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seen and must testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. With the heart the person believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. What is next? The church disowns this member and casts it out; family connexions grow cold and alienated in their af fections, and this lonely individual enters into life maimed.
What a loss is here ! Perhaps father, mother, brothers, sisters, are parted with. Yea, perhaps a husband or a wife, as the case may be.
Joys arise on the one hand, peace is found in believing, and a free universal gospel is life to the soul. On the other hand heaviness of heart, that those dea: connexions, which are left in gloomy darkness, and are exercised with the awful terrors of everlasting misery, cannot now see and rejoice in this heavenly, glorious truth, that “ God is the Saviour of all men.”
But, my brethren and sisters, though many of you have entered into life maimed; though you have left fathers, mothers, companions, brethren and sisters, sons and daughters, you are satisfied that it is better to enter into life thus maimed, than to be cast into that ceaseless fire of erroneous creeds, and to be gnawed with that restless worm of continual fear.
There is likewise one consolation that more than repays all the losses you sustain ; your faith and hope enter within the vail where Jesus entered, in whom dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily; "and ye are complete in him.” When you contemplate the fulness of him who filleth all things, you perceive that God has purposed to “gather together in one all things in Christ.” You “know that the head of every man is Christ,” and that not a bone of him shall be broken. You therefore anticipate the time, when you shall enter into immortality and eternal life, not maimed, but being complete in Christ the head of every man, all those dear connexions who oppose you here, will join you
there. Those who could not commune with you here, will have no partial creeds there. All will be illuminated with the radiant sun of righteousness, tears will there be wiped from off all faces, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there he any more pain. But he that sitteth upon the throne shall make all things new according to the pattern shown unto the disciples, in the mount where Jesus was transfigured.
That the hearer may have a clear and distinct understanding of the general subject to which we have attended, a comparison should be carefully made between the state of the disciples of Jesus, in this present world, where, though spiritual life, and the fruits of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith, are enjoyed, yet there are many sufferings; such as persecutions for the sake of the word, sorrows of heart for those who oppose the truth, and all the maimedness signified in our text, and of which mention has been made, with that per fect, glorious, and immortal state, of which Jesus spake when treating on the subject of the resurrection, and of which St. Paul, speaks in his 1st epistle to the Corinthians.
The opposer will now say, if you are right, why is it not just as well for us to remain ignorant of these truths as to know them ? What difference can it make?
In reply, we will ask the following questions :-Suppose some deceived person should be led to believe, that the coming spring will be so widely different from the vernal seasons which are past, that in room of a warmer sun than winter affords, and in room of the usual zephyrs and flowers of May, the sun will run still lower than in winter, and the winds be more chilling, the frost more intense, and not a flower will be seen, nor a bird heard to sing; further, suppose this gloomy soul should persuade thousands to believe his errors, and should spread a gloom over half the inhabitants of our country, how would those, who remained confident in the goodness and faithfulness of God, feel for their deceived friends ? Would they not endeavor to persuade them away from their fears ?
from their fears? And would it be just as well for those who should be thus deceived, to remain in their error, as to live by faith, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God, which is hastening on as fast as time moves?
Would it not be very proper to say to the people, who in consequence of this gloomy unbelief, were making no preparations to improve the lovely season of seed time, repent of your errors, see to your concerns, be ready with all your means, for the spring is at hand, the days grow longer, it will be but a short time before the flowers shall appear and the time of the singing of birds will come?
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;--And deliver them who, through fear of death, were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
The first inquiry, to which the attention of the hearer is invited, will be directed to ascertain some particulars relative to the children mentioned in our text.
We shall see, by the context, that these children comprehend the whole human family. In reference to a passage in the 8th Psalm, the Apostle says; “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man that thou art mindful of him ? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands : Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him : But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor ; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” By man, it is evident, the Apostle meant the whole humanity, as did the prophet also in the passage referred to ; and by every man, he meant the same thing in a distributive view.
The Apostle's argument evidently amounts to this; the glory and honor to which man was originally destined by his Creator, we now see complete in Jesus, who tasted death for every man, and in him only.
Immediately following what we have just quoted from our context, the author, in giving the reason for the sufferings of Jesus calls the whole human nature, taken in the distributive sense before noticed, sons ; “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
Here it is important that we notice distinctly that the Apostle designed to speak of the Creator when he spake of him, "for whom are all things, and by whom are all things;" and when he spake of many sons, he meant the same as he did by every man; and when he spake of bringing many sons to glory, he meant the bringing of every man to the glory which we see in Jesus, of which he had just spoken.
Directly following our last quotation, the author calls these many sons, who are to be brought unto glory, the brethren of him who is their sanctifier, and says that they are one with him. “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren: saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
By him who sanctifieth, the author means Jesus, who is the captain of our salvation; by those who are sanctified, he means every man or the many sons, of whom he had just spoken, and by brethren he means the same thing, and furthermore he calls them the church.
Our author introduces our glorified Saviour, as saying; “Behold I, and the children which God hath given me.” These children are the same as expressed dy the Apostle in the following words which have been quoted; " What is man? » meaning the whole