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“I freely forgive him all.”


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If you say, you cannot believe, you say right. For faith, as well as every other blessing, is the gift of God. But then wait upon God and who knows but he may have mercy on thee? Why do we not entertain more loving thoughts of Christ? Or do you think he will have mercy on others and not on you? But are you not sinners? And did not Jesus Christ come into the world to save sinners? If you say you are the chief of sinners, I answer that will be no hindrance to your salvation, indeed it will not, if you lay hold on him by faith. Read the Evangelists and see how kindly he behaved to his disciples who fled from and denied him: ‘Go tell my brethren,’ says he. He did not say, ‘Go tell those traitors.’ But, ‘Go tell my brethren’ in general and poor Peter in particular, ‘that I am risen.’ O comfort his poor drooping heart, tell him I am reconciled to him. Bid him weep no more so bitterly. For though with oaths and curses he thrice denied me, yet I have died for his sins, I am risen again for his justification. I freely forgive him all.

Thus slow to anger and of great kindness, was our all-merciful High Priest. And do you think he has changed his nature and forgets poor sinners now he is exalted to the right hand of God? No, he is the same yesterday, today and forever and sitteth there only to make intercession for us. Come then, ye harlots, come ye publicans, come ye most abandoned of sinners, come and believe on Jesus Christ. Though the whole world despise you and cast you out, yet he will not disdain to take you up. O amazing, O infinitely condescending love! Even you, he will not be ashamed to call his brethren.

—George Whitefield, “What Think Ye of Christ?” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:419–420.



Posted 2019·01·29 by David Kjos
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