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piation was to be made for guilt. He looked for justification to his burnt offerings and facrifices ; to the blood of bulls and of goats which could never take away fin (k). Through the veil of types and emblems he discerned not the true atonement. He had heard of One who should save Ifrael. But he looked to deliverance from worldly foes, to preeminence over proftrate kingdoms. He had heard of One who should redeem Ifrael from all his iniquities (2). But he looked only to the fuller establishment of the Mosaic law. He was assured that the Redeemer should be stricken for the transgression of his people; that he should pour out his soul unto death; that he should make his soul an offering for sin: that he should bear the sins of many, and make intercession for the transgressors (m). But pride stupified his heart. Vain of his exclusive privileges, he deemed them all-fufficient. Averse to the righteousness of God, he stood upon the deeds of the law. Dazzled by phantoms of temporal grandeur, he shut his eyes against the image of a suffering Meffiah. To the Christian these mysteries are revealed ; these shadows are become realities. He knows that by the deeds, whether of the
(4) Hebr. X. 4. (1) Pfalm cxxx, 8. (m) Ifaiah, liji.
ceremonial or of the moral law, hall no flesh be justified in the fight of God. He renounces all claim to merit even in the least imperfect of his works; and pleads for pardon and justification solely through the propitiatory sacrifice of the Son of God. In Christ Jefus, contemplated by the eye of faith on the cross, he beholds wisdom and righteousness and fanctification and redemption ; that, as it is written, be that glorieth let him glory in the Lord(n).
Survey then, my brethren, your advantages. From him to whom much is given, much fall be required (6). Have you pondered this rule? Have you considered the consequences of falling short when tried by this standard ? Most conspicuously hath God shewed you what is good; what he requires you to believe, and what he requires you to perform, Have you observed then to do justly? Are you upright and faithful in all your words and in all your actions, as justice indispensably demands? You may forget justice : but God will not forget it. You may refuse to render to others that which belongs to them: but He will render to you according to your works. God is not a man, that he should lie. Hath be spoken, and ßball be not do it? The Lord (n) 1 Cor. i, 30, 31. (9) Luke, xii. 48.
: knoweth how to reserve the unjuft unto the day. of judgement to be punished (P). He will surely fulfil his word; he will accomplish his threatenings. The hope of the unjust man perisheth (9). He may flatter himself with hopes of heaven:.. but, as surely as the word of God is true, he will find himself, among the wicked who are turned into hell. Do you love mercy? Have you not only proved yourself gentle, kind, tender-hearted, compalfionate, and charitable, in your ordinary proceedings ; but have you diligently fought opportunities of exercising these Christian virtues, and placed your delight in the exercise of them? Have you remembered the infinite and unmerited mercy of Jesus Christ in dying on the cross to make atonement for your fins, that if through his offered grace you repent and believe and obey you may be received for His fake into heaven? He who fheweth no mercy hall have judgement without mercy. If you forgive not men their trespasses against you, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses (n) against Himself. Do you walk humbly with your God? Do you acknowledge your utter unworthiness in his fight? Do you confess the original corruption
of your nature, and your numberless tranfgressions by thought and word and deed of the righteous laws of your God? Have you fled for salvation to Christ, through whom alone man is to be saved ? Have you taken him for your Lord and Master? Are old things passed away, and all things become new ? Has the Grace of the Spirit of Christ transformed you into a new creature (s)? Do you pray for the continued influence of that Spirit to enable you to fhew yourself a fincere fervant of the Lord Jesus? Do you humbly submit your imaginations and desires to his gospel? Do you strive to love what he commands you to love, and cheerfully to renounce what he forbids ? Follow him now, that he may acknowledge you hereafter. If you are not one of his faithful followers on earth ;he will deny you and caft you out at the great day. Love Him with your whole heart, humbly and stedfastly serve Him here; and he will own' you before assembled angels, and receive you for ever into glory. . .
:: O) 2 Cor. v. 17.. Son
On Presumptuous Plans.
JAMES, iv. 13-17 Go to now, ye that say; “ To-day, or to-more
“ row, we will go into fuch a City, and con“ tinue there a Year, and buy and sell, and “ get Gain.” Whereas ye know not what shall be on the Morrow. For what is your life?
It is even a Vapour, that appeareth for a : little Time, and then vanisbeth away. For
that ye ought to say ; “ If the Lord will, we “ball live and do this or that.” But now ge rejoice in your Boastings : all such Rejoicing is Evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not; to him it is Sin.
THE Scriptures abound with admonitions
calculated to undeceive mankind respecting the importance and the natural effects of wealth. If riches increase, faith the warn.