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that it is at once evil without measure, or mixture, or end!

The JUSTIFICATION of that day.

There are those accepted and justified in that great day. Owned as altogether righteous, not a sin laid to their charge. They are placed on the right hand, and hear the words, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. And thus they are perfectly, unchangeably, and eternally blessed.

But what is the ground of their justification? How are they thus passed from death to life; in what way is it possible for any sinful human being then to be justified, with such books opened, and by such an omniscient and righteous Judge? We have told you of the book of life; but let us more distinctly shew the way of justification.

Tried by the law of God, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. But God has devised a wonderful scheme of justice and mercy. The righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans iii. 22, 23.) This way of salvation through faith in Jesus, God sends his ministers to proclaim. Men by nature wrapped

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up in unbelief, and worldliness, and love of sin, disregard, slight, and neglect this proclamation of grace.

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But God's purposes of mercy are not incomplete, and therefore shall not be frustrated. has a chosen people, who are made willing in the day of his power. To them he gives so largely of his blessed Spirit that they listen to his invitations, they believe his promises, they trust in the Lord Jesus, and they obtain the righteousness of God which is by faith. Then the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them, and filled with love and gratitude, they devote themselves, and all they have to God their Saviour, and their works of love prove their faith to be genuine, and manifest their character to be sincere.

Now to such there is a perfect deliverance from condemnation. There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. In the words of our Lord, He that believeth on him is not condemned. And as there is a deliverance from condemnation, so there is a complete justification in the sight of the whole world. The assembled universe may be challenged with the triumphant question, Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? it is God that justifieth. (Romans viii. 33.) Clothed with the perfect righteousness of the Divine Redeemer, all the malignity and subtilty of Satan

cannot lay one sin against them, or discover one defect in that glorious robe.

O, my brethren, that you may be numbered among them! This is the end of all my labours among you, this my heart's desire and prayer for you. You hear the invitations of the Gospel; you have the outward call of the Word of God. O that you may be inwardly touched and called by the Divine Spirit; may lay these things seriously to heart, and determine to lose every thing rather than lose your soul, to do, to suffer every thing rather than endanger your acceptance at the last.

Ever remember this great acoount that you must one day give at the judgment seat of Christ, that every hour as it passes along tends to fix the character of your final and eternal condition. Often ask yourselves, how will this appear in the great day of account and retribution; is my course such as in the great, the last judgment will be approved.

Let every one truly repent of sin. This is St. Paul's practical application of this doctrine.God commandeth all men every where to repent, because he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained. (Acts xvii. 30, 31.) Except ye repent, ye shall all perish. Let us then often try our ways and judge ourselves before that day

arrive. So judging ourselves we should escape being judged of the Lord. Repent then, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Give up all sinful courses; turn you every one from his evil ways.

Let the Christian, however, look at this day, not with dread, but with believing hope-not with distrust, but with cheering expectation. Brethren, God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. To them that look for him, he will appear the second time without sin unto salvation. The self-righteous and the unconverted may regard this as a day of terror; the believer should not do so, but rather, " joyful through hope and rooted in charity," may anticipate this, as the day which will consummate his blessedness, end the course of all sin, restrain every iniquity in the prison of hell, and begin the unmingled reign and triumph of peace, and holiness, and happiness. O joyful day, when Christ shall appear and we shall appear with him in glory! O happy season, which shall for ever terminate darkness, and sin, and sorrow, and land us in his presence and kingdom, in whose

presence is fulness of joy! The Christian may

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bless God that it will soon arrive. is a joyful sound that his Lord says, Surely I come quickly, and his heart replies, Amen! even so, come, Lord Jesus.

My brethren, I long that you should all be thus blessed. Why should you not? Are the pleasures of sin for a little season, so precious as to recompense the loss of all this joy? O surely it is not so. Then from henceforth be in earnestmake sure this one point, SALVATION.

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