THE PARDON OF SIN
Pardon is God’s family blessing, and the peculiar mercy of His choicest children. He hands out other things to wicked men, but He grants this only to His family members. This blessedness consists in enjoying God’s favour. We may be sick to death, with Lazarus, and be God’s friends; sold to slavery, with Joseph, and yet be dear to Him; thrown into a lion’s den, with Daniel, and still be greatly loved. But we can never be beloved if we are unpardoned; we can have no share in His friendship or His inheritance, without a pardon.