صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني

and these invaluable blessings are so rich and free, that sinners who perish in their pollutions, will for ever be inexcusable. This leads us,

THIRDLY.–To cousider the two reasons why so many sinners suffer eternal death.

Negatively, it is not that there is no balm in Gilead -no remely which can avail; for. we have seen that pardoning merry, san tifying grace, spiritual strength, and eternal life, are freely offered them in the Gospel. The remedy may be had on the easiest possible terms. Only to renounce all their own supposed meritorious works and righteousness, and depend on the inerits and righteousness of Christ, and the remedy is at hand.

It is not because that no Physician is able or willing to perform a cure for thein; for Christ is mighty to save, and he is omnipresent. His bowels of compassion yearn over sinners.' He waits to be gracious to them. On God's part every obstacle to their salvation is removed. He can be just, and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus. The true reason lies in the state of the singer's will. He will not believe himself in those moral circumstances in which the word of God represents him.

He will not see his guilt, his wretchedness and ruin, as they really are. While this is the case, he neither feels his need of the Physician, nor the remedy. They that be whole (or feel themselves to be so,) do not feel their need of healing. This is the case will mul. titudes, under the clear light of Divine Revelation. In their estimation, either sin is too venial an evil to deserve eternal death, or God is too merciful to inflict it on any; or some supposed moral good was in them that will cancel that measure of guilt which is attached to their characters.

Or, secondly, if the Spirit of God brings conviction to the unconcerned singer's conseience, so that' he is constrained to feel that he is dying with sin, his un humbled will dislikes the character of the Great Physician, and dislikes the Gospel remedy.' To lean wholly on the mere mercy of God for salvation, and that merey be ob. tained only on the account of another's righļeousness, is what the proud heart cannot endure." The awakened sinner would sometimes be willing to part with all his earthly subsistence, and encounter any hardships, if he might but purehase his salvation, while he refuses to aceept it as the free gift of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The way of God's appointment is too humiljating-any other way would please bim better. He sees no form of comeliness in the Great Physician why he should seek healing at his hands. He will not commit his soul to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. The whole process of recovery is disagreeable to the soul that still loves sin. He would be willing to avoid the consequences of sin, but is unwilling to be saved from it. Self is his idol, and to be required in the

. outset to relinquish his supreme selfishness, he cannot endure. Though he reads that it is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, his will is opposed to that kind of salvation which the Gospel offers. This is evident from farts. It is confirmed by the language of Christ, addressed to singers when he was on earth. Ye will not come nnto me, said the Saviour, that ye might have life. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, bow often would I have gathered thy children as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not. Here then is a solution to the prophet's inquiry, adapted to Gospel times. Is there vo balm in Gilead ? is ihere no Physiçian there? Why then is not the health of the daughiters of my people recovered ? They will not see their perishing condition, or if in a measure seen, they will not employ the Physician to apply the remedy.

Let our subject be concluded with several reflections.

1. Let Christians learn humility from the subject. Ye souls now enjoying the benefits of this moral remedy, look back to the rock whence ye were hewn, and tu the hole of the pit whence ye were digged. Were you not once with many fatal symptoms about you? Wire you not once insensible to the inveterate nature of your moral malady? Did not you once dislike the Great Physician, and his mérciful prescriptions ? Who made you to differ from those of your respective ages who have died in their sins? Had you been left to the natural course of sin, and the natural inclinatiou of your hearts, would not you h ve perished also, ?

Let your hearts iken humbly and gratefully respond to the language of the Apostle" For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on os abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Feel then your obligations to trust implicitly in the Great Physician to complete your cure, and cheerfully conform to every prescription which he bas given for

your

benefit. Feel your obligations to Christ as your Creator, Preserver, and Merciful Physician, and directing yourselves wholly and for ever to his service.

2. How base the ingratitude of sinners towards Jehovah! The Father beheld man by sin cast out into the open field, and perishing in his pollutions, and gave his Son to be the Saviour of lost siúners. The Eternal Son assumed human nature, and shed his blood on the eross to provide a ransom for souls. The atonement being made, and the gift of the Holy Spirit's renesing influences being purchased, salvation is now freely offered wherever the Gospel comes. . Dying sinners are inviteil and intreated to look to Christ, and live. How base their conduct who still, rejeet these overtures of merey! But does not this base ingratitude reign in the heart of every Reader of this who has not by faith received the Lord Jesus Christ, and louked to him for pardoning mercy and salvation from sin? How must such trưatment of the dying Lamb appear to that heavenJy host who are constantly worshipping him. The Great Physician has followed you from year to year, beseeching you to accept his gracious services and apply the efficacious remedy, but you would not. Blush ye sinners. Hide

your face for shame, that he has been thus basely treated.

3. How astonishing the folly of perishing sinners in rejecting the only way of moral healing. What would you think of the man, sinking under the most malignant disease, who should persist in diserediting his danger,

[ocr errors]

and through dislike to an able and kind physician, and disrelish for the taste of the remedy he prescribes in similar cases, would resist all overtures, on his part, to save him from death? But more astonishing is the folly of perishing sinners. Will you not see it and feel it this day. You know that there is salvation in no other name given under heaven among men, but in the name of Jesus. Your consciences and understandings unite this testimony, that you are perishing without him. Why then will you not immediately yield your souls to his Almighty arm. Is there no Reader anxiously in. quiring "What shall I do to be saved ?" We reply, huinbly receive the Lord Jesus Christ in all his offices, and trust his favour, his mercy, and his faithfulness; yielding your souls to the influences of his Spirit, and your lives to the precepts of his Gospel, and salvation is yours. But let sinners all realize, that there is not a moment to be lost. Now is the accepted time; Behold! now is the day of salvation.

Reader! are our dear friends under the dreadful mala. dy of sin? And have we evidence that their moral healing is commenced ? If not, shall we not earnestly beseech the Great Physician to commence it, and beseech then pot to reject his condescension and grace.

SELECT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

TYNDALE THE MARTYR.

In the fire which destroyed the Monitor Office in November

last, the only copy of an English Periodical Work known t be in the country, from which we were extracting the life of MARTIN LUTHER, was burnt. For this reason we must discontinue that for the present, and substitute in this Number the life of TYNDALE, the Martyr for disseminating the knowledge of the Scriptures. A different reason, but one for which we are exculpated from fault, will prevent the continuance of the Indian Tale in this Number,

This illustrious reformer was born at Hunt's Court in Nibby, in the county of Gloucester, some time before the year 1500. His family, which settled in that neigh

bourhood, during the troubles of York and Lancaster, was a branch of the ancient and knightly house of Tyndale, formerly peers of the realm, and barons of Langley Castle in South Tyndale in Northumberland. Our author was entered, almost in his infanry, at Mag. dalene Hall in Oxford, where he made a rapid progress in the different branches of literature, especially addicting himself to those pursuits which were more immediately connected with the study of the Holy Seriptures; and having early embraced the principles of the refor. mation, then newly revived in Europe, he expounded select passages of divinity to his companions at college, where the superiority of his talents, with the unblemish. ed integrity of his life and character, greatly promoted the interests of religion.

Having taken his degree, he left this university, and removed to Cambridge ; and having there completed his education, he engaged himself as tutor in the family of Sir J. Walsh of Lodbury. This gentleman being in babits of intimacy with the neighbouring dignitaries of the Church, they received occasional invitations to his table, where the conversation naturally turned on the various important questions wbich at that period engrossed the attention of the European literati. In the course of these discussions, Tyndale advanced opinions powerfully militating against the existing errors, and ihese opinions he was always ready to justify, by an appeal to Scripture. Conversation of this nature, frequently repeated, roused the jenlousy of the clergy, and being unable to refute his arguments, they had recourse to the usual invectives of party virulence. In fine, such were the cabals and prejudices excited against him, that his situation was rendered extremely irksome, and bis personal safety materially endangered. Influenced by these circumstances, and anticipating, perhaps, a more extensive sphere of usefulness, he determined to quit the country and repair to London.

On his arrival in the metropolis, he employed his time, as he had done occasionally while in Gloucestershire, in prearhing the doctrines of the reformation. Actuated by a laudable zeal for Christianity, and desirous of extending its advantages to bis fellow countrymen, he formed the plan of translating the Scriptures into En

« السابقةمتابعة »