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heart is broken-and the lips are sealed, then to look up and see our Elder Brother—the Brother born for our adversity—the exalted High Priest waving the golden censer before the throne, while the cloud of his atoning merit goes up before the mercy-seat bearing, as it ascends, the person, the name, the circumstances, and the wants of the sufferer below. Precious gospel, that opens to the eye of faith so sweet a prospect as this! When you cannot think of him, afflicted soul, he is thinking of you,—when you cannot pray to him, he is praying for you, for “ he ever liveth to make intercession.”
But, our Lord Jesus is the sanctification of the believer in still another and blessed sense. Piev him as the head of all mediatorial fulness to his people. “It hath pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;"_"Out of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” Here is sanctification for the believer, mourning over the existence and power of indwelling sin, feeling it to be his greatest burthen, and the cause of his deepest sorrow. In the growing discovery of the hidden evil, -each successive view, it may be, deeper and darker than the former, where is he to look but unto Jesus? where can he fly, but to his cross? Hemmed in on every side by a host of spiritual Philistines,-no avenue of escape pre
senting itself, the Eternal Spirit leads the soul to a simple view of Jesus—opens to him the vast treasury of his grace, and the free welcome to all comers. And what does he find in that fulness? All that he wants to pardon sin, to hide deformity, to overcome unbelief, and break the power of strong corruption,-in a word, he finds that there is enough in Christ to make him holy. That, in simply taking his sins to Jesus, they are pardoned
-in taking his strong infirmities, they are subdued-in taking his wants, they are supplied, in a word, he finds Christ his “wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption.” We close this chapter, with a few remarks in the way of caution, direction, and encouragement in this great work.
Mistake not the nature of true sanctification. It is an internal and radical work. It has its seat in the heart. An external mortification of sinful habits, comes not up to the standard of gospel sanctification. True, this is included in real holiness, yet it may exist without a holy heart. A man may cut off outward sins, and leave the principle of all sin yet remaining in its unsubdued power. We may repair to a forest, and level a tall cedar to the earth, yet, if we leave the root deeply embedded in the soil, the vital principle yet remaining in all its vigour, what marvel, if,
in course of time, that root shall again shoot forth, and branch out as before? True sanctifica, tion is a daily mortification of the root of sin in the heart--the continual destruction of the principle; the word of God bears us out in this; Gal. v. 24. “ And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Rom. vi. 6. “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be de stroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”. Rest not short of this. Would you be holy as God is holy, and happy as the saints in glory are happy!--then must you reach after, and rest not until you attain it.
Again we would urge-seek high attainments in holiness. Be not satisfied with a low measure of grace, with a dwarfish religion, with just enough Christianity to admit you into heaven. O how many, are thus content,-satisfied to leave the great question of their acceptance to be decided in another world, and not in this,-resting upon some slight evidence, in itself, faint and equivocal,
perhaps a former experience, some impressions, or sensations, or transient joys, long since past away, and thus they are content to live, and thus content to die. Dear reader, be you not satisfied with anything short of a present Christ, received, enjoyed, and lived upon. Forget the things that
are behind, -reach forth unto higher attainments in sanctification,—seek to have the daily witness, daily communion with God, ---and for your own sake, for the sake of others, and for Christ's sake, "give all diligence to make your calling and election sure.”
Beware of self-dependance in this work. Remember the words that Jesus once spake to his disciples, and now speaks to you, “Without me ye can do nothing.” Self-trust, self-complaisance, self-boasting, all must be crucified; and, strong only in the strength that is in Christ Jesus, must the believer gird himself to the work. Our wisdom is to go in our weakness and folly to Jesus, and in this lies the great secret of our victory: “When I am weak, then am I strong:” “My grace is sufficient for thee:” “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Forget not that, the truth of God is the great instrument of sanctification. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” There is that in the truth of God, which, when brought into the soul by the power of the Holy Ghost, always sanctifies. It is holy truth---it unfolds a holy God, reveals a holy law, exhibits a holy sacrifice, and enforces, by the most holy motives, the sanctity of the most holy precepts. In proportion as the renewed mind is brought into a
close and constant contact with God's truth, it assimilates to its spirit. Let, then, “the word of Christ dwell richly in you in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Be close, diligent, and prayerful students of the word of God. Separate not the doctrine from the precept, nor the precept from the promise; every part is essential to the sanctification of the believer, and to secure this great end, the doctrine, the precept, and the promise must be alike received, and brought into active, holy exercise.
Deal much and closely with the atoning blood of Jesus. There is no victory over the indwelling power of sin, and there is no pardon for the guilt of sin, but, as the soul deals with the blood of Christ. The great end of our dear Lord's death was, to destroy the works of the devil. Sin, is the great work of Satan. To overcome this,—to break its power,—subdue its dominion,-repair its ruins, and release from its condemnation, the blessed Son of God suffered the ignominious death of the cross. All that bitter agony that he endured, -all that mental suffering—the sorrow of his soul in the garden—the sufferings of his body on the cross,—all was for sin. “He gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” Tit. ii. 14. “He gave himself