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just to inflict the penalty of death upon Jesus Christ sor our sins, then it becomes just that we should live through him, hence as he died for us, that whether we wake or sleep we should be thc Lord's, so he is now our life, and when he who is our life shall appear, then shall we appear with him in glory. Now, therefore, may every soul that hath sinned, say, with the apostle Paul, who styled himself the chief of sinners, “O death, where is thy sting 2 O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, but we behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. The strength of sin is thc law, but Jesus was made under the law, to redeem them who were under the law, being made a curse for us. He has blotted out the hand writing of ordinances that was against us, nailing it to the cross, so that beholding Jesus, who hath thus conquered death, and him that had the power of death, we are authorized to say, Thanks be to God who hath given us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this victory is given to every sinner, is abundantly evident from the command given to the disciples, to preach the gospel to every creature. Thus are we delivered from death by the dying of the Lord Jesus, and from the fear of death by yielding credence to the message, the disciples where commissioned to deliver. There was a time when you believed the message of peace I was sent to declare unto you, and you will again say, return unto thy rest, O my soul. Yes, I know the wages of sin is death, the scriptures assure me of this, and I believe their testimony, but the gift of God is eternal life. I am persuaded it is, the scriptures declare it, and I believe it, and believing that my life is hid with Christ in God, I am assured when Christ, who is my life, shall offear, I shall appear with him in glory. Were any spirit to tell me this will never be, I should know it to be a lying spirit, were any of my fellow men solicitous to rob me of my confidence in my God, I should know they were under the influence of an evil spirit. Yea, were every man in the world to unite in their testimony against this truth, viz. that God hath given me, and every man, life, and that this life is in his son, I should still say, Let God be true, and every man a liar. Yes, my friend, God hath given me life, I should make him a liar if I said he had not. But in this our day, the mystery of iniquity worketh in the hearts of a very large proportion of the children of men, so that they believe not. However, as you very justly observe, “God will destroy this mystery of iniquity, by the brightness of his coming,” and when this mystery is destroyed, it cannot work, then every eye shall see, then every tongue shall confess Jesus, and whoever shall corofss, shall be saved. True, this is a time of probation, a time to determine who hath faith, and who hath not, who, as believers, are not of this world, and who, as unbelievers, are of the world, who, as believing, God hath given them life in his son, are giving him glory by setting to their seals that God is true, and who are uniting with him, who was a liar from the beginning, in giving God the lie. Your are perfectly right, the apostles never worked miracles by the power of Satan; no, the true apostles, delivered from the power of Satan, make mention of the loving kindness of the Lord, and ascribe all glory unto our God. Thine, say they, is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory. The false apostles say, the arch-fiend, combining with the evil heart, has power to destroy what Christ came to save The false apostles affirm, that what Emmanuel came into the world to destroy, will never be destroyed. Jesus came into the world to destroy sin, which is the work of the devil, he came into the world as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world, which is the work of the devil ; he came into the world to destroy death, which is the wages of sin, and him that had the power of death, that is the devil. But the false apostles constantly affirm, that sin, death and the devil will never be destroyed, that they shall continue forever. The true apostles affirm that God so loved the world, he gave them his son, that the son so loved the world he gave himself a ransom for all, that by the grace of God he tasted death for every mun. The false apostles declare that God does not love the world, that he did not give them his son, that the son did not die for their sins, or that if he did, it was to no purpose, that God has not compassion on every man, and that Jesus did not taste death for every man. The true apostles assert positively, that while we were yet sinners we were reconciled unto God by the death of his son, and that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not insuling unto them their tressasses. The false apostles assert as positively, that while we are sinners, we are not reconciled to God by the death of his son, and that God still does, and ever will impute unto the world their trespasses. The true apostles pronounce God the Saviour of all men ; the false apostles declare he is not the Saviour of all men, that he never will be the Saviour of all men. The true apostles confidently say, that in the seed of Abraham all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; the false apostles declare that out of; and banished from the seed of Abraham, which is Christ, a very large proportion of the families of the earth shall be cursed. I might go on, in many other instances to point out the difference between the true and the false apostles, were not my proofs already sufficiently multiplied. Thus having proceeded with you through one of your papers, I turn to another, and had I leisure, and you were able to bear it, I would minutely attend to every particular. The raven, you observe, was in the ark; he left it, you add, and returned not. The raven is the emblem of uncleanness, he was pronounced unclean under the law. The ark is Christ. In Christ, as in the ark, we are saved, we are accepted in the beloved. All the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed, for when all we like sheep had gone astray, the Lord laid on him the iniquities of us all, and he bear all our sins in his own body on the tree, but, having put away our sins by the sacrifice of himself, the raven left the ark, and returned no more, so that in the resurrection morning, our true saving ark, appeared the second time, without sin unto salvation. The uncleanness thus effectually put away, the apostle Peter, who was a true apostle, says, God hath shewed me, that I should not call any Man common or unclean. It is therefore matter of divine consolation, that the raven was in the ark, that he left the ark, and that he returned no more into the ark.-You desire me to read the 13th and 19th chapters of Revelations; I have read them, and I have to assure you, that the prophecy of the destruction of the beast, and the false prophet, gives me ineffable satisfaction, when those deceivers of the nations, when the roaring lion, and his deceiving spirit, are both destroyed, then they will no more work in the hearts of the children of men, then they will no more blind their minds, preventing the light of the knowledge of the glorious gospel from shining into their hearts. The nations will then be deceived no more, the blessed consequences of which will be, that they shall, from the least to the greatest, know him, whom to know is life eternal. Agreeably to your wishes I have also turned to Deuteronomy xiii. and I greatly admire the counsel given by my God to his chosen people, through the instrumentality of his servant Moses. Happy for you could you have followed this counsel. The Apostles of the Lamb, acquainted with the true God, assure you that the only wise
God is your Saviour, and that the just God is a Saviour, but you have met with false prophets, who deceived you by their dreams, while they have dreamed of a just God who is not a Saviour. Such dreamers as these have a mouth, speaking great things, Daniel vii. last clause of the 8th verse. They are wells without water, &c. &c. Epistle of Jude. But why multiply passages, since, as you well observe, from Genesis to Revelations the scriptures abound with prophecies, alluding to this monster, this deceiver, this liar, this murderer from the beginning, this evil worker who worketh in the hearts of the children of disobedience, this man of sin, who sitteth in God's temple, shewing himself that he is God, yet opposing himself to all that is called God. But blessed be God, while the scriptures froin their commencement, to their conclusion, give an account of him, and the dreadful havoc he has made, the same scriptures give as full, and as clear an account of that superior Being, who was ordained to bruise his head, to cast him out, to lead captivity captive, to save that which was lost, to bring again that which was driven away, to heal that which was sick, to burn the evil seed sown by the enemy, in one word, to be more than Conqueror over death, and him who had the power of death, that is the Devil. Finally, although the enemy of your peace should persuade you to believe that when I preached Jesus unto you, I was a false prophet, yet, as we have already seen, his deceptive powers will terminate this he himself knows, and he is come down, having great wrath knowing he shall reign but a short time.
But you next direct me to Isaiah lxvi. 23 and 24. Thus runs the divine declaration : “ And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon unto another, and from one sabbath unto another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases, of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all fesh.”
Who are the men that have transgressed against God? certainly all flesh, Genesis vi. 12. “ All flesh bad corrupted his way upon the earth," all have sinned, but it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord, and they, that is all flesh, or all men, shall, when they come to worship before God, look on the carcases, &c. But what are these carcases ? Let us consult the oracles of truth. Jeremiah xvi. 18. “ And first I will recompense their iniquity and their Vol. I.
sin, double because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable, and abomina. ble things. The carcases then, are the detestable and abominable things, which defiled God's inheritance. What is God's inheritance? unquestionably the lost nature. I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession, when Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities, the sins and iniquities of God's inheritance, were recompensed double. Isaiah xl. 2. “Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned : for she hath received of the Lord's hands double for all her sins. Again, these carcases are dead bod. ies, the apostle complains of one of these same carcases, in his Epistle to the Romans. “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of sin and death ?” and as every man bears about with him this body of sin and death, termed by the Prophet Isaiah a carcase, and Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil, so in the end of the world, when Jesus makes known his great salvation, he will separate the evil body of sin and death from the purchased body, which is the human nature, and the nature thus saved shall look on the carcases of their detestable things, from which, according to the word of the Lord, they are thus saved, beholding with ineffable satisfaction, their final destruction. For they, that is the carcases, shall be destroyed, and their worm, the worm of the carcuses, shall not die, and their fire, that is the fire of the carcases shall not be guenched. And they, that is the carcases, shall be an abhorring unto ull flesh.
Now, a large proportion of mankind are, and will for a season continue, pleased with these carcases ! they take delight in this body of sin and death! but when the face of the covering shall be taken from all people, and the veil from all nations, and when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, then every individual shall look on those carcases, with the same genuine abhorrence, which, even in the present moment, powerfully operates in the heart of every true believer, and all, with one accord, shall say, “O Lord, other Lords beside thee have had dominion over us, but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. Be assured then, it will be for our advantage, and the advantage of every son and daughter of Adam, that the detestable carcases of all flesh shall be destroyed; and here, suffer me to