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Miracles indeed seem to have | able to consider how the Spirit ceased : they have answered has accomplished this predictheir end, in confirming to us, tion. The wonderful things as well as to those in that day, which the Holy Ghost did, in the truth of Christianity : the the apostolic age, and which he world has now the advantage of all has since done, proved beyond those miracles. Prophecies have all reasonable doubt, that he was ceased ; but the accomplish- the Christ. It is true, that men ment of them, which is their may shut their eyes against pergreatest evidence, continues, and fect demonstration ; but let can: establishes the truth. The mi- did minds notice all the great raculous gift of tongues has and astonishing events, which ceased ; but it has answered its were wrought in the days of the end, and by the providence of apostles, and attend to their tesGod, there is among his people timony and instructions, and conan ability to learn foreign lan sider how God was with them guages,
be sufficient in mighty power, and in word; for every purpose, except that of let them survey the whole scene, the miracle, which is already and they must acknowledge that answered. It is no injury to the it was the hand of God, made cause that these, or that imme- visible in support of the cause of diate revelations have ceased, Christ, Well might Gamaliel, for all that is necessary is alrea- though an enemy, and highly dy declared to us in the word of dignified in the Jewish council, God. But those things which tremble under an half suppressare now needed, the convincing, ed conviction of the truth, and renewing, sanctifying and com- give sentence to let the apostles forting influences of the Holy alone, lest haply they should be Ghost remain ; Christ holds the found to fight even against God; stars in his right hand, impart- and well might the mad council ing gifts and graces to his inin- so shudder, by the terror's of a jsters, according to the work to convicted conscience, as for once which he calls them, and he to take his prudent advice. The walks in the midst of his chur cffects wrought by the Holy ches. These are the ends of all | Ghost made it manifest, that in the marvellous things in the first not believing on Christ, men are ages of Christianity. Nothing guilty of rejecting the most amis lost; the world now enjoys ple testimony of God: that they the benefits of the Comforter in shut their eyes and harden their as high a degree, as in the day hearts, like Pharaoh and the of Pentecost.-Having noticed a Egyptians, against God himself. number of things which the Ho. This was increased by the influly Ghost did, in fulfilment of the ence of the Spirit, in inspiring promises, others which were the apostles to unfold to them promised present themselves for the predictions of Moses and the our consideration.
prophets ; so that Stephen had Our Lord informed his disci- reason enough to say to them, ples, that when the Comforter “ Ye stiffnecked and uncircumshould come he would reprove cised in heart and ears, ye do al. The world of sin because they be ways resist the Holy Ghost, as Here not on him. It will be suit-your fathers did, so do ye.com
Which of the prophets have not | Comforter, he gave evidence that your fathers persecuted ? and he was enthroned on high-that they have slain them which he had answered the law, and shewed before of the coming of had become the end of the law the just One, of whom ye have for righteousness, to all them now been the betrayers and mur- that believe. And the wonderderers.”—Nor are these things ful things done by the Spirit are restricted to that day. Those sufficient to convince all but the now, where the gospel is known, uncandid. God never would who do not believe on Jesus have borne such testimony to Christ, sin against the same, if Christ, had he been deficient or not against greater evidence, giv-had he abandoned his work unen by the Holy Ghost, that Je finished. Men may now be consus is the Christ. They reject vinced that the righteousness of the counsel of God against their Christ is complete,—that no own souls. What the Spirit has righteousness of theirs is necesdone therefore reproves them of sary as the ground of justificasin, because they believe not on tion, or will be allowed to posChrist.-If we stand astonished sess a share with Christ in the at the Jews, let us take heed, glory of their acceptance with lest we be guilty of the same sin. God, however important it may
It was also foretold by our be for other purposes.—This Lord, saying, “ When the Com- should convince Jews, that no forter is come, he will convince ceremonial righteousness will athe world of righteousness, be-vail them; and all the self-right
I go to my Father, and ye eous, that there can be no salvasee me no more.” The right. tion but by him, who hath fincousness here mentioned, it is ished transgression, made an end believed, is the righteousness of of sin, made reconciliation for Christ. Not merely his own iniquity, and brought in everpersonal righteousness, though lasting righteousness. And this that be necessarily implied, but matter of conviction and rehis righteousness as a Redeemer, proof remains the same to the in fulfilling all righteousness; present time.-After the testiso that God for his righteous- mony of the Holy Ghost to the ness' sake may be just, and yet righteousness of Christ, as our the justifier of him that believ- Redeemer, it is vain for the selfeth. Had Christ gone to the righteous to hope for favor on Father and left his work of a- the ground of their own innotonement unfinished, must he cence, morality, reformation, or not have returned to complete even for holy obedience. It is it? But instead of his return, he rejecting the righteousness of .is seen no more, and the Holy Christ as their only hope, and Spirit comes, not to atone, but opposing or discrediting the to bear testimony that Christ is testimony of the Hoiy Spirit.accepted
mis raised from the “ If righteousness come by the dead-has ascended on high-law, then Christ is dead in vain." is acknowledged of the Father The Spirit has declared that -and is justified as a complete Christ is the only name, give Redeemer. When Christ, ac- en under heaven among men, cording to his promise, sent the whereby we must be saveda
We may now consider anoth- and Babylon, and all who eser effect, which it was promised, ponse their cause. If Satan is that the Holy Ghost should ac- cast down, his followers may excomplish. It was said that he pect the same. And since the should reprove the world of Spirit sets forth the righteousjudgment, because the prince of ness of Christ as our only hope, this world is judged. The word those who reject him, can have reprove often signifies convince, no defence against everlasting and in the Greek original, the judgment : they must be given word used signifies indefinitely, up to the sentence of the law.either to reprove or to convince. Let such as are found to fight Satan is the prince of this world; against God, tremble at this ashe is also called the God of this surance, that without repentworld--the prince of the power ance, they shall follow their of the air, who ruleth in the prince into everlasting fire, prehearts of the children of diso-pared for the devil and his anbedience. By the wonderful out- gels. pouring of the Holy Ghost, and We have noticed the wonderthe great events which he has ful works of the Comforter ; brought to pass, he has made it how he reproves the world of manifest 10 men, that Satan is unbelief ; offers men conviction cast down, that his cause is des- of the righteousness of Christ perate, that God himself has de- for the justification of sinners ; clared against him with power, and of the judgment or deter: and has determined to support mination of God to crush all his his Son. This overthrew the inveterate enemies. He will notion of a ceremonial right- dash them to pieces as a potter's eousness, with which Satan vessel. blinded the Jews, and the credi- The coming and work of bility of the whole heathen my. Christ, and the witness of the thology and Pagan worship. It Holy Ghost to him, in his mardiscovered Christ as superior to vellous effects among men, teach Satan, leading captivity captive, us that Christianity is of infinite and spoiling the powers of hell. importance in the view of God. Accordingly Christianity rose Such astonishing works of God, upon the ruins of heathenism so different from all his other and the kingdom of Satan.-works and administrations of He as lightning fell from heav- government, bespeak its superen, and the truth burst forth lative importance. Friends and upon the world, like a mighty enemies are deeply and eternalstream. And it will prevail, till ly concerned. Satan is bound a thousand years, How mad then are those, who that he should not go forth to have this testimony of the Holy deceive the nations any more, Ghost, and yet obstinately pertill the thousand years are ac- sist on the side of Satan by their complished. This proves that unbelief. They shut their eyes all the followers of Satan shall on the most full and marvellous be brought down, and that God evidence, or they would see that will execute judgment upon their cause is desperate—That them. Thus the Holy Ghost they fight even against God.tçaches the judgment of Satan, I Let the potsherds of the earth strive with the potsherds of the thought it plainly revealed, that earth ; but woe unto him that God did, from the beginning, striveth with his Maker.
choose to salvation, all those who Let these considerations per- will be saved, through sanctifisuade unbelievers to avoid the cation of the Spirit and belief of terrors of divine wrath, and com- the truth :--that all those, and fort, encourage and animate the those only, whom he hath thus people of God in faith and holi- chosen, will be effectually called ness; and may they have more and finally saved ; whilst all othperfect confidence in him whom ers will continue in sin, and lic God hath sanctified and sent in-down in sorrow. to the world, and whom he hath But of later years, whilst the acknowledged with such aston- doctrine of God's sovereignty ishing evidence.
and eternal decrees is admitted FIDUCIUS, and strongly asserted, it has been
urged, that upon the plan of limited, in opposition to universal
salvation, there can be no ground, The Gospel Warrant for Faith in no foundation, or warrant, for Christ.
any sinner to believe in Christ,
unless he first knows that he is A principal design of the fol- one of the happy number, whom lowing piece is to show, That God hath chosen to salvation. there is sufficient ground, foun-For if he is not of that number, dation, or warrant, for any and but one that God knows will perevery sinner, where the gospel ish, it is said, there is absolutely is published, to believe in Christ, no foundation or warrant for him even upon the supposition, that to believe. For faith don't create numbers of the human race will its own object, or make the finally perish.
truth which is believed, by be
lieving it when it was not true. T has been the general opin. There can therefore be no war
that a part of mankind, and even gospel is preached, to believe in a part of those where the gospel Christ, unless it be already true, is preached, will die in their sins, that every one is to be and cerin impenitence and unbelief, and tainly will be saved. Yet every abide for ever under the wrath one to whom the gospelis preachof God. It has been thought, ed, is commanded to believe on that the scriptures teach this in the Son of God: and the apostle so plain and express a manner, John says expressly, “ He that that it cannot be doubted, con- believeth not God hath made sistently with admitting the him a lyar ; because he believeth truth and divine authority of not the record that God gave of those sacred writings.
his Son. And this is the record, It has, moreover, been gener- that God hath given to ús eternal ally believed, that God from the life ; and this life is in his Son." beginning knew who would be- But if some are not chosen to lieve and be saved, and who salvation and never will be saved, would die in their sins and per- instead of making God a lyar by ish for ever.
And many have not believing, they would make him so, if they should believe. f numerous and full, that I shall There is, therefore, 'no way to only refer to a few of them, withmake the scriptures consistent, out rehearsing the words, John and to discover a ground or war-iii. 14, 15. Rom. ii. 25, 26. and rant for every one to believe, but x. 4. by admitting that all are to be 2. It is equally plain from the saved that God doth really in- scriptures, that all, wherever the tend, and hath absolutely deter- gospel is preached, are called mined or decreed, and will cer- upon to believe in Christ-to be tainly effect, the salvation of all reconciled to God, with a prommankind. After this manner is ise of salvation, in case of comthe salvation of all men attempt- pliance, Mark xvi. 15, 16. Acts ed to be proved.
iii. 19. and xvi. 31. and xx. 21. But is this indeed the case, 2 Cor. v. 20, 21. But, that there is no ground or war- 3. The faith called for from rant for any one to believe in every one, and to which the proChrist, unless he knows that he mise of salvation is annexed, conin particular is cho en to salva- sists not in believing that we in tion; or, which amounts to the particular shall certainly be savsame, that all mankind are so ed, but in believing with the chosen, and will be saved ? Do heart, that God hath raised not the scriptures exhibit a suf-Christ from the dead. Rom. x. ficient foundation and good war 9, 10. “ If thou shalt confess rant for any and every one to be with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, lieve on the Son of God, even and shalt believe in thine heart though they teach, that many that God hath raised him from will die in their sins ? This, sure- the dead, thou shalt be saved. ly, is an enquiry worthy of our For with the heart man beliermost careful and serious atten-eth unto righteousness." tion. Wherefore, let it be ob- The fact, that God hath raised served,
Christ from the dead, with what 1. It is plainly revealed that is implied in it and proved by it, Christ has, by the Father's ap- is the object of a true saving gos
pointment and his own consent, pel faith. He who, with the been lifted up on the cross, an heart, believes this fact in its atoning sacrifice for the sins of full import, or gives full credit men to the end that whosoever to and cordially entertains the believeth in him may not perish, truths imported in this fact, bebut have eternal life. He hath lieveth unto rig
ousness, and also been raised from the dead, will be saved. as a proof that he hath made an He who, in the scriptural atonement for sin, and brought sense, believes the resurrection in a righteousness, to the accept- of Christ, gives full credit to the ance and entire satisfaction of scripture account of the fact in the Father; and that God, there-its connections. He, therefore, fore, can consistently forgive and believes that although Jesus was save every one that believeth input to death by the hands of him, whoever and how many so- men, yet that he was delivered ever they be.
by the determinate counsel and The scripture proofs of this fore-knowledge of God that his and the next proposition are so death was designed both by the VOL. V. No. 10.