Letter of Samuel Eyles Pierce 2

This love (which to use Dr. Goodwin’s expression) ran like a river under ground from everlasting, brake forth in the heart of Christ, when he hung on the cross, and was “made sin and a curse for us.” Here, my friend, you may view as in a mirror, the love of God towards you. It shines forth in Christ in a full blaze of splendour, yes, it shines and is reflected on us, in the person and mediation of Jesus Christ. “God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Chist died for us.” These are some of the greatest acts of God’s love to us in our fallen sinful state. His so loving, as to give his only begotten Son; his laying help on him; laying, and causing to meet on him the iniquities of us all: and this is one of the highest expressions of it, “it pleased the Lord to bruise him.”

When God gave his Son, he bestowed him on us, with all the love of his heart: gave him freely, gave him fully, to be the purifier; or, in other words, to be a covenant for the people. This was a gift indeed, which is unspeakable: you and I may well cry out, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” Our Christ hath openly displayed his love to us; and the highest acts of it towards us as sinners were, his covenant engagements on our behalf; his giving himself for us; his bearing our sins, and the curse due to them: “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” He hath purged away sin by the sacrifice of himself. His most precious blood, cleanseth us from all sin: his most perfect life of obedience is our righteousness in the sight of God; we are more pure in Christ, than we are sinful in our fallen nature; we are more righteous in Christ, than we are unrighteous in ourselves; we have life in Christ, which sin cannot destroy, Satan cannot reach, death cannot put an end to. We have a fulness of grace in Christ, which all our wounds and wants can never exhaust. We have a full, free, complete, and finished salvation in Jesus, in which we may trust with the utmost confidence, and shall never be confounded; in which we may make our boast, and perpetually triumph: on which we may live, and derive from it every blessing we need.

My dear friend, it is to be greatly lamented, few, very, very few know Christ; and it is impossible souls should be enamoured with the love, beauties, grace, and salvation of Jesus, who have no knowledge of him. The generality of professors trifle with the everlasting gospel of the blessed God. Ask questions, which, if they receive replies to, are of no service to their souls; it is the Holy Ghost alone, who can quicken souls, and make them alive to God by faith which is in Christ Jesus.

I look on you to be one of those who feed secretly on Christ by faith. My dear Mrs. Hodge, you find it is, as you contemplate Jesus and his finished work, your heart is revived. When you view his righteousness and blood to be the whole of your salvation; his word to be your ground and warrant to believing; and rest simply on this truth, that “the blood of Jesus Christ, (the Son of God) cleanseth from all sin:” it is this brings in peace to your mind.

My views of the gospel are, that it is the Father’s revelation of Jesus Christ, who is set forth in it, with all the love of his heart, in all the bowels of his mercy, with all the excellency and efficacy of his righteousness, in the full perfection of his sacrifice and most precious blood-shedding, to sinners as sinners. And this is God’s method of grace and salvation: it is no matter what the sinner is; be he as vile as hell, as guilty as sin can make him, stained and blackened as much as sin can; yea, could it be proved, that in point of sinfulness he had and did exceed all the damned in hell, yet Christ’s blood cleanseth from all sin; and in believing this, the sinner is justified from all things. This is God’s remedy for guilty conscience, for filthy sinners, for lost guiltly men,–“Whoever will, let him come, and take of the water of life freely: whosoever will, let him come to me,” saith Jesus; “and him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out, nor cast off.”

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