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A Death Like No Other

The death of Christ was a death like no other

The death of Christ was not a casual thing, a fortuitous event; it was agreed unto, and settled in the counsel of God.

It was spoken of by the prophets of the Old Testament. It was typified by the sacrifices of the law, and other things. It was foretold by Christ himself, and was the end of his coming into this world, wherein the great love, both of him and of his Father, is expressed; and is the main article of the Christian faith; so that this came to pass according to the decrees of God, the counsel, and covenant of peace, the will of Christ, and his predictions, and as the accomplishment of the law, and prophets: it was not a natural, but violent death which Christ died; and yet it was both voluntary and necessary; it was but once, and is of an eternal efficacy, and is a sacrifice acceptable to God; it was not for himself, or any sin of his, who knew none, nor for the angels, and their redemption, whose nature he did not assume; but for men, and for their sins. Christ died not merely as an example to them, or only to confirm his doctrines; but as a substitute, in the room and stead of his people; to atone for their sins, and satisfy divine justice; to procure the pardon of them in a way of justice; to take them away, and utterly abolish them; to bring in an everlasting righteousness; to obtain eternal redemption, and bring such nigh to God who were afar off, and that men might live through him now, and have eternal life by him hereafter:

—John Gill
Adapted from Exposition of the Entire Bible (William W. Woodward, 1811).

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The Doctrine of Substitution

The whole pith and marrow of the religion of Christianity lies in the doctrine of substitution.

I do not hesitate to affirm my conviction that a very large proportion of “Christians” are not Christians at all, for they do not understand the fundamental doctrine of the Christian creed.

There are preachers who do not preach, or even believe this cardinal truth. They speak of the blood of Jesus in an indistinct kind of way, and talk about the death of Christ in a hazy style of poetry, but they do not strike this nail on the head, and lay it down that the way of salvation is by Christ’s becoming a Substitute for guilty man. This shall make me the more plain and definite.

Sin is an accursed thing. God, from the necessity of his holiness, must curse it; He must punish men for committing it; but the Lord’s Christ, the glorious Son of the everlasting Father, became a man and suffered in His own proper person the curse which was due to the sons of men, so that, by a vicarious offering God, having been just in punishing sin, could extend his bounteous mercy towards those who believe in the Substitute.

—Charles H. Spurgeon
Adapted from Advice for Seekers (Passmore and Alabaster).

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Give Yourself to Taste

Give yourselves to Christ, to taste and see how good the Lord is

Christ tasted gall for you, that you might taste ambrosia for Him. He tasted death for you, that you might taste life for Him, and drink of the heavenly Nepenthe, that ocean of pleasure. He did sweat and faint in His agonies, that He might stay you with flagons, and comfort you with apples. He fasted forty days that you might be feasted to eternity. He wore a crown of thorns, that you may wear a crown of glory. He suffered among base evil doers, that you may be blessed among those sweet companions in heaven. In a word, He endured the sorest pains, that you may enjoy the greatest pleasures.

O make not His death to be of no effect to you; forbear to fetch any more sighs from that heart that is so full of love to you, and now at length be persuaded to give yourselves to Christ, to taste and see how good the Lord is.

—Robert Dingley