Sunday, November 15, 2009
THE CHIEF OF SINNERS SAVED THROUGH CHRIST
The Exaltation of Christ, and the Glory which followed upon it, is a pregnant Proof of this Truth. When he had completed the Work of our Redemption on Earth, he ascended to Heaven, and took Possession of that Glory which was his due. And he is to be considered as our Fore-runner in his Entrance into the World above, and as the public Head and Representative of all those for whom he had offered himself as a Sacrifice to God, Hence, we are laid to fit together in heavenly Places in Christ. He is entered not "into the holy Places made with Hands, which were the Figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the Presence of God for us" (Hebrews 9:24).
This Admission of Christ to Heaven, and his taking the Possession of Glory in the Name, and as the Forerunner of Sinners, is an undeniable Proof of his having obtained Salvation for them. For which Reason the Apostle Peter makes it a Ground of Christian Trust and Confidence. "Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead and gave him Glory that your Faith and Hope might be in God" (1 Peter 1:21).
Consequent upon this Exaltation of our Saviour, an eminent Glory attended his Church below. The Holy Spirit was poured forth in an extraordinary Manner, both in his Graces and Gifts, which was a clear Proof, that he had done everything requisite to the Salvation of Sinners. And, that the Father highly approved of his executing his Will, in the Redemption of the Objects of his Favor from Misery.
What an admirable Concurrence of the most cogent Proofs are given of this glorious Truth, that Jesus Christ came into the World to save the chief of Sinners?
If therefore we disbelieve it, we must be exceedingly culpable, for we shall make God himself a Liar, who has in such a Variety of Ways given his Testimony in Confirmation of this most precious Truth.
By John Brine