“The Sacrifice of Himself”
“He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
When the Spirit of God is pleased to enlighten our understanding, our self-righteousness melts away like the morning frost before the burning rays of the sun.
We become painfully aware of our sins: “Oh the exceeding sinfulness of sin.”
“My sins are ever before me,” we cry with the fathers.
What is to be done about my sins?
It is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. It is evident that no man is justified by the law.
The tears of Esau would not restore his birthright.
The water of baptism left Simon Magus in the gall of bitterness.
Judas’ confession that he had betrayed innocent blood only led him to suicide.
The wonderful works professed in Matthew 7 were called “works of iniquity” by Christ.
“How can he be clean that is born of a woman?” asked Job.
Here is the answer: “He (the Lord of Glory) appeared (came to earth in flesh) to put away sin (all sin – past, present, and future) by the sacrifice of Himself.”
“For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
(I Peter 3:18)
By Henry Mahan