblesnet.com . to realize all those Scripture motives. Then Jesus answered. in both cases." But. on the other hand.the only point he seemed to question was. along with them. Lord. whereas faith brings nothing to Christ but a naked back. with the request thus couched. and the other that doubted his ability. "True. and answered their request. impressed with the lineaments of a strong. and said unto her." Mark ix. if you will. That. might despair. to mention no more. xv. it may be small in its degree. For example: that was strong faith in the centurion. would take no denial. and weak in its exhibition. who could say. his ability only doubted. It may be small faith. and to follow him: so that faith in the business of justification before God is not to be considered as a working. that was strong.com ." Matt. In this case. to receive. and my servant shall be healed. and to close with the Lord Jesus Christ. particularly to receive the Atonement. I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only. but as a receiving grace. 8.biblesnet. 2. you can make me clean.
and can never be a substitute for him.biblesnet. but the discharge of a debt. "Now when a man works (O mark his expressions!). then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. let it be borne in mind. his wages are not credited to him as a gift. it yet is "the faith of God's elect.contemplate its costliness: incarnate Deity.com . 6. something to merit God's forgiveness. is this very doctrine. We pass now to the consideration of those kindred passages which declare the salvation of the sinner to be an act of mere GRACE. that it might be by grace." ver.unparalleled grace and love. and dishonor himself. in consequence of his works. What language can possibly establish the doctrine of the freeness of the Atonement more conclusively than this? See the force of the apostle's argument. due from God to the sinner! And in consequence of his merit. ascension. "I am a spiritual www. to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked. and off itself.com . then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. "Therefore it is of faith. if it be so much as the raising of my hand. 16. resurrection. that faith is not Christ. that single glance shall sweep the ocean fulness of his love in the soul. xi.www.acute and mysterious sufferings. lest any man should boast.a debt. Only let the dear reader bear in mind. his faith is credited as righteousness. if the works of the sinner are the ground." it is of the mighty operation of the Holy Spirit: and though feeble. If it be faith. we tremble while we write it. is not a free gift. as to barter it to the sinner? And if God were so disposed. it implies no worthiness whatever in the creature. "And if by grace. the Atonement is not free." Rom. even partially so. or the blessing. all conspire to constitute it the most august sacrifice that could possibly be offered. Consider the grandeur of the Atonement. however small. simply to Jesus. "like precious faith" with Abraham and job and all the prophets and apostles. 8. if it directs its eye out of. 9. But if it be of works." yes.Online Christian Library yet it is "precious faith.God becomes the sinner's debtor! The Atonement itself precludes all idea of human merit. and from its very nature proclaims that it is free. The reader will bear in mind our simple definition of grace: it means God's unmerited favor to sinners. However. salvation then is not of grace. then the reward. some price in my hand. underrate its value. pardon and justification are thus made over to him! What doctrine can be more horrendous than this? what more opposed to God's Word? And yet the doctrine that teaches me that I may present myself before the Holy God with some fitness of my own. on which salvation is bestowed.Perfect obedience. It lies here: if there be anything of merit in the creature. And shall there be anything in the sinner to merit this sacrifice? Shall God so lower its dignity. yet. This is the glory of the gospel: "By grace are you saved through faith. and intercession of the Savior.wondrous death. ii.biblesnet." Romans 4:4-5.spotless purity. and God. what is there in the sinner that could purchase it? Where is the equivalent. Survey again the apostle's argument: if there be anything of merit in the creature. and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works. where the price? "Alas!" is the exclamation of a convicted soul. but as an obligation." Eph.
and to the sin of my nature. through time it is love. "the price of pardon" is weighed.www. go and ask that son and daughter of disease and penury.com . his own most precious blood: O the grandeur of the thought! It was fit only to have originated with God. of rebuke in the heart of God: from eternity it has been love. whose body is diseased." and the seat of that love is his heart. than the Atonement flows from the heart of God. that heart is love. and not more freely does the ocean billow heave. of anger. of saving a guilty world. and nothing but love. and is.Online Christian Library bankrupt: I lost everything in my first parent who fell. what! is that individual beloved of God?" Go and ask that afflicted saint. and stamps it with infinite freeness. and broke up that cistern. I have nothing to recommend me to the favor of God. that instead of unkindness in that cross. feeble. there was love. "God is love. go and ask that cross-bearing disciple.of showing mercy to rebellious man. whom I see yonder bearing that heavy and daily cross. and on through eternity to come it will be love. and saving it in such a way and at such a sacrifice? It was a stupendous thought even that of saving. his only begotten and well-beloved Son.when the method of mercy is contemplated. The bare idea of exercising love towards the apostate race. and to whom messenger after messenger is sent. "What! are not their afflictions. proofs of God's displeasure? What! is that individual loved of God. What is that source? The heart of God! The Atonement. and removed that earthly prop. in every view. And not more freely does the sun pour forth its streams of light.that price. was in itself so mighty. and dependant. whose gourds are withered in a night. and if redemption is not free. who is poor. and that when he withered that gourd. and whose fountains are all broken in a day. the rough and thorny path they tread. I have no claim upon his mercy. I am undone. against whom billow after billow dashes. instead of harshness in that rebuke. worthy of himself. their chastisements. Not an unkind thought lodging there. Yes.when the sacrifice." The very costliness then of the Atonement puts it beyond all price. then could the Atonement have proceeded. Towards a sinner standing in the righteousness of his Son. originated in the very heart of Jehovah. there never has been. and there never will be one thought of unkindness. From what other and higher source. and love of the most tender character. that God alone could have conceived it. But when the plan of salvation is viewed. there was tenderness.biblesnet. their Father's dealings with them are the most costly proofs of his love. that towards his chosen people. and blighted that budding hope. Where else could the thought have originated.biblesnet. it was but to www. not a repulsive feeling dwelling there: all is love. I came into the world poor and helpless. without money. whose domestic comforts are fled. with all the blessings it involves. all love. and they will tell you. and without price. if not from the very heart of God? And from his heart it did proceed. and not more freely does the air fan with its refreshing influence. The great source of the Atonement stamps its freeness. I have no price with which to purchase it.com . we dare affirm.that sacrifice. I have added actual transgression of the most aggravated character.
And see how our blessed Lord confirms this statement: "I have not come to call the righteous (that is.www. without price.all. THE OBJECTS CONTEMPLATED in the special and gracious design of the Atonement. and a persecutor. and www. Pardon to the chief of sinners. repentances do not merit it. the rich. but believes on him that justifies the ungodly. free as the heart of God can make it. tears do not merit it. thus to unlock the treasury of his love. "The friend of publicans and sinners.the blotting out of sins of the deepest dye. without a previous fitness. believing sinner."who was before a blasphemer. reader. 5. "This is a faithful saying. Convictions do not merit it. 13. while we were yet sinners. and satiate the soul with his goodness. To recur again to our illustrations: Does the sun need bribing in order to shine? Does the wind need persuasion in order to blow? Does the ocean wave need argument in order to roll? Is the sunlight purchased? Is the air purchased? Is the water that flows from the fountain purchased? Not less free is the love of God. in that. forgiveness to the vilest of the vile. without merit. "And I punished them often in every synagogue. he says. Let the Holy Spirit speak: "To him that works not. ungodly.biblesnet." Matt." "God commends his love towards us. But to return to the subject. and worthy of all acceptance.) that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Rom.biblesnet. the poor and the penniless. 8. O dear cross! O sweet affliction! O precious discipline! thus to open the heart of God. ix." 1 Tim. his faith is counted for righteousness. Christ died for us. the self-righteous. iv. Who are they? Are they spoken of as the worthy. faith does not merit it. The hungry and the thirsty. "When we were yet without strength.com .Online Christian Library pour the tide of his own love in the heart. and flowing down through the channel of the cross of Christ.the justification and acceptance of the most unworthy. in due time Christ died for the ungodly. They are sinners. 15. the deserving. v. may come to the gospel provision. without money. it follows then that it must be free. of whom I am chief." And. establish its perfect freeness beyond all question. in detailing before Agrippa the nature of his persecutions of the Christians. gushing from his heart.com . repenting. unworthy. the righteous. His own description of his previous character will certainly be believed: this it is.those who were righteous in their own estimation. 6. but sinners to repentance. i. and the soul near to God. it is the declaration of one who styles himself the chief of sinners. to a poor. And who did He save when upon earth? Were they the worthy or the most unworthy? were they the righteous or sinners? Let us examine? Take the case of Saul of Tarsus. the noble? The very reverse. and injurious. for the heart of God bids them welcome. Let it not be forgotten that the Atonement had its origin in the heart of God. thus to bring God near to the soul. the weary and the heavy laden." Rom. (O listen to it. and despised others)." was the charge that these self-righteous religious leaders brought against him. Without works.
obtained mercy. on the contrary. if they were not ungodly. then. Let him examine minutely these several instances. blot out all your transgressions. the holy God. just as you are.biblesnet. freely.www.obtained it fully. First. that God is holy." Acts xxvi. cannot but hate sin. too."The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John i. of price. penitent reader. as illustrating the freeness of the Atonement. and take from you the terror of a guilty conscience. of previous fitness. "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin." 1 Tim.The atoning blood of Christ possesses a pardoning efficacy. "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil.com . that. then. O yes. unrighteous sinners. you cannot tolerate wrong. we inquire not how many their number. The reader is requested to open God's Word and turn to the cases of Zaccheus. from the very necessity of his nature. and. of claim." Many there are www. what tidings are here! Through this blood of Christ.biblesnet. and whose wrath you justly dread. were we to adduce every prominent case of conversion recorded in the New Testament. Mary Magdalene. 11. It would expand this volume beyond our intended limits. inquiring reader."all manner of sin. and being exceedingly mad against them. we ask not how wide the territory over which your sins have extended. yet take his own word as a full confirmation of this stupendous fact. and in breaking of having incurred the penalty of God's holy law. and doubt no more. through the blood of his dear Son. the woman of Samaria. some sure shelter from the storm. I persecuted them even unto strange cities."that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all patience. and that he should pardon it. or how deep their dye: we meet you. And yet Saul of Tarsus "obtained mercy:" and why? He himself replies. and the thief upon the cross. We will suppose that you have been convinced of this cardinal truth. Let us attempt the APPLICATION of this subject to the case of the anxious. To such we observe. aside from all human merit. 16. the God against whom you have sinned.sinners of the most unworthy kind. some city of refuge to screen you from the avenger of blood." We ask not how heavy the weight of guilt that rests upon you. that God should pardon sin. If Saul of Tarsus. too. God. so may you.Online Christian Library compelled them to blaspheme. 7. with God's own declaration.com .obtained it as a sinner. why they obtained mercy. in these individuals. to whose eye this page may unfold itself. can pardon all your sins. i. or how aggravated their nature. for a pattern to those who should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. convinced of having broken. as a sinner of the deepest dye. the Philippian Jailer. O. blessed declaration! it cleanses us from all sin." Habakkuk 1:13. We will suppose. you are looking pensively around you for some effectual remedy for the wound. but. and ascertain if there was anything of worthiness. O what news is this! Do you doubt it? Do you look incredulous at the declaration of a truth so amazing? We know it is an amazing fact. that you have been brought by the Eternal Spirit to the deep consciousness of your utter sinfulness.
and enables the soul to look up to God. The fearful opportunity presented itself. when writing to the Corinthian converts. for sin and uncleanness." says the apostle. and Mary Magdalene. and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. you are unworthy. it gives peace to the soul. the Fountain yet is open. and from the terror and gloom of sin. and the dying thief. it produces peace. homosexuals. and go. these words came to her mind with overwhelming power. It imparts a sense of reconciliation: it removes." And why not you? Second. drunkards. and she fell on her knees to accomplish the awful deed. while we declare that.her shaken spirit was calmed. when applied by the Holy Spirit to the conscience. sin-cleansing efficacy! full and free as ever! O. for just such this precious blood was shed.www. and she exclaimed in a transport of relief. "Such were some of you. On the following Sabbath she hastened to the house of God.biblesnet. you too may come. yet it is ever running. to the bar of God. all dread of condemnation. you are poor and penniless: so was this individual.all slavish fear of God. vi. and Manasseh. to terminate her life.com . the minister announced as his text. who had been fornicators. "such were some of you: but you are washed. sanctified.her fatal purpose was broken. but listen. and the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed them from all sin. the knife prepared. Thousands have plunged in it. say not that you are too vile.biblesnet. this costly Fountain was opened. 9-11. and open. washed. and Peter. and millions more. and emerged. 'If the blood of Christ Jesus cleanses from all sin. she resolved. then why not mine too?" She arose.com . she passed into the sunshine of God's full and free forgiveness. ever free. covetous. looking at your unfitness." To this fountain they came. It not only procures peace. not as "a www. Despairing of mercy. revilers. looking at your poverty. ever overflowing. and yet it has lost nothing of its sin-pardoning.Online Christian Library who can testify to this truth. Anxious soul. thieves. to her astonishment. and. came. but. the weapon dropped from her convulsed grasp. for you.and her heart drawn out in prayer to God. black as they were. reeking with her own blood. David. Mourning soul. At the moment her hand was raised to give the fatal stroke. washed. led as you have been by the Holy Spirit to feel your vileness."The blood of Christ Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. and anxious to anticipate the worst of her punishment. and Saul. idolaters.It is peace-speaking blood. who. yet she "obtained mercy. when none should be near her. The blood of Christ was applied to her conscience. too." The Holy Spirit completed the work so graciously begun in her soul. extortioners. was brought to the extreme of mental anguish." Her arm fell motionless at her side. Why not you? True. unbelief will seek to close it. vile. Satan will seek to close it." 1 Cor. and were saved. true. To this Fountain. say not that you are too unworthy! You may stand afar from its brink. guilty. and saved. in her deep sorrow for sin."The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. In what had they washed? where were they cleansed? They washed in the "fountain opened to the house of David. The door was fastened. look up. We can tell you of one. adulterers.
xlviii. O! stay not then from the gospel-feast because you are poor. he will in no way cast out. and all heaven will resound with hallelujahs over a sinner saved by grace! The Sympathy of the Atonement. And what is faith? "It is looking unto Jesus." that "He saves to the uttermost all who come unto God by him. you shall have "beauty for ashes. which made the valley they trod truly "a valley of tears. Third. how few exceptions. that he died for sinners.com . if any. that he will save you. www. God's people are a sorrowful people. burdened as it is with a sense of guilt. just as we are--yet was without sin. penitent reader. Why starve and die. that he will welcome you. pardon and peace flow like a river in the soul. All would tell of some peculiar cross. it shall be as a balm to the wound. Sprinkled on your conscience.It is through simply believing. but we have one who has been tempted in every way. and inquire the path along which they were conducted by a covenant God to their present enjoyments. should we find to that declaration of Jehovah.www. the lame.the poor. the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. that the blood of Christ thus seals pardon and peace upon the conscience. "Only believe. and fixing it on the Lamb of God. to reject you suing at his feet for mercy. penniless. and taking up your rest in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. 1O. divested of its robe of flesh. The first step they take in the divine life is connected with tears of godly sorrow. Then look up." It is peace-speaking blood. There is too much efficacy in his blood. relative. and you shall be saved. and as they travel on. the thin veil that separates us from the glorified saints. and to spare? See the provision.biblesnet.Online Christian Library consuming fire. "I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction!" Isa. some domestic." Hebrews 4:15 Could we draw aside. and off the wound. believer. Forget not this. the maimed. the oil of joy for mourning. when there is food enough in your Father's house. The Tried Believer Comforted. flowing from the "Prince of Peace!" Applied to your heart. Christ has said. how free! see the guests.biblesnet. that "whoever comes unto him.com . too much compassion in his heart for poor sinners. and unworthy." is all that is required: and this faith is the free gift of God. or personal trial which attended them every step of their journey. how full! see the invitation." but as a reconciled God. the blind! Come then to Jesus just as you are. fled where sorrow and sighing are forever done away. Precious peacespeaking blood." it is simply going out of yourself. riven asunder as it may be with godly sorrow. and that he saves sinners as sinners: the Holy Spirit working faith in the heart.this is faith. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses." and which they only threw off when the spirit. We stake our all on the assertion. for a moment. lifting the eye out of.a God in covenant.
For. to keep prominently and distinctly before the mind of the reader the absolute necessity of experimental religion.chosen in it from all eternity. in connection with his eternal love. to backslide. They sorrow over the body of sin which they are compelled to carry with them. There is something so remarkable in the words of the Holy Spirit which we have quoted.com . and his ways above our ways." O. entered into an everlasting covenant with them. they weep that they weep so little. we have shown that all gifts and knowledge and profession were worse www.no: in the smooth and flowery paths of worldly comforts?. to see it connected with his eternal purpose of salvation. in what light are all their afflictions to be viewed.biblesnet.no: in the bright summer's day?. but as so many correctives. But God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. there is the sorrow which results from the needed discipline which the correcting hand of the Father who loves them almost daily employs. his royal priesthood.no: "I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.chosen in it. They mourn that they mourn so little.chosen in it before all time. They were "chosen in the furnace". to live below their high and holy calling. connected. the Spirit is grieved. The passage is. in what a soothing light does it place the darkest dispensation of his providence! But. stands connected with the great and glorious doctrine of God's eternal. in order to make them "partakers of his holiness?" Viewed in any other light. God is dishonored. as stated in these words. so much discipline employed by their God in covenant. thus to trace up every affliction that comes from God to his eternal choice of his people." With what is the Divine will. and the path they should tread? O no! The trying circumstance.is this according to our poor finite ideas of love and tenderness? O no! Had we been left to choose our own path. they sorrow over their perpetual proneness to depart. to mark out our own way. when he set his heart upon them. Our great object in this work has been. "I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.com .Online Christian Library sorrow and tears do but track their steps. and took them to be his "chosen generation. we must again call them to the reader's mind. We should never have thought of affliction as a source of blessing. there is another thought in the passage equally blessed: "I have chosen you". his peculiar people. sovereign." "The furnace of affliction!". Without this. respecting the afflictions of the believer? Is it with the circumstances of time? Is it since they were brought into existence that God determined upon the circumstances that should surround them. his holy nation. to see it in the covenant of grace.www. and the believer is robbed of the great spiritual blessing for which the trial was sent. that over so much indwelling sin.biblesnet. the heavy affliction. it had been a far different one from this. that before we enter more fully into the discussion of our subject. over so many and so great departures.in what? in prosperity?. In connection with this. they yet are found so seldom mourning in the posture of one low in the dust before God. and unconditional election of his people. thus viewed.
test its genuineness. the sympathy of our blessed Lord.the weanedness from the world. the prayerfulness. adopt his own plan of instruction." Isaiah 55:8-9 Nor is the believer fully convinced of the wisdom of God's method of procedure. practical purposes.com . most of all. and tend more decidedly to our weanedness from the world. so unlikely. that if the grace of God is not in the heart. is the sanctified discipline of the covenant.the steps that led to it. While in the furnace I saw it not. how different would it have been from God's plan! We would never have conceived the idea of such a mode of instruction.www. Having expatiated upon the necessity and nature of experimental religion.biblesnet. to secure the end in view. until the rod has been removed.he is led to exclaim. the tenderness. The rising of inbred corruption. Then. surveying the rich covenant blessings it brought with it. reviewing the chastisement.Online Christian Library than worthless. is the path of God's own appointment. so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. would avail a man nothing. unbelief and hard thoughts of God darkened my view. the spirituality. the love. And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. the angry waves have subsided.would more fully develop the wisdom. but now I see why and wherefore my covenant God and Father has dealt with me thus. it will be shown.the chain of providence in which it formed a most important link. veiled from the eye of my faith the reason of the discipline. and our spiritual and unreserved devotedness to his service. and adore the love of his merciful procedure. says the Lord. This method. and even select his own teacher." It is our purpose to show that.biblesnet. to try its character. and bring the soul more fully into a personal experience of the truth. together with the great Author of the work.com . and the tempest cloud has passed away. minutely examining its nature and its causes. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth. would the soonest conduct us into the glories of the kingdom of grace.and. according to our poor wisdom. I see the wisdom. the meekness. the joyous path. www. Had the believer been left to form his own school. until he has been brought. the love. walking in this path. our crucifixion of sin. he comes into the possession of rich and varied blessings not found in any other. through the discipline. the sunny path. the patience. as to all holy. the truth of God merely settled in the understanding. the joy. it seems appropriate that the reader now be led to a consideration of that method which a good and covenant God frequently employs. the path of affliction along which the believer walks. and that. in a measure. the gentleness. The very WISDOM seen in this method of instruction proves its divine origin. choose his own discipline. "I now see the infinite wisdom and tender mercy of my Father in this affliction. yet further to deepen his gracious work in the heart of his dear child. But "My thoughts are completely different from yours. We would have thought that the smooth path.
The entire histories of the Old and New Testament saints presents to us a people "chosen in the furnace of affliction. who find the ascent difficult.biblesnet. "What son is there whom the Father chastens not?" He seems to throw out a challenge: 'Where is the exception to this principle of the Divine procedure? Where is the child taken unto God's family. It is your lot. "Tongue cannot express The sweet comfort and peace Of a soul in its earliest love." Paul inquires." is the one theme of his heart. xlviii. will soon change. now opened to the new world into which grace has introduced him. but not with silver.Online Christian Library This is a truth much forgotten." And so taught his apostles. especially by the young Christian. I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction. How needful then that this important truth. To his eye. in reading the memoirs of God's ancient saints." Our Lord's own testimony harmonizes with this declaration: "In the world you shall have tribulation" -as though he had said. and exhorting them to continue in the faith. 9: "And I will bring the third part through the fire. From the declarations of God's Word. and whose advance is slow and tardy. who has just set out on his pilgrimage. I have refined you. who were the most distinguished for some www. it will be found that those whom He blessed most. xiii.that the sky will look dark and threatening. and around him. we find it full and decisive on this point. you shall have tribulation. 'Expect nothing less: it is a world of sorrow! and while in it.where is the adopted son who has never felt the smartings of the rod. beneath. They went forth confirming the souls of the disciples. whom the Father chastens not?' More than this.that the summer sea will be lashed by angry billows. and the haven of rest full in view.the sea unruffled. the skies unclouded. but in me you shall have peace. We have already commented upon Isa. All above.are those whom the Lord most frequently and sharply afflicts. O no! In looking into the Word of truth. seems but the image of his own joyous feelings. 22. and that we must "through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." There is yet another remarkable declaration in Zech.com . now so fair. Let it not be supposed that the feeblest of God's saints. 1O: "Behold." He thinks not that all.those who have the least measure of grace and strength." should be ever kept in view! In looking into God's Word. "The love of his espousals. the vessel moving gently as over a summer sea.www.and that the port will be lost to sight." Acts xiv. It is the way of my appointment it is the path I have ordained you to walk in.that the fragile bark will be tossed from billow to billow.it is the path I have trod myself. and will try them as gold is tried. "through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom. and I leave you an example that you should follow my steps: "In the world you shall have tribulation.biblesnet. and will refine them as silver is refined.com . all seems fair and lovely. let us pass to consider THE EXAMPLES.
he came not to quaff the cup of earthly or of Divine sweets. he purges it.biblesnet. From the moment he entered our world he became leagued with suffering. preferring a life of obscurity. His life was one continuous trial. There can be no true following of Christ as our example.that the most eminent of God's saints are the most afflicted. They were eminently holy. devoted in the service of their Master. and suffering. they are one with him: and this oneness can only exist where there is mutual sympathy. for even this last was denied him in the hour of his lingering agony on the cross. nor the servant above his lord. and David testify. were those whom He "most deeply afflicted. they were perfected through suffering. by the very discipline through which they passed. In order to enter fully and sympathetically into the afflictions of his people. our Lord was a suffering Lord. the riches. it must be an afflicted church. to die." Let the histories of Abraham. to weep. And was it to be expected that they who had linked their destinies with his.biblesnet. penury. Like their blessed Lord." "The branch that bears fruit." And from the moment he touched the horizon of our earth. in like manner. elevation to poverty. Let Paul's "thorn in the flesh" speak. He seemed to have been born with a tear in his eye. Its great and glorious Head sought not. and to invest with an air of holy sanctity a life of obscurity. Our Savior was a cross-bearing Savior. because eminently tried.he came to drain the deep cup of wrath. we must in some degree tread the path he trod. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master. he stooped to a body of suffering. he identified himself with it in its almost endless forms. to bleed. He came to suffer. some great act of devotedness. They must be like their Lord. 25.an afflicted Savior. with a shade of sadness on his brow. and the servant as his lord. Their eminence grew out of their afflictions. Jacob. in order to have sympathy with Christ in his sorrows. They became thus strong in faith. and even the common comforts of this world. repose here: this was not his rest. Job. His very submission seemed to impart dignity to suffering. x. There must be fellowship with him in his sufferings. He turned his back upon the pleasures.com .Online Christian Library eminent grace of the Spirit. holy in life. and trial. who had avowed themselves his disciples and followers.com . and found not. He came not to indulge in a life of tranquillity and repose. Not a smile lighted up his benign countenance from the time of his advent to his departure. the luxuries. And what is the testimony?. from that moment his sufferings commenced. He was prophesied as "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. need. www.www. that it may bring forth more fruit. if we lose sight of him as a suffering Christ. And what was the life of our adorable Lord? Anything but exemption from suffering." Matt. 24. close in their walk. Moses. he came to bear the curse. The church must be a cross-bearing church. some mighty exploit of faith. Here is one reason why he ordained that along this rugged path his saints should all journey. should walk in a dissimilar path from their Lord's? He himself speaks of the incongruity of such a division of interests: "The disciple is not above his master.
com . True. she is sending the preached and the oral Word into almost every accessible part of the globe. a life of suffering. which it is important and essential to the end for which it was sent not to overlook: "Now no chastisement for the present seems to be joyous. leaving us an example. It seems. that you should follow his steps. but also to suffer for his sake. her compromising character. who is led to view his Father's discipline in the light of a privilege. the world less her friend. xii." he says. then. but grievous. of being made conformable to his death. when we view her trimming policy. www. He who sent the chastisement appointed its character: he intended that it should be felt. and it is this love we bear the whole elect of God which impels us to avow our solemn conviction." 1 Pet. she is pouring in of her abundance into the treasury of the Lord: yet. his calling. and there may exist in her bosom evils that call loudly for the correcting hand of God. true. and that all his followers. They know not the honor of suffering with Christ.biblesnet. her trumpeted fame. 29. and she less the favorite of the world. too. with all this seeming prosperity. "I feel it to be no cross at all. It is peculiar to the believer in Jesus. I do not feel it an affliction. We have seen. true. it is his privilege. if they would resemble him. I am not conscious of any peculiar burden." Is it not painful to hear such expressions from the lips of a dear child of God? It betrays a need. Happy will be that afflicted child of God. 11. a grievousness in the chastisements of our covenant God. her worldly conformity. ii.biblesnet. is a privilege indeed. "For unto you.to tread in any measure the path that he trod. It is not uncommon to hear some of God's saints remark in the very midst of his dealings with them. by his own admission." Phil. her heralded benevolence. We speak not in a tone of unkind rebuke: we love the church universal. i.com .Online Christian Library We are far from considering the present posture of the church that of a crossbearing church. we would solemnly remind the reader. the waving of her treason-flag. The church has thrown off the cross. To drink of the cup that Christ drank of.to bear any part of the cross that he bore. her efforts to catch the vain breath of human applause. so to speak. were this not the case. "it is given in the behalf of Christ. Her path would be less smooth. she is extending her conquests far and wide." Heb. 21. There is. that the present is not the cross-bearing age of the church. her self-proclaimed importance. her sectarian badge. The apostle Paul seems to regard this in the light of a privilege. as much danger in underrating as in overrating the chastisements of God. How can we believe that she is bearing the cross. the true piety of the church may be exceedingly low. must have fellowship with him in his sufferings. This is a distinction which angels have never attained. not only to believe on him. There is often a severity. to be regarded as a part of their calling: "For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us. and the shout of her shibboleth? O no! She bears not the cross as in her primitive days.www. we love all and know no distinction of name or sect who love the Lord Jesus in sincerity and in truth. that our blessed Lord sanctified.
adopt this method! Abraham's most valued blessing became the cause of his acutest sorrow. who professes to have reposed on Jesus' bosom. and sin in my outward conduct. was God's solemn voice to his erring yet beloved servant. too. speaking in the tone of severe yet tender rebuke. Moses. or to correct for some outward departure. all were made to exclaim. so much perverseness. the rod is sent. I www. there would not be a feather's weight laid on the heart of his child. When it is remembered that our chastisements often grow out of our sin. How often does he. O how should every stroke of the rod lay the soul in the dust before God! "If God had not seen sin in my heart. the rebuke may come through some idol of the heart. he would not have dealt thus heavily with me. "The Lord has chastened me sorely. Dear to him as the apple of his eye.Online Christian Library of spiritual sensitiveness. think lightly of his chastisements: it is the Lord's will that he should feel them. if I was not conscious of the burden. Paul. The wound may be in the tenderest part. then. Jacob. would he inflict those strokes." There are many considerations which seem to add a grievousness to the chastisements of God. Samuel." And where the grievousness of the chastisement is not felt.that. The very mercy we clasp to our warm hearts so fondly.a deficiency of that tender. the affliction would have been withheld. impart a keenness to the stroke! And then there is often something in the very nature of the chastisement itself that causes its grievousness to be felt. Now. God may convert some of our choicest blessings into sources of the keenest sorrow.www. They were sent for this purpose. that the smartings of the rod should be felt. so much that he hates and that grieves him. is there not reason to suspect that the cause of the chastisement has not been discovered and mourned over? There is the consideration. or some step taken in departure from God. that the stroke comes from the Father who loves us.biblesnet.biblesnet. acute feeling. The chastisement may come through the beloved Isaac. to subdue some strong indwelling corruption. David. may be God's voice to us. Job. were it not for some strong indwelling corruption. that the chastisement proceeds from the Father who loves him. that.com . that if the chastisement were not needed. If I did not feel the cross.com . that this severe discipline is sent?" O how does this thought.loves us so well. which ought ever to belong to him. if the wound were not painful. this should ever humble the soulthis should ever cause the rebuke to be rightly viewed. if there were not an absolute necessity for them? "What! is it the Father who loves me that now afflicts me? does this stroke come from his heart? What! does my Father see all this necessity for this grievous chastening? Does he discover in me so much evil. dear to the heart of Eli. we solemnly believe that it is the Lord's holy will that his child should feel the chastisement to be grievous. in the wisdom and sovereignty of his dealings. Let no afflicted believer.
Look into the church.our cisterns broken. "True. proud. and I die to both.no unfaithfulness of theirs. But.www.com . the chastisement must be felt to be grievous before the tenderness and sympathy of Jesus will be sought.Online Christian Library should never take it to the mercy-seat. I needed this rod. cxix. cause the slightest change www. that God is faithful still. and strength.biblesnet.no changes in them. I know you. It is good for me that I have been afflicted. when they unfit us for duty. keep us from walking in the path God has marked out for us.biblesnet. We speak now of those afflictions which have been sanctified to the soul by the Spirit of God. no earthly changes. is what you. in the midst of it all. There is equal danger of overrating our afflictions. O Lord.our props removed from beneath us. to count God faithful in sending the affliction.com . character. First.The view they give us of the faithfulness of God in sending the affliction. to repose calmly on the unchangeableness. and in no other. my heart was torpid. This was the light in which David viewed his afflictions: "I know. is. and satisfied frame. all touched by God. You." Ps.when our dearest comforts are taken. wavering. which we would for a moment glance at. affect his faithfulness to his people! And more than this. When they are allowed too deeply to absorb us in grief. ourselves: what innumerable changes do we see on every hand! A week. This forms a stable foundation of comfort for the believing soul. then the language of the bereaved and wounded.when wave follows wave. will have my whole heart.children. love you better now. consult. when messenger follows messenger. the faithfulness of God! to know that no alterations of time. is no small mercy. Lord. and that you in faithfulness have afflicted me. recalls. Mutability marks everything but of God.that "in faithfulness he has afflicted!" It is one thing to be convinced in the judgment of this truth. into the world. My good. and prevent the good they were so kindly sent to convey. O what an act and triumph of faith is this. fixes. I see the emptiness of self and the world. yet resigned heart. humbles me. one short day. wandering. health. This rouses. not falsely fond. The burden must first be felt before it is cast upon the Lord. hold us back from prayer and from the means of grace. Lord. my God and Father. composed. when they lead us to think hardly and speak harshly of Godthen we overrate God's chastisements. it is yours. Your love is judicious. It is in faithfulness to my soul that you have afflicted." It is no small attainment to be built up in the faithfulness of God.O then to feel and acknowledge. 75. there to seek all needed grace. into our families. not my ease. that your judgments are right. friends. Lord. what alterations does it produce! Yet. and it is another thing to acknowledge and approve of it in the heart. when the Eternal Spirit works in the tried believer this still. support. There are many and rich blessings found in this the Lord's appointed path of affliction. wealth.
Other discipline may mortify.O what an attainment is this! And yet. lowly view of self.the needed cross. there is a www. There is. Gifts. "He cannot deny himself. all conspire the ruin of a child of God. too. tried believer! Are you passing now though the deep waters? Who kept you from sinking when wading through the last? Who brought you through the last fire? Who supported you under the last cross? Who delivered you out of the last temptation? Was it not God. once a Friend. a degree of self-renunciation. as the refiner. his heart cannot. I shall come forth as gold. watches with tenderness." Job 23:1O. your covenant God. "Heb. the apostle assures us. not to confess merely. and he will be your guide even unto death. he learns his own nothingness. discipline of an ever-watchful. to feel no repining at being over-lookedcast in the shade yes. the word that has gone out of his mouth he will not alter. but not humble the pride of the heart. ever a Friend. a humble. it is here the tin and tinsel are consumed. and often severe. that they were "for our profit.Online Christian Library in God! Once a Father.but to feel his nothingness. He is a God of unchangeable love. But the affliction comes.for nothing is easier than confession. attainments. trampled under foot. Affliction sanctified by the Spirit of God lays the soul in the dust. And is not this. and. too. successful labors. Job anticipated this as the result of God's afflictive dealings with him: "When he has tried me. 12:1O. that searches and purifies the heart. ever a Father.com . the method by which holiness is attained? So says God's own Word. is your God now. but for the prompt. we admit.and in this way are brought out "the peaceable fruits of righteousness". In this path. gives it low thoughts of itself. then. And what a lesson is this to acquire! For a child of God. The promise he has given he will fulfil.com . the process of trial through which the precious metal is passing.biblesnet. everfaithful God. how few reach it! how few aspire after it! It is to be learned only in the path of sanctified affliction. it is here the dross is separated from the pure ore. that we might be partakers of his holiness. that the believer learns out the Divine faithfulness. the furnace of trial. and the gold is brought forth reflecting back the image of him who. His providences may change. It is walking in the ordained path of trial. Speaking of the needed chastisements of our heavenly Father. but not crucify it. And is not this the method by which the righteousness of Christ is made to stand out in all its glory and fitness? Sanctified affliction teaches the soul its utter destitution.www.the required medicine. your faithful. the covenant he has made he will observe. to be conscious that he is the "least of all saints. It is the fire of affliction." to be willing to be thought so. the applause of men.it may wound. would accomplish their end.biblesnet. The believer often commences his spiritual journey with shallow and defective views of the perfect fitness and glory of the Redeemer's justifying righteousness.the most beautiful and precious of which is. and your God forever and ever. and faithfulness." Peace then. unchangeable God? This God.
the fulness. the fitness. importance. a glorious work. his restless. "I am vile!" Thus is he led back to first principles. the infinite grandeur of Christ's finished righteousness. schooling you. absolute. and under no other teacher but God. and the first lesson is relearned. and the Lord alone is exalted. in this posture. Here he forms a just estimate of his attainments. and the sinner that is saved shall acknowledge this. Yet. puts it upon him anew. he now finds to be nothing worth. stands ready for the full Savior.www. but not as he beholds it now. a new Savior. and glory of Christ's finished work. repine not at his dealings. O. In no other school is it learned. and grasps more firmly. The blessed and eternal Spirit opens to him. his rebellious spirit tamed. to rest upon it more entirely. feverish spirit soothed into passive quietude.' It is then. and fitting you for the inheritance of the saints in light. And what a resting place he finds beneath the cross! He rested there before. and adores more profoundly. 'to the praise of the glory of his grace. in the successive stages of his experience. his gifts. the deep.Online Christian Library reception of Christ. not in his judgment merely. but not as he rests now. and discloses its perfect fitness in his case. a finished work. and of the entire. and he will cause his saints to know it.such preciousness. a new righteousness appear to have been brought to his soul. Has he seen fit to dash against you billow upon billow? Has he thought proper to place you in the furnace? Has he blasted the fair prospect. we say. to adopt his own mode of cure? You are in his hands. opens it up to the soul. Here his proud spirit is abased. bless him for the way he takes to empty you of self. and there is some sweet and blessed enjoyment of his acceptance. and here.com . Here his high thoughts are brought low. of selfcomplacency. leads him to it afresh. causes him to enter into it more fully. such tenderness he sees in Immanuel. his knowledge. the finished righteousness of Christ. and that which he thought to be so valuable. such beauty. This is his method of teaching you. self-trust. And what is the school in which he learns his nothingness. It is a great work.dried up the stream. All this has been produced by the discipline of the covenant. Will you not allow him to select his own plan. are as nothing compared with his after experience of both. God will have the righteousness of his Son to be acknowledged and felt to be everything. humbling acknowledgment is made. that the believer sees more distinctly. you tried believers! murmur not at God's dispensations.com . The believer. And what a glory he sees in it! He saw it before. his views of himself.that a new world of beauty and of glory seems to have floated before his view. and could you be in www. his utter destitution? The school of deep and sanctified affliction. emptied entirely of self.biblesnet. Such views has he now of Christ.called for the surrender of your Isaac? O.biblesnet. supreme necessity. the glory. but from a deep heartfelt experience of the truth. It is his only method of saving sinners.the afflictions sent and sanctified by a good and covenant God and Father. self-glorying. Thus the first step is retaken. his poverty. and fill you with his own love.
and carry our sorrows. the one to obey. we pass to the consideration of the SYMPATHY OF CHRIST.com .biblesnet.Online Christian Library better? Are you now learning your own poverty. As God merely. It was not the form of an angel he assumed. all the sanctity of seraphs. so is his humanity: the one is of no avail in the work of redemption apart from the other. the one to satisfy Divine justice. the same path must be trod. God took upon him our nature. "I had all the purity of angels. and helplessness? and is the blood and righteousness of Jesus more precious and glorious to the eye of your faith? Then praise him for your afflictions. grief. It is the blending of the two in mysterious union that constitutes the "great mystery of godliness. if such there be. bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. Turn not from it. nor weep. there must be a similarity of circumstances. existing between the angelic and the human. It was pure humanity. too. he could not endure suffering. the other to die. destitution. let it be an important article of his creed. Let not the Christian reader shrink from a full and distinct recognition of the doctrine of our Lord's humanity. all the immaculate love of pure spirits made perfect." Approach then the humanity of your adorable Lord. from this moment.www. working together for your spiritual good. I would part with all to stand before God in the righteousness of Christ." is the beautiful sentiment of an old divine.com . "If. as it is an essential pillar of his hope. In order to the just exhibition of sympathy of one individual with another. close views of the glory and absolute fitness of Christ's righteousness." Other and equally important blessings might be enumerated as resulting from the sanctified dealings of God with his people. The view which the Atonement presents of the sympathy of Christ is most glorious! The Divine compassion and sympathy could only be revealed by the incarnation of Deity. There must be a union of the two natures to accomplish the two objects in one person. The Godhead must be united to the manhood. the same. at this moment. It was pure humanity. as the point to which we had intended to have given more distinct prominency in this chapter. or a similar. Our Lord attached himself to the woes of our nature. yes. If the Deity of Jesus is precious. Leaving the tried and experienced reader to supply them from a page of his own history. which he took up into intimate and indissoluble union with his Deity. in order to bear our griefs. It was humanity. the other to sympathize with the people in whose behalf the satisfaction was made. in its suffering form. he could not have sustained the weight of our sin. for all these disagreeable dispensations are now. nor die: as man only. See then the fitness of Christ to this very purpose.biblesnet. nor did he pause in his descent to our world to attach himself to an order of intelligent beings. sorrow must be felt. There can be no true sympathy apart from this. It is no small mercy to have clear. A similarity of circumstances is indispensably necessary. nor sorrow. The like body must be inhabited. Here we enter into the blessedness that flows from the human nature of Christ. he identified himself with www.
The dark picture of fallen humanity was before him." then there would have been a limit to the tender sympathy of Christ. ever-watchful Shepherd of his sheep.biblesnet. but in some degree with their peculiar circumstances. As the dear. he chose the suffering state. affliction. If there were a case among his dear family of trial. abject form. This was no small evidence of the love and condescension of Jesus. Over the treachery of one. they being more in harmony with the mission on which he had come. and.com . He does not bid them to walk in a path which his own feet have not first trod. that you shrink from disclosing it even to your dearest earthly friend. if not entirely unknown. drawn in its most gloomy and repulsive features. too. View the subject in any aspect. that the shepherd has gone before the flock. and in which suffering and sorrow would have been greatly mitigated and softened. and though surrounded by human sympathy. Beloved reader. It is the consolation of the believer to know. and with his own pensive and sympathetic nature. and the tomb of another. his sensitive spirit had poured out its grief. but he possessed in a higher order. You are perhaps walking in a solitary path. Not a refined and tender emotion. he preferred to link himself with sorrow and tears. to have assumed its most humiliating. so that no believer shall he able to say. and ascertain if Jesus is not fitted for the peculiarity of that case. surely Jesus cannot enter sympathetically into my circumstances. then he could not be "in all points" the merciful and sympathetic High Priest. He knew. or temptation. To have assumed our nature." Our Lord was eminently fitted to enter sympathetically into every circumstance of his dear family. and left their impress.www. the tenderest affection." and it is the characteristic of his sheep. that they "follow him. into which Jesus could not enter. It was necessary that our Lord. tender. there is a peculiarity in your trial: it is of a nature so delicate. "he goes before them. yet there were walks through life he might have chosen. whether the chord vibrates in a joyous or a sorrowful note.com . and in him were of a far more exquisitely tender and chastened character than in us. "Mine is a solitary case. His heart was delicately attuned to the gentlest harmony of ours. But. in order to sympathize fully with his people. and painfully severed by death. my path is a lonely path: I walk where there are no footprints. this had been a mighty stoop: but. this surpasses all our thoughts of his love to man.they belonged to him. I bear a cross which none have borne before me. what it was to have those gentle ties rudely sundered by inconstancy. the most delicate and confiding friendship.biblesnet.Online Christian Library sorrow in its every aspect. You know not how accurately and delicately it is attuned to yours. were not strangers to his capacious heart. www. the heart of Jesus is composed of the finest chords. should not only identify himself with their nature. although he could not possibly have taken up into union with him our fallen humanity without the peculiar weakness inseparable from it. Shall we commence with the finer feelings of our nature?. yet there is a friend you still need. This he did.
still. Over it. it rests on him. and creature comfort and support fail. "Then why. in the solitude and silence of privacy.biblesnet. perhaps for years.its bud nipped. there is a fibre in his heart that sympathizes. O.the gladsome sunlight of creature happiness gilding every prospect with its brightness. and sympathizing heart.of Jesus. and providences are mysterious. are now working together for your good and his glory.open all your heart do not be afraid. and entwines itself more fondly and more closely around the www.the hour of trial and of adversity.the heart's surface unruffled. its minutest circumstance? O. Your heart has known what sorrow is.may we not ask?. these untoward circumstances. you would be crushed beneath its pressure. Christian reader. but for this very cross? What evil in you it may have checked.com . the preciousness and sympathy of Christ. It is in the dark hour. You have carried it. and preciousness. agonized. it may be. you have wept. from what rocks and precipices it has guarded you. Hush.but for the rough and thorny path along which you have been thus led? The glory and fulness. we suppose you to be no stranger to grief. And what would you know.the bud of hope expanded into the fall flower.when the sea is rough and the sky is lowering. if so tender and sympathizing. There is sympathy in Jesus to meet your case. you have borne.providences smiling. there is a chord there that vibrates to that grief of yours. and hope is disappointed. for years: who can tell where and what you would have been at this moment. yet effectually working in you all the long years of your life. nor these the circumstances. what corruption in you it may have subdued.Online Christian Library to whom you can disclose the feelings of your bosom. painful. are not learned in every circumstance of life. he bids you come. from what lengths it has kept you. when every thing passes smoothly on. And still the cross. and what good it has been silently and secretly. and know that he is God. is not removed. as to be lost to the sweet consciousness of this. he invites. and prayed. That cross he is bearing with you at this moment.that friend is Jesus. and the heart is agitated. some heavy.com . Go to him. who can tell but God himself? The removal of that cross might have been the removal of your greatest mercy.www. and that all these trials. He sees you need that cross. and were he to remove his shoulder but for a moment.his tenderness. then it is the fulness. yet concealed cross. it is touched the moment sadness and sorrow find their lodgment in your bosom. what constitutional infirmities it may have weakened. and although you may feel it to be so heavy and painful. Have you ever thought of the sympathy of Christ? Have you ever thought of him as bearing that cross with you? as entering into its peculiarity. then. as on you. most favorable to an experimental acquaintance with Christ. The hour of prosperity. and tenderness of Jesus are learned! Then it is the heart loosens its hold on created objects. does he place upon me this cross?" Because of his tenderness and sympathy. and love.biblesnet. and its stem broken.this is not the hour. though mitigated. these cross dispensations. every murmur: be still.
to classify the peculiar trying circumstances of God's dear family? They are so many and so diversified.the affectionate parent the tender husband. "Himself took our infirmities. Draw our hearts to yourself.biblesnet.of www. removed? Does need stare you in the face? And are you at a loss to know from where the next supply may come? Even here. he has an ear to hear your cry. a heart to sympathize with your case. we know not where to commence. adorable Son of God! we stand amazed. Are you suffering from temporal poverty? Are sources on which you depended broken up? Friends on whom you have leaned. He. he has sympathy for each and all his suffering people. think it not too trifling and too trivial to disclose to him. Has death entered your domestic circle.that pain that racks.the fond wife. while yet a pilgrim upon earth? Take your poverty and your need simply and directly to Jesus. but Jesus is enough for all. no daily-spread table provided for him." Each heart has its own sorrow.let our affections rise and meet in you.take your needs simply and directly to Christ. like you." leaving the heart to weep in silence and sadness over the wreck of hopes that were so bright. was poor in this world's goods. he is now beyond all physical feelings. or the endeared child? Has he "put lover and friend far from you. friendless wanderer! The foxes had holes. my brother. Then again we say. take your needs to him.www. and over the rupture of ties that were so tender? O. and a hand to supply all your need.each soul bears its own cross. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous. even here. then will he not with himself freely give you all things necessary for your temporal comfort. and. at your condescension and this sympathy. Are you suffering from pining sickness? Are your days wearisome and your nights sleepless from the inroads of disease? Then there is sympathy in Christ for you. nor where to terminate. and bore our sicknesses. O. Shall we go on. and rejoice when we rejoice? O.Online Christian Library incarnate Son of God! Blessed Jesus! Brother born for our every adversity! Did you take our nature up into union with your own? And can you.has he given you himself.com . for it is written. his blessed body knew what languid days and sleepless nights were. True. their all. and the birds had nests.that head that ached and bled for you. Take your poverty to him. Has he died for your soul. their center.biblesnet. my sister. then." He remembers that you are but dust. but Jesus had nowhere to lay his blessed head. and cling to you. as we proposed. and are lost in this love. yet his tender heart sympathizes still. No home sheltered. there is sympathy in Christ even for this! Jesus knew what it was to weep over the grave of buried love.that debility that unnerves you. Jesus knows fully and sympathetically. and like the greater part of his people. homeless. can Jesus sympathize with you. we doubt not.has he pardoned your sins. think of Jesus. houseless. do you weep when we weep. Let the principle of faith now be exercised.com . That disease that wastes. he was a poor. plucking from it some precious and valued member?.
he would have you know that you are his. so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.he conquered and subdued it by the omnipotence of his Spirit. even into yours. it may he. And why has the Lord dealt with you thus? why has he torn the idol from its temple? why has he emptied the heart. "Soon will end our earthly mission. sit at his feet. but we have one who has been tempted in every way. "Not my will.www. since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens. God's own hand shall lead us there. adopting his own blessed words. but yours be done. loneliness. but for his cross. "Therefore. is now dealing with you. all the changing scenes through which you pass." Hebrews 4:14-16 "Soon we go from grace to glory. He can enter into your sorrow.by a covenant that all your departures.com ." What! do you repair to the grave of the dear departed one to weep. nothing should we have known of his sympathy. and disappointment. See him at the tomb of Lazarus. and can never alter. and nothing of glory in heaven. does the glorious Atonement of the Son of God open to us the ocean sympathy of his heart.he has sealed it with his precious blood. has he been. all your unfaithfulness. And he would have you know this. by deep and sweet experience. and. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence. it is his will you should experience. bereaved reader. Soon will pass our pilgrim days. all springs from the Atonement of Jesus. his by eternal election. all your unworthiness. but to prepare that temple for himself. bow with submission to the discipline. it belongs to him. but to pour into its emptiness the full stream of his own precious love and sympathy! For this. nothing of his love. But for that Atonement.com . as a weaned child.see him weep"behold how he loved him.biblesnet. He can enter into those tears of yours: the heart's desolateness. Then. his by gift by purchase. why. leaving the heart wounded and bleeding." Thus. That heart of yours belongs to him. dear reader.by conquest. Jesus the Son of God. too. All this. are not unknown and unnoticed by our blessed Immanuel.yes. just as we are--yet was without sin. and left it thus lonely and desolate? O why. nothing of joy on earth. beloved. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. and Jesus not sympathize with you? Let not unbelief close up this last remaining source of consolation. it belongs to him. let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.the tender sympathy of Christ. but for his death. and loves you still.he bought it at a costly price. Soon shall we rehearse the story Of his gracious dealings here. He would have you know how he has loved you. www. shall never.Online Christian Library friendship interred.biblesnet.all. he knew what it was to have affection's ties broken.
its vileness. who will assent and consent to the truths they discuss. defending ably and successfully its divine character. its nothingness.Online Christian Library Hope give place to full fruition. The daily discovery of indwelling corruption. until he has been made to see and feel himself to be a lost and undone sinner. as the child of the diamond. life-imparting. and with equal guilt. Many will doubtless be induced. that heart must have mourned over the bitterness of sin. the affections. and the life. and life-sustaining principle. influential. Something far beyond this is needed. and in deep and unfeigned repentance before a holy God. The heart must welcome it. The Atonement is a practical.and would that the sentiment were carried to the conscience of the reader. self-esteem.com . and these daily applications to the atoning blood make sin increasingly sinful. whom he now finds to be the very Savior that he needs. as assenting to the great Atonement of Christ. and the innumerable other forms which indwelling depravity assumes. and dying. but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries. as he who openly avows his disbelief in the divine revelation of the doctrine. inordinate affection. its emptiness. Faith to sight. The deeper the Eternal Spirit leads him to an acquaintance with himself. from various motives. washes again and again in it. and prayer to praise. its expiatory nature." The Fearful Alternative of Rejecting the Atonement THE IMPENITENT SINNER WARNED "There remains no more sacrifice for sins.biblesnet. as fearfully rejecting it. to read these humble pages. that is. and yet living without its practical influence upon the mind. and its infinite design.www. There is such a thing. practical rejection of the atoning blood. instability. and strengthen the panting of his soul for divine conformity. It is not he who merely yields an intellectual assent to the truth of God's Word. the necessity of experimental religion. then tramples as a thing of no value beneath its feet. Jesus is everything." Hebrews 10:26. www. my impenitent reader. love of the world. with which it for a moment plays. and fastened there by the Eternal Spirit of God! -no man shall value the precious blood of Christ.com . and in order thus to welcome it. Christ is precious only to the soul that feels its spiritual poverty. pride. It demands more than the bare and cold assent of the judgment. 27. the doctrine they advocate. the more precious is that Savior. and even the one principle on which they constantly insist. he repairs afresh to it. thinking as lightly of the great Atonement of the Son of God. while the judgment fully and cordially assents to its truth and its necessity.biblesnet. who is accepted of God. Again we assert it. endears to him the fountain that cleanses from all sin.to such an individual. There may be a secret. and yet will close the book and retire.
of this supposed hope that is in you? Where is the evidence of the mighty. internal change? Has that heart of yours ever been broken. Ah! you approve even of this. and prayer? Have your views of sin essentially altered? Do you hate. a believer in the Atonement. Do you think you are converted? What reason have you for thinking so? Upon what grounds do you base this belief? Can you give a reason.and yet live on in a practical rejecting of Christ! But. What is your approval and your assent. from the mere circumstance of the understanding being enlightened. and yet rejecting it. For this is not a mere hypothetical case.your intellectual reception of the doctrine of the Atonement will avail you nothing while your heart is yet a stranger to the experience of its truth.www. and yet turning your back upon it. Reader. to the truth of the doctrine of Christ's Atonement. with meekness and fear." What an awful and anomalous spectacle do you present! A believer.biblesnet. the exclusive ground of acceptance with God: and still you are "dead in trespasses and in sins. humbled? Has it ever mourned over sin before God? Have you ever sought and found a secret place for repentance.who deny it to be a doctrine of revelation. consenting to. and yet an unbeliever.he speaks with tenderness and affection. softened. vindicating it. not so is it with the man who is a stranger to himself. and still sit. so long as you have never experienced its power in your heart? We charge you not with an open hostility to this doctrine. what is the atoning blood to you. and loathe it. spiritual. abhor. it has always been an article of your orthodox creed: you have never denied it.biblesnet. in a sense.we rank you not with this class of errorists. There is such a thing as persuading one's self into the belief that all is right.com . who refuse divine honors to the person of the Redeemer. meek. have beguiled you into the belief that you have really welcomed him into your heart. perhaps your reception of Christ in the judgment. But let us examine for a moment into this. your long life of approval of his person and his work. your judgment assenting to it. and to the God of the universe! Bear with the writer while he says it. that you can cordially approve of the most solemn and affecting statements. you have sat. You are. confession. we rank you not among the number who profess no belief whatever in its existence. and an enlightened judgment. and yet denying it. and is it the chief cause of your daily sorrow? Are your views of yourself materially changed? How does your own righteousness appear to you? Are you humble. your heart refusing it! What a spectacle do you present to the whole intelligent universe. in the atoning blood of Christ. as far as its saving influence extends. and trample under foot his most precious atoning blood. receiving. while yet assenting with all the vigor of a forceful intellect. beneath a ministry that holds it up to view as the one hope of the sinner. that the heart is changed and heaven secured.com .Online Christian Library But. you have always so believed in it. but as the signing of your own death warrant? See what an alarming callousness a long life of impenitence and Gospel preaching has produced.statements which bear strongly upon your own condemnation. you assent even to the justness of this remark. gentle? www.
whose whole life.it is enmity. The sin of rejecting the Savior is. the sin of sins. O how solemn and affecting is this thought! May this train of remark have the tendency of driving the Christian reader. The sin of thinking lightly of Christ.com . love. of turning the back upon God's unspeakable gift. self-denying spirit of one professing to "love not the world nor the things of the world. and must. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh. draw those evidences from their proper and legitimate source. A man may talk well of Christ.as one who is a stranger and a pilgrim here. all enmity.com . has been at variance with the first elements of the Christian character! We recur again to a former thought.an heir of glory? Is your life that of a cross-bearing disciple of the Lord Jesus. and a secret rejection of his Son. with this fleshly nature. To receive Christ." It is nothing but enmity.as a child of God. is not merely to cherish an inward veneration. and honestly and unequivocally answered by every true believer.biblesnet.sufficient righteousness." it is nothing but flesh. in a process of selfexamination. and outwardly profess his name. to the present. and nothing but enmity: neither while it remains a carnal mind.the finished work of Immanuel. but to the feet of Jesus. and nothing but flesh: and yet. not within himself in search of evidences.it is flesh. be frequently called up in the court of conscience. his laws. defend ably his cause. proper as this to a certain extent may be. a man may speak well of Christ. his religion. like Aaron's rod. is not your history the very reverse of this? Be honest with your soul and with God. your daily walk. are not your pursuits and the governing principle of your conduct. "The carnal mind is enmity against God. and lead on the vanguard of the host of God's elect. or his people. It is the master sin- www.no elements of the spiritual nature are incorporated with it. and all the while live in secret rebellion against God. all to your soul? Are you living as a converted. How much more anxiously ought he to weigh these considerations and narrowly scrutinize his heart. Is not your whole life. regenerated man. of refusing to receive.biblesnet. viewing afresh his atoning blood and all.to the cross of Christ there. to be wholly crucified to it? These are solemn and heart searching questions. think highly of his disciples. all flesh. totally incompatible with the humble. with the righteousness that justifies.www. And yet with this carnal mind a man may throw himself in the very front ranks. to the writer's mind. his ministers." but by the cross of Christ. those of an individual yet unacquainted with the experimental power of the truth? Is there not a love of the world. is the sin which seems.no elements of love to God are there. to swallow up every other. Your decision now is for the judgment and for eternity.Online Christian Library What is the precious blood of the Savior to you? Is it. and obey his only and well-beloved Son. all whose hopes of honor and happiness are future and on high? But. a grasping for its honors and its wealth.but. or to manifest an outward respect for him. his institutions. can it be otherwise.
to turn your back upon the cross. because their deeds are evil. 22. too.of which the devils have never been guilty. and men love darkness rather than light. and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. but has committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son. Before their eyes the cross has never been lifted." John xv. and weigh well the appalling consequences.com ." www. Along their gloomy coasts no tidings of redeeming mercy have ever echoed. honoring not.biblesnet. and all the glory of providence collected as into one focus. To reject the Savior then. whether it were possible for Jehovah to have devised a method better fitted to make himself known to his creatures than the mission of his Son into our world? The incarnation of Deity is an amazing theme. and to die in that state. even had the idea been conceived in his mind. He that honors not the Son. comes forth from the pavilion of his greatness. Now let the impenitent reader consider solemnly the fearful sin. worlds on worlds. honors not the Father who has sent him. and unveiling his glories shows himself to man." John v. It was fit that it should originate with God. love. In rejecting Christ you turn your back upon God himself. shines with surpassing luster. The united strength of all created intellect would never have devised this plan of revealing the Divine glories. without limiting the power of Omnipotence. from the charge of which even Satan himself will be acquitted! "This is the condemnation. obedience. The thought of this could have originated but with Deity himself. the Son of God. the crowning attribute of all. and the Redeemer of men. Nowhere has God made such a full and glorious revelation of himself. 23. All the glory of all creation. too. To them the Savior has never been sent. would have breathed the proposal that God should become incarnate and so die for man? O no! it was too grand a thought for created mind.com .biblesnet. Behold in what light the word of truth places the sin of hating. even as they honor the Father. We beseech you. of rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. as it were.Online Christian Library the sin on which the great indictment will be made out against the ungodly world in the day when God shall make inquisition for blood. and him only. as he has done in sending his onlybegotten and well-beloved Son into the world.shall we remind the impenitent reader?. 23. and making known the Divine mind. May it not be lawful to ask. And here.is to pass to the judgment. and suns on suns. It is a sin. and rejecting the Lord Jesus. What angel in heaven."He that hates me hates my Father also. that light is come into the world. Here all the perfections and attributes of the Divine character are revealed. would possess no glory by reason of the glory that excels in the incarnation." The reason of this will be obvious to a thoughtful mind. "For the Father judges no man. Here Jehovah. ponder well the sin of turning your back upon God's "unspeakable gift. to heed not the glad tidings of redemption. Has He not declared it? How then are we to interpret these solemn words?.www. guilty of a sin.
" 1 Cor. of the undying soul.com . and wash in the fountain open for all sin.www. your "peace shall be as a river. your mind can know nothing of the peace of God."Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid. in a sense of pardon. and believing in Jesus." Acts iv."there is no peace." "the worm that never dies.com .consequences felt in this life. all speaking "peace. present and eternal. says God. and impart a moment's radiance to your eye. and sin will deceive you." of "everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. if it be remembered that a rejection of Christ's Atonement involves a rejection of the only way of Salvation." If this be true." of "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. But heed them not: go as a sinner lost. but a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation. and your righteousness as the waves of the sea. 21.Online Christian Library Permit us for a moment to glance at the present consequences. and from the glory of his power. or you may descend to the regions of sinful pleasure. whereby we must be saved. And is it surprising that this should be your doom. and we read of "everlasting punishment. you may visit the scenes of fashionable gaiety. sinner? Not. we read in connection with the final state of the impenitent and unbelieving." Isa. what ought to be your present course? Immediate repentance and humiliation before God. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men. peace. You may repair to the ball-room and frequent the theater. connected with the welfare. Talk of happiness to the culprit within the grasp of the law. to the wicked. the rejecter of the Atonement of the Son of God. and even friends may deceive you. Then. This is the only plank: reject this." of "everlasting torments. and your own heart will deceive you. O no. and the fire that is never quenched." The eternal consequences of rejecting the Atonement of Christ are almost of too fearful a character to trace out: and yet the Word of God is our guide in this. and a stranger to the atoning and peace-speaking blood of Christ. The world will deceive you. We open it. your heart must necessarily be a stranger to true happiness. as from his who is living a rebel against God. as on all other matters. reader: you will ever be a stranger to true peace. and yet the truth of God's word is verified in your experience. A stranger experimentally to the atoning blood. until you find it at the foot of the cross.biblesnet. and thus repenting. and Satan will deceive you. 11. reconciliation. where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. a sinner without anything but your vileness to commend you. and as soon might you expect a response from his heart. you know nothing of true happiness.this must be www. and more.to what an alarming state is the sinner reduced! He must receive Christ. which is Jesus Christ. which shall devour the adversaries. 12. and your soul must sink beneath the dark billows of Jehovah's wrath. "There remains no more sacrifice for sin.biblesnet. iii." when there is no peace. lvii. a sinner undone." of "outer darkness.of rejecting Christ. or be eternally banished from heaven. and acceptance with God." All this. and there excitement may flutter your heart and flush your cheek.speak of peace to the man under the condemnation of death. Knowing nothing of a state of reconciliation.and most true it is.
the alternative of being eternally lost! www. and then he will swear that you. Think not that you have anything of goodness to commend you to God. judgment. Repent then.Online Christian Library your first step: throw down the weapons of your long rebellion. O it is a fearful one. and rejected his Son. all urge you to repent now.if you have made a covenant with death. this moment repent: God commands you to repent.affecting have been the entreaties and motives with which the faithful minister. death. and the beseeching parent. it must be done now. eternity. shall never enter into his rest.if you are resolved to die rejecting Christ and his great salvation. pause before you choose it. You heavily deserve to die. Many have been the sermons you have heard.com .www.solemn have been the warnings you have received. On his mercy you have no possible claim. and it is a wonder of wonders that you are at this moment out of hell. and the anxious friend have plied you.the present is yours only. Think not of a future repentancedream not of a deathbed conversion: it is a work too great and important to leave until then.biblesnet. appalling alternative.tomorrow you may be in eternity.and come in the posture and with the confession of a law-condemned and self-condemned soul. there remains no more sacrifice for sin.biblesnet. and with hell are at an agreement then. if you are resolved to perish in your unbelief.and yet you remain impenitent and unbelieving. slighted his grace.com . who have broken his law.throw down your weapons before the cross. O trifle not with the patience of God! It may weary soon. But. but one tremendous.
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