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my soul troubled, and what shall I say?" .. -“ My God! my God! why haft thou « fortaken me?" Whence these fad and mournful complaints ?--Did they proceed from any defect of magnanimity and fortitude ?--No, my brethren ; it was the perfection of his mind that seemingly enfeebled him :- the boundless extent of his under » standing, which comprehended the full dia mensions of fin and of wrath, was the fole cause of his deep and unparalleled distress. It was not the shame nor the torment of the cross that afflicted him; the thieves who suffered with him endured the fame ;-but his soul, if I may be allowed the expression, was crucified more than his body; his heart had sharper nails to pierce it than his hands or his feet :-in his body he felt the rage and cruelty of his murderers ; but in his soul he felt sufferings of a more exquisite nature. Then he bore the griefs, and
carried the forrows, of all his people ; then' · he felt not the fins only, but the wounds
also, of every broken heart; the torments of his martyrs, the reproaches of his faints, the poverty, distresses, and persecutions,
which any, which all of them, have felt or fhall feel, till the last trumpet shall sound, and he shall come again in his glory.Thus God spared not bis own Son: to these inconceivable sufferings was the Lord of life delivered. But for whom, and for what ends, did the Son of God suffer ? This was the
Third thing I proposed to consider.' And after what hath been already suggested, it is unnecessary that I should spend much time upon this head. It is evident that Christ did not suffer on his own account: “ He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and se« parated from finners.”— “ He did no « fin, neither was guile found in his lips."
He suffered in the room of guilty man; he was delivered for us, saith the Apostle, not only for our benefit, but in our place :
" He was made fin for us, who knew no 6 fin, that we might be made the righte“ ousness of God in him."--" He suffer
ed, the just for the unjust, that he might “ bring us to God.”-Do you ask, Why God spared not his own Son ? The answer is, - That he might spare us : he delivered him
up to temporal sufferings, that we might be delivered from everlasting punishment: “ For God so loved the world, that he gave “ his only begotten Son, that whosoever “ believeth in him, might not perish, but “ have everlasting life.”- Do you ask a. gain, Who may lay claim to the benefit of this gift? I readily answer, Every child of Adam without exception, who feels his need of a Saviour, and is willing to accept him as he is offered in the gospel. The death, as well as the birth of Christ, “ is good ti“ dings of great joy unto all people ;” to Gentiles ,as well as to Jews; to men of all kindreds, nations, and languages; to finners of all sorts, the vileft not 'excepted; “ He is the Lamb of God, which taketh “ away the sin of the world.”— Every labouring and heavy-laden finner is invited to come unto him; and “ him that cometh “ he will in no wise cast out.” In this. fenfe, Christ is the “ Saviour of all men;" though I apprehend, that as the Apostle, in this passage, is writing purpofely for the comfort of real Christians, this assertion, that Cbriß was delivered up for us all, is
chiefly intended to fignify, that all.true be: lievers have an equal interest in this gift of God; the weakest, as well as the strongest ; the dejected, as well as the joyful; the convert of yesterday, as well as the oldest fervant in his family:. for the inference he draws from it is expressly limited to those who have received Christ: How shall be not WITH HIM, ALSO freely give us all things?
This leads me to the
Second branch of my subject; which is, to show,
That the gift which God hath already bestowed upon finners of mankind, affords every sincere believer the most absolute certainty, that nothing shall be with-held from him that is necessary to make him happy.
The Apostle, to give weight and emphafis to his conclusion, puts it into the form of a question, How fall be not give? It is impoflible that he should not give ;darkness and light may sooner become one, than that God should deny to belieyers in Christ aught that is conducive to
their real felicity. He speaks, you fee, in the language of assurance and triumph: and well he might ; for if God fpared not his own Son, but delivered bim up for us all, what can be supposed to stop the current of his bounty ! Is there any benefit too valuable for God to bestow ? ---That cannot be : the gift he hath already conferred, is infinitely more precious than all that remains to be given. Other things may be estimated, but “ the riches of “ Christ are unfearchable :" -" In him « dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead « bodily.”— Shall the unworthiness of the creature restrain his munificence ? This objection is fully obviated by the free and gratuitous manner in which God hath bestowed his 56 unspeakable gift;" —for it is evident, that we must have been · far more unworthy of a Saviour, than we possibly can be of any subsequent favour : and seeing God spared not his own Son, but delivered bim up for us all, unmerited, nay, unsolicited, what bounds can be set to the Christian's hope? especially when we consider,--that Christ was delivered up to suf