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the power of death, that is the devil. (Heb. ii. 14.) These are some of the glorious things which Jesus hath done for us in his flesh and that none may despair of salvation on account of their multiplied transgressions, it is further declared in the everlasting Gospel, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners; (1 Tim. i. 15.) that he came to seek and to save that which was lost; (Luke xix. 10.) that he died for the ungodly; (Rom. v. 6.) that, whilst we were yet sinners Christ died for us; (Rom. v. 8.) that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin; (1 John i. 7.) by which precious blood we are redeemed; (1 Peter í. 19.) and justified; (Rom. v. 9.) and by which we who were sometimes far off are made nigh; (Ephes. ii. 13.) and obtain the forgiveness of sins. (Ephes. i. 7.)
Jesus is further declared in Scripture to be our peace. (Ephes. ii. 14.) Our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Cor. i. 30.) The one Mediator between God and man. (1 Tim. ii. 5.) Our Advocate with the Father. (1 John ii. 1.) Our compassionate High-priest. (Heb. iv. 15.) Our allprevailing intercessor. (Heb. vii. 25.) Who gave himself a ransom for all. (1 Tim. ii. 6.) And who tasted death for every man. (Heb. ii. 9.)
Therefore, says the apostle, Christ our passover was sacrificed for us. (Cor. v. 7.) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. (Gal. iii. 13.)
And the Lord himself declared, that he came not to destroy the law but to fulfil. (Matt. v. 17.)
O! the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable is his wisdom, who can be just and yet the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus. (Rom. iii. 26.) A door of hope is now opened to perishing sinners; for through Jesus we have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
(Ephes. ii. 18.) He is the only Saviour. (Acts iv. 12.) The only foundation. (1 Cor. iii. 11.) The only way for no man cometh unto the Father but by him. (John xiv. 6.)
This is the record, that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (1 John v. 11, 12.) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name, whosoever believeth in him, shall receive remission of sins. (Acts x. 43.) For him hath God with his right hand exalted, to be a Prince and a saviour, for to give repentance unto Israel and forgiveness of sins. (Acts v. 31.) And through him is preached the forgiveness of sins; and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts xiii. 38, 39.)
Much, very much more is revealed in the Scriptures of truth, concerning the freeness, fulness, and all-sufficiency of this great salvation wrought out for us by the blood of Jesus, when he took upon him our nature and stood in the place of sinners.
But ah! my soul, enough is here written, to raise thy warmest notes of grateful adoration. May every succeeding meditation on the love of thy Redeemer, drawn from the sacred fountain of revealed truth, add fresh fervour to thy praise, and constrain thee to live more to his glory, who loved thee and gave himself for thee.
Blessed Saviour! increase my faith, whilst I consider what thou art now doing in the hearts of thy people through the influence and agency of the Holy Spirit.
Man, through the fall, was not only excluded from the kingdom of heaven, but was very far gone, gone as far as possible, from original righteousness. The image of God forsook him, and the image of the evil one was stamped upon him. He became a guilty
and polluted creature, unable either to satisfy offended justice, or to perform one single act of acceptable obedience. By the fall, he lost all title to the heavenly inheritance, and all meetness for the mansions of celestial glory; and thus became an outcast-an heir of misery and death.
To deliver fallen man from this state of condemnation, God sent his only begotten Son into the world, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Gal. iv. 6.)
And in order to prepare and make us meet for the inheritance of the saints in light, God sends the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, enabling us to cry, Abba, Father. (Gal. iv. 6.)
At the creation, God said, "let there be light, and there was light." So in the new creation, he shines into our hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of his glory, in the face of Jesus Christ.
The first work of the Holy Spirit, is to enlighten the eyes of our understanding, (Ephes. i. 18.) to convince us of sin, (John xvi. 8.) to shew us the spirituality of the law, (Rom. vii. 9.) and the purity of the divine nature, (1 Peter i. 16.) to bring us in to an intimate acquaintance with our own hearts, that by this knowledge of our own corruption (Jer. xvii. 9.) and helplessness, (2 Cor. iii. 5.) we may be deeply humbled, (Job xlii. 6.) and lead to seek for deliverance from these evils by the aid of some power greater than our own. (Isaiah. xli. 10.) Being thus emptied of all self-righteous notions and proud conceptions of our own strength, and groaning under the guilt of sin, through a spiritual application of the divine law to our consciences; we are prepared for the joyful reception of the Gospel, where pardon is freely offered to every coming sinner; and grace, mercy, and peace extended to the weary and heavyladen soul.
Thus the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. (John xvi. 13.) He testifies of Christ. (John xvi. 14.) He gives us an inward witness of his power and mercy in the conversion of our souls. (Rom. viii. 16.) He makes us the trophies of his victory over sin and death, and finally the precious jewels in the Re
The Spirit carries on the great work of salvation, which Jesus began in the days of his flesh, when he gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works; by renewing us in the spirit of our mind; (Ephes. iv. 23.) by making us new creatures; (2 Cor. v. 17.) by sanctifying us wholly in body, soul, and spirit; (1 Thess. v. 23.) by consecrating us as temples of the Lord Almighty, (2 Cor. vi. 16.) and filling us with those fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of God. (Phil. i. 11.)
Being, through the operation of the Spirit, united by faith to Jesus Christ, as branches to the vine, (John xv. 5.) and members to the head; (Eph. iv. 16.) we receive out of his fulness grace for grace. (John i. 16.) We can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth us; (Phil. iv. 13.) and are made more than conquerors, through him who hath loved us, and given himself for us. (Rom, viii, 37.)
We are enabled to crucify the flesh, (Gal. v. 34.) to resist the devil, (James iv. 7.) to renounce the world, (Mark x. 28.) to mortify the corrupt affections, (Col. iii. 5.) to walk in newness of life, (Rom. vi. 4.) and to glorify God, with our bodies and our spirits which are his; knowing that we are not our own, being bought with a price; (1 Cor. vi. 20.) even with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter i. 19.)
Thus the love of Christ constrains us to obedience.
(2 Cor. v. 14.) The long-suffering of God leadeth us to repentance. (2 Peter. iii. 15.) And by all the tender mercies of God we are sweetly influenced through the Spirit of grace, to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. (Rom. xii. 1.)
This part of that glorious work of redemption, which Christ performs in us by his Spirit, is so essential, that without it, all our views of Gospel truths however orthodox, and all our trust in his atonement however consoling, is a mere delusion; for "whom he justifieth, them he also glorifieth." (Rom. viii. 30.)
Sanctification is as essential to our enjoyment of heaven, as justification is to our admittance into it. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb. xi. 6.) Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. (Heb. xii. 14.)
Happy then is the man, whose hopes of heaven rest upon these two adamantine pillars; without either of which the fabric cannot stand.
Blessed Jesus! may my hope be fixed wholly upon thee. Be thou my rock, my only confidence; my soul's unbounded trust. Whilst simply resting on thy great atonement, may I daily feel this inward work of grace; that so, thy living care may perfect, what thy dying love began.
Great God of mercy, hail !
What matchless wonders shine,
In sweetest concord move.