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"Base things of the world hath God chosen." --1 Corinthians 1:28
Walk the streets by moonlight, if you dare, and you will see sinners then.
Watch when the night is dark, and the wind is howling, and the picklock is
grating in the door, and you will see sinners then. Go to yon jail, and walk
through the wards, and mark the men with heavy over-hanging brows, men whom you
would not like to meet at night, and there are sinners there. Go to the
Reformatories, and note those who have betrayed a rampant juvenile depravity,
and you will see sinners there. Go across the seas to the place where a man will
gnaw a bone upon which is reeking human flesh, and there is a sinner there. Go
where you will, you need not ransack earth to find sinners, for they are common
enough; you may find them in every lane and street of every city, and town, and
village, and hamlet. It is for such that Jesus died. If you will select me the
grossest specimen of humanity, if he be but born of woman, I will have hope of
him yet, because Jesus Christ is come to seek and to save sinners.
Electing love has selected some of the worst to be made the best. Pebbles of the
brook grace turns into jewels for the crown-royal. Worthless dross He transforms
into pure gold. Redeeming love has set apart many of the worst of mankind to be
the reward of the Saviour's passion. Effectual grace calls forth many of the
vilest of the vile to sit at the table of mercy, and therefore let none despair.
Reader, by that love looking out of Jesus' tearful eyes, by that love
streaming from those bleeding wounds, by that faithful love, that strong love,
that pure, disinterested, and abiding love; by the heart and by the bowels of
the Saviour's compassion, we conjure you turn not away as though it were nothing
to you; but believe on Him and you shall be saved. Trust your soul with Him and
He will bring you to His Father's right hand in glory everlasting.