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ing spot or wrinkle or any such thing, and know that you have a heart of but that it should be holy and without stone, and that you need to have a blemish.”
heart of flesh given to you, a heart of Behold then from Almighty God I flesh tender, contrite, and abased beproclaim this promise unto you, “Ifore God in dust and ashes. Now will sprinkle clean water upon you, then I say again, God promises this, and ye shall be clean from all your that his Holy Spirit shall be poured filthiness, however great, and from all out upon you to give it. And mark, your idols, however they may have does he promise to the Jews that they provoked the Lord to jealousy, will I shall come to him with weeping and cleanse you.” Will you not lift up with supplications, that they shall your hearts to God and say, “O my mourn and be in bitterness as one that God, let this be verified in me this mourneth for his first born? Does he night?” Will you hear such a pro- promise to them that they shall remise made from Almighty God, and member their evil ways and their donot endeavour to lay hold of it, and ings that were not good, and be ashamnot endeavour to obtain an interest in ed at the view of their iniquities and it? I charge you all-do not hear abominations? I say, does he promise man now-hear Almighty God—it is this to them, and will he not fulfil it the word not of man but of God to us! He will fulfil it-he will take himself. I beg of God to apply it away the heart of stone! and I trust with power to our souls, that you may there are many here who can bear tesbe the happy persons in whom this timony, and set to their seal that God promise may be fulfilled this very is true in relation to the manner, in night.
which he will give us a heart of fesh. Next, he will send you the Holy My brethren, I declare unto you Spirit to renew your hearts. Is there from the Lord, that if you only look one here who has not a heart of stone? unto him “Old things shall pass away, You can weep and mourn on account and all things shall become new.” I of temporal affliction ; but on account tell you that your understandings shall of the state of your souls before God, be enlightened-your rebellious will and your sins, do you find it an easy shall be subdued—your unhallowed thing to go and weep at the throne of affections shall be sanctified. I tell grace? Do you find that if you set you that all, not only your views of apart a day for penitence, you have not religion, but the very inmost desires a hard heart, a heart of stone ? Take of your heart, shall be changed. Yes, your very prayers that you offered this your hopes and fears, your joys and morning, and tell me whether you have sorrows shall henceforth arise from heanot a heart of stone? You know, per- venly views. And as to earthly things, haps, more or less what a broken heart they shall, in comparison, lose their is as it respects temporal sorrow; but power over you. In a word, the Lord do you know what it is to have a bro- Jesus Christ will renew you after the ken and contrite heart on account of divine image in righteousness and true sin ? I say, if you will but look back holiness; and “ He will be to you a and see how little you have ever wept God, and you shall be his people.” for sin-how little you have ever re- 0, what a blessed change is here! Is sembled him who smote upon his breast there one of you that does not desire and cried for mercy-how little you to experience it? Do look up to God. have ever blushed and been confounded “A new heart also will I give you, before God on account of your ini- and a new spirit will I put within you; quities and abominations, you will see and I will take away the stony heart
out of your Aesh, and I will give you the centre, whose attractive influence a heart of flesh.”
o lift up your
we feel, and thus we are all of us hearts to God, and say, “Lord be it kept in our respective orbits, performunto me according to thy will." ing every one of us our destined course,
Further, he will give you the Holy and reflecting every one the light of Spirit to sanctify and help you. What our glorious luminary to the praise you have hitherto heard ha been de- and glory of our God. Now that is scribed figuratively, “cleansing with my view of the influence of the Holy water,” “taking away a heart of Spirit on the soul, and I will show you, stone;" but here every thing is spo- as far as I am able to show you, how it ken plainly and simply, in the plain- is that the Spirit of God works upon est language, that God will give his the soul, by giving it a divine impulse, Spirit unto you, and cause you “To by causing that attractive power to walk in his statutes and keep his judg- operate, and thus keeping us in our ments.” Now God has promised that destined orbits, and making us to rehe will write his law upon your hearts flect the light of God's glory in the —that he will put it in your inward whole of our life and conversation. parts—that he will renew you in your But now how come we to know any inward man—and that you shall have thing of the heavenly bodies ? By the such a constraining influence on your courses which they perform. We say souls, as shall overcome all your na
God has done this, not chance. How tural reluctance, and which shall bring do we know respecting the Christian you truly to the foot of the cross. in his course? Is he walking as a na
Now, methinks some one will say tural man ? Not at all, I say there is how can this be—“I will put my a greater hand than man's used. A spirit within you and cause you to new direction is given to the man altowalk in my statutes and keep my gether, and he is kept shining in the judgements?” And how will the path which God has assigned him; Spirit of God operate in this way upon seeing that, I am constrained to say you? You ask a question which no with the Apostle, “ Now he that hath man living can answer : but yet I wrought us for the self-same thing is will give you something, by way of God, who also hath given unto us the analogy, that may give you a tolerable earnest of the Spirit.” Now, then, conception of it. The new creation I this is promised to you. The Holy apprehend very much resembles the Spirit, I say again, is promised to you old creation. When God formed the at this time for this blessed end, to universe he gave to the heavenly bo- cleanse you from your guilt, to renew dies an impulse ; but the sun being in your hearts, and to sanctify your the centre of these bodies (I speak minds; and now shall I not hope only of our own sphere) by its attrac- that some at least will be crying to tive influence draws every one of God? those bodies towards it, and by the But mark, here is something of union of those two powers, I mean great importance. I will read the centrifugal and centripetal, by the text in a way that you have not yet union of those two powers, they are
“ Then will I sprinkle clean kept in their respective orbits and con- water upon you, and ye shall be clean tinually reflect the glory of the sun from all your filthiness, and from all that shines upon them. Now what is your idols will I cleanse you. A new the new creation? In our regeneration heart also will I give you, and a new God gives a new impulse to the soul. spirit will I put within you: and I There is the Sun of Righteousness in I will take away the stony heart out of
your flesh, and I will give you an brought to God, than all the wealth heart of flesh. And I will put my that all of you possess. That is my spirit within you, and cause you to first object ; and let it be yours, my walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep dear brethren. For consider, if you my judgments and do them. And ye do not experience this change—if you shall dwell in the land that I gave to are not cleansed from your guilt-if your fathers; and ye shall be my you are not cleansed from your idols, people, and I will be your God.” Not is it possible that you should be happy one condition here—nothing like it. in another world ? Do you think you All that God requires is, I will be en can enjoy heaven if you go there with quired of to do these things—that you a heart of stone, instead of a heart of shall go to him and pray to him, but flesh ? Do you think you can ever be there is no condition whatever. It is happy if you do not have these great all I will-I WILL-I will. Is there and precious promises ? I must charge any one of you who has a reluctant every one of you in the name of the heart when God says I will lead you Great High God that in the day of into all these benefits ? Will you be judgment you shall surely hear again saying no, I do not desire them, I would respecting what you are hearing now, rather be without them? Methinks I and you shall give an account of it to heard one there, and another there, God. Dear brethren, do not let me saying to every one of these words, use such language as that I am speak“ I will, I will, O my God, I answer ing on these great and precious proamen, amen, amen, let it be unto me mises. I would invite you and eneven as thou wilt.” Dear brethren, is treat you with floods of tears, that you not this reasonable? Will you pro. open your hearts now to receive your voke Almighty God to say in the last God and all his gracious communicaday as our blessed Saviour said unto tions. Do, dear brethren, lift up your the Jews, “ How often would I have hearts to God; for the voice of man is gathered you together eyen as a hen nothing, it is only as it is accompanied gathereth her chickens under her wings, by the Spirit of God, that it can do the and you would not.” Dear brethren, least good whatever; lift up your dear brethren, let it not be so this even heart to God, O my God, let this ing, but let every heart respond to word be quick and powerful—let it be what I have said and cry unto God, sharper than a two edged sword—let amen, amen.
it search my heart-let it work all the Now in order to improve this sub- good pleasure of thy goodness there;” ject, there are two things that I would and, dear brethren, we shall experience urge. I would say, first of all, lay hold of what, perhaps, we never experienced these promises yourselves, and then I before, the mighty workings of God's would say endeavour to promote the power, such as raised Christ himself acceptance of them among the Jews. from the dead. This I say is my first
I say first of all, lay hold of these argument. I would not for the world promises yourselves. My dear brethren, come to preach about the conversion do I stand up here in order to preach of others without seeking first of all for the Jews ? I preach for yourselves. the conversion and salvation of your I must give an account to God, and souls; and I cannot but hope that you must give an account to God of before you go to bed this night, you what you hear to-night. My first will think again of these words, object is the salvation of your souls, “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon and I would rather have one soul you, and ye shall be clean : from all
your filthiness, and from all your idols | Jews with all our additional light in will I cleanse you,” and so on, I will, the very same kind of contempt, that I will, I will. I cannot but hope that they held the Gentiles. But how did many of you this night shall say, 0, the Apostles act ? Did they say, we my God, I have never yet said, Amen have nothing to do with these poor with sincerity of heart to these great wretched Gentiles ! On the contrary, and precious promises, but now I say, they dedicated themselves, their lives Amen, Amen, Amen—and I will add, and all, to the salvation of the Gentile Amen too.
world. “Yea, and if I be offered upon Now then let me endeavour to pro- | the sacrifice,” says the Apostle, “and mote the reception of these promises service of your faith, I joy and rejoice among the Jews. I must say it is a with you all.” Now then I say, we shame and a scandal to the Christian ought in like manner to pity the Jews. world that they have thought so little We should seektheir welfare and not sit of the Jews; that although God has down in despair. The Apostles of themspoken in such terms as these, they selves could not convert more than we have never thought or wished that could convert the Jews. They used the they may receive these things. On means and God gave the blessing ; let the contrary, when a Society arose for us use the means and God will give us the purpose of endeavouring to call the blessing too. If we do but pray the attention of the Jews to their own for them in secret, if we do but read writings, nothing but contempt was the Scriptures more particularly, seepoured upon them; and even at this ing what God says respecting them, day how many Christians are there how his whole heart and soul are not who slight it altogether; and even upon them, I speak quite advisedly, those who retain it are cold and luke I will turn to the passage in Jeremiah warm in it.
But what is the reason for fear I should speak too strongly. of this ? Christians are ready to say “I will cleanse them from all their this is God's work and we cannot in- iniquity whereby they have sinned terfere in it, and we cannot do it. I against me; and I will pardon all their do not call you to interfere about their iniquities whereby they have sinned, restoration to their own land, you may and whereby they have transgressed leave that to God,—but what I want against me. And it shall be to me a is, the conversion of their souls, and
name of joy, a praise and an honour in that you are to interfere. What before all the nations of the earth which did the Apostles do? They were Jews, shall hear of all the good that I do and we were what they called Gentile unto them.” dogs; and yet we have held the poor
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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1830.
(The Rev. C. Simeon's Sermon concluded.) There God declares his own honour you beyond any other people in Britain. and happiness to depend upon them, What has God Almighty done for you? and shall we be indifferent? O, bre- What has God Almighty been doing thren, humble yourselves before God for you? What evidence have you of for having taken so little interest in it; the benefit arising from the exertions and read the Scriptures, and when you of ministers for promoting the welfare read them, particularly the prophecies, of the soul, and the welfare of manread them in a simple way, and see kind ? I feel it indelicate to touch upon what God speaks on this subject. it. There is no people upon the face In another passage he says, “And of the earth that can judge better than I will make an everlasting covenant you of the benefit of a soul impressed with them, that I will not turn with a duty to God, and exerting itself away from them, to do them good for the salvation of man. There is no but I will put my fear in their hearts people more capable of entering into a that they shall not depart from me. calculation on it better than you are. Yea, I will rejoice over them to do Shall I leave the matter with you them good, and I will plant them in I say? No; I leave the matter with this land assuredly, with my whole God, and I pray that the blessing of heart and with my whole soul.” Almighty God may come upon you, Shall God Almighty speak such words and that every day, and every week, as these, and engage with his whole you may have richer evidence of the heart and his whole soul in this great blessing of the Gospel, sweeter exwork, and we be indifferent?
perience of it in your own souls, and My dear brethren, we are ready in a greater sense of its power to cleanse order to account for this our own in- from sin, to transform the heart, tosancdifference to say this is to no purpose. tify the life, and to bring you into No purpose ! why you had in the me- communion with God, so “ that you tropolis of late twelve Jews baptized, may be his people, and he your God.” and since that time seven more. Who Dear brethren, I shall add no more, if can tell if Christians do but rise to you do but receive that good which their duty, who can tell what a bless God Almighty has sent to you, I have ing God may pour out upon them! no doubt you will interest yourselves And I do call upon you (if I speak the in sending to the Jews that which truth of God I must say it) I call upon God has prepared for them, VOL. II.