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The acutest foes used every art heavenly-mindedness and devoto entangle him ; but were al- tion. Every friend to mankind ways entangled themselves. If will wish that these things may they took counsel against him prevail. ever so privately, or even con- The example of this great ceived a thought against him, he teacher was a transcript of his shewed that he perfectly knew precepts. His vigilant and imtheir most secret counsel, and placable enemies could not conthe thought of their heart. vict him of a fault. He sought
The doctrine brought from not his own glory or his own Heaven by him gave light to na- will, but the will and glory of him tions who sat in darkness, with who sent him. out God, and without hope-un- The works which he did in uncertain whether repentance his Father's name witnessed that would be accepted, and ignorant he was the Christ, that prophet what true repentance means. He of whom Moses and succeeding taught the worship of the prophets spake. A voice from Father in spirit and truth heaven, on one occasion and ancame to call sinners to repent- other, witnessed the saine thing. ance, and proclaim remission of Add to these proofs, the accomşins through the blood of his plishment in him, and in him oncross. No man cometh unto the ly, of a succession of prophecies, Father, but by him. Whatsoever from the beginning of the world we ask in his name, the Father until he appeared ; together with will give. To whom shall we the fulfilment of his own prophego for the words of eternal life, cies, particularly respecting his but to him who came from the passion and resurrection, the bosom of the Father, to teach desolation of Jerusalem, and the way of God in truth, to open state of the Jews. The evibefore us the gates of immortali- dence arising from his doctrine, ty?
precepts, example and works Would we see a perfect sys- form a body of evidence, which tem of morality, where shall we completely evinces that Jesus find it, but in the sermon he
was the Clirist. preached on the mount, which It was foretold that the Mesfilled the multitudes who heard siah should make atonement for it with astonishment ? The max- sin. “ The chastisement of our ims themselves the principles peace was upon him. The Lord upon which they are founded laid upon hiin the iniquity of us the motives to the observance of all. He poured out his soul unthem, all concur to prove him a to death, that he might make re. teacher infinitely superior to any conciliation for iniquity, and that hath appeared in the world bring in everlasting righteousbefore or since. That distin
Awake, O sword, against guished sermon contains every my Shepherd, and against the precept of purity, temperance man that is my FELLOW, saith the and moderation ; of content- Lord of hosts : smite the Shep. ment, self-denial and meek- herd.” The evangelical prophet Dess ; of humility, charity and has given a lively description of forgiveness ; of resignation, his passion, exactly correspond
ing with the history contained kings, and Lord of lords.” His in the gospels ; and connects his kingdom is not of this world. intercession in heaven with his His laws are enforced by spiritusacrifice. He bare the sin of al and eternal sanctions. His many, and made intercession for people shall be willing in the day the transgressors.” David, speak- of his power. He is head over ing of him, saith, “ Thou art a all things to the church-able to priest forever. The Son of Man defend it from all its foes. Righcame to give his life a ransom teousness is the girdle of his for many. God sent his Son to loins, and faithfulness the girdle be a propitiation for the sin of of his reins. The spirit of wis. the world, and in him is recon- dom and understanding, counsel ciling the world to himself, not and might, knowledge and the imputing their trespasses.
fear of the Lord rested on him. Having offered one perfect sa. Defended by him, the gates of crifice, our high priest sat down hell have not prevailed against forever on the right hand of his church. He shall have doGod, where he maketh continual minion from sea to sea. In his intercession for us. All our ser days shall the righteous flourish, vices must be performed in the and the meek inherit the earth. name of the Mediator, that God He must reign until all things may be glorified. He is able to are put under him. Thus the save to the uttermost all that kingdom shall be the LORD's. come to God by him, seeing he Lastly, Authority is given him ever liveth to make intercession. to judge the world ; because he His resurrection proved him to is the Son of Man. For this be the Son of God with power. purpose he will descend from The decree was then pronoun- heaven, in like manner as he ced, “ This day have I begotten was seen to ascend, attended by thee. I have set my King upon hosts of angels. They shall my holy hill of Zion. I will gather all nations before him; give thee the heathen for thine and under his direction, sever inheritance, and the uttermost the wicked from among the just. parts of the earth for thy pos. Apostate spirits are reserved unsession." The dispensation of to the judgment of the great the Holy Ghost, after he ascend- day. At that day, impenitents ed, in the view of the astonished of mankind and infernals will disciples, assures us, that he is unite in confessing, “ Thou art exalted to be a Prince and a Sa. righteous, () Lord, because thou viour. Miraculous gifts were hast judged thus.” Holy angels doubtless continued in the church and glorified saints will then through the apostolic age, though unite in the acclamation-Now in all probability gradually with is come salvation and strength, drawn, after the martyrdom of and the kingdom of our God, Paul. Angels, authorities, and and the power of his Christ. powers above are made subject May all men know assuredly to our exalted Redeemer. He that God hath made the crucified " hath on his vesture and on his Jesus both Lord and Christ. He thigh this name written, King of shall be revealed from heaven Vol. I. No. 6.
in flaming fire, taking vengeance us appear to be an interesting on them that obey not the gos- one? Can our hearts be indifferpel. He shall come to be glori- ent to a character so exalted ? fied in his saints, and to be ad- Were Gabriel sent from the mired in all them that believe. presence of God upon an emWe persuade men by the mer. bassy to men, it would become cies of the Lord. We per them to treat him with great suade them also by the glory reverence.
What regard then is and the terrour of the judgment due to him who is so much highseat of Christ.
er than the angels, by whom the Then cometh the end, when worlds were made, and by whom he shall deliver up the kingdom all things consist; who, notwithto God, even the Father. For standing, tabernacled in flesh, when it is said, All things are
and gave himself a sacrifice to put under him, it is manifest expiate human guilt ? who for that he is excepted who did put the suffering of death hath all all things under him. For the power given him in heaven and suffering of death, we see Jesus earth? They will reverence my crowned with glory and bonour. Son, is the just expectation of Faithful to him who appointed
Him who sent him. him, God also will be faithful to Christianity was first confirmhis covenant with the Redeemer, ed by eye-witnesses and minisand build up his throne to all ters of the word, whose ministry generations. All that the Fath- was sanctioned by signs and er hath given me, shall come to wonders, divers miracles and me; and I will raise them up at gifts of the Holy Ghost. It the last day, and give to them hath been confirmed by its exeternal life.
tensive promulgation and con. “ And I beheld, and I heard tinuance, against every kind of the voice of many angels round opposition. In the hands of the about the throne, and the living weakest instruments, endowed creatures, and the elders : And with power from on high, its the number of them was ten light spread, like the orb of day, thousand times ten thousand, through the world. It hath coland thousands of thousands ; lected additional evidence from saying, with a loud voice, Wor- age to age, as appears from the thy is the Lamb that was slain history of the church and world. to receive power, and riches, and It is transmitted to us, that we wisdom, and strength, and hon- might believe, and, believing, our, and glory, and blessing. might have life through the ReAnd every creature which is in deemer. Does it consist with heaven, and on the earth, and any respect to the cause of virunder the earth, and such as are tue, that men are offended in in the sea, and all that are in him? Do its mysteries warrant them, heard I, saying, Blessing, the rejection of it? What shall and honour, and glory, and pow- we substitute in its room, if we er, be unto him who sitteth upon reject it? what rule of faith? the throne, and unto the Lamb, what guide in our duty to God forever and ever."
and man, or for the government Does not the question before of our appetites and passions ?
Those who are ready to make er faileth : It embraces the every objection to the gospel, household of faith with complawhich a vain imagination can cence: It does good to all as suggest, or readily listen to such there is opportunity.. Love your objections, should first answer enemies, bless them that curse the weighty arguments in de- you, do good to them that hate fence of it. Among these argu- you, and pray for them who dements that taken from its un- spite fully use you, and persecute questionable historical facts is en- you.
Let this mind be in you titled to first consideration. He which was in Christ Jesus. who should undertake to dispute the authenticity of these facts, would have a much harder task
For the Panoplist. than would be requisite to refute
THOUGHTS ON I PET. IV. 6. the superficial and unfounded cavils, which are reiterated in
For this cause was the gospel books on infidelity.
preached also to them that are Were the infidel to pronounce
dead, that they might be judged on the moral character and life according to men in the flesh, but of Jesus, he must either deny live according to God in the that there ever was such a per
spirit.” son; or that he taught the doc- If mankind are spiritually trine, and wrought the works, dead, in the sense in which some and exhibited the example ascri- represent them, why is the gosbed to him or he must say, that pel to be preached to them ? is a a deceiver might possess a char- question put, by way of objection acter which has no part dark- to the doctrine of human depravmight fill up life with doing good ity. The above passage, it is might live in heaven while on conceived, affords an earth-and, in attestation to the The reason there given is twotruth, lay down a life filled with fold. labour and sorrow.
The primary and more obvi, Just thoughts of Christ are in- ous reason is mentioned last, viz. timately connected with the love “that they might live according of God and our neighbour, mean- to God in the spirit," i. e. that ing by the term neighbour every by the sanctifying influence of its man to whom we can shew mer. holy doctrines, men might be cy, without respect of nation, pro- raised from a carnal, to a holy fession or character. Pretenders and spiritual life. to patriotism and philanthropy Another reason for preaching cast contempt on him who gave the gospel to sinners, here pointhimself a ransom for all-who ed out, is, “ that they might be proclaimed peace on earth and judged according to men in the good will to men, in connexion flesh.” To ascertain the aposwith glory to God on high. The tle's idea it will be necessary to imitation of his love, which ma- notice its connexion with the ny waters could not quench, nor foregoing verse, where he obthe floods drown, is the charac- serves, that those who remain teristic of his disciples. Charity disobedient to the truth, shall is the greatest of graces, and nev- be judged for their perverser
ness; and to prepare suitable principles of human justice. On evidence against them for this this construction it is difficult to trial, the gospel is to be preach- discover the contrast which the ed to them ; viz. “ that they apostle evidently intends to make might be judged according to between being judged according men in the flesh," i. e. that by to men in the flesh, and living ac. the medium of the gospel they cording to God in the spirit. might be convicted, and con- What contrast is there between demned upon the same publick men's being treated at the last evidence, on which criminals are day according to the principles convicted in human judicatories. observed in human judicatories, God could distribute exact jus- and their living according to God tice, by his perfect knowledge of in the spirit ? May they not be the heart; but it is highly im- treated in that way at last, whethportant that creatures should er they live according to God in have a clear view of the equity the spirit, or not? of his sentence; and in order 2. The flesh in scripture use to this, their guilt must be prov- generally signifies a principle or ed by such overt acts as are suf- state of moral depravity ; especficiently indicative of the temper ially when it stands in opposition of their hearts. Their rejection to the spirit, as it does here. of the gospel will afford this evi- But according to the foregoing dence. They will be “judged exposition, the flesh has no such according to men in the flesh," signification. or upon evidence of which crea 3. Is it reasonable to suppose tures can judge. “ They will the term, dead, here means dead have no cloak for their sin.” All in sin, when it is used in another will then be convinced, that," if sense, that is, literally, just before; any man love not the Lord Jesus -“ who is ready to judge the Christ, “ he justly deserves to be living, and the dead.” anatheina, Maranatha."
4. In the reasoning on the passage, it is implied, that they,
to whom the gospel is not preachRemarks on the foregoing Con ed, will not be convicted and construction.
demned upon publick evidence. It is not doubted, that the “ The gospel was preached to thoughts of the ingenious author them, that they might be judged of this exposition are, in them- according to men in the flesh ; selves, just and important. The that is, that by the medium of the doubts and inquiries here sug- gospel they might be convicted gested respect the performance and condemned upon the same merely as an exposition of the publick evidence, on which crimpassage under consideration. inals are convicted in human ju
1. The phrase, “ that they dicatories.” But will not men, might be judged according to destitute of gospel light, be conmen in the flesh," is supposed by victed and condemned upon like our correspondent to refer to the evidence? They will indeed be final judgment, or the distribu- judged by the law of nature. But tion of rewards and punishments the evidence, on which they will at the last day according to the be judged, will be as publick, as