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[Concluded from page 389.] Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.--MATTHEW xi. 28.
It was proposed to consider,
1. What is implied in sinners' being weary and heavy laden.
II. What is implied in their coming to Christ.
111. What is implied in the rest they find by coming to him
Having considered, at some length, what is implied in sinners' being weary and heavy laden; I now come to consider,
II. What is implied in their coming to Christ.
There is a difference between their being weary and heavy laden, and their coming to Christ. This indeed is absolutely necessary in order to coming to Christ; but it is not coming, and finding rest. But it may be asked, whether a sense of guilt, and of the divine displeasure, together with a cordial submission to the sovereignty of God, be not the same thing as coming to Christ, or accepting the terms of salvation ? To this I answer, No. Coming to Christ implies something more than all this. And in particular,
i. It implies a just view of Christ in his mediatorial Character. As a divine person Christ bears the exact image of God the Father, and is really God. But as God he is not Mediator. The weary and heavy laden sinner sees no ground of hope in a holy and righteous sovereign. It is only through a mediator, that the penitent and submissive sinner can
approach to God with confidence and hope. This our Saviour suggests in the words immediately preceding the text. “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” Again he says, “Every man that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.” That is, those who have learned their guilt and danger, and submitted to the sovereignty of God, have learned their need of a Saviour, and are in that respect prepared to come to Christ. But coming to Christ implies a just view of him as a Mediator between God and man, or as the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Christ took upon him human nature, and appeared in the form of a servant to his Father, in order to make an atonement for sin, by his death on the cross. He died, the just for the unjust, that God might be just and the justifier of those who believe. Those who are weary and heavy laden, do not desire to be sared, unless it be consistent with the justice of God to save them. And they cannot see how it can be consistent with the justice of God to save them, without seeing Christ in his mediatorial character, as the end of the law for righteousness, to every one that believeth. But when they have just views of Christ as mediator, then they see the way open for God to become reconciled to the penitent and believing sinner. Christ appears to them able to save to the uttermost the weary and heavy laden. He appears just such a Saviour as they stand in perishing need of. Such a view of Christ is implied in coming to him.
2. This implies loving Christ in his mediatorial character. He is infinitely amiable for loving righteousness and hating iniquity, and condemning sin in flesh, by laying down his life on the cross. It is love to God, to righteousness, and to sinners, con. stitutes his peculiar amiableness ás Mediator and
Redeemer. And coming to Christ implies being reinited to him in affection. The weary and heavy aden, when the mediatorial character of Christ is ppened to them, are perfectly pleased with it, and they immediately become united to him as the branches are united to the vine. He appears to theni precious, and the chiefest among ten thousands. In this sense, the penitent malefactor on the cross came to Christ, when his heart moved towards him, and he approved of the way of salvation by him. Weary and heavy laden sinners, when they come to Christ, love him as a Saviour, and approve of what he has done and suffered to open the way for them to return to God, and find pardon and acceptance with him.
They become united with Christ in his views and feelings, and approve of that atonement which he has made for the remission of sins. They cordially come into the gospel scheme of salvation, and are willing to be saved through the atonement of Christ, and in no other way. They become one with Christ in affection, as he is one with the Father. Besides,
3. Coming to Christ implies trusting in him, or depending upon him for salvation. To trust in Christ is something more than having just views of his mediatorial character and really loving that character: it is depending upon what he has done for pardon and eternal life. Such a trust in Christ it was foretold the Gentiles should place in him. Thus we read in the next chapter to our text, “ And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” And the apostle Paul tells the Ephesians, that he and they had trusted in Christ. “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.” Trusting in Christ is renouncing all selfrighteousness and selfdependence, and relying alone upon the atonement of Christ for salvation; which is the very essence of that precious faith, which works by love, or flows from it. When weary and heavy laden sinners discover the
true character of Christ, and really love him, this love leads them to renounce all selfdependence, and trust in Christ alone for pardon and salvation. Paul tells the Philippians that he thus trusted in Christ. His account of himself is very instructive and striking. “If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof to trust in the flesh, I more; circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law a Pharisee; concerning zea!, persecuting the Church; touching the righteousness which is of the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Thus coming to Christ implies trusting in him, as well as loving him in his true mediatorial character.
It now remains to show,
III. What is implied in that rest, which the weary and heavy laden find by coming to Christ. Rest is what is promised. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This promise shall certainly be fulfilled, both in this life and in that which is to come. There is an infallible connection between coming to Christ, and finding rest. But we are now to inquire, what is implied in that rest, which those weary and heavy laden sinners find, who come to Christ? Here I would observe,
1. They find rest from the divine displeasure. Before they came to Christ, they felt the weight of God's wrath. They expected to lie forever under the weight of his displeasure. But when they come to Christ, they gee that God can forgive all their