8 The Impartial Power Of God
by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews
the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we
are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of
the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our
repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement
which He has worked out for us. “Christ Jesus . . . is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” When we realize that Christ
is made all this to us, the boundless joy of God begins; wherever the joy of
God is not present, the death sentence is at work.
It does not
matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the
death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but
because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which
deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at
another door than the one which Jesus has opened. I don’t want to come that
way, it is too humiliating to be received as a sinner. “There is none other
Name . . .” The apparent heartlessness of God is the expression of His real
heart, there is boundless entrance in His way. “We have forgiveness through His
blood.” Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with
Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.
justified in saving bad men only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not
pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The Atonement is a propitiation
whereby God through the death of Jesus makes an unholy man holy.