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remitted, through him, their guilt being taken away by him. • Therefore, being justified by faith, they have peace with God, through the Lord Jesus. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.'

Fourthly, Jesus delivers his people from all sin, makes them holy, and brings them to Heaven. The work of Jesus is not done imperfectly, or left incomplete. He finished the work the Father gave him to do. He destroys the works of the Devil in his people's hearts, destroys all sin, and makes them holy. • They are therefore enabled to perfect holiness, in the fear of the Lord. When they are conformed in all things to God, they are brought to his heavenly kingdom, and enter the upper sanc tuary to serve him, without offending him, for ever. There is neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away. The saints are shewn to be in the way to Heaven, by becoming, through the faith of Jesus, more and more heavenly. Thus Jesus saves his people from their sins.

We may - now. be convinced how inexcuseable and criminal unbelief is. Jesus saves from sin ; - he hath saved multitudes, and is still preached to us as a Saviour; but, if we will not believe, we are highly criminal; we are utterly without excuse, and shall assuredly perish. Come then to Jesus! He saves from sin, and delivers from the wrath to come! Believe in him, and live! How safe is the state of such as trust in him! They shall not perish! Their enemies shall not prevail against them, por lead them astray! They shall not come short, but shall all enter Heayen

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THOUGHTS ON GOOD WORKS.

True religion of Jesus Christ is not a system of speculative opinions, calculated merely to awaken inquiry, and supply materials of sanctimonious dispute :-it contains a series of facts, doctrines, and promises, which are eminently fitted to purify the heart of man, and to ennoble his character. The whole plan of redemption is evidently designed to restore our nature to its primitive dignity and beauty, If we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, we were chosen that we should be holy, and without blame. If we are delivered, by Jesus Christ, out of the hands of our enemies, we are delivere l that we may serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness before þim, all the days of our life. We are justified by faith; but the faith which justifies before God, is a divine and living prin. ciple, which purifies the heart, overcomes the world, and works þy love. The hope of Heaven, which supports under the ills of

this wintery life, and sooths the sorrowful bosom, purifies the heart which it warms, as the object of that hope is pure. God worketb in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. En. couraged by the belief of this, leaning on God, and becoming strong in proportion to our confidence in bim, we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. In one word, the grand object of the substitution and death of the Son of God, in subserviency to the divine glory, is, by an authority which cannot err, stated to be, . To redeem us from all iniquity, and purify us unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.'

Good works are the works of a justified man. "The Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering. By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice Than Cain; by which, he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts."

Christ, of God, is made unto us righteousness and sanctification.' We, being dead in our sins, hath God quickened together with Christ, having forgiven us all trespasses.' Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.' These passages of Scripture evidently support the sentiment, That the acceptance of our persons in the Beloved, precedes the acceptance of our works. Besides, the belief of our being in a state of favour with God, through Jesus Christ, seems necessary, in order to remove the discouraging, the overwhelming fears which must ever invade the mind, conscious of guilt, in her approaches to God. While I contemplate him as an Almighty Enemy, how can I draw near to him as mine exceeding joy? How can I Jove him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, , and with all my mind? How can I cherish that sacred pleasure in obeying his law, which St. Paul felt when he said, I delight in the law of God after the inward man?' The gift of the Spirit, who dwells in believers, and who, by means of the word of God, enlightens, cleanses, and comforts their hearts, is the primary evidence of their acceptance in Christ. They have the witness in themselves that their persons are accepted, -that there is no condemnation to them while they walk not after the Besh, but after the Spirit. :

Good works proceed from a renovated heart. "Works done before the grace of Christ,' affirms the National Church very justly, in her 13th Article: 'And the inspiration of this Spirit are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.'

This grace of Christ, or renewing of the Holy Ghost, consists of those new views, new principles of action, new desires, which he, by means of the word of Christ dwelling in us, creates, strengthens, and sustains. It is denominated, Effectual Calling and Regeneration. It is the circumcision of the heart, the

Besta, but works proceechrist," afirme inspiration

quickening of the dead, - the law of the mind, the new man, - the formation of Christ in the soul This change of mind is needful, in order that our works may be acceptable; for, in truth, when we judge of the morality of actions, we invariably enquire into and weigh the principles in the heart, from which they take their origin. The good tree produces good fruit; and the corrupi tree corrupt fruit. Of thorns nien do not expect to gather fiys; nor grapes of a bramble bush. The Creator impressed on the mind of our great Progenitor the image of his own sanctity, to qualify him for a life of perfect piety and goodness; and imparted to Jesus of Nazareth, holy, harmless, and separate from sin as was his human nature, large measures of the Holy Ghost, as the Spirit of wisdom and uuderstanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, to qualify him, by a life of matchless moral worth, to magnify the divine law, and make it honourable. The depraved state of the human heart renders this change indispensably necessary. The carnal mind is enmity against God. How then shall a man, actuated by this enmity, love God with all his heart, and supremely study in all things to please him? Holy men, accordingly, implore of God to create in them a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within them, - to incline their heart unto God's testimonies, and to fulfil his gracious promise of giving them a heart of flesh.

Good works are works required and regulated by the law of God. This law, originally incorporated with the mental fraine of man in paradise, was afterwards published from Sinai to the church of God. Its holy precepts, in succeeding ages, were explained and applied by the prophets; and, in the fulness of time, by. Jesus Christ and his apostles. This law is the standard of morals to human kind. Conformity to it makes the perfection of character. As the rule of conduct, its obligation is indis. soluble. “Till Heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall in anywise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.' "To this law, and to this testimony ;' if men speak not and act noi according to this rule, it is because there is no light, no life in them. This law our divine Redermer expounded to the Jewish people in his sermors and parables; and, when he left our world, he directed the apostles to teaco the disciples to observe all things whaiso. ever he had commanded them. This observance of his commandments he uniformly urged by arguments from the perfection of his divine nature, -- from his own authority over them, -from his loye to their souls, and from their own happiness. Be perfect,' said he, as your Father, which is in Heaven, is perfect. Ye call me Master and Lord ; and ye say well, tor so I am, If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought 10 wash one goiher's feet. If ye love nie, kiep my com mandments. If ye keep my commandments, ye strall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.' This law the holy apostles explained in heir

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this wintery life, and sooths the sorrowful boson, purifies the heart which it warms, as the object of that hope is pure. God worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. En. couragod by the belief of this, leaning on God, and becoming strong in proportion to our confidence in bim, we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. In one word, the grand object of the substitution and death of the Son of God, in subserviency to the divine glory, is, by an authority which cannot err, stated to be, . To redeem us from all iniquity, and purify us unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." · Good works are the works of a justified man. The Lord had respect unto Abel, and to his offering.' By faith, Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice ihan Cain; by which, he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts.' • Christ, of God, is made unto us righteousness and sanctification."

We, being dead in our sins, hath God quickened together with Christ, having forgiven us all trespasses.' Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. These passages of Scripture evidently support the sentiment, That the acceptance of our persons in the Beloved, precedes the aeceptance of our works. Besides, the belief of our being in a state of favour with God, through Jesus Christ, seems necessary, in order to remove the discouraging, the overwhelming fears which must ever invade the mind, conscious of guilt, in her approaches to God. While I contemplate him as an Almighty Enemy, how can I draw near to him as mine exceeding joy? How can I love him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, , and with all my mind? How can I cherish that sacred pleasure in obeying his law, which St. Paul felt when he said, I delight in the law of God after the inward man?' The gift of the Spirit, who dwells in believers, and who, by means of the word of God, enlightens, cleanses, and comforts their hearts, is the primary evidence of their acceptance in Christ. They have the witness in themselves that their persons are accepted, that there is no condemnation to them while they walk not after the fesh, but after the Spirit. :

Good works proceed from a renovated heart. "Works done before the grace of Christ,' affirms the National Church very justly, in her 13th Article: 'And the inspiration of this Spirit are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; yea, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.'

This grace of Christ, or renewing of the Holy Ghost, consists of those new views, new principles of action, new desires, which he, by means of the word of Christ dwelling in us, creates, strengthens, and sustains, It is denominated, Effectual Calling and Regeneration. It is the circumcision of the heart, - the

quickening of the dead, - the law of the mind, - the new man,

the formation of Christ in the soul. This change of mind is needful, in order that our works may be acceptable; for, in truth, when we judge of the morality of actions, we invariably enquire into and weigh the principles in the heart, from which they take their origin. The good tree produces good fruit; and the corrupt tree corrupt fruit. Of thorns nien do not expect to gather fiys; nor grapes of a bramble bush. The Creator impressed on the mind of our great Progenitor the image of his owa

and imparted to Jesus of Nazareth, holy, harmless, and cparate from sin as was his human nature, large measures of the Holy Ghost, as the Spirit of wisdom and uuderstanding, of counsel and might, of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, to qualify him, by a life of matchless moral worth, to magnify the divine law, and make it honourable. The depraved state of the human heart renders This change indispensably necessary. The carnal mind is enmity against God. How then shall a man, actuated by this enmity, love God with all his heart, and supremely study in all things to please him? Holy men, accordingly, implore of

within them, - to incline their heart unto God's testimonies, and to fulfil his gracious promise of giving them a heart of flesh.

Good works are works required and regulated by the law of God. This law, originally incorporated with the mental frame of man in paradise, was afterwards published from Sinai to the church of God. Its holy, precepts, in succeeding ages, were explained and applied by the prophets; and, in the fulness of time, by. Jesus Christ and his apostles. This law is the standard of morals to human kind. Conformity to it makes the perfection of character. As the rule of conduct, its obligation is indis. soluble. Till Heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall in anywise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.' "To this law, and to this testimony ;' if men speak not and act not according to this rule, it is because there is no light, no life in them. This law our divine Redler mer expounded to the Jewish people in his sermons and parables ; and, when he left our world, he directed the apostles to teaco the disciples to observe all things whatso. ever he had commanded them. This observance of his cornmandments he uniformly urged by arguments from the perfection of his divine nature, from his own authority over them, -from his loye to their souls, and from their own happiness. Be perfect,' said he, as your Father, which is in Ilcaven, is perfect. Ye call me Master and Lord ; and ye say well, tor so I am, If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed jour feet, ye also ought 1o wash one suoiher's feet. If ye love me, kiep my com mandments. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love ; even as I have kept my Father's conimandments, and abide in his loye.' This law the holy a postles explained in heir

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