February 3, 2011

Is the blood of his atonement truly applied to your soul?

This devotional message from Charles Spurgeon's book, Morning & Evening connects very well with my earlier post, Has God completely wiped away your sin? 

After you finish reading this post, go back and read the other one.  I'm sure that there will be a greater clarity regarding the certainty of God's removal of the guilt and condemnation of your sin.  Something that one can greatly rejoice over and be ever thankful, for such a great gift of forgiveness and redemption.

"He is merciful, compassionate, and full of lovingkindness, but He will not hold man guiltless without an atonement."  Anonymous

I hope this devotional by Charles Spurgeon regarding Christ's atonement is refreshing to your soul that is filled with immeasurable gratitude and joy, for the One who laid down His life, for you and I.

“Without the shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22

This is the voice of unalterable truth.  In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding.  In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement.  It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin.  Am I, then, believing in him?  Is the blood of his atonement truly applied to my soul?  All men are on a level as to their need of him.  If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us.  Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation.  What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?

Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that all our sins are forgiven us for Christ’s sake.  Their works, and prayers, and ceremonies, give them very poor comfort; and well may they be uneasy, for they are neglecting the one great salvation, and endeavouring to get remission without blood.  My soul, sit down, and behold the justice of God as bound to punish sin; see that punishment all executed upon thy Lord Jesus, and fall down in humble joy, and kiss the dear feet of him whose blood has made atonement for thee.  It is in vain when conscience is aroused to fly to feelings and evidences for comfort: this is a habit which we learned in the Egypt of our legal bondage.  The only restorative for a guilty conscience is a sight of Jesus suffering on the cross.  “The blood is the life thereof,” says the Levitical law, and let us rest assured that it is the life of faith and joy and every other holy grace.

“Oh! how sweet to view the flowing
Of my Saviour’s precious blood;
With divine assurance knowing
He has made my peace with God.”  

~Charles Spurgeon

In Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible, he says the following regarding this verse in Hebrews 9:22, which is a deeply enriching understanding of the power of the blood of Christ and the atonement He made unto God, for you and I,
There is not the slightest evidence that any man has ever been pardoned except through the blood shed for the remission of sins. The infidel who rejects the atonement has no evidence that his sins are pardoned; the man who lives in the neglect of the gospel, though he has abundant evidence that he is a sinner, furnishes none that his sins are forgiven; and the Mussulman and the pagan can point to no proof that their sins are blotted out. It remains to be demonstrated that one single member of the human family has ever had the slightest evidence of pardoned sin, except through the blood of expiation. In the divine arrangement there is no principle better established than this, that all sin which is forgiven is remitted through the blood of the atonement; a principle which has never been departed from hitherto, and which never will be. It follows, therefore:
(1) that no sinner can hope for forgiveness except through the blood of Christ;
(2) that if people are ever saved they must be willing to rely on the merits of that blood;

(3) that all people are on a level in regard to salvation, since all are to be saved in the same way; and,

(4) that there will be one and the same song in heaven - the song of redeeming love.
Has the atonement of Christ been truly applied to your soul?

The atonement of Christ grants an eternal life in heaven with Him, while a rejection of the atonement results in an eternal life in hell apart from Him.

Which life will be yours in eternity and why?

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