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solicitude for divine compassion, for divine pardon, we use these imploring expressions : :-“ Have mercy upon “us miserable offenders
“ Have mercy upon us “ miserable sinnerst ;" “
Mercifully forgive the sins “ of thy people.” Now, are these the words of selfrighteousness? Are they not rather the words of selfabasement ? Do they not indicate the hearts of Christians, who are convinced of their own inability for the attainment of salvation through any works of their own, which at best are imperfect? What, again, is our language in the communion service, when in a more peculiar manner we profess our hearty repentance and true faith ? We pray thus :-“ For Thy Son our Lord Jesus “ Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past.”—“ Most
humbly beseeching Thee to grant, that by the merits “ and death of Thy Son Jesus Christ, and through “ faith in his blood, we and all Thy whole Church may “ obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits “ of His passion.” Surely these are the words of Christians, who renounce their own deeds, and who look only where our religion perpetually directs Christians of every denomination and of every sect to look, , if they hope and expect that the final issue of all their actions, in this state of trial, should be immortal happiness in the future world.
The sum of the whole matter is this :- We are, indeed, and by our Lord himself it was intended we should be, “ zealous of good workst:” but we do not trust to works; we do not depend on them for salvation. We depend on the atonement and intercession made for us, by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We know and believe, there is none other name under heaven * given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
9 Acts, iv. 12
# Tit. ii. 14.
We know and believe, that, as we have all sinned, we are all pardoned only “ through the redemption that “ is in Christ Jesus; whom God hath set forth to be “ a propitiation, through faith in his blood, for the “ remission of sins.”* We know and believe, that Christ « is able to save those that come unto God through “ him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for “ them.”+ To the efficacy of the sacrifice once made, and to the prevalence of the mediation continually exercised by Christ for us, who can plead no merits of our own, we trust for
for pardon, for acceptance with God. I
* Rom. iii. 23, 24, 25.
+ Heb. vii. 25. | Bp. Horne's Sermon on Numbers xvi. 47, 48.
DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD, The church, of which you are members, contains in it every ordinance and every institution necessary for salvation. It hath the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are absolutely requisite. It hath also the primitive rite of Confirmation, which, though not a sacrament, is yet highly expedient, because closely connected with infant baptism..
In its wisdom and charity ; in its agreement with the spirit of the law and the Gospel, our church retains the very ancient practice of infant baptism. By this institution, as the children of Jewish parents received the sign of entering into covenant with God, when they were but eight days old; so the children of Christian parents may receive the sign of entering into covenant with God, at the same or even a more early age. the children of Jewish parents were initiated by circumcision, so the children of Christian parents may be initiated by baptism.
You, who are now assembled for the purpose of being confirmed, were admitted into the Christian covenant, and became members of the Christian church, by being baptized and received when you were infants. Your godfathers and godmothers then promised in your name, that when you should be of proper age to answer