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house ;" and that very night in which the Christian in his warfare is ever
he had drawn his sword to commit falling into the same error, looking
self-murder, he rejoiced, believing to something in himself, instead of
in God with all his house. (Acts xvi. looking simply to Christ for con-
34.). The Ethiopian Eunuch heard solation.
the Gospel, and went on his way The language of the Apostles, so
rejoicing (Acts viji. 29.) Nor were far from guarding us against apply-
these peculiar cases ; the Thessalo- ing the promises personally to our-
nians received the word with joy selves, most plainly inculcates such
of the Holy Ghost. (1 Thess. i. 6.) an application. “ The life which I live
Certainly the faith which produced in the flesh, is by faith in the Son
this joy consisted in applying the of God, who loved me, and gave him-
promises of the Gospel ; and in none self for me.” (Gal. ii. 20.) “ This is
of the cases recorded in Scripture a faithful saying, and worthy of all
do we find a process similar to that acceptation, that Christ Jesus came
by which your correspondent arrives into the world to save sinners, of
at the assurance that he is interested whom I am chief. Howbeit, for this
in the promise.

cause I obtained mercy, that in me
Would B. W. object to a sinner first,” &c. (I Tim. i. 15, 16.) “I de-
being exhorted to trust in Christ for livered to you first of all, that which
salvation ? I presume not; for this I also received, that Christ died for
is the uniform language of Scripture. our sins, according to the Scrip-
And what is trusting in Christ for tures.” (1 Cor. xv. 3.)“ Whose house
salvation but an application of the are we, if we hold fast the confidence
promises of the Gospel, absolutely, and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto
personally, and individually to our the end." (Heb. iii. 6.) “ We are
selves, by confiding in Christ for made partakers of Christ, if we hold
eternal life and every other bless- fast the beginning of our confidence
ing which accompanies salvation ? stedfast unto the end." (Heb iii. 14.)
“ Thou wilt keep him in perfect “ We have known and believed the
peace whose mind is staid on thee, love that God had to us.” (1 John
because he trusteth in thee,” is iv. 16.) “ This is the promise that
the language of the prophet. (Isa. he hath promised us, even eternal
xxvi. 3.) And in exact correspon- life.” (1 John ii. 25.) In short, whe-
dence with this, the Apostle charac. ther we look to the language of the
terizes believers as those - “ who by saints in the New or the Old Testa-
him (Christ) do believe in God who ment, we shall find the whole of the
raised bim from the dead and gave life and power of religion, consist-
him glory, that your faith and hope ing in personal application of the
may be in God.” (1 Pet. i. 21.) promises, which are all yea and
When Israel is exhorted to return amen in Christ (2 Cor. i. 20); and
to the Lord their God, and to say, which all who hear the Gospel are
“ Take away all iniquity, and receive encouraged to appropriate by faith
us graciously,” they are taught to in his name. Luther observes, that
add, “ Ashur shall not save us; we the marrow of the Gospel is in
will not ride on horses; neither will we these pronouns, meum, nostrum, my,
say to the works of our hands, Ye are and our. He tells us to read them
our Gods ; for in thee the fatherless with great emphasis.
findeth mercy.” (Hos. xiv. 3.) It was The account of the manner in
one great source of controversy be- which saving faith is produced in
tween God and his ancient people the heart, leads to the same con-
that they were prone to trust in clusion. “Our Gospel came not
the neighbouring nations and in to you in word only, but in power,
their own sword, instead of confid- and in the Holy Ghost, and in
ing in God alone (Isa. xxxi. 1), and much assurance. (1 Thess. i. 5)

The Apostle ascribes his faith to tinguishing love of God, who had God revealing his Son in him. (Gal. adopted them into his family. “Bei. 16.) “We have received not the loved, now are we the sons of God” spirit of the world, but the spirit (1 John iii. 2)—“Ye are all the chilthat is of God, that we might know dren of God, by faith in Christ the things that are freely given to Jesus." (Gal iïi. 26.) They are beus of God.” (1 Cor. ii. 12.)— On the sought by the mercies of God to whole, it appears from these and present their bodies a living sacrimany other passages of Scripture, fice (Rom xiii.); to cast off the works that it is most safe and necessary of darkness, because the night is far to assert, that “faith consists in spent, the day is at hand, and their believing, and applying to ourselves, salvation (their full enjoyment of the the promises of the Gospel.” blessings of salvation) nearer than

Next, B. W. observes, “it is when they believed. (Rom. xiii. 11.) unscriptural and dangerous to speak B. W. adds, that redemption is of salvation, as already granted and finished, but salvation will not be obtained. The sacred Scriptures,” finished till God has accomplished he

says, never speak of salvation the number of the “elect,” and the as already obtained, but simply as church triumphant in one grand an object of hope and future ex- chorus shall exclaim, “ Thanks be pectation." I have already quoted to God who hath given us the two passages (Eph. ii. 8; Titus victory through our Lord Jesus iii. 5), in which we are expressly Christ.” I have repeatedly stated, told that believers are saved. To that the salvation of no individual these many others might be added, will be completed till that day, alI shall only mention one : “ Who though believers are represented hath saved us, and called us with in Scripture as already saved. But a holy calling ; not according to our this is equally true of redemption. works, but according to his own “ Waiting,” says the Apostle, “ for purpose and grace, which was given the adoption, to wit, the redemption us in Christ Jesus, before the world of the body.” (Rom. viii. 23.) Bebegan.” (2 Tim. i. 9.)

lievers are saved, adopted, and reÎn one sense, as has been already deemed; but the manifestation of observed, the believer is not saved the extent of these privileges will till his conformity to Christ is com- not take place till the resurrection plete (1 Cor. xv. 49; 1 John iii. 2; (Rom. viii. 19.) Believers have alPhil. iii. 21), when death shall be ready received the first fruits- the swallowed up in victory. M. Malan earnest. (2 Cor. i. 22; v. 5 ; Eph. i. no where asserts, that in this sense 13, 14.) Their inheritance is secure; any believer is saved while he re- it is reserved for them in heaven; mains in this world. But the pas- and “ they are kept by the power sages which have been quoted of God through faith unto salvation, prove, that in speaking of believers ready to be revealed in the last as already saved, he speaks as the time ;” and in this they greatly oracles of God. The salvation of rejoice. (1 Peter i, 3–6.) Noah (2 Peter iii. 20) was not ac- B. W. says, that in the Gospel, complished till he came out of the redemption is offered to the whole ark; but he was safe the moment world, on the terms of repentance he entered it, and the Lord had and faith.” He complains, in another “shut him in,” having promised to part of his paper, that M. Malan keep him alive. In like manner, says scarcely a syllable respectthe Apostles uniformly speak of ing the nature and duty of repenbelievers as saved; and they enforce tance." Whoever reads. “ the Contheir exhortation to love and good venticle of Rolle" will find that works, from the consideration of be- the author insists on the necessity, lievers being the objects of the dis- of repentance; but certainly he does

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not represent it as a term of re- he is on the way to heaven...he must

demption. He abides by the ac. be found in the path of sanctification. · count which God gives of the new. This is the track," "&c. M. Malan

covenant, “ I will put my laws into never denies the evidence of justitheir mind, and write them in their fication which your correspondent hearts,” &c. (Heb. viii

. 10--12. He says is all he contends for. But takes the Prophet's account of M. Malan does most expressly deny repentance: “I will pour on the that the Gospel is not intended and house of David and the inhabitants calculated to give joy and peace the of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace moment it is believed. How can it and supplications; and they shall be otherwise ? An almighty Saviour, look upon him whom they have a full atonement, a perfect rightpierced, and mourn for him as one eousness is revealed in the Gospel, mourneth for bis only son, and and every individual who bears it is shall be in bitterness as one is in commanded to receive Christ as his bitterness for his first-born.” (Zech. God and Saviour, assured that his xji. 10; Jer. xxxi. 18, 19; Ezek. sinfulness and guilt form no bar xvi. 62, 63.) M. Malan preaches to his acceptance, and that eternal Christ, as the fountain of every life is the gift of God, to all who spiritual blessing, and directs the will receive it through Christ. Can sinner to look to him, who is exalted any one believe this without joy ? a Prince and a Saviour, to give re- Must not every one who, by the pentance and remission of sins. teaching of the Holy Spirit, is made The “ terms." of the everlasting to know the things which are freely covenant were fulfilled by Christ, given to us of God, rejoice in Christ the Head and Surety of his people; Jesus ? (Phil. iii. 3.) And is not this and having fulfilled the conditions, joy as genuine, as if he had conhe has received all the blessings of tinued for years in the path of holithe covenant (Psalm lxviii. 18), and ness and purity? It is the hope out of his fulness all his people re-inspired by the Gospel, which proceive grace for grace. Let us never duces purity (1 John iïi. 3), and, forget that faith in Christ is the consequently, the measure of our spring of every good work : “with- purity will keep pace with our hope. out me ye can do nothing ;” and The great fault which runs through if we have lost our comfort, let us your correspondent's paper, as I not dream of recovering it by re- conceive, is, that he reverses the flecting on any thing in ourselves, order of Scripture, and makes our but let us come immediately to sanctification the foundation of our Christ for pardon, for the renewing hope. and healing influences of his Spirit; Still sanctification is the evidence and, amidst all our vileness, let us of our union with Christ. Believers come in the full assurance of faith, are created in him unto good works, in the promise of God confirmed by and therefore we are commanded to his oath. (Heb. vi. 17, 18.)

examine ourselves, to prove our The stronger our confidence, the owņselves. Thus we are guarded more simple our dependence on against the deceitfulness of our own Christ, the greater will be our dili- hearts. Men may not only say but gence in the discharge of Christian believe they have faith. The salvaduty, and the more shall we abound. tion of Christ is a deliverance from in those fruits of righteousness, sin : he undertakes to subdue our which are through Jesus Christ, to iniquities, and has declared that the glory and praise of God.

sin shall not have dominion over B. W. affirms that M. Malan's his people. If then sin retains its book “ contains contradictory posi- reigning power in my heart while I tions : for example (p. 69), In profess faith in him, what I believe order to a person's being assured that must be another Gospel. On the

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other hand, if I find that, amidst much created anew in bim. An Israel. imperfection, he is graciously ena- ite, wounded in the wilderness by bling me to experience, and to ma- the fiery flying serpents, believed nifest the fruits of the Spirit, love, that by looking to the brazen serjoy, peace, meekness, patience, &c.; pent he should be healed. He is. that he is teaching me to abhor carried to the door of his tent: he that which is evil, and to cleave to raises his languid eyes, and the that which is good; it is an evidence vigour diffused through his sinking that it is the true grace of God in frame assures his heart that this is which I stand. (1 Pet. v. 12.) “My the finger of God, although he had little children," says the Apostle, previously been persuaded that this « let us not love in word, neither in effect would follow. tongue, but in deed and in truth; With respect to the expression and hereby we know that we are of applied to the Spirit, “ an irresistible the truth, and shall assure our hearts power,” perhaps it is objectionable, before him.” (1 John iii. 19.) And as it may suggest the idea of the another Apostle, having spoken of Spirit's influencing us in spite of ourvarious Christian graces, says, " he selves, while in reality he “makes that lacketh these things is blind, us willing in the day of his power.' and cannot see afar off, and has Our subjection to satan while he forgotten that he was purged from leads us captive at his will, and our his old sins.” (2 Pet. i. 9.) Yet the being drawn to Christ by the Father, latter Apostle describes believers as are both in perfect accordance with begotten of him unto a lively hope, our rational and accountable nature. by the resurrection of Christ from In neither are we led against our the dead, and rejoicing in their un- will; and in like manner all the seen Saviour with joy unspeakable, exhortations addressed to believers, and full of glory. (1 Pet. i. 3, 8.) And the cautions and warnings are all the Apostle John, throughout the necessary so far, from being inconwhole epistle in which he speaks sistent with the apostolic declaration of believers assuring their hearts, that it is God who worketh in us dwells on the confidence which they to will and to do of his good pleahave in God, and their faith in the sure: itis this alone which gives them record, that God hath given them efficacy, rendering them effectual for eternal life in his Son. (1 John v. 11.) the accomplishment of the Divine But the faith of believers is not purpose, to bring his people to glory. perfect, and therefore is capable of The Apostle speaks of the truth increase, so long as they are in the working effectually in those who world; and the more faithful they believe ; and this is what M. Malan are in good works, the more they meant by the term “irresistible.” will enjoy of assurance, provided “I will say, it is my people : they they are simply trusting in Christ, shall say, The Lord is my God. and not partly resting on their good (Zech. xiii

. 9.) As to the Jews resistworks, as the ground of their hope. ing the Holy Ghost (Acts vii. 51), Good works tend to increase the the martyr is not speaking of the Christian's joy in two ways: Ist. internal operation of the Spirit, but They promote his communion with of their continual opposition to God God (1 John i. 7; John xiv. 23). who “ testified against them by The fear of the Lord and the combis Spirit in the Prophets.” (Neh. fort of the Holy Ghost are insepa- ix. 30.) rably connected (Acts ix. 31). “ The These remarks have extended secret of the Lord is with them that farther than I intended, but I trust fear him, and he will shew them his the importance of the subject will covenant” (Ps. xxv. 14).-2d. They plead my excuse.

I. A. H. are the genuine effect of faith in Christ, and prove that we are really CHRIST, OBSERV. No. 306.

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FAMILY SERMONS.

-No.CCXXII.* Those times liave long since passed 1 Kings xviii. 21. — And Elijah away; and to some persons it

came unto all the people, and may appear that, in this age of the said, How long hali ye between world, and under the circumstances two opinions? If the Lord be God, in which we are placed, it can anfollow Him: but if Baal, then swer little purpose to recur to them. - follow him.

We are not planted in the midst of

heathen nations, that we should be A more striking appeal is scarcely tempted to follow their example of to be found in the whole volume of idolatry: the danger is not now lest inspiration. It was delivered under we bow the knee to Baal : yet the circumstances peculiarly impres. principle itself may be very powersive, and by one of the most emi- ful in its influence, and very fatal nent and most honoured among the in its effects, even in the heart of a prophets. According to the history Christian country, and the bosom of the transaction, we are to inagine of a Christian church. Wherever a vast concourse of people assem- we look, we cannot but discover a bled by the command of Ahab, at great want of that sincere, and Mount Carmel : the prophets of pure, and undivided spirit of reliBaal, and the prophets of the gion, which is essential to the faithgroves, and the multitudes of Israel. ful worshipper. How many things In the presence of this assembly do we perceive continuaily joined came forth the prophet Elijah: he with religion, the tendency of which stood, as he believed, single and is to debase its character and to unsupported, amidst the thousands lower its excellency! As if the of his countrymen : but it was in service which God requires were the name of Jehovah that he ap- not the service of the heart ; as if peared, and he addressed them with it were sufficient to render to Him all the energy of a messenger of occasional bomage, or the worship God. The sin which he reprehends, of the lips, while the general feel. is that strange indecision of mind ings of the mind are at variance which led them to unite the objects with our professions ! of heathen adoration with the eter- If the prophet, who addressed in nal Jehovah ; mixing, with the wor- these striking words the Israelites at ship of Him who created the heavens Mount Carmel, were permitted to and the earth, an idolatrous regard stand up in a Christian congregato the work of their own hands. tion, to how many among ourselves

might he direct the same awful We have much pleasure in giving to appeal, “How long halt

ye between our readers entire the following dis- two opinions? " " What can be the course, from a volume just published, entitled “ Sermons, chiefly practical, preach.

reason of this conduct ? And what ed in the Parish Church, of Clapham

will be its end? “If the Lord be Surrey; by the Rev. W. Dealtry, B. D., God, follow Him: but if Baal, then F. R. s., Rector of Clapham, and of follow him : ” make your election ; Wotten, Herts.” These sermons justly described as “practical ;” and their

and remember that you must abide simplicity, piety, and truly scriptural tone

by the consequences.' of doctrine, as well as the powerful,

The subject on which I am to though unobtrusive, talent which runs address you is indecision in relithroughout them, entitle them to a high

gion; and it is my intention to place in the public estimation. We at once shew our own high sense of their consider the nature, the grounds, merits, and best enable our readers to and the unreasonableness of it. Let judge of them also, by embodying one of us endeavour to bring home the them in our pages as a Family Sermon. subject personally to ourselves, enexcellently calculated for our purpose; treating Him, who searches the though there is scarcely any one in the heart, to give us a right view of our volume that is not equally valuable. own character, to preserve us from

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