Tuesday, April 26, 2016

 .....You have heard that this work of purchasing salvation was wholly finished during the time of Christ's humiliation.  When Christ rose from the dead, and was exalted from that abasement to which he submitted for our salvation, the purchase of eternal life was completely made, so that there was no need of any thing more to be done in order to it.  But now the servants were sent forth with a message, Matt. 22:4.  "Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage."  Therefore, are your sins many and great?  Here is enough done by Christ to procure their pardon.  There is no need of any righteousness of yours to obtain your pardon and justification; no, you may come freely, without money and without price.  Since therefore there is such a free and gracious invitation given you, come, come naked as you are; come as a poor condemned criminal; come and cast yourself down at Christ's feet, as one justly condemned, and utterly helpless.  Here is a complete salvation wrought out by Christ, and through him offered to you.  Come, therefore, accept of it, and be saved.
     For Christ to reject one that thus comes to him, would be to frustrate all those great things which God brought to pass from the fall of man to the incarnation of Christ.  It would also frustrate all that Christ did and suffered while on earth; yea, it would frustrate the incarnation itself.  All the great things done were for that end, that those might be saved who should come to Christ.  Therefore you may be sure Christ will not be backward in saving those who come to him, and trust in him: for he has no desire to frustrate himself in his own work.  Neither will God the Father refuse you; for he has no desire to frustrate himself in all that he did for so many hundreds and thousands of years, to prepare the way for the salvation of sinners by Christ. Come, therefore, hearken to the sweet and earnest calls of Christ to your soul.  Do as he invites and as he commands you, Matt. 11:28-30.  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light!"
                                                                                                                                    Jonathan Edwards

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