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That forgiveness of past sins is procured by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is obvious from various
in the Holy Scriptures. Thus the apostle Paul says that “ Jesus Christ was set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God*.” And in his Epistle to the Colossians he says, “ in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sinst.” This redemption may be called outward; because it has been effected by outward means, or by the outward sufferings of Jesus Christ, and it is considered as putting men, in consequence of this forgiveness, into the capacity of salvation. The Quakers, however, attribute this redemption wholly to the love of God, and not to the impossibility of his forgiveness without a plenary satisfaction, or to the motive of heaping all his vengeance on the head of Jesus Christ, that he might appease his own wrath.
The other redemption, on the other hand, is called inward, because it is considered by the Quakers to be an inward redemption
the Rom. iii. 25.
+ Coloss, i. 14.
from the power of sin, or a cleansing of the
purifying them as to produce a new birth in the inward man; so that the same Spirit of God, which has been given to men in various degrees since the foundation of the world, as a teacher in their spiritual concerns, which hath visited every man in his day, and which hath exhorted and reproved him for his spiritual welfare*, has the power of preserving him from future sin, and of leading him to salvation.
That this inward redemption is performed by the Spirit of God, the Quakers show from various passages in the Sacred Writings. Thus St. Paul says, “ According to his mercy he hath saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost f.” The same apostle says, again, “ It is the law of the Spirit that maketh free from the law of sin and death*.” And again, “ As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God t."
* The Quakers believe, however, that this Spirit was more plentifully diffused, and that greater gifts were given to men, after Jesus was glorified, than before. Eph. iv. 8. + Titus iii. 5.
from words :
The Quakers say, That this inward redemption or salvation is effected by the Spirit, is obvious also from the experience of all good men, or from the manner in which many have experienced a total.conversion or change of heart. For though there are undoubtedly some, who have gone on so gradually in their reformation from vice to virtue, that it may have been considered to be the effect of reason which has previously determined on the necessity of a holy life; yet the change from vice to holiness has often been so rapid and decisive, as to leave no doubt whatever that it could not have been produced by any effort of reason, but solely by some Divine operation, which could only have been that of the Spirit of God.
Of these two kinds of redemption, the outward and the inward, of which the latter will be the subject of our consideration, it may be observed that they go hand in hand together, St. Paul has coupled them together in these * Rom. viii. 9. + Rom. viii. 14.
words: “ For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by his life *;" that is, by the life of his Spirit working inwardly in us.
And as they go together in the mind of the apostle, so they go together as to the benefit of their effects. For, in the first place, the outward redemption takes place when the inward has begun; and, secondly, the outward redlemption, or the sufferings of Jesus Christ which redeem from past sins, cannot have any efficacy
till the inward has begun, or while men remain in their sins; or, in other words, no man can be entitled to the forgiveness of sins that have been committed, till there has been a change in the inward man; for St. John intimates that the blood of Christ does not cleanse from sin except men walk in the light t, or, to use an expression synonymous with the Quakers, except men walk in the Spirit.
* Romans y. 10.
+ John i. 6, 7.
Inward redemption, which thus goes on by the ope
ration of the Holy Spirit, has the power of producing a new birth in men—this office of the Spirit achnou'ledged by other Christians-Monro, Ilammond, Locke—it has the power also of leading to perfection—Sentiments of the Quakers as zo perfection--and of the ever memorable John Hales-Gell-Monro—This power of inward redemption bestowed upon all.
The sufferings, then, of Jesus Christ have ing, by means of the forgiveness of past sins, put men into a capacity of salvation, the remaining part of salvation, or the inward redemption of man, is performed by the operation of the Holy Spirit ; of which how. ever it must be remembered, that a more plentiful diffusion is considered by the Quakers to have been given to men after the ascension of Jesus Christ than at any
The nature of this inward redemption, or the nature of this new office, which it performs in addition to that of a religious teacher, may be seen in the following account: