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nant shall be saved : for he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness : because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. What shall we say then ? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the lax of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteous32 Wherefore ? Be
32 St. Paul justly attributes the less cause they sought it not by to Israel of Christian blessing, ta faith, but as it were by the their own carnal mind. The loviworks of the law. For they
ness of the Messiah was a stumbliag stumbled at that stumbling- block in their way of believing
, which they would not remove. stone ; as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence : and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Do I desire grace here ? let me in faith be true to my Saviour ! Do I desire glory hereafter ? let me not be ashamed of Him nou, who the will not be ashamed of me.
Jan. 12, May 11, SEPT. 9. BRETHREN, my heart's de- 1 Glorious and blessed proof, thai sire and prayer to God for there is no irreversible decree of Israel is, that they might be
condemnation-else St. Paul's prayer
had been vain ! saved. ? For I bear them
2 This was once his own case. record that they have a zeal 3 How tenderly he reproves them. of God, but not according to He allows that to attain unto rightknowledge. For they being eousness was their laudable object.
Their mode of attaining it was their ignorant of God's righteous- Their mode of
error. They would not believe that ness, and going about to es
such righteousness as the law could tablish their own righteous- give, derived all its virtue from its ness, have not submitted reference to Jesus—“ the Lord our themselves unto the right
righteousness." eousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live
6 The resurrection of Jesus Christ, by them. But the right and his ascension,
indeed eousness which is of faith
among the high things of God, which speaketh on this wise, Say no depth of human wisdom could not in thine heart, Who shall have conceived. The word rreals ascend into heaven? (that is,
them to us.
to bring Christ down from above :) or, Who shall descend into the deep ? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart : that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 O let my heart thus believe, and 19 For with the heart man my mouth gladly thus confess, in this believeth unto righteousness; my hour of holy worship, with the and with the mouth confes- congregation of the faithful! So shall
I never be ashamed. sion is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that him. 13 For who
13 Hear this, thou consciencesoever shall call upon the
stricken soul! Hear it, and cast name of the Lord shall be
away despair ! saved. 14 How the
shall 14 Hence godfathers and godmothers they call on him in whom are wisely exhorted “to call upon
the young christian to hear sermons.' they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear with
15 Our Church therefore carefully out a preacher ? and how
appoints her preachers; and admits shall they preach, except they none to the office, but those whom, be sent ? as it is written, upon examination had, she finds How beautiful are the feet of fitted thereto. To them she gives authem that preach the gospel
thority for the work, of peace, and bring glad tid
16 Let not this doubt apply to thee.
Be not thou faithless, but believing. ings of good things ! they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report ? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard ? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel know ? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
°But 20 Whom the Jews rejected, Him Esaias is very bold, and saith, the Gentiles received. I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not
21 How vain is mere profession. 21 But to Israel
The Jews ever professed themselves he saith, All day long I have God's people : disobedience was their stretched forth my hands un
'ruin. to a disobedient and gainsaying people.
Jan. 13, May 12, SEPT. 10. 'I say then, Hath God cast i God casts none away. So long as away his people ? God for
men sin, they cast themselves away,
When they forsake sin, God re bid. For I also am an Is
ceiveth them again. Thus when raelite, of the seed of Abra
Israel returns to their God, he will ham, of the tribe of Benja- be found of them. (See x. 13.) min. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias ? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars ; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him ? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this pre
5 Some of the Jews believed in the sent time also there is a rem
Lord Jesus, and their faith us nant according to the election blessed to them.
* And if by grace, 6 The believer rejects, so good then is it no more of works: works, but a trust in them. He looks otherwise grace is no more
to be saved not for his own virtues, grace. But if it be of works,
but through God's grace. then is it no more grace : otherwise work is no more work. ? What then? Israel hath
7 Sin blinds unbelievers. not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (according as
$ When the Jews resisted the testiit is written, God hath given mony of miracles, God left them te them the spirit of slumber, their own devices.-Evidence could eyes that they should not go no higher. see, and ears that they should not hear ;) unto this day And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them : let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. "I say then,
11 St. Paul removes at once all 10Have they stumbled that they tion of reprobation. God's merey should fall ? God forbid :
is so wonderful, that He turns even but rather through their fall our failings to our benefit. If love salvation is come unto the
to Him cannot move us, a jealousy of Gentiles, for to provoke them possessing inferior advantages may
stir us up to return to Him. to jealousy. Now if the fall
* Ps. Ixix. 22. This is spoken according to the Hebrew idiom ; not as a wish, but as a consequence—“ their table will be made a share to them.”
of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you 13 Each minister magnifies his Gentiles, inasmuch as I am office, not himself-therefore is it, that the apostle of the Gentiles, they speak boldly. I magnify mine office : if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy : and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree ; boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be gratfed
20 Let us all apply this lesson of in. Well; because of un- humility ; and feel with deeper grabelief they were broken off, titude, our own happy privileges, as and thou standest by faith.
the called in Christ Jesus. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest
22 O turn thee from sin, and avoid he also spare not thee. 22 Be
the severity of God. Follow after hold therefore the goodness holiness, and continue in his goodand severity of God: on them which fell, severity ; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness : otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree : how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
25 All God's dealings are a wonder25 For I would not, brethren, ful mystery.--As such let us contemthat ye should be ignorant plate them. of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits ; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 So then Israel may hope, in God's 26 And so all Israel shall be time, to share with us the kingdom saved: as it is written, There of our Christ ! shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes : but as touching the election,
they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and call. ing of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord ? or who hath been his counsellor? or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again ? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things : to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Reader ! This great and incomprehensible Being is with thee, at this moment. He is thy Father, and thy Friend. Let this truth comfort thy heart. He is a very present help to thee in all thy troubles. Forsake him not.
Jan. 14, FEB. 29, May 13, SEPT. 11. 'I BESEECH you therefore, 1 A holy life is a living sacrifice. brethren, by the mercies of It is the offering of the spirit—the God, that ye present your
sacrifice of the will : a reasonable bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
service to God, who is himself s
Spirit. acceptable unto God, which
? This is not to prevent a right ise is your reasonable service.
of God's bounty in our worldly com. ? And be not conformed to forts. It forbids a worldly heart, this world : but be ye trans- and condemns a love of the world. formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. *For I say, through the grace 3 By “ this grace"—the Apostle given unto me, to every man means, the authority given him to that is among you, not to
minister. Humility is specially Deedthink of himself more highly ful in the exercise of spiritual gifts. than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: $so we, s In a nation, in a church, in a being many, are one body in family, confusion of offices brings Christ, and every one mem
neglect of duties. bers one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace
that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let ys