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s evil to come--they shall enter into peace.” Ifai. lvii. 1, 2. These disciples were chosen in Chrift, and given to him ; God had blessed them in him, and sent him to bless them, and he was now about it. As they had obtained mercy, to make them merciful, he blessed the merciful, and promised that they should obtain more mercy-which they would “want to help them in every time of “ need:” As Paul says, “ Having obtained mercy, * I continue to this day.” A merciful man is merciful to the souls of men—which he shews in praying for them, warning them, holding forth the word of life clearly and unadulterated to them, and declaring faithfully the whole counsel of God; “ which is sowing to ourselves in righteousness, « and reaping in mercy.” Such a subject of divine mercy feels for troubled souls, sympathizes with them, succours them, and bears a part of their burdens, gives them wholesome advice and counsel, and anoints them with fresh oil in the name of the Lord--whereas a graceless finner, an empty profes. for, or a legal preacher, is nothing but a barren wilderness, or a physician of no value.
God's sovereign mercy is the sure mercies of David, which God gave to Jesus the son of David, that he might communicate the same to the whole houshold of David, which is his own churchand when this mercy is bestowed on men, it makes them merciful men. This mercy appears in God's
reveal. revealing his Son in us, and uniting us to him: “But “ God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where“ with he loved us, even when we were dead in " sin, hath quickened us together with Christ.” It appears in the gift of the Spirit : “ Of his own “ mercy he saved us, by the washing of regenera« tion, and renewing of the Holy. Ghost.” Such souls having obtained mercy, they faint not, either in preaching mercy, or in Thewing mercy, either to the bodies or souls of men, though they meet with much opposition in it, and cruel treatment for it. , “ Blessed are the merciful, for they fall obtain " mercy;" not only to help them in every time of need, while in a militant state, but fuch mall find mercy of the Lord in that great day. 2 Tim. i. 18.
Blessed are the pure in heart. This purity of heart is, not the external varnish of a Pharisee, nor the bcasted perfection of an hypocrite, nor the empty dream of the carnally secure; for though they are pure, yet it is only in their own eyes, not being washed from their filthiness, Prov. xxx. 12. Nor is it the double portion of fanctity that those claim, “Who say, Stand by thyfelf, come not near 10 “ me, for I am bolier than thou.” These pious souls are a smoke in God's nose, and a fire that burneth all the day, Isa. Ixv. 5. Nor does it consist in the final destruction or entire removal of the inbeing of fin—" For who can say, I have made my heart
« clean, I am pure from my fin?” Prov. xx. 9. Nor is it to be found in those who by a little decent carriage, and conformity to the letter of the Law, aim at purity. “ For they that fantify themselves, “ and they that purify themselves, shall both be
consumed together,” Ifai. Ixvi. 17. This purity of beart stands in having the heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, and that by the blood of Sprinkling, which speaks pardon, peace, and reconciliation, which are better things than that of Abel, Such an one, and only fuch, “can serve God with a pure “ conscience," 2 Tim. i. 3. It is the faith of God's Elect that first applies the atonement, and ever after has recourse to that fountain in every time of need, not only to wash the feet, but also the hands and the head, from all the imperfections, failings, infirmities, short-comings, &c. &c. that cleave to our best performances, “ for in " many things we offend all.” Thus God purifies our bearts by faith, Acts, xv. 9. Men who are destituţe of this faith, and who never received this atonement, are as deftitute of internal purity as the prince of devils. “Unto the pure all things arc “ pure, but unto them that are defiled and unbe" lieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and “ conscience is defiled,” Titus, i. 15. The man whose fins are forgiven him, and whose conscience is purged from guilt and dead works, who is re newed by the Spirit, who is a believer in Jesus,
EVERLASTING GOSPIL. and holds fast the truth of the Gospel as it is in Christ, is the man that bolds the mystery of Faith in a pure conscience, 1 Tim. iii. 9. These are the ~ people to whom the Lord turns a pure lan« guage,” (Zech. iii. 9.) and such “ bring to the ** Lord a pure offering,” Mal. i. 11.
Purity of heart ftands in soundness, integrity, constancy, and fincerity ; being purged by the Spirit, and in the furnace, from the dross and tin of self-righteousness, felf-sufficiency, deceit, guile, craftiness, hypocrisy, and dissimulation. « I will « purify them as silver is purified, and try them as • gold is tried; I will take away all their dross and “tin, and make a Man more precious than the " golden wedge of Ophir.” Such a foul hates de. ceit, and loves sincerity; and “ he that loveth pure.
nefs of beart, and hath grace in his lips, the * King shall be his friend,” Prov. xxii. 11. And so it seems; for thus faith the King;--Blessed are the pure in heart
For they fall see God." He that caused the
light to shine out of darkness, hath shined into our “ hearts, to give us the light of the knowledge of ff the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."! This is no less than feeing him who is invisible; it is seeing him in his own rays, by faith, who is invisible Lo mortal light. But the text means that such souls shall not be separated or banished from God and his presence; but they shall see him with acceptB 4
ance, and with approbation, as their dear and ever.. lafting Father. “In that day, I shall Joew you “ plainly of the Father; you shall see his face with “ out a cloud, and hear his voice without a pro“ verb.” The text means an eternal abiding with him, “ in whose favour is life, in whose presence “ is fulness of joy, and at whose right-hand are plea« sures for evermore.” It means further, a perfect deliverance from the remains of the old vail, the napkin, and the weeds that are at present wrapped about our heart and head, which too often blindfold and hoodwink us; and, when we creep out of the dark regions, we go blinking and nodding like an owl in the sun, being not able to bear the light: “ For we know but in part, and pro“ phely in part; we look through a glass darkly;" but in that day the glass will give way to the face; we shall not wrap our face in a mantle, nor will God dwell in thick darkness : the vail will be rent from the top to the bottom; and “then shall the “ righteous shine forth as the sun in the glory of “ their Father's kingdom, for ever and ever; we « shall then see as we are seen, and know as we are “ known.” The winding-sheet and the napkin shall both be left in the tomb; and mortality, with all her rags and tatters, be swallowed up of life, and Immortality be all in all. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they fall fee God. Blessed are the peace-makers. Peace-makers must