Glorying in the Cross of Christ

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Anson D.F. Randolph, 1864 - Atonement - 89 pages
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Page 38 - God's love (o his people is from everlasting to everlasting : but from everlasting to everlasting there is no manifestation of it known, or conceivable by us, that can be compared to this. The light of the sun is always the same, but it shines brightest to us at noon : the cross of Christ was the noon-tide of everlasting love, the meridian splendor of eternal mercy.
Page 86 - If saints and angels grow in knowledge, the splendour of this object will be still increasing : it is unbelief that intercepts its beams ; unbelief takes place only on earth, there is no such thing in heaven or in hell. It will be a great part of future blessedness to remember the object that purchased it; and of future punishment, to remember the object that offered deliverance from it. It will add life to the beams of love in heaven, and make the flames of hell burn fiercer. its beams will not...
Page 39 - We should consider all the spiritual and eternal blessings received by God's people for four thousand years before Christ was crucified, or that have been received since, or that will be received till the consummation of all things — all the deliverances from eternal misery — all the oceans of joy in heaven — the rivers of water of life, to be enjoyed to all eternity by multitudes as the sand of the sea-shore. We should consider all these blessings as flowing from that love that was displayed...
Page 84 - The cross of Christ is an object of such incomparable brightness that it spreads a glory round it to all the nations of the earth, all the corners of the universe, all the generations of time, and all the ages of eternity. The greatest actions or events that ever happened on earth, filled with their splendour and influence but a moment of time and a point of space; the splendour of this great object fills immensity and eternity.
Page 15 - His esteem of that blessed object was great, and its influence on him was proportionable. By it the world was crucified to him and he was crucified to the world. Here is a mutual crucifixion. His esteem of Christ was the cause why the world despised him, and was despised by him. Not that the cross made him hate the men of the world, or refuse the lawful enjoyments of it ; it allowed him the use of the latter, and obliged him to love the former. But it crucified those corruptions which are contrary...
Page 88 - A poor landlord thinks it a lasting honor to his cottage that he has once lodged a. prince or emperor. With how much more reason may our poor cottage, this earth, be proud of it, that the Lord of glory was its tenant from His birth to His death...
Page 34 - None of them darkens or eclipses the other: every one of them gives a lustre to the rest. They mingle their beams, and shine with united eternal splendour : the just Judge, the merciful Father, and the wise Governor. No other object gives such a display of all these perfections ; yea, all the objects we know, give not such a display of any one of them. Nowhere does justice appear so awful, mercy so amiable, or wisdom so profound.
Page 85 - ... till time shall be no more ; innumerable multitudes of angels and saints looking back to it with holy transport, to the remotest ages of eternity. Other glories decay by length of time. If the splendour of this object change, it will be only by increasing. The visible sun...
Page 59 - There is reason to acknowledge a particular providence preserving tradition in this point ; for how otherwise could it enter into men's heads, to serve their gods by sacrificing their beasts ? It was useful that the world should not be entirely unacquainted with the notion of a sacrifice : the substitution of the innocent in the room of the guilty, all pointed towards this great oblation, which was to make all others to cease. The predictions of the prophets in different ages, from Moses to Malachi,...
Page 23 - ... thunder his -voice, his strength omnipotence, his riches all-sufficiency, his glory infinite, his retinue the hosts of heaven, and the excellent ones of the earth, on whom he bestows riches unsearchable, an inheritance incorruptible, banquets of everlasting joys, and preferments of immortal honour, making them kings and priests unto God, conquerors, yea and more than conquerors, children of God, and mystically one with himself. Here appears something incomparably above all worldly glory, though...

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