Do ye believe?
Look upon your dear Redeemer! look up to this mournful, dreadful, yet, in one view, delightful spectacle, and then ask thine own heart, Do ye believe that Jesus suffered and died thus? And why did he suffer and die? Let me answer in God’s own words, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon him, that by his stripes we might he healed: it pleased the Lord to bruise him, and put him to grief, when he made his soul an offering for sin; for the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all, Isa. liii. 5, 6, 10.” So that I may address you in the words of the apostle, “Be it known unto you therefore, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; Acts xiii. 38.” as it was his command, just after he arose from the dead, “that repentance and remission of sins should be, preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, Luke xxiv. 47.” the very place, where his blood had so lately been shed in such a cruel manner. I do thereby testify to you, in the words of another inspired writer, that Christ was made sin, that is, a sin offering, “for; though he knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, 2 Cor. v. 21.” that is, that through the righteousness he has fulfilled, and the atonement he has made, we might be accepted by God as righteous, and be not only pardoned, but received into his favour. “To you is the word of this salvation sent, Acts xiii. 26.” and to you, O reader, are the blessings of it even now offered by God, sincerely offered; so that . . . it is not your having broken the law of God that shall prove your ruin, if you do not also reject his Gospel. It is not all those legions of sins which rise up in battle array against you that shall be able to destroy you, if unbelief do not lead them on, and final impenitency do not bring up the rear. I know that guilt is a timorous thing; I will therefore speak in the words of God himself; nor can any be more comfortable: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, John iii. 36. and he shall never come into condemnation, John v. 24. There is therefore now no condemnation,” no kind or degree of it, to them, to any one of them, “who are in Jesus Christ, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Rom. viii. 1.” You have indeed been a very great sinner, and your offences have truly been attended with most heinous aggravations; nevertheless you may rejoice in the assurance, that “where sin hath abounded, there shall grace much more abound, Rom. v. 20.” “that where sin hath reigned unto death,” where it has had its most unlimited sway and most unresisted triumph, there shall “righteousness reign to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Rom. v. 21.” That righteousness, to which on believing on him thou will be entitled, shall not only break those chains by which sin is (as it were) dragging thee at its chariot-wheels with a furious pace to eternal ruin, but it shall clothe thee with the robes of salvation, shall fix thee on a throne of glory, where thou shalt live and reign for ever among the princes of heaven, shalt reign in immortal beauty and joy, without one remaining scar of divine displeasure upon thee, without any single mark by which it could be known that thou hadst ever been obnoxious to wrath and a curse, except it be an anthem of praise to “the Lamb that was slain, and has washed thee from thy sins in his own blood, Rev. i. 5.”
—Philip Doddridge, The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul (Robert Porter, 1810), 75–76.
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