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Justice Satisfied
AUTHOR: Spurgeon, C.H.
PUBLISHED ON: April 3, 2003
DOC SOURCE: CCN
PUBLISHED IN: Sermons

                                                    Justice Satisfied

                                                        A Sermon
                                                          (No. 255)

                            Delivered on Sabbath Morning, May 29th, 1859, by the
                                              REV. C.H. SPURGEON
                                    at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.

              “Just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:26.
                  “Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

          WHEN THE SOUL is seriously impressed with the conviction of its guilt, when terror and alarm get
          hold upon it concerning the inevitable consequences of its sin, the soul is afraid of God. It dreads at
          that time every attribute of divinity. But most of all the sinner is afraid of God’s justice. “Ah,” saith he
          to himself, “God is a just God; and if so, how can he pardon my sins? for my iniquities cry aloud for
          punishment, and my transgressions demand that his right hand should smite me low. How can I be saved? Were
          God unjust, he might forgive: but, alas! he is not so, he is severely just. ‘He layeth justice to the line, and
          righteousness to the plummet.’ He is the judge of all the earth, and he must do right. How then can I escape from
          his righteous wrath which must be stirred up against me?” Let us be assured that the sinner is quite right in the
          conviction that there is here a great difficulty. The justice of God is in itself a great barrier to the salvation of
          sinners. There is no possibility for that barrier to be surmounted, nor even for it to be removed except by one
          means, which shall this day be proclaimed unto you through the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is true that
          God is just. Let old Sodom tell you how God rained fire and brimstone out of heaven upon man’s iniquity. Let a
          drowning world tell you how God lifted the sluices of the fountains of the great deep, and bade the bubbling
          waters spring up and swallow up man alive. Let the earth tell you; for she opened her mouth when Korah, Dathan,
          and Abiram rebelled against God. Let the buried cities of Nineveh, and the tattered relics of Tyre and Sidon, tell
          you that God is just, and will by no means spare the guilty. And direst of all, let hell’s bottomless lake declare what
          is the awful vengeance of God against the sins of man. Let the sighs, and groans, and moans, and shrieks of spirits
          condemned of God, rise in your ears, and bear witness that he is a God who will not spare the guilty, who will not
          wink at iniquity, transgression, and sin, but who will have vengeance upon every rebel, and will give justice its full
          satisfaction for every offence.
              The sinner is right in his conviction that God is just, and he is moreover right in the inference which follows
          from it, that because God is just his sin must be punished. Ah, sinner, if God punish not thy sin, he has ceased to
          be what he has always been the severely just, the inflexibly righteous. Never has there been a sin pardoned,
          absolutely and without atonement, since the world began. There has never been an offense yet remitted by the
          great Judge of heaven, until the law has received the fullest vindication. You are right, O convicted sinner, that
          such shall be the case even to the end. Every transgression shall have its just recompense of reward. For every
          offence there shall be its stroke, and for every iniquity there shall be its doom. “Ah,” now says the sinner, “then I
          am shut out of heaven. If God be just and he must punish sin, then what can I do? Justice, like some dark angel,
          strides across the road of mercy, and with his sword drawn, athirst for blood and winged to slay, he strides across
          my path, and threatens to drive me backwards over the precipice of death into the ever-burning lake.” Sinner, thou
          art right; it is even so. Except through the gospel which I am about to preach to thee, justice is thine antagonist, thy
          lawful, irresistible, and insatiable enemy. It cannot suffer thee to enter heaven, for thou hast sinned; and punished
          that sin must be, avenged that transgression must be, as long as God is God the holy and the just.
              Is it possible, then, that the sinner cannot be saved? This is the great riddle of the law, and the grand discovery
          of the gospel. Wonder ye heavens! be astonished O earth! that very justice which stood in the sinner’s way and
          prevented his being pardoned, has been by the gospel of Christ appeased; by the rich atonement offered upon
          Calvary, justice is satisfied, has sheathed its sword, and has now not a word to say against the pardon of the
          penitent. Nay, more, that justice once so angry, whose brow was lightning, and whose voice was thunder, has now
          become the sinner’s advocate, and itself with its mighty voice pleads with God, that whosoever confesses his sin
          should be pardoned and be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
              The business of this morning shall be to show, in the first place, according to the first text, how justice is no
          longer the sinner’s enemy “God is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth;” and then, in the second place,
          that justice has become the sinner’s advocate, and that “God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
          cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
              But here let me utter a caution; I shall speak this morning, only to those who feel their guilt, and who are
          ready to confess their sin. For to those who still love sin, and will not acknowledge their guilt, there is no promise
          of mercy or pardon. For them there remains nothing but the fearful looking for of judgment. “He that being often
          reproved hardeneth his heart shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” The soul that neglects this
          great salvation cannot escape; there is no door of escape provided for it. Unless the Lord has now brought us to
          feel our need of mercy, has compelled us to confess that unless he gives us mercy we must righteously perish, and
          unless, moreover, he has made us willing now to be saved on any terms, so that we may be saved at all, this
          gospel which I am about to preach is not ours. But if we be convinced of sin and are now trembling before the
          thunders of God’s wrath, every word that I am now about to speak will be full of encouragement and consolation
          to you.
              I. First, then, HOW HAS JUSTICE BEEN PUT ASIDE? or rather, HOW HAS IT BEEN SO SATISFIED
          THAT IT NO LONGER STANDS IN THE WAY OF GOD’S JUSTIFYING THE SINNER?
              The one answer to that is, Justice has been satisfied through the substitution of our blessed Lord and Saviour,
          Jesus Christ. When man sinned the law demanded that man must be punished. The first offense of man was
          committed by Adam, who was the representative of the entire race. When God would punish sin, in his own
          infinite mind he thought of the blessed expedient, not of punishing his people, but of punishing their representative,
          the covenant head, the second Adam. It was by one man, the first man, that sin entered into the world, and death
          by sin. It was by another man, the second Adam, who is the Lord from heaven, it was by him that this sin was
          borne; by him its punishment was endured; by him the whole wrath of heaven was suffered. And through that
          second representative of manhood, Jesus, the second Adam, God is now able and willing to forgive the vilest of
          tile vile, and justify even the ungodly, and he is able to do so without the slightest violation of his justice. For,
          mark, when Jesus Christ the Son of God suffered on the tree, he did not suffer for himself. He had no sin, either
          natural or actual. He had done nothing whatever that could bring him under the ban of heaven, or subject his holy
          soul and his perfect body to grief and pain. When he suffered it was as a substitute. He died “the just for the
          unjust, that he might bring us to God.” Had his sorrows been personally deserved they would have had no efficacy
          in them. But inasmuch as for sins not his own he died to atone; inasmuch as he was punished, not for any guilt
          that he had done or could do, but for the guilt incurred by others, there was a merit and an efficacy in all that he
          suffered, by which the law was satisfied, and God is able to forgive.
              Let us show very briefly how fully the law is satisfied.
              1. Note first the dignity of the victim who offered himself up to divine justice. Man had sinned; the law
          required the punishment of manhood. But Jesus, the eternal Son of God, “very God of very God,” who had been
          hymned through eternal ages by joyous angels, who had been the favourite of his Father’s court, exalted high
          above principalities and powers, and every name that is named, he himself condescended to become man; was
          born of the Virgin Mary; was cradled in a manger; lived a life of suffering, and at last died a death of agony. If you
          will but think of the wondrous person whom Jesus was as very God of very God, king of angels, creator,
          preserver, Lord of all I think you will see that in his sufferings, the law received a greater vindication than it
          could have done even in the sufferings of all the men that have ever lived or ever could live. If God had consumed
          the whole human race, if all the worlds that float in ether had been sacrificed as one mighty holocaust to the
          vengeance of the law, it would not have been so well vindicated as when Jesus died. For the deaths of all men and
          all angels would have been but the deaths and sufferings of creatures; but when Jesus died, the Creator himself
          underwent the pang, it was the divine preserver of the world hanging on the cross. There is such dignity in the
          Godhead, that all it does is marvellous and infinite in its merit; and when he stooped to suffer, when he bowed his
          awful head, cast aside his diadem of stars to have his brow girt about with thorns; when his hands that once
          swayed the sceptre of all worlds were nailed to the tree; when his feet that erst had pressed the clouds, when these
          were fastened to the wood, then did the law receive an honour such as it never could have received if a whole
          universe in one devouring conflagration had blazed and burned for ever.
              2. In the next place, just pause and think of the relationship which Jesus Christ had towards the great judge of
          all the earth, and then you will see again that the law must have been fully satisfied thereby. We hear of Brutus
          that he was the most inflexible of law-givers; that when he sat upon the bench he knew no distinction of persons.
          Imagine dragged before Brutus many of the noblest Roman senators, convicted of crime: he condemns them, and
          without mercy they are rent away by the lictors to their doom. You would admire certainly all this justice of
          Brutus But suppose Brutus’ own son brought before him and such was the case imagine the father sitting on
          the judgment-bench and declaring that he knew no distinction whatever, even of his own children. Conceive that
          son tried and condemned out of his father’s own mouth. See him tied up before his father’s own eyes, while, as
          the inflexible judge, that father bids the lictor lay on the rod, and afterwards cries, “Take him away and use the
          axe!” See you not here how he loves his country better than his son, and he loves justice better than either.
          “Now,” says the world, “Brutus is just indeed.” Now, if God had condemned each of us one by one, or the whole
          race in a mass, there would certainly have been a vindication of his justice. But lo! his own son takes upon him the
          sins of the world, and he comes before his Father’s presence. He is not guilty in himself, but the sins of man are
          laid upon his shoulders. The Father condemns his Son; he gives him up to the Roman rod; he gives him up to
          Jewish mockery, to military scorn, and to priestly arrogance. He delivers up his Son to the executioner, and bids
          him nail him to the tree; and as if that were not enough, since the creature had not power of itself to give forth all
          the vengeance of God upon its own substitute, God himself smites his Son. Are you staggered at such an
          expression? It is scriptural. Read in the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, and there you have the proof thereof: “It
          pleased the Lord to bruise him: he hath put him to grief.” When the whip had gone round to every hand, when the
          betrayer had smitten him, when Pilate and Herod, and Jew and Gentile, had each laid on the stroke, it was seen
          that human arm was not powerful enough to execute the full vengeance: then did the Father take his sword, and
          cry, “Awake! O sword, against my shepherd, against the man that is my fellow,” and he smote him sternly, as if
          he had been his enemy, as if he were a common culprit, as if he were the worst of criminals he smote him again
          and again, till that awful shriek was forced from the lips of the dying substitute, “Eloi, Eloi, lama
          sabacthani,” my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Surely, when God smites his Son, and such a Son,
          when God smites his only begotten and well-beloved, then Justice has more than its due, more than itself could
          ask, Christ himself did freely give!
              3. Furthermore, if you will please for a moment to consider how terrible were the agonies of Christ, which,
          mark you, he endured in the room, the place, the stead of all poor penitent sinners, of all those who confess their
          sins and believe in him; I say, when you mark these agonies, you will readily see why Justice does not stand in the
          sinner’s way. Doth Justice come to thee this morning, and say, “Sinner, thou hast sinned, I will punish thee?”
          Answer thus “Justice, thou hast punished all my sins. All I ought to have suffered has been suffered by my
          substitute, Jesus. It is true that in myself I owe thee a debt greater than I can pay, but it is true that in Christ I owe
          thee nothing; for all I did owe is paid, every farthing of it; the utmost drachm has been counted down; not a doit
          remains that is due from me to thee, O thou avenging justice of God.” But if Justice still accuse, and conscience
          clamour, go thou and take Justice with thee to Gethsemane, and stand there with it: see that man so oppressed
          with grief, that all his head, his hair, his garments bloody be. Sin was a press a vice which forced his blood from
          every vein, and wrapped him in a sheet of his own blood. Dost see that man there! canst hear his groans, his cries,
          his earnest intercessions, his strong crying and tears! canst mark that clotted sweat as it crimsons the frozen soil,
          strong enough to unloose the curse! dost see him in the desperate agony of his spirit, crushed, broken, bruised
          beneath the feet of the Justice in the olive press of God! Justice, is not that enough? will not that content thee? In a
          whole hell there is not so much dignity of vengeance as there is in the garden of Gethsemane. Art thou not yet
          satisfied? Come, Justice, to the hall of Pilate. Seest thou that man arraigned, accused, charged with sedition and
          with blasphemy! See him taken to the guard-room, spat upon, buffetted with hands, crowned with thorns, robed in
          mockery, and insulted with a reed for a sceptre. I say, Justice, seest thou that man, and dost thou know that he is
          “God over all blessed for ever?” and yet he endureth all this to satisfy thy demands! Art thou not content with
          that? Dost thou still frown? Let me show thee this man on the pavement. He is stripped. Stand, Justice, and listen
          to those stripes, those bloody scourges, and as they fall upon his devoted back and plough deep furrows there,
          dost thou see thong-full after thong-full of his quivering flesh torn from his poor bare back! Art not content yet,
          Justice? Then what will satisfy thee? “Nothing,” says Justice, “but his death.” Come thou with me, then thou canst
          see that feeble man hurried through the streets! Seest thou him driven to the top of Calvary, hurled on his back,
          nailed to the transverse wood? Oh, Justice, canst thou see his dislocated bones, now that his cross is lifted up?
          Stand with me, O Justice, see him as he weeps, and sighs, and cries; see his soul-agonies! Canst thou read that tale
          of terror which is veiled in that flesh and blood? Come, listen Justice, whilst thou hearest him cry, “I thirst,” and
          whilst thou seest the burning fever devouring him, till he is dried up like a potsherd, and his tongue cleaveth to the
          roof of his mouth for thirst! And lastly, O Justice, dost thou see him bow his head, and die? “Yes,” saith Justice,
          “and I am satisfied; I have nothing that I can ask more; I am fully content; my uttermost demands are more than
          satisfied.”
              And am I not content, too? Guilty though I am and vile, can I not plead that this bloody sacrifice is enough to
          satisfy God’s demands against me? Oh, yes, I trust I can,

                                                  “My faith doth lay its hand,
                                                  On that dear head of thine,
                                                While like a penitent I stand,
                                                  And here confess my sin.”

          Jesus, I believe that they sufferings were for me; and I believe that they are more than enough to satisfy for all my
          sins. By faith I cast myself at the foot of thy cross and cling to it. This is my only hope, my shelter, and my shield.
          It cannot be, that God can smite me now. Justice itself prevents, for when Justice once is satisfied it were injustice
          if it should ask for more. Now, is it not clear enough to the eye of every one, whose soul has been aroused, that
          Justice stands no longer in the way of the sinner’s pardon? God can be just, and yet the justifier. He has punished
          Christ, why should he punish twice for one offence? Christ has died for all his people’s sins, and if thou art in the
          covenant, thou art one of Christ’s people. Damned thou canst not be. Suffer for thy sins thou canst not. Until God
          can be unjust, and demand two payments for one debt, he cannot destroy the soul for whom Jesus died. “Away
          goes universal redemption,” says one. Yes, away it goes, indeed. I am sure there is nothing about that in the Word
          of God. A redemption that does not redeem is not worth my preaching, or your hearing, Christ redeemed every
          soul that is saved; no more, and no less. Every spirit that shall be seen in heaven Christ bought. If he had
          redeemed those in hell, they never could have come there. He has bought his people with his blood, and they
          alone shall he bring with him. “But who are they?” says one. Thou art one, if thou believest. Thou art one if thou
          repentest of thy sin. If thou wilt now take Christ to be thy all in all, then thou art one of his; for the covenant must
          prove a lie, and God must be unjust, and justice must become unrighteousness, and love must become cruelty,
          and the cross must become a fiction, ere thou canst be condemned if thou trustest in Jesus.
              This is the way in which Justice ceases to be the enemy of souls.
              II. The second text says that not only can God be just, but it says something more: it says, “If we confess our
          sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now, if I understand
          this text, it means this: that IT IS AN ACT OF JUSTICE ON GOD’S PART TO FORGIVE THE SINNER WHO
          MAKES A CONFESSION OF HIS SIN TO GOD. Mark! not that the sinner deserves forgiveness: that can never
          be. Sin can never merit anything but punishment, and repentance is no atonement for sin. Not that God is bound
          from any necessity of his nature to forgive every one that repents, because repentance has not in itself sufficient
          efficacy and power to merit forgiveness at the hand of God. Yet, nevertheless, it is a truth that, because God is
          just, he must forgive every sinner who confesses his sin. And if he did not and mark, it is a bold thing to say, but
          it is warranted by the text if a sinner should be led truly and solemnly to make confession of his sins and cast
          himself on Christ, if God did not forgive him, then he were not the God that he is represented to be in the Word of
          God: he were a God unjust, and that may God forbid, such a thing must not, cannot be. But how, then, is it that
          Justice itself actually demands that every soul that repents should be pardoned? It is so. The same Justice that just
          now stood with a fiery sword in his hand, like the cherubim of old keeping the way of the tree of life, now goes
          hand in hand with the sinner. “Sinner,” he says, “I will go with thee. When thou goest to plead for pardon I will go
          and plead for thee. Once I spoke against thee: but now I am so satisfied with what Christ has done, that I will go
          with thee and plead for thee. I will change my language I will not say a word to oppose thy pardon, but I will go
          with thee and demand it. It is but an act of justice that God should now forgive.” And the sinner goes up with
          Justice, and what has Justice got to say? Why, it says this: “God must forgive the repenting sinner, if he be just,
          according to his promise.” A God who could break his promise were unjust. We do not believe in men who tell us
          lies. I have known some of so gentle a disposition, that they could never say “No;” if they were asked to do a thing
          they have said, “Yes.” But they have never earned a character for it, when they have said “Yes,” and afterwards
          did not fulfil. It is not so with God. He is no tender-hearted being who promises more than he can perform, and no
          forgetful one who promises what afterwards shall slip from his memory. Every word which God utters shall be
          fulfilled, whether it be decree, threatening, or promise. Sinner! go to God with a promise in your hand. “Lord
          thou hast said, ‘He that confesseth his sin, and forsaketh it, shall find mercy.’ I confess my sin, and I forsake it:
          Lord, give me mercy!” Don’t doubt but that God will give it you. You have his own pledge in your hand; you have
          his own bond in your keeping. Take that pledge and that bond before his throne of mercy, and that bond never
          shall be cancelled till it has been honoured. You shall see that promise fulfilled to the uttermost letter, though your
          sin be never so black. Suppose the promise you take should be this. “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
          out.” “But,” says the Law, “thou art one of the greatest sinners that ever lived.” “Ay, but the promise says, ‘Him
          that cometh,’ and I come, and I claim the fulfillment of it.” “No, but thou hast been a blasphemer.” “I know it, but
          the promise says, ‘Him that cometh,’ and I come, and blasphemer though I am, I claim the promise.” “But thou
          hast been a thief, thou hast deceived thy neighbour, and thou hast robbed men.” “I have, but the promise says,
          ‘Him that cometh to me I will in no wise case out;’ I come, and I claim the promise. It does not say anything at all
          about character in the promise: it says, ‘Him that cometh,’ and I come, and if I be black as the devil, nevertheless
          God is true, and I claim the promise. I confess all that can be said against me. Will God be untrue, and send a
          seeking soul away with a promise unfulfilled? Never!” “But,” says one, “you have lived many years in this way;
          your conscience has often checked you, and you have resisted conscience often: it is too late now.” “But I have
          the promise, ‘Him that cometh,’ there is no time stipulated in it ‘Him that cometh;’ I come, and O God, thou
          canst not break the promise!” Challenge God by faith, and you will see that he will be as good as his word to you.
          Though you are worse than words can tell, God, I repeat it, as long as he is just, must honour his own promise.
          Go and confess your sin, trust in Christ, and you shall find pardon.
              But, again, not only did God make the promise, but according to the text man has been induced to act upon it;
          and, therefore, this becomes a double bond upon the justice of God. Suppose you made a promise to any man,
          that if such a thing was done, you would do something else, and suppose that man were to do something quite
          contrary to his own nature, quite abhorent to himself; but he did it nevertheless, because he expected to get great
          blessings thereby, do you mean to say you would tempt a man to do that, and put him to vast expense, and care
          and trouble, and then turn round and say? “There I shall have nothing to do with that promise: I only promised to
          make you do so-and-so, now, I will not fulfil my engagement.” Why the man would turn about and call you base
          to make a promise to lead him to do something and then not fulfil your promise. Now, God has said, “If we
          confess our sins and trust in Christ, we shall have mercy.” You have done it; you have made the most abject and
          sincere confession, and you do declare that you have no trust but the blood and righteousness of Christ. Now, on
          the faith of the promise you have been led into this state. Do you imagine when God has brought you through
          much pain and agony of mind to repent of sin, to give up self-righteousness, and rely on Christ, he will afterwards
          turn round and tell you he did not mean what he said? It cannot be it cannot be. Suppose, now you were about
          to engage a man to be your servant, and you say to him, renounce such a situation, give that up; come and take a
          house in the neighbourhood where I live, and I will take you to be my servant.” Suppose he does it, and you then
          say, “I am glad for your own sake that you have left your master, still I will not take you.” What would he say to
          you? He would say, “I gave up my situation on the faith of your promise, and now, you break it.” Ah! but it never
          can be said of Almighty God, that, if a sinner acted on the faith of his promise, then that promise was not kept.
          God ceases to be God when he ceases to have mercy upon the soul who seeks pardon through the blood of Christ.
          No, he is a just God, “Faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
              One more aspect of this case. God’s justice demands that the sinner should be forgiven if he seeks mercy, for
          this reason: Christ died on purpose to secure pardon for every seeking soul. Now, I hold it to be an axiom, a
          self-evident truth, that whatever Christ died for he will have. I cannot believe that when he paid to his Father the
          price of blood, and groans and tears, he bought something which the Father will not give him. Now, Christ died to
          purchase the pardon of sin for all those who believe on him, and do you suppose that the Father will rob him of
          that which be has bought so dearly? No, God were untrue to his own Son, he would break his oath to his
          well-beloved and only begotten Son, if he were not to give pardon, peace, and purity to every soul that comes to
          God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Oh, I would that I could preach it as with a tongue of thunder everywhere,
          God is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth. God is just to forgive us our sins, if we confess them; just to
          cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
              III. Now, to close. I must just enter into some little EXPLANATION OF THE TWO GREAT DUTIES
          THAT ARE TAUGHT IN THE TWO TEXTS. Tile first duty is faith “believeth in Christ;” the second text is
          confession “if we confess our sins.”
              I will begin with confession first. Expect not that God will forgive you until you confess; not in the general
          confession of a prayer book, but in the particular confession of your own inmost heart. You are not to confess to a
          priest or a man, unless you have offended against him. In that respect, if you have been an offender against any
          man, be at peace with him and ask his pardon for aught you have done against him. It is a proof of a noble mind
          when you can ask pardon of another for having done amiss. Whenever grace comes into the heart it will lead you
          to make amends for any injury which you have done either by word or deed to any of your fellow-men; and you
          cannot expect that you shall be forgiven of God until you have forgiven men, and have been ready to make peace
          with those who are now your enemies. That is a beautiful trait in the character of a true Christian. I have heard of
          Mr. John Wesley, that he was attended in most of his journeyings by one who loved him very much, and was
          willing, I believe, to have died for him. Still he was a man of a very stubborn and obstinate disposition, and Mr.
          Wesley was not perhaps the very kindest man at all times. Upon one occasion he said to this man, “Joseph, take
          these letters to the post.” “I will take them after preaching, sir.” “Take them now, Joseph,” said Mr. Wesley. “I
          wish to hear you preach, sir; and there will be sufficient time for the post after service.” “I insist upon your going
          now, Joseph.” “I will not go at present” “You won’t!” “No, sir.” “Then you and I must part,” said Mr. Wesley.
          “Very good, sir.” The good men slept over it. Both were early risers. At four o’clock the next morning, the
          refractory helper was accosted with, “Joseph, have you considered what I said that we must part?” “Yes, sir.”
          “And must we part?” “please yourself, sir.” “Will you ask my pardon, Joseph?” “No, sir.” “You won’t?” “No, sir.”
          “Then I will ask yours, Joseph!” Poor Joseph was instantly melted, and they were at once reconciled. When once
          the grace of God has entered the heart, a man ought to be ready to seek forgiveness for an injury done to another.
          There is nothing wrong in a man confessing an offense against a fellow-man, and asking pardon for the wrong he
          has done him. It you have done aught, then, against any man, leave thy gift before the altar, and go and make
          peace with him, and then come and make peace with God. You are to make confession of your sin to God. Let
          that be humble and sincere. You cannot mention every offense, but do not hide one. If you hide one it will be a
          millstone round your neck to sink you into the lowest hell. Confess that you are vile in your nature, evil in your
          practice, that in you there is no good thing. Lie as low as ever you can at the footstool of divine grace, and confess
          that you are a wretch undone unless God have mercy upon you.
              Then, the next duty is faith. Whilst thou art lying there in the dust turn thine eye to Christ and say. “Black as I
          am, and hell-deserving as I confess myself to be, I believe that Jesus Christ died for the penitent; and inasmuch as
          he died, he died that the penitent might not die. I believe thy merits to be great; I believe thy blood to be
          efficacious; and more than that, I risk my eternal salvation and yet it is no risk I venture my eternal salvation
          upon the merit of thy blood. Jesus, I cannot save myself. Cast the skirts of thy blood-red atonement over me.
          Come, take me in thins arms; come, wrap me in thy crimson vest, and tell me I am thine. I will trust in nothing
          else but thee. Nothing I can do or ever did shall be my dependence. I rely simply and entirely upon thy mighty
          cross, upon which thou didst die for sinners.”
              My dear hearers, as to any probability of your being lost after such a confession and such a faith, I assure you
          there is neither possibility nor probability thereof. You are saved; you are saved in time, you are saved in eternity.
          Your sins are forgiven; your iniquities are all put away. In this life you shall be fed, and blessed and kept.
          Remaining sin within you shall be overcome and conquered; and you shall see his face at the last in glory
          everlasting, when he shall come in the glory of his Father, and all his holy angels with him. “Whosoever believeth
          on the Son of God hath eternal life, and shall never come into condemnation.” “He that believeth on the Lord
          Jesus and is baptized, shall be saved; and he that believeth not shall be damned.”
              And now in conclusion, I have tried to tell out simply and plainly the story of how God’s justice is satisfied,
          and has become the sinners friend, and I look for fruit, for where the gospel is simply preached it is never
          preached in vain. Only let us go home and pray now, that we may know the Saviour. Let us pray that others may
          know him too. If you are convinced of sin, my dear friends, do not lose a moment. Go to your chamber as soon
          as you get home, shut to your door, go alone to Jesus, and there repeat your confession, and once more affirm
          your faith in Christ; and you shall have that peace with God which the world cannot give, and which the world
          cannot take away. Your troubled conscience shalt find rest: your feet shall be on a rock; and a new song shall be
          in your mouth, even praise for evermore.

                                            “From whence this fear and unbelief?
                                              Hast thou, O Father, put to grief
                                                  Thy spotless Son for me?
                                              And will the righteous Judge of men
                                              Condemn me for that debt of sin,
                                              Which, Lord, was charged on thee?

                                            Complete atonement thou hast made,
                                                And to the utmost farthing paid
                                                  Whate’er thy people owed;
                                            How then can wrath on me take place
                                                If shelter’d in thy righteousness,
                                                And sprinkled with thy blood?

                                              If thou hast my discharge procured,
                                              And freely, in my room, endured
                                                  The whole of wrath divine;
                                            Payment God cannot twice demand,
                                              First, at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
                                                  And then again at mine.

                                              Turn, then, my soul unto thy rest!
                                              The merits of thy great High Priest
                                                  Speak peace and liberty:
                                                Trust in his efficacious blood;
                                              Nor fear thy banishment from God,
                                                  Since Jesus died for thee.”

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