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the bridegroom is with them. The Lord's absence and the stirrings of our corruptions sharpen aur appetite, and the Lord's visits and revivals of his work afford us infinite fulness and satisfaction. Thus by degrees does the Lord discover himself, and by now advances approach the hearts of the darlings of his soul, when he comes to caft out the strong. man armed, and to assume the throne of our affections. Hence it appears, also, that convictions by the law, and divine life by the Spirit, together with sore temptations, are sent to debase and humble us, to foften and meeken us, to mortify and empty us, that the kingdom of God may be much longed for, fought after, and sensibly needed ; for whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no. wise enter therein.”: . .':.
The kingdom of God stands in power, in rightepusness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. This power dethrones Satan, mars the reign of fin, and delivers us from the fear of death; righteousness justifies us from all fins, all things, and all charges; peace is the blessed effect of pardon, and a sure pledge of favour and friendship with God; joy springs from a sense of divine love and a hope of future glory: and it is under the influence of the Holy Spirit that these things are seen, known, felt, and enjoyed; and all these things bear an everlasting date. In the King of Zion the believer finds everlasting strength: Jesus
brought brought in for us everlasting righteousness, he bestows upon us everlasting peace, and promises that we shall return to Zion with everlasting joy, and that grace shall reign to everlasting life: and grace is nothing less than everlasting love.
The scorner's chair is the highest seat in Satan's kingdom; the Saviour's feet the highest seat in Christ's kingdom : the proudest professor is the greatest man in Satan's empire, and the most like his sovereign; and he that humbles himfelf like a little child, the same is greatest in the king. dom of God.
A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE
ORIGIN AND BASIS
Faith is a persuasion in the inind of the truth of God, whether it respects his word or works. “God shall persuade Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem.” It is a fruit of God's Spirit.
The faith of God's elect stands in the manifestations of God's holiness, truth, and justice, attended with divine light and the power of God's anger; such an one “ is convinced of all, he is judged of all: and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifeft; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a 'truth.” 1 Cor. xiv. 24. This is the man that God debases and humbles, who is wounded, made fore, and inwardly smarts for fin, and who trembles at God's word; to such God looks, and with such will he dwell.
2. Such a soul knows and feels himself in the hand of God, and that he is at God's disposal, and at the disposal of no other; 'and what God intends to do with him, whether to save him or destroy him, whether to make a public example of him or Thew mercy on him, he knows not; but, as there is a powerful and perpetual cry in his heart for mercy, and now and then a word of encouragement applied to hiin, there is a peradventure and some expectation; and the finner is as sensible of the power that holds him, and that bears him up, as he is of the terrible majesty that makes him tremble. His faith, from first to last, “ stands not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." 1. Cor. ij. 5.:.. | 3. When the Spirit of God produces 'hope; and energy in prayer increases, and many scriptures descriptive of our case are presented to view, and some short intervals of godly sorrow are felt, the darts of Satan lose their force, and the reflections of divine anger often subside, till future deliverance through Christ appears no less at times than certain.. “ Fear not,” says God, “ I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” On this powerful arm faith rests.“ Who hath believed our report; and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ?" God's arm and faith in the report go together. .'
4. When pardon takes place faith receives the atonement of Christ and stands in it. " By the