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which we once appeared to have an interest, after we have forsaken that path of holiness, which was the evidence of our title to those blessings. And the Lord repented of the evil that he thought to do unto

his people. Exod. xxxii. 14. It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king. 1 Sam. xv.

11. 35. And God repented of the evil that he had said he would do

unto them; and he did it not. Jon. iii. 2. 10. If that nation do evil in my sight, I will repent of the good

wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jer. xviii. 8--10; see

also Jer. xxvi. 13; xlii. 10. How does the Creed further describe God ?

As the “ Maker of heaven and earth ;" the Nicene creed adds, “and of all things visible and invisible."

We must believe, not only that they were made, but that they were made by God, and at the time and in the manner described by Scripture. Men work from materials ; but God formed all things from nothing. He calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Rom. iv. 17. The worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things

which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Heb. xi. 3. The work of creation is described in the first and second chapters of Genesis. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Gen, i. 1. 1st day. He made the light. 2d day. The firmament. 3d day. Waters separated from the land; grass, and fruit trees. 4th day. The sun, moon, and stars. 5th day. Inhabitants of water, and fowls. 6th day. Beasts and reptiles.-Man out of dust.

(Dust thou art. Gen. iii. 19.) 7th day. He rested, and hallowed the seventh day. In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth. Exod.

XX. 11; xxxi. 17. The heavens, the work of thy fingers, &c. Ps. viii. 3. He commanded, and they were created. Ps. cxlviii. 5. He made the earth by his power, and hath stretched out the

heavens by his discretion. Jer. x. 12 ; li. 15, Thou, Lord, in the beginning, hast laid the foundation of the

earth. Heb. i. 10. Every house is builded by some man, but he that built all things

is God. Heb. iii. 4. Angels were also created by God. Who maketh his angels spirits, his ministers a flame of fire. Ps. civ. 4. Heb. i. 7.

Why were all things created ?

For the pleasure of the Almighty. Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and

were created. Rev. iv. 11. Do you believe in God the Father, in all his characters and attributes, as revealed in the Scriptures? Have you been reconciled to him through his son Jesus Christ? If so, you are living a blameless and holy life-obedient to your parents and teachers—desirons to receive instruction -reverencing the sabbath-doing to others as you would that they should do to you—in short, keeping all the commandments of God, and hating every evil way. Then happy indeed is your state, and you are ripening for still more exalted happiness in another world. But if the absence of these holy habits and inclinations, and an attachment to sin and sinful companions, show that you do not yet truly believe in him, that you are still unreconciled and at enmity with him, let the conviction stop your dangerous career. Reflect on the character of him with whom you have to do. Tremble at his vengeance-lay hold on his mercy-betake yourself unto him, and say, with humble confidence, but salutary fear, “ Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.”


ON THE WORDS, I BELIEVE. THERE is probably a misapprehension, in the minds of many persons, with respect to the nature of the faith which is professed by every individual, who says of all the articles of the creed I believe. He thereby expresses his assent to them, and professes his faith in them to the world. "Remember, then, since we profess this faith, which is the proper seat of faith. Not our books, our tongues only, or memories, or judgment, but our conscience; and not our natural conscience defiled and stuffed with sin, but renewed and sanctified by grace. 'Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.ris i Tiin. iii. 9.-Exposition of the Creed, by Archbishop Leighton.

In Bishop Pearson's exposition of the creed it is well said: “In the heart faith is seated; with the tongue confession is made: between these two salvation is completed. 'If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.' Rom. x. 9. This faith of the heart every one ought, and is presumed to have; this confession of the mouth every one is known to make when he pronounceth these words of the CREED I believe; and if true he may with comfort say, 'the word of faith is nigh me, even in my mouth and in my heart.' Rom. x. 8. First in my heart really assenting, then in my mouth clearly and sincerely professing with the prophet David, 'I have believed, therefore I have spoken. Ps. cxvi. 10."


§ 2. ON OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. What is the second article in the Creed?

“ And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” What is the meaning of the word JESUS?

It signifies Saviour, and was given him because he came to save all who believed on him, from sin and hell. That thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Isa. xlix. 6. Thou shalt call his name JESUS ; for he shall save his people

from their sins. Matt. i. 21. The Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Matt.

xviii. 11. Luke xix. 10. And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us. Luke i. 69. Mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Luke ii. 30. That the world through him might be saved. John iii. 17. The Christ, the Saviour of the world. John iv. 42. I came not to judge but to save the world. John xii. 47. There is none other name, whereby we must be saved. Acts

iv. 12. From whence we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus. Phil.

iii. 20. Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1Thess. i. 10. God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by

our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. v. 9. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all ini

quity. Tit. ii. 14. He became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey

him. Heb. v. 9. Having obtained eternal redemption for us, Heb, ix. 12. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,

that we, being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness.

1 Pet. ii. 24, The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John i. 7. What was the state of man to require this salvation ? Our church, in her ninth article, describes man as

gone from original righteousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit: and therefore, in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation." Dead in trespasses and sins. Eph. ii. 1.

The heart is totally depraved. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great; and that

every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evi) continually. Gen. vi. 5.

Very far

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked

Jer. xvii. 9. From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts adulteries, fornications, &c. Matt. xv. 19. Mark vii. 21.

The Liturgy of our Church teaches us to confess, that
" there is no health in us:" that “we are tied and bound
by the chain of our sins :" and that “ through our sins and
wickedness, we are sore let and hindered."*
Are all men by nature in this wretched condition?

There is none that doeth good. They are all gone aside there

is none that doeth good, no not one. Ps. xiv. 1.3. How was this occasioned ?

By the fall of Adam.
By one man sin entered into the world. Rom. v. 12,
By nature the children of wrath. Eph. ii. 3.

But our own actual transgressions, without original sin, would be sufficient to ruin us. They are more in number than the hairs of our head, and attended with the most shocking aggravations.

If you are yet in the state in which you were born into
the world, you are living in iniquity, or rather dead in
trespasses and sins, and consequently exposed to the wrath
and damnation of God. But awful as your condition is, it
is not hopeless. Jesus, who died for your redenuption,
and who ever liveth to make intercession for you, is wait-
ing to extend to you the benefits of his cross and passion.
Come unto him, and though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crim-
son, they shall be as wool.
The Catechism says of the Saviour, who redeemed me and

all mankind;" how did Jesus redeem us?
By taking upon him our nature, and dying in our stead.
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. John i. 14.
Of whom, concerning the flesh, Christ came. Rom. ix.5.
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman. Gal. iv. 4.
Made in the likeness of men. Phil. ii. 7.
One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

1 Tim. ii. 5.
Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the

flesh. 1 Tim. iii. 16. He took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him

the seed of Abraham, &c. Heb. ii. 16, 17. * The collect containing the second of these expressions has not been inserted in the American Prayer Book.

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He was sustained in the same manner as other infants, for like them he was helpless and dependent: he hungered, thirsted, and was weary; and was a partaker of the various bodily infirmities of childhood. Jesus increased in wisdom and stature. Luke ii. 52.

He had all the affections of men. He wept, and rejoiced in spirit. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over

it. Luke xix. 41. Jesus wept. John xi. 35. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit. Luke x. 21.

In his human nature he differed from us only in being sinless. He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb. iv. 15. . Such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, unde

filed, and separate from sinners. Heb. vii. 26, What is the meaning of the title CHRIST?

The Anointed One. The Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. John i. 41. Why is he called the Anointed ?

Because he was anointed or set apart by God the Holy Ghost, to be the Prophet, Priest, and King of his people; to each of which offices persons were anointed under the law. He was both foretold and typified in these characters. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost. Acts x. 38. Anointing oil was used on these occasions by the Jews. This shall be holy anointing oil unto me. Exod, xxx, 51, Prophets were anointed. Elisha shalt thou anoint to be prophet. 1 Kings xix. 16.

Christ was anointed to be a Prophet, whose office was to make known the will of God.

He teaches by his word, his ministers, and his Spirit.

Men had despised all other prophets, (Matt. xxi. 37,) so God sent his Son. He hath anointed me to preach, &c. Isa. Ixi. 1. Luke iv. 18. St. Paul calls preaching, prophesying. 1 Cor. xiv. 1.3, 4.

Priests were anointed. And thou shalt anoint them that they may minister unto me

in the priesť's office. Exod. xl. 15. If the priest that is anointed, &c. Lev. iv. 3.

Christ was anointed as a Priest. We are guilty, and Christ has atoned for us by the sacrifice of himself, and by his intercession alone we are able to appear before

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