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poses to needy, perishing, and helpless sinners, in order to engage them so to do. These things I repeatedly and largely insisted upon, from time to time.

“When these truths were felt at heart, there was now no vice unreformed, no external duty neglected. Drunkenness, the darling vice, was broken off from, and scarce an instance of it known among my hearers, for months together. The abusive practice of husbands and wives, in putting away each other, and taking others in their stead, was quickly reformed, so that there are three or four couple who have voluntarily dismissed those whom they had wrongfully taken, and now live together in love and peace. The same might be said of all other vicious practices. The reformation was general, and all springing from the internal influence of divine truths upon their hearts, and not from any external restraints, or because they had heard these vices particularly exposed and repeatedly spoken against. Some of them I never so much as mentioned, particularly that of the parting of men and their wives, till some, having their conscience awakened by God's word, came, and of their own accord confessed themselves guilty in that respect."-Brainerd's Remarks, by Rev. Talbot W. Chambers.

Wherever the Word of God is faithfully preached, God's law will be presented, and Christ offered, as the only way of salvation. The Lord Jesus has promised to be with him who delivers His message.

The Holy Spirit will give power to the truth; then men will be convicted of sin, will be led to receive Christ, and will be saved. This is God's plan to save men. “And in none other is there salvation; for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved" (Acts 3: 12).

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in Him may have eternal life" (John 3: 14). Men are perishing, and will die forever unless they look to Christ and believe in Him. “He that believeth not hath been judged already” (John 3: 18). “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3: 36).

SPECIAL CALLS OF GOD.

While God “now commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17: 30); in all ages He has made special calls on some. To all men, “ The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1: 18). “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who, being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Heb. 1: 1). The great call of God to men is, to hear Him. “Lo! a voice from heaven saying, This is My beloved Son” (Matt. 3: 17). “This is My beloved Son, * * * hear ye Him” (Matt. 17: 5).

The Bible mentions many special calls of God to individuals. When Adam tried to hide himself, “ The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" (Gen. 3: 9). And the Lord said unto Noah, Come, thou, and all thy house into the ark” (Gen. 7: 1). “The Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen. 12: 1; 22: 15-22). “I called him alone and blessed him and prospered him" (Isai. 51:2). “The angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven" (Gen.21: 17). God called unto Moses out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses" (Exod. 3: 4). “The Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel" (1 Sam. 3: 4, 6, 8, 10). Jesus called Paul, “And he heard a voice from heaven saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? And he said, Who art Thou, Lord ? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest” (Acts

9: 4).

The Bible contains calls to all men. The call by Isaiah 750 years before Christ was, “ Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live ” (Isaiah 55: 1). The call by the Lord Jesus Christ is, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye

shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11: 28). He also says, “Him that cometh to Me I will in nowise cast out" (John 6: 37). The call in the last chapter of the Bible is, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.

And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22: 17). Jesus “calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out *** He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice” (John 10: 4). “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, to them that are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also foreordained to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: and whom He foreordained, them He also called: and whom He called them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified" (Rom. 8: 28). And Jesus “ calleth unto him whom He would: and they came unto Him. And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach” (Mark 3: 13). “Ye

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