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tation wherein the enemy of souls goes about, like a
foundation, they see it to be a sure foundation, by - the brightness of Christ's appearance, by the manifes
tation of the son of God. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined into our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ:' This is the foundation; in building upon which, our souls can find peace and satisfaction. This is revealed and made known by the sovereign almighty arm, and power and wisdom of the Eternal God. This is that which I would leave among you; build upon the right foundation, even upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed Son of God. God sent bis own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin
condemned sin in the flesh; that you may all come! me to be justified freely, by his grace, and led by the 1"
spirit of God, as the children of God : that you may is * walk in the spirit, and not fulfil the lusts of the flesh,
for if ye live after the flesh (says the apostle) ye shall die ; but if you through the spirit mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live,' Rom. viii. 13. The spirit of God is a spirit of purity, holiness, righteousness and self-denial; that will lead you through the straight gate, and in the barrow way, that leads to
Friends, this is the work that God hath called you to, even to build upon the right foundation; this is the day of God's love, the day of his power, where in you are to be a willing people that this work may be carried on in your hearts, the knowledge you have in religion, it must be experimental; for historical knowledge only, will not do; for that is a knowledge of the concern of others, and not our own. Let us bigbly prize and value the saving knowledge of God, and Jesus Christ, which is life eternal : let us look unto Christ within us, who is the light that discovers the works of darkness, and leads us out of them. Know God's foundation, and build well upon it, not hay and stubble, which will be consumed by fire. I beseech you, in the name of the everlasting God, build upon the true foundation, Christ within you, the hope of glory, which is a mystery hid from ages and generations. Our Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples a little before his departure; 'If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.' It is be, that dwelt in the hearts of the primitive christians of old, and it is he, that dwells in his people now; he can open in our hearts a living fountain, a well of water springing up unto everlasting life. The Lord Jesus Christ is the great physician, that can cure all our spiritual maladies, and he is willing and ready to help us : come under his teaching, and guidance, and he will show you the path of life, and lead you in the way everlasting. Behold, be stands at the door and knocks; do you open your hearts to him, and be will come in, and sup with you, and you with him. He is calling you to repentance, to turn from sin, and come to Him that you may have life ; he will lay judgment to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and bring down the man of sin in us, and raise us up to the love of God, and faith in God; that we may deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts, and every thing that is contrary to the mind of God, that so we may love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our soul. And if we love God with all our minds, we must not give our minds to any thing else ; and if we love God with all our might and strength, we must love nothing but in subordination to him: we must love all things in God, and love God above all things, then we shall come truly to know that the Lord is our God. Matt. vii. 24. Our Saviour speaking of building upon the right foundation, Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doth them; I will liken him to a wise man that built his house upon a Rock, (and this Rock is Christ himself,) and the rains decended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the House, and it fell not ; for it was founded on a rock. Such an one, that heareth Christ's sayings, and doth them, be builds upon Christ the Rock of our salvation : upon this foundation did the holy patriarchs build ; and upon this Rock and Foundation did the holy prophets build.
God told Elijah, 1 King xix. 18. “Yet have I left seven thousand in Israel, that have not bowed unto Baal.' Have a care of idolatry, of spiritual idolatry of loving any sin or lust: let Christ have your hearts, and the strength and flower of your love and affections, and build upon him alone who is the true foundation. Do not content yourselves with an external possession ; labour to come and experience the work of regeneration, that you may know you are born again, born of the spirit, and are passed from death to life, and live in obedience to the commands of Christ, for he is the Author of eternal salvation, to all them that obey him. Have you known the terrors of the Lord ? ask yourselves, am I so terrified, as to be persuaded to turn from that which would turn me from God ? am I turned from that; which would eclipse God's light in my soul ? If thou art turned from sin to righteousness, thou art not a canter, thou art not an enthusiast; thou art a true child of God; and a work of regeneration is not only begun in thy soul, but thou art going on to perfection, and thou hast laid the foundation of repentance from dead works, and repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, our great mediator and redeemer, who is the way, the truth and the life : and if thou be faithful to death, he will give thee the crown of life.,
Let us take heed to ourselves, and watch against the enemy of our souls, that he may not seduce us and bewilder us, and make us wander and lose our way, while we are travelling through the wilderness of this world, toward the heavenly Canaan. The same almighty arm, that brought us out of Egypt, will conduct us through the wilderness, and bring us safe to Canaan : our heavenly Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be our captain and leader, and after all our labours and dangers and conflicts with potent enemies in our way, he will bring us to the good land, to that kingdom that cannot be shaken ; that inheritance, that is incorruptible, and undefiled, and fadeth not away: then we shall know our lot, and sing praises, living praises, with joy in our bearts, and harps in our hands, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, saying, "blessing, honour, and glory, and power, to him, that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever! worthy is the Lamb, that was slain, to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honour, glory, and blessing; who hath redeemed us to God by his blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;" . and hath made us to our God kings and priests.We must now believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, with a faith that worketh by love; we cannot be saved by a dead faith, but by a living faith: and as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; .
we shall be saved from sin, and from the wrath to come : 'unless you believe in me (said our Saviour to the Jews) ye shall die in your sins. They that live in their sins, will die in them : blessed are they that mortify their sins, and that die to sin, that they may die in the Lord, and live forever with the Lord ! happy are they, that are found in Christ (in a dying hour) not having their own righteousness, they sball be accepted of God; not for any righteousness of their own, but for the righteousness of Christ, who hath all righteousness to justify us, and will by his spirit work righteousness in us, and will be sanctification to us, he that knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him ;' and the apostle tells us, that Christ is made to us of God, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption : 0 glory, and honour, and eternal renown, be to our Lord Jesus Christ, who is all in all to us!
O friends, you that are an humble people, that mourn for sin, that are merciful, meek, and lowly, and poor in spirit, and pure in heart; our Lord Jesus Christ in his sermon on the mount hath pronounced a blessing on you: 'blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven : blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted : blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth : blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy: blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matt. v. O friends, you that have tasted, that the Lord is gracious, come unto Christ, as the true and sure Foundation : come unto him, as a Living Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious; you also as lively stones, shall be built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God, by Jesus Christ : unto you (saith the apostle) that believe, Christ is precious. Wherefore it is written, Isa. 28. 16. Thus saith the Lord God, behold I