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out of free sovereign mercy. There is none so vile | covered out of sight in a moment. but God can save him without prejudice to his were to carry an immense rock and plunge it into justice, truth, holiness, or majesty. God has saved the same ocean, it would be equally covered. So as vile wretches, in time past, as any vile wretches is it with the least of sinners, and the chief of that need now to be saved. Manasseh, once a sinners, when they come to Christ. There is no monster in human form, is now a white-robed saint difference. The ocean of the blood of Jesus before the throne. The dying thief is this day covers both equally. All sinners that come to with Christ in paradise. The murderers of Jesus Christ are equally justified in the sight of God. are now tuning their harps of gold, and singing, He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. • Worthy is the Lamb.'
Christ is no half-saviour. His work is perfect. This is good news for thee, O vilest of men- Dost thou believe in Christ? Then "all the transfor thee who hast sinned against light and gressions that thou hast committed shall not be against convictions. I do not know that God mentioned unto thee.' Canst thou say the will save thee, but I know that if he does, it will sweetest words that human lips ever uttered, be in perfect accordance with his nature. · He My Beloved is mine ? Then on the authority delighteth in mercy.'
of him who cannot lie, I say to thee, 'As far as 2. With him is plenteous redemption. When east is from the west, so far hath he removed thy the manna fell upon the face of the wilderness transgressions from thee.' But perhaps thou round the camp of Israel, there was a plentiful sayest, However far removed, God's all-seeing supply for the many thousands of Israel. He eye may still be fixed on them. This cannot be; that gathered much had nothing over, and he for thou canst say with Hezekiah, “Thou hast that gathered little had no lack. So it is with cast all my sins behind my back.' Nay, they are Christ. He is freely offered to every creature. not only behind God's back, but out of sight, for We are not straitened in Christ, but in our own it is written, Thou wilt cast all their sins into hearts. "With him is plenteous redemption.' the depths of the sea.' But are they not to be No sinner ever came to Christ, and found the found in God's book of remembrance ? Listen to Fountain of forgiveness dried up. One of the his own gracious declaration, 'I have blotted out texts that was instrumental in the conversion of as a thick cloud thy transgressions, and as a John Bunyan was this, “Yet there is room,” Luke cloud thy sins. But God can remember my xiv. 22. Undone sinner, let this text lead thee to sins, even though he has blotted them out of his Christ. Many have come to Christ since the days book. Hear again his own word, “I will forgive of Abel. Thousands have entered through the their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no strait gate, and are now his believing people on more.' But surely if God were to search out earth, or his glorified people in heaven. “But yet my sins he would find them somewhere, and conthere is room. There is room for thee under demn me in the judgment. Fear not, 0 troubled Christ's wings. With him is plenteous redemp- soul, this cannot be ; for it is written, “The iniquity tion. Brainerd once asked one of his converted of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be Indians, “Do you see enough in Christ for the none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be greatest of sinners?' She replied, 'O enough, found.' enough, for all the sinners in the world, if they would but come. And when he asked her if she would not tell others of the goodness of Christ; turning herself about to some poor
ELEVENTH DAY.-EVENING. Christless souls who stood by, she said, “O there
· For ye are bought with a price : therefore is enough in Christ for you, if you would but come.
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, O strive, strive to give up your hearts to him.' Sinner, let the words of this poor
which are God's,' 1 Cor. vi. 20. believing Indian sink into thy heart. There In these words we have the history of a believer. is enough in Christ for thee, for with him is 1. There was a time when he did not belong to plenteous redemption. O! take up the words God. This is implied when it is said, 'ye are of the returning prodigal, How many hired bought with a price;' for a man does not buy servants of my father's have bread enough, and what is already his own. An unconverted soul to spare, and I perish with hunger; I will arise does not belong to God. In one sense, indeed, and go to my father.'
all things belong to God; for the earth is the 3. He redeems from all iniquities. If you Lord's, and the fulness thereof."
He says, drop a pebble into the bosom of the ocean, it is | Every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle
upon a thousand hills.' And again, 'the Lord | liarly dear to God. • Since thou wast precious hath made all things for himself, yea, even the in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I wicked for the day of evil. Still, it is also true have loved thee.' God puts more value upon that the wicked do not belong to God. They one believer than upon all the ungodly in the are not his portion, his inheritance, his purchased world. He is very kind to the ungodly; he possession. They are lost. They are sold under gives them food and raiment; houses and riches, sin. When a fisherman draws his nets, and health and pleasures, sunshine and showers; and finds a great many bad fish among the good ones, yet he gives a child of God more in one day than he does not count the bad ones as his own. He he gives to all the ungodly during their whole gathers the good into vessels, and casts the bad existence. He gives his own children-forgiveaway. So does God look upon lost souls. He ness, peace with God, and the Holy Spirit. says to them, “Ye are not my people, and I will Truly we are not our own, we are bought with not be your God.'
a price. God does not reign in unconverted souls. It 3. The blessed duty flowing from this. "Whereis true he reigns over them, as he does over the fore glorify God,' &c. This duty is simply the wild beasts of the forest, and over the wild waves resignation of soul and body into his hands, for of the sea.
He makes their wrath to praise him. time and for eternity. Take an example in one He holds them in with bit and bridle. But God of the holiest and most eminent divines that ever does not reign in their hearts. The devil reigns lived. "I have been before God, and have given there, and not God. The heart of an uncon- myself, all that I am, and have, to God; so that verted man is the devil's house,' Mark iii. 27. I am not, in any respect, my own.
I can chal0! it is good for me to look unto the rock lenge no right in this understanding, this will, whence I was hewn, and to the hole of the pit these affections which are in me. Neither have whence I was digged. Truly I can say, like I any right to this body, or any of its members Hezekiah, “Thou hast loved my soul from the no right to this tongue, these hands, these feet; pit of corruption. Should I not add, 'I shall no right to these senses, these
ears, go softly all my years in the bitterness of my this smell, or this taste; I have given myself soul ?
clean away, and have not retained anything as 2. The happy change. “Ye are bought with my own. I gave myself to God in my baptism, a price. When a man has bought anything, and and I have been this morning to him, and told paid for it, more especially if it has cost him a him that I gave myself wholly to him," (President great price, he says, “This is mine. So it is Edwards). Or take the example of a dear boy with God and the believer. He has laid down a who died about eight years old, and who was price for him, the pearl of great price. And now evidently taught by the same Spirit.
One he says of every believing soul, ‘Fear not, for I have evening, near his death, he said to his watchful redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, mother, “Mother, I think I belong to him. She thou art mine.' The moment that Jesus spreads asked, "To whom, my child?' He replied, “To his skirt over a poor dying polluted sinner, the voice God, mother; my will, my understanding, my of the Father is heard saying, “Deliver him from affections; I am God's boy altogether, mother.' going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.' O my soul, dost thou know anything of this? There never was a possession so completely Canst thou say, 'I am my Beloved's, and his belonging to any one as a redeemed soul belongs desire is toward me? Is it the chief desire of to God. We are his by creation, 'He hath made my heart to glorify God by fleeing from all sin ? us, and not we ourselves.' We are his by pre- When the world comes and says, Come with us, servation. In him we live, and move, and have stolen waters are sweet; my soul replies, Sinful our being: How many years he preserved us world, I am not yours, I am the Lord's. When when we were cutting at the hand that kept us Satan says, Come with me, thou shalt not surely out of hell. We are his by election. “Ye have die; my soul cries out, Get thee behind me, Satan, not chosen me, but I have chosen you. Fear I am not yours. I was once yours, but now I not, O Jacob, my servant, and thou Jeshurun am bought with a price; I am Christ's. When whom I have chosen.' We are his by redemp- my own wicked heart says, Come and taste a little tion. 'I lay down my life for the sheep.' “This worldly pleasure; my new heart replies, Old is my body broken for you. We are his by the man, I am not thine-I am not my own, I am indwelling Spirit. "I will dwell in them and bought with a price—therefore will I glorify God walk in them, and I will be their God, and they in my body and my spirit, which are his. shall be my people. Accordingly, we are pecu
the fields of Bethlehem came and kneeled to him;
and the wise men saw and adored the infant • He came unto his own, and his own received him King; but the most despised him. He is not,' John i. 11.
despised and rejected of men.' 'She wrapped In this chapter John describes the coming of the him in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger, Son of God into the world, and his rejection by for there was no room for them in the inn. They those whom he came to save, in three different knew him not during his life. Few believed on ways. In ver. 5. he says, “The light shineth him. They called him glutton, wine-bibber, in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it deceiver. Once they sought to cast him over not. When Jesus came to this world, it was the rocks. Often they plotted to kill him. He like the rising of the bright and morning star;' that had all things now wanted every thing. but the hearts of men were covered over with Certain women ministered to him of their submurky vapours, like those that settled over Egypt stance,' Luke viii. 3. He had no money to pay in that night when the darkness might be felt,' his tribute. The creatures of his hand had a so that the heavenly radiance of Immanuel was warmer bed than he. The foxes have holes, not allowed to shine upon their souls. To those the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of that knew him he was the light of men,' the man hath not where to lay his head.' "Every morning Star,' the Sun of righteousness,' the man went to his own home; Jesus went to the
morning without clouds;' but all the rest of the mount of Olives. Another time he sat wearied world comprehended it not.
on a well, and said to a poor woman, 'Give me Is it not still the same? We know that we to drink. He that was God over all, blessed for are of God, and the whole world lieth in wicked-ever, could say, 'I am a worm and no man.' The ness.' On many souls Christ has arisen with world know him not to this hour. The offence healing in his wings, so that we can say to them, of the cross has not ceased. The way of salva* Arise; shine, for thy light is come, and the tion by Christ for us is still despised by most. glory of the Lord has risen upon thee.' But, ah! He who is a sanctuary to all them that believe, the most have never admitted the sweet, soft, is a stumbling-stone and rock of offence to most. peace-bringing beams of Jesus to shine into their O my soul, canst thou believe on Jesus when the dark hearts. * The God of this world hath world despise him? Canst thou be one of the blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest little flock? Canst thou enter in at the strait the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is gate, and walk on the narrow way, with an the image of God, should shine into them. They unbelieving world on every side? know not whither they are going. Their feet
'Obey the gospel call, are ready to stumble on the dark mountains.
And enter while you may; • The path of the wicked is as darkness; they
The flock of Christ is always small, know not at what they shall stumble.'
And none are safe but they.' Again, in ver. 10. it is written, “He was in Again, in ver. 11. it is written, “He came the world, and the world was made by him, and unto his own, and his own received him not. In the world knew him not. Strange visit to this John xix. 27, the same words are rendered more fallen world! He who “hung the earth upon fully, “ to his own home.' To see the full meaning nothing'-he who said, “Let there be light, and of the passage before us, we must adopt the same there was light-he who ‘formed man of the reading here: “He came unto his own home, and dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils his own family received him not.' the breath of life'-he" by whom were all things The Jews were, as it were, his own family; created that are in heaven, and that are on earth' and when he came to them, it was like coming —that glorious being came to his own world, to his own home. It was he who called their "God manifest in the flesh.' Surely all his crea- father Abraham, and separated them from among tures will run to worship and adore him. Surely the nations to be a peculiar treasure: " He said
, they will worship and bow down; they will Surely they are my people, children that will not kneel before the Lord their maker.' Not so: lie: so he was their Saviour. In all their affilicthe world knew him not. They knew him not tion he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence at his birth. He left the hallelujahs of the saved them: in his love and in his pity he heavenly world for the manger at Bethlehem. redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried No angel bowed before the infant Saviour. No them all the days of old,' Isa. lxiii. 8, 9. He seraph vailed his face and feet before him. “The was the substance of all their types. He was the world knew him not. A few shepherds from true pillar-cloud that guided their fathers, the true bread from heaven; he was the rock that and his aversion from Christ, are so great that followed them. He was the true Isaac the child they cannot be overcome by any power less than of promise, the prophet like unto Moses, the divine. “No man can come unto me, except the David the beloved, the true Solomon the prince Father, which hath sent me, draw him.' There of peace. Though to all the world he may appear never was a teacher like Christ. “Never man • without form or comeliness, having no beauty spake like this man.' He spoke with such that they should desire him; yet surely his own authority, not like the scribes, but with a heaIsrael will receive him as “the rose of Sharon venly dignity and power. He spoke with such and the lily of the valleys. Ah no! He came wisdom; he spoke the truth without any imperunto his own, and his own received him not.' fection; his teaching was pure light from the They cried, “Not this man, but Barabbas.' Fountain of light. He spoke with such love, · Away with him, away with him, crucify him, with the love of one who was to lay down his crucify him.' His blood be upon us, and upon life for his hearers. He spoke with such meekour children. The rulers derided him. The ness, bearing the contradiction of sinners against very thieves railed at him. They shoot out the himself, when reviled, reviling not again. He lip, they wag the head, they give him vinegar to spoke with such holiness, for it was 'God manidrink.
fest in the flesh.' And yet all this did not draw To this day his own receive him not. Ah! them. There never was a more precious gift think, sinner, whom it is you are despising. Did laid at the feet of sinners. "My Father giveth you ever see the son of a king lay by his robes you the true bread from heaven. I am the bread and his glory, become a poor man, and die in of life. He that cometh to me shall never hunger, misery, and all for nothing? Do you think the and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.' Lord Jesus Christ left his Father's love and the The very Saviour their perishing souls needed adoration of angels, and became a worm and died was now before them. His hands were stretched under wrath, and all for no purpose? Is there out to them. He was within their reach. He no wrath lying upon your soul? Have you no offered himself to them. Yet they would not need of such a Saviour? Why then do you delay come to him. Oh! the desperate blindness, to flee to him?
hardness, deadness, and wickedness of the uncon
verted heart. Nothing but Almighty grace can «Ungrateful sinners ! whence this scorn Of God's long-suffering grace?
change it. Oh! graceless man, your friends warn And whence this madness that insults
you, your ministers cry aloud to you, the whole The Almighty to his face?
bible pleads with you; Christ, with all his benefits, is set before you ; and yet, unless the Holy Spirit be poured upon your heart, you will
remain an enemy of the cross of Christ, and the TWELFTH DAY.-EVENING.
destroyer of your own soul. “No man can come
unto me, except the Father, which hath sent me, No man can come to me, except the Father, draw him.' which hath sent me, draw him: and I will
II. How invincible is the grace of Jehovah ! raise him up at the last day,' John vi. 44.
No creature power can draw the sinner to Christ. I. How amazing is the depravity of the natural Demonstration, miraculous evidence, threatening, heart! The scriptures abundantly teach us this. invitation, may all be used in vain. Jehovah All faithful ministers lift up their voice like a alone can draw the soul to Christ. trumpet to show the people this; and it is the out his Spirit with the word, and the soul is first work of the Holy Spirit on the heart to sweetly and powerfully inclined to run to Jesus. convince of sin. There is not in the word of God " Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy a more fearful discovery of the depravity of the power.' 'Is any thing too hard for the Lord ?' natural heart than in these words. David says, “The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as ‘Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did the rivers of water; he turneth it whithersoever my mother conceive me,' Psal. li. 5. God says he will.' Take an example: A Jew was sitting by the prophet Isaiah, “I knew that thou wouldest at the receipt of custom, near the gate of Caperdeal very treacherously, and wast called a trans- naum. His brow was furrowed with the marks gressor from the womb;' Isa. xlvii. 8. And of covetousness, and his jealous eye exhibited all Paul says, We were by nature the children of the low cunning of the publican. Very probably wrath, even as others,' Eph, ï. 3. But here we he had heard much of Jesus; perhaps he had are told that the impotency of a natural man, I heard him preach by the shore of the lake of
He pours Galilee; still his worldly heart was unchanged, the operations of the Holy Spirit, have very for he remained at his wicked trade, sitting by often appeared to me as sweet and glorious docthe receipt of custom. The Saviour passed that trines. These doctrines have been much my way, and as he bent his eyes upon the busy Levi, delight. God's sovereignty has ever appeared said, 'Follow me.' He said no more. He used to me a great part of his glory. It has often no argument, no threatening, no promise. But been my delight to approach God and adore him the God of all grace breathed on the publican's as a sovereign God, and ask sovereign mercy of heart, and he was made willing; "he arose and him.' followed him. It pleased God, who worketh all "O! to grace how great a debtor things according to the counsel of his own will,
Daily I'm constrained to be !
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter, to give Matthew a saving glimpse of the excel
Bind my wandering heart to thee.' lency of Jesus; a drop fell from heaven upon his heart, and melted it; he smelled the sweet savour of the Rose of Sharon. What is all the world to Matthew now? He cares not for its gains, its THIRTEENTH DAY.-MORNING. pleasures, its praises, any more. In Christ he sees what is sweeter and better than them all. 'Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he He arose and followed Jesus.
will guide you into all truth : for he shall not Let us learn that a simple word may
be blessed speak of himself ; but whatsoever he shall hear, to the saving of precious souls. Often we are
that shall he speak : and he will shero you tempted to think there must be some deep and
things to come,' John xvi. 13. logical argument to bring men to Christ. Often I. Let us meditate on the glorious person here we put confidence in high-sounding words. spoken of. “The Spirit of truth.' A little before Whereas it is the simple exhibition of Christ Jesus had called him “another Comforter,' and carried home by the Spirit, which awakens, the Comforter,' because he is the Author of all enlightens, and saves. · Not by might, nor by true divine comfort in the soul of man. He alone power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.' pierces the heart with deep conviction of sin, and If the Spirit be breathing on the people, these binds up the broken-hearted by healing discoveries little words, 'Follow Jesus,' spoken in love, may of Christ. These words'—the Comforter-(says be blessed to the saving of a whole congregation. an eminent Christian) seem immensely great,
Let us learn to give the whole praise and enough to fill heaven and earth.' But here he is glory of our salvation to the free, sovereign, effi- called “the Spirit of truth; for two reasons : cacious
of Jehovah. An old divine says, 1. Because he sees all things truly. He is the "God was so angry with Herod for not giving omniscient One. He sees sin as it is, in all its him the glory of his eloquence, that the angel of infinite blackness. He sees the heart of man as the Lord smote him immediately, and he died a it is; his eye penetrates to the deepest recesses miserable death; he was eaten of worms, and of the ungodly heart. He sees Christ as he is, in gave up the ghost. But if it be very sinful in all his infinite excellency and glory. He searches a man to take to himself the glory of such a all things, yea, the deep things of God,' 1 Cor. ü. qualification as eloquence, how much more a man's 10. He sees the gospel in all its divine wisdom taking to himself the glory of divine grace, God's and pure heavenly grace. 2. Because he teaches own image, and that which is infinitely God's all things truly. He is the Fountain of life and most excellent, precious, and glorious gift?' How light to the soul of man. When he comes to the many times, in the 1st chapter of Ephesians, soul, he quickens and enlightens in the same does Paul insist upon it that we are saved by moment. He reveals the truth, as it is in Jesus, free, unmerited grace? And how fully does without any imperfection, without any cloud or John ascribe the whole glory of salvation to the error. If there be any dimness in our view of free
grace of the Lord Jesus? Unto him that divine things, the fault does not lie in the Teacher, loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own but in the perverse heart of the disciple. He blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto does his part with divine perfection, revealing God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion the Mediator in all his matchless beauty, fulness, for ever. Amen.' How solemn are the words and grace. Earthly teachers fail in two ways: of President Edwards, in his Personal Narrative! in their perception of the truth, and in their The doctrines of God's absolute sovereignty and communicating the truth. They do not see free grace, in showing mercy to whom he would things exactly as they are, nor do they teach show mercy; and man's absolute dependence on them exactly as they see them. But the Spirit