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Written by J.H. Oliphant   

It is certainly the desire of all God’s people to be prepared for heaven. "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." "Cleanse thou me from secret faults."

A system of salvation that removes all our sins "As far from us as the east is from the west," and not only our outward and public sins, but our secret sins of every kind, and makes us the "Righteousness of God in him," is what we desire. To be in the company of Jesus, and of the pure ones in heaven, would be a hell to us were we taken there unprepared. The Christian "hungers and thirsts after righteousness;" he thirsts after it as the "chased roe for the water brook." This inward desire will be answered and gratified; God will in the end deliver his people from every sin, and clothe them with a pure righteousness. We shall be freed from sin in every way.

"After this I beheld, and lo! A great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues stood before the throne and the Lamb; clothed with white roes, and palms in their hands." The white robes are emblems of innocence and purity, and show that their sins had been "purged with hyssop" --- that they were clean. The palms were tokens of victory --- a blessed victory over all opposition and every obstacle, and over the last enemy, which is death. "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night, in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them."

How comforting is this language. It bids us expect to be freed from every sin and be made fit society for our adorable Redeemer --- "To be made mete for the Master’s use." "They shall hunger no more; neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters." And, what is sweeter still, "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Everything that causes tears shall be removed; all sin-sins of conduct, and original sin; sins secret and sins open and outward; sins of nature and of every kind. All our envyings and jealousies, our malice and evil speaking, all bitterness and strife and the fountain of sin within shall be purified, and no fear of death or separation shall annoy us. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." "The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God."

The poor, tempted, tried and suffering people of God shall be thus blest, exalted and honored, and filled with delight. They shall bathe in an ocean of bliss; and no small part of this bliss shall be that they are washed from their sins. "O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory?" How soothing the words of Isaiah to one who is wayworn and who has known how sinful sin is. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, "Behold I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires; and I will make thy windows and thy gates of carbuncles, and all they borders of pleasant stones. * * * In righteousness shalt thou be established. Thou shalt be far from oppression, for thou shalt not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near thee." "This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."

The Lord be praised for such a hope. Surely none but God could either devise or execute the promises made to his people, that embrace a perfect deliverance from sin, with its every evil consequence.

Is it true that this glorious destiny awaits us? that our eyes shall see all these things accomplished, and our inward longing for purity and holiness be fully and eternally gratified? How often we have groaned over our sins! how often the sins of others have brought sorrow to our hearts! But, blessed be the Lord! who will bring us into victory and to realize for ourselves the final fulfillment of all our hopes ---even all we could desire, and to be infinitely and eternally happy.

Herein are some of the reasons why we should live for him whose death secures to us these things. "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints." "Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." "And I fell at his feet to worship him." The saints shall be arrayed in fine linen ---not a mixture of linen and wool, nor of the righteousness of Christ and our own mixed together, but "fine linen, white and clean," the righteousness of Christ. This is the hope of the poor and needy.

There is a class of people on the earth whose very needs are such that no other method is adapted to their case.

Those who are "Trusting in themselves that they are righteous," will not accept the theory that all must be provided for them ---that Christ must not only be their "redemption," but their "righteousness" also.

Let us walk humbly before God all our days, trusting in his own finished salvation for our final deliverance.

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