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the power of an endless life, ever liveth to make intercession. He abideth for ever, He ever lives; and because He ever lives, and has the blood ever present before God, therefore He is able to save completely. You might live in this world nine hundred and sixty nine years, like a Methuselah, but that blood will be the same, have the same meaning, the same power, and be fresh as ever at the close of those long, all but millennium of years, for life and salvation, as at the first. This again, beloved, is a truth which gives rest and peace to the soul.
Secondly: He is able to save to the uttermost of guilt. Where shall I cast about in Scripture for the most marked examples of this? Take Saul of Tarsus, “ This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." Yet the word here is not "chief,” but first. “Of whom I am first”—Paul meaning, perhaps, that as a murderer and persecutor of the disciples of Christ Jesus he was first. For scarcely had the Lord ascended, or the Holy Ghost come, when he compelled the saints to blaspheme; or his meaning might have been that he was as such first, or one of the first, to be saved—the Lord having had mercy on him, the Lord converting him, making him a first monument of His grace and love towards the very chief or first of sinners. But, truly, Paul was a chief sinner. Supposing this to be his estimate of himself, I often wonder what led him to conclude that he was such ? Was it because he was so zealous among the enemies of Christ ? Was it, think you, because he had held the clothes of dying Stephen, or that he had abetted the murderers of that sainted servant of the Lamb ? I fancy not; it was more than this. How touching his confession! He says, “I compelled the saints to blaspheme; I made even them blaspheme! I went to ell lengths, in utter, bitter hate to the name of Jesus. I,
breathed out threatenings and slaughter against them.” Oh, the bitterness of the enmity of the heart! Paul might have said, as you and I can say
“I the chief of sinners am,
But Jesus died for me." And then look at Jerusalem. And think of the touching mercy and forgiving compassion of the Lord Jesus when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel, beginning at Jerusalem ;” as much as to say, “Go, and tell the efficacy of my blood to the man that thrust the gall into my mouth, or to him who pierced my hands and feet, or to those who raised the cry, 'Away with him, away with him!' Crucify him, crucify him!” Wonderful that the Lord in His grace would have a first church from a city that crucified Him! And it is likely that many who stood abetting His death were members of that Church. God delights in showing His mercy to great sinners. As no physician would care to base his fame on ordinary, slight disease, but rather on cases difficult to cure, so God showed the abundant merit of the blood of Jesus in that the very first proclamation of salvation was made to the murderers of Jesus, to those whose hands had been dripping in His very blood.
Therefore let none of you despair. He is a priest for ever, having His own blood, in virtue of which He is able to “save to the uttermost” of all human crime, to the uttermost of all manner of sin, to the uttermost of all conceivable guilt! Oh! if thou art a brand, hang. ing, as it were, over the very verge of hell, the fires of which are drawing thee to their flames, the precious blood of Jesus is gone inside the veil!
That blood can make the foulest clean,
That blood avails for thee.” But further : He can save to the uttermost of sorrow; ah, yes, sorrow! sorrows ! uttermost sorrows! sorrows
which may seem to have extinguished all hope, and to have put out all the fires of peace that once burned within-the sorrows of the soul; for the soul has her sorrows, her unbelief, her doubts, her darkness-a darkness which no friend or lover can remove, and with which no stranger can intermeddle. Oh, dear people, what sorrow have we seen in those who said
“ I need thee, blessed Jesus,
For I am full of sin;
My heart is dead within."
Oh ! if you are sad and desolate, and are saying, “ Out of the depths have I cried unto thee;" if you are saying, “I am down in the horrible pit and the miry clay;" if you are miserable—if there be seven devils of misery in you—nay, if you had seventy-seven devils
– of misery in you—the power of Christ to save is greater than all devils—
“ Buried in sorrows and in sin,
At hell's dark door we lay ;
To see our heavenly day.” " He is able to save to the uttermost” of all sorrow. And why? His sorrows were far deeper than our sorrows—His griefs than our griefs. And when we see them borne for us, we can say of them as of His stripes -By His sorrows we are healed.
And once more: He is able to save to the uttermost of life. It is very delightful to see the old coming to Jesus, and it is very blessed to see the young ing to Jesus. I do not know which is most delightful. A friend told me he once received into membership two persons together, one a little girl seven years old, and the other an old man hard
upon ninety ; the two extremes were received into the fellowship of the Church together. And, as my friend
, (now in heaven) told me, his eye sparkled as he said,
• The little child led the old man up to the scene where he was to be received by the Church." I say I do not know which was most beautiful. Watts says
"A flower, when offered in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice;"
which means, that you would never think of offering a friend a shattered flower, or a rose ready to perish, albeit a rose is beautiful in death—often most fragrant then, as was the rose of Sharon. But beloved, if thou hast passed through thy sunny childhood-if thou art no longer a young bud to be offered to the Lord in service—if thou art no longer in the meridian of thy day—if thou art no longer even beneath that segment of the heavens where the sun melts away towards the horizon-if thou art come to the solemn hush of twilight-aye, with long night gathering around theeif such be thy case, my father, my mother, my aged father, my aged mother, so that thy head is whitened, thy step is palsied; think there was a step here that faltered under the weight of His cross; the Man at the right hand of God is touched with the feeling of your infirmities, knowing your age and your sorrows, understanding the burden of your sins-who
— has once died for you, and can save you now-save this moment, save to the uttermost of life. The enemy may say,
- Thou hast been a good servant; wilt thou leave me now? wilt thou forsake me now?” Or he may say,
66 You are too vile to be saved now, too old in sin. God will not have you now.” Ah, sinner, my father, my mother, wert thou with thy one foot in the grave, and thy other foot in Merrion Hall, how sweet to lift both of them on to the Rock-on to Jesus, to-day! Oh, come ! thou aged one, come ! He can save to the uttermost. Come, for thy locks are thin; thy brow is furrowed; thy heart has lost its former glow; thy step, which was firm and vigorous, is now palsied; and
thou art tottering on the very verge of an unconverted eternity ;-oh, He can save thee, however old, however sinful. Was He not able to save Jerusalem sinners, , crucifying sinners, Saul of Tarsus sinners, Mary Magdalene sinners, Manasseh sinners, dying thief sinners ? He is able to save thee; and He is able to save to the uttermost of thy life. Wherefore can He do it? Because of the blood because He is a God-manbecause He is in heaven-because He is accepted because the blood is ever there. “Wherefore.' Oh, what a fulcrum ! and what a rock, even the Truth, on which to plant it! And now, beloved, we apply it; now it lifts—what ? Why, lifts a sinner-lifts him from sin to salvation—from self to Christ—from earth to heaven.
We come, thirdly, to notice the subjects of this work. “ Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him." This, truly, is beautiful ; it is a hopeful word. He is able to save to the uttermost THAT COME, yea, all that come unto God by Him. Now, look at this for a little. It means He is able to save to the uttermost all. Now, “ all” includes
everyo He is able to save all. But then it narrows. It is not all, taken as everyone indiscriminately, but all that come. Am I among the “all” ? I know I am. How do I know I am ? Because I have come. Do you want to be among the “all”? You say you do. Oh, then, come, come! All who come ! Ah! the devil, who would deter you, is a liar, and the human heart is a liar; but this is the word of the living God “ He is able to save to the uttermost those that come.' Do you want to be among them ? You say you do. . Then come! Do you say, “If I come, can I be saved ?" I answer, Yes. “How do you know?” Because He is able to save them that come. “ Ah, but," you say, “ I am very cold, and I am very dead, and I do not feel my need of Him as I should like to feel it.” It is