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ding upon them from on high the richest blessings of God's everlasting love, pardon, and peace, and every grace by which they are enabled to glorify his name on earth and enjoy communion with him in heaven, for
The great promise and blessing of the Gospel dispensation, is the gift of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Christ and of God; and he is promised as the Spirit of truth in opposition to that spirit who lies in wait to deceive, called in Scripture the "father of lies," who goeth forth to" deceive the whole world," (Rev. xii. 9.) who "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him; (John viii. 44.) whose legions, "principalities, and powers," are" the rulers of the darkness of this world;" (Eph. vi. 12.)" and who blinds the minds of them which believe not lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (II. Cor. iv. 4.) It is the gracious work of the Spirit of Truth to remove this blindness, to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and error, to renew the soul in knowledge after the image of Him that created it in righteousness and true holiness; not only guiding the mind into all truth, but binding the heart to it in love, and thus giving the believer to have the witness in himself. For while he bears witness in every man's conscience, so as to leave him inexcusable who obeys it not, can say that Jesus is the LORD but by the Holy Ghost.”
"It is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. (I. John, v. 6.) He bears witness to Christ in the life of the believer, by causing those fruits of righteousness to spring forth, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. For that only is true faith, or the faith which springs from the knowledge of the truth, which, working by love, produces holiness of heart and life, and is accompanied by a conscientious observance of all the commandments of God. The Spirit bears witness in the heart of the believer, by
taking up his abode there as the Comforter; (Rom. viii. 16.) sealing to him bis adoption, taking of the things of Christ and showing them unto him, and applying to the soul all the benefits of his great salvation. He applies to the conscience the blood of sprinkling, and through the merits of Christ's perfect righteousness, gives to the child of God a holy and filial confidence in his approaches to his heavenly Father, helping his infirmities and enabling him to pour out before the Lord Jehovah his supplications and aspirations, his prayers and his praise; and then affording with the gracious manifestations of his presence to the soul, assurance of pardon, acceptance, and favour, bringing it into a state of fellowship and communion with God, and shedding abroad in the heart, and yet more abundantly, that knowledge and enjoyment of the love of Christ, which indeed “passeth knowledge.” He reveals to the understanding more and more perfectly the glories of the Redeemer's person, work, offices, and all-sufficiency, teaching the soul to live upon his fulness, and enduing it not only with those graces which are essential to the Christian character, and which glorify Christ before men, but also enriching it with that joy which a stranger intermeddleth not with, and that peace which is both the earnest of and the repose of the soul in its everlasting rest.
Thus the Christian is enabled to set to his seal that God is true, and even here on earth not only reads but realises the declaration, that “all the promises of God are yea and amen in Christ Jesus,” so far as they relate to the kingdom of grace, and he waits in patient hope until they are finally and fully accomplished in the kingdom of glory. That patient but assured hope, resting on the word and immutability of Him“ who cannot lie,” he knows in whom he has believed, knows that though heaven and earth shall pass away, his word shall never pass away; and therefore when called to close his eyes on things temporal, in the confident expectation of opening them on things eternal, he commits himself to Him
who is the resurrection and the life, saying, “ Into thine hands I commend my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
HYMNS AND POETICAL RECREATIONS.
We've seen, my Love, full many a season
Pass o'er yon ruined towers-
Mindless of the passing hours.
Alike in Summer's garish day,
Alike in dreary Winter found-
Unchanged, when all is changing round.
Might I tell of what is like it,
"Tis the friendship felt by those
Dies not with that nature's close.
Adverse fortune cannot change it
Age can never check its bloom
A bright eternity to come.
INCENSE sweet I fain would bring
To the God in whom I live;
I would shed repentant tears
For the benefits I prove ;
I have nothing then to plead
Yet there is, there is a way.