The sinner humbled.
Two great truths are necessary to be pressed
upon the sinner in order to humble him and to bring him to the foot of
the Cross, and these are the deep corruption of human nature and the
sins he has been guilty of either privately in the sight of God, or
publically in the sight of the world. The depravity and deceitfulness of
the heart are to be laid open, and all the dark and lurking holes where
sin lies hid – the false reasonings, apologies and excuses by which he
deceives himself are to be examined and tried by the light of Scripture.
So that, when the abominations of his heart and the guilt of his life are
proven against him, this will be the means, by the influences of the
blessed Spirit, of bringing down his proud heart. And when the Spirit
of God says, “Thou art the man,” the sinner will fall down and yield to
the Great Conqueror in the day of His power.
The Saviour Exalted.
The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to
Christ. He is the end of the Law. The law shows us our sin, and when
searching doctrines and truths that are terrifying to sinners are
preached, the carnal heart will rise in enmity against them. Upon this,
the devil strikes in and denies the truth; or, if the doctrine brings
conviction, he tells the sinner there is no salvation for such a wretch. It
is now the Minister’s business to exalt the Saviour by telling the truth
about Him, and nothing but the truth. He is the brightness of His
Fathers glory and the expressed image of His Person. He is that
glorious Person in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead
bodily, and therefore able to save to the very uttermost. He is able and
willing to save, and this is clear from His eternal existance, the glory of
his works, and the extent of his power. By showing Christ to the
sinner, the sinner knows His Name and will, therefore, trust in Him.
The apostles and apostolic men preached Christ, and if we preach
anything else we lose our time, for He is the Head Corner-stone.
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan