“And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.” —Exodus 30:16
There can, beloved, be no sort of communion between God and us except through the atonement. Do you want to pray? You cannot speak with God except through Jesus Christ. Do you wish to praise? You cannot bring the censer full of smoking incense except through Christ. It is only within those foundations of silver that you can speak to God, or hear him speak comfortably with you. Would you hear a voice out of the excellent glory? Do you pray that the great Father would speak with you as with his dear children? Expect it through Jesus Christ, for “through him we have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Even unto the Father, though we be children, we have not access except through Jesus. The tabernacle of communion even to him that lives nearest to God must be built upon the redemption price. Free grace and dying love must be the golden bells which ring upon our garments when we go into the holy place to speak with the Most High.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 27
Delivered Sunday Morning, January 30, 1881 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Sermon No. 1581, “Silver Sockets: or, Redemption the Foundation”