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SERIES

LECTURE SERMONS,

DELIVERED AT THE

SECOND UNIVERSALIST MEETING,

IN BOSTON.

BY HOSEA BALLOU, PASTOR.

THIRD ED. STEREOTYPE D.

REVISED BY THE AUTHOR.

u Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and hey are they
which testify of me."-Jesus Christ.

• Let us go on lo perfection."-St. Paul.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1832, by

Marsh, CAPEN & Lyon, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

THENEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS,

CON TENTS.

LECTURE I.
The Objects of Salvation: and its nature.

1 Timothy, 1. 15.-" This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ; of whom I am chief.”

LECTURE II. The Divine Character the source of all the grace manifested in the gospel. And the standard for our imitation.

Matthew, v. 84.-"Be ye, therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.'

. . 20 LECTURE III. The Law, consistent with the Promises. Galatians, iii. 21.-" Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid.” .

• • . 35 LECTURE IV. Love, the centre of all the Divine attributes. 1 John, iv. 16.-"God is love." . . . . 47

LECTURE v. Man originally made subject to vanity and to hope.

Romans, viii. 20.-"For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.”

. . 61 LECTURE VI. Salvation impartial and universal.

Isaiah, xxv. 6, 7, 8.-“ And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” 75

LECTURE VIII.

The story of Joseph, an illustration of Christ's king-

dom.

Deuteronomy, xxxii, 16, 17.-" Let the blessing come upon the

head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was sepa-

rated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bul.

lock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he

shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they

are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of

Manasseh.'

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LECTURE IX.

The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

Matthew, xii. 31, 32.—“ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner

of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphe-

my against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And

whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be for-

given him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall

not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to

come.”

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LECTURE X.

The Scripture doctrine of election.

Romans, xi. 7.—What then? Israel hath not obtained that which

he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were

blinded.

. . . . . . 132

LECTURE XI.

God reconciling the world unto himself through

Christ.

2d. Corinthians, v. 18, 19, 20.-And all things are of God, who

hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us

the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, rec-

onciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto

them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now

then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech

you by us : we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to

God. . .

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LECTURE XII.

All men drawn to Christ.

John, xii. 32.—" And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will

draw all men unto me.”

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