The only system adapted to his case!
(William Nicholson, "Pearls of Great Price!" 1855)
Viewing man as a fallen, sinful creature—the gospel is the only system adapted to his case! The more he contemplates it, the more he perceives its precious adaptation to his dreadful state. The gospel is . . .
light, for the darkness of his reason;
peace, for the tumult of his conscience;
joy, for the anguish of his mind;
hope, for the gloom of his despair.
Is he guilty? The gospel presents . . .
an all-sufficient Savior,
an all-atoning sacrifice,
and an all-forgiving God.
Is he impure? The gospel opens up for him a fountain for sin and for uncleanness—a hallowed flood supplied from the Redeemer's cross, where the vilest sinner may wash from his heinous pollution.
Is he alienated from God—at an infinite distance from the only source of happiness and forgiveness? The gospel is a medium of approach, a way of access to the thrice holy God. Here the Alpine mountains of his guilt are leveled to the dust. Here the prodigal returns, is freely received, fully forgiven, elevated to a place in his heavenly Father's family, and never lost from his heavenly Father's heart.
Is he the victim of ignorance and error? Here he receives the lessons of a heavenly prophet—the Spirit of God becomes his kind instructor. Here the untutored savage is made wiser than the learned sage, "wise unto salvation!"
Does he feel himself the subject of passions that lead him continually astray from God?
The same Spirit becomes the inhabitant of his bosom . . .
to subdue his passions,
to curb his lusts,
to control his will, and
to sanctify the nature He has first renewed, and which shall finally be glorified with Christ.
In every point of view, the gospel meets his case!
Is he a sinner? The gospel offers pardon!
Is he a debtor? The gospel grants him full payment of his dept!
Is he a captive to sin and Satan? The gospel gives him liberty.
Is he fallen into utter depravity? It elevates him to God's throne, and constitutes him "a king and a priest unto God."
Is he thirsty? The gospel is a river of life.
Is he weary? It is a sweet repose.
Is he ignorant? The gospel is a divine instructor.
Is he spiritually diseased? It is immortal health and vigor to his soul.
Is he dying? The gospel is eternal life.
Yes, in the gospel . . .
the law is fulfilled,
justice is atoned, and
the divine perfections are harmonized in man's redemption.