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Thereby the wall of partition made between Jew and gentile, God and us is broken down. Eph. ii. 13.
Thereby all things in heaven and earth are reconciled. Col. i. 20.
Thereby are your souls justified and your sins pardoned : “ In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins," Eph. i.
Thereby are you washed and cleansed and sanctified : “The blood of Jesus cleanseth from all iniquity,”! 1 John i.
Thereby is your great adversary, Satan, routed and overcome and spoiled: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb," Rev. xii.
Thereby Christ is made welcome by his father when he comes into heaven in your name to intercede for
In the times of the old testament the high priest went into the holy of holiest, and carried blood, and sprinkled the mercyseat seven times; but the high priest did not sit down. Now in Heb. x. 11, it is said, “ And every high priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin; but this Man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down at the right hand of God the Father.” The high priest did not, then, sit down; but now when Christ comes into heaven with your names upon his heart, to sprinkle the mercy-seat with his blood; Come my Son, saith the Father, sit down and welcome upon this account.
And thereby, also, have you entrance into the holy of holiest, as in Heb. x.
And if, indeed, you be sprinkled with this blood of sprinkling, then are you at one with the mercy-seat. It is the same blood that is sprinkled upon the mercy-seat in heaven that is sprinkled upon your souls here on earth. The same blood, in the time of the old testament, that was sprinkled upon the people was sprinkled upon the altar and the mercyseat; so the same blood that is now in heaven, sprinkled upon the mercy-seat, is sprinkled upon your hearts.
If you are sprinkled with this blood of sprinkling, then all the promises are yours, for all the promises are yea and amen in Christ; and if Christ's blood be sprinkled on you, and applied to you, then may you apply the promises to yourselves.
And if, indeed, you be sprinkled with this blood of sprin
kling, then are all things clean unto you; for as the blood of sprinkling is sprinkled upon your souls, so are all your enjoyments to be sprinkled with it.
Aud if you be indeed sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, then may you go away and say, Now are all the blessings of the covenant mine. The day that you are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, you may say, Now know I that my sins are pardoned : mercy is mine, and pardon is mine, and adoption is mine. As when the psalmist had a sight of God, he cried out and said, “ Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;" so the day that you have this sight of God, in being sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, you may cry out and say, not, Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; but, Pardon is mine, and adoption is mine, and heaven is mine, and God is mine for ever. Oh, who would not labour to get his soul sprinkled now with the blood of sprinkling!
Fifthly. You will say, in the fifth and last place, It is a great privilege to be sprinkled with the blood of sprinkling. We grant it. But what shall we do that even we may get our souls sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, the blood of sprinkling?
First of all you must know that there is a twofold sprinkling with the blood of sprinkling. There is an initial sprinkling, and a renewed sprinkling. As there is an initial repentance and a renewed repentance, so there is an initial sprinkling and a renewed sprinkling.
An initial sprinkling, and that is a man's first conversion, when he is justified, according to that in 1 Cor. vi. 11, “Such were some of
ye are sanctified, but ye are justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Here is the initial sprinkling.
The renewed sprinkling is upon a twofold account; upon the account of some great sin committed, and upon
the count of some special duty to be performed.
A fresh sprinkling there must be upon some great sin committed. So in the list Psalm, saith David, “ Wash me throughly from mine iniquity.” He had sinned a great sin, but his sin was pardoned. Psalm li., title: “A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came unto him;" that was, after Nathan came to him. And what did Nathan say? He told him his sin was pardoned. Yet saith David, “ Purge me
with hyssop;" I must have a fresh sprinkling: after some great sin committed there must be a fresh sprinkling with the blood of Jesus.
And upon duty to be performed, especially some great duty to be performed, there must also be a fresh sprinkling. In Heb. x. 22, Paul saith, “ 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.”' Why our bodies washed with pure water? It relates to the washings in the old testament: when the priests were to come to offer a sacrifice, there was a laver, and they were then to wash themselves; so saith the apostle, “Let us draw near to God, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water," because upon a new address to God, a fresh sprinkling with the blood of Jesus is to be had. It is not enough to have an old sprinkling with the blood of Jesus, but upon all our approaches to God, especially after some great sin committed or some special duty to be performed, we must come and get a fresh sprinkling with the blood of Jesus.
You must know also that though you have been very great sinners, yet you are not incapable of this sprinkling with the blood of Jesus. The apostle saith in that place of the Corinthians : “Such were some of you.”
What such ? ver. 9: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God, be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but ye are washed,”
” how ? why “ye are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God,” which sprinkles, which applies the blood of Christ. So then, though ye have been great sinners, yet you are not incapable of being sprinkled with this blood of sprinkling.
You must know this also, that there is nothing not this side the blood of Jesus, this blood of sprinkling, that can cleanse you. If any thing should bid for our cleansing, methinks it should be our sufferings and persecutions for the name of God. But look into Rev. vii. 14, it is said : “ These are they which came out of great tribulations, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” They have washed their robes. How? what with their “great tribulations ?" No, they came out of great tribulations, but their tribulations do not wash them. “These are they that came out of great tribulations, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Nothing on this side Christ, and this blood of sprinkling, can cleanse your souls. But,
Though there be nothing on this side Christ that can cleanse your souls but the blood of Jesus; yet it is the Spirit of Christ that must sprinkle it. The blood of Jesus is then sprinkled when it is applied; now this is the work of the Holy Ghost, “I will sprinkle you with clean water," I will wash you with water. As it is a derogation to the blood of Christ to go to any else for cleansing; so it is a derogation to the Spirit of Christ to go to any else for sprinkling, or to go to any else for that application of the blood of Christ. It is only the Spirit of Christ that must sprinkle this blood upon your and my soul.
Though this sprinkling must be done only by the Spirit; yet notwithstanding this blood of Jesus is sprinkled by the ordinance in the hand of the Spirit, by the preaching of the gospel. He preaches not, that sprinkles not the blood of Christ in preaching; and especially by that great ordinance of the Lord's supper. You may observe therefore, that the same words that were used in the Old Testament when they sprinkled the blood, “This is the blood of the covenant,” as in Heb. ix., are used by our Saviour Christ at the Lord's supper: This cup is the New Testament in my blood, &c.” Why so ? but to shew thus much, that this ordinance of the Lord's supper is the hyssop in the hand of the Spirit, whereby the souls of believers are sprinkled with a fresh sprinkling. Oh, therefore, who would not come to this ordinance of the Lord's supper in a right way
and manner. But then again, you must know also that you must come for sprinkling with the greatest sense of unworthiness that may be. If you look into the xixth of Numbers, you shall find that he that sprinkled the blood, was to be unclean until the evening, verse 7. “Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean
until the evening.” At verse 6: “The priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer; and then the priest shall wash his clothes, and come into the camp, and shall be unclean until the evening." And at verse 8 : “He that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the evening. And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation; it is a purification for sin, and he that gathered the ashes of the heifer, shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening.” What is all this? but to shew thus much, that they might not come to this sacred expiation, but with the greatest sense of their unworthiness. Plainly shewing thus much : that there is no meddling with this blood of sprinkling but with the greatest sense of our unworthiness of the blood of Jesus. Now therefore, do you desire that you may be sprinkled with this blood of sprinkling; then, whensoever you go to the blood of Jesus, and look upon it, go with the greatest sense of your unworthiness of this blood; then go to the Spirit of God, whose work above it is, to apply and sprinkle, and then stand and wait where the Spirit stands with his hyssop to sprinkle the souls of men.
And so shall you be made partakers of this great privilege.
But suppose that I be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, and that this blood of sprinkling hath indeed fallen upon my soul, what is my duty then ? Then, “Go away and doubt no more."
and doubt no more.” When the sinning Jew was sprinkled, do you think he doubted whether he were pardoned or no? No surely, he did believe that he was pardoned, and that he was in covenant with God. For those words were used, This is the blood of the covenant. And shall you be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, and will you doubt whether you be in covenant with the Lord by grace or no! &c.
This blood of sprinkling speaketh, and you have heard what it speaks. Now then I pray take heed that you do not refuse him that speaketh from heaven. Mark how it follows in the very next words to the text : “We are come to the