Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
MATTHEW HENRY (1662-1714): Sins leave a stain upon the soul, a stain of guilt and pollution. Nothing can remove this stain but the blood of Christ.
R. C. CHAPMAN (1803-1902): A guilty conscience is one of Satan’s great weapons against the children of God: faith can only be bold as the conscience is clean. There is no trial to believer like guilt upon the conscience; but it is the triumph of faith to see guilt removed by the atoning blood of Christ. A very little stain upon the conscience makes a wide breach in our communion with God.
JAMES HARRINGTON EVANS (1785-1849): Guilt upon the conscience always leads away from God.
WILLIAM ROMAINE (1714-1795): When I feel guilt, I quiet my conscience with the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus.
ROBERT HALDANE (1764-1842): A good conscience is a conscience discharged from sin by the blood of Christ.
C. H. SPURGEON (1834-1892): Through Jesus’ blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we rebelled against our God…It is “precious” because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy.
HORATIUS BONAR (1808-1889): So precious does God esteem it, that on account of it alone, without one particle of addition from any other quarter, He can forgive, save, justify, accept even the chief of sinners. It is through the means of this blood that God keeps [believers’] consciences clean and unburdened, so that though their sense of sin deepens and augments, their sense of guilt no longer oppresses them as before. By keeping their eye fixed upon this precious blood, He keeps their souls in perfect peace, for He shows them how that blood proclaims wrath to have been already exhausted upon another, and condemnation to have passed away. And thus it is that He carries them on from day to day—that He may present them faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy in the day of the appearing of His Son.
C. H. SPURGEON: The blood of Christ is likewise “precious” in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood.
BROWNLOW NORTH (1810-1875): And in that awful day, when like Joshua the High Priest (Zechariah 3:1), the poor sinner stands before the angel of the Lord, with Satan at his right hand to resist him, THE LAMB SLAIN will be an answer sufficient for all that can be brought against him, and he shall overcome the accuser BY THIS BLOOD.
GEORGE OFFOR (1787-1864): When Satan charged Luther with a long list of crimes, he replied, “This is all true; but write another line at the bottom, The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
J. C. RYLE (1816-1900): The “precious blood of Christ” answers every charge that can be made against us.
HORATIUS BONAR: So precious does [God] esteem it, that He makes it the answer to the various doubts and perplexing sophistries with which self and Satan would entangle the soul, either when coming to God, or after it has come. Do the sins of past years lie heavy on it? He says, “Behold the blood!” Does a sense of personal unworthiness darken it? He says again, “Behold the blood; and in it, that which fully makes up in My eyes for all such unworthiness!” Do iniquities prevail—rushing in like a flood through every avenue of the soul? He says again, “Behold the blood; it cleanseth from all sin (Ephesians 1:7; I John 1:7). No amount of defilement can dilute the efficacy of that blood, or make it less free to the polluted soul.
C. H. SPURGEON: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow,” Isaiah 1:18.
HORATIUS BONAR: Remember it is ALL sin—even yours. It can wash, it can pardon, it can justify even thee. Take it now, for cleansing and salvation. It will purge thy conscience; it will reconcile thee to God; it will fill thy soul with peace.
R. C. CHAPMAN: The pardon of sin sealed on the conscience strengthens the soul for communion with God; whilst guilt on the conscience drives from God. These are noiseless things in the world, but great things with God.
J. C. PHILPOT (1802-1869): I have found that the experience I have of my sinfulness makes me long for, and value, Christ’s atoning blood.
C. H. SPURGEON: Often, ere I fall asleep, I say to myself those words of Isaac Watts: “Sprinkled afresh with pardoning blood, I lay me down to rest, as in the embraces of my God, or on my Saviour’s breast.”