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sake of ten righteous persons, would have tolerated the wickedness of Sodom, and saved the multitude of its guilty inhabitants, much more, for the sake of a believing partner, will he spare and protect an unbelieving husband and wife. Nay, so valuable and dear in God's sight is every believer, that the offspring of the Christian husband or wife, although the other parent be an infidel, is viewed as holy and privileged to approach near unto God. Jehovah will not overlook or neglect the humblest servant (Isa. xlii. 3), and rather than that the faith of one believing


other purpose. And the sanctity of purification, | thou shalt save thy wife.' And if God for the peculiar to persons, and which consists in a deliverance from every thing which God hates or disapproves; and an absolute conformity of all the powers of body and mind to the divine will and pleasure. It is in the sense of dedication that cities, lands, houses, and household utensils are said to be sanctified or holy, for they are not susceptible of any real holiness, nor did the appropriation of them exclusively to the service of God, effect any change whatever upon their internal structure. It is in the same sense, that the first-born in Israel at the time of the deliverance of that people out of Egyptian bon-parent should, with regard to a child, be barren dage, are said to be sanctified or holy (Exod. xiii. 2), for no real change was made upon their mind or feelings by their appropriation to God; and of course, the same is the case with the sanctity of the tribe of Levi in general, and that of the priests in particular. In fact, the sanctity of purification, or perfect and unspotted holiness, was never the property of any man, except the man Christ Jesus. All other men have hearts more or less deceitful and wicked, and if weighed in a just balance, must be found sadly wanting. Christ, however, knew no sin. He never did evil, nor was guile found in his mouth; for he was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners; and as he bore the griefs, and carried the sorrows of his people, he is able to present them without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish,' (Eph. v. 27). The sanctity of the beliering husband or wife,' partakes of the nature of both kinds of sanctification. It is the sanctity of dedication to God which every believer makes of himself, when he is united to Christ; and from Christ in justification, and through his Holy Spirit in sanctification, he receives perfect holiness or spiritual purification. The sanctity of the unbelieving husband or wife, however, is merely the holiness of dedication. The husband and wife are one in the eye of God, and because one of the parties is truly dedicated to the Lord, and truly made holy, the other is considered as federally holy, or holy by the bond and covenant of marriage. The unbelieving husband or wife, who is joined in marriage to a believing partner, is, on two accounts, nearer to God, and is more valuable in his sight than the husband or wife of an unbeliever. He or she is nearer to God, because one with a partner in close communion with God. And he or she is nearer to God, because more in the way of being converted to God. For what knowest thou, O wife,' saith the apostle, whether thou shalt save thy husband; or how knowest thou, O man, whether

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and unfruitful, the unbelief of the one party is swallowed up in the faith of the other, and the children of both considered to be holy. The holiness here ascribed to the child is obviously the holiness of dedication; for the infant could derive no personal or spiritual holiness from its parent; and this passage of consequence triumphantly demonstrates, that the infants of such as are members of the visible church have a right to be baptized. The apostle speaks as though the holiness of a child, born in such circumstances, was a thing well known, Else were your children unclean,' says he, but now are they holy. He does not lay it down as a doctrine, to be in future received in all like circumstances, that the child of parents, one of whom only was a believer, should be considered holy; but refers to it as a doctrine already established, and from which he draws the inference that the believing husband or wife ought not to forsake or depart from the unbelieving partner. It is therefore, most manifest, that as baptism is the gate of admission into the Christian church, or the only path by which, in dedication, we can approach unto God; and as the child of one believing parent was, by the apostles, judged to possess the holiness of dedication, the children of believers, generally, must have at that time been constantly presented to God at baptism, just as the children of believing Israelites were, under the preceding dispensation, dedicated or presented to God in circumcision.


'But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven,' Matt. xix. 14.

THE whole head' of humanity is sick, and the whole heart faint.' The disease of sin, whereby human nature is affected, is not a local malady,

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