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The same salvation which has already been signified by a salvation froin sin and from darkness or ignorance, may be denominated a deliverance from unreconciliation to God. It is easily seen, that sin and unreconciliation to God are the same. This is the state which the sinner is in, and from this condition the gospel is designed to deliver or save him. Accordingly St. Paul says ; “ And all things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation ; to wit ; that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto hiinself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation, Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you hy us ; we pray you in Christ's stead, be

ye reconciled to God! We see by this passage as well as by the general testimony of scripture, that God did not impute the trespasses of sinners to them, in

any way to prevent the manifestation of his grace in their reconciliation to himself.

This reconciliation of the world to God is the salvation of the world, and agrees with the testimony of the beloved disciple who said, “We have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the son to be the Saviour of the world.” And to the same did « a bright and a shining light” bear record, saying ; “ Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.”

This condition of sinners, from which Christ Jesus came into the world to save them, is represented to be death. Jesus says; “ The dead shall hcar the voice of the son of God, and they that hear shall live.” St. Paul says to the Ephesians ; “ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sing.” Again ;

Again; “ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us togethier with Christ.” Was there ever a representation more erroneous, than that which has for ages

led men to believe that there was a divine wrath in God, from which Jesus came to save sinners! Io the passage just recited it is declared, that on account of the great love which God had to sinners, who were dead in sin, he quickened them together with Christ.

Our Redeemer represents the salvation of sinners by seeking and saving something lost, “ The Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Time would fail us to mention all the ways by which sacred truth has represented the nature of siqner's salvation by Jesus Christ.

The hearer is now called on to observe, that in all the representations quoted from scripture, there is no intiination of saving sinners from any punishment to which they were exposed, nor from any condition that they were not already in.

Being in possession of what the foregoing arguments seem plainly to prove, the mind of the hearer will devote its attention now to the consideration of the question, why “ Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ?" If the object of the Saviour's mission was to suffer the penalty of eternal punishment, which all our Doctors agree cannot be suffered in this world, why did he come here? Why should he come into a world where this supposed penalty never was designed to be executed ? If Jesus undertook and did actually suffer the penalty of eternal damnation in a future world, in room and stead of sinners, surely there was no need of his coming into this mortal state to do it. But he “came into the world to save sinners.” And the reason why he came into this world to save sinners, was because the sinners which he came to save were in this world. To make use of the parable of the Saviour, we may remark, that the physician goes to the place where the sick are, that he may administer what may relieve the patient from sickness. The goodly Samaritan went to the place where the bruised Jew lay naked and half dead, and there he poured into his wounds the mollifying oil and the life restoring wine. The shepherd went after the lost sheep until he found it, and from the place wliere it had wandered he bore it on his shoulder to the fold, rejoicing.

The common doctrine, which teaches us, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save us in another world is contrary to all the representations which are found in the scriptures. If in a future world men are sick, then in a future world men will need a physician; and if in a future world men are lost, then in a future world they will need to be sought and found ; but if “the inhabitant shall say I am not sick,” no physician will be wanted. If sin skall exist in a future state of existence, no doubt pardoning mercy will flow as freely there as it does here. God will be the same, Christ will be the same, and love divine will be the same. But none of our creeds teach us that man will sin in a future world, and surely if they do not they will not need to be saved from sin, for they will have none.

We are not informed in the scriptures, that Christ Jesus came into the world to procure for man a state of life and immortality ; but we are informed, that he “hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. This divine inheritance was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but was “made manifest by the appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death."

The attentive hearer is in the next place invited to spend a few reflections on the fullness of Christ Jesus to accomplish the work of saving sinners. Remember, “ T'he Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” Permit your bumble serFant to ask you, if you had any important concerns in a foreign country, which required the attention of one deeply skilled in such matters, would you not send one on whom you could depend ? And would you not furnish him with all the neces


sary powers, to settle your concerns in a just and equitable manner? You answer in the affirmative.

Then it seems that your christian candor must lead you to allow, that ample power is given to Christ Jesus to save the chief of sinners. If God himself, who is acknowledged to be omnipotent, had power sufficient for this gracious work, he surely would not send bis Son with too little. “All power in heaven and in earth is therefore committed to the Son." " In him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” Jesus “ made unto us, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption." Are sinners ignorant of God ?, Jesus came with the true knowledge of the Father, whom to know is life eternal. Are sinners sick with spiritual leprosy? Jesus is that phisician whose very word can heal. Are sinners lost and bewildered in the wilderness of sin ! Jesus is“ the way, the truth and the life !” Are sinners dead in trespasses and sins, the life giving power of the gospel quickens them together with Christ. Here is a fountain opened for the cleansing of the unclean, here flow medical springs, teaming with health for all who are sick. Here grows the tree of life, whose fruit is for food, and whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. In a word, there is no infirmity in the sinner for which there is not a cure in Christ Jesus.

To conclude ; My christian friends, is not our duty, as disciples of Jesus, made plain by the doctrine of our text ? “ It is enough for the disciple to be as his master.” The blessed Redeemer labored incessantly in the great work of saving sinners from their sins. He exercised his miraculous powers to convince men of the divinity of his mission, he taught the people the unchangeable love of God to sinners, he loved sinners himself, and his very breath seemed to be forgiveness. We are called on to exercise all our abilities in this blessed cause of salvation. That we may do this to the utmost,

we must strive to increase in the knowledge, and grow in the grace of divine truth, that we may be enabled to communicate it to others. Jesus said to his disciples; “Let your light so shine before, men, that they beholding your good works, may glorify your Father who is in heaven.” If the vain imagination were true, that the work of saving sinners was accomplished by Jesus' suffering some penalty of the divine law, of which we have no account in the oracles of truth, of course further labour would not be needed. But if the salvation of sinners, consists in delivering thein from their ignorance of God, from the power of darkness, from the death of sin, and from alienation to a blessed reconciliation to God, then all that we can do, by the help of Grace, to enlighten our fellow men, to recommend the character of God to sinners, to magnify the beauties and exccellencies of a life of piety and virtue is of service in the cause of Christ. But let us remember, first of all, that example is more than precept ; and that this “Grace of God, which bringeth salvation to all men, bath appeared ; teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world ; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

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