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not a good heart, could not live they could conceive and draw as he lived. 'One, who had a such a pure, consistent and exgood heart, would not pretend to alted character, as they have as. a mission from God, when he cribed to Christ, if they had nevknew, he had no such mission, er seen it? The disciples of but spake merely of bimself. Socrates, and the followers of
If then we believe, that there Mahomet have given their rewas such a person as Jesus spective masters no such characChrist, and that he really sus ter: and yet their zeal for and tained that holy and blameless attachment to their cause cercharacter, which is ascribed to tainly would have induced them him, we must believe, that his to say as much, as truth could gospel is divine, and that the re- justify, or their own imagination ligion, which it contains, is true could suggest. It was not in and important. They, who pro- their power to frame such a less to believe, that there was character, as is given of Christ, such a man, and yet disbelieve for such a character had never exhis divine authority, and heaven- isted in their minds. They had ly mission, most palpably contra- never seen or heard of the like. dict themselves ; for such a man What the disciples of Jesus saw & would never have claimed an au- heard, that they have declared ;. thority, and assumed a charac- for if they had not seen or heard ter, which did not belong to him. it, they could not have declared
An infidel will ask ; “ How it ; nor would it have come into do we know, that he was so per- their imagination. fect a man? May not this high They appear to be men of character be a fiction of his dis- honesty and candour. In their ciples, who have written the histories they freely relate their memoirs of his life ?” It must own and each other's faults, their then be supposed, that his disci- weakness, unbelief, dulness of ples were dishonest and wicked apprehension, mistake of the men. And would men of cor- prophecies, ambition of preferrupt hearts and vile intentions ment, expectation of a worldly have ascribed to their master a kingdom, the treachery of one character, which must condemn in betraying their Master, the themselves. The disciples of an falsehood of apother in denying impostor will always exhibit the him, the cowardice of all in forexample and doctrine of their saķing him at the time of his master, in a manner, which tol- crucifixion. If they had seen erates their own vices. They any faults in him, would they not will make him teach and prac- as readily have related these, as tise, a religion lax in those their own and each other's faults? points, in which they wish for The candour, with which they indulgence. Yea, is it suppos- have written, shews, that they able that wicked men; men, were honest and faithful histowho were in heart utter stran rians, and that the character, gers to true religion ; (and such which they have given of Jesus, the disciples of Christ were, if is perfectly just. In short, it they were deceivers and liars ;) shews, that as his enemies, who Lasky Is it supposable, that malignantly watched him, could
find no fault in him, so his friends, the family of an obscure man, who were intimately conversant and though he assumed no earthwith him, knew of none. There- ly pomp, was infinitely greater fore, from the example of Christ than the greatest king that ever recorded by the Evangelists, we flourished in this world. He have full evidence, that the reli- was God manifest in the flesh. gion of the gospel is divine. As God, he is equal with the Fa.
Christ has left us an example, ther, possessing all the divine not only that we should believe in perfections. He is eternal, om: him, but also that we should fol- niscient, infinite in power, and low his steps. If the same perfect in goodness. As man, he mind be in us, as was in him, we possessed powers and faculties, have a witness in ourselves, that which were derived and limited. his gospel is divine, and that we As man, he was the descendant are interested in the salvation of David, and never had existwhich it reveals.r.
ence, until he was born of the THEOPHILUS. virgin Mary. Viewed in the
mysterious characterof God-Man,
he is David's Lord, and, at the JESUS, SAVING HIS PEOPLE
same time, David's Son.) To
this two-fold character be evi. FROM THEIR SINS.
dently referred, in the following The wonderful personage, on remarkable words, recorded in whose character and work, the the Revelation of John ; I am the writer of this paper has turned Root and the Offspring of David. his thoughts, is that Seed of the The Word of GOD, or the seco woman, which was to bruise the ond person in the Trinity, being serpent's head. He is the true thus made flesh, had power to light which lighteth every man lay down his life, as a sacrifice that cometh into the world.” for sin, and he had power to take To reveal this Jesus is the grand it again, that he might become, scope of the Holy Scriptures. as he is declared to be, the resur. To him pointed all the sacrifices rection and the life. By the an: under the Mosaic dispensation ; gel who announced to Mary, and of him spake all the proph- and afterwards to Joseph his ets, from the patriarchs to John birth, it was foretold that he the Baptist. The inspired pen- should be called Jesus, a name men of the various books, com- peculiarly expressive of his glo. posing the New Testament, have rious and divine person, and of also one great object in view, the great work, which he came which is to unfold the character, into the world to perform. The illustrate the doctrines, and make word Jesus, means a Saviour. It known the kingdom of Jesus. is the same as Joshua, who was Were we to exclude Jesus Christ an eminent type of Christ. The and his kingdom from the Holy incarnate God, or the great Me. Scriptures, we should render ev. diator, was thus called, because ery part of them uninteresting it was to be his office and work and unmeaning.
to save his people from their sins. This wonderful personage, This divine Saviour is to be though born and brought up in considered, as the Father of the spirits of all men, because it is One part of his work, as the expressly declared in the Holy Saviour of his people, is to delivScriptures, that “ all things were er them froin the punishment of made by him." But, though their sins. No language can deall men are Christ's by creation scribe the greatness of the evil and preservation ; yet they are to which sin exposes those who not all his by covenant and adop- commit it. To be a sinner is to tion. By his people in the re- be a transgressor of that law, stricted sense in which they are which threatens eternal death, spoken of by the inspired writ- and which knows no mercy. ers, we are to understand that The singer, therefore, viewed part of the fallen race of Adam, out of Christ, as he must be while which was given to Christ in the he remains in unbelief, is in a covenant of redemption. Some, ruined, helpless state. He is who were given to him by the represented in the word of God Father, have long since finished to be a lost creature. No creattheir mortal race, and are now ed arm can rescue him from in heaven, liberated from all sin, eternal punishment, nor give a and, in ceaseless anthems, prais- ransom which will meliorate, in ing God and the Lamb. Others the least, his condition. They, are now dwelling in the Aesh, who are given to Christ, are by subject to labour and toil, and nature, like all other men, in this struggling against foes without ruined state. But, he has come and foes within. A far greater to save them from the punishnumber, we have reason to be ment to which their sins expose lieve, are yet unborn, and are re- them. To effect this great and served as future trophies of the important work, he gave his own victorious grace of the incarnate life a ransom. He died in their God. do
stead. It is true, there is efficacy Before the Lord Jesus will enough in his blood to atone for have done with this world, he the sins of the whole world ; and will renew by his grace, and call the finally impenitent will be coninto his kingdom, the whole of demned, in the great day, for rethis chosen number, from all jecting mercy, freely offered to nations and languages. They them, through his mediation. will then be known to be his peo. But, meritorious and extensive ple, "his jewels,” in distinction as is the atonement, it will eventfrom the rest of men, and he will ually benefit none who are not * spare them, as a man spareth united to Christ. The unbelievhis own son that serveth him." ing and incorrigible it will not He is now, as he has been for save from the punishment of many ages, sealing them, and he their sins. On the contrary, it will shortly make it manifest, will be a mean of greatly agthat he knows them that are gravating their condemnation, his." He will say to the Father, and will, in fact, be to them a * I have manifested thy name un- “ savour of death unto death." to the men which thou gavest Widely different from this are me out of the world ; thine they the condition and prospects of were, and thou gavest them me, believers. Though their sins and they have kept thy word.” are numerous and aggravated
beyond all description, yet they tongues. It renders them deaf are pardoned for Christ's sake, to all that can be said of the and through him, they will be wretchedness of the wicked in saved from deserved wrath. kell, on the one hand, and of the They will experience the worth blessedness of the righteous of Christ as a Saviour, Reflect- in glory on the other. While ing, as they now often do, on the in this state all their actions are demerit of sin, and the punish- defiled, and are so far from rement threatened to sinners in the commending them to the favour divine law, they are led to ex- of God, that they are an abomiclaim in the language of the nation in his sight. · They are evangelical prophet; “ Wbo a- restless and unhappy in every mong us shall dwell with the de- condition, and are continually vouring fire? Who among us“ treasuring up wrath against shall dwell with everlasting burn the day of wrath." This is a ings ?” From such a punish- faint representation of what it is ment, yea from everlasting burn- to be under the dominion of sin, ings, Jesus came to save his peo- and to be chained down in unber ple. The language of the gos- lief. Who can name any kind of pel is, “ He that believeth on the bondage that is so unfriendly to Son hath everlasting life." peace, and so destructive in its na“ There is now no condemnation ture as this? From thisbondage the to them that are in Christ Jesus.” Lord Jesus saves his people. He From these Scriptures, however, can do that which no created we are not to infer, that since arm could effect. He can speak Christ has come, the law is the word, and they, who are deud abated, either in its requirements, in win, will hear his voice, or in its penalty. The law stands and come out of their bonin full force. Christ did not dage. To this salvation from come to destroy, but to fulfil it. the dominion of sin the Saviour He took on him the iniquities referred in his conference with of us all, and by offering his own the Jews, John viii. He said to precious life a sacrifice for sin, them, “The truth shall make he became the end of the law for you free." They, not under, righteousness to every one that standing him, answered, “We believeth.”
be Abraham's seed, and were Another part of the work of never in bondage to any man ; Jesus is to save his people from how sayest thou, Ye shall be the love and dominion of sin. All made free? Jesus answered men are by nature in bondage to them ; Verily, verily, I say untheir vile affections. They are to you, Whosoever committeth bound with a chain, which is so sin is the servant of sin. If the strong, that no created arm can Son, therefore, shall make you break it; and this chain is their free, ye shall be free indeed." unconquerable love of sin. Though In effecting this deliverance, sin destroys all their present so happy in its consequences, peace, and brings a dark, impen. Christ acts as a physician. He etrable cloud over all their future heals the maladies of the soul, prospects, yet they roll it as a and gives spiritual life, where sweet morsel under their before reigned spiritual death,
This is a work, which is conse- ; ation, he has engaged to carry quent on the atonement; but no l on, until they are ripened for less essential; a work which'the glory. Having “ come out of Saviour performs by the agency great tribulation," occasioned by of the Holy Spirit, whom he the wickedness of the world, and sends from the Father.
the remaining corruption of their When the eyes of men are own hearts, and baving“ washed thus opened by the Holy Spirit, their robes, and made them white they behold wondrous things in in the blood of the Lamb,” they the law and in the gospel. Con- will be “before the throne of vinced of the turpitude of sin, God, and serye him day and night they condemn themselves, and lie in his temple ; and he that sitlow before God. . They wonder teth on the throne shall dwell aat their former stupidity and mong them. They shall hun.. blindness, and feel as if they ger no more, neither thirst any could not do or say enough to more; neither shall the sun light mortify themselves, at the foot on them, nor any heat. For the stool of Him, on whose authority Lamb, which is in the midst of they have trampled; and who, the throne, shall feed them, and they are conscious, has pondered shall lead them unto living founall their steps. Were they bea tains of waters; and God shall fore addicted to bad habits?. wipe away all tears from their Were they enslaved by the love eyes."
H. of the world, or by their corrupti appetites and passions?.. They dow feel themselves in a meas
ON INFIDELITY. ure liberated. Jesus has come,i In noticing the moral evils of by the influences of the Holy: the present day, we may with Spirits and made them free. They peculiar propriety direct our atare willing to part with sins, tention to Infidelity, or a specu. which once appeared as dear to lative disbelief and rejection of them, as a right hand, or a right divine revelation." No other eye. Did they before view all history was ever so fully attestreligious duties as a weariness? ed, as the gospel; and no other They now have been taught, that system of doctrines and morals, in keeping God's' command- ever exhibited such clear intrin ments there is great reward. sic evidences of a divine origi. Never have they more enjoy nal. Considering that it is a ment than when they can be dowi system so admirably calculated ing something, which they trust,i to promote civil, social, and per will promote the honour of Godl sonal happiness in this life, as
Although imperfection will be well as to train up creatures, found in Christ's people, as long formed for immortality, in, a as they dwell in the flesh, yet course of preparation for a state they have an assured hope, that of everlasting felicity hereafter i after they have finished their warst one would think that a fair profare on earth, he will raise them posal of it to the understanding to a state of perfect holiness and would be alone sufficient to inhappiness.". The work which he duce mankind to receive it. But began in their hearts in regenere experience has taught the con,