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    A Foundation that cannot fail - Augustus Toplady

    Augustus Toplady, was the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages"

    "Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    Let me hide myself in thee!
    Foul, I to the fountain fly:
    Wash me, Saviour, or I die."

    In his farewell sermon at Blagdon he said:

    If God were to justify and save only those who are pure and upright, heaven would be empty of inhabitants. I say not this to encourage sin; but to encourage those who are grieved for their sins; who fly to the blood of the Cross for pardon, and whose prayer is that they may henceforward be renewed in the spirit of their mind and bring forth acceptable fruit unto God. Let not such be afraid to meet Him: let not such say, "How shall I stand when He appears?" For such have a Foundation to stand upon, a Foundation that cannot fail, even Jesus, the Mediator and Surety of the covenant, Christ, the Rock of Ages. He died for such. Their sins which lay like an unsurmountable impediment, or stood like a vast partition wall, and blocked up the passage to eternal life; I say He took the sins of His penitent people out of the way, nailing them to His Cross.

    Posted by John Samson on October 7, 2006 03:21 PM


    thank you for this encouraging truth...Jesus said "it is finished."
    we have nothing to add to his complete and finished work on the cross. thank you for dying for "such a worm as I."

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