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know of the person from whom it professed to come, judging whether it was probable such a 'message would be sent by him,) we might be subject to great uncertainty. The professed author of the communication may live at such a distance from us, that we may never have it in our power to verify his message by any personal conversation with him. We may be so far ignorant of his character and designs, as to be unqualified to judge of the kind of communica? tion that should proceed from him. To estimate aright the probable authenticity of the message would require an acquaintance with his plans, and views, and circumstances, of which we may not be in possession. We may bring 'the greatest degree of sagacity to this investiga

tion: but then the highest sagacity is of no'avail, when there is an insufficiency of data. 'Our in. genuity may be unbounded: but then we may

want materials. The principle which we assume "may be untrue in itself, and therefore fallacious in

its application.--This applies in all its parts to a message from God.' The able writer of this quotation applies it indeed to the evidence of the message • as coming from God; but it is equally conclusive

at least, in respect of the nature and real import of a message allowed to have been sent by him.

;" It (Redemption) vindicates the justice of God, by making every one who disobeys his laws * liable to death and punishment; and it is com

patible with his mercy, inasmuch as it provides “the means of avoiding the punishment due to

'Dr. Chalmers.

wilful disobedience. This is not done by a capricious revocation of the sentence pronounced, by an unconditional offer of pardon, or by any weak or inadequate compromise. A full satis'faction and complete atonement for the sins of 'the whole world are found in the precious blood

of the eternal and only-begotten Son of God : but even this sacrifice, inestimable as it is, and 'universal as it may be, does not necessarily pro'cure salvation for men; much remains to be * done by themselves, before they can have any share in the benefits of their Redeemer's death.''

“The law is holy, just, and good," and its awful sentence most righteous; and this apart from redemption ; which indeed was intended to render the rich mercy of God consistent with his glorious justice, in the salvation of sinners. The words

compatible with his mercy? may be compared with those of the apostle on the same subject. “ 'To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein “ he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In “ whom we have redemption through his blood, " the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches “ of his grace, wherein he hath abounded towards “ us in all wisdom and prudence.”2 The grand end of redemption is the display of the glory of God, especially the glory of his mercy and grace; and to render this compatible with the glory of his justice.3-Much indeed remains to be done

by us,' that we may partake of the salvation of the gospel; and, in order to this, much must be done in us, by the new creating Spirit of God. We“ must be born again ;" we must be quickRef. 261. Eph. i. 6–8. Rom. iü. 25, 26.

* know of the person from whom it professed to 'come, judging whether it was probable such a 'message would be sent by him,) we might be • subject to great uncertainty. The professed author of the communication may live at such a distance from us, that we may never have it in our power to verify his message by any personal conversation with him. We may be so far ignorant of his character and designs, as to be - unqualified to judge of the kind of communica• tion that should proceed from him. To esti“mate aright the probable authenticity of the 'message would require an acquaintance with his

plans, and views, and circumstances, of which we may not be in possession. We may bring “the greatest degree of sagacity to this investiga

tion: but then the highest sagacity is of no avail, when there is an insufficiency of data. Our in. genuity may be unbounded : but then we may

want materials. The principle which we assume "may be untrue in itself, and therefore fallacious in

its application. This applies in all its parts to a message from God.' The able writer of this quotation applies it indeed to the evidence of the message * as coming from God; but it is equally conclusive

at least, in respect of the nature and real import of a message allowed to have been sent by him.

;" It (Redemption) vindicates the justice of God,

by making every one who disobeys his laws * liable to death and punishment; and it is com

patible with his mercy, inasmuch as it provides - the means of avoiding the punishment due to

"Dr. Chalmers.

wilful disobedience. This is not done by a capricious revocation of the sentence pronounced, by an unconditional offer of pardon, or by any

weak or inadequate compromise. A full satis'faction and complete atonement for the sins of

the whole world are found in the precious blood ‘of the eternal and only-begotten Son of God: .but even this sacrifice, inestimable as it is, and universal as it may be, does not necessarily procure salvation for men; much remains to be done by themselves, before they can have any share in the benefits of their Redeemer's death.'1

“ The law is holy, just, and good," and its awful sentence most righteous; and this apart from redemption; which indeed was intended to render the rich mercy of God consistent with his glorious justice, in the salvation of sinners. The words

compatible with his mercy? may be compared with those of the apostle on the same subject. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein “ he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In “ whom we have redemption through his blood, “ the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches “ of his grace, wherein he hath abounded towards “ uş in all wisdom and prudence.”2 The grand end of redemption is the display of the glory of God, especially the glory of his mercy and grace; and to render this compatible with the glory of his justice.

3Much indeed - remains to be done by us,' that we may partake of the salvation of the gospel ; and, in order to this, much must be done in us, by the new creating Spirit of God. We“ must be born again ;" we must be quick' Ref. 261. ? Eph. i. 6–8. Rom. iï. 25, 26.

ened from the death of sin to the life of righ

teousness.' “ By grace are ye saved, through “ faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift “ of God; not of works lest any man should “ boast: for we are his workmanship, created in “ Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has “ before ordained that we should walk in them.” Let us beseech him,' therefore, 'to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit:' and, while we own and attend to the duty of “ working out our “ own salvation with fear and trembling," let us not forget that “it is God who worketh in us both “ to will and to do, of his good pleasure."2 "The

condition of man, after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith and calling upon God: wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ pre"venting us that we may have a good will, and 'working with us when we have that will.'3— It 'is acknowledged, that man has not the disposi'tion, and consequently not the ability, to do what is good in the sight of God, till he is influenced by the Spirit of Christ.'4 The doctrine of the Holy Spirit, who sanctifieth all the elect

people of God,' and by whose sacred and omnipotent operation a new creation is wrought, and sinners are made both willing and able to repent, believe, love, and obey, is so important a part of the plan of salvation; and his work in the heart, by which one man is made to differ from another, is so essential a part of salvation itself; that it is wonEph. ii. 8—10. ? Phil. ii. 12, 13. 3 Art. x. • Ref. 61.

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