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thee, and never yet one solid ground of comfort for thy poor weary foot; and now, encompassed about by thy sins, thou art not able to look up. Guilt, like a heavy burden, is on thy back, and thy finger is on thy lip, for thou darest not yet cry for pardon; thou art afraid to speak, lest out of thine own mouth thou shouldest be condemned. Satan whispers in thine ear, “It is all over with thee; there is no mercy for such as thou art: thou art condemned, and condemned thou must be; Christ is able to save many, but not to save thee.” Poor soul! what shall I say unto thee but this-Come with me to the cross of Christ, and thou shalt there see something which shall remove thine unbelief. Seest thou that man nailed to yonder tree? Dost thou know his character? He is without spot or blemish, or any such thing: he was no thief, that he should die a felon's death: he was no murderer and no assassin, that he should be crucified between two malefactors. No; his original was pure, without a sin; and his life was holy, without a flaw. Out of his mouth there proceeded only blessing; his hands were full of good deeds, and his feet were swift for acts of mercy; his heart was white with holiness. There was nought in him that man could blame; even his enemies, when they sought to accuse him, found false witnesses, but even they “ agreed not together." Dost thou see him dying? Sinner, there must be merit in the death of such a man as that; for without sin himself, when he is put to grief, it must be for other men's sins. God would not afflict and grieve him when he deserved it not. God is no tyrant that he should crush the innocent; he is not unholy that he should punish the righteous. He suffered, then, for the sins of others.
“For sins, not his own, he died to atone." Think of the purity of Christ, and then see whether there is not salvation in him. Come now with thy blackness about thee, and look at his whiteness; come with thy defilement, and look at his purity; and as thou lookest at that purity, like the lily, and thou seest the crimson of his blood overflowing it, let this whisper be heard in thine ear,-he is able to save thee, sinner, inasmuch as though he was “tempted in all points like as we are,” yet he was “ without sin;" therefore, the merit of his blood must be great. Oh, may God help thee to believe on him!
But this is not the grand thing which should recommend him to thee. Remember, he who died upon the cross, was no less than the everlasting Son of God. Dost see him there? Come, turn thine eye once more to him. Seest thou his hands and feet trickling with streamlets of gore? That man is Almighty God. Those hands that are nailed to the tree, are hands that could shake the world; those feet that are there pierced have in them, if he willed to put it forth, a potency of strength that might make the mountains melt beneath their tread. That head, now bowed in anguish and in weakness, has in it the wisdom of the Godhead, and with its nod it could make the universe tremble. He who hangs upon the cross yonder, is he without whom was not anything made that was made: by him all things consist-Maker, Creator, Preserver, God of providence, and God of grace-he who died for thee is God over all, blessed for ever, And now, sinner, is there any power to save in such a Saviour as this? If he were a mere man, a Socinian's Christ, or an Arian's Christ, I would not bid thee trust him; but since he is none other than God himself incarnate in human flesh, I beseech thee cast thyself upon him;
“ He is able,
He is willing, doubt no more." "He is able to save unto the uttermost, them that come unto God by him."
Will you recollect again, as a further consolation for your faith that you may believe on him, that God the Father has accepted the sacrifice of Christ. It is the Father's anger that you have the most cause to dread. The Father is angry with you, for you have sinned, and he has sworn with an oath that he will punish you for your offences. Now, Jesus Christ was punished in the room, place, and stead of every sinner who hath repented, or ever shall repent. Jesus Christ stood as his substitute and scapegoat. God the Father hath accepted Christ in the stead of sinners. Oh, ought not this to lead you to accept him? If the Judge has accepted the sacrifice, sure you may accept it too; and if he be satisfied, sure you may be content also. If the creditor has written a full and free discharge; you, the poor debtor, may rejoice and believe that that discharge is satisfactory to you, because it is satisfactory to God. But do you ask me how I know that God has accepted Christ's atonement? I remind you that Christ rose again from the dead. Christ was put into the prison-house of the tomb after he died, and there he waited until God should have accepted the atonement.
“ If Jesus ne'er had paid the debt,
He ne'er had been at freedom set."
Christ would have been in the tomb at this very day, if God had not accepted his atonement for our justification; but the Lord looked down from heaven, and he surveyed the work of Christ, and said within himself, “ It is very good; it is enough;" and turning to an angel, he said, “Angel, my Son is confined in prison, a hostage for my elect; he has paid the price; I know he will not break the prison down himself; go, angel, go and roll away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, and set him at liberty.” Down flew the angel, and rolled away the massive stone; and rising from the shades of death the Saviour lived. “He died and rose again for our justification.” Now, poor soul, thou seest God has accepted Christ; surely then, thou mayest accept him and believe on him.
Another argument, which may perhaps come nearer to thine own soul, is this, many have been saved who were as vile as thou art, and therefore there is salvation. "No," sayest thou,“none are so vile as I am.” It is a mercy that thou thinkest so, but nevertheless it is quite certain that others have been saved, who have been as filthy as thyself. Have you been a persecutor? “Yes," you say. Ay, but you have not been more blood-thirsty than Saul! And yet that chief of sinners became the chief of saints. Have you been a swearer? Have you cursed the Almighty to his face? Ay; and such were some of us who now lift up our voices in prayer, and approach his throne with acceptance. Have you been a drunkard? Ay, and so have many of God's people been for many a day and many a year; but they have forsaken their filthiness, and they have turned unto the Lord with full purpose of heart. However great thy sin, I tell thee, man, there have been some saved as deep in sin as thou art. And if even none have been saved, who are such great sinners as thou art, so much the more reason why God should save thee, that he may go beyond all that he ever has done. The Lord always delights to be doing wonders; and if thou standest the chief of sinners, a little ahead of all the rest, I believe he will delight to save thee, that the wonders of his love and his grace may be the more manifestly known. Do you still say that you are the chief of sinners? I tell you I do not think it. The chief of sinners was saved years ago; that was the Apostle Paul: but even if you should exceed him, still that word “uttermost" goes a little beyond you. “ He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.” Recollect, sinner, if thou dost not find salvation in Christ, it will be because thou dost not look for it, for it certainly is there. If thou shalt perish without being saved through the blood of Christ, it will not be through a want of power in that blood to save thee, but entirely through a want of will on thy part—even that thou wilt not believe on him, but dost wantonly and wilfully reject his blood to thine: own destruction. Take heed to thyself, for as surely as there is salvation in none other, so surely there is salvation in him.
I could turn to you myself, and tell you that surely there must be salvation in Christ for you, since I have found salvation in Christ for myself. Often have I said, I will never doubt the salvation of any one, so long as I can but know that Christ has accepted me. Oh! how dark was my despair when I first sought his mercy seat, I thought then that if he had mercy on all the world, yet he would never have mercy on me; the sins of my childhood and my youth haunted me; I sought to get rid of them one by one, but I was caught as in an iron net of evil habits, and I could not overthrow them; and even when I could renounce my sin, yet the guilt still did cling to my garments—I could not wash my clean; I prayed for three long years, I bent my knees in vain, and sought, but found no mercy. But, at last, blessed be his name, when I had given up all hope, and thought, that his swift anger would destroy me, and that the pit would open its mouth and swallow me up, then in the hour of my extremity did he manifest himself to me, and teach me to cast myself simply and wholly upon him. So shall it be with thee, only trust him, for there is salvation in him-rest assured of that.
To quicken thy diligence, however, I will conclude by noting that if you do not find salvation in Christ, remember you will never find it elsewhere. What a dreadful thing it will be for you if you should lose the salvation provided by Christ! For “ how shall you escape if you neglect so great salvation?” To-day, very probably I am not speaking to very many of the grossest of sinners, yet I know I am speaking to some even of that class; but whether we are gross sinners or not, how fearful a thing it will be for us to die without first having found an interest in the Saviour! Oh sinner! this should quicken thee in going to the mercy seat; this thought, that if thou findest no mercy at the feet of Jesus, thou canst never find it anywhere else. If the gates of heaven shall never open to thee, remember there is no other gate that ever can be opened for thy salvation. If Christ refuse thee thou art refused; if his blood be not sprinkled on thee thou art lost indeed. Oh! if he keeps thee waiting a little while, still continue in prayer; it is worth waiting for, especially when thou hast this thought to keep thee waiting, namely, that there is none other, no other way, no other hope, no other ground of trust, no other refuge. There I see the gate of heaven, and if I must enter it, I must creep on my hands and knees, for it is a low gate; there I see it, it is a strait and narrow one, I must leave my sins behind me, and my proud righteousness, and I must creep in through that wicket. Come sinner, what sayest thou? Wilt thou go beyond this strait and narrow gate, or wilt thou despise eternal life and risk eternal bliss? Or wilt thou go through it humbly hoping that he who gave himself for thee will accept thee in himself, and save thee now, and save thee everlastingly?
May these few words have power to draw some to Christ, and I am content. “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
AN OPEN-AIR SERMON
PREACHED FROM THE STEPS OF
THE ROYAL EXCHANGE
ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, the 15th of AUGUST, 1858.
REV. W. DUNCAN LONG, M.A.
(Incumbent of St. Paul's, Bermondsey.)
* For Christ is all, and in all.”-Colossians iii. 11.
JAMES PAUL, 1, CHAPTER HOUSE COURT,
NORTH SIDE ST, PAUL'S, AND PATERNOSTER ROW.
“ CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL."
After a hymn and prayer the reverend gentleman addressed a congregation of about 700 from Colossians iii. 11 :
“ But Christ is all, and in all."
This text is often misquoted—“Christ is all in all.” And although this is certainly true, it is not the full meaning of the passage, which contains two distinct ideas. First, Christ is all--all that a believer can possibly desire or require; and, secondly, Christ is in all-in all them that are his when regenerated by the Holy Spirit. In Romans (viii. 9,) it is said, “Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his ;" that is, unless Christ dwell in him by his Spirit, he is none of his. Christ is said to dwell in people: God is said to dwell in people: the Holy Ghost is said to dwell in people. God is said to dwell in people. “I will dwell in them, and walk in them.” “I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Christ is said to dwell in people. The Apostle prays, in writing to the Ephesians (iii. 17,) “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” And he speaks of travail. ing in birth again until Christ be formed in the Galatians the hope of glory. And in this Epistle he speaks of " Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus." (Col. i. 27, 28.) The Holy Spirit is said to droell in people. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Cor. vi, 19, 20.)
We have then in the text-
1. First, then, we have the great subject matter of the text-Christ. O how can I speak of him worthily, in all the beauties of his person, and in all the glories of his Deity! He is a Prophet, Priest, and King-He is the Anointed. Who anointed him? Wherewith was he anointed? What was he anointed for? We read in Isaiah (lxi. 1.) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." Addressing him, Jehovah