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dience of,men a covenant of works neceflarily terminates in death. All have finned, and comejbort of the glory of God: and by the deeds of the law shall no flejh be justified in bis fight (d). The wages of Jin, of every fin, is death :(e)* Every man reads his own ruin in that tremendous denunciation; Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them (f): and looks forward with gloomy forebodings to the sinal sentence on record against all who shall remain under the curse of the law: Depart, ye cursed,.into everlcist'tngfire (g). .

Christ is the mediator of a new and a better covenant established in his own blood. He redeemed us from the curse of the law, bei?ig made a curse for us; that he might reconcile us to God by the cross (h). He laid down his life of himself: no man took it from him: but he laid down his life of himself (/); that all that believe in him, and prove their faith by hojy obedience, should be clothed with his righteousness, and receive, through the merits' of his atonement, pardon and eternal happiness. He rose from the dead, and shewed himself again upon earth, for our justification \k t: as a

[d) Rom. Hi 20—zj. (f) Rom. vi. 23. James,ii. 10, it. (/) Gal iii. 10. (f) Matt. xxv. 41. (A) Gal. Hi. 13j

[>) John, xv, 18. (i; Rom. iv. 25.

decisive decisive proof that the price which he had paid for human redemption was accepted; that the divine justice was appeased by the sufferings which, as the surety of man, he had sustained; that mercy and reconciliation through him were freely offered to all mankind; that he ever liveth to make intercession for us; that he has the keys of death and the grave, that to him all judgement is committed; that he has all power in earth and heaven. Through him we have access to the Father. He is the way, and the truth, and the life: and no man cometh unto the Father but by Him (/). Through Him alone we obtain the regenerating fanctiiication of the Holy Ghost. If we are born again of water and of the Spirit; emblematically of water, substantially of the Spirit; and are thus rendered capable of entering into the kingdom of God (m); that Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, and is sent forth by Christ from the Father (»). If we are saved by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; that influence of the Holy Ghost is shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ ouf- Saviour (o). If we come forth from our graves to the resurrection of life; it is because Christ ,

{1) Ephes. ii. 18. John, xW 6, (m) John,Iii. y. (it) Rom viii. ST John, xv. 26. (•} Tit. iii. 5,6.

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Hveth that we shall live also (/). 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, 0 daughter of Zion: fiout, 0 daughter of Jerusalem '. Beholds thy King fomclh u?ito thee: He is just', and having salvation. J will place salvation in Zion for .srael, . I will also give thee for a light unto the Gentiles; that thou mayefl be my salvation 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 offalvat ion, the Captain of our salvation {s). Well might that glorious and countless multitude seen by St. John before the throne of God and os Christ; a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and k'mdreds, and peoples and tongues, clothed "with white robes, and palms jn 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, is we neglecl so great salvation («)?

[p) John, v. 29. xiv. 19. (y) John, xiv. 2. (r)'Zech. ix. 9. Isaiah, xlvi. 13. xlix 6. (s) Luke, i. £9. Heb. ii. 10.

[t) Rev. vii. 9—12. («) Heb. ii. 3.

II. i. Thus then we are to look to Jesus Christ as the corner-stone of our faith, of our practice, of our justification, of our sanctification, of our hopes of pardon and eternal life. He who builds on that corner-stone, builds oa a sure rock: he who believes on Christ shall hot be confounded.

Christ, faith the apostle, is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by him («>). 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 ye that labour and are heavy laden; and 1 will give you resl. Take my yoke upon you, andye shall flnd rest to your souls. Him that cometh unto me, 1 will in no wife Jcasl out (y). For the Scripture faith, as St/Pa"ul subjoins, whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference 'between the Jew and the Greek ; for the fame Hard over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

'(.&.) Heb. vii. 25. (x) Luke, xii. 32.' (y) Mark,

xvL.15, MtitL. xi. 38, 29. ./John, vi.37. ;. !.

4 , - 1 r •-.: Jscr For whosoever stjall call upon the name of the Lord stall be saved (z). Believe then in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou slialt be saved (a). Hast 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 samejhcdl be saved (b). My steep, faith the Lord Jesus, hear my voice; and 1 know them, and they sollow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they stjall never peristj, neither stall any pluck them out of my hand {c). If, as Noah fled to the ark, thou hast fled for refuge from destruction to thy Saviour; and if thou provest, by hearing his voice and following him, that thou continuest in his sheep-fold: these promises are made unto thee. Christ, the good shepherd, will not permit the powers of darkness 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

(a) Rom. x. II—13. {a) Acts, xvi. 31,

{b) Matt. x. 22. {f) John, x. 27, 28.

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