To him give all the prophets witness
As David, ( Psalms 32:1 Psalms 32:2 Psalms 32:5 ) ( 103:3 ) ( Isaiah 43:25 ) ( 44:22 ) ( 53:5 ) ( 55:7 ) ( Jeremiah 31:34 ) ( Ezekiel 36:25 ) ( Daniel 9:9 Daniel 9:24 ) ( hos 14:2 hos 14:4 ) ( Micah 7:18 ) ( Zechariah 3:4 Zechariah 3:9 ) ( 13:1 ) ( Malachi 3:17 )
that through his name, whosoever believeth in him, shall
remission of sins;
the meaning is, that whoever believes in Christ with a right and true faith, with the heart, he shall receive, not as what his faith procures or deserves, but as a gift of God's grace, the free and full forgiveness of his sins, through Christ; through the effusion of his blood, and the virtue of his sacrifice. Christ was set forth in the purposes of God, in the types, figures, and sacrifices of the law, and in the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, as he that should obtain the remission of sins by his blood, without which there is no remission; he came in the fulness of time, and shed his blood for this purpose, and accordingly it is procured by it; and this is published in the everlasting Gospel, that whoever believes in Christ, not with an historical or temporary faith, or in profession only, but with the faith of God's elect, which is the gift of God, and the operation of his Spirit, which works by love, and makes Christ precious, shall receive it as a free gift; for it is not to be purchased by money, nor obtained by works of righteousness, nor procured by repentance, or by anything done by the creature, but is according to the riches of divine grace and mercy: through the name of Christ: through the blood of Christ, which was shed for it; through the power of Christ, as God, who is able to forgive it; and through the hands of Christ, as Mediator, who is exalted to bestow it; and for the sake of Christ, and his mediation, whose blood calls aloud for it; and whoever looks by faith to him for it, shall have it, of whatsoever sex, state, or condition they be, of whatsoever people or nation, and how great sinners soever they have been, and whether they are weak or strong believers. Some copies read, "through his blood".