Man's Heart and Christ's Heart
God has not left us in darkness as to our state, nor as to His ways in grace toward us in that state. The blessed truth of His coming in love to this world before He comes in judgment, is a testimony to our state, but also to the love of God toward us in that state; and if we neglect this testimony, we have to come before Him in judgment. "Every knee shall bow," but there is all the difference between bowing to Him as a Saviour, and as a Judge. If we come to Him in grace as a Saviour, we find our sins dealt with in another way than judgment. If my creditor comes to claim a debt, and I have nothing to pay, it is all over with me, but if he comes to pay it, I am clear. And we must have to do with God in one way or another. If, as having our sins dealt with on the cross, that is putting them away; if in judgment, that is imputing them to us.
The gospel is the testimony of what God has done before the day of judgment, that man might not have to answer for his sins.
God cannot approve of iniquity; that is impossible. But it is very different to insist upon the payment of a debt, and to come and pay it. The gospel is the testimony of what
15 pages Pamphlet Author: J. N. Darby