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DELIVERED AT THE
SECOND UNIVERSALIST MEETING,
BY HOSEA BALLOU, PASTOR.
"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life,
"Let us go on to perfection."-
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY HENRY BOWEN,
District of Massachusetts, to wit:
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"A Series of Lecture Sermons, delivered at the Second Universalist Meeting, in Boston, by HOSEA BALLOU, Pastor.
"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they, are they, which testify of me."-JESUS CHRIST.
"Let us go on to perfection."—ST. PAUL.
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1. TIMOTHY, i. 15.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom 1 am Chief."
THE subject on which the Apostle was speaking, and which led him to make the important declaration contained in our text, is worthy of special notice. Under a deep sense of the goodness of God, the grace which he had received in the Lord Jesus, the distinguished and important station in which he was placed by the great Captain of our salvation, it was impossible for him not to take a most humiliating retrospective view of his past life in the Jews' religion, while an enemy to Jesus, a blasphemer, and a persecutor of the church. All these weighty considerations having their natural operations on his mind, seemed to present, in full view, before his mental vision, the great and glorious errand on which the Lord Jesus was sent into our world. If it could have been so, that the Apostle, while engaged in the ministry of Jesus, could have retained his former confidence in his own righteousness, and had been of the opinion, that he was a favorite of heaven, that he was enlightened into the knowledge of the gospel, and even put into the ministry because his former conduct had merited these favors, it is evident that such views could never have led him to make the statement found in our text. Confirmed in such a persuasion, he would have preached a Saviour for the righteous, yea, for