Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
As the mighty ocean, while, from the beginning of the world, it has supplied rain and dew to water the hills and vales, and continents and islands, is undiminished; as the light of the sun, though for thousands of ages it has brightened the planets, and the broad expanse of heaven, still pours its dazzling radiance on countless worlds, so with the benefits of the Saviour's death.
I. THIS REDEMPTION IS AMPLE AND UNLIMITED. St. Paul was certainly not deceiving Christians when he taught them to pray for "all men" (1 Timothy 2:1), which would be mere mockery, if all might not come to a knowledge of the truth. The Prayer Book has not been leading us astray when it has made us say so many times, and with such earnestness of heart, "That it may please Thee to have mercy upon all men." If Christ died only for the "elect," where would be the propriety of such petitions?
II. IT CANNOT BE EXHAUSTED, AND PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR EACH ONE OF US. One of the lay preachers who accomplished so much good in Scotland amplified and re-echoed the sentiment — "It was not a live lamb that was tied to the door-posts of the Israelites in Egypt; only its blood was sprinkled over them. It is not the life of Christ that saves, nor imitations of His life; but His death, His blood."
(J. N. Norton.)
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