Concluding Address

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In bringing the present portion of this work on the tabernacle to a conclusion, the writer desires to address a few words to any unsaved, unconverted reader, under whose eye it may fall. It will be seen that the truths heretofore enumerated have chiefly been for believers, for those who are saved and who know they are saved, because they believe what God says in His Word. But some one may take up this book who is not saved, or who questions or doubts his salvation. To such an one the writer would appeal in the language of God Himself. " What could have been done more that I have not done?" Is it possible for God to do more than He has done? Or can He express more clearly, more plainly what He has done than He has expressed it over and over again in His Word? What more can be done? Hear the word of the Lord. " Thou shalt call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins." Matt. 1:2121And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21). " Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:2929The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29). " When I shall take away their sins." Rom. 11:2727For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Romans 11:27). Ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins." 1 John 3:55And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (1 John 3:5). " Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." Heb. 9:2626For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Hebrews 9:26). " To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins." Luke 1:7777To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, (Luke 1:77). " That repentance and remission of sins should be preached among all nations," Luke 24:4747And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47). " Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Savior; for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." Acts 5:3131Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31). " Through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins." Acts 13:3838Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: (Acts 13:38). " That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance amongst them that are sanctified through faith that is in me" (,Jesus.) Acts 26:1818To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18). " Through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sin." Acts 10:4343To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:43). " Now where remission of these is there is no more offering for sin." Heb. 10:1818Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:18)." Christ died for the ungodly." Rom. 5:66For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6). " Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." 1 Cor. 15: 3. " To give his life a ransom for many." Matt. 20:2828Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28). " He laid down his life for us." 1 John 3:1616Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16). " Who gave himself for our sins." Gal. 1:44Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: (Galatians 1:4). " Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just one instead of unjust ones, that he might bring us to God." 1 Pet. iii. 18. " Who was delivered for our offenses." Rom. 4:2525Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:25). " Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree." 1St. Pet. 2:24. " He bare the sin of many." Isa. 53:1212Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12). " Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many." Heb. 9:2828So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28). " When he had by himself purged our sins sat down." Heb. 1:33Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:3). " After he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever sat down." Heb. 10:1212But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:12). " He is the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 2:22And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2). " I write unto you little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake." 1 John 2:1212I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. (1 John 2:12). " It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul." Lev. 17:1111For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11). " Without shedding of blood is no remission.' Heb. 9:2222And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22). " The blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:77But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). " Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood." Rev. 1:55And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Revelation 1:5). " They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb," vii 14. " Being now justified by his blood." Rom. 5:99Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:9). " Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood." Rev. 5:99And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Revelation 5:9). " In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Eph. 1:77In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7). " In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Col. 1:1414In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (Colossians 1:14). " This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matt. 26:2828For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28); Mark 14:2424And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:24). " Whom God bath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood." Rom. 25. " Made nigh by the blood of Christ." Eph. 2:1313But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13). " That he might sanctify the people with his own blood." Heb. 13:1212Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Hebrews 13:12). " Not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ." 1 Pet. 1:1818Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (1 Peter 1:18). " Having made peace through the blood of his cross." Col. 1:2020And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20). " Purchased with his own blood." Acts 20:2828Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Acts 20:28).
" God is said to pardon?' Isa. 55:77Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7). " To pass by transgression: not to retain his anger: to delight in mercy; to subdue iniquities: to cast all sins into the depths of the sea." Mic. 7:18,1918Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:18‑19). " To cast sins behind his back." Isa. 38:1717Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. (Isaiah 38:17). To " remember them no more." Jer. 31:3434And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:34). To blot out sins and transgressions. Acts 3:1919Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19); Isa. 43:25;4425I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25)
25That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; (Isaiah 44:25)
. 22. " Not to impute iniquity-to cover sin." Psa. 32:22Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Psalm 32:2). " To justify the ungodly." Rom. 4:55But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5). " To finish the transgression and to make an end of sins." Dan. 9:2424Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (Daniel 9:24). " God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." " When we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son." Rom. 5:8, 108But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
10For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)
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" This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." 1 Tim. 1:15.
Texts such as these might be multiplied-the whole Bible is full of the testimony of the helplessness, worthlessness and complete ruin of every sinner-of the love and mercy and grace of God towards such vile and impotent sinners; and of salvation present, completed, and eternal, provided by God in the death of His own Son, and freely offered by Him to the ruined and lost. The hard heart doubts and mistrusts the full and free manifestation of God's love in the death of His Son, and the consequence is, that recourse is had to some efforts of one's own to render oneself more acceptable to God; and to religious ceremonies, with which the name of Christ is mixed. Promises, resolutions, prayers, and outward reformations are resorted to, and God is not trusted, and the full efficacy of the precious blood- of Christ is not relied on. Many an one says, " I know I can do nothing of myself," who is yet seeking to do a great deal of and for himself. Many an one speaks of the finished work of Christ, who yet proves by his own actions and thoughts that he does not believe it to be finished.
God has exalted Christ to be a Prince and a Savior, and we may rest assured that He will allow of no interference with that Savior and His work. He commands all men everywhere to change their minds; for the minds of all men everywhere are mistaken, both as to themselves and as to God. Change your mind therefore as to yourself. Cease from your own works. Cease from expecting improvement or amendment by your own efforts. Cease from hoping to feel better or to be better. Change your mind also as to God. Cease from doubting or mistrusting Him or His love. Behold the wonderful manner of His love, seen in the death of His Son upon the cross, and hear His universal proclamation of His love, " that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life"-shall have it at once, and shall have it forever.
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