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without sin.” And having perfectly expiated and atoned for all our sins, he is now at the right hand of God, the glorified man still, in human form pleading our cause. God is in Christ. Thou canst not come to the Deity, but through the humanity of Jesus. Mind that. How sweet and encouraging this to faith, that our Saviour, our Brother, our Friend, is in our nature, before the throne! “He ever lives; he is able to save.” And canst thou ever doubt either his love, or willing. ness? Oh, remember Calvary! Think of his agony, and blood-shedding there. Canst thou want a proof of his love, poor sinner? If thou, whilst an enemy, wast redeemed and reconciled to God by his blood, how much more, being reconciled, shalt thou be saved by his life ! It is thy happiness, to be ever looking upon and unto Jesus, as the Man and Mediator, by whom thou comest to God: be looking for him, to see him in his glorified form. “He shall come again in like manner;" "to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them who believe," 2 Thess. i. 10.
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Oct. 21.-Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.-James iv. 8.
How sweetly are the children's duty and the Father's promise united l the latter is a most powerful encouragement to the former. Though we were “sometime afar off, yet, being made nigh by the blood of Jesus," we are exhorted, draw nigh to God, in prayer, and full assurance of faith; "faithful is He who hath promised," he will draw nigh to, and bless us. To live near God is our heaven below : to experience a distance from him our misery. We cannot draw nigh to God, but in that way he has drawn nigh to us ; this is in the human. ity of his Son. In all our approaches to God, consider this. Jesus, and God in him, is the object of our faith. All other objects drawn nigh to, will leave the soul in a painful sense of distance from the true God, and real
comfort. Happy, happy canst thou be, only, whilst daily living in close communion and near fellowship with God thy Saviour. While the terrors of the law drive legal spirits to duty, to fulfil terms of peace, and conditions of acceptance; evangelical promises ever sweetly constrain, and encourage to every duty, those who “are not under the law, but under grace.” To live in neglect of duty and God's ordinances, is devilish licentiousness; but, to be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, is christian liberty, "praying in the Holy Ghost.” As it is the office of Christ to intercede for us, so the Holy Ghost intercedes in us. As an advocate within, he enables us to plead in faith, what Jesus is to us, and hath done for us. With confidence to our dear Father, the Spirit helps in prayer, as a nurse does a little child, that is unable to go of itself; or, as a weak, decrepit person is upheld by the arm.
Here is our word of promise, “God will draw nigh to you.” This is our happiness below, our heaven on earth, to have access to the God of mercies; and for the Father of all .consolations to draw nigh to us. Not merely to draw nigh to duty, but to God in duty; to find and feel the special presence and blessing of the Lord. Without this, loving hearts cannot be satisfied. Communion with God, finding nearness of spirit, delightful intercourse with God, and receiving inward peace and love from him, Oh, this is the glory of the life of faith, and draws us from, and makes us dead to all things beside! When God, and Christ, and heaven are within, all without becomes truly mean and despicable in comparison. “It is good for me to draw near to God," Psalm lxxiii. 28.
Oct. 22.—I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son
of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.-Gal. ii. 20.
The state of a christian is a seeming paradox. No marvel the things of God are foolishness to natural men, and that they account us fools for Christ. For the truths of God, as well as the life of his children, appear absurd to them. But the life of Jesus is made manifest in our flesh, 2 Cor. iv. 11. Hence he saith, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself," Matt. xvi. 24; deny the pride of his own righteousness, the corrupt lusts of his sinful flesh, and own me as his life, and follow me as his Lord, in the regeneration. This crucifixion of nature is death to every hope but Jesus. This life of faith on him consists in peace, love, holiness, and joy. This springs from love, excites love, and is nourished by love. So we enjoy heaven below. This is heaven above insured to us. Blessed life! happy believer, to feel Christ living in thee, to live on him by faith! Envy you, ye sons of folly and vanity, we do not. Join with you in your carnal delights we cannot; joys infinitely superior are ours. Pity you, indeed, we do. Nor with you, ye sons of the bond. woman, can we live on our works and duties, derive life from terms we fulfil and conditions we perform; as if, for so much work, we earn so much wages. Our God owes is nothing; yet, astonishing grace! he gave his Son freely, “that we might live through him," though wretched, guilty, damnable creatures by nature and practice. Yet of this we are bold and confident. This truth bears the divine impress. The Lord hath confirmed it with an oath. Here to admit the least doubt is base and unreasonable. The life of faith springs from truth itself, and is as contrary to doubting as to sensuality; yet, while in the flesh, it will be opposed by both. But is every believer in Jesus assured with Paul, “Christ loved me, and gave himself for me?" No; though this knowledge is essential to the comfort of our souls, yet not to the being of faith in the heart;
nor is it the object of faith ; yet it is the joyful privilege of every believer, and as such, is earnestly to be coveted, and all diligence given to attain it. We are loved with the same love; saved by the same truth; the same faith given us, by the same Spirit which Paul had, and to the same end, to make us holy and happy. And the Comforter who testifies of Jesus in the word, will sooner or later also bear witness to the heart, and fill the soul with the comforts of faith and the joy of assurance. Every faithful soul, abiding in the Lamb, shall rejoice to say, The Spirit itself beareth witness with my spirit, that I am a child of God, Rom. viii. 16.
Oct. 23.—Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.—Matt. xxvi. 74.
Self-righteous hearts think, it would have been better to have concealed Peter's abominable wicked conduct. No; the Spirit of wisdom hereby stains the glory of all flesh, and exalts the superabounding riches of Christ's grace over all the aboundings of sin. He shows in Peter's denying his loving Saviour, what human nature is, and what shocking depths of sin a believer may fall into, when left to the workings of carnal' nature, and the buffetings of Satan. Dreadful to think of! Most earnestly to be prayed against! Yet, we see Christ's affectionate heart is ever toward his wounded, fallen members. Love is within, and by one look of love, how suddenly, how effectually did he raise and restore Peter! Three denials of Jesus, each attended with higher aggravations, though deserving a look of wrath, and a frown into hell, yet were followed with a look from Jesus which broke Peter's heart into affection, and melted his very soul into love. Amazing grace! Astonishing kindness! Let no disciple think, I am not in danger of falling, after the like example of unbelief; for every one is. What thinkest thou of thyself?
If any lamb of Jesus' flock is fallen, worried, and torn by the wolf, let him not say, “My loving Shepherd has cast me off for ever, and has no love to nor care for me.” What! will the true Shepherd, who gave his life for the sheep, bought every one of them with his own blood, suffer the enemy to rob him of his property, and destroy any of his purchased ones ? No, verily this can never be, while Jesus is mighty to save. That can never come to pass till Jesus ceaseth to love; and he can as soon cease to exist; for Jesus is God, and God is love. Oh, how often are our souls wounded! if not in denying Jesus to a fellow-creature, with oaths and curses; yet, too often are we ashamed to confess his dear person, his precious cause, his despised cross. Yea, and when we entertain unloving thoughts of him, from the unbelief of our heart, this tends to a denial of Jesus in his offices and characters; and depreciates his salvation, blood, righteousness, intercession, and faithfulness to his people. Hence we encourage guilty fears, his love is clouded, a sense of it in the heart grows cold, and the influence of it on the life is benumbed. Is not this in effect to say, "I know not the man ?" Such are the workings of nature and unbelief. We have too mean and contracted views of Christ at best, and such as, at times, we are ashamed of, when we are enabled clearly to view Christ in us, our hope of glory, Col. i. 27.
OCT. 24.-Remember Lot's wife.—Luke xvii. 32.
It may do us much good, it can do no harm, to call to mind the judgments of our God. Hence, we may learn from others' harm to be more wise and wary. If we see professors fall away, it teaches us to take heed: it tends to lay us low in humility at the feet of Jesus; and excites gratitude and love in our hearts, and makes us cry out in astonishment, Why are we not fallen ? How are we kept? “Glory to grace !” Obeliever,