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have believed it to the saving of their souls. Whoever disparage the doctrine of sovereignty, it must not be such as owe to it all their present interest in the salvation of God, and all their hope of his eternal glory. But such are we. By nature the children of wrath cven as others; alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that was in us; rushing madly on in the paths of death; grace, unsought, undesired, met us; opened our eyes to our folly; hedged up our way with thorns; turned us back into the path of righteousness. Our wounded consciences and wearied hearts found healing and rest in Jesus Christ. His precious blood was the remedy of our guilt. How soothing the voice which whispered to our troubled spirits, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace! Shall we ever forget that we deserved every thing the reverse of what we have received ? That our birth and our nativity was of the land of Canaan, our father an Amorite, and our mother a Hittite? That we were cast out in the open field, to the loathing of our persons ? And that the compassionate Savior passed by us, and saw us polluted in our own blood; and said unto us when we were in our blood, Live: yea, said unto us when we were in our blood, Live! If we have fled from the wrath to come; if we are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; if we

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have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, Father; all this, and all the glory which is

, yet to be revealed in us, are the blessed fruits of forgiveness through the redemption of the blood of Jesus. Sweetly constrained by his love, shall we not judge, with the apostle of the Gentiles, that we must henceforth live, not unto ourselves, but unto Him that died for us, and rose again? The sum of our duty and happiness, O believer! is comprised in this precept-As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so WALK YE IN HIM.

The blood of sprinkling, kept by faith in the conscience, is the sure preservative from guilt; the holy secret of a comfortable and familiar walk with God. In this privilege let us go from strength to strength, lifting up our eyes to the hills from whence cometh our help; showing forth the righteousness and the salvation of Jehovah all the day long : and waiting for that great consummation, when, all the sorrows of earth's pilgrimage ended, and all its defilements washed away,

“Heaven lifts her everlasting portals high,
And bids the pure in heart behold their God!”

AMEN.

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LIVING FAITH.

A SERMON,

PREACHED BEFORE THE SOCIETY

FOR THE

RELIEF OF THE DESTITUTE SICK.

On the evening of Sabbath, the first of Nov., 1801, in Brieto-street

meeting house, Edinburgh.

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