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cern for salvation, brings upon the knees before God, and leads to the Lord Jesus Christ for life and peace. Have you been 80 convinced? Have you been alarmed at your dangerous state as a sinner? Has your your whole soul been filled with desires for salvation ? Have you been brought upon your knees before God in private, to confess your sins, and cry for mercy ? Have you fled to the Lord Jesus Christ for life and salvation ? If you have you will be saved; but if you have not we beseech you to think of your dangerous state, and before you do any other thing, go, fall upon your knees, and cry to God for mercy. There is salvation in the Lord Jesus for such as you. His precious blood will cleanse you from all sin. His Holy Spirit will sanctify your depraved nature, and fit you for heaven. In one word, seek to obtain the salvation that is in Christ, and you will be happy now and happy for evermore. God will be your Father; the Lord Jesus will be your Friend; the Holy Spirit will be your Comforter; and heaven will be your final home.
Just in the last distressing hour
HE IS LORD OF ALL.
PETER was now engaged in opening the door of faith to the Gentiles. He was preaching Christ to Cornelius and his friends. He testifies, that the middle wall of partition, which separated the Jew from the Gentile, was now broken down, and that God was no respecter of persons. That all mankind stood on a dead level before God, all having sinned, all alike were to have the Saviour proclaimed to them, and to be invited to come and be saved by him. But as he was speaking of Jesus, his heart glowed with love to his adorable Lord, and by way of parenthesis, he throws this title of the Redeemer, into his discourse, “HE IS LORD OF ALL.” Acts x. 36.
All things belong to Jesus. All things in heaven, and all things on earth. Himself testified, “ All things that the Father hath, are mine.” “All things are delivered unto me of my Father.” “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hands." And the apostle testifieth, “All things were made by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Blessed Lord Jesus, we rejoice that thou art Lord of all! That all things on earth and in heaven are thine. Thy private mark is upon them all. They are for thy glory, and they will be used to shew forth thy praise.
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All are accountable to Jesus. He will judge angels. We must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. To him, every intelligent and responsible creature, must render his account. He has a right to rule us by his laws, and to bind us by his decisions. Thanks be unto God, all his laws are righteous, and all his decisions are just. He rules in heaven, on earth, and in hell. His will is the law of the universe. To him every knee must bow, and to him every tongue must confess and acknowledge him to be Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
All must glorify him, either passively, or actively. We may refuse to yield to him, but we must bend or break. He will get glory from all he has created, and by all he has made. The best way to glorify him, is to admit his claims, bow to his authority, accept his invitation, and come to him as poor sinDers to be saved by his merit and mercy. Never is Jesus so pleased with us, or so glori. fied by us, as when we come, just as we are, lost, ruined, and condemned, to be saved alone by his grace. In this way we honour his mercy, gratify his love, and glorify his grace; but if we do not so, we must experience his wrath, pay the penalty of disobedience, and 80 glorify his justice.
If Jesus is Lord of all, we should believe his promises, for they are truth, and he has all power in heaven and earth to make them good. He cannot break his word, or fail one
soul that puts its trust in him. We should rely on his atonement, for it is infinitely and eternally efficacious. He allowed our sins to be placed to his account, he undertook to suffer their desert, and in so doing he rendered to divine justice infinite satisfaction for them. His blood avails to procure pardon, peace, and everlasting life for every sinner that trusts in his name. We should obey his precepts, which form an easy yoke for all who bow to his will. If Jesus has promised us every good thing in time, and heaven when time with us shall be no more-if Jesus has given himself for us, laid down his life to deliver us from the desert of our sing—if he offers eternal life without money and without price, surely, surely we ought to observe his statutes and keep his laws.
If Jesus is Lord of all, then all, without an exception should acknowledge his rights, bow to his sovereignty, seek to escape from his wrath, gladly accept his mercy, and willingly yield themselves to be saved by his grace. Will Jesus, the Lord of all save me, and shall I refuse to be saved by him ? Will the Lord of all, take me into his service, receive me at court, and introduce me to his Father with honour, and shall I refuse such favour? Will the Lord of all, wash me in his own blood, clothe me in his own righteousness, bestow on me his own Spirit, and make me meet to dwell in heaven for ever-and shall I, can I, ungratefully refuse the whole ?
THE GRAVE VISITED.
It was said of Mary the sister of Lazarus, “She is gone to the grave to weep there,”
and I have just been to the village gravemont yard, to stand by the newly opened grave
of one of the lambs of my flock. He had
been an interesting child, a scholar in our hi Sunday School, and the pride of his father's
heart. But death pays no attention to any of these things. When it once gets its com. mission signed, it soon strikes the blow.
The surgeon's skill, the parents' attention, t and the teacher's prayers are powerless to
avert the stroke. The tree marked must fall. My young friend fell, and fell rather suddenly too. But there was hope in his death, a hope founded on God's most blessed word.
F- P- died at the age of twelve years. A considerable time before his last illness, he came to me in deep distress of mind. He had been filled with alarm by a distressing dream, referring to the end of the world. He wept and trembled greatly. I persuaded him not to trouble himself about the end of the world, but to seek the Lord at once, that so he may be prepared for that