Sealed by Christ's Atonement
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph. 1: 7.
Christ on the cross not only draws men to repentance toward God for the transgression of His law-- for whom God pardons He first makes penitent-- but Christ
has satisfied Justice; He has proffered Himself as an atonement. His gushing blood, His broken body, satisfy the claims of the broken law, and thus He bridges the
gulf which sin has made. He suffered in the flesh, that with His bruised and broken body He
might cover the defenseless sinner. The victory gained at His death on Calvary broke forever the accusing power of Satan over the universe and silenced his charges
that self- denial was impossible with God and therefore not essential in the human family.
Christ was without sin, else His life in human flesh and His death on the cross would have been of no more value in procuring grace for the sinner than the death
of any other man. While He took upon Him humanity, it was a life taken into union with Deity. He could lay down His life as priest and also victim. . . . He offered
Himself without spot to God.
The atonement of Christ sealed forever the everlasting covenant of grace. It was the fulfilling of every condition upon which God suspended the free
communication of grace to the human family. Every barrier was then broken down which intercepted the freest exercise of grace, mercy, peace, and love to the most
guilty of Adam's race.
In the courts above, Christ is pleading for His church--- pleading for those for whom He has paid the redemption price of His blood. Centuries, ages, can never
lessen the efficacy of His atoning sacrifice. Neither life nor death, height nor depth, can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus; not because we
hold Him so firmly, but because He holds us so fast. If our salvation depended on our own efforts, we could not be saved; but it depends on the One who is behind
all the promises. Our grasp on Him may seem feeble, but His love is that of an elder brother; so long as we maintain our union with Him, no one can pluck us out of
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