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HOW CAN I, A SINNER, COME NEAR TO JESUS?

by DAVID A. DOUDNEY

"The life of the flesh is in the blood." (Leviticus 17:11)
"Without shedding of blood, there is no remission." (Hebrews 9:22)

It may be that, having read thus far, you may be thinking, "I have read with interest what has been written and there is no denying that the facts brought forward are encouraging, but still there is a weight upon my conscience and there is a deep sorrow in my heart. Sin lies like a heavy burden there. I cannot be at ease whilst I do not have the assurance that my sins are forgiven. If they were pardoned, would I not have felt some relief? Oh, that the Lord would say to me as he did to the poor woman who was referred to in the previous section of this booklet, 'Thy sins are forgiven thee!' Then, then I could be happy, but not before!"

In the 12th chapter of the Book of Exodus you will find that upon the eventful night in which the Israelites were to leave Egypt, the head of each family was to kill a lamb and to sprinkle its blood upon the lintel and upon the two side-posts of the door of the house where they lived. And the Lord declared that, when the destroying angel passed through the land to smite the firstborn of the Egyptians, both man and beast, "The blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood," he said, "I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." Moreover, the Lord added: "And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever...And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses." Now, this paschal-lamb, as it was called, was a type (or picture) of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8) And, as the slaying of the lamb in the house of the Israelites would not have sufficed to have saved the firstborn unless its blood was sprinkled upon the lintel and the two sides of the doors of their houses, so in like manner, the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, must be sprinkled upon each of our hearts and consciences, if so be those consciences are to be purged from all iniquity. The Lord says now as emphatically as he did in days of old, "When I see the blood I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you."

Now, in accordance with the passage quoted at the head of this chapter, all real spiritual life centers in the blood! It is necessary to be most particular here as in these days it is a subject which many would seek to set aside or to be reasoned away. This, however, by no means alters the fact. All true peace, all solid joys, all true scriptural and saving hope is based upon the blood! Whatever men may say to the contrary, such is the fact; and it is borne out and supported by the Word of God, the only true standard. "To the Law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isa. 8:20)

The Apostle Paul, in the 9th & 10th chapters of his Epistle to the Hebrews, dwells at large and most emphatically upon the offerings which were made under the law, or during the Jewish dispensation, as typifying and pointing directly to the great Sacrifice which, in the fullness of time, was made by our Lord Jesus Christ himself, who by his "one offering perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Heb. 10:14) He declares that under the former dispensation, "the high-priest had daily to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people's;" but Christ, he says, "he did once, when he offered up himself." (Heb. 7:27)

Again, Paul says, "Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second" (that is, the Holy of Holies,) "went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people." Then, after showing that this was all figurative and typical, and by no means perfect, or conclusive, he adds, "But Christ, being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh." In other words, if this service, appointed as it was by God, to answer for the time being the great object of pointing like a finger-post to that Almighty One who was to come; then when he really had come, and once and for all presented himself a sacrifice, then "how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot" (or fault) "to God, purge your conscience from dead works" (or sins) "to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:6 & 11-14)

The Apostle Paul, having shown that, under the former or shadowy dispensation, "in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year," (Heb. 10:3) that it was only typically--but not really--done away, continues to speak of Christ as the Surety and Substitute of his church and people, "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till all his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Heb. 10:12-14)

And all this was in precise fulfillment of what had been foreshown of the person and work of Christ, upwards of seven hundred years before he came to serve and to suffer in the room and stead of every poor sinner who is brought to feel his condition as such, and to realize the great fact that "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." (1 Pet. 2:24) Pardon of sin and peace of conscience in only by the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.




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