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THE FULL,
FREE,
AND EVERLASTING PARDON
OF SIN
THROUGH THE ATONEMENT

by WILLIAM TANT

In this doctrine, we see Jehovah "a just God and a Saviour," for " in those days and at that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found." Why? "For I will pardon those whom I reserve." (Jer. 50:20) To reserve has the same signification as preserve, with this shade of difference, that for the Lord to "reserve" his people, carries with it the idea, that he holds them back from many things he permits the world to have, so that the world accounts them the off scouring of all things; but at the great day, when God makes up his jewels, he will put them forward, and openly show, them as possessing the best treasures. We find then, by this declaration in Jeremiah, that the sins of God's people "shall not be found," yea, "there shall be none," for God pardons all whom he reserves or preserves in Christ Jesus. This unspeakable blessing can come to them in no other medium than the atonement of Christ, which atonement being exclusively for the benefit of all "preserved in Christ Jesus," can put only their sins away. Therefore the apostle says, "we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace." (Eph. 1:7) Who have this redemption? "We," says the apostle, "who are preserved in Christ Jesus." And on their behalf "he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself:" past, present, and to come. Sins of all sorts, sins of all lengths, sins of all depths, sins as black as hell, sins as high as heaven, sins against light and knowledge, sins of omission and commission, sins secret and sins public, all blotted out of God's debt book, the law, by the blood of the Lamb. O blessed thought, that when our Zerubbabel beheld the amazing mountain of his people's woe, he was not backward to exclaim, "lo, I come to do thy will, O God." Therefore Jehovah's cry to this mountain is, "who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain." (Zech. 4:7) This doctrine cannot be dangerous, or have an unholy tendency, for it shows how holy is his nature, how just his government, how firm his law, who would not pardon those who are as dear to him as the apple of his eye, without the darling of his bosom becoming "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with- grief:" at the same time it opens up to view the infinity of that love, the sovereignty of that mercy, and the unsearchable riches of that grace, which saves unto the uttermost the unworthy, the abandoned, and the abominable. And is it possible for any man feeling an interest in this to love sin? God forbid! The very thought is derogatory to the nature of a Christian, and an insult upon each person of the glorious Trinity; the Father for bestowing, the Son for procuring, and the Holy Ghost for revealing this great blessing, pardon for sin.




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