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go to my dark recess, and pray to conscience. If we confess our sins God; I could withdraw from my God is faithful and just to forgive us friends, and read my bible; I could our sins.” When David was brought make time for communion; I could to a simple acknowledgment, as it once take up the language of the Psal. were, over the head of the scape-goat, mist, and say, “My meditation of him then it was that God was pleased to shall be sweet ;' but where is it all manifest forth his forgiving love to his gone now? I go to my daily occupa conscience. The work of Jesus is a tions, and I sometimes taste no more great and glorious work. The great of God all the day than if there were atonement was finished nearly eighteen no God. I am placed in the midst of hundred years ago : there never can be trials and temptations, and they seem any thing added to it; there never can to dry up my very soul. My dear be any thing taken from it. “ By brother, things may be laid upon my one offering he hath perfected for ever conscience at this moment which may them that are sanctified.” The Saints not be laid upon thine. I believe that of God, in consequence of it, stand these cases exist, not merely by tens, before God without a spot. There is but by hundreds; not merely by hun- not a moment that one sin is laid to dreds but by thousands. In this con- their charge: there is not even the gregation many might be found who scar of the wound; they are all cast would say, " Oh, that it were with into the depths of the sea; they are all me as in the days that are past;" and thrown into the very depths of oblivion, yet they have been walking much in where they shall be remembered no worldliness. What did I hear only more. this last week-what testimony did I There is a great difference between receive? that the greatest stumbling dealing with God as a father, and block given to a young one just begin dealing with God as a judge. It is ning, or before he began, was the un- the mercy of a believer not to deal with godliness of two professors; because God as a judge; it is the mercy of the under the garb of profession they had child of God to look up to God as his lived the world, and gone into its father : and though there are thousands worst habits. I believe such things of God's children who do not realize are neither rare nor seldom to be met him as their father, yet it is their priwith, but are frequent: and I stand up vilege notwithstanding; and never for this night with all affection, but with one moment ought we to look up to all boldness, neither regarding the God as a judge any more. That thing, favour nor the approbation of man- as Romaine says, was brought into to tell you my unvarnished declaration court, and settled, and over. If you of the solemnity of this state before walk with God as a child, you will God. If there be but one who hears walk with him as accepted in the beme to-night, whose heart the Holy | loved ; and what you go to him for is, Ghost has melted, and as he hears of a father's application of his own blessGod, and as he hears of his goodness, ing to your consciences by the power and as he hears of his grace, finds of the Holy Ghost. As there is a there is something within him that walk which displeases your Father, leads him to say, Since it is so I lay there is a walk that pleases him; and myself prostrate at thy feet-since thou when you are led in confession to open dost say Only acknowledge—Lord, your heart to God, placing your hands I come telling thee I am the greatest of by faith upon the head of the blessed sinners, God be merciful to me the scape-goat, it is his covenant mercy in sinner. Such is the character of God, that place, to renew your sense of his that he not only welcomes the first full, free, everlasting forgiveness. approach of such a one, but the revivals There are numbers that think they are of his own sins, the sorrowful remem- walking in the sense of God's forgiv. brance of which are all the fruits of his ing love, who are doing no such thing. blessed Spirit.

To have a sense of it is no light matter. Observe thirdly, WHAT ARE THE They seem as if they could rise with it, BLESSINGS WHICH RESULT FROM this and go to bed with it, and carry it CONFESSION. In the first place, it is through the day, as if by some espeGod's appointed way for clearing the cial work of their own. It is the pe

culiar work of God the Eternal Spirit : , will never be satisfied till he finds him. it is his office, it is his glory, to take | Do you ask me for another blessing? of the things of Christ, to bring them The soul that is led in tenderness of to our hearts, and apply God's for conscience so to walk with God, congiving love to our consciences. The fessing his sins over the head of the place where he doeth it is in the place scape-goat, and receiving continued where our sins are confessed before blessings from his father, receives a God. “If we confess our sins, he is new spring : he will take up the cross faithful and just to forgive us our sins, while another is looking at it; he will and to cleanse us from all unrigh-deny himself when another man teousness.”

flinches; he will walk softly, abasedly, The believer that is led simply and humbly, tenderly, thinking much of a filially to walk with God in a state of word, of a thought, of a principle and perpetua! unfolding of the heart to of his practice. When our blessed God, taking little sins before him, Jesus comes in, he comes in with a opening the heart when there has been royal train ; when he speaks of fora wound received, by that process giveness to a man, there is a sweet finds his conscience become exceed sense of it; and he being in a state ingly tender. Look at a mirror whose of peace with God, does not seem as surface is dim-place any object before if he could be offended with man. it, I see nothing: remove the dimness, When the peace of God is enjoyed in I see every object clearly. Such is | a man's conscience, it is the same as our conscience: a conscience defiled if the Holy Ghost looked through his by guilt is a dim mirror; a conscience eyes; there shall be something in his cleansed by blood is a clear mirror, manner, and conduct, and principles, and I can see things I could not see something in the very savour of the before. The man, who lives in the man, that shall show he has been with habit of filial confession, lives under Christ: he has brought a fragrance the influence of a mirror, that will away with him ; he does not only talk make even a thought to be sinful in about forgiveness, but he has it ; he has his sight. Tenderness of conscience is peace with God through Jesus Christ. the result of the application of the The subject has a most delightful blood of the Saviour.

aspect. Of all the real foundations for If I were to point out other mercies, practice through this week, I know of I would say it is an errand. Some of nothing so influential as to begin with God's people consider it their real busi- / a loving view of God. I know noness. I have great business with God. thing whatever of to-morrow : I may My constant occupation is to walk have crosses—I may have trials—I may with God, confessing my sins over the have perplexities-I may have unhead of the blessed Immanuel. This kindness-I may have the death of is a continued errand; this is, as it | friends—many things the world knows were, a continued message which I nothing of. But if the Lord assists send to God. It is a blessed thing me, and I go, as it were, with a when you and I have an errand to God. sense of his love in my heart, and There is such a thing as preaching of his gracious character, all looks there is such a thing as praying—there smooth. The poor sinner dresses is such a thing as reading—there is up a false god : he is always thinksuch a thing as visiting, and going ing—" Thou art an austere man." about-things which are right in He austere! God austere! Ask his themselves ; yet I have no errand to saints—ask himself : what does he God. But I have an errand when I say? “ Testify against me." As if go to God for his sweet sense of pardon. he said, “I will strip myself of my I want a renewed application—I want a Godhead-I will strip myself of my renewed sense of it-I want the fresh perfections—I will come and stand at application of it to my conscience. If thy bar : come, now, and bear witness a man knows this blessing, he soon against me; testify against me." Is feels the loss of it. A man that knows | he a wilderness? Go and ask the saints his Father's presence, seeks after him ; of God. He has returned good for evil, if he cannot find him in one place, he kindness for unkindness, blessing for will search for him in another; and he ingratitude ; he has always began-he



has stretched forth his hand-he | as to bring you into legal bondage : has secretly won on my path—he has | hence the necessity of urging continumoved me to confession; and though ally on the believer that he is a child I was a great way off, he fell on my of God. A believer in Christ is a neck, and welcomed me to his bosom. | child of God; and you may deal with

Oh, that this view which I have been God as a father, not as a judge. If endeavouring to give of Him, whom my you go to him as a judge, you may be soul loveth, might come with power to brought into the prison-house of legal the heart of some poor mistaken sinner bondage. If there be a doubt in your to-night; that he may say, What a mind whether God be your father or God have I been living in the neglect not, still there must be a gracious of, and in the contempt of, to this view of God's character. I never read day. I trust, too, that it may be a word a book that was so blessed to my soul in season to the weak saint. Your as Owen on the 130th Psalm. It gave great temptations always lead you to me, by the Spirit, a living view of the think of God as if he were an austere divine character. To have a settled God; and you are perpetually saying, view that God is gracious, that God is Will he receive me? I know he is merciful, that he stretches out the able, I know he is willing to receive hand, that he says, Only acknowledge, some; but will he receive such a one has often times been the means of reas I am? Does Christ cast out one storation, and has brought back the that comes ? He is but the image of wanderer in peace and quietness to God, he tells us but the heart of God. God. The great end of acknowledging In doing what he did, he did but hold sin is that we forsake it; not to go on up a picture for us to behold God. acknowledging, but to turn from it; Sweet and blessed thought! They that wherein we see we have offended, who despise the grace of the Gospel, by his grace may we do so no more. despising their own mercy, are found What I have omitted the Lord merwithout mercy; but not one unkind cifully fill up in your souls; and what I thought to a poor returning sinner that have stated amiss the Lord mercifully seeks salvation, is to be found in Christ | forgive. May He give you his blessing, Jesus.

and take all the glory, for ever and You may confess sin in such a way ever. Amen.

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John, xvi. 28.-" I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world again,

I leave the world, and go to the Father.

In the scriptures of the New Testa- | through him an access to the Father ; ment, the origin of all our spiritual through him peace with God: by him mercies is attributed to the instrumen- we are begotten again into a lively tality of Christ Jesus our Lord. There hope ; by him we are bought with the is no religious or moral blessing which price-come to the heavenly Jeruwe either enjoy or hope for, of which salem-washed, sanctified, and for ever Jesus is not considered as the great perfected : he is our mediator, our saauthor and source. Through Jesus, crifice, our prince and our saviour; he they tell us, we are saved, we are is our hope and joy—the great apostle cleansed, we are reconciled, we are pu and high priest of our profession—the rified, we are justified, we are re great shepherd and bishop of our souls deemed; through him we have an en -the door by which we must enter : trance into the holiest of holies; he is our wisdom and righteousness

the great captain of our salvation : he him eternal, together with him the is the way, the truth, and the life ; he creator and the governor of the uni. is our passover, and the propitiation verse. He was God, and was with for our sins : he has died for us, he God, we are informed, in the beginning. has suffered for us, and was made a By him all things were made; by curse for us; he has made intercession him all things consist: he is Alpha for our transgressions, and given him and Omega, the beginning and the self a ransom for all; he has blotted ending, the first and the last, God over out the hand-writing of ordinances that all, blessed for ever. It is impossible were against as-he has tasted death for the most uninstructed or unreflectfor every man-and brought life and ing to read these representations, withimmortality to light through the gos out recognizing the characteristic elepel.

ments of uncreated Deity, the boundBy all these varied images, under less attributes of the God that is suall these multifarious forms of expres preme, the attributes of everlasting sion, have the scriptures, through the adoration, over-ruling providence, and name of Jesus, preached forgiveness of Almighty God. sins, and the attainment of glory, and On the other hand, there are texts declared that by him we are justified which describe the same Saviour of from all things from which we could the world, as a human and created not be delivered by the law of Moses, being, as standing in a state of decided or by any other law.

inferiority, as doing what he did by It ceases, therefore, to be a mere the Father's power, speaking what he speculative doctrine, upon which it is spoke by the Father's wisdom, and as immaterial whether we think right or directed in all things by the Father's no-it becomes, at once, both an in will. He is that man whom God has teresting and important point of doc ordained to be the judge of quick and trine, to determine the nature of this dead. “Jesus answered and said to being to whom so much is attributed ; | his disciples, Verily, verily, I say unto in order that we may know, first, to you, the Son can do nothing but what whom it is that our praise and grati. he seeth the Father do; for the Father tude for such unnumbered mercies are loveth the Son, and showeth him all due ; and in order to be assured, in things that himself doeth.” Again, he the second place, that he has power to adds concerning his doctrine, “The fulfil the promises which are made to words that I speak, I speak not of us in his name.

myself, but the Father that dwelleth in Survey we then, in the first in me, he doeth the works. Lastly, he stance, the various declarations which declares, My Father is greater than I, are made in the scriptures concerning and I came into the world, not to do the nature of Christ. Let us examine, my own will, but the Father hath sent in the second place, in what manner the Son to be the Saviour of the world, the seeming difference between these To increase the singular dissimilarity various representations may be recon- of statement concerning the Son of ciled: and in conclusion, as a fair God, we have yet another collection of comparison of the whole, let us en texts, in which he is spoken of as posdeavour to draw forth the entire doc sessed of all power in heaven and in trine which is revealed to us concern-earth-as placed in dignity and glory, ing this fundamental principle of our above all angels, and principalities, and religious faith.

powers. But then he is declared in It must be evident to every one, who these texts to possess his divine power, turns his mind to the examination of not because he has attained it by inhe. those passages in the New Testament, ritance from eternity, but because it has which refer to the person of our blessed been communicated to him in time : Lord, that there are no less than three for the authority and dominion which separate classes of texts, by each of he exercises over the universe is not said which he is spoken of in a different to belong to him, in right of his divine manner. There are a variety of texts, nature, but to have been conferred by which represent the Saviour of the the Father, who, according to his own world, as possessed of an essential word, hath given all power into his equality with God, as together with hands. Thus we are told, that “ Christ has ascended into heavenly places, far / among their family in domestic society, above all principalities, and powers, or when they are engaged in common and might, and dominion, and every life. In the seat of honor, and in the name that is named, not only in this robes of office, the judge is regarded as world, but also in that which is to the fountain both of mercy and concome." But, then, we are at the same demnation to his fellow-citizens, who time instructed to confess that he is bow to his decrees and receive the Lord to the Glory of God the Father:" sentence of the law from his mouth. and his being set down for ever at Change the scene, transform him to God's right hand is explained as the his dwelling, and the judge himself be.. work of God, who has raised him to comes subject to that law, and reheaven, and “given him a name that is ceives and obeys it like any other man. above every name, that at the name of He may at once be described as the Jesus every knee should bow, of things superior and the equal of his fellow in heaven, and things in earth, and creatures ; yet, because the distinction things under the earth; and that every is clear and known, the difference of tongue should confess that Jesus Christ the language is accounted for at once, is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” and is perceived to be literally appli

Such are the various representations cable and strictly true. We see no which are given to 'us of that blessed contradiction, and suspect no allegory. Jesus, who died for our sins, rose again Again, “The Heir," saith St. Paul, for our justification, and who has as-“so long as he is a child, differeth cended into heaven our intercessor and nothing from a servant, though he be advocate. That these representations lord of all ; but is under tutors and demand from us some method of re- governors until the time appointed of conciliation is clear; and we cannot the Father.” Consider this heir in his but suppose that there is some prin-childish estate ; and in what manner, ciple or other, by which all their seem- and in what terms is it to be conceived ing varieties may be accounted for and he would be generally described. He explained. Where, then, are we to would be spoken of as in a state of discover this principle? In what man- strict subordination to the father's will, ner are we to harmonize these conflict. | doing nothing by his independent ing views? In what sense are we to power, knowing nothing but as he is understand these apostolic statements? | taught, living in all things in subjection This is the question to be considered and inferiority. But pass from the by every sincere lover of religious truth; period of his early years to the manand upon the answer to this question hood and vigour of his days : consider depends the termination of the whole him when, according to the time of the controversy, with regard to the nature father, he had been made lord of all, of our redeeming Lord.

and his proceedings and privileges In entering upon this inquiry, it is would be expressed in far different necessary and expedient, first of all, to phrases. He would be described as remove that natural perplexity which ruling all things by his individual will, arises in the human mind, whenever it speaking and acting as seemed best to meets with that which appears to be his wisdom; yet there would be nocontradictory in point of terms. We thing difficult in these various descripobserve, then, that such are the changes tions; a reference to the history of which successively take place in the the individual would remove every obstates, in the employments, and the scurity, and the statements would be in relations of every human being, that a perfect harmony with each other; bevariety of the most discordant repre- cause they would be applied to the sentations may frequently be applied to same individual indeed, but neither at the same individual, without supposing the same time, now under the same cirany contradiction to exist between cumstances of life. them, without the slightest pretence

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