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not said, He is able to save all that feel, or all who feel their need as much as they would like; but what is said is, “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come.'
.” Oh, my friends, every one here this morning, come, come, come! for it is to all who come. Come, come to Him now. “Him that cometh," saith Jesus, "I will in no wise cast out.”
And that I may simplify the coming, let me give a homely analogy. Suppose the Queen were to say to one of the villagers of Whippingham, “I want you to come to me; I have something for you. Show this paper at the gate, and come.” The villager comes to
Says the guard, “No entrance here." “ But,” says the villager, “the Queen told me to come; here is the paper.” The guard is silent, and the person goes in. The villager comes to the door of the palace; rings at the door; but hardly knows how to ring, for he had no suitable clothes, (that is what the Queen wanted him for—the Queen wanted to robe him.) The porter opens the door and says, “No beggars here; we admit no beggars.” the man, “here is the paper; the Queen has bid me come.” The porter has nothing to say—the Queen has given the order, and the villager gets an audience with the Queen. What now was his warrant? Why, plainly this: the Queen had told him to come. Even the guards could say nothing against it. Ah, if the heavenly guards that stand outside heaven's gate were to say to a sinner coming with God's paper-coming through the blood of the Lamb—“No entrance,” God in heaven would silence the angels—would discharge His guards! because the mandate has gone forth, “ Him that cometh."
This is our confidence, that God has given us full warrant to come to Him, the only condition being, that we come to Him through Christ. Apart from Him we may not come; with Him we may. This was the
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his conscience ? Did he want to approach God? The law was, that if he came without a sin offering, he must die, but if he came with a sin offering it must die.
Just so is it with the sinner now. To go into God's presence without Christ is to be there under condemnation ; but if we come through Christ-in other words, bring Christ with us — there is no condemnation.
There is no other way. It is a strait gate. There is no other name given amongst men whereby we can be saved. And why? Only Christ could have met all God's claims. He has met them, even by means of death-the death of the cross.
As to the guilty Hebrew, he came as he was. He was a sinful man, and death was his desert. But, instead of him, his victim died. Coming to God with that victim, the comer was saved—went down to his tent justified. Just so with us. We require no long process of repentance prior to the event of coming. The Apostles knew nothing of the mere fancy that those who received their message must first be in meritorious circumstances; nothing was favourable in them -but God, and Christ, and the free proclamation of the Gospel, all these were favourable. All they needed was to come.
You understand me. " He is able to save to the uttermost all that come,”—all that come ! Take this word as your warrant, and come ! even now come, while you can come—come to Jesus to-day.
Beloved, only come ! come only ! come now! Ask not how to come. If I were to go home and say to my children, “ Children, I have brought you a present, come for it,” there is not a child who would say, “ What does my father mean by telling me to come ?” He would never question the meaning of coming. I
wish you could so take the Lord at His word. He says, My blood has put away sin—has purchased salvationhas opened heaven. Oh ! come, take it—it is all for you.
What is so offensive to God is when you come with some supposed plea of your own. Remember Cain. He brought the prime of his fruits. But they were not Christ. They were not acceptable to God. Abel brought the blood only. That blood was Christ. It is coming to God on the ground of Christ only that makes us acceptable to God, for Abel was acceptable, “ God accepted Abel and his offering.'
Brethren, we must insist on this. The day of God will consume as a fire all other confidence. Oh! that will test the truth of what I say. It will burn, as an oven, all our so-called religious observances, our ordinances, and our Sabbaths--all which, apart from Christ, are a very offence to God. How my soul trembles to think of it; and may the Holy Ghost, who quickens the dead, make you to tremble. Oh! that men, the multitude now out on the broad road of a mere profession of religion, would consider. It will be too late
When Christ rises from the mercy-seat and descends in judgment, “ the door will be shut.”
It is not shut now, but, since He entered with His blood, is ever open. Ah, then, stricken one, come. Once again I invite thee to come. Come as thou artlost, helpless, just as you are. Will you not respond ?
Just as I am- -without one plea,
O Lamb of God, I come !
O Lamb of God, I come!
O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am--poor, wretched, blind,
O Lamb of God, I come !
Just as I am--Thou wilt receive,
O Lamb of God, I come!
Just as I am—Thy love unknown,
o Lamb of God, I come!
THE GREAT SUPPER.
" Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."LUKE xiv. 16-24.
The chief point in this parable for us is, not so much that those who were bidden rejected the supper, or despised the supper, but that they gave a preference to other things, such as the farm, the new domestic ties, and the five yoke of oxen. There are millions in hell who never in words refused to go to heaven; they did not object to be saved. The people in this parable threw no obloquy on the supper; they simply preferred to mind the things around them, and, as to the