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ferings and death, for this very end, that he 'might remove those obstructions that lay in the road of mercy, and render the exercise of it consistent with the honour of the divine government. The sacrifice of IMMANUEL, afforded such a demonstration of the unchangeable holiness and justice of God, that without staining the glory of these perfections, he may now difpense to penitent believers, all those blefsings their circumstances can require : for what the Apostle lays of the pardon of sin, (Rom. iii. 25, 26.), may lawfully be extended to every other benefit: “ God hath “ set forth his Son to be a propitiation, " through faith in his blood, to declare his “ righteousness for the remiffion of fins; “ —that he might be just, and the jufti« fier of him who believeth in Jesus.” Nay, my brethren, it is not only consistent with the justice of God, to do good to those who believe in Jesus; but, I speak it with reverence, it would be inconsistent with his justice to with-hold good from them; for Christ hath actually purchased every blessing they need. He was delivered
up " by the determinate i counsel and fore. • knowledge of God;” not casually, or unadvisedly, but in confequence of a previous agreement or covenant ; in which he freely consented, on his part, “ to make his soul “ an offering for fin ;” and the Father promised, that “ he thould see his seed;" that he should " prolong his days;” that “ the “ pleasure of the Lord should prosper in his “ hand;" and that he should' “ fee the tra“ vail of his soul, and be satisfied.” Of which solemn transaction. we have an authentic copy recorded by the Prophet Isaiah, chap. liii. 10, 11.
What shall we then fay to these things ? -Hath God already bestowed the greatest of all gifts, the unspeakable gift of his own dear Son ?-Did he bestow it freely, when there was nothing in the creature to merit or invite his love, but, on the contrary, every thing to provoke his holy indignation ?-Was this gift designed to pave the way for other blessings ?--Nay, further, were all other blessings actually purchased by the infinite sacrifice of this divine Sayiour ?-How firm then is the foundation
of the Christian's hope ?-With what humble, yet triumphant confidence; may the believer adopt the words of my text; and put the question, against all doubts, all fcars, all temptations that may assail him, He that Ipared not his own Son, but delivered bim up for us all, how fall be not with him also freely give us all things? · But we have not yet examined the grant itself. Shall I say the contents of it are large?' The expression is too feeble ;-my brethren, they are boundless, they are infinite: these two words all things, comprehend both heaven and earth in their bofom; and thus they are explained by this fame Apostle, i Cor. iii. 21. “ All things “ are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or .« Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or “ things present, or things to come; all are 6 yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is 66 God's."-And is “ the world” too a part of the Christian's portion ? Yes, my friends. But then it is “the world” conquered by faith, and “ crucified to us by the cross” of our Redeemer. '« The lust of the eye, the w luft of the flesh, and the pride of life,"
are no parts of that world whereof the Apostle there fpeaks, except it be in this sense, that they are subdued and mortified, Christ did not submit to hunger and thirst, that we might riot in luxury; he did not become poor, that we might poffefs great eftates ; he did not stoop to ignominy and to death, that we might be dignified with worldly honours. These are not included among the all things in my text. The truth is, they hardly deserve the name of things ; - they are mere ciphers, the creatures of opinion and fancy, which have no signific cancy, no price, but what mistake and de lusion have wantonly set upon them. Our inheritance then is not diminished when all these are left out; nor hath the Christian any inducement to vitiate his
charter, by interlining it with those carnal ; additions which a vain imagination is too
apt to suggest. With Christ he hath all things which are subfervient to the purposes for which Christ was delivered: pardon to remove his guilt; grace to aid him in the performance of duty; comfort to support him under the pressure of afiction; every needful supply during his journey through this world, and immortal life and happiness in the next. Hath not the Chriftian then “ a goodly heritage,” who hath God and the creature, grace and glory, time and eternity; who is safe among enemies as well as among friends; who lives in communion with God on earth, and shall dwell with him in heaven for evermore ? Say, O Christians, hath such a man reason to complain of his portion?.
But let it be observed, that all these things are given with: Chrift: his person and his benefits : can never be divided. This is the order which God hath established:–He first gives us his own Son; and when that unspeakable gift is thank
fully received, then, together with his Son, ; he freely gives us all other things. But
without him, we i have no right to any thing we possess; the food we eat, the raiment we put on, are not ours; we are usurpers, we are robbers; and as such, shall be feverely reckoned with at last.-This shall be the condemnation of unbelievers at the great day, that they frau