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as to religion ; and that the state of our mind and dispositon is the very thing to be consulted, to be known, to be examined and searched into, for the purpose of ascertaining, whether we are in a right and safe way, or not.

Words and actions are to be judged of, with a reference to the disposition which they indicate. There may be a language, there may be expressions, there may be behaviour, of no very great consequence in itself and considered in itself, but of very great consequence indeed, when considered as indicating a disposition and state of mind. If it show, with respect to religion, that to be. wanting within which ought to be there, namely, a deep and fixed sense of our personal and individual concern in religion, of its importance above all other important things; then it shows, that there is yet a deficiency in our hearts ; which, without delay, must be supplied by closer meditation upon the subject than we have hitherto used ; and, above all, by earnest and unceasing prayer for such a portion and measure of spiritual influence shed upon our hearts, as may cure and remedy that heedlessness and coldness, and deadness, and unconcern, which are fatal, and under which, we have so much reason to know, that we as yet unhappily labour.

SERMON XVIII.

THE EFFICACY OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST.

(PART 1.)

HEBREWS, ix. 26.

Now once in the end of the world hath he

appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

THE

HE salvation of mankind, and most particularly in so far as the death and

passion of our Lord Jesus Christ are concerned in it, and whereby he comes to be called our Saviour and our Redeemer, ever has been, and ever must be, a most interesting subject to all serious minds.

Now there is one thing in which there is no division or difference of opinion at all; which is, that the death of Jesus Christ

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is spoken of, in reference to human salvation, in terms and in a manner, in which the death of no person whatever is spoken of besides. Others have died martyrs, as well as our Lord. Others have suffered in a righteous cause, as well as he; but that is said of him, and of his death and sufferings, which is not said of any one else. An efficacy and a concern are ascribed to them, in the business of human salvation, which are not ascribed to

any

other.

What
may

be called the first Gospel declaration

upon this subject, is the exclamation of John the Baptist, when he saw Jesus coming unto him: “ Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” I think it plain, that when John called our Lord the Lamb of God, he spoke with a relation to his being sacrificed, and to the effect of that sacrifice upon the pardon of human sin: and this, you

will observe, was said of him, even - before he entered upon his office. If any

doubt could be made of the meaning of the Baptist's expression, it is settled by other places, in which the like allusion to

a Lamb is adopted; and where the allusion is specifically applied to his death, considered as a sacrifice.

In the Acts of the Apostles, the following words of Isaiah are, by Philip the evangelist, distinctly applied to our Lord, and to our Lord's death, “ He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a Lamb dumb before his shearers : so opened he not his mouth; in his humiliation his judgment. was taken away, and who shall declare his generation ? for his life is taken from the earth;" therefore it was to his death,

you see, that the description relates. Now, I say, that this is applied to Christ most distinctly; for the pious eunuch, who was reading the passage in his chariot, was at a loss to know to whom it should be applied. “ I pray thee,” saith he to Philip, 6 of whom speaketh the prophet this ? of himself or of some other man?” And Philip, you read, taught him that it was spoken of Christ. And I say, secondly, that this particular part and expression of the prophecy being applied to Christ's death, carries the whole prophecy to the same subject: for it

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