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and this we are taught, is through says the apostle John, “These things the atonement of Christ. To procure are written, that ye might believe this was one end for which he was ap- that Jesus is the Christ, the soit pointed to the work of redemption of God, and that beliering, ye might Gal.iv. 4, 5. “God sent forth his Son, | have life through his name.'
. John XX. made under the law, to redeem them 31. Hence we find this exhortation that were under the law, that they to the Christians at Rome-"Reckon might receive the adoption of sons.” If ye also yourselves to be dead indeed this was one end, for which Christ un-unto sin, but alive unto God through Jedertook the work of atonement, doubtsus Christ our Lord,” Rom. vi. 11.less, believers receive this blessing, And it is for this reason, doubtless, that through the atonement which he hath Christ is called the believer's life. Col. made.
ii. 4. “When Christ, who is our life, Being renewed, justified, and adopt- shall appear, then shall we also appear ed into the holy family of God, believ- with him in glory.” If the spiritual life ers receive abundant communications of believers is derived through Christ, of grace, even all the christian virtues, then all spiritual blessings must be thro' through Christ. This is true of their him, for in this life all these blessings faith: “Unto you it is given, in behalf | are necessarily comprehended. But of Christ, (says the apostle) “not on this is taught, if possible, more directly to believe on him, but also to suffer ly and unequivocally in the following for his sake,” (Phil. i. 29,) The original passages. Eph. i. 3. “Blessed be the words translated in behalf of Christ God and Father of our Lord Jesus (uper Christou) literally signify, on the Christ, who hath blessed us with all accomt of, or for the sake of Christ. spiritual blessings, in heavenly things, The same is again taught in 2 Pet. in Christ.” Phil. i. 11. "Being filled i, 1. “Simon Peter, a servant of Je- with the fruils of righteousness, which sus Christ, to them that have obtained are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and like precious faith with us, through the praise of God.” Hence, it is expressrighteousness of God, and our Saviorly declared that all spiritual blessings Jesus Christ."
are bestowed upon believers in Christ; Believers are established in the faith and that they are filled with the and order of the gospel, in or through fruits of righteousness, by Him. The Christ. 2 Cor. i, 21. “Now, he which whole work of sanctification is effected established us with you in Christ, and through the atonement and mediation hath anointed us is God.” All the joy of Christ. The sanctification of his which Christians experience in the people was one great end for which he ways of holiness, is through Christ. I undertook the work of redemption Rom. v, 11, “We joy in God through Titus. ii 14.
himself for our Lord Jesus Christ.” And this is us, that he might redeem us from all intrue of every thing, wbich pertains to iquity, and purify unto himself a pecu. their spiritual life. "The gift of God liar people, zealous of good works.” is elernal life through Jesus Christ our Ephes v. 25, 26, 27. “ Christ loved Lord.” Rom. vi, 23. Christ assures us, the Chruch and gave himself for it, that that to obtain this life for his followers i he might sanctify and cleanse it, with was one end, for which he undertook | the washing of water by the word, their redemption. John x, 10,“ I am || that he might present it unto himcome that they might have life, and that self a glorious church, not having spot they might have it more abundantly;" or wrinkle, or any such thing; but, or in greater degrees than Adam had, that it should be holy and without before the apostacy. Of course, believ- blemish."* As this important end, ers receive this life in all the branches and degrees of it, through the atone- * If any should doubt the sufficiency of this ment which he hath provided. Hencc, l evidence, they may find the same truth clear
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for which he undertook their redemp-|| If all that christians deed is granted tion, it is one which he hath actually them in or through Christ, then accomplished in this work. “ We are they doubtless receive temporal as sanctified through the offering of the well as spiritual blessings in this way. body of Jesus Christ, once for all.” Again it is written, “There is one Heb. x, 10. By one offering, he hath God, the Father, of whom are all perfected forever, them that are sanctifi things, and we in him; and one Lord ed." “ Jesus, that he might sanctify Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, the people with his own blood, suffered and we by him." 1 Cor. viii. 6.without the gate." Ch. xiii, 12.“ When The obvious meaning of this passage he had, by himself purged our sins, satis that all our enjoyments; of every down on the right hand of God.”— kind, proceed from the Father, through Ch. i. 3. It is “the blood of Christ, who the atonement and mediation of the through the eternal spirit offered him- Son. self without spot to God, that purgeth That temporal as well as spiritual our consciences from dead works, to blessings are conferred upon believers serve the living God." Ch. ix. 14. through Christ, is evident from the What can be the meaning of these fact that they are contained in the passages, if the great work of sanctifi- promises, which God hath made to cation be not begun, carried on and his people. “Godliness hath the promperfected in the hearts of sinners thro' ise of the life that now is.” 1 Tim. the efficacy of Christ's atonement ? if iv. 8. Believers have a promise that all the blessings, which sanctification all things shall work together for comprises are not bestowed upon their good;" (Rom. viii. 28.) and that them, for the sake of Christ, through no “good things shall be withboldthe merit of his atoning blood ?- en from them. (Ps. Ixxxiv. 11.) But Is not this the obvious meaning of the no promises are made to believers, in Apostle in 1 Cor. vi. 11. “But ye are any other way, than through Christ. washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye 2 Oor. I. 20. “ All the promises of God are justified in the name of the Lord in him are yea, and in him, amen, unto Jesus, and by the spirit of our God ?" the glory of God by us.” Of course, And, is it not for this reason, that Christ all the blessings, which are contained is said to be “made unto us, wisdom in these promises, whether of a spiritand righteousness, and sanctification, ual or temporal nature, are bestowed and redemption ?" 1 Cor. i. 30. But through Christ, through the merit of if all the blessings of sanctification are bis atonement. From these considerbestowed upon believers through ations, we should, naturally, be led Christ, for the sake of his obedience to conclude that the blessings, which
ngs, then all spiritual bles- believers receive through the atonesings without exception are bestowed ment, are not confined to the present through him; for there can be none life ;-most of the promises, to which but such as sanctification necessarily they are entitled, have an ultimate reincludes.
ference to a future state; they secure The blessings which believers re- to them a far more exceeding, and ceive through Christ, are not confined eternal weight of glory” beyond the to those of a spiritual nature ; they in-grave: And this, we are particularly, clude all the blessings or enjoyments and repeatedly assured, is the fruit of of this life. “My God shall supply Christ's atoning blood.-In Rom. v. all your need,” says the Apostle to the 17. we read, that “They which rePhilippians) "according to his riches ceive abundance of grace and of the in glory, by Jesus Christ.” Phil. iv, 19. gift of righteousness, shall reign in ly, taught by different expressions, in the life, by one Jesus Christ.” By reigning following passages : Cor. ii 8, 9, Gal. i. 5. in life, we are doubtless, here to un 2 Cor. v. 15. 1 Pet. ii, 24. Jobm xxii. 16. derstand, the exaltation and bless
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ness of the saints in glory; and it is The following remarks obvionsly expressly declared that they shall re- result from the subject thus illustraceiie this by Jesus Christ. Oi the ted-same import is the 21st verse, “ Even 1. Believers should always come so might grace reign through right- unto Gou in the name of Christ, and eousness, unlo eternal life, by Jesus plead for all the blessings that they Christ our Lord.” This is also impli- need, solely for his sake. If all ed in Gal. iv. 7. “Thou art no more these blessings are purchased by him, a servant but a son; and if a son, and conferred upon them for his then an heir of God through Christ.” sake, it is obvious that they should
To be an heir of God, or to have God ask for them only in his name, and for an inheritance, is to have the sum through the merits of his atonement; of all the blessedness which is enjoy and no other prayers, than those which ed in heaven; and this we are assured are ofiered up in this way, can they every child of God will enjoy through reasonably hope, will be heard and Christ. Iu Eph. i. 14. the happiness accepted. “I am the way, and the of heaven is called a “purchased truth, and the life," says the Savior) possession.” The Holy Spirit is here " man cometh unto the Father, said to be “the earnest of our inher- but by me.” (John xiv. 6.) We see a itance, until the redemption of the propriety in the encouragement which purchased possesion, unto the praiso is given us in these words.--" Whatof nis glory.” That inheritance which soever ye shall ask in my name, that the Holy Spirit is here spoken of as an will I do, that the Father may be gloearnest. was doubtless, still future; rified in the Son.” (Ver. 13.)“ If ye it is not enjoyed by christians in this shall ask any thing in my name,
I will world; it is no other than the unspeak- do it.” (Ver. 14.). “ Ask and ye shall able blessedness which is reserved for receive, that your joy may be full." them in Heaven. This is called their (Ch. xvi. 24.) “ purchased possession;" by which we 2. Our subject shows us why are evidently taught, that this posses- those, who embrace the Savior, heresion was purchased by the blood of by become entitled to all the blessings Christ, and will be conferred upon of the gospel. The inoment they bethem, solely for his sake. The Holy come united to Christ, by faith, they Spirit, in his enlightning and sanctify- are interested in all the blessings ing influences, affords believers an which he hath procured for them, by earnest, a pledge, a foretaste of that his sufferings and death; which comglorious inheritance, which is purchas- prise all that they will ever need, or ed for them by the blood of Christ, enjoy, either in time or eternity. which is promised to them, for his “ He that spared not his own Son,' sake, and which, in dae time, they says the Apostle)" but delivered shall actually enjoy; " that in the ages him up for us all,- how shall be not to come, he might shew the exceed-with him, also freely give us all ing riches of his grace, in his kindness things." The argument is this: If all towards us, through Jesus Christ.” things that we shall ever need, either
Thus it is abundantly mainifest, in tirne or eternity, have been procured that not only the forgiveness of sins, for us by the sufferings and death of but all other blessings, both of a tem- Christ, according in the appointment poral and spiritual nature, which be- of bis Father: How is it possible that lievers enjoy in this world, together we shall not in due time, possess and with the unspeakable glory and bles- enjoy them? If all the blessings, sedness to which they are entitled in which believers enjoy are not purthe world to come, are bestowed upon chased for them by the sufferings and them througi the atonement and me- death of Christ, we see no conclusiveciatiou of the Divine Redeemer. ness in the Apostle's argument; we
gee no propriety in the course of rea- | not easy to see the force, or even the soning, which is here adopted. The propriety of these rapturous exclamaconclusion upon which he rests, with tions. such ecstacy of joy, appears to have no 6. We see from our subject why reasonable foundation !
Christ is said to be" all and in all,” to 3. Our subject shows us the real believers. Col. iii. 11. “Where there son why we are to give thanks for all is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcisthings through Christ.
ion, nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, The Apostle directs the Ephesians Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is to give thanks, always, for all things all and in all.” Christ is all to believers, unto God and the Father, in the naine as he is in himself a satisfying portion; of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. v. 20. as he hath procured for them, by his If all things are received in the name sufferings and death, all the temporal and through the merits of Christ, there and spiritual blessings that they need; is an obvious and sufficient reason, why and as he intercedes with the Father, we should give thanks for all things in for the bestowment of these blessings : bis natae ;-but if we receive no other And he is in them all, as he applies to blessings than forgiveness of sins! them the benefits of this atonement, through him, we no reason, or by the renewing, quickening and sancpropriety, in this direction.
tifying influences of his spirit, --" puri4. We learn from our subject, fying them unto himself a peculiar why it is that christians receive all people zealous of good works. their consolation by Christ.
And the chief end, for which these sufferings of Christ abound in us,” manifold blessings are bestowed, in (says the Apostle)" so our consolation this way, is as we are taught by the also aboundeth by Christ."(2 Cor. i. 5.) | Apostle Peter, “That God in all things The reason why christians abound in may be glorified through Jesus Christ, consolation by Christ, is that he hath to whom be praise and dominion forevprocured for them, by his atonement,lier and ever.Amen.” | Peter iv. 11. all the blessings, which they need, or We shall close with observing that fan reasonably desire. All the prom-l if believers receive no other blessings ises, by which they are supported and through Christ, than the forgiveness of comforted under their distresses are sins, these conclusions will necessarily made through him, and confirmed in 'follow: him, and of course, it is through him 1. That Christ doth not intercede that they receive all the consolation with the Father, for any other blesthat these promises afford.
sings beside the forgiveness of sins, to 5. Our subject shows us why be conferred on believers, on account ehristians are said to triumph over all of his obedience and sufferings in their enemies in Christ. “ Thanks be their stead. unto God,” (says the Apostle) “ which 2. That it is not right for believalways causeth us to triumph in Christ.' ' ers to ask for any other blessing, (2 Cor. ii. 14.) “ Thanks be to God through the atonement of Christ, be who giveth us the victory through our side forgiveness. Lord Jesus Christ.”' (Rom. viii. 37.) 3. That the saints in glory will neAud, “In all these things, we are ver praise the Savior for procuring more than conquerors through him that any other blessing for them beside loved us.” (1 Cor. xv. 57) Christians forgiveness, by his sufferings and death triumph over all their enemies in and 4. That there is no foundation through Christ, as they obtain all that laid, by the atonement of Christ, grace, which enables them to do this, which secures the sanctification of through the merit of his atoning blood. of the human race; and consequentBut if no other benefits beside forgive-ly, none which secures their redempBess are received through him, it is tion and salvation.
Whether these conclusions can be on the subject of ardent spirits-it bereconciled with the general language ing fully understood, that no valuable of the scriptures upon this subject, is rule of politeness shall be considered submitted to the consideration of as violated, if ardent spirits are not ofevery impartial enquirer,
fered at social visits ; that, if the exPHILALETHES, ample and friendly rebukes of the
members prove unavailing with those CONNECTICUT MORAL SOCIETY. far sunk in the wretchedness of this Continued from page 97.
vice, the associated withhold from The Branch Society in the first par- them all needless intimacy; that measish of Lisbon reported, That theures be taken for executing the law members pledged themselves to en-against persons, whose habits of incourage and assist all informing officers temperance shall have become inveteand magistrates in their official duties; rate; and that they refuse, in all cases to discountenance, by example and all to vote for persons known to be viother prudent measures, iminorality in cious. general, and, especially, idleness, Sab- The Branch Society in New-Hartbath breaking, profanity, and the need ford reported, That they had resolved less use of strong drink. They chose to attempt the prevention of profanity, a Treasurer, to receive donations, ei- Sabbath breaking, idleness, and intemther in money, or books on morality, perance; and to encourage and aid They, likewise, appointed a commit- the civil magistrates and informing oftee of distribution. As to effects al-ficers in their respective duties. The ready perceived, it was evident, that a disregard of the Lord's day had greatreformation had commenced. Vicely prevailed,and was rapidly increasing. was less open and daring, and there so small was the probability of success was an increasing attention to moral in efforts to restrain the licentious, and duties.
especially travellers on that day, that The Branch Society in Salisbury re-| the grand jurors had refused to be qual-. ported resolutions to the following ef-|ified. The attempt, however, was refect: That they would practice and solved on. The committee, by letters encourage industry in the lawsul oc-addressed to men of character in cupations of themselves and others ; neighboring towos, invited their co-opthat persons habitually idle should not eration. They persuaded the informreceive their support or assistance in ing officers to take their official oaths, any way calculated to encourage per. and promised them whatever assistseverance in that vice; that they would || ance occasions might require. They assist the civil authority in all proper placed notifications in the public housmeasures for enforcing the laws of the es of New-Hartford and its vicinity, Sabbath; that the members would care-warning travellers against exposing fully abstain from the practice of pro-themselves to prosecution and puvishfane swearing, would neglect the com- ment.--The members indulged a hope pany and conversation of the habitual-that, from these and similar measures, ly profane, advise their friends who are great good to individuals and the guilty of this vice to reform themselves community would ultimately result. thoroughly, checking all persons that The Branch Society in Bristol ré swear profanely in their presence, voteported resolutions, That by their confor no person to a place of honor or versation and example, they would disprofit whom they know to have acqui-countenance the daily and common red a habit of profanity, and inform use of ardent spirits in private families, against those who, after suitable admo- at social visits, and among people of nition, persist in the use of profane every description, whom their influlanguage; that the members would ence could affect; that if any were to cautiously regulate their own practice be so unhappy and to see a person evi: