painting
Titian
Italy, Venice
oil on canvas
Italian
unframed dimensions: 1392 x 1817 mm; framed: 1835 x 2260 x 145 mm
  


Painting entitled 'The adulteress brought before Christ', by Titian. Originally incorporated 3283 'The head of a man' on right-hand side; this detached and cut down at unknown date.


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Condemnation There Cannot Be

Yet more: Faith is not only the instrument by which we receive a free grace justification, but it harmonizes the outward act of God with the inward feelings of the believing heart. Thus in justification the heart of the Justifier and the heart of the justified beat in the most perfect and holy unison. It is not a stupendous act on the part of God meeting no response on the part of man. Oh no! the believer’s heart flows out in gratitude after God’s heart, traveling towards him in the mightiness and majesty of its saving love; and thus both meet in Christ, the one Mediator between God and man. Here the believer is conscious of a vital union with his justifying Lord. He feels he is one with Christ. The righteousness wrought out, is by faith wrought in, and that faith is the uniting grace of a real, personal union between the justified soul, and a risen, living Savior. “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” Oh close and blessed union! Justified by God, accepted in Christ, condemnation there cannot be. I stand in the Divine presence as Joshua stood before the Lord, or as the woman stood before the Savior, charged, accused, guilty; but I am in the presence of him who, though now he sits upon the throne as my Judge, once hung upon the cross as my Savior. And, investing me with his own spotless robe, he proceeds to pronounce the sentence—”NO CONDEMNATION!” “These things write I unto you that your joy may be full.” 

No Condemnation in Christ Jesus by Octavius Winslow

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J. L. Louthan

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