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ness of time his Son came into the world. This occurrence gave us an opportunity of discovering our real sentiments towards the Father of spirits. We did not let slip the opportunity unimproved; but by murdering the Son of God in the flesh, showed what further might be expected from us, had the eternal Father been equally in our power. Yet, such were the bowels of his tender compassion, thạt he still pursued his merciful design. Well may we cry out, what manner of love is this! – What God says by the prophet is most evidently true: 'I have loved thee with an everlasting love.' Love that can triumph over so much opposition, must verily be an everlasting, unchangeable love. It must be agreeable to that of which the apostle speaks, “I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.' It must also be an unconquerable love ; for what but an unconquerable love would have retained its resolution to wade through blood, filial blood, the most precious and dear, to procure salvation for wretched, self-ruined, God-provok

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ing, Christ-killing, hell-deserving sinners! That love which could do all this, must be boundless love! Hence the apostle argues, 'He that spared not his own Son, but freely gave him up for us all, how shall he not, with him also, freely give us all things ?'(ibid.)

God will not miss of his own design. Living by faith on divine promises is a more noble operation of faith; because the gospel itself chiefly consists in promises; and it is a more necessary work of faith, because our miserable state by the apostasy has made the promises so necessary for our constant use. And therefore consider every promise of God as an expression of his immutable counsel and will. His power, wisdom, and goodness constitute his veracity, and oblige him to fulfil his promises. He freely made them, but necessarily performs them. God, that cannot lie, promised eternal life before the world began. And 'willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation. Nor can Christ deny himself, by being

unfaithful to us: Consider how God has laid the foundation of his promises in the death and resurrection of Christ. When it has cost Christ so dear to procure them, certainly God will not break them. Never can å promise be broke, which is ratified in the blood of the everlasting covenant.' The law given by Moses was firm ; but Christ is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. All the promises in him are yea, and in him amen ; that is, in him they are made, asserted, and ratified, and in him they shall be fulfilled. Consider how much it is for God's own pleasure to fulfil his promises. The happiness will be ours; but it will be his everlasting delight to see his creatures in their perfection. If he was so pleased, after creating them, to see them all good,' as to appoint a

sabbath of rest,' for the commemoration of it, how much more will it please him to see all restored by Jesus Christ to that perfection to which Adam was approaching when he sinned and fell! God will not miss of his own design, nor lose the everlasting complacency of his love." (Richard Baxter's Life of Faith, p. 104.)

The Creation shall be delivered. "By one man sin entered into the world,

and death by sin,' with all his train of sickness and disease, death's court,' the pageants of that monarch' who reigns even over those who sinned not after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the father of us all. Inscrutable Providence! dost thou condemn the innocent in the ruin of the ungodly? Hark! a glad voice cheers this groaning world: the creation shall be delivered ; the great drama which has been performing upon the vast theatre of this world shall come to a close; we shall all be taken behind the scene; every mouth shall be stopped ; then shall we

Justify the ways of God to man. Behold I make all things new, will yet be heard from the throne of the great Eternal! The creation of God shall again rise, good and fair as on that morning when the sons of God shouted for joy. The effects of the curse sħall no more be felt or seen. The temple of the universe shall again be filled with happiness, as in the days of innocence, and through all the mighty dome shall the triumphant shout resound, Death, with all his train, is swallowed. up in victory: thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rev. George Summerfield.)

All Flesh shall see the Salvation of God. “ When the sacrifice was offered up, what an illustration of divine power followed! On the day of Pentecost it descended like a rushing mighty wind, and filled all the house where the apostles were sitting. Every barrier gave way; the arm of the Lord was revealed; three thousand were pricked to the heart at once, and cried out beneath the power of his mighty hand, 'Men and brethren, what must we do?' Now he is known as mighty to save! This power is rolling on through all the world; all the energies of Deity are put forth to save our race, and soon shall the time arrive when alt flesh shall see the salvation of God.'

· The dwellers on the rocks, and in the vale,
Shout to each other; and the mountain tops
From distant mountains catch the sounding joy ;
Till nation after nation taught the strain,

Earth rolls the rapturous hosannah round.' Is there one soul in this vast assembly, trembling upon the very threshold of salvation, doubting the mercy of God, in the redemption by Jesus Christ our Lord ?

• Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God!' The Lord's arm is not now shortened that he cannot

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