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“Christ was never more lovely” by Richard Sibbes

“Here is a sea indeed if we should enter into it, to see the love of God, which is the most beautiful and amiable grace of all: the love of God in Christ, and the love of Christ towards us.

Christ was never more lovely to His church than when He was most deformed for His church; ‘there was no form nor beauty in him,’ Isa. 53:2, when He hung upon the cross.

Oh! There was a beauty to a guilty soul, to see his surety enduring the wrath of God, overcoming all his enemies, and nailing the law to his cross. And that should endear Christ to us above all things.

He should be the dearer to us, the more vile and base He was made for us, and He should be most lovely in our eyes, when He was least lovely in His own, and when He was deformed, when our sins were upon Him.

We should consider those times especially. The world is most offended at that, that a Christian most joys in. ‘God forbid that I should joy in anything but in the cross of Christ,’ Gal. 6:14, saith St Paul.

So we should joy in and love that especially in Christ.”

–Richard Sibbes, “A Breathing After God,” in The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes (ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart; vol. 2; Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet And Co.; W. Robertson, 1862), 231.

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“The only hope of the world” by Charles Spurgeon

“There is one divine remedy, and only one. It is no mixture. Receive ye it and live—’With His stripes we are healed.’ No sprinkling can wash out sin, no confirmation can confer grace, no masses can propitiate God.

Your hope must be in Jesus, Jesus smitten, Jesus bruised, Jesus slain, Jesus the Substitute for sinners. Whosoever believes in Him is healed, but all other hopes are a lie from top to bottom.

Of sacramentarianism, I will say that its Alpha is a lie, and its Omega is a lie, it is false as the devil who devised it. But Christ, and only Christ, is the true Physician of souls, and His stripes the only remedy.

Oh, for a trumpet to sound this through every town of England! Through every city of Europe! Oh, to preach this in the Colosseum! Or better still from the pulpit of St. Peter’s!—’With His stripes we are healed.’

Away, away ye deceivers, with your mixtures and compounds. Away ye proud sons of men with your boastings of what ye feel, and think, and do, and what ye intend and vow. ‘With His stripes we are healed.’

A crucified Saviour is the sole and only hope of a sinful world.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “A Simple Remedy,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. XVIII (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1872), 491.


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“The Sufferings of the Suffering Servant” by Graham Cole

“The servant sprinkles the nations, an idea with sacrificial overtones (Isa. 52:15). He takes on our infirmities and carries our sorrows (Isa. 53:4).

He is pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities and bears our punishment (Isa. 53:5).

He substitutes for others. But in so doing He brings peace (shalom, Isa. 53:5).

His wounds heal (Isa. 53:5). All this when we mistakenly thought it was God who was afflicting Him for His iniquities (Isa. 53:6).

He suffers for the sins of others, not His own. He is like a sacrificial lamb going to slaughter (Isa. 53:7). His conduct is exemplary (Isa. 53:7).

Experiencing violence, He returns none (Isa. 53:9). He even intercedes for the transgressors (Isa. 53:12).

He bears our iniquities and in fact bears the sins of many (Isa. 53:11-12). He becomes a guilt offering (Isa. 53:11).

This is the offering that wipes out guilt (cf. Lev. 5:1-19; Num. 5:8; 1 Sam. 6:3-8)… His faithfulness leads to triumph (Isa. 53:10-12).”

–Graham A. Cole, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom NSBT, Vol. 25 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 100-101.

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