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[You see the chearful light that dows in upon us thro those windows, and renders the glass as bright as this spring day. You know, that this brightness in the glass is not from the glass, which was totally dark some hours ago ; a fit emblem Then of the works af darkness, the works of unbelief, such works being as much devoid of rewardableness, as those panes were of light at midnight. Let us not forget thco, that if our works are graciously rewarded, it is only when they are the works of faith, whole peculiar property it is freely to admit the merits of Christ, and the beams of the fun of rightecusness; just as it is the property of the transparent matter, which composes these windows, necesarily to admit the genial warmth and chearful rays of the natural sun.]

[If I admire a poor widow, gladly casting her last mite into the treasury; or a martyr, generously giving his body to blood-thirsty executioners ; it is only because their lively faith receives, and their pure charity reflects the light of him, who, for our fake, became poor; and for our sake joyfully surrendered to his bloody murderers. But altho' thisyimage of our Lord's meritorious holiness and sufferings, does great honour to the saints who reflect it; yet, the praile of it originally and properly belongs to him alone.]

[An illustration will make you sensible of it. You have seen a glass perfe&tly reflecting the beauty of a person placed over againit it, you have admired the elegant proportion of features, which composed her beauty : but did you ever see any man so void of good sense, as to suppose, that the beauty was originally in the glass which reflected it; or that the lovely appearance exilled without depending on its original; or that it robbed the living beauty of her peculiar glory? And shall any, on the one hand, be so full of voluntary humility, as to maintain, that Christ is dishonoured by the derived worthiness of the works of faith, whose office it is to receive, embrace, and trost in the Redeemer's original and proper merit? Shall any, on the other hand, be so full of pharisaic pride as to fancy, that the distinguishing excellence of our good works, if we have any, springs from, or terminates in ourselves ? No, my brethren : As rivers flow back to the sea, and lose themselves in that immense reservoir of waters, whence they had their ori. gin ; so let all the “ rewardable condecency" t of our evangelical obedience flow back to, and lose itself in the boundless, and bottomless ocean of our Lord's original and proper merits. ]

(He, He alone is worthy-properly worthy! Worthy,

- supremely worthy is the Lamb that was sain! Let us then always say, with the humble men of old, Our goods are nothing unto thee, our good works cannot posa fibly benefit thee. What have we, great God, that we have not received from thy gracious hand ? And shall we keep back part of thy incontestable property, and impiously wear thy robes of praise ! Far be the fpiritual sacriledge from every pious breast! As thine is all the kingdon and power; so thine be all the glory for ever and ever ! ]

[If therefore, my brethren, we have the honour of filling up that which is behind of the afliations of Chrift in our flesh, for his body's fake, which is the Church ; If we are even offered upon the facrifice of each other's faith ; let us dread as blasphemy the wild thought of completing, and perfecting our Lord's infinitely complete, and perfect atonement. As God, who is infi. nite in himself, was not made greater by the immense bulk of created worlds ; nor brighter by the shining perfections of countless myriads of angels aod suns : So the infinice value of that one offering, by which Chris has for ever perfected in atoning merits them that are jančtified, is not augmented by the works of all the saints, and the blood of all the martyrs.

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(19) + I need not inform my judicious readers, that I use the un. couth, barbarian expression of Dr. Owen, “ rewardable condecency," to convey the meaning of our Lord, when he graciously speaks of our meriting or being worthy. If fick persons will not take a draught but out of a certain cup, made in the height of a queer fashion, we must please them for their good,

And as the heat of the fire adds nothing to the nature of the fire, or the beams of the sun to the fun : so the righteousness of the saints does not encrease that of Chrift, nor adds their holiness any thing to his perfonal excellence. ]

[Keep we then at an awful dikance from the gulph, which self-righteous Pharisees set between themselves, and the justifier of those, who, like the contrite publican, are sensible of their ungodliness. With indignation rise we against the delusion of the Romanists, who countenance the absurd and impious doctrine of indulgenees, by the worse than pharifaic doctrine of their works of supererogation. Let us not only receive, and defend in a scriptural manner, the important articles of our Church, which I have already mentioned ; but with undaunted courage before men, and with penitential contrition before God, let us stand to our xivth article, which teaches us, after our Lord, to say before the throne of inflexible justice, refulgent holiness, and dazzling glory, We are unprofitable fervants, even when we have done all that is commanded

In point of striet equivalence our best works of faith, our holiest duties, cannot properly merit the least heavenly reward. But, O! may the humbling truth keep us for ever in the dust! in point of Ariet juftice our every bad work properly deserves infernal torments. ]

(Therefore, while we earnestly contend for practical, pure, undefiled religion, take we the greatelt care, not to obscure the genuine doctrines of grace. With meekness let us maintain unto blood, the honour of our Saviour's merits, against the hypocritical fons of virtuous pride, who cait the destructive veil of unbelief over the invaluable sacrifice of his body. And in our little sphere, let every one of us testify with the beloved disciple, God so loved the world, that he gave

his only begotten Son, in whom he is well pleased with us ; and for wlose fake he works in us to repent, believe, and obey ; when we yield to the drawings of his grace, and concur with his fpirit in the work of our Talvation.]

[Thro' [Thro' that dear Redeemer then, we receive all the favours, which the Father of mercies bestows upon us. Are our hearts softened! It is thro' the influence of his preventing grace. Are our fins blotted out ? It is through the sprinkling of his atoning blood. Are our souls renewed ? It is by the communication of his powerful righteousness. Are we numbered among God's adopted children, and made partakers of his loving spirit? It is thro' a faith that receives him as the light of the world, and the life of men.

[ The very graces, which the Spirit works in us; and the fruits of holiness, which thofe graces produce in our hearts and lives ; are accepted only for Christ's fake. It is he, who presents them to God, sprinkled with his precious blood, and perfumed with his meritorious interceffion. Nor are the defects of our holiest things, any other way atoned for, than by the full perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, which he made upon the cross for the fins of the whole world. ]

[for Christ's fake God has annexed certain rewards of grace and glory, to the works of faith which Christ's spirit excites us to; and, I repeat it, for the sake of Christ only, we receive the rewards promised to humble, evangelical, sprinkled obedience. All christian believers say, Not we, but the grace of God in Chrift: So far as their tempers and actions have been good, they cry out, Tbou haft wrought all our works in us. They all shout, Christ For us, and Christ in us, the hope of glory. They all ascribe salvation to the Lamb; and while they caft their crowns of righteousness and glory at his feet, they join in the grand chorus of the Church : To him that loved us, and washed us from our fins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, 10 him be glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Thus all is Christ; nothing without, nothing besides him. In a word, he is to believers, as the Apostle juftly calls him, ALL IN ALL. ]

[Indeed in maintaining the doctrine of free grace, I cannot but go even farther than our mistaken bre

thren, thren, who suppose themselves the only advocates for it. They must forgive me, if I cannot be of their sens timent, when they infinuate, that they shall absoluiely and necessarily be saved. For as reason dictates, that absolute necessity vanishes before free grace ; fo Chrift charges his dearest elect to fear God as a righteons judge, who can cast body and soul into hell; yea, who can do it juftly. No gracious promise therefore is made them, whose fulfilment, in heaven as well as upon earth, is not all of grace as well as of truth, and all thro' the merits of Christ.]

(O ye precious merits of my Saviour, and thou free grace

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God! I, for one, shall want you, as long as the sun or moon endureth, Nay, when those luminaries shall cease to fine, I shall wrap myself in you ; my transported soul shall grasp you ; my insatiate spirit shall plunge into your unfathomable depths; ind while I shall run the never-ending circle of my blessed existence, my overflowing bliss Thall spring from you ; my grateful heart fall leap thro' your impulse, my exulting tongue shall shout your praise, and i Mall strike my golden harp to your eternal honour.]

(Nay, this very day, I publicly set my seal again to the important truths contained in the following fcrip. tures :) There is no other name ( no other deserving pera ton) under heaven, given to men whereby we may PROPERLY] be saved in whole or in part, but only the name (or person) of Jesus CHRIST. He trod the winepress of God's wrath alone, and of the people there was none with him He alone is a Saviour, and there is none besides him. [If he that converts a linner, is said to SAVE a foul from death, it is because he has the honor of being the Saviour's agent, and not because he is ORIGINAL CAUSE" of

any

man's falvation.] Wo then to those, who teach finners the double way, the pharifaic way, the † (self-righteous] way of

salvation, (20) † Eleven years ago I said the popish way: I drop the expreffon now as favouring of protestant-bigotry. Tho' the papists lean in general to that extreme, yet many of them have known and taught the way of salvation by a faith that interests us in the Redeemer's

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