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liveth that we shall live also (p). If we are admitted into the mansions of his Father ; it is because He is gone before to prepare a place for us (q). Well therefore spake the voice of prophecy, when God announced beforehand the future coming of his Son in the flesh ; Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion : flout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Bebold, thy King cometh unto thee : He is just, and having salvation. I will place falvation in Zion for Ifrael. I will also give thee for a light unto the Gentiles ; that thou mayest be my falvation unto the ends of the earth (r). Well do the sacred writers of the New Testament celebrate the Lord Jesus under the name of a Horn of fala vation, the Captain of our salvation (s). Well might that glorious, and countless multitude. seen by St. John before the throne of God and of Christ; a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and peoples and tongues, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; well might they cry with a loud voice, while the surrounding hosts of angels fell down on their faces and worshipped, Salvation to our God and unto the Lamb (t. My brethren, How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation (u) ? 6) John, v. 29. xiv. 19. (g) John, xiv. 2. (r) Zech. ix. g. Isaiah, xlvi. 13. xlix 6. (s). Luke, i. 69. Heb. ii. 10. (1) Rev. vii. 9—12. (w) Heb. ii. 3.
.-II. s. Thus then we are to look to Jesus Christ as the corner-stone of our faith, of our pradice, of our justification, of our fan&tification, of our hopes of pardon and eternal life. He who builds on that corner-stone, builds on à sure rock: he who believes on Christ shall not be confounded. :: Chrift, faith the apostle, is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him (w). He is head over all things to his church, which he purchased with his own blood. He has declared that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Fear not, little flock, said he to his disciples : for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom (x). Into that universal church he invites all. mankind. Go into all the world; and preach the gospel to every creature.' Come unto me, all ge that labour and äre heavy laden ; and I will give you rest. Take my'yoke upon you, and je fall find reft to your souls. Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out (1). For the Scripture faith, as St. Paul subjoins, whosoever believeth on Him Jhall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the few and ihe Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
() Heb. vii. 25. (x) Luke, xii. 32.. (y) Mark, xvi..15, Mati, xi. 28, 29. - John, vi: 37.7.2". 4:- Pinta .
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (3). Believe then in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (a). Haft thou a true and lively faith in Christ : not a barren and dead faith, influencing only thy understanding; but a genuine and living faith, governing thy heart, and proving its own reality by stedfast holiness of life? Thy faith has already brought thee into the way of salvation. Persevere in the same faith unto death, and thou shalt obtain salvation. For be that endureth unto the end, the same hall be Saved (6). My sheep, faith the Lord Jesus, bear my voice; and I krow them, and they föllow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they all never perish, neither ball any pluck them out of my hand (c). If, as Noah fled to the ark, thou hast fied for refuge from destruction to thy Saviour; and if thou provest, by hearing his voice and following him, that thou continueft in his sheep-fold: these promises are made unto thee. Christ, the good shepherd, will not permit the powers of darknefs to pluck thee from thence by violence : and he will afford thee grace sufficient, if thou wilt seek and employ it aright, to preserve thee from abandoning his fold of thyself. He
(x) Rom. x. 11-13. (a) Acts, xvi. 31,
will not suffer thee to be tempted above that which thoải art able to sustain ; but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that thou mayest be able to bear it. He will so overrule the events of thy life, that all things shall work together to thee for good in the end, because thou loveft God and thy Re. deemer. When he chastens thee, he will think upon mercy. When distress and anguilh are ready to overpower thee; he will fill thy heart with the peace of God, which paffeth all understanding. He will strengthen thee upon the bed of languishing ; he will make all thy bed in thy sickness. When thou walkest through the valley of the shadow of death, thou shalt fear no evil ; for he shall be with thee, his rod and his staff shall comfort thee, When thou ftandest before his throne of judgement, he will acknowledge thee for his servant. He will interpose his atonement between thee and condemnation. He will cover thy unworthiness with his merits ; he will array thee in his righteousness. He will change thy vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. He will say unto thee, Come, thou blessed of my Father; inherit the king-, dom prepared for thee from the foundation of
the world (d). He will cause thee to reign with him for ever and ever.
My brethren, if these are blessings worthy of your pursuit; remember through whom alone they are to be obtained. Remember Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of your faith ; Jesus Christ your Legislator and your King; Jesus Christ your propitiatory facrifice; Jesus Christ the Lord of life, the Giver of salvation. Take your part with him. Consecrate your selves to his service. Stand forth as his foldiers in the face of an unrighteous world. If you are not with Christ, you are against him. There is no middle path. If you are not his friends ; you are the friends of the world, the flesh and the devil. If religion is any thing, it is every thing. If you make religion a fecondary concern ; you are not religious. If it be not your prevailing desire and study day by day to walk in the faith of Christ, and to manifest your love and fear of God through his Son by humble, watchful, resolute and persevering holiness; you are not religious. Look well then to yourselves; for eternity is at stake.
2. If the righteous scarcely be saved; if even those persons, whose hearts the Spirit of fanati| fication has turned unto holiness, mourn unto (d) Matt. xxv. 34.