Written by: Edward Bickersteth
Published in: 1839
Edited for thought and sense
It is by viewing God as displayed in the whole work of the Lord Jesus Christ, that I, a sinner can see all my sins forgiven through this stupendous sacrifice.
Thus, and thus only, the enmity of my heart against him is put away, and I can have full confidence in approaching the Holy God. Let me credit God’s word really; let me not reckon God false, but true; let me receive the testimony concerning his Son, (1 John 5:9-12.) and joy and peace, love and holiness enter my heart, and lean go to God with the same confidence with which the sinless angels go to him. How very strong are the beautiful expressions of God’s own word!
“Having, therefore, brethren, BOLDNESS to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say Ins flesh; and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” — Hebrews 10:9
Or, as in another place,
“Let us come BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” –Hebrews 4:16
“Through him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” —Ephesians 2:18
“In Jesus we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” —Ephesians 3:12
Do, you notice the anxiety of the Holy Spirit to shew the freedom of the sinner’s access with holy boldness and confidence?
Cast away all doubts and suspensions of God’s love and of his willingness to receive you, as it is the very suggestion of Satan the great enemy of your souls. Whoever you are, there is no reason why you should not, by Jesus, at once, go to God and delight in his presence and love to you, and obtained from him every promised blessing.
Do you say this is a blessed state for those who believe it, but I am unable to believe?
Oh do not, with a mocked humility and feigned modesty, thus allow yourself the carnal gratifications of your alienated mind. Oh it will not do! You are deceiving yourselves. The real truth is, you are accusing God of falsehood. You are alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in you, because of the hardness of your heart. Let the light of his truth beam upon you ; receive God’s word as you receive man’s word, and you must see that the “I cannot believe,” is really, “I will not believe.”
But to make this matter still plainer, the very provision which God makes in the gospel is all for your sinfulness, unworthiness, and helplessness. God has provided help for your unbelief. Jesus has received gifts for the rebellious, yes, he has all things pertaining to life and godliness. He bestows the Holy Spirit, he bestows faith,he bestows the Spirit of grace and supplication.
He casts out none that come to him.
He enables those that look to him to pray in the Holy Ghost. It is wholly your own fault, your own unbelief, if you do not now, without delay, enjoy the privilege of prayer. God invites you to come, he promises you his Spirit, he tells you he loves you, though sinful in ten thousand repeated forms, and especially by the death of his Son ; (Rom. 5:6-11.) he assures to you every blessing, simply on asking!
O reader, perish not with the aggravated guilt of neglecting so great salvation! There is in this day of grace the fullest ground for your entire confidence in approaching the most holy Jehovah, and the fullest supply of strength and ability in Jesus to enable you to do this.