Saturday, January 21, 2017

Christ Our Hope - Elder James Oliphant


Christ has so much to do in our salvation. "I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Corinthians 2:2) No blood but his would redeem us from our sins. If one man desired to die for another it would not be sufficient for it would not be a perfect sacrifice; and no one man is so related to another as to enable him to represent him in redemption.

Christ was so related to us in a covenant that as to make it not only right. But necessary to die in our stead or in our place the law is spiritual and demands a perfect offering one of infinite worth no sacrifice but his it is important that the offering be of sufficient value but it must be substituted if we will not deny that it is sufficient even for all men but there must be a union covenant union between him and us to make his offering effective to save. So in covenant He was the shepherd and died for his sheep the husband that gave Himself for us and his death he was a covert from the tempest he was not only a sufficient covert but he stood between the storm and his people he not only paid enough to redeem but he gave Himself for our sins.

Some think they understand it when they say the offering is of "sufficient value," but its fitness to save does not in all respects lie in the infinite worth of the offering but it lies in the design of it. If one owes you a ton of money and you find a ton of gold in your home. It would not pay you. Unless it was paid on your account he bore our sins. Here is the secret of its sufficiency. If he bore our sins, then it is not only sufficient but certain. It is not enough to say sufficient.

"He loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) Christ not only redeemed, but he showed us how to live and die. Though he died so long ago, and so far from here. yet there is power in Jesus' blood to wash our sins away. When he died he saw his seed.

We commemorate his broken body and shed blood in the bread and wine. These two emblems represent all that is essential to salvation. We should take these, discerning the Lord's body. He is our only hope. We depend on him in redemption, in regeneration, preservation, and resurrection. He is our only hope, and our sufficient hope.


Special thanks to Elder David Montgomery for his labors in compiling the excellent two volume set of Oliphant's works. 

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