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ift, God's love to sinners is free and undeserv-
ed; and the whole world when arraigned at God's
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all have finned, and come sort of the glory of God,
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not for you as soon as any other ? For there is no
difference. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is
as freely preached to you, as ever it was to those
who hearing and believing it, are now in glory;
and it is proposed to you on the same terms, be-
lieve on the Lord Jesus Cbrist and ye shall be saved.
The faints in glory, of whom the sacred pen-man
of this precious passage is not the least, (in hea-
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ly, ver. 6, for whom the Saviour died; and says the divine writer, while we were yet finners. Jesus Chrift did not postpone his purposed death untill these had left their fins and become righteous ; but he shed his precious blood, to obtain that grace, whereby their hearts should be renewed, and they be made righteous. You complain that you are yet weak, that your lives have been wicked, and your hearts to this moment are hard and unbelieving. All this you see is no bar to the love of God in Christ Jefus ; if God had not loved finners while yet they were such, and in rich mercy undertaken to recover them from that state by a way worthy of himself, they must have remained sinners to all eternity, and suffered the punishment due to fin.

There is not in this or any age of the world a trembling finner whom the Lord does not look to in love, nor one that is bowed down and contrite in heart, with whom Jehovah himself does not dwell.

2dly. Christ's agonizing and painful death has fully accomplished the purposes of heavenly love. He, the Redeemer of his people came not on a fool's errand, nor spilt his precious blood in vain. The price was great, glorious, wonderful. precious blood of the Son of God, as of a Lamb witha out blemish and without spot. What could it not effect? It was the price of pardon, we had sinned, the Saviour suffered; he died the death we finners had deferved. Pardon therefore is purchased, the price, the inconceivably great and immense price is paid. Settle the comfortable truth there. fore in your hearts; there needs no second payment, for there's no after claim. The law wants nothing more, stern juftice is appeased, and the M

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and have a rightful claim to glory for the sake of Christ's merits. Were we sinners ? Christ died for us, not for us as faints, holy persons, for such we were noť ; but for finners, that they might be saints. Were we enemies? We are reconciled by the death of bis Son. All our blessings therefore are the price of blood, all spiritual comforts are conveyed to us through the vehicle of blood. Well may the Redeemer say in words like those, Exod. v. 25, “ surely a bloody spouse

art thou to me.'

Let the poor trembling sinner, who in his own apprehension is on the verge of the bottomless pit, and who like the publican in the temple stands afar off, and scarce dare lift his eyes towards heaven; Isay, let such poor disconfolate creatures, learn some useful lessons of instruction from the observations already made on this precious scripture.

ist, God's love to finners is free and undeserved; and the whole world when arraigned at God's bar is brought in guilty, not one excepted, for, all have finned, and come fort of the glory of God, and there is none righteons, no not one. Rom. iii. 10-23. Now if there be salvation for any, why not for you as soon as any other ? For there is no difference. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is as freely preached to you, as ever it was to those who hearing and believing it, are now in glory; and it is proposed to you on the same terms, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and ye shall be saved. The faints in glory, of whom the sacred pen-man of this precious passage is not the least, (in heaven, although such he accounted himself to be on earth) were once numbered amongst those ungodly, ver. 6, for whom the Saviour died; and says the divine writer, while we were yet finners. Jesus Christ did not postpone his purposed death untill these had left their fins and become righteous ; but he shed his precious blood, to obtain that grace, whereby their hearts should be renewed, and they be made righteous. You complain that you are yet weak, that your lives have been wicked, and your hearts to this moment are hard and unbelieving. All this you see is no bar to the love of God in Christ Jefus ; if God had not loved sinners while yet they were such, and in rich mercy undertaken to recover them from that state by a way worthy of himself, they must have remained sinners to all eternity, and suffered the punishment due to fin. There is not in this or any age of the world a trembling finner whom the Lord does not look to in love, nor one that is bowed down and contrite in heart, with whom Jehovah himself does not dwell.

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2dly. Christ's agonizing and painful death has fully accomplished the purposes of heavenly love. He,' the Redeemer of his people came not on a fool's errand, nor spilt his precious blood in vain. The price was great, glorious, wonderful. The precious blood of the Son of God, as of a Lamb with out blemish and without spot. What could it not effect? It was the price of pardon, we had sinned, the Saviour suffered; he died the death we finners had deferved. Pardon therefore is purchased, the price, the inconceivably great and immense price is paid. Settle the comfortable truth there. fore in your hearts; there needs no second payment, for there's no after claim. The law wants nothing more, stern justice is appeased, and the M

glori. glorious work in every part is finished. Nor suffer it to slip out of your minds, that Jesus died for finners, the price is paid for the poor, the poor in spirit, and their's, as the purchased blefsing, is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice and be glad in your reconciled God, for be was in Cbrist reconciling the world unto himjelf. Herod and Pontius Pilate who before were at enmity, were reconciled to each other in condemning Jesus ; but God, and sinners who were before at enmity are reconciled in the execution of that sentence, thro' the shedding of his most valuable blood, for when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. Therefore do ye daily meditate on the blood and death of the dear Son of God, and draw your cure, a perfect cure, a cure for all the maladies of your fin-fick souls from the Redeemer's cross. He bled the precious balm poor wounded sinners want, nor is his blood grown old, nor has it lost it's power, He is a Saviour to to the utter mot for all that come to God by him, and whosoever comes, finners hear and lay up in your hearts the precious saying, I will in no wise cast out.

3dly. You are hereby also taught that salvation is not but by the blood of Christ, for there is no juftification but in consequence of his vicarious death ; therefore they who strive and toil thinking by their own self-laboured works to enter into heaven, do but spend their strength for nought, and their labour for that wbich satisfietb not. Such are thieves and robbers, they refuse to come in by the door Christ Jesus, and attempt to climb up and enter another way; these rob God of the glory due to his name as the oniy Saviour. If.

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