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We see that man is depraved; and universal history, as well as personal experience, bears witness to the fact. We see that man is mortal, by the millions of the human race who have already been cut off by the stroke of death. But who gave Death his power? “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that (or, as you have it in the margin of the text, in whom) all have sinned.”
2. Finally; let us reflect on the infinite mercy of God, in providing a method of deliverance, by which He can restore man from the ruins of the fall, and again impress upon the soul his own divine image.
“Where sin has abounded, grace has much more abounded.” A Saviour is provided for man, through whom he may again be restored to the favour and the image of God. - The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head.” This was the promise of a glorious deliverer made to our first parents. The God of justice and holiness might for ever have abandoned them, and left them and their posterity to bear the consequences of their sin, not only in the death of the body, but in the everlasting misery of the soul, which is the second death. But, in mercy, he devised a wondrous scheme, to counteract the designs of the devil for the ruin of mankind. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The God of love grace has laid help upon one who is mighty to
He has appointed his own Son to be made in
on the of man.
the likeness of sinful flesh, at once to condemn sin,
My dear brethren, which do you choose — which do you desire—which do you pursue--the happiness of belonging to Jesus Christ, or the misery of living and dying in sin? Will you have life or death? One or the other of these must be the object of your election; as there is no neutral ground on which you can stand. Are any of you careless and indifferent, in reference to these important truths? What! indifferent whether you are going to heaven or hell?whether you shall be everlastingly happy, or eternally miserable? Alas! how shall you escape-how can you escape-if you neglect so great salvation! But happy are all those, who, convinced of these important truths, embrace that glorious deliverance which is exhibited to us in the word of God, and offered to us in Jesus Christ. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."
WE WHO ARE JEWS BY NATURE, AND NOT SINNERS OF THE
GENTILES, KNOWING THAT A MAN IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY
EVEN WE HAVE BELIEVEI N JESUS
“It is appointed unto men once to die.” But the period of the event is uncertain. With respect to ourselves, considered individually, it may be near ; but under any circumstances it cannot be far distant; for life at the longest is confined within narrow limits. Unless the arbiter of life and death deal with us in a manner different from other men, in less than thirty years the majority of this congregation will have gone to their long home; and within the
space eighty, in all human probability, every man, woman, and child within these walls, will be numbered amongst the millions of the dead. There is no discharge in this war. It is absolutely certain that at
of seventy or
no distant period we must meet death. But in what character ? Either as the king of terrors; or as a conquered enemy, and the
messenger of peace
and joy. “And after death the judgment; for we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” All the generations that ever lived upon the earth will be summoned before that tribunal. There, my brethren, you and I must stand. There we must be tried, and numbered among one of the two classes, into which the Almighty and omniscient Judge will separate all the children of Adam one from another, “as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” There we must be found either among the righteous at the right hand, to whom the Judge will say, “Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world :” or otherwise, among the wicked at the left hand, on whom he will denounce the tremendous sentence, “ Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Under this solemn conviction, let me appeal to your consciences, brethren, whether it be not a matter of infinite importance that we should know how we are to obtain confidence in the prospect of that great and awful day. And blessed be God, we are not left in uncertainty upon this infinitely momentous concern. For though in consequence of original and actual sin, we are in a state of condemnation, the scripture has pointed out a way in which we may be justified,