Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
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who came to seek and to save those who are lost

It is in the flow of Time (Eastern Standard Time) 9:52 AM Wednesday morning. Outside this morning it is raining and the wind is howling. I am down in the lower level writing on my lap top. I want to quote what I was reading this morning from a Puritan work titled, "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine. I usually can not read Puritan books due having read them for 26 years daily in the past. But once in awhile for unknown reasons I can read Puritan literature for short periods of time. I will read "Instructions About Heartwork" till I am too full inwardly to read any more. I read as the Spirit leads me. It is good once in awhile to sit under 17th century English Puritan gospel preaching.

"Those are not recovered who make light of Christ, their Recoverer. Christ, who is sent down as the Physician of souls, who came to seek and to save those who are lost, ordinarily receives the same treatment as the king in the parable had among the guests that he invited to his feast (Matthew 22:5), but they made light of it.

Here you can see that there are some sinners who make light of Christ. Jesus Christ is worthy of all acceptance. Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Son of God, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is equal with the Father, the brightness of His Father's glory, the express image of His person, and upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). He is the head of all principalities and powers, the prince of the kings of the earth (Revelations 1:5). What is Jesus Christ to sinners? He is the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). His name shall be called Wonderful. Why did this Jesus come into the world? To reconcile sinners to God, to save them from their sins, to die for the sins of the world, and to wash sinners in His own blood. And to what end does He come for particular sinners? Why is He preached to them; why is He offered to them? To what end is it that sinners are so importunately invited to entertain and accept Him? So that they might be willing that He who was the Savior might become their Savior; that He who was the Reconciler might become their Recoverer to recover them from the snares of the devil, and to bring them into the everlasting kingdom. This is that Jesus who, by the gospel, is preached unto you.

Who could not imagine that such a great, mighty, and glorious one, who is the everlasting King, the God of all the earth, would be reverenced wherever He comes? "They will reverence my son," said the king in Matthew 21:37. It might be well presumed that they would; however it proved not to be so. Who could imagine that one who came upon such a gracious design-to reconcile poor rebels unto God, to redeem poor prisoners out of prison, to recover and raise the dead to life, ransom from the pit, and give them an entrance into the everlasting kingdom-should have wonderful, cheerful entertainment? Who would think but that the whole should ring with acclamation's of joy, and praise at His appearing among them? Who would think but that, when Christ comes to particular sinners and makes a free offer of Himself to them to be their Redeemer and their Savior, such an offer should be greedily and readily embraced?

"Does the King of Glory come unto me? Hast Thou shed thy blood, poured forth Thy soul, laid down Thy life, and purchased pardon and an interest in heaven for me? And dost Thou now come to give Thyself, and all that Thou hast purchased, to be mine?"

What answer would anyone think be given by lost souls to such questions as these? "Will you be Mine? Shall I be yours? Are you willing to be redeemed, to be washed from your sins and to be healed from your diseases? Shall My blood, which is shed for the salvation of sinners, be yours, and peace and reconciliation it has made be yours? Shall I come into that miserable soul of yours, and dwell and rule there, and cast that devil out who has been your destroyer and murderer? Shall I love you, delight in you, and bless you with My salvation?" . . ." pg. 55,56 Richard Alleine

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