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ceremonies, though we in the main agree with the thought Gentiles before water baptism, but on the Jews after.(Acts you express, yet it is impossible to accept your absolute appli- ii. 28, x. 44, xix. 14.) Whatever else may be signified by that cation of it to the excision of water baptism from the duties of divine course of action, this at least is seen, that the Gentile Christian life; and if you carry the argument to its ultimate, believers did not, in that day, argue that because they had been you will find you will have to give up the Lord's Supper as well baptized by the Holy Ghost, baptism by water was not intended as immersion !

for them! The truth is that neither “Baptism" nor “Breaking of As to the passage, “John truly baptized with water, but ye Bread” can be regarded as types or ceremonies in the sense in shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." which we use those terms as applied to Jewish observances. (Acts i. 5.) The significance of this surely cannot be that The character of the types given to Israel was, that of which you have supposed-namely, the presentment of "type shadowing forth good things yet to be accomplished in the person and antitype.” We cannot see that John's baptism was in any of Christ, and their ceremonials could not go beyond “purify- way typical of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It rather preing the flesh," and that, as it were, but for a moment.

sents a contrast. John's baptism set forth, death and judge In contrast with all Jewish rites, the two observances given ment confessedly deserved! while immersion by the Holy to Christians, show forth accomplished facts. In water baptism Ghost expressed forgiveness and life in possession, with God's we show that we are dead, and in breaking of bread we show seal set upon it! forth the death of our Lord ! And again, in contrast with Jewish ceremonies ; neither the

Your application of the third verse of the 6th chapter of Lord's Supper nor Immersion are accepted with a view to

Romans is, we think, an evident mistake. The baptism spoken accomplish anything by way of benefit for ourselves. But in of there is that of immersion into death. Now the Holy Ghost both we testify of that which Christ has effected for us. The Bread and Wine have no power ; neither has the water of

does not baptize us unto death! God forbid. On the contrary, Baptism. The Lord has, however, given both the one and the into the unity of one body in Christ. Believers were immersed

the baptism of the Holy Ghost brings the many living members other. Faithful ones accept them, and act them out, thereby into the death of Christ (through the faith of the operation of testifying that they love Him. If ye love me, keep my commund

God,) before the descent of the Holy Ghost, The death of . ments."

Christ was as efficacious a deliverance for the one hundred and Communion with God is consequent upon our being dead twenty believers waiting at Jerusalem before Pentecost, as for with Christ, and our walk in newness of life with him. Hence the thousands who were converted afterwards ! the force of putting Baptism, the figure of burial, between the

Faith accepts the death of Christ as one's own death, but Old Adam period of a person's history, and the Christian walk

because He, in his great love, took the reality for us, faith in the new life which we have in the Second Adam, the Lord gladly receives the consequent figure, viz., that of immersion in from heaven! Next you quote from the epistle to the Colossians. “Where

In short-Though the term baptism is used both with refer. fore if ye be dead with Christ from the elements of the world, ence to immersion in water, and immersion by the Holy Ghost, why as though living in the world are ye subject to ordinances ?"

the two have nothing in common.

A believer in the Son of we have only to add the completion of the above sentence

God is, through the death of Christ, dead as to the old man, “after the commandments and doctrines of men,” to show that

and has received the gift of life in his risen Lord. And this this has no application to Baptism. If it applies to immersion, it surely would be equally true even though God had not chosen must also take away the Lord's Supper ! But the whole con

to add to the gift of his Son, the gift of the Holy Ghost also ! text shews that the Apostle was remonstrating against the

How then can the baptism of the Holy Ghost be immersion acceptance of carnal ordinances. This is confirmed by the con

into death? sideration of 1 Cor. xi. 2, wherein the same writer says, “Now

You then say—“When I see that by my union with Christ I praise you brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and

through immersion into his Spirit, and that by virtue of that keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you !"

“union, God sees me as dead and buried and risen again with Divine ordinances are to be kept by those to whom they are

"Him, to walk in his newness of life, it is most blessed." given, whether of the one order to Israel, or of a new character

Scripture does not teach this. You were not united to Christ to Christians. Such as were given to an earthly people were in Death, but in life. It is simply impossible to see you “in carnal in character, while those given to a heavenly people are

" that union as dead and buried and risen again with him." necessarily spiritual. Hence baptism testifies that the old man

The death and burial are long past and done with. In them, is dead!

the Saviour stood for you, and faith has (as to consciousness) You rightly remark, “ Typical ordinances” had, attached to immersed you into them; but there was no union there. Union them, the most minute and precise directions as to the manner

pertains to life. God sees you as alive in Christ, and only as of their performance, yet Baptism has none!”.

alive (i.e. if we understand anything of the Scriptures), for The distinction is exactly in accordance with the difference “He is not a God of the dead, but of the living." you yourself have ably pointed out between Israel as an

The inference you draw from the passage cited from Col. ii. earthly people, and Christians as a heavenly people. In dealing is completely overthrown by the context. You quote as with the flesh, God's commands are exact in every detail. But follows-—"Ye are complete in Him ...... In whom ye are in communicating His words to those who are spiritual, our

circumcised with circumcision made without hands." Lord has left much to be understood by faith. His directions Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with for Baptism are certainly as specific as those for Breaking of him—". Here you stop, and are consequently content to reBread! Your difficulty, as presented above, effectually des main under the impression that the operation is effected by the troys the one you previously suggested, namely, that of con- immersion of the Holy Ghost ! sidering Baptism as Jewish. If that were its character, you

But now, look at the passage in its entiretywould be correct in looking for most minute directions as to its

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with performance. But, as you do not find that condition complied with, this ordinance is evidently not Jewish ; it is for those him from the dead."

him though the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised who are neither Jew nor Gentile, being dead to the world.

Here we see that it is faith (and not the baptism of the Holy Now, as to the gospel first preached at Jerusalem, being that Ghost) which is the link which brings us into the death and of “the Kingdom" (Acts iii. 19, v. 10, &c.,) and your remark

resurrection of Christ. Water baptism merely signifies that "It was fitting that such a gospel, to such a should have

faith accepts the accomplished facts. “ been accompanied, not only by the sign of water baptism, but

In conclusion, you quote Col. ii. 16—"Let no man therefore "other Jewish rites and ceremonies ;”. We must again refer you to our Lord's command to disciple judge you in meat, or in drink, or in rospect of an holyday, or

of the new moon, or of the sabbath." and baptize among all nations, (Matt. xxviii. 19 and Mark xvi. 15 and 16,) and the consequent practice of baptism by all the early converts, both Jew and Gentile, men and women.

Are we to understand that, in your mind, you would add to You specially note, that "the Holy Ghost came upon the the above list of things respecting which a man is not to judge

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us, the Lord's institution of baptism? If so,

extend W. S., Islington.-In our last we inadvertently omitted to it to breaking of bread also ? And if not, why not?

notice your kind offer of the loan of the book mentioned. But again the context delivers us from all difficulty. The Accept our sincere thanks, but we desire to set forth only such 17th verse, referring to the things named in the 16th, says- thoughts as may be suggested from the sacred scriptures. We “These are [were) the shadow of things to come ; but the shall gladly furnish information as to where you can meet over body (substance) of Christ.”

"the word,” if you will give a full address. Your second It is impossible, therefore, to insert Christian baptism, as a communication received with thanks. We hope to answer it in shadow of things to come, because it does not signify things our next. to come, but things PAST !

A. M. F., LONDON.- We are much refreshed by such com

munications as yours. There is in your letter the warmth of On the subject of not suffering any to "break bread" who true christian love which makes itself felt. The Lord bless you have not submitted to water immersion-you have evidently in your desire to make known his glorious truth. We do not misunderstood us. Will you kindly look at our answer to agree with all you say about sending the unconverted to hear W. B. S., in the last Number of Precious TRUTH? Where our brother S. But from your point of view we at least we begin to differ (on this subject) is, in refusing to recognise the sympathise with your thought. If the Lord tarry, we may yet Lord’s table as the centre of gathering. It is made so, practically, have to resume our examination of our brother's unwise by many dear Christians; but the position is unscriptural. teaching. The Lord himselt is the true centre. “ Breaking of bread” is A CATHOLIC.-We print the following letter, as received un. an act incidental to communion, and is not even put first in der the above signature, for the sake of the emphasis given to order, according to the word of God: see Acts ii. 41, 42. The the subject in question. May we suggest to our correspondent order given in that Scripture is (after faith), first Baptism, that the Romanists have very much defiled the word "catholic?" second Doctrine, third Fellowship, fourth Breaking of Bread, Like many other terms, it has come to be accepted as conveying fifth Prayer.

a sense the reverse of its true import. A second communication Christians who lovingly desire to conform to divine order, received from this writer, stands over. eurely may be permitted to walk together in practical fellow

“Dear Brother in our Lord: Your answer to 'W.B.S.,' March, ship. Now, if a fellow believer, (known to be such) who commends itself to my own judgment and conscience. There is ignores baptism, seeks to join them in the act of breaking no such thing as receiving to the Lord's Table, or putting away bread only, they answer, naturally, “Why do you not show from the Lord's Table. A person confessing the name of the Lord forth the Lord's death with those who walk with you ?" If he Jesus Christ is received into the fellowship of the saints ; declines to answer that question, and asserts his right, as a

needs be for wickedness, he is separated and put away from Christian, to a place at the Lord's table, the assembly has no that fellowship. Nothing can be more unscriptural and gross power to exclude him. But surely he will have to answer for than the opinions current on this matter, and on how false it. Whom is he seeking to please, himself or the Lord ? The doctrine (held or taught) is to be dealt with or met. I think assembly has not received him, neither has it excluded him. you might embody what you have had taught you from God hy Ho certainly would not, in such a case, be discerning the Holy Scripture in a two or four-page tract, under some such title Lord's body. He must judge himself about it, in the light of as- "How false doctrine should be dealt with, (whether taught that solemn Scripture—the 11th chapter of the first epistle to or held) shown from Holy Scripture, the sole rule for all the Corinthians.

saints."

Respecting the suggested tract-the matter shall have J. H. jun.-We regret the difficulty which some of the prayerful consideration; but we are inclined to think that if country booksellers, and consequently some of our readers, those who would be able to circulate such a paper, will dishave in getting “Precious Truth.” 'You complain that it is tribute PRECIOUS TRUTH instead, it may be cren mora often near the middle of the month before you obtain it. We acceptable, and readers will therein find the subject reiterated assure you it is seldom so late as the 28th of the month prior from time to time. to the date of publication, when the various publishers men

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pray in our heart, that the se urge upon us has had our careful consideration - Yet we believe christian love. It is, indeed, cause for sorrow, if our first reply it is quite according to the example of our Lord, and of all his had that result. Our earnest desire is to convey to you the true servants, to rebuko unsparingly whatever may have been warmth of love. We have truc sympathy for your boddy introduced by men in contravention of the Word of God. You affiction, and attribute much of the chilling charicter of your must not expect any alteration in the tenor of our paper in letters to that cause. this respect. We are glad you appreciate the editor's monthly

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WHAT IS IT? AND WHO IS IT FOR ?

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[One Halfpenny. ordained a way of redemption, by the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son, who was to be revealed, in the

appointed time, as “the Lamb slain (i.e., foreMany dear Christians seem to regard the Bible as ordained in that character) from the foundation of the a miscellaneous aggregation of truth without any world.” (Rev. xiii. 8.) particular order. It is commonly handled as a mass In anticipation of that costly sacrifice, Jehovah of plastic material, which may be moulded and was pleased to accept the offering of Abel's firstling fashioned at will, to further any end which can be of the flock, because it was a manifestation of faith on characterised as religious. While the "world of the part of Adam's fallen son. And from that day intellect " also appropriates this precious book, and until now, God has accepted all who come to Him in uses it as a public flower garden, from which every faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please one may have leave to pluck a bouquet if he please him.” (Heb. xi. 6.) Alas, in the sacred records, or respecting the arrangement of which, anymay find how brief is the list of those who by faith have fault without scruple.

pleased God! How few (alas) understand the momentous issues In paradise, man had given up the thought of all which is written in the sacred volume ! May of pleasing God in the way of innocency. And when, the consideration of the questions proposed above in a sin-stricken creation, Jehovah made known the lead some, at least, who have thought lightly, either path of faith as the only way of access to Himselfof the manner, or the fact, of God's communications and consequently, the only road to happiness—how in the Scriptures, to rejoice hereafter that we have few (by comparison) is the number of those who called their attention to the divine structure of the have sought to walk therein ! Book which contains the Oracles of God.

After the death of Abel, faith endured in a narrow

line from Seth to Noah. But in the days of the WHAT IS THE BIBLE ?

latter, only the eighth generation from Adam, of The volume which passes among us by this name, that order, the earth had become full of violence, is a collection of books--divided, as we know, into and God pronounced judgment upon it. Yet Noah two great sections, called the Old and New was, in mercy, made a preacher of righteousness, Testaments.

during the many years he continued (in faith) buildUnlike mere human compositions, the books of the ing the Ark. (Heb. xi. 7, 1 Pet. iii. and 2 Bible, are, as to their character and purposes, inter- Pet. ü. 15.) woven one with the other, and yet are quite distinct,

At length, however, sin brought its bitter conseeach book or portion having been written for a quence, destruction. The flood came and swept all separate and well-defined object, yet each and all away, except the one family which was saved by leading up to one grand result, namely, the over- faith. throw of Satan and all his, and the manifestation of

Again and again, on this side of the Deluge has God and the objects of his counsels, in glory. God made known in various dispensations, the

Many themes are taken up, by the way; or, as acceptable way of faith; and also the inevitable men would say, incidentally-But, “known unto destruction which over es all who will not walk in God are all his works from the beginning.” that way. In each dispensation God begins with (Acts xv. 18.)

blessing, but has to close the period with judgment! This is a truth which the Bible student ought to

We do not stay to verify this fact now, but it will have indelibly fixed upon his mind. It is calculated be evident to all who read the Bible in faith, to bring us into subjection to all that God has such having the Holy Spirit of God to lead them into revealed.

all truth. In looking through the Scriptures, and tracing the Even the thousand years of earth's blessvarious dispensations which have succeeded one ing, which will follow the fearful day of tribulation another, we are made witnesses to the truth that sin now approaching, must end with fire poured down brings destruction upon each successive order of from heaven upon rebellious nations. (Rev. xx. 8.) blessing which God has set up in the world.

Thus is made known to faith beforehand, the close The history of man begins in innocency in the of this world's history. * garden of Eden. But sin brought a curse upon the

* We learn in Revelation, chap. xxi., that the present visible ground, and death upon the creature.

heaven, and the earth on which we now dwell, will finally have God had, however, in his gracious purposes, fore- passed away. There shall be a literal fulfilment of that word

THE LITANY.

We have sketched, very briefly, one line of testimony as he spake to Abraham of old about the destruction only. Yet it extends from “Genesis ” to “Revela- of Sodom and Gomorrah. Many other things are tion.” A perfectly uniform record of God's grace and therein made known to faith. We have but glanced judgment. Of man saved, if accepting mercy in the at some, to show the importance of being filled with way of faith; and of man irretrievably ruined, if he wisdom from the books of the New Testament. continue in rebellion.

(To be continued, D.V.) This may suffice to show, in one way, the perfect consistency of the sacred writings called the Bible. Now, we desire to consider separately, these two

To those who love the Lord Jesus Christ, but icho are yet grand divisions of the book-namely, the New Testa

following the Forms of the Church of England (so-called) ment and the Old.

BELOVED, -Let us, as before God, now examineThe New Testament stands first in order for

. Christians. As poor sinners of the Gentiles, we had no title to

This form of supplication commencesthe oracles of God; but as believers in the Lord "O God the Father, of hearen, have mercy upon us, Jesus Christ, all the Scriptures are given to us, and " miserable sinners." are profitable. Yet where should we, as Christians,

If begin to learn of God, if not in those Scriptures which be miserable sinners ? What! adopted into the family

you are praying to God as your Father, can you specially impart to us a knowledge of Christ and the of God, and yet miserable sinners! Church ?

The word miserable meansThe books of the Old Testament tell us, in types and shadows, and prophecies, of a Saviour who was

l'ery unhappy, tery poor or mean, l'ery low or despicable, yet to come. We read these retrospectively, and see abject, or forlorn. what a glorious hope it was, though little under

Is it very consistent with the general demeanour of stood. But “the Gospels,” “the Epistles,” and those who assemble in your places of worship---this the Revelation,” place the believer on 'totally profession of being miserable sinners? Where are different ground. These blessed books tell of the these very unhappy, mean, despicable, forlorn ones? Saviour ho has been here! They tell us " the Are they the men and women of the world who lounge atoning work is done”! The Christian has not, after

on their well-cushioned-seats, and keep their feet the manner of Israel of old, to wait for one to bear daintily perched upon hassocks? These are thinking his stripes and make atonement for sin. No, God be how long and tedious the so-called "service” (?) is, praised, we are on this side of the Cross, and have and wishing it over, that they may enjoy an INTELnot to look for a suffering Saviour, but for our

LECTUAL treat from the pulpit; or they are meditating triumphant Lord, to whom all power is given in schemes for increasing riches, or of gratifying themheaven and earth!

selves with some new pleasures! We shall all agree What we want, therefore, is a knowledge of that these are not miserable, according to the true Him.

definition of that word, although they well might be, In the Gospels we see the reflection of Himself-if they knew the awful position in which they are we have His walk, His ways, His teaching, His before God ! purposes, His promises, His hope, His love. We We may remark, however, in passing, that perhaps have especially His Cross, His resurrection, and His such as we have described are at least exempt froin commands.

the sin of hypocrisy. The majority of those who In the Epistles we learn the fulness of God's flaunt their satins and jewellery, in family pews, counsels as to our high calling in Christ.

In would disdain to repeat the phrase “miserable these writings we are taught the place which the sinners," although they consider it all very well for Church has in divine purpose, as of heaven and not the clergyman, the clerk, and the school children to of the world. And we have therein constant incen- do so. They will remind you that the two firsttive to walk here as heavenly citizens in a strange named are paid for what they do—and as to the poor country.

children, they know not what they say, and repeat In the “Revelation" we are furnished with God's just what they are taught.

about the world. The Lord speaks to us purposes

Again we ask, then, which are the miserable

sinners ? “ Thou Lord in the beginning has laid the foundation of the in the Son of God. Upon what pretext do you pre

Let us consider the case respecting you who believe "earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They "shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old sent yourselves to the Father of mercies, as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, " miserable"

ones ? and they shall be changed: but thou are the same and thy I hear the Lord Jesus saying to you: “years shall not fail.” (Heb. i. 10-12.) Then the saved ones, gathered out of this present scene, will

« Blessed are ye." (Matt. v.) inhabit the new heaven, and the new earth, wherein there will be

" These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain no sea. Some will have their place in the heavenly Jerusalem,

in you, and that your joy might be full." (John xv, 11.) some on the new earth (at. Jeast we so understand the word."") | receive, that your joy may be full(John xvi. 24.)

"Hitherto have asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall Heaven and earth will be in perfect harmony. The tabernacle of God will be with men; and consequent joy unspeakable will Such were His words to His disciples before enduro for over. (See Rev. xxi. 1-5.)

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cleanseth from all sin. It had not been proclaimed " As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of to him, as it has to us who now, through grace, God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear ;

believe in the risen Saviour: but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.(Rom. viii. 14, 15.)

You being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your The kingdom of God is . . righteousness, peace, and joy in all trespasses." (Col. ii. 13.)

flesh, hath He quickened together with Christ, having forgiven you the Holy Ghost.(Rom. xiv. 16, 17.) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing;

Of course there were poor sinners forgiven by our that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost," Lord, even before he died for them. He gave the (Rom. xv. 13.)

cavilling Jews to know that the Son of Man had The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." (Gal. v. 22.)

power on earth to forgive sins. But it was in the It is in this strain, beloved, that we are now ad- the full and free proclamation of his love and salva

glorious triumph of His resurrection that he sent forth dressed by our God. It would be easy to multiply quotations, if our space would permit. But we will the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

tion for his poor rebel creatures. Go ye into all only ask you further, just now, to get stamped upon He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." your hearts this one following passage

(Mark xvi. 15-16.) Blessed the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a

It was in the power of this proclamation that the liring hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ; to an Apostle John could say to all believersinheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in hearen for you who are kept by the power of God, through given you for his name's sake.” (1 John ii. 12.)

“I write unto you, dear children, because your sins are forfaith, unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness How is it to be henceforth, dear brethren? through manifold trials; that the trial [testing) of your faith

will (being much more precious than of gold that perisheth), though it be

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still follow the traditions of men, which, as tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at of old, make the word of God of none effect ? the appearing of Jesus Christ : Whom having not seen, ye love; Will you act upon the pure and soul-rejoicing truth WITH JOY UNŠPEAKABLE AND FULL OF GLORY!” (1 Pet. i. 3–8.) which God our Father hath given us ?

But we have another word from the first sentence Is this the true portion of believers ? Has the last of your Litany to press upon your attention. Scripture we have quoted any weight with you? Do

Have you decided in your hearts what quality of you believe it to be the word inspired by God?

mercy it is for which you pray? We can only conIf so, we ask you, how you can venture absolutely to deny such boundless love as is therein declared to intended to be expressed is, for the mercy of God

clude by the sentences which follow, that the desire you, by praying to God to have mercy upon you as which delivers from judgment! Now, to you who bemiserable sinners ? We have given you abundant messages of divine lieve in Jesus, "the word " expressly says " by his

(Titus iii. 5.) This mercy, for love, to show that, as believers in the Lord Jesus mercy ke saved us."

which you ask, has already been given ! Christ, it is not only your privilege, but also your

Is it not base ingratitude thus to pray continually duty to REJOICE in Him.

for that which God declares he has bestowed upon " Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice.” (Phil.iv.) you freely? And then, as to unbelievers who use

And now we ask you whether there is a single these stereotyped petitions - The answer to their cry passage to be found in the Sacred Volume to justify is, "God has made known his way of mercy; but you you in praying for mercy as miserable sinners ? If will not accept His way, and until you do, there is no you can find one, we will examine it faithfully. mercy for you. Why do ye not believe ?" But we tell you, it is simply impossible for you to “ If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and produce a sentence in the New Testament to warrant shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised bim from the the attitude you assume.

Perhaps you will think of dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Rom. x. 9.) the publican's prayer in the parable. But his case But, to return to you who believe in Jesus--you was in no way akin to yours. He know not Jesus, are expressly told that you have not received the the Saviour of sinners. It had not been said to him, spirit of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of as it has been to you, –

adoption who leads you to know God as your Father! “God has begotten us again to a living hope by the resur- Yet you assume to be still under wrath! rection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance

You are like unto criminals who have received a reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God, free pardon, whose prison doors have been thrown through faith, unto salvation.”

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open, who have moreover received in writing The poor publican was on different ground, for assurances of favour from highest majesty ; but who, Christ had not died and risen again! It is that notwithstanding, still insanely cling to the bars of wondrous death and resurrection of the Son of God their prison house, and keep up a continual cry for which has altered everything!

that mercy which seems to have been extended to them The publican had all the weight of his sins resting in vain! upon his conscience, so that he could not venture to Alas, alas! Believers and Unbelievers, you are all look up. True, he had a hope in God's mercy, as he mocking God, for you do not believe that which He smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me has said! We admit that the majority do this in

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