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came into the world to save sinrighteousness of God, which is by ners.Receive not the grace of faith in Jesus Christ. If like the God in vain. Behold, now is the Publican, you plead for mercy; accepted time: behold, now is the like him you will be justified. It day of salvation. is a faithful saying, and worthy of

AMEN. all acceptation, that Christ Jesus

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But we

lieved the things which were spo.

ken, and some believed not.” Some SIYVERS WITHOUT EXCUSE FOR NOT

were persuaded to embrace the EMBRACING THE GOSPEL

gospel, to the saving of their After Paul was brought a pri- souls ; but others rejected it, to soner to Rome, on account of his their own destruction. But what appeal unto Cesar, he called to- good reason had those, who did gether the chief of the Jews in that not believe, for rejecting the goscity, and told them the reason pel, more than others, who em. why he had been persecuted by his braced it? These Jews all had countrymen ; and alledged, that the advantages of the law and the for the hope of Israel, he was prophetic_writings concerning bound with that chain. " And Christ. They were all capable. they said unto him, We neither of understanding the prophecies received letters out of Judea con- as explained by the apostle. What cerning thee, neither any of the reason, then, had one, for rejectbrethren that came shewed or ing the gospel, more than another? Spake any harm of thee.

No good reason can be offered. desire to hear of thee, what thou So of sinners at the present day. thinkest: for as concerning this If those Jews, who rejected Christ sect, we know that every where had no more reason for rejecting it is spoken against. And when him, than those who embraced they had appointed him a day, the gospel ; those sinners, who there came many to him into his now turn away their ears from lodging; to whom he expounded the truth, and despise the offers and testified the kingdom of God, of mercy, have no more reason for persuading them concerning Jesus, conducting in this manner, than both out of the Law of Moses, and those who secure the salvation of out of the prophets from morning their souls by faith in the divine till evening." So laborious was

Redeemer.

Hence, we are led this faithful servant of God, to to consider the following senticonvince his brethren that Jesus ment:

-That one sinner has no was the Christ, the Saviour of

more reason for rejecting the gos. sinners. He spent the whole of pel, than another. To establish this appointed day, in reasoning this sentiment is the object of the with them out of the law and the following essay. And, prophets concerning the Messiah. 1. The gospel as deeply and But though his faithful labours equally concerns one sinner as were blessed to the conviction another. Sinners all deserve eterand hopeful conversion of some ; nal death. They have all transthey did not have this desirable gressed the Law of God, and ineffect upon all. For, it is written curred his just displeasure. So in the following verse, “ Some be.' that not a soul can be saved, but

by the gospel of Jesus Christ, that which is good, and let your One sinner can no more be saved soul delight itself in fatness.-Inbut by the gospel, than another. cline your ear, and come unto me: No one has any claim to the favour hear, and your soul shall live; of God. No one can plead any and I will make an everlasting excuse for sinning against him. covenant with you, even the sure Hence, if it were not for the gos- mercies of David.” The invita. pel of Jesus Christ, every sinner tion is made to the aged and the must go down to eternal perdition, young; the high and the low; Since, then, all have 'incurred the rich and the poor ; the learned the just displeasure of God, and and the ignorant ; the popular no one has any claim to his favour; and the despised; the prince and but God has been pleased to pro- the beggar. How then can one vide a ransom for the remission sinner think himself excluded, of sins; the gospel of Jesus Christ more than another ? « Have they must deeply, and equally concern not heard ? have they not seen? every sinner of the human race. Yea, verily, their line is gone out For the Lord Jesus Christ “is the through all the earth, and their propitiation for our sins, and not words unto the end of the world.” for ours only, but also for the 3. Provision is made in the gossins of the whole world.” “ And pel for one sinner as well as there is none other name under another. If not, the indiscrimiheaven given among men, where-nate offers of the gospel must be by we must be saved.”

inconsistent. But Christ would 2. The gospel offers salvation not be so inconsistent as to offer to one sinner, as well as to anoth- salvation to those, for whom no i per. The grand commission of our provision is made. Hence, he

Saviour to his ministers is, “Go declares, that his oxen and his ye into all the world, and preach fatlings are killed, and that all the gospel to every creature." things are now ready. The niost And he says, Whoever will, let ample provision is made for every

, him take of the water of life free- sinner, who will accept the invi19:- Him that cometh to me, Itation. When the servant who will in no wise cast out.-Look was sent into the streets and lanes tinto me, and be ye saved all the of the city, to invite guests to ends of the earth.” These invi- the marriage-feast, returned, he tations are indiscriminate and un-said, “Lord, it is done as thou conditional. They extend to any hast commanded ; and yet there sinner in a state of probation. is room.” Christ spoke this paraHence, the invitation of the gos- ble, to represent the ample propel must be made to one sin vision of the gospel-feast. The ner, as well as another. No one provision of the gospel, then, is can say, The invitation is not to made for one sinner as well as. me. “Ho, every one that thirst- another; and

one has any eth, come ye to the waters, and right to say, There is no room for he that hath no motey ; come ye,

me.-But perhaps some one may buy and eat; yea, come, buy say, I know the provisions of the wine and milk without money and gospel are vastly extensive, and without price. Wherefore do ye that yet there is room ; but as spend money for that which is not for me, the greatness and multibread ? and your labour for that | tude of my sins must forever pre. which satisfieth not ? hearken vent my tasting the marriage-supdiligently unto me, and eat ye ! per.

per. But the greatness and mul

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titude of your transgressions af- saved.It is just as certain, that ford not the least excuse, but every sinner, who embraces the powerful reason why you should gospel will escape hell, and be reimmediately embrace the gospel. ceived to heaven, as that Christ Did you ever know or hear of an has made an atonement for sig. individual's being rejected on ac- or that God will remain true and count of the greatness or number faithful. The consequence di of his transgressions; did not God

embracing the gospel, then, is the pardon Manasseh, who filled Je- same to one sinner as to another. rusalem with innocent blood ? 5. The consequence of rejectSaul of Tarsus, who persecuted ing the gospel is the same to on: the church of Christ; and who sinner as to another. The cop sedeclared himself to be the very quence of rejecting the gospel is, chief of sinners ? and did not eternal death. This is the conseChrist say to the penitent thief, quence to every individual, withThis day shalt thou be with me out discrimination. No sinner, in paradise ? Why, then, shall who rejects the gospel, can escape any sinner say, There is no pro- the wrath of Almighty God. Sinvision for me ; because my sins ners may flatter themselves with are exceedingly great and numer- the hope of safety; they may make ous ?

Such pleas and excuses a covenant with death, and an mock the atonement of Christ, agreement with hell : but, thus and the provision of the gospel saith the Lord, “ Your covenant which he has spread. Provision with death shall be disanpulled, is made in the gospel, then, for and your agreement with hell shall one sinner, as well as another. not stand." The Lord Jesus For yet there is room.

Christ has declared, He that be4. The consequence of embra- lieveth not, shall be damned." In cing the gospel is the same to one the day of judgment, that awful sinner as to another. The conse- day of final decision, the Son of quence of embracing the gospel Man will say unto all those who is, freedom from eternal punish- have rejected the gospel, “. Dement, and the inheritance of ever-part from me, ye cursed, into lasting life. “ He that believetheveriasting üre, prepared for the shall be saved.” In the last day devil and his angels.”_" And of decision, the Lord Jesus Christ these shall go away into everlastwill say unto all those who have ing punishment.” Hlow, then, can embraced the gospel, “. Come, ye any sinner, who rejects the gosblessed of my Father, inherit the pel, expect to escape the dreadful

, kingdom prepared for you from consequences ? Can any one sup. the foundation of the world." pose that the Lord Jesus Christ Whoever embraces the gospel, will be found a liar at the last

a shall surely escape death, and se- great day? Can any one suppose cure eternal felicity. These con- that God will not execute the sensequences are the same to every tence of his violated law ? Be not individual. No one may say,

1 deceived. God will surely pour shall not escape death, or be re- out the vials of his wrath, forceived into the mansions of bless- ever, upon all those who reject edness, if I embrace the gospel. the gospel of Jesus Christ. The

I For God, who cannot lie, says to consequence of rejecting the gosevery sinner under the light of the pel, then, must be the same to gospel, “ Believe on the Lord one sinner as to another. Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be 6. It is the immediale duty of

one sinner, as well as of another, | fact, that thousands and millions to embrace the gospel.--God com- have turned from their transgresmands every individual to turo siops and embraced the gospel. and live. He says, Turn ye, turn

Sinners have turned, and exerye ; for why will ye die.' Every cised repentance and faith, and sinner ought immediately to obey all the other Christian graces, in this command God never trifles every age since God has had a with his creature3. He is in church. Now if some sinners, in earnest, and sincere, in all his every age since God has had a commands, entreaties and espos-church, have exercised holy affectulations. And sinners incur his tions of heart and embraced the anger, and his displeasure, when gospel; why may not every sinthey treat them with neglect. ner exercise holy affections of Those, who reject the invitations heart and embrace the gospel ? If of the gospel, destroy their own sinners are unable to obey the souls. They go down to the commands of God, and embrace depths of hell

But this is an the gospel ; God is unjust, and aggravating breach of moral obli- his commands are arbitrary. But gation. No one has a right to who will charge the infinite and neglect the salvation of the soul. eternal Jehovah with injustice ? No one has a right to despise that God is just, and his commands crown, which is of infinite value ; are reasonable; and it is true to or to neglect securing that pearl, a demonstration, that sinners are which is of great price. It must able to turn, and embrace the be the immediate duty of one gospel. And, since this is the sinner, as well as of another, to case, it is no less evident, that embrace the gospel. For, we may one sinner is as able to embrace observe,

the gospel as another. 7. That one sinner is as able to It appears abundantly evident, embrace the gospel as another. then, from the truths to which we Those, who embrace the gospel, have attended, that one sinner must exercise supreme love to has no more reason for rejecting God, repent of their sins, and be the gospel than another.

. For, lieve in the Lord Jesus Christ. we have seen, that the gospel as These exercises God requires of deeply and equally concerns one every sinner under the light of sinner as another; that it ofthe gospel. This is what he de- fers salvation to one sinner as clares in his word, and what we well as another ; that provision must believe is perfectly reasona- is made in the gospel for one sinbleFor God has never given ner as well as another; that the a command to sinners which they consequence of embracing the are unable to obey. And the af- gospel is the same to one sinner fections of heart, which are nec- as to another; that the conseessary in order to embrace the quence of rejecting the gospel is gospel, are just as easy for sin- the same to one sipner as to ners to exercise, as those sinful another; that it is the immediate affections, of which they are con- duty of one sinner to embrace the stantly the subjects. No reason gospel as well as of another; and can be given, then, why one sin- that one sinner is as able to emner should be any more able to brace the gospel as another. exercise holy affections of heart, Hence, it must appear evident, and embrace the gospel, than to a demonstration, that one sinanother. But we know that some ner has no more reason for rejectsinners are able to exercise holy | ing the gospel than apother. affections. It is a demonstrable [To be concluded.) MATHETES.

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cular, it may be observed, . It is worthy of observation, That the divine omnipotence is that under different circumstances one of the first perfections which the apostle Paul sometimes reas appears from the works of God. oned from the book of nature, and The mutability of the things that at others, from the book of reve- are made, shows that they must lation. When his hearers ack- have had a first cause, which pronowledged the divine authority of duced them out of nothing. And the scriptures, he generally ap- it is a plain dictate of reason, pealed to the law and to the tes that nothing short of almighty timony,” and confounded and power could have created every convinced gainsayers, by refer- thing, or any thing, out of nothring to express declarations of ing, and constantly upholds every scripture. But to the heathen mutable substance and being in nations, and those who did not existence. acknowledge the inspiration of

The omniscience of Deity is the Bible, he commonly reasoned another divine perfection which from the works of God. To the appears from his works. Every learned Greeks and Romans, he part of creation indicates some commonly reasoned from the plain wise design. The beauty, harand obvious principles of natural mony, and variety of nature's theology, or appealed to their po- works, the changing seasons, and ets and philosophers, who taught what are called the laws of namany important truths. To the ture, all bear incontestible eriRomans he said, “ For the invisi-dence to the divine omniscience. ble things of him from the creation The omnipresence of God is of the world are clearly seen, be also apparent from reason. Every ing understood by the things that object and being that begins to are made, even his eternal power exist, must be constantly upbeld and Godhead, so that they are in existence. But no being can without excuse." But why did operate where he is not present. the apostle Paul so often make his The goodness of God is another appeals to the works of God, and divine perfection which is equally convince and confound the subtle apparent from his works. He has opposers of the gospel, by argu- made an innumerable multitude ments drawn from this source of beings, both rational and irraThe plain and obvious reason is, tional, and given them the means because the primary and funda- of being happy. To his rational mental truths of the gospel are creatures he has given the means demonstrable and apparent from of intellectual and social happireason and facts. It is proposed ness. He sends rain on the just in this essay to mention some of and on the unjust, and his tender the primary truths of the gospel, mercies are over all the work of that are apparent from reason, his hands. Another evidence of and show why the apostle Paul, his goodness consists in his having under certain circumstances, gen- made his rational creatures with a erally appealed to the things that conscience, which enables them are made. The apostle asserted to see the difference between ma. that the eternal power and God-levolence and goodness. It is uphead of the Deity, which compre- reasonable to suppose that God

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