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quate grounds for belief that those descriptions may be applied to yourself; you have reason humbly to trust that you are Christ's. If you perceive that they cannot fairly be applied to yourself; conclude that at present you are not Christ's.

Search then the Scriptures for the answer to your question.' Among the many passages relating to the-subject, perhaps there is not fine from which you may collect the true reply more easily than from the verse immediately under our consideration. They that are Chris?s have crucified the fleflj, -with the affeilions and lujis. And consequently, they who have-not crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, are not Christ's. Brethren, every one of you may judge of his own state for himself.

The love of Christ, faith the apostle on another occasion, conflraineth us: because %ve thus judge, that if one died for all, then "were all dead: we judge that if Christ died for all men, it is a proof that but for his death all men would have fallen short of pardon and eternal life: and he died for all, that they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him who died for them and rose again (a). This living unto Christ he denote) 2 Cor. v. 14, 15.

K. 3 minates initiates in the text crucifying the flesh with the affections and lusts. This I fay> then, as he writes in an earlier part of the chapter; Walk in the Spirits and ye Jhall not fulfil the lusts ofthefiejh. For theflejh lufletb against the Spirits and the Spirit against the Jlejh: and these are contrary the one to the other. Having subjoined a copious catalogue of deeds of iniquity which he terms the works of.theflelh; the works to which our corrupt and fleshly nature of itself would draw us ; and concerning which he pronounces that they, who do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God: he enumerates sundry Christian virtues as among the fruits of the Spirit; as contrary to our naturally sinful dispositions, and as created, nurtured and ripened in us only by the influence of the Spirit of God: for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do that which is right} and he worketh by the agency of the Holy Ghost. And in order to qualify every person to examine and judge for himself whether hj? is living to the Spirit and to Christ, and is therefore authorised to hope for mercy and salvation j or whether he is living to the flesh, and is therefore still lying in a state of condemnation; St. Paul concludes with this short and explicit rule: They that are Christ's have


crucified the jficJJj whb the ajseffions and lusts.

Let me now endeavour to assist y.ou in judging whether you are living to Christ, or to the flesh, by setting before you some of the scriptural tests, which distinguish from a corrupt and unregenerate world those who belong to the Lord Jesus.

I. To crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts, is, in the first place, to make it the business of life to overcome, through the ever present grace of God, the evil dispositions and desires of human nature ; and to abstain from the evil actions to which those dispositions and desires would lead. And on what principle are you thus to crucify the flesh? You are to crucify it for the sake of Jesus Christ. You are to abhor and renounce sin because it was the occasion of his sufferings. From love and gratitude to your Redeemer for the unspeakable kindness which he has shewn towards yourself, you are to forsake whatever is displeasing in his fight. He died for you: and you are to live unto him. I£ you will not live unto him in this world, you will no£ be received into his kingdom in the next. These are fundamental truths whisk K. 4 the theS criptures teach you plainly, andbefore hand. You are here placed, in this respect, upon your trial; with your understandings

fifevioufly informed, with your eyes open' to hevitable consequences. Confiderjthen vit\\\ each of you for. yourself. Are you living t6 Christ? If you wilfully indulge yourself In any wicked principles, in any wicked habits you certainly are not living unto him. If you' are polluted with any impure practifce; you are not living unto Christ, but unto ttte flesh and the devil. If your heart swells with hatred,' or contracts with envy; you are not livingimto Christ. If you are proud; or covetous; of a drunkard; ora reveller: you are riot living unto Christ. Cast your eyes on some1 of the verses preceding the text: and you will read, if your character be found among'thpfe'which I have specified, an express declaration concerning yourself, that you shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Deceive not yourself by irrelevant speculations. Say not within your bosom; "If this be the "cafe, how few will be saved!" That is not your concern. The point which is important to you is this: that God has solemnly pronounced, that neither the unclean person, fior the envious, nor he who cherishes hatred


or seeks for revenge, nor the drunkard, nor the slanderer, nor the proud, nor the contentious, nor the covetous, nor any man who will not labour stedfastly to live unto Christ, (hall enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Will not you credit the word of your Judge? Do you charge the God of truth with falsehood? Hath he spoken and {hall he not do it? Hath he said it, and {hall he not. make it good? Beware lest you be convinced when it is too late. If you are living. in any habitual sin; consider yourself a$ a person ftill lying under the curse of the law, under the sentence of condemnation. Attempt not to elude the denunciations of God by daugerous and groundless hopes that he will be merciful in cafes, with respect to which he has forewarned you, and has forewarned you in terms as plain as language can furnish,.that he will not shew mercy, but will allow his justice to pursue its course. Know that his threatenings will be fully executed against yourself; unless you submit to those means through which alone mercy is held forth to you, and become invested with those qualifications, -by which alone you can be rendered meet to receive it. O Lord our God! Thou art unspeakably merciful; otherwise no man would see salvation. From the cloud in which thou


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