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Ah, what a sea of blood, of wrath, of sin, of sorrow
and misery¬ódid the Lord Jesus wade through for your
eternal good! Christ did not plead, "This cross is too
heavy for Me to bear; this wrath is too great for Me to
lie under; this cup of suffering, which has in it all the
ingredients of divine wrath, is too bitter for Me to sip
of¬óhow much more to drink the very dregs of it!" No!
Christ does not plead the difficulty of the service¬óbut
resolutely and bravely wades through all! "I gave My
back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those
who tore out My beard. I did not hide My face from
scorn and spitting." Isaiah 50:6. Christ bears . . .
His Father's wrath,
the punishment of your sins,
the malice of Satan,
the rage of the world,
and sweetly and triumphantly passes through all.
Christ has freed you from . . .
all your enemies,
the curse of the law,
the damnatory power of sin,
the wrath of God,
the sting of death,
the torments of hell.
"Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us
purify ourselves from everything that contaminates
body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence
for God." 2 Corinthians 7:1