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him we can obtain redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God's
grace. Thirdly. The Gospel exhibits to us the manner in which sinners can be interested in and saved by the remedy which it reveals.
The abstract proposition, that Christ hath died for sinners, will be of no avail to any of our race.
The fact of his death must be applied to the heart and conscience of every sinner. But how is this to be effected ? How shall they who hear the Gospel, which unfolds Christ's redemption, be saved ? By believing in that redemption, and repenting of their sins. The nature of both faith and repentance is unfolded in the revelation which God has given us. The former is a cordial trust in the blood of Christ for pardon and complete salvation. The latter, a departure from the love of sin in the heart, and the practice of it in the life. Both faith and repentance are the gifts of God; the fruits of the operation of the Spirit of God. He is the Agent in the æconomy of redemption, whose work it is to apply the remedy of the Gospel for sins, to the hearts and consciences of sinners, by opening the eyes of their understandings, and changing their hearts. He makes them willing to surrender themselves to the blessed Saviour. By his power, they give themselves up unto the Lord, in the bonds of the everlasting covenant. This Spirit is as much promised in the Gospel, as Christ was under the Law. All who ask him of the Father, in sincerity and truth, shall receive him. He convinces of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He takes of the things which belong to Christ, and shows them to us.
Thus, without enlarging, you see the propriety of calling the Gospel period a day in which the things belonging to our peace may be known. For in the Gospel we find our actual situation exhibited to us, and the cause of our want of peace explained. Here also we find a remedy adequate to our wants, by which we can regain our peace. Here we are informed in what manner we can avail ourselves of the remedy, so as actually to obtain peace.
This Gospel you enjoy, my Hearers. You, then, in this your day, may know the things which belong to your peace.
serving a particular application to the afternoon, I merely wish now to remind you of your privilege, and the necessity of improving it aright. You are not left in the dark on any subject connected with your salvation. The Gospel addresses itself to the understandings, and approves itself to the hearts of men.
You therefore have no excuse which reason or conscience can sanction, for neglecting so great salvation. Your all, for time and eternity, is at stake, and depends upon your knowing the things belonging to your peace.
THE REDEEMER'S TEARS OVER LOST
LUKE XIX, 41, 42.
And when he was come near, he beheld the
city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from
We now pass on to the more restricted sense in which the term “ day” is used.
2. All who hear the Gospel, enjoy a season which may emphatically be called their day. This day is, when the Gospel is preached with peculiar clearness and force of reasoning; or when the preaching of the Gospel awakens conscience; or when multitudes around them are pressing into the kingdom.
First, They to whom the Gospel is preached with peculiar clearness and force of argument, enjoy a day in which the things belonging to their peace may be known.
The treasure of the Gospel is committed to “ earthen vessels, that the excellency of “ the power may be of God, and not of “ us“.? The ministry of reconciliation is committed to persons of various talents. Each is fitted for a particular niche in the temple of grace. One is persuasive, another yehement: one is argumentative, another pathetic: one is eloquent, another didactic. He, however, who expresses himself with the most clearness, exhibiting the truth in a manner level to the capacity of the feeblest hearer, as well as satisfactory to the best informed : he who, with this clearness, combines vigour of reasoning, so that he can
a 2 Cor. iv. 7.