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delusions, to believe a lie, that they may be damned, because - This is exemplified in the case of Alab, king of Israel. God sitting upon His throne, (and all the host around said,) - Who will persuade Ahab to go up to Ramoth Gilead, that he may fall there ? None was found to go, it being contrary to the nature of a good angel to go upon a bad errand; at length one appears, say. ing, I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all Ahab's prophets. The Lord replied,• Thou shalt prosper and prevail-go and do it !' Thus Abab was deluded and fell in battle, because he let Benhadad go, whom he should have slain, and the Lord said, Because thou hast let go out of thine hand a man whom I appointed for utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for bis people, as the sequel proved.
Thus Benhadad, Agag, and the Canaanites liv. ed longer than was the will of God they should while others do not live half their days, but die sooner than is the revealed will of God they should; for some take their own lives and the lives of others, when it is the revealed will of God, « Thou shalt not kill.'
Then that we may have angels to guide or bear us away as Lazarus did; and as the Patri. archs, be gathered to our people above; let us lead the life of the Rigliteous, that we may die their death, and our last end be like theirs. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright for the end of that man is peaco !*
* Grace is a gift or favor, conferred upon an unworthy object. Debt implies an obligation ; but God is under no obli. gation to His creatures. Of course, whatsoever he bestows must be free, unmerited Grace.
Th Kingdom of Heay prepared for Man, from the Foundation of the world' was Grace. Man, by grace, was at the first placed in a state of Trial in Paradise, under a Laris of works, which Law saith, Do, and live-oras Paul saith, If
OF THE RESURRECTION. The identity of matter cannot be annihilated, but it possesses the innate principle of immortali 2 Van Rood th: Linz, he shall Live RY THE LAW. But the Mo-n Faculty is so impaired and dark since the FALL, that 3lan is 20 adequate to keep the Paradisical Law. And. therefore, as says the Apostle Paul, by the deeds of the Law sull no ilesh be justified in the sight of God; that it Dl be by GRACE through FAITH in Christ Jesus.
Hence ihe Law of Faith, requiring righteousness, by grace hrough faith is fitted to the capacity and situation of Hallen „Ian. Man being capable of believing, his FAITH instead of If orla, may be iinguted to him for righteousness; and thus he may be justified through FAITII in Christ. And so the
Lix of Faith' is brought in as the condition of his salvation. And thus he may arrive at last at Jerusalem, which 'Kingdom was prepared for Man from the foundation of the World.'And be admitted according to the original order of things; by Man's free will concurring with the commandments, in the stablished order of God.
The Lake of Fire,' which originally was prepareil for che der it and his angels,' was never designed for Man. Consequently if man goes there, it is by stealing the time, and ti£uming the liberty to sin; and thereby inverting the estab. lished order of things, contrary to, God's appointment-for Ciod appointed His creatures to serve Him, but never gave "hiem His permission to sin ; on the contrary, He positively forbids it. Therefore, by violating the moral order of God, those Rebels disqualify themselves for the Kingdom of God, 200 are thereby jitted for the lake of fire. And moral justice demands the execution.
All the Favours of God are Grace-but more particularly those in Christ Jesus as a * Redeemer' and 'Saviour.'
As all titles to every favour was forfeited by sin, Man could not make atonement for his crime, but must remain condemned by the Law which he has violated, and stand exposed to all the dire consequences, which at the least must be privution ; inless there be a RANSOM! Hence, Christ was DELIVERID for our offences, and rose again for our Justification. He suffered, the Just for the unjust-that he might bring us to God. God so loved the world, He sent His son, that the world thro' Him might be saved. No màn TAKETA my life from me :-) have power to lay it down, and to take it again-Greater lote than this hath no man, than that he lay down his life for his friend and I lay down my life for the sheep. He was WOUNDED for our transgressions-and, the Lord hath land rzpon Him the iniquity of us ALL'.
ty. For if one particle of water could be annihi. lated, the whole fabric of nature might on the same principles sink into a state of non-entity.Matter may be changed, as it relates to time, place, and quality, yet there may be certain inbate principles of matter, the identity of which
We read of the Seven Spirits of God;' referring to the different OPERATIONS.
First, the enlightening Grace of God, which is saving in its NATURE: saving mankind from their natural darkness, by enlightening every man who cometh into the world.'
Secondly, Restraining Grace-by which man is distinguish. ed and prevented from becoming mere Devils incarnate, thro' the principle of 'Moral Evil,' which principle is restrained by the Grace of God, and saves man from those consequences which otherwise would follow.
Thirdly, Justifying Grace, i. e. 'an act whereby God, for Christ's sake, pardoneth all our sins!' which is Salvation from the condemnation of SIN, as well as from the Love and reigning power, and dominion of Sin!
Fourthly, the infusion of the Spirit, or sanctifying Grace of God, by which Man is saved from his privation, and from the nature of Sin.
Fifthly, comforting, supporting, and heart clieering Grace; which saves from the gloom that otherwise would surround the Mind.
Sixthly, the Grace which leads, guides and instructs into necessary Truth, and into Practical Duty. And,
Seventhly, the peace and joy of the Kingdom, which brightEns up the prospect of eternity; and inspires the Mind with
Hope beyond this life; which foretaste is the earnest of the Saint's Inheritance of another world ; and is called 'Righteousness and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.
As it takes two to make a bargain, so Grave, or the opera. tion of the Holy Spirit, requires the concurrence of Man's free will, in order for him to experience Salvation from his sins.-For man is not to be saved in his sins, but must be saved FROM his sins. Hence the propriety of the caution : 'Quench not the Spirit.'. Lest it be said in the language of Stephen
As your fathers did, so do ye always resist the Holy Ghost," and so destruction come upon you to the uttermost. And God says ; 'Because I have called and ye have refused, and set at nought my counsel.--I therefore will laugh at your calamities, and m when your fear cometh-Ephraim is joined to his idols, let him alone:'._and then the heart reply: The Harviest is passed and the summer is ended, and I am not saved: and the consequence is, to receive the sentence, Depart into the Lake of Fire, prepared for the Devil and his Angels,
can never become a part, or the properties of any other hody.
Supposing a person to be dead, and eaten by a fish, which fish is eaten by a man.
Quere. Conla the second person have any of the real particles of the first; and if so, who of thic twain will possess them at the resurrection, as both cannot have it?
• A corn of wheat cast into the ground, remaineth alone, except it die. The corn upon the stalk is not the same kernel that was sown, but rather is some of the innate principle of the corn which was sown, and is brought to perfection. It was sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body; sown in weakness, raised in power; this mortal shall put on immortality, that mortality may be swallowed up of Life!
Mortality, implies subject to decay. Matter may be changed, as it relates to shape and form, &c. but still it doth exist, though in a different mode and situation. And the innate principle of the identity of man cannot be changed, to become the property of another; then each will retain luis own, though the skin and flesh and blood, the coarser matter, which is supposed to change every seven years upon the living, be set aside as acquired, yet The original man remains, the other being the dregs. • But it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but this we know, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Ilim as He is.' We now see and know but in part, then shall we see as we are seen, and know as we are known!
OF THE LAKE OF FIRE. The Lake of fire, originally prepared for the Devil and his angels, into which the wicked will be cast, as their final doom, which is the second death, and burns with fire and brimstone, is dread. Inl to contemplate,
A bar of iron heated, when touched with brim stone, will run down like melted lead. Supposing a person to be contined, and yet not consumed. flow awful is the thought.
In this life, time is divided by days, and months, and years, but in Eternity where years shall cease to roll, how will time be then described ?Suppose a damned Ghost should inquire of Beelzebub the time? Beelzebub replies, Eternity!" After a period equal to ten thousand years, multiplied by the number of sands, the waves, the drops, the stars, and then the twigs and spires of grass, and doubled over ten thousand times, and multiplied again; still the reply would be Eeternity! Without pleasure, and without slumber, and without end?
A trial implies a limited accountability; at the end of which, Judgment and Justice will take place, and prove final. Therefore, if tho original established order of man, and his end, was leay.. en, his will concurring; but, by non-conforinity ke inverted his own order and destination, whereby he disqualified himself for the fruition, being contaminated with Moral Evil, and is so hardeneu as to be incorrigible, and lence confirmed in his vicious disposition of heart, so as to become as the lower inhabitants, and a fit sulject for that region only. For any being, being put into a place or situation for wliich it has no disposilion, the state would afford it no pleasure; uot being agreeable to its nature, it could feci po union or satisfaction in it, but would rather depart to a place more suited to itself, and be with beings more congenial to its nature. And hence it appears, that the very damned would be in more torinent, was it possible for them to get to leavera in their own nature, than to remain in Weir damıed state!