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hath wrought. Such is the faith of God's elect: and happy, thrice happy they that are interested in this divine righteousness, and have received the atonement! All such are pronounced righteous by the eternal Judge. There is nothing to be laid to their charge. They are acquitted with honour to all the perfections of Deity, and everlastingly free from condemnation. Their sins, though ever so numerous or ever so hateful, being purged away by atoning blood; and their souls being vested with that most excellent robe, the Redeemer's righteousness; they are without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. They are presented by their great Representative, in the body of his flesh, through death, holy, unblamable, and unreprovable in the sight of Omniscience. They are fair as the purest wool; whiter than the virgin snow--The work and 'worthiness of the Lord Redeemer give them acceptance with infinite Majesty and dignity before the angels of light. Works of every law, in every sense, as performed by man, are entirely excluded from having any concern in our acceptance with God. Since;
therefore, it is in Christ only, as our head, representative and surety, that we are or can be justified; he alone should have the glory. He is infinitely worthy to have the unrivalled honour. Let the sinner, then, the ungodly wretch, trust in the obedience of the dying Jesus, as being absolutely sufficient to justify him, without any good works or duties; with. out any good habits or qualities, however performed or acquired; and eternal truth hath declared for his encouragement, that he shall not be disappointed.'
One reason why we are so perplexed with doubts and fears respecting the safety of our state, is the weakness of our faith. We look more to our sins than to the Saviour: and by imagining that they are too many and too great to be pardoned, depreciate his allsufficient atonement. We are not aware, perhaps, that by this conduct we are in fact saying, in opposition to scripture and experience, that the blood of Christ doth not_cleanse from all sin--that his righteousness doth not justify from all iniquity-that he is not able to save
to the utterinost--that he will cast out some that come to him. The truth is, we do not habitually live under a deep conviction of our absolute unworthiness of divine mercy; of our constant need of forgiveness; of our utter help. lessness in the affair of salvation, and the necessity there is of continual dependence on divine aid to carry on the work of faith with power, and also to keep us from falling a prey to perpetual dejection.
That a conviction of want 'naturally stimulates to action, is a position that needs no proof. A sense of weakness makes the feeble solicitous for strength. Guilt, felt and lamented, impels the sinner to be urgent for mercy. Apprehension of danger wings the flight of him that pants for safety. The axiom is strikingly exemplified in the admirable plea of the Syrophenician woman. 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.' It is true the anxious supplicant at first met with much discouragement, but this discouragement only constrained her to be more impor
tunate. She knew that her child stood in need of assistance: and that he to whom she 'applied was able to grant it: and were. you equally sensible of your spiritual wants; and equally solicitous for the heavenly blessing; the same Lord would say unto you, as he did unto her, O woman, great is thy faith : be it unto thee even as thou wilt...
On this principle acted the blind man who sat by the way side begging when our Lord departed from Jericho. The petitioner had doubtless heard of the miracles and the beneficence of Jesus. He was also conscious that he stood in need of assistance, and convinced that the Saviour of men was able to grant it: and this conviction urged him to cry out, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me! And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace : but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me! And Jesus stood, and com. manded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, say
ing, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my. sight.' And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight : thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God.
Now the injunctions of the multitude could neither repress desire of relief, nor compel Bartimeus to desist from being importunate to gain it. The aid he wanted, the people could not give ; nor would he suffer them to obstruct application to him from whom he knew it could certainly be had. The very attempt to impose silence induced him to cry more loudly for help: nor did he cease to petition till his petition was granted.
Thus, in reference to spiritual affairs, every man acts who feels his depravity and guilt ; who knows his wounds to be incurable, unless he that forgiveth all our iniquities, and heal. eth all our diseases, have mercy on him. He is convinced, as was Bartimeus, that he cannot