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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - November 27, 2015

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> "Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord."
> Zechariah 3:1
> In Joshua the high priest we see a picture of each and every child of God, who has
been made nigh by the blood of Christ, and has been taught to minister in holy
things, and enter into that which is within the veil. Jesus has made us priests
and kings unto God, and even here upon earth we exercise the priesthood of
consecrated living and hallowed service. But this high priest is said to be
"standing before the angel of the Lord," that is, standing to minister. This
should be the perpetual position of every true believer.

Every place is now God's
temple, and his people can as truly serve him in their daily employments as in his
house. They are to be always "ministering," offering the spiritual sacrifice of
prayer and praise, and presenting themselves a "living sacrifice." But notice
where it is that Joshua stands to minister, it is before the angel of Jehovah. It
is only through a mediator that we poor defiled ones can ever become priests unto
God. I present what I have before the messenger, the angel of the covenant, the
Lord Jesus; and through him my prayers find acceptance wrapped up in his prayers;
my praises become sweet as they are bound up with bundles of myrrh, and aloes, and
cassia from Christ's own garden.

If I can bring him nothing but my tears, he will
put them with his own tears in his own bottle for he once wept; if I can bring him
nothing but my groans and sighs, he will accept these as an acceptable sacrifice,
for he once was broken in heart, and sighed heavily in spirit. I myself, standing
in him, am accepted in the Beloved; and all my polluted works, though in
themselves only objects of divine abhorrence, are so received, that God smelleth a
sweet savour. He is content and I am blessed. See, then, the position of the
Christian--"a priest--standing--before the angel of the Lord."
> Evening
> "The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."
> Ephesians 1:7
> Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when
it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the
captive Israelite? Blessed, forever blessed be that dear star of pardon which
shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the
midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be
forgiven, forgiven altogether, and forever? **** is my portion as a sinner--there
is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me--can the load
of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my
prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their
hinges? Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear.

Forever blessed be the revelation
of atoning love which not only tells me that pardon is possible, but that it is
secured to all who rest in Jesus. I have believed in the appointed propitiation,
even Jesus crucified, and therefore my sins are at this moment, and forever,
forgiven by virtue of his substitutionary pains and death. What joy is this! What
bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul! My soul dedicates all her powers to him who
of his own unpurchased love became my surety, and wrought out for me redemption
through his blood. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit!

To forgive
at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive forever! Here is a
constellation of wonders; and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear
were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, and how gracious was the
method by which pardon was sealed home to me, I am in a maze of wondering
worshipping affection. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the
cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through
whom I am this night a pardoned soul.
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