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WHY NOT MEP

MARY was an amiable, moral, and engaging girl, who won the affections of all around her. For a long time she was satisfied to attend her church, and keep up the form of religion. But at length, the Holy Spirit convinced her of sin, and directing her eye inward, discovered to her the total depravity of her heart. She felt she was under the curse of God, and righteously condemned to suffer his wrath for ever. In vain she strove by her prayers, tears, and good works to obtain peace, for the more she felt her sinfulness, and the deeper she sunk into despondency and gloom. In this state for a long time she continued, until life became almost a burden, and she wished she was anything but a sinner accountable to God. She heard the gospel, but did not perceive its adaptation to herself, nor could she believe or appropriate it promises. But at length, as she was reading the Bible one day, she came to Paul's words, 1. Tim. i. 15. THIS IS A FAITHFUL SAYING, AND WORTHY OF ALL ACCEPTATION, THAT CHRIST JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS." All at once, light shone into her mind, she looked at the words with astonishment, and exclaimed, Great God, can this be true ? What glorious news! Sinners! Come to save sinners! Then why not me PShe received the word into her heart, she placed the fullest confidence in it, and she found peace. In one moment guilt was gone, fear fled away, joy and gladness filled the soul, and she rejoiced in Christ Jesus. As a sinner, she looked to Jesus. As a sinner she exercised confidence in Jesus. As a sinner she committed her soul to Jesus, and she was saved. She thought no more of her works, she was terrified no longer at her sins, for she saw that Jesus had done all that was necessary to save her soul, and had suffered all that her iniquities deserved. Jesus was now her all. If she prayed, she pleaded his name. If she sung, she sung of him. If she talked, she talked of him. JESUS ONLY, was the object of her faith, the subject of her thoughts, and the joy of her heart. Yes, he was her ALL IN ALL. Reader, are you convinced of sin P Do you desire peace with God? Are you seeking it by faith in Jesus, or by the works of the law? If the latter, you will never find it. Works must be renounced, for salvation is alone of grace. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us." This is the apostle's testimony, and if ever you are saved, it will be yours. Do you doubt whether you can be saved or no P For what did Jesus come into the world but to save sinners ? Are not you a sinner, then why not to save you ? Do you fear? On what ground? What are your sins to the merits of Jesus P What are your sins to the grace of God P Think of those precious words, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Why should you be excluded from Jesus ? Why should you be refused salvation by his blood ? But you cannot be, if willing to be saved by Jesus, that is the evidence that he came to save you, for you never would have been willing, if his Spirit had not made you BO. Jesus is willing to save, all who are willing to be saved by him, therefore troubled spirit, he is willing to save you.

HARK! how the gospel trumpet sounds,
Christ and free grace therein abounds :
Free grace to such as sinners be!
And if free grace, why not for me?

The Saviour died, and by his blood
Brought rebel sinners near to God:
He died to set the captives free;
And why, my soul, why not for thee ?

Eternal life by Christ is given,
And ruined rebels raised to heaven:
Then sing of grace so rich and free ;
And say, my soul, why not for thee ?

THE STRIKING CONTRAST.

THE BLESSED CHARACTERS.

Bless'D are the Men that feel their ruin'd state ,
And have been led by grace their sins to hate;
Who know the Saviour and his pard’ning blood,
Who live in peace and fellowship with God.
Cloth'd in the righteousness of Christ their Lord,
Led by his Spirit, guided by his word;
They live upon his fulness day by day,
And draw sweet comfort from him when they pray.
They're born of God by a celestial birth,
And are distinguish'd from the song of earth ;
They live a life of faith, and walk with God
In Žion's holy, heavenly, happy road.
They're blest of God before the world began
In Christ the Lord, and blest they must remain :
Nor can a curse alight upon their head,
For Christ was cursed in their room and stead.
Blest with eternal life, and freely given
To have a right and title unto heaven;
They find supplies provided on the road,
By Jesus purchas'd and by Grace bestowd.
They now surrounded are by many foes,
But full deliverance waits them at the close;
Each one shall triumpb, through the Saviour's blood,
And victory shout in Jordan's swelling flood,
Blest in their state, they're happy in their God,
Blest in experience with all real good;
Blest in their prospects, O how bright they rise,
To bless their souls and feast their ravish'd eyes.

Blest by the Father, in eternal love!
Blest by the Son, they his redemption prove;
Blest by the Spirit with a name and place
Among the tribes redeem'd and sav'd by grace;
They're blest in life, and as it glides away,
It wafts them on to everlasting day.
They're blest in death, which opens to their eyes
Their bright celestial mansions in the skies.
'Tis true they are despised here below,
Through Baca and through Mesech they must go;
Poor and afflicted, tried and tempest-tost,
But every one will safe be hous'd at last.
Their foes may seem to triumph for a while,
And they oppress'd be doom'd to bitter toil;
Yet but a little and then they will see.
Jehovah Jesus sets the prisoners free.
They're blest, and none can on them bring a curse,
And to attempt it nothing can be worse;
For God hath said “the man that curseth thee,
He cursed is, and shall accursed be."
O happy people! Blessed by the Lord !
Who can be like, or unto thee compar'd
May I in life, in death, and ever be,
Bles'd with the blessings God hath blessed thee.

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