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THE SAVIOUR'S INTERCESSION AND THE
A SERMON BY THE LATE SEPTIMUS SEARS.
“Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of Thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for Thy name's sake (for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy strong hand, and of Thy stretched out arm); when he shall come and pray toward this house : hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to Thee for.”—1 KINGS viii. 41-43.
(Concluded from page 156.) III. We are to enquire what are the things that “the stranger calleth to the Lord for;" and here we can only notice some of the many requests of the stranger, the sum and substance of which is, that he may know those things to which he is a stranger.
He is no stranger to guilt, but he is a stranger to pardon; he is no stranger to nakedness, but he is a stranger to being clothed; he is no stranger to condemnation, but he is a stranger to justification ; he is no stranger to distance from God, but he is a stranger to nearness; he is no stranger to pollution, but he is a stranger to cleansing; he is no stranger to God in a broken law, cursing sinners, but he is a stranger to Jesus revealed in the Gospel, blessing sinners ; he is not a stranger to the “ sound of the trumpet and the alarm of war” (Jer. iv. 19), but he is a stranger to sweet victory and peace. The bondage of Egypt he has groaned under, but the blessed “land flowing with milk and honey” he has not yet set his foot upon. The “yoke” he understands, but the anointing he is still without. Weariness, hunger, and fear he is no stranger to, but he is a stranger to rest, satisfaction, and "joy and peace in believing." Hence, the substance of what this sensible stranger calleth to the Lord for is
1. Pardon. He feels himself a guilty sinner, and he knows well that, without his sins being pardoned, he can never see the Lord's face with joy. He feels himself indeed “tied and bound with the chain of his sins," and is thus obliged to come over to the great Cyrus, as it is written, “ The labour of Egypt, and the merchandise of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto Thee, and they shall be Thine : they shall come after Thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto Thee; they shall make supplication unto Thee" (Isa. xlv. 14). And thus it is that this stranger comes in the
No. 55, New SERIEF, JULY, 1883.
chains of his guilt, and, making supplication unto Jesus, cries, “Pardon mine iniquity, for it is great” (Psa. xxv. 11);
He comes with the prodigal's confession, “I have sinned,” and longs for the sweet “kiss” of pardoning love. He “ acknowledges his sin unto the Lord, and hides not his iniquity,” and longs and begs to know the “ blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered, to whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psa. xxxii. 1—3).
2. He calleth to the Lord for justification. He has been arraigned at the bar of a broken law. There the sentence has come forth against him. There he stands condemned, and upon the ground of works can look for nothing but the curse. But he is now making his appeal from the throne of justice to the throne of grace.
He is now turning his face from “the mount that may be touched, that burneth with fire, and blackness, and a tempest, and from the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, and is looking toward “Mount Zion, to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling” (Heb. xii. 18—24), and to the finished righteousness of Jesus, begging to be delivered from the condemnation of Sinai, through the atonement of Jesus, the King in Zion. He wants the
sentence” of acquittal to come forth from the Lord's presence in the “ blessed mount where He commands the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psa. xvii. 2 ; cxxxiii. 3). He wants that blessed faith that enables to fly from the burning mountain in the deserts of Arabia to the rich and glorious mountain, Calvary, where Jesus, and pardoning love and blood, are food for dying souls. He is “black as the tents of Kedar" in himself, but begs for faith to put on the righteousness of Jesus, that he may be “comely as the curtains of Solomon ” (Solomon's Song i. 5).
3. He begs for the rich privilege of entering into the holiest, washed in the Saviour's blood, clothed in His righteousness, and with the sweet Spirit bearing witness with his spirit that he is a child of God (Rom. iii. 16). He wants to draw nigh with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having his heart sprinkled from an ovil conscience, and being washed with pure water ” (Heb. x. 22). He wants to be able to say, “Abba, Father," without a wavering tongue. In a word, he wants and begs for his filthy soul to be washed in Jesus' blood; his naked soul to be clothed in His righteousness; his lost soul to be saved with His salvation ; his hungry soul to be fed with His bruised body; his diseased soul to be healed with His balm ; his refugeless soul to find refuge in Him. He wants Calvary's cross for his shade; Calvary's wounds for his refuge ; Calvary's atonement for his peace. He wants to be built on Christ as a foundation; to dwell in Christ as a temple ; draw nigh to God through Christ; live through Christ ; live upon
Christ; live to the praise of Christ; and at last live with Christ for ever, to praise the sacred Three in everlasting hallelujahs of joy, peace, and triumph. These, then, in substance, are the things that “the stranger calleth to the Lord for.” But
IV. We have to observe the success attending the stranger's errand, or the blessings which are sure to be given him, in answer to the Saviour's prayer. Whoever may find his prayers unavailing, Jesus, the great Solomon, will never find His so. If the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man be much availing, surely we may assert that ihe effectual fervent prayer of Jesus is all availing. The cries of the spiritual stranger must come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, because the great Angel of the covenant, on his behalf , officiates at the golden altar (Rev. viii
. 3), and adds to his anxious breathings the sweet incense of His own sacrificial and intercessory work. Indeed, there are several immutable things to secure the success of the supplicating stranger. The will of the Father is on his side, and it is “according to the will of God” that the Holy Ghost "makes intercession” for the stranger (Rom. viii. 26–29). There are the “yea and amen promises”
(2 Cor. i. 20) as well as the never-to-be-forfeited “oath" of a covenant God on his side (Heb. vi. 17, 18). But the point of security which the text makes most prominent is, the intercession of the Greater than Solomon. Oh, Jesus is looking, coming stranger, with a heart full of tenderness and compassion upon thee, and looking to the Father with an authoritative and confident cry, "Hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and do`according to all that the stranger calleth to Thee for.?? As if He should say, pointing to the poor, guilt-stung, coming stranger, and lifting up His
eyes to the throne of the Father, “ Look upon an object of Thy everlasting love. See, there is one whom Thou gavestMe to redeem. I bought him with My invaluable blood. His name is on My breast, and deep engraven on the palms of My hands. Now, taught by the Holy Spirit, he sees his strangership; he feels his helplessness; he feels his ruin ; but he sees the way of pardon, justification, and access. His eyes are upon, and his hands are stretched out toward, the place of meeting, Myself, the true Temple. Hear his humble confession, 'I have sinned'; listen to his supplication ; read his wants in his earnest looks, his deep sighs, his heart-felt cries ; read his heart, see its woes, mark its wants, and do according to all that he calleth to Thee for." Can we doubt the stranger's good success with such an Advocate with the Father, who, though,
“ With cries and tears He offered up
His humble suit below,
No; indeed, there can be no Scriptural ground to doubt the success of the coming stranger. He may not have his requests granted him just in the manner and measure, nor at the time, nor by the means he has desired and hoped. God displays the absolute sovereignty of His character in all His dealings with the heirs of salvation; but, while the exercise of sovereignty gives endless and admirable diversity to His handiwork in the souls of His children, the immutability of His will and the stability of His Word secures to them all the blessings of pardon, justification, and access to the Father. In the reception of the blessings the stranger seeks, God alone is the efficient cause, although the blessing is received by faith ; but still, that faith is “not of himself,” but is “the gift of God” (Eph. ii. 8).
Since Jesus, with His obedient life, and atoning death, and justifying resurrection, is the only channel of pardon and peace, and the only way of access that the Scriptures reveal, he that thinks he is pardoned, and may draw nigh to God, and yet his pardon was not gained by “looking unto Jesus,” is deceiving his own self. Hart
might well say,
Worship God, then, in His Son,
Pardon any other way.' When God's time of blessing the stranger has arrived, he is enabled, by whatever means the Lord pleases, to go, a poor, guilty, black and hell-deserving sinner, to a law-fulfilling and sin-atoning Saviour ; and, notwithstanding all his guilt and wretchedness, to believe that he is welcome to Jesus, and that He “will in no wise cast him out” (John vi. 37); and so drop with all his load of sins and woes upon the atonement of Jesus, and so believe Him to have stood in his law-place, to have paid all his debts, and to have endured all his hell, that his conscience becomes unburdened and clean, his soul is in sweet rest and peace, and his heart is enlarged with the love of God, shed abroad therein by the Holy Ghost” (Rom. v. 5). And truly most blessed is the effect of this believing sight of Jesus" making peace” for him “through the blood of the cross” (Col. i. 20). The law is no longer his terror, for he sees that, in his blessed Surety, it is “magnified and made honourable" (Isa, xlii. 21). Justice no longer seems against him, but on his side; yea, every perfection of Deity is for him. The wretched hardness of his heart is taken away, and softened, meekened, humbled, happy, and free, he can draw nigh to the mercy-seat, and feel no terror nor guilt; he can lift up “holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Tim. ii. 8); he can “serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness” (Luke i.