Blood Upon the Doorposts Print
Written by James Hicks   
Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00


No. 81

THE
BLOOD UPON THE DOOR POSTS;
OR
MEANS OF SAFETY IN THE TIME OF PESTILENCE.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians ; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.-- Exodus xii, 23.

The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. - 1 John i.7.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after the judgment ; so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many ; and unto them that look for him, shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation. - Hebrews ix, 27, 28.

 

Reader, whoever you are, whatever your rank, age, or sex; there is not an event connected with your existence, more absolutely certain than death.  You must die some time ; it may be soon, and it may be suddenly. Have you ever seriously thought of this event? You have looked upon the graves of the departed. The departed! - and did you ever seriously ask whither they had gone; and how soon you must also follow? If you have not attended to this solemn subject before, be entreated to bestow  few minutes upon it now. And now, when the judgments of God are upon the earth, and a fatal disease has invaded our land, hurrying, day after day, its hundreds to the grave,- now, while you are in health and able to think calmly and clearly upon the subject, - now, is a favourable time for serious reflection, and prompt decision.

 

As certainly as that you must die, you are a sinner; for death is the wages of sin. If you were sinless, you would never die. God is perfectly holy, and perfectly just: therefore, he cannot but hate sin and punish the sinner. If you examine your past life, and compare it with the law of God - a law which requires perfect, pure, and perpetual love and obedience to God, you must perceive in your actions, words, thoughts, and feelings innumerable things contrary

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to the demands of that holy law. By that law you are condemned, and unless you can escape condemnation in a way that is consistent with the law of God, you are lost forever. If, then, you are living in this sinful and condemned state, and death should overtake you, whither will you go? To heaven? - what would you do in heaven, who have no relish for religious and holy things on earth? How could you stand in the presence of God, whom you have lived only to disobey, or of that Saviour whose gospel you have never heartily believed, and whose grace, proclaimed as the only sure refuge of the guilty, you have always slighted?

Carelessness respecting any thing that nearly concerns our happiness, is folly ; but carelessness about death and its eternal consequences, is worse than folly- it is madness. And reader, have you been living unconcerned about your latter end, and unprepared to meet God in judgment? If  you had a cause depending in an earthly court, which, if you lost it, would involve your whole earthly happiness; and if the day of trial were at hand, would you be inactive about preparation to meet it? You would not. But you are hastening forward to the judgment bar of God, to be tried; from his decision there is no appeal, and the happiness or misery of your whole eternity of existence depends upon his final sentence; and are you without thought, without care, without preparation? What! unprepared for the summons, when the messenger of justice is on his way to meet; when numbers are daily hurried away to their last account. when you know not but that the next victim of disease or accident that falls, may be yourself!- O, if you die in your present state of unbelief and sin, you die to all peace, and hope, and happiness, forever!

Do you inquire what you shall do to escape eternal death, and obtain everlasting life? No inquiry of greater importance to your well being can be made, or even imagined. Then be attentive to the answer ; and look up to God in fervent supplication, that you may be assisted to understand and obey.

Jesus Christ died, the just for the unjust, that he might  bring them to God. None can come to God, or partake in his saving mercy, except through Christ. He died to atone for sin, and procure for all that believe in his name, eternal life. His people confide in hi power and his willingness to save them; they commit to him the keeping of their souls

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they have no other trust. As they depend on him to be saved from the guilt and punishment of their sins, through his atonement and intercession; so also they depend upon him for deliverance from sin itself, by his sanctifying Spirit. They seek to be made holy, and to be fitted for the everlasting enjoyment of God. This cordial and exclusive trust in Christ, as their only and all-sufficient Saviour, is faith, by this faith they are united to him, in a spiritual, holy, and intimate relationship; their sins are blotted out : they are, for Christ's sake, received into divine favour, and constituted children of God, and heirs of everlasting life. They are endued with the disposition of his children, so that they hate and avoid sin, and love and seek holiness. They live no longer for themselves, but for Him who redeemed them with his own blood, and who shed upon them his own gracious and sanctifying Spirit. They cannot die: their clay tabernacles may drop into the grave, but they live live, and will forever live in the presence of God, and enjoy his love.

You see here the path in which flock of Christ have trod, in every age; it is a well tried and plain path. A description of it is summed up in the word, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Into this path, reader, you must enter, and press forward in it, regardless of all temptations to the contrary, if you would ever be prepared for death, or be animated with a well grounded hope of heaven. Look earnestly to God, through Jesus Christ, your Advocate with the Father, for the enlightening, renewing, invigorating operations of the Holy Spirit. Depend wholly upon Him. Feeling your guilt, your proneness to evil, your poverty and helplessness, lay your case before God, and entreat him to save and strengthen you.  But remember, he does not save those that remain in sin; he does not strengthen those that lie down in sloth and inactivity. You must not only confess, but also forsake your sins; and, trusting to receive strength in answer to your prayers, you must act as if all depended on your own exertions. The man in the gospel, whose hand was withered, could as soon have moved a mountain as have stretched out his hand by his own power. But believing in Him who babe him stretch it out, he obeyed- and the performance of this act was evidence of his faith. To plead want of ability, therefore, as an excuse for neglect of duty, and continuance in sin, is to make one sin an apology for a thou

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sand others. What God has required of you, he has promised you strength to perform. Relying on his faithfulness and truth, go forward humbly but confidently, diligently, and perseveringly, in the path of duty. No soul ever perished in this path; and no soul ever entered it, without being led by the Spirit of God. Whosoever is found therin, with a broken spirit and a contrite heart, has the testimony of God's Spirit, witnessing with his spirit, that he is a child of God.

Reader, will you go to Christ, and be saved from sin and death? Or will you lay down this paper, forget the subject, persevere in sin, and perish forever? Be entreated to answer the question immediately- to answer it as if you expected this day to be your last. Going to Christ in the way that has been explained to you, and receiving the pardon of your sins, you need not fear the cholera, or any other disease. For if you should die at any moment, your soul would be safe. And at the day of judgment, when God the impenitent to everlasting punishment, he will "pass over" you, as he did the houses of the Israelites, because the blood of Christ has been applied to your soul.

THE SAINT'S SECURITY

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. he shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that fireth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash the foot against s stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and the adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. he shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. PSA.XCL

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