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fessors, who make your works the sole foundation of your trust;-look at the suffering Jesus! You hear of his dying love, but you regard it not. Ah! for a moment listen to these moving words, prophetically issuing from the lips of the pale, tortured, agonised Redeemer, who, beholding your cold, your cruel indifference to his sorrows endured for your sakes, thus addresses you: "Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger."*
O my soul, pray earnestly for those thoughtless, senseless beings, that the Lord the Spirit may smite every rocky heart, and cause the waters of godly sorrow to gush out in plenteous streams-thyself, the hardest rock of all!
Though Isaiah complained: "Lord, who hath believed our report." Though Paul reiterated the complaint,† still bright days are in reserve for the church of God. The prophecies glow with descriptions of glory. Language fails to depict the fulness of the blessings of the Gospel of Christ. How rich, how varied, are the promises made to Christ, for in him, they are all yea and amen, to the glory of God. As the stars in the firmament, they shine throughout the pages of Holy Writ. Faith, standing like Moses on the top of Pisgah, views the length and breadth of Immanuel's Land.
While mourning over the world's dreary map, as presented to thy view, cast thy eyes, O my soul, over the predicted realm of the glorified Messiah! "As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.‡ "They shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord."§ "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."|| "I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
*Lam. i. 12. + Rom. x. 16.
Num. xiv. 21.
|| Isa. xi. 9.
and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession."* "All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee."+ "In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have
dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth." 994 "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end."§ "From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen saith the Lord of Hosts."|| "Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in: and so all Israel shall be saved." "I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying; Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”** "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ."++
Truly, when this period arrives, it will be as life from the dead. The word is spoken, and cannot be reversed; for Jesus, who is the Truth, hath declared, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."-To his ancient Church, the Almighty declared: "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." And what is his counsel ? -what is his pleasure? That the dying, risen, glorified Redeemer shall see his seed, shall prolong his days, shall see of the travail of his soul, shall be satisfied, shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities, shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, was numbered with the transgressors, bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.‡‡
*Psa. ii. 8.
§ Isa. ix. 7.
+ Psa. xxii. 27.
++ Rev. xi. 15.
Psa. lxxii. 7, 8.
Rom. xi. 25, 26.
The Man of Sin, with his anti-christian power; the false Prophet, with his licentious code; the votaries of gods innumerable, with rites so bloody and obscene, shall fall before the Cross, shall vanish as the mist before the sun. The cry will then be heardBabylon is fallen, is fallen, to rise no more. The Gentiles shall then cast their idols to the moles and to the bats. The proud crescent of Mahomet shall then wane and disappear from beneath these heavens.-The Jews shall then embrace the crucified Messiah, as their long-expected king.-Then truth and righteousness will prevail. "In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of Hosts and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them and seethe therein; and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of Hosts." Then will all who worship God, worship him in spirit and in truth. Jesus will reign, the universal King, for "the King of the whole earth shall he be called." Lord, hasten thy kingdom; take unto thee thy great power, till every heart shall crown thee Lord of all.
Soon must I quit this transitory scene;
Soon will the sweetest bonds of love dissolve!
To cease from man,-from earth my heart to wean,
Great God! how just are thy divine decrees;
But Thou hast said-Thy right hand shall unbar
On Thee, whose grace shall bring Redemption's hour.
O blessed Hope! triumphant Faith divine!
"T is Jesus calls us to partake his joy ;
Christian advance-the Victory now is thine,
XI. THE WILLINGNESS OF CHRIST TO RECEIVE SINNERS.
"Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."-
JESUS is the great Teacher of heavenly wisdom, and simple-hearted believers are his disciples.-Renouncing their own wisdom, they sit, like Mary, at his feet, to hear the words of eternal life. Like her they have chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from them. Blessed Saviour, impress my heart with this great truth," One thing is needful. May the salvation of my soul be the great object_of my desire. Make me a simple-hearted believer. Let me not distract myself with things which are too high for me, but make me desirous for the sincere milk of the word, that I may grow thereby.
Thy word declares, that "all have sinned." O, give me grace with unfeigned contrition to acknowledge myself a sinner, deserving of everlasting banishment from thy presence. Thy word declares, that there is no other name given among men, whereby they can be saved, but thine only. May this precious name be ever my plea before the throne of Justice; my strong tower and castle of defence against the accusations of Satan, and the just demands of thy most righteous Law. Thou hast thyself declared"Without me, ye can do nothing." Suffer me not to rely a single moment upon my own strength, which is perfect weakness, but to lean wholly on thine
almighty arm, which can alone uphold me amidst the dangers of the way, and conduct me in safety to the heavenly city.
Thy word, with a solemn distinctness speaks to my heart; "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." s." Heavenly Father! impart unto me the Spirit of thy dear Son, that I may be born again of the Spirit; have thy Spirit dwelling in me, as the Spirit of adoption; and be made the temple of the Holy Ghost. Then will thy work of grace appear, by the transformation of my soul into thy image; by my separation from a world that lieth in wickedness; by my being turned from darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God.
Preserve me from all inward impurity, and outward impiety. O, what a world of wickedness may be in my heart, while no glaring irregularity is visible in the life. Lord make me sincere. Let my love be without dissimilation; that so the internal purity of my heart may be evidenced by the external piety of my daily walk. Thus shall I be continually growing in faith, and love, and every grace, till grace be ripened into glory.
O my soul, pour out thy grateful praises to the God of thy salvation for this assurance of thine acceptance. "Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out." Blessed Jesus! I come unto thee, drawn by the cords of redeeming love. I feel a void, an aching void within, which nothing but Thyself can fill. To thee do I now come for pardon and peace; for a new nature, spiritual affections, heavenly desires. Thou hast commanded me to come, and oh! how sweet, how endearing is thy call:"Come unto me all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Lo, I come! Through the gracious drawings of thy Spirit I approach thy bleeding Cross. Accept, blessed Lord, a vile, polluted sinner, whose soul is bowed down with sorrow under the load of sin, whose heart is panting, after thee, as the hart panteth after the