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tal, must be fairly met and entirely set aside,-nay, every likelihood, and every possibility of the truth and divine authority of the Bible, must be put out of the question,-before a man can wisely or safely make light of the solemn assurance—“Except A MAN BE Bor N AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDoM of God.”
The two Sermons on the doctrine of ‘Salvation by Grace through Faith,’ are very appropriately associated in this Volume with those on Regeneration. It is especially this doctrine that is the instrumental means, by which the Holy Spirit operates in regenerating the souls of men: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever:—and THIS is the word, which, BY THE GosPEL, is preached unto you.” It is by the cross, by the testimony of the everlasting love and free grace of God to sinners, through Christ Jesus, that that enmity of the heart is slain, which is the essence of spiritual death, and that holy love introduced in its stead, which is the grand elemental principle of spiritual life. Of the doctrine itself, of “ salvation by grace,’ most truly does the Author say, “This glorious doctrine has been the joy of the church, in all ages, on earth; and it will be the song of all who have received it in truth, throughout the ages of eternity, and be pursued in the heavenly regions with ever-growing admiration and delight.”
R. W. GLAsgow, March, 1829.