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he told une, but because I see for myself, yea, you walked in the light, for you walked by faith, and not by sight, yea, you did cheerfully run the race set before you, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith, even that faith which is not of yourself, which faith, blessed be God, will never fail, no, not even when the faith which is of ourselves becomes the victim of despair. Thus, my friend, you did run well, who hath hindered you ? Alas ! the inquiry is unnecessary. It is the same who hindered the apostle from visiting his Christian brethren. It is that swicked who sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God, and opposing himself to all that is called God, and worshipped. It is he who, enveloping the mind, preventeth the light of the knowledge of the glorious gospel from shining upon the heart. It is this archdeceiver that hinders you from running the race that was set before you. But, blessed be the name of our God, he that now lets will soon be taken out of the way, he shall be revealed in his time, and with his false spirit of prophecy, who now deceives the nations, shall both be cast into the lake of fire. The nations shall then be deceived no more. The whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. And to know God is life eternal. We shall then see the fierfect love of God which fierfect love will cast out fear, we shall then Jeel that in love there is no fear, and of course we shall not then be tormented. It is not the spirit of Emmanuel which gendereth fear. The spirit of Emmanuel is eminently a comforter, but it is the spirit of bondage, which produceth fear, and the fear originating in this spirit, hath torment. While you were looking with a single eye to the Redeemer, and the peace established between the offended, and offending natures, by the blood of the cross, you had no fear, and having no far you had no torment, and if you would again turn to your redeeming God, you would be rescued from the torment you now endure. O ! that you could hear the voice of your beloved saying, return unto me, my poor backsliding daughter, I will heal your infirmities and love you freely. ! that you could hear the voice of your faithful Creator, who says thy maker is thy husband, and who hateth flutting away. Yea, he declareth, although you have played the harlot with many lovers, yet return unto me, for I am married unto you, saith the Lord.” Could you, I say, thus hear the voice of your God, and even if you be deaf to its language, He still speaketh, you would then know you were beloved of your friend although an adultress, Hosea, iii. 1. von would then listen while Vol. I. 6

this Almighty friend proclaimeth, in the 13th chapter of this same prophecy. “And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and went after her lovers, and forgot me, saith the Lord. Therefore will I allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And I will betroth thee unto me forever : Y ca, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousmess, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness, and thou shalt know the Lord. And I will have mercy usion her that hath not obtained mercy, and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my feofile ; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” Such is the character of the Creator, and such that of the creature, and these the expressive figures made use of to delineate the attributes of the one, and the other. Could you, I repeat, hear the just God, and the Saviour, thus speaking to your nature in the aggregrate, life and fieace would result, and you would rapturously exclaim, as when you first catched the soul reviving sound, “O Lord, I will praise thee, for thou hast clothed me with the garments of salvation; and covered me with the robe of righteousness. You would then feel, and confess that your doubts were your infirmities. The voice of omnipotence mildly reproving you, and soothingly questioning, Wherefore didst thou doubt, O ye of little faith ! benignly adding, “It is I, be not afraid.”—This question, and this assurance from the lip of truth, would banish your sorrows, and silence every complaint, your soul would magnify the Lord, and your spirit rejoice in God your Saviour. You would unite with the angels of heaven, saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men; you would hail the era which rescued you from the power of Satan, which emancipated you from the dominion of the law, and placed you under a dispensation of grace. No, assuredly I have not dealt lightly with the sacred word of my God. I was scrious when I addressed you as a lost sinner, and when I added that Jesus Christ, coming to seek and save such as were lost, found, and restorcd all those who were driven away. I was very serious when I told you, the wrath of God was revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men and I was devoutly serious, when I added, that we were delivered from wrath, through

Christ, and you, madam, were also serious, when you believed this good report, no indeed, we did not lightly esteem the words of Jehovah, when we used it as a lanthorn to our paths, thus walking safely through thick darkness. We did not then see occasion for stumbling, and blessed be the God of truth, and grace that by the light of life, my own soul is still irradiated. What I first told you, when I preached unto you the gospel, assuring you that Christ died for your sins, according to the scriptures, is, I am confident, as true now as when you first believed, for as it was not your belief that created a truth, neither can your ceasing to believe, convert truth into fülsehood. The assurance I first gave you that while we were yet sinners, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, is now as true as when believing it you found therein peace and joy. The gospel I preached unto you, was not yea, and nay, yea when you believed, and nay when you ceased to believe. No, assuredly, it is like its divine Author, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, though you believe not, he is faithful, though you deny him, he will not deny himself, though we by unbelief deny that he is our Saviour, he will never deny himself, but on the contrary he will finally prove himself our Saviour, to the praise and glory of hiin, who so loved the world as to send him to be the world's Sav. iour,

When you first received the truth, you did not say with the unbeliever, adverted to in your letter, “ Behold if there be windows in heaven." You then had no doubt of the truth delivered by the man of God, but, however faithless we may be, whatever has been written under the direction of the spirit of God, shall surely come to pass. If therefore you and I, concurring in opinion, should unite to say, Jesus Christ is not our Saviour, hc is not the Saviour of the world, he is not the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world, he is not the Saviour of all men, the whole earth shall not be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, the nations of the earth shall ro: be blessed in Christ. I

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individual among mankind, thus absurdly, thus blasphemously affirm, should every son and daughter of Adam, under the influence of an evil spirit, thus, by unbelief, make God a liar, yet my God would still be true, and finally, all who thus gave to Deity the lie, would themselves be found liars, and although they would not enjoy the present good, because of unbelief, yet when that which is written shall be fulfilled, they shall be all taught of God, and, when thus taught,

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they shall belicve, and be ashamed, and confounded, for that false testimony, which, in their unbelieving state, they bore against their all-sufficient Redeemer. You observe, “there is a sin unto death.” There is indeed, and, as you further say, “lust when it is conceived bringeth forth sin, and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death,” it does indeed, the wages of sin is death, the soul that sinneth shall die. God will by no means clear the guilty.” All these are the true sayings of my Father and my God. The apostle had not known lust was sin, till the commandment said, thou shalt not covet. Lust was the first sin; our first parents coveted what they had not. The adversary told our general mother, she should be as God, this she coveted, and when this lust conceived, it brought forth sin, and this sin brought forth death. This death was the patrimony left us by our parents; we, as their descendants, are conceived in sin, and brought forth in iniquity, and yet there are individuals of our contaminated race, who fancy themselves righteous, righteous in the sight of God, and boldly demand a reward : yea, they speak peace to themselves in consequence of their righteousness yet, if the sacred records be true, which declare there are none righteous, no, not one, then these deluded persons, indubitably speak peace to themselves, where there is no feace. The apostle was once of this number, “but when the commandment came it slew him, and he died, hence the law is called a killing letter, and by this sword of the shirit, with ovhich Saul was killed, the Lord will slay the nations. I kill, saith the Lord, and I make alive, but it is not till after they are thus killed, and made alive, that they become sensible how much they are indebted to the reconciled God, for the unspeakable gift with which he hath blessed them, in the seed of Abraham, which seed, is the jise of the world. - But there is a sin unto death. The soul that sinneth it shall die, says the prophet, and this sin when it was finished brought forth death, and as there is no man ovho liveth, and sinneth not, so the sentence of death is passed upon all men, and as God declared he would by no means clear the guilty, this sentence of death has been fully executed on every man. When Jesus died for the ungodly, when he died for the sins of the world, when by the grace of God he tasted death for every man, then sin being finished, brought forth death. He, says the prophet, shall finish the transgression, he shall make an end of sin. The apostle informs us, he put it away by the sacrifice of himself. Peter declares, he bore

our sins in his own body on the tree. John says, God sent his Son into the world, that we might live through him, but we could not live through him, if we had not died through him, for then the soul that sinned would not have died, God would then have cleared the guilty; nay, should we believe that we, as sinners, could obtain heaven, without, in some way consistent with divine justice, suffering the sentence of the righteous law, then would our faith make void the Razv. But Jesus came not into the world to destroy the law, but to fulfil the law. The law said the soul that sinned should die, but Jesus came to fulfil this law, yea, every jot, and tittle thereof, therefore he died once for all, he, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man, but, it was the finishing of transgression which brought forth death, when he cried with a loud voice it is finished, he bowed himself and gave up the ghost. The love of Christ, saith the apostle, constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. Thus God, instead of clearing the guilty, exacted the uttermost farthing, hence he is a just God, and a Saviour, hence he is just in justifying the ungodly, and hence also appears the justice of God, in the sufferings and death of him, who in himself, detached from the race of Adam, was pure, and undefiled perfectly sinless. But, it should be remembered, Christ is the head of every man, the individuals of the lost nature constitute the aggregate of our Lord's mystical body, the comprehensive term union is the key by which we unlock this mystery, the head and members are united, and the iniquity of the members, is visited upon the head. In any other view that law, which is holy, just, and good, could not have condemned to death an immaculate being; there would be as much injustice in punishing the innocent, as in clearing the guilty, but I repeat, our Almighty Saviour was the head of the lost nature, and he became accountable for the sins committed by the members of his body; yes, he bore the sins of all those who went astray, and, thus standing in our place, it was just the effect should follow the cause, that death, the wages of sin, should fall on the transgressor. It is therefore that when the Redeemer was woundcd for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities, he was dumb, and opened not his mouth. No, certainly, for the iniquity of his heels, at that awful period, tremendously compassed him about. Thus then, in this stupendous connexion, bearing the sins of his body, it became divinely just that he should suffer the death, that the punishment should follow the offence, but if it were

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