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asking, gave us the greatest and the best of gifts, by de. livering up his Son for us all? We repeat it, the Son of God was given for us without our asking. Did Adam ask for the seed that should bruise the serpent's head? Did Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob, ask for the seed in which all the nations and families of the earth should be bless. ed? O, no! For Christ was in the Divine mind, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev. xiii. 8.) What shall they fear respecting the good of this world, who have life eternal given them in the Son of God?

5th. The believer is saved from all fear, on the sub. ject of his future blessedness. He sees no reason why he should doubt the truth of God's Gospel. In proportion as a man doubts so is he without faith, and is condemn. ed. (Rom. xiv. 23.) He who doubts on the subject of his salvation, cannot but fear; and fear hath torment; (1 John iv. 18;) but the believer enters into rest. (Heb. iv. 3.) The slightest doubt in the mind would disturb this rest, as the slightest pain of the body disturbs the physical enjoyment; the undoubting believer, and he only, hath perfect spiritual repose.

6th. The believer is saved from the sorrow that is without hope. The experience of the world, in all ages, proves the fact that man is born to trouble, as naturally as it is for the sparks to fly upward. (Job v. 7.) Faith does not prevent us from feeling the ills of life, but it supports us under them; for God is faithful, who, with the temptation or trial, makes a way to escape. (1 Cor. x. 13.) Who hath come to years of maturity, and hath not been called to part with some near and dearly be. loved friend or relative, one whom it not only was a duty to love, but who deserved to be loved ? Is it possible not to sorrow under such a trial ? It is not possible. But there is sure and certain comfort ; for them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1 Thes. iv. 14.) Nay, there is comfort in every case ; for all things work to. gether for good to them that love God. (Rom. viii. 28.) Here the believer sees the measure of divine guardian. ship in life ; for he looks not merely at the principle as regards the current and tenor of life, but in all that belongs to it, from the trial of the fiery furnace and the lions' den, to the numbering of the very hairs of his head; from the fiery trial exhibiting death in most terrific form, to the sin. gle hair of the head, in human wisdom unworthy of no. tice, all are noticed of God, and all a series of unremit. ting good, even though each should come under the guise of evil. What enjoyment, this side heaven, can be superior to this ? if any thing, it must be

7th. That the believer walks with God. Is not this to have the Supreme Being for our companion, for our constant companion; for our protector, counsellor, and comforter ? What condescension in God! What security and blessedness to man! Had we not the di. vine assurance of the fact, we might doubt the possibility of it ; but it is true, and we rejoice in it. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Gen. v. 24.) Noah was a just man, and perfect (or upright) in his generations; and Noah walked with God. (Gen. vi. 9.) But it may be said, these were the distinguished worthies of old—what right have we to expect that God will thus be with us? We answer, is not every believer one of the church of God ? Hear, then, what he saith to his church: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Is. xliii. 2.) Blessed be thy name, O Lord, our God; for, though we have merited none of these mercies, yet hast thou freely given to us them all. This brings us to the close of our text.

He that believeth not shall be damned. In enter. ing on this subject, we take leave to say, that we as firmly believe this, as we do the salvation of God; but then we desire to receive as we are persuaded God meant it, and not according to the misunderstanding of prejudiced men. What is the meaning of the word ? look at any English dictionary, and we think you will find, that though it is always to condemn, the nature and duration of the condemnation must ever be according to the cause of condemnation, or dampa. tion. D'Oyly and Mant, in their Notes on the Bible, quoting Bishop Tomline as authority, say, on 1 Cor. xi. 29., it is material to observe, that the word “ dam. nation," when the Bible was translated, meant no more than condemnation ; any sentence of punishment what.

Doctor Doddridge, a dissenter, says, on the same passage : I think it the most unhappy mistake in all our versions of the Bible, that the word spoja, krima, is here rendered damnation It has raised a dread in tender minds, which has greatly obstructed the comfort and edification they might have received from this or. dinance. The apostle afterwards says, we are judged, (that is, as he afterwards explains it, we are corrected) that we may not be condemned; which plainly shows, the judgments spoken of might be fatherly chastisements.


Now, we are not quite so squeamish as the doctor relative to this word; for, if damnation, rightly understood, means condemnation, and we believe it does, what would we gain by the alteration ?

We cannot possibly suppose that any are included in this condemnation, but those who have had an oppor. tunity of knowing the truth of the Gospel, and have ob. stinately rejected it. We have seen some of the bless. ings arising from the belief of the Gospel : will not the sinful rejection be followed by the reverse of these ? Let us look at them in order : and, 1st. We think he must live in the fear of future, and, perhaps, of endless mise. ry; for, if he thinks that there may be a God, he must know his own accountability, feel his guilt, and dread punishment; nay, from what he has so often heard from professing Christians, that it is of endless duration, he knows, if these are correct, all before him must be the blackness of darkness.

2d. He may try to take hope from the doctrine of an. nihilation ; but it is all in vain ; for the soul shrinks back upon itself, and startles with inward dread and horror at the thought of falling into naught.

3d. He must live in the constant slavish fear of death; he has no hope beyond the grave; his good is all here, and death is every hour coming nearer and nearer, to rob him of all that is dear to him, and will not suffer him take with him the merest trifle of all that he called his own.

4th. He spends his life here, seeking enjoyment, but finding none; for he has sense enough to see the uncertainty of these things continuing, even to the end

of this life ; and the knowledge of this truth stings even in the moment of enjoyment.

5th. He knows that he must die ; and in the single word death, there is every thing that he would avoid. The case of suicide is no objection to this truth, for the charity of the world has pronounced it insanity; and where it is not, it is an act of supreme wickedness, an we know that there is no peace to the wicked. (Is. lvii. 21.)

6th. He finds the ordinary ills of life press more heavily upon him ; for when friends are faithless, he is a stranger to the friendship of God. When poverty overtakes him, he cannot turn to him who can, and often does, make poverty a blessing; he is without hope, because he knows not God.

7th. When the thought of the existence of God crosses his mind, it gives the feeling of a culprit looking at his judge ; he knows him not as a guide, and would fly from him if he could; he knows him not as a comforter, but as an accuser, who has placed within him, as a worm that gnaws, and never dies.

What state can we conceive more terrible than this? What careful and unremitting pains should men take to avoid it! How shall it be avoided ? By the belief of the Gospel, i. e. "eternal life given to us, i. e. to all men, in Christ Jesus ;" less than this will not give us perfect peace. Eternal life without Christ Jesus, or the atonement, is a mockery of Christianity, Eternal life earned by us, even with the help of the Re. deemer, is little better. Eternal life given to a part of mankind, is not the glad tidings of great joy which shall be to all men. The rejection of one part of the Gos.

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