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to whatsoever is confined to their present state of existence; and the new life they have received, being “ hid with Christ in
God,” they are enabled to conclude, with the most absolute certainty,
" that when he « who is their life shall appear, then shall
they also appear with him in glory, and ever after be with the Lord."
“ MAY he who at first commanded the
light to shine out of darkness, shine into *& all your hearts, to give you the light of " the knowledge of his glory, in the face
of Jesus Christ,” that each of you may be disposed and enabled to say, What have I to do any
more with idols ? And let those who have experienced the power of divine grace, fhow, by their future conduct, that they find enough in their God and Saviour to render them completely, happy; and that the draught they have got of the pure water of life, hath effectually quenched their thirst after the muddy pools of earthly enjoyments.
Beware, o Christians! of every thing that may fully your profession, or grieve the Spirit, and thereby breed in you a diftrust of your personal interest in God's pardoning mercy and fanctifying grace : for it is “ by faith you stand;" and in the same proportion that your faith fails, idols will regain their influence in your hearts. I Ihall therefore conclude with that affectionate exhortation of the Apostle Jude, “ Ye « beloved, building up yourselves on your “ most holy faith, praying in the Holy “ Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, “ looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus « Chrift unto eternal life." Amen.
S E R M ON
1 John üi. 8.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifeft
ed, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
the various motives to the love and practice of universal holiness with which this sacred epistle abounds, the one I have now read to you doth certainly merit peculiar attention; and must to every ingenuous mind appear not only most persuasive, but likewise most animating. For who that hath any thirst for true glory, would not aspire to the high dignity of becoming a worker-together” with the Son of God? Or can any man have reason to entertain the least doubt of victory and triumph, who is engaged in a cause which the great
Lord of heaven and earth hath undertaken to support? Vol. II. S
1. I propose, therefore, in the first place, to offer a few remarks for establishing your faith of the important doctrine contained in
2. Secondly, I shall give you some account of the principal means by which the Son of God hath hitherto conducted his falutary undertaking, and shall finally destroy the works of the devil.–And then direct you to the practical improvement of the subject.
I. First, then, that you may see the evidence by which the doctrine here afserted is confirmed and illustrated, in the clearest and most satisfying light, I shall lay before you the several parts of it, in the fame method and order of time in which the Spirit of God hath placed them in the sacred Scriptures.
If we look back to the Old-Testament writings, we shall find this doctrine published in paradife immediately after the apostasy of our first parents, when Satan's ufurped domination commenced. Then it was, that God faid unto the ferpent,
« Because thou hast done this, I will put en
“ mity between thee and the woman, and “ between thy feed and her feed : It shall “ bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his “ heel.” This was an early intimation of a Saviour, who should defeat the malice of Satan, the grand adversary, and prevent the total ruin of mankind.
To prefigure the manner in which he was to atchieve this great deliverance, it deserves our notice, that expiatory facrifices were very early appointed. Thus we read, that « Abel offered unto the Lord the firstlings « of his flock;" and when we consider that it was not till after the deluge that the use of animal food was permitted to man, we can hardly doubt, that the “ coats of skins" which God is said to have made for Adam and Eve, must have been the skins of animals offered in sacrifice by his own direction and appointment. These were significant emblems, or types, of that great atonement which Christ was to make in due time by the sacrifice of himself; in allusion to which, he is styled, in the New-Testament writings, a lamb, “ the lamb of God;”