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to be miserable: you know that "Him that cometh unto Christ, he will in no wise cast out." And truly there is no language to express the utter folly and equal misery of that man or woman in this assembly, that will not receive the Lord Jesus Christ.

the dead in the time of pleague, have
drank of the intoxicating draught,
and laughed, while the poison was
burning in their veins, and the plague-
spot appeared on their brow, they
have laughed; but these men, infa-
tuated as they were, were not guilty
of a folly so incomparable as yours:
the sentence that hung on them was
not like the sentence which hangs
over every unrenewed sinner here,
and the plague in the one nothing
like that in the other,-consuming
all that is good within you, and re-
ducing you to the condition of one
that is lost. They sought to escape
a ruin which is inevitable, they sought
but to escape from reflection; they
sought to charm away the sense of
those miserable hours allotted to
them but what do you do? You are
presented with a fate far more awful;
and yet with a facility to escape the
fear of it, not only possible, but cer-
tain; you might be happy and glo-
rious as the angels; happy for ever
and ever, with all that a GOD of in-
finite love could bestow to make you
blessed and with that cup of joy
sparkling before your lips, you dash
it from you, to be for ever thirsty in
the utter destitution of eternity. This
case has no parallel; for there is no
friendship like that of him whom you
refuse; there is no sacrifice like that
which you scorn; there is no blessing
so great, so lasting, so magnificent,
so freely offered, as those which you
despise. You choose to be undone,
within hearing of those sounds of
infinite mercy-"Come unto me all
ye that labour, and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest:" you choose
to be undone while you hear the
awful sentence,-"If any man love
not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him bebe your own.
anathema maranatha." You choose

Oh, my dear brethren, will you, will you consider; my words have no effect. These paper darts cannot reach the obdurate heart of the sinner: but may the Eternal GoD reach him: may He, whose blessed prerogative it is to compel, by the sweet, mild, but all-powerful, influence of his grace, the most thoughtless, and most obdurate, the most proud, and most opposed to receive his lifegiving gospel, to love his gospel: may he himself infuse into all your hearts (why should not all be receiving this great mercy) such a sense of your ruin out of Christ, and such an earnest desire to have all the blessings that our living and exalted Saviour gives to those that love him, that you may be able no longer to resist. Oh, why, my friends, why should it be that you should need so much entreaty to secure your own happiness here on this earth? You lose nothing-nothing; you gain much. And then this world, so short, soon passed for ever, sooner than words can express. With what ineffable delight you would look back upon that moment when you determined for Christ; when you said you would live for eternity, and kept your words. Dear friends, do it; live for Christ; live for eternity; and do not be satisfied without that entire acceptance of his gracious offers, by which eternal glory may


No. 139.]



A Sermon,


[Price 3d.


Ilebrews, x. 10.-" By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

THE words which we have read to you, beloved, form part of the Epistle appointed by our church for this day and they set forth, in the words of the Apostle, associating itself with the person to whom he writes this Epistle, they set forth to us, the grand subject or memorial, which we this day have presented unto us-"The offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all:" and also, beloved, the purpose of the Father in the presentation of this sacrifice; as he attached that people who should be the members of his mystical body, sheep of his flock, children of the family, of which he is the son over his own house; whose house are so many as hold fast the beginning of their confidence steadfast unto the end.

In bringing them before you on this present occasion, it may be observed, that this is a day of most interesting and most solemn recollection; and also that the subject of these recollections-the presentation of the body of Jesus Christ to be broken upon the cross, to make an end of sin, to make reconciliation for


iniquity, as set forth to you in the preaching of the unsearchable riches of Christ, is calculated, if you have known any thing of the grace of GoD in truth, wholly to constrain you by his love, to devise and to do liberal things in aid of the Christian missions, which are now about to be submitted unto your notice. These missions are connected with that part of the church of Christ, called the "Moravian," or the "United Brethren." The praise of the grace of our GOD which is manifest in this people, is, I believe, in all the churches of his saints; and has been so, for many years; for they have been enabled to unite in this labour of love, with persevering diligence, and divine simplicity, and long patience, and enduring of hardships and privations, and the occupation of scenes of labour at once extensive and numerous, and widely separated from each other in different parts of the earth; with means of support astonishingly small, and on a scale, I may say, of unparalleled frugality. The labours of love for immortal souls, (the souls


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the called by grace among the men of that generation, have cause to look back with an interesting recollection,-that claims a chief place, that claims a conspicuous place, which we have to represent on this day. On this event- - the crucifixion on Calvary- was suspended the salvation of all the elect of GoD who have lived, from the time of Abel, and who shall be found upon the earth to the end of all time. To this event, beloved, Patriarchs, and Prophets, and all of whom the world was not worthy, under the Old Testament dispensation, looked forward in hope of the day-spring from on high, that should visit the Gentile nations: and, "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

for whom Christ died) are abundant; generations on the earth, especially and as the accounts testify the modest and unassuming accounts, chiefly by letters from their various members the blessing which has been to our GOD in these labours, has been equally abundant. Their pecuniary means have long been inadequate; even inadequate to the support of their economical expenditure their debts, embarrassments, and necessities, are now deep and large, and have called for relief from all who love our common Lord: and the appeal is made to you, If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious," on the ground, and on the very occasion of the commemoration, of his love, stronger than the love of a brother. "Hereby we perceive the love of GOD towards us, and because he laid down his life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren :" but the request, beloved, is only made for a liberal contribution of your money, in supply of their necessities, who are willing to lay down their own lives in the preaching of the Gospel to perishing sinners in heathen lands; and conveying "The knowledge of the glory of GOD, in the face of Jesus Christ," that precious light which has afforded comfort to many souls, I trust, that are now in this assembly they take this into lands that are in the darkness and shadow of death, to guide their feet into the way of peace.

Now this redemption, which opens the only way of escape for sinners from the wrath to come, was to be effected by means of death; by the presentation of a sacrifice of infinite value in the place of the redeemed— a vicarious atonement. "Without shedding of blood there could be no remission of sins." The Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, Emanuel GOD with us; "Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin"-all the sins of his people -fully and for ever, by the sacrifice It is presumed, that the words of of himself. This one great abolition the text are not inappropriate to be and satisfaction, whereby the purtreated upon on such an occasion; pose of GOD declared by the Prophet and it is observed, by way of further Daniel, was accomplished, in the prefatory remark, that if any events, ninth chapter of his prophecy, and the of more than ordinary interest have twenty-fourth verse." To finish the ever occurred in the annals of the transgression, and to make an end of world, events to which Adam him- sins, and to make reconciliation for self, and his earliest posterity, might iniquity, and to bring in everlasting well look forward with earnest ex-righteousness," is the subject for our pectation, and to which the latest present commemoration. And this

great event is recorded in the words

of my text, united with the will of the Father touching all who are interested therein "When he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O GOD. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all." And you recollect, beloved, the words of the Lord Jesus touching this will, that it was "the will of the Father who sent him, that of all whom he had given him he should lose none, but raise them up again at the last day." And then, as touching the persons who were given him by the Father, and how they are to be distinguished among the people in their day and generation he saith, "Him that cometh unto me,”—that is, in this way"I will in no wise cast out."

It is purposed, First, to contemplate THE EVENT RECORDED-" the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

Secondly; THE CONNECTION OF THIS EVENT WITH THE SANCTIFICATION OF A PECULIAR PEOPLE; a people to whom testimony is given in the words-" They shall be my people, and I will be their GoD. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will

not turn away from them to do them good."

And, Thirdly; THE ACCORDANCE OF BOTH, NAMELY, THE EVENT, AND THE CONNEXION OF THE EVENT, WITH THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE LORD'S PEOPLE-the accordance of both the offering up of Jesus, and the sanctification of his people, with the will of GOD.


First, THE EVENT WHICH IS HERE RECORDED, claims our attention; is, "the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Now this offering evidently includes, the death and passion of our Saviour Christ, both GOD and man, which we now commemorate. It was the presentation of himself as a sacrifice, who was "The Apostle and High Priest of our profession;" not merely the setting of his seal to the truth of the doctrines which he had delivered, as to the truth of the words; but as standing a substitute and a surety, to make a vicarious atonement for a peculiar people, of which they shall have the whole and undivided benefit; and for this "He endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, gave his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked off the hair, hid not his face from shame and spitting." Thus, the presentation of the body of Jesus included the thorny crown, and the cruel scourges, which the soldiers placed upon his back; and especially, and pre-eminently, the lifting him up upon the cross, a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men; when the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and all nature seemed to have sympathized with her suffering Lord; of whom it is written, "All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."

Such, my brethren, was the effect, | GoD:"-nothing was further from and such the circumstances, of "the our nature: "The carnal mind is offering of the body of Jesus Christ enmity against GOD, and is not subonce for all;" and when this offering is ject to the law of GOD, neither incontemplated in its origin, when it is deed can be:"-" not that we loved viewed in its effects, when it is con- GOD, but that he loved us, and sent sidered in its connection with sinners, his Son to be the propitiation for our it will infinitely surpass in interest, sins." And hear the admonition all topics which we can possibly call which I would apply to you to-night; to our remembrance, or which we (and being a stranger here, I would could offer to your notice. To look earnestly recommend the cause I at the origin. How did it come to have undertaken to plead to your pass, and from whence did it arise, liberal attention)—“ Beloved, if GoD that there should be a presentation so loved us, we ought also to love of the body of Jesus Christ once for one another." And we never better all? The origin of this offering as evince our love to man, than when connected with the purpose and de- we direct our means and energies, sign of Jehovah, was everlasting love to the utmost of our power-aye, and and infinite mercy. The origin of beyond our power-to the benefiting this offering, as connected with the of their souls, and the giving them state and circumstances of man, was the best gift in the world-the light their need, and their misery. Hence of the knowledge of Jehovah, as it is written-" GOD so loved the seen in the face of Jesus Christworld, that he gave his only begotten and the origin of the wonderful Son," to the end that all who believe gift, and the sacrifice of this gift, in him "should not perish, but communicated, as connected with us have everlasting life." And St. Paul,What was that? Our guilt, our writing to those who are beloved of meanness, our misery, our ruin. GOD, and called to be saints, rejoices GoD beheld us in our sins; dead in thus with them concerning this love, sins, and in the uncircumcision of our for their comfort in worldly trials and hearts. in worldly privations; and which is applicable, and indeed recorded for the express purpose of being applied, to all among us, who "being born again of the Spirit" in Zion's ordinances, "transformed by the renewing of the mind," and made "temples of the Holy Ghost" as many of this respected assembly as have Christ in them the hope of glory, are the persons who have this Scripture recorded for their consolation; "He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up freely for us all; how shall he not with him freely give us all things. So St. John expatiates on this topic, and draws an admonition from it in his first Epistle: Herein,' says he, "is love, not that we loved


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Now in these circumstances he pitied us; in these circumstances he determined to illustrate the character of himself recorded in that word"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and compassion on whom I will have compassion." And to every individual among us, whose conscience has been awakened, whose understanding has been enlightened, whose heart has been turned from lying vanities to the living GOD, this admonition comes. What hast thou that thou canst glory in? Nothing at all. If God had not prevented thee with the blessing of his goodness, and had mercy on thee when thou hadst not mercy on thyself, thou hadst now been in the gall of bitterness, and in

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