Friday, March 9, 2012


From a sermon by J.C. Ryle

"These are those who came out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. They will never be hungry, neither thirsty any more; neither will the sun beat on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shepherds them, and leads them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Revelation 7:14-17

...Around that throne you would find many who used to be the vilest of the vile.  Go up, and ask them, everyone, "How did you come here?  Where did you get that white robe?"  They will answer you, "We were once without God in the world—without light and without hope.  We cared for nothing but fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind, we were known as drunkards and revelers and fornicators.  Many a time we hardened our hearts against advice.  Many a careless neighbor did we follow to the grave, and tempted God to cut us off by continued impenitence!  But at last our conscience spoke so loudly that we dared no longer delay.  We tried to keep God's law—but we could not answer it one in a thousand, it brought us to flat despair.  We made a great profession, and men said we were converted—but it would not do—sin lay upon us like a mountain, all unatoned for, and we were miserable.  But we heard a voice, saying, 'If any man thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink!'  'He who believes on Me, though he were dead yet shall he live!'  'Come unto Me and I will give you rest!'  And when we heard it, we went at once to the Lord Jesus Christ, we waited for nothing, we laid all our sorrows and all our wickedness before Him, and, behold, that very day we were healed and made whole, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing!"  Such is the answer you would get from many in that company which the apostle saw.

This is the way you must walk in, if you would ever stand with them in glory.  You must lay aside all pride and self-dependence, you must use the tax collector's prayer, you must believe yourself a miserable undeserving sinner, you must lay hold on the cross of Christ with a simple childlike faith, and pray that you may be washed in His blood and pardoned for His name's sake.  Show me another way of salvation which will bring you peace at the last; I cannot find one in the Bible.  I hear of men who live on many a long year without a thought about this precious washing in Christ's blood, this precious garment of Christ's righteousness, and yet can tell us they trust it will be all right with them at last.  But if the Bible is true—this is impossible.  I see many who profess a belief in their need of this fountain for sin and uncleanness—but I fear they do no more than talk about it, they do not count all things loss until they are forgiven.  But whether men will receive the doctrine or not, the foundation of God stands sure, and though the saints of God form a multitude which none can number—I cannot read of one who had not washed his robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

See here for the entire sermon.

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