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But you see, my good Sir, he before describes his sheep, as hearing his voice and following him, and turning away from the voice of a stranger; now there were other sheep, which were not of this fold, still going astray, still following the voice of a stranger. Some among the Jews were following Moses ; and even among the professors of faith in Christ Jesus, the Apostles seem to think there were but few who were of Christm" Every one of you saith, I am of Paul, I am of Apollos, I am of Cephas, I am of Christ. Thus it appears only, one part of four were strictly of Christ.
It is an eternal truth, that in a state of nature, all mankind are sheep going astray, and in the present state they are every one, either in his fold or out of it. All that are in his fold, hear his voice and follow him; and of them who are not of his fold, he says. “Other sheep I have that are not of this fold, them also I must bring in, that there may be one fold under one shepherd ;” and this divine completion, was exhibited in him on the cross, who thus lifted up, drew all men unto himself. At that astonishing period, Jew and Gentile were in him made one new man; and the grace, truth, and peace, contained in this, and similar passages, will be exemplified, fully accomplished in every individual member of the body of our common head, when He, our blessed Saviour shall make them all one fold, under himself the one shepherd ; when the former things shall all pass away, and all things shall become
I have been called to preach to a number of strangers ; poor hearts, they are grievously disappointed; they expected me to declare some monstrous sentiments, that I should have told them they might commit all manner of evil with greediness, with impunity, that they should enter heaven with all their sins, that God loved sin, that whether they believed God or made him a liar, still in death it was the same. I however selected for my subject, Romans ii. 8, 9, 10, 11 :
“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath ;
“ Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile ;
“ But glory, honour, and peace to every man that worketh good to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.
“ For there is no respect of persons with God.”
From this selection, I endeavoured to prove a doctrine they little : expected But it is an eternal truth, that wrath and indignation is
the portion of the contentious; and that as long as they are promoters of discord, they will be strangers to peace, and subjected to hatred, malice, and vindictive revenge ; and every soul of man that doeth evil will ensure to himself tribulation and anguish, in exact proportion to the magnitude of his guilt. So, likewise, the paths of rectitude will always terminate in honour and glory; it is a selfevident proposition that virtue is its own reward, and that there is no peace of mind, to be compared to that which goodness bosoms over.
How beautiful in their proper places are acts of piety toward God, and charity toward man. Strange that men will not distinguish that perfect righteousness, that complete atonement, that irrevocable purchase, that death and sufferings which are the alone matter of our justification before God, from that adorning of the doctrines of the gospel, so indispensable to the Christian man.
No, indeed, God is no respecter of persons ; ; with God is the attribute of undeviating justice, and it is hence, that he will try every man's work of what it consists; if it abide the test, he shall indeed be rewarded in full proportion according to his works, if it do not, his works shall be burnt, yet shall he himself be saved, so as by fire.
To this hungry multitude I had, however, an opportunity of preaching Christ Jesus, I hope with some power, and I trust it will prove to some purpose.
I will make use of the leisure with which I am this morning blessed, to proceed in my journal, which is like most journals very
insipid, and of little consequence to any but the writer, and generally ; to him only, while he is writing. I have hardly ever seen a printed
journal worth reading; however, as my journal is not to be printed, and as I must scribble, and cannot do better, I will go on to inform you that some time before lecture, Colonel with whom I at present sojourn, opened his Bible and read to me several places, which my opponents make use of against me, particularly the eighth and twenty-seventh verses of the twenty-first chapter of Revelations.
“ But, the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable and murdurers, and whoremongers, and socerers, and idolators, and all liar shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimtone: which is the second death.
" And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie : but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
In answer to which I prayed him to read the 18th, 19th, 20th chapters of this same book,and even the chapter he had cited in its connexion. In these chapters he would find that Babyłon was fallen, was become a habitation of Devils, and unclean spirits; that all nations had drank of the wine of the wrath of her fornication-He would hear a voice saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, that ye receive not of her plagues; in consequence of which the kings of the earth, and the merchants are found bewailing her standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, alas! alas! that great city, Babylon, for in one hour is thy judgment come. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye loly Apostles and Prophets, for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone, like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city, Babylon, be thrown down and be found no more at all.
We are told in the 17th chapter and 5th verse of this same book, and the information is given in capitals, “that Babylon is the mother of harlots, and abomination of the earth. But, as a millstone is cast into the depth of the sea, so is Babylon, this great city, thrown down." Compare this, with Micah, vii. 19:
« He will turn again ; he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities ; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depth of the sea.”
In the 2d verse of the 19th of Revelations we read, with inexpressible gratitude, the consequence of the righteous judgments of our
God: “ “ For he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.”
In the 20th verse we find “the beast was taken, and the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Again, in the 10th verse of the 20th chapter : “And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Read ibe three last verses of this chapter : “ And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. And whosoever was not found yritten in the book of life, was cast into the Jake of fire." The human family are, individually, the members of the body of Christ, and in this book of life, all these members are written—but the names of the angelic sinners are not found in this book, for he passed by the nature of angels, and was found clothed in humanity ; and it is therefore that these angelic sinners are cast into the lake of fire, because their names are not written in the book of life. In the commencement of the chapter you have mentioned, the glorious catastrophe, as it regards the human fainily, is strikingly pointed out : “ And I saw a new heaven, and a new earth : for the first heaven, and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
« And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God, out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for ber husband.
« And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
“ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain : for the former things are passed away.
“ And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these words are true and faithful.”
Yet I have no objection to the particular passages you have selected from this very extraordinary book of Revelations. All men, says the word of God, are liars; but all liars shall have their part in the Jake, which burneth with fire and brimstone. He that offendeth in one point, is guilty of all, says the word of God. But all men have offended in one point, therefore all men are guilty of all ; and all must, of course, have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. Whether you consider the race of Adam as having their part in this lake, at that solemu period, when the sorrows of death compassed, and when the pains of hell gat hold of their common head, or, whether you suppose them suffering individually for
their transgressions, by that remorse which is the accompaniment of crimes, and which, piercing the soul, and very frequently purifying it, is strikingly figured by those caustic flames, which constitute a lake of fire; so you take not the crown from the head of my Redeemer I am well content.
I know that the law maketh transgression manifest; I had not known that lust was sin, said Paul, except the commandment had said thou shalt not covet. I know that the two-edged sword proceeding out of the mouth of him, who sat upon the white horse, must slay the nations, in the same manner that the commandment slew the Apostle Paul" It slew me,” says he, “and I died”-In other words, every mouth must, by the magnitude of the divine Law, be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God.
But our Creator killeth, but to make alive, and I view, with extatic gratitude, that other book, that book of life, which last of all was opened, in which all the members of my Redeemer were written.
Yes, I most gladly join issue, with the writer of the book of Revelations ; nothing, that defileth, neither whatsoever maketh a lie, or worketh abominations, can, in any wise, enter the realms of bles. sedness. For, if transgressions could find entrance there, they would quite “ unperadise the abodes of bliss."
I had the inexpressible pleasure of seeing the tear of transport gush in the eye of this military veteran. He received these explanatory truths with pious gratitude, and was ready to prostrate before his Redeemer, in humble adoration. From this book of Revelations, we wandered over the garden of our God, until we reached the book of Psalms, and pausing at the 22d Psalm, the enraptured Colonel requested I would make that Psalm, particularly the five last verses, my subject.
« All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lords and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee :
6 For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the Governor among the nations.
“ All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship : all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
“ A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
“ They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this."