Today a wonderful quote from Octavius Winslow in which he writes about The Fragrance of Christ's Name.
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
"The Atoning Name of Jesus is fragrant. All that Jesus did on earth was representative, substitutionary, sacrificial. His one work was to atone. His one mission was to save. "You shall call His name JESUS, for He shall SAVE His people from their sins." With this harmonizes the wondrous declaration of the Apostle, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." O marvellous, precious saying this! of more worth to the soul in a dying hour than the diadem of the universe studded with earth's richest jewels. We can pass into eternity peacefully and happily, hopefully and savingly in the faith of no other truth than this- "Christ died for our sins;"
"Christ died for the ungodly." "Christ has given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet smelling savor." "You were not redeemed with corruptible things ...... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot." "By the obedience of One shall many be made righteous." "Who is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption."
Such are some of the Scripture testimonies to the sacrificial work of Jesus. In all this truth how fragrant is HIS SAVING NAME! As a law-fulfilling, sin-atoning; justice-satisfying Savior, His Name expresses all that the guiltiest, the most despairing sinner needs. To those who are saved, what fragrance breathes from the work of Him who has saved them, and called them with a holy calling.
Whatever may be the advanced pilgrimage, the matured experience of the Christian, he never can release himself from the first principles of Divine truth. We close our spiritual course as we began it, with a believing reliance upon the simple elements of the Gospel. The foundation truth of the Gospel- that Jesus Christ saves sinners, which gave us comfort and peace and hope when we first fled to the cross, is just the truth which sustains and cheers us when we come to die. We terminate our spiritual life as we commenced it- clinging as poor, empty, and worthless sinners to Jesus, the Savior and Friend of sinners; the last believing look we have of Christ on earth, is the first look we had of Him when He drew us to Himself and told us our sins were all forgiven, and then filled our hearts with His love.
Embracing alone the first principles of the Gospel, resting only in the single, simple, yet sublime declaration that Jesus was sacrificed for, invites and receives, sinners- casts out none who come to Him, but saves them to the uttermost- some of the greatest saints and most eminent divines that ever lived have- either in the near expectation of their departure, or in the actual passage of death- experienced the sweetest peace and richest comfort and most assured hope."
So let us speak often one to another of Jesus.
"Forgotten be each worldly theme,
When Christians meet together thus
We only wish to speak of Him
Who lived and died and reigns for us."
"We'll talk of all He did and said
And suffered for us here below,
The path He marked for us to tread,
And what He's doing for us now."
"Thus, as the moments pass away,
We'll love and wonder and adore,
And hasten on the glorious day
When we shall meet to part no more."
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You are most welcomed to read a complementary series on The Names of God. Part one here, and part 2, Taking Refuge in the Name of the Lord, here.