THE BLOOD OF JESUS
REV WILLIAM REID, M.A.
” Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” — Heb. 10:19.
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I fear that not a few of the strictly religious in all our churches are ignorant of the ” true grace of God,” which gives Jesus as ” the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
I fear also that, in some cases, on account of a mixture of law and gospel in public instruction, many inquirers are left with the impression that they have to do something to obtain “justification of life,” and that it is not made sufficiently plain that we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in His blood ; to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God ; to declare at this time His righteousness that He might be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus ;”
When we consider the thousands and thousands that are being awakened by the Holy Ghost throughout our own and other lands, I believe that we could not engage in a more need full service than the preparation of a work such as the present, wherein ” the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, even the righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” We sometimes hear ” the claims of Jesus” pressed upon sinners ; but this is to confound Christ with Moses, and represent His salvation as a republication in an amended form of the law ” given by Moses,” forgetting that ” grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
The gospel, strictly taken, contains neither “claims,” commands, nor threatenings, but is glad tidings of salvation to sinful men through Christ, revealed in doctrines and promises ; and these revealed to men as sinners, stout hearted, and far from righteousness. In the good news from heaven of help in God through Jesus Christ, to lost, self-destroyed creatures of Adam’s race, there are no precepts. All these, the command to believe and repent not excepted, belong to and flow from the law.’ The gospel is the report of a peace purchased by the blood of Christ for poor sinners, and offered to them.-
It is one of the most soul-ruining delusions among the generality of professors in our day, that they are guilty of spiritual bigamy — they think they must have two husbands, Christ and the law both. They suppose that their own duties and righteousness will not do their business alone without Christ’s merit and righteousness, which they hope will make amends, and make up what is wanting and wherein they are deficient ; and so his and theirs together is the ground of their hope. This is a popery which makes Christ’s righteousness only a footstool on which self-righteousness mounts the throne ; yea, this is a bigamy which Christ will not relish and put up with. If we be not married to Christ alone as the end of the law for righteousness, aud divorced from the law as a covenant, the strength of sin remains.
” They who would be justified before God must either bring to Him a perfect and personal righteousness of their own, and wholly renounce Christ, or else they must bring the perfect, personal righteousness of Christ, and wholly renounce their own.” — Ralph Erskine, 1726.
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