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eternal enjoyment of a better paradise. From all eternity he went forth in his great undertakings for us; and as soon as sin entered he appeared as the second Adam, to give new life, the life of grace, that the objects of his choice might not be left orphans, nor comfortless. From that time a church was raised; and, when a sufficient number were born, then began men to call upon the name of the Lord ; Gen. iv. 26.

Thus hath the sinner's only Friend appeared to men, and for men as mediator standing in the gap, ever since sin separated between God and man. He came breathing his holy Spirit into them, planting his grace in their souls, reviving that grace with the quickening influences of his most holy Spirit, keeping poor sinners believing and hoping, hungering and thirsting, longing and panting, desiring and craving, watching and waiting, confessing and praying, looking up and looking out, with reproofs coming down and confessions going up, chastisements laid on and prayers flowing out, consolations flowing in and thank-offerings going forth, lovetokens going before and thankful acknowledgments following after; and all these to revive faith, that it may be exercised and employed; and the more she walks the

DCXXXVII.

The Cabin, August 8, 1801.

DEAR MOTHER,

Grace and peace be with thee through our Lord Jesus Christ, who ever lives and ever loves; who undertook our cause from all eternity, and appeared our judge and mediator as soon as our first parents fell. He arraigned and judged them, and condemned Adam to drudgery for bread, and Eve to multiplied sorrow in child-bearing; then stripped them of their false coverings, clothed them with skins of beasts, to point out his sacrifice and righteousness, and then applied his promise of life to their souls; and the destruction of Satan's works by himself in the woman's nature, and their eternal redemption by his death, which the devil should stir up the Jews to accomplish,-though to his own this he called having his heel bruised. This sent our first parents out of Eden with faith in the woman's seed, and their indignation gratified to the highest by the tidings of Satan's destruction, pregnant eternal enjoyment of a better paradise. From all eternity he went forth in his great undertakings for us; and as soon as sin entered he appeared as the second Adam, to give new life, the life of grace, that the objects of his choice might not be left orphans, nor comfortless. From that time a church was raised; and, when a sufficient number were born, then began men to call upon the name of the Lord; Gen. iv. 26.

Thus hath the sinner's only Friend appeared to men, and for men as mediator standing in the gap, ever since sin separated between God and man. He came breathing his holy Spirit into them, planting his grace in their souls, reviving that grace with the quickening influences of his most holy Spirit, keeping poor sinners believing and hoping, hungering and thirsting, longing and panting, desiring and craving, watching and waiting, confessing and praying, looking up and looking out, with reproofs coming down and confessions going up, chastisements laid on and prayers flowing out, consolations flowing in and thank-offerings going forth, lovetokens going before and thankful acknowledgments following after; and all these to revive faith, that it may be exercised and employed; and the more she walks the Faith goes before, to catch hold of the promises, love-tokens, and all favourable symptoms. Hope follows after, looks out, and expects the full accomplishment of all that faith credits. And love brings up the rear, in most humbly acknowledging superabounding grace and undeserved goodness. And thus, mother, does the dear Redeemer, the propitious mediator, keep the intercourse between heaven and earth open, and the celestial trade is carried on in his name between God and poor sinners. Nor will he suffer our sins and imperfections to pass through his hands with our prayers, nor the least drop of wrath to come down from God to us, for he is our high-priest.

God bless thee.

S. S.

DCXXXVIII

September 12, 1801.

BELOVED,

I RECE

RECEIVED yours; but, having much work in hand, and being often from home, could not sooner answer it. Even now I am so frequently interrupted as to be up and down from morning to night. But, let me be where I may, I have thee still in remembrance, wishing much to hear of thy happy enlargement. There is, however, a time for every purpose, and a set time to favour Zion; and we must wait till the vision speak. Israel's taskmasters, and their lives made bitter with hard labour, sent their groans up to God; and, after many sore trials, God executed judgment on their enemies, and brought them out with a high hand. So also in the BabyJonish captivity, they all complained that their hope was lost, that they were cut off for their parts; and then he revived their dry bones, and put his Spirit into them and they lived.

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