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not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.” We may, therefore, justly conclude,

That no man can be indifferent towards the design which Christ is carrying on.

I shall show,
I. What design Christ is carrying on; and
II. That no man can be indifferent towards it.

I. I am to show what design Christ is carrying on. er had, and never will have but one design; and this design was concerted in the council of heaven, from the early days of eternity. Though all the persons in the sacred Trinity are united and engaged in this design, yet the most conspicuous and important part of it belongs to the office of Christ to fulfil. He has engaged in the work, and done much to accomplish it. He has come from heaven to earth, assumed human nature, suffered and died, risen from the dead, ascended up to heaven, taken the government of the world into his hands, and continues to act the part of a Prince and Saviour. But still the question recurs, What has he done, and is still doing, all these things for ? or, What end or design is he carrying on? I answer, The great design of saving sinners. The work of redemption comprises all the works of creation and providence. Christ engaged from eternity to accomplish the work of man's redemption. This is the scriptural representation of Christ's design. As soon as the great deceiver had brought about the apostacy of our first parents, God graciously promised them that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head, destroy the works of the devil, and save all who were predestinated to eternal life. Accordingly, when he appeared on earth, he declared that he was the son of God, and Saviour of the world; that he came to give his life a ransom for many; and that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. After his resurrection from the dead, he said to his disciples, “ All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” And the apostle declares, that God hath raised Christ from the dead, and 6 set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church.” Thus it appears that the supreme and ultimate design which Christ has undertaken, which he is carrying on, and which he will finally accomplish, is the promotion of the glory of God


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and the holiness and blessedness of his eternal kingdom, in the salvation of all penitent and believing sinners. And this must be allowed to be the greatest and best design, and the most interesting to all intelligent beings, that ever could be formed and executed. Therefore I go on to show,

II. That no man can be indifferent towards it. Christ expressly declares, “ He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad;" which plainly implies that every man either approves, or disapproves his design, and inwardly desires to promote, or obstruct it. And that no man can be indifferent towards it will appear, if we consider the following things.

1. The design which Christ is pursuing, is the greatest of all possible designs in every point of view. It is great in its origin. It was concerted in the early days of eternity, by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and is as great a design as their united and infinite wisdom could form. It is great in extent. It reaches to, and comprises all beings and objects in the universe. It is great in its duration. It began to operate from the beginning of the world, and it will continue to operate to the end of the world, and from that period to all eternity; and produce effects the most interesting to every intelligent being, who will always be a spectator of them. Now it is not conceivable that any man should be indifferent towards this great and comprehensive design which Christ is carrying on, and which will deeply and eternally affect the minds of the whole intelligent universe.

2. The great design which Christ is pursuing, is totally opposed to all the selfish designs of mankind. Every man is naturally disposed to seek his own things, and pursue his own interests, independently of, and in opposition to the interests of others. This selfish spirit reigns more or less in the hearts of all the children of men, and leads them to form ten thousand selfish and sinful designs, which they regard as very important to themselves. But the perfectly wise and benevolent design which Christ is pursuing, opposes and counteracts all the selfish designs of mankind. Their selfish designs respect their own good; but his design respects the glory of God. Their selfish designs respect temporal things; but his benevolent design respects eternal things. Their selfish designs respect nothing but happiness; but his benevolent design respects holiness as well as happiness, through all the periods of time and all the ages of eternity. So long as Christ lived in obscurity, and concealed his great and benevolent design in coming into the world, he grew in favor with God and man. But as soon as he made known his design, and pursued it in open opposition to the views, the purposes, and selfish interests of the Jews, they hated him, reviled him, and opposed him with the utmost virulence, till they finally imbrued their hands in his blood. And wherever the gospel has made known his design, it has never failed of exciting the enmity and opposition of the wise and unwise, of the learned and unlearned, of kings and of kingdoms. It was foretold that Christ, in pursuing his great design, should raise the general resentment and opposition of mankind. " Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine

, a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Mankind never feel indifferent towards any person, or object, that counteracts and defeats their desires, designs, or pursuits. No man, therefore, who is not indifferent to his own temporal or eternal interests, can be indifferent towards the design which Christ is pursuing, and which will deeply affect his interests both for time and eternity. Every individual of the human race will be just such as Christ's design requires; either rich or poor, either bond or free, either great or small, either high or low, either good or bad, either happy or miserable, through every period of his exist

“ Think not,” said Christ, “ that I am come to send peace on the earth : I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.” And Jesus said again, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not, might see; and that they which see, might be inade blind.” Christ, in pursuing his great and benevolent design, bends the characters, the conduct, the conditions and the interests of the whole world in subserviency to the interests of his own kingdom, and in opposition to the selfish characters, conduct, conditions and interests of all who are against him. And will any selfish heart be indifferent to such a person, pursuing such a design? Will not every holy heart be for him, and every unholy heart be against him?


3. Christ, in carrying on his great, comprehensive and benevolent design, employs all mankind as instruments in promoting it. Christ has all power in heaven and earth, and is able to subdue all things to himself, and to cause every creature and object in this world to be instrumental, some way or other, in effecting the great design he has constantly in view. He employed the winds and waves in his service. He made a fish supply him with tribute money. He claimed the right to

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take from its owner a colt, to ride in triumph into Jerusalem. He employed twelve men at first, and seventy more afterwards, to preach the gospel, before his death. And after his resurrection, he coinmanded and commissioned the apostles and all their regular successors, to preach the gospel to all nations, to the end of the world. And he still employs the hearts and hands and influence of all other men in his service. He

gov. erns supremely and absolutely in the moral, as well as in the natural world, and makes his enemies, as well as his friends, the active and voluntary agents, in doing whatever he sees necessary for them to do in order to advance his cause and interest in the world. This was predicted of Christ under the type of Solomon, in the seventy-second Psalm. “He shall have domin

. ion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall bow down before him; and all nations shall serve him.” Men are naturally very unwilling to serve any cause, or promote any interest, which appears

hostile to their own. But the cause which Christ is parsuing, is totally opposed to all the sinister views and selfish interests of mankind. They cannot, therefore, feel indifferent whether Christ shall succeed or not in his great design, or whether he shall employ them in acting for him against themselves.

Had the builders of the ark known that the design of building it ✓ was to prepare the way for their own destruction, they would

never have struck a stroke, to prepare it for the safety of others and the ruin of themselves. No sinner, who understands the design of Christ in the government of the world, can feel indifferent whether the design shall succeed, or whether he shall be an agent in effecting it. Accordingly, we find that, whenever and wherever Christ visibly succeeds in building up and enlarging his kingdom, none appear indifferent; but all that are not with him are against him; and generally not only feel, but speak, and act against him. Nevertheless, Christ causes them all to promote the very design they hate and mean to oppose. He makes the wrath of man praise him, and the remainder of wrath he always restrains. Christ has made all nations to serve him, from the beginning of the world to this day; and will make all nations serve him from this day to the end of the world, whether they are willing or unwilling to serve him. And in the view and belief of this truth, no man is, or can be indifferent to his great design. I may add,

4. None of the inhabitants of the invisible world are indifferent towards the great and interesting design which Christ has

undertaken, and is determined to accomplish. They have all been acquainted with it, and understood the origin, nature, extent and consequences of it, for nearly six thousand years ; though it was not so early, or so generally known in this world. “Unto me,” says the apostle, “who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The execution and accomplishment of Christ's eternal purpose, will deeply and eternally affect all good and all bad beings in the invisible world. The happiness of the holy, and the misery of the unholy angels, will be vastly augmented by the accomplishment of the great work of man's redemption, through the mediation and government of Christ. He has employed, and will employ them all in the great work in which he is engaged. He has employed unholy angels in introducing and spreading sin and misery among all the nations of the earth. And he has employed holy angels in promoting holiness and happiness in the world, and in counteracting and defeating the designs of Satan and wicked men. While the holy angels have been with Christ, and acted with him and for him, and rejoiced in every instance of success and accession to his cause, and in every instance of his victory and triumph over his enemies; the unholy angels have been against him, and endeavored to scatter abroad and ruin his church and kingdom. All the inhabitants of the invisible world are full of zeal for and against Christ's design, and will never cease in their opposite and powerful exertions, until it is finally and fully accomplished. While all heaven and hell are not indifferent toward the design of Christ, can it be supposed that any of mankind should be indifferent towards it, who are infinitely more interested in it; having all their eternal interests suspended upon it? No; far from it. The apostle John tells us that he saw in vision men, angels and devils, all fiercely engaged in contending for it, and against it.

“ And there was

war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. — And I heard a loud voice, saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and

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