Thrice Welcome!

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. -Matthew 9:13

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him -Hebrews 7:25

There he comes, sighing and groaning, crying and weeping all the way… He has rags on him, he comes to the heavenly throne; and when he approaches mercy’s gate he is almost afraid to knock. He lifts up his eyes and he sees it written, “Knock, and it shall be opened to you;” but he fears lest he should profane the gate by his poor touch; he gives at first a gentle rap, and if mercy’s gate open not, he is a poor dying creature; so he gives another rap, then another and another; and although he raps times without number, and no answer comes, still he is a sinful man, and he knows himself to be unworthy; so he keeps rapping still; and at last the good angel smiling from the gate, says, “Ah! this gate was built for beggars not for princes; heaven’s gate was made for spiritual paupers, not for rich men. ‘Not the righteous, but sinners Jesus came to call.’

Come in, poor man! Come in. Thrice welcome!” And the angels sing, “Thrice welcome!” How many of you, dear friends, have come to God by Jesus Christ in that fashion?..As my God who sits in heaven liveth, if you have not come to God in this fashion, you have not come to God at all; but if you have thus come to God, here is the glorious word for you-“He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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