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acceptation, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Tim. i. 15.'
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, whick was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abo. jished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. 2. Tim. is. 9, 10.
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Tit. i. 4.
For the grace of God, that bringeth salvation; hath appeared unto all men. Teaching us that,denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should. live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and ourSaviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and: purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ii. 11 to 14.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we haye. done, but ac
cording to his mercy he saved us, by the washia ing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Tit. iii. 4, 5, 6.
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Heb. v. 9.
Wherefore he is able to save them to the uto. termost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. vii. 25.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the : holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. And for this cause, he is the mediator of the new testament ; that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions. that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ix, 12; 15.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places: made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. ix. 24; 28.
Brethren, give diligence to make your calling
and election sure; for if ye do these things-ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall be 'ministered unto you abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Pet. j. 10.-11..
And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. i John iv. 14.
A SACRIFICE—HE DIED FOR US. He was taken from prison and from judge-ment. And who shall declare his generation ? for he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, because he had done no violence; neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief : when thou . shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his band. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a pore tion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his
soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made-intercession for the transgressors. Isa. liii. 8 to 12.
Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his. life a ransom for many. Matt. XX. 28. .
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave unto them, saying, Drink ye all of it: for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. xxvi. 27, 28.
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of. heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Qught not Christ to have suffered these things, ,and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke xxiv. 25, 26.
I am the good Shepherd : the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father, and I' Tay down my life for the sheep. Therefore doth iny Father love me because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me; but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. John x. il; 13; 15; 17, 18.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, much more than being now justified by his blood we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son ; much more being reconciled we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Rom. vii. 5, 6; 8 to 11.
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness, for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. ii. 25.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivere ed him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ? viii. 32.
Purge out, therefore, the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. i Cor. v. 7.
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died ? viii. 11.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. xv. 3.