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“ remember their sins no more.”] And still more explicitly : “ I will be their God, and they shall “ be my people, and I will give them one heart “and one way, that they may fear me for ever, “ for the good of them and of their children after “ them: and I will make an everlasting covenant “ with them, that I will not turn away from them “ to do them good; and I will put my fear into “ their hearts that they shall not depart from " me.”2 Now can this consist with the Lord's so leaving these very same persons to themselves, so giving them up to “ their own hearts' lusts," and so allowing the great enemy of their souls to tempt and overcome them ; that, in the event, they shall completely and finally depart from God, and have their portion with his enemies in the “ everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his “ '

In entire coincidence with these promises and engagements of the Old Testament is the language of our blessed Saviour in the New Testament. Not to dwell on that remarkable clause, which has been before considered, If it were possible, they would deceive the very elect ;"3 let the reader well ponder the words of our Lord to the woman of Samaria. “ He that drinketh of “ the water which I shall give him shall never " thirst,” or, shall not thirst for ever ; ( MY Subson ŠIS Tòv dvūva) “ but the water that I shall give him “ shall be in him a well of water springing up “ into everlasting life.”4 This accords with what

"Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. Heb. viii. 10–12. · Jer. xxxü. 38-40. Comp. 2 Sam. xxiii. 5. Matt. xxiv, 13.

* John iv, 14.

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he spake in another connexion : “ He that eateth “ of this bread shall live for ever."! This is explained when he says, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting

“ He that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never “ thirst."2 As he had said in the foregoing chapter, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that “ heareth my word, and believeth on him that “sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not

come into condemnation, but is passed from “ death unto life.”3 Thus again, in the chapter before quoted, “ This is the Father's will who “ hath sent me, that of all whom he hath given “me I should lose nothing, but should raise it

up again at the last day. And this is the will of “him that sent me, that every one who seeth the " Son and believeth on him should have everlast

ing life, and I will raise him up at the last “ day.”4 And still more expressly in another place: “My sheep-hear my voice, and I know

them, and they follow me; and I give unto “ them eternal life ; and they shall never perish ;' (8 μή απόλωνται εις τον αιώνα) “ neither shall any one

(ou tis) pluck them out of my hand. My Father “ who gave me them is greater than all ; and no

one (ou deis) is able to pluck them out of my “ Father's hand: I and my Father are one."5 What are we to suppose these energetical words to mean, if, after all, they who really do follow Christ, of whom exclusively he speaks, should be so tempted and overcome as finally and eternally John vi. 51, 58. 2 John vi. 35,

3 John v. 24. 4 John vi. 37_-40.

5. John X. 27-30.

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“ remember their sins no more.”! And still more explicitly: “ I will be their God, and they shall “ be my people, and I will give them one heart “ and one way, that they may fear me for ever, “ for the good of them and of their children after “ them: and I will make an everlasting covenant “ with them, that I will not turn away from them “ to do them good; and I will put my fear into “their hearts that they shall not depart from “ me."2 Now can this consist with the Lord's so leaving these very same persons to themselves, so giving them up to “ their own hearts' lusts," and so allowing the great enemy of their souls to tempt and overcome them ; that, in the event, they shall completely and finally depart from God, and have their portion with his enemies in the “ everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his “ angels?”

In entire coincidence with these promises and engagements of the Old Testament is the language of our blessed Saviour in the New Testament. Not to dwell on that remarkable clause, which has been before considered, “ If it were possible, they would deceive the very elect ;”3 let the reader well ponder the words of our Lord to the woman of Samaria. “ He that drinketh of “ the water which I shall give him shall never " thirst,” or, shall not thirst for ever ; (u pri dubion šis Tòv drõva) “ but the water that I shall give him “ shall be in him a well of water springing up “ into everlasting life." 4 This accords with what

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3 Matt. xxiv. 13.

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he spake in another connexion : “ He that eateth “ of this bread shall live for ever."! This is explained when he says, “ Verily, verily, I say unto

you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting “ life.” “ He that cometh to me shall never

hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never “ thirst."2 As he had said in the foregoing chapter,“ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that “ heareth my word, and believeth on him that “sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not “come into condemnation, but is passed from “ death unto life.”3 Thus again, in the chapter before quoted, “ This is the Father's will who “ hath sent me, that of all whom he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it

ир again at the last day. And this is the will of “him that sent me, that every one who seeth the 6 Son and believeth on him should have everlast‘ing life, and I will raise him up at the last

day."4 And still more expressly in another place : “My sheep-hear my voice, and I know

them, and they follow me; and I give unto “ them eternal life; and they shall never perish ; (i uri atónwrtal és tòy dsīva) “ neither shall any one ,

(50 715) pluck them out of my hand. My Father “who gave me them is greater than all ; and no

one (oudels) is able to pluck them out of my “ Father's hand: I and my Father are one."5 What are we to suppose these energetical words to mean, if, after all, they who really do follow Christ, of whom exclusively he speaks, should be so tempted and overcome as finally and eternally John vi. 51, 58. ? John vi. 35, 47. 3 John v. 24. * John vi. 37-40.

5. John x. 27-30.

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to perish? Would an act of grace, or deed of gift, worded in such precise, absolute, and unqualified language, admit of being explained away, by limitations and exceptions, not so much as intimated in it? Would the parties concerned think that the trustees or administrators of such a grant or deed dealt fairly with them, if they thus excluded them from the benefit of it?

In entire harmony with this, our Lord, when encouraging his disconsolate disciples, says, “I “ will give you another Comforter, who shall “abide with you for ever : I will not leave you “ comfortless, I will come unto you.”—“Because

shall live also."! With these promises, let the reader compare attentively the argument of the apostle: “ If when we were enemies we “were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, “much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved

by his life." And again, “ There is no con" demnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, “ who walk not after the flesh but after the Spi

.”-“Who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ “ that died, yea, rather is risen again, who is even “ at the right hand of God; who also maketh in“ tercession for us."3 Let him also well consider the apostle's words to the Colossians, “ Your life “ is hid with Christ in God; when Christ, who is “ our life, shall appear, then shall ye

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appear “ with him in glory."4 All this accords with our Lord's words to Peter, “ I have prayed for thee, " that thy faith fail not:"5 and with the same apostle's words to his Christian brethren ; “ Of ! John xiv. 16—19.

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10. 3 Rom. viii, 1, 34. * Col. ii. 3, 4.

5 Luke xxi. 32.

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