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imputed to natural incapacity or natural prejudice, but
But, further, the Comforter has, in every uge, continued to teach
the Church by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Christ against his enemies. It is, then, as Dispenser
Their Inspiration proved by the miracles which they
Probability that some of the writings of the Apostles should be
inspired, shown,-1st, From the necessity of the case.
Written documents absolutely necessary to the ex-
This fact established from the promises of Christ,
The particular Treatises which made up the New Testament,
shown to be inspired.
Answer to the Objection of the Romanists that the Scriptures are,
Presumption of requiring an additional guide. The
SERMON IX.--Upon Forgiveness of Injuries.
SERMON III.-Christ, our High Priest.
Thus all our views of the attributes of God depend upon law, and the necessities of the sinner, we bring down the our sentiments in reference to his law. Neither his holiness, whole work of Christ, whether in us, or for us, in the very nor his justice, nor his love, can be in any degree appreciated, same proportion. They that are whole need not a physiunless, like the Psalmist, we learn these wondrous things out of cian, but they who are sick. If we be not, and feel not ourthe law. In proportion as the law is magnified, are our con- selves to be totally lost and ruined, then surely in vain, so ceptions of the divine perfections exalted. And in the de- far as we are concerned, is the purpose of the Father, and the gree to which the law is superficially considered, are our substitution of the Son, for the redemption of the world. views of the character of Jehovah lowered and rendered in- Upon our accurate convictions of what the law actually deeffectual. What reason have we, then, from this view of the mands, and of what the law actually threatens, depend all subject, to adopt with earnestness the prayer of the Psalmist our views of the character and offices of Christ, in the salvain the text! But the importance of this petition will yettino of man, as displayed in the gospel. more evidently appear, while I proceed to observe,
3. I proceed to apply the same course of reasoning to the 2. That upon our clear knowledge of the law depend all operations of the Holy Ghost. just views of the character and offices of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our correct sentiments in regard to them, rest entirely upon
Our sole necessity for a Saviour arises from the relation in our proper knowledge of the divine law. The Spirit of God which we stand to the divine law. It is because we have is sent upon us from on high to form our natures and charactransgressed this law, are condemned by its sentence, and are ters anew; and to impress again upon our souls that utterly incapable either of atoning for our past sins, or of image of God which sin las destroyed. But the less we restoring ourselves to the Divine Image, that we need the suppose to be required of us, the less there is for him to do intervention of some Redeemer, who shall be able to save within us. unto the uttermost.
His office is to create our souls anew in holiness. But if Our view of the demands of the law will regulate our the first creation of them be not destroyed entirely, where is whole conception of the value of the atonement of Christ. If the necessity for a new creation? If the difficulty be partial, we are convinced that our sins are infinitely numerous, and the remedy may be partial too. He is to raise us up from that our guilt is inconceivably great; if we believe that every the dead, and to quicken us, by his power, into life. But if deviation from God's perfect law has brought upon us a we are not actually dead in sin, why should we require the curse, an everlasting curse, under the wrath of Almighty exercise of a life-giving power. He is to bring us back to God; if we see that the demands of law and justice could God, to give us a new heart, to sanctify us from our pollunever be satisfied with any thing but the full punishment of tions, and to deliver us from our darkness. But if we do not the offender, either in his own person or in the person of an feel ourselves to be entirely depraved, involved in the deepadequate surety; that the death which the law denounces must est darkness and ignorance, and altogether gone out of the be bome before satisfaction can be made; then do we at- way of life and peace, how shall we be led to seek and suptain a correct and satisfying apprehension of the atonement plicate his creative power upon our souls? If we believe our of Jesus. In exact proportion as our views of our own guilt dangers and our wants to be extreme, we shall rejoice in the and misery are magnified and extended, do we exalt the value provision of a remedy suited to extremities. But such a of the Saviour, who, by the sacrifice of himself, has restored remedy will never be sought without this conviction be first us to the lost favour of God. And just in the degree to impressed upon our minds. It is entirely from this want of which we lower our views of our own necessities and of the a just view of the actual condition of man, under a violated divine demands, do we depreciate the value and destroy the law, that so many deny the necessity of the influences of the character of the atonement of the gospel. It is only by a Holy Ghost; either for the illumination of their minds, or correct knowledge of what the law demands, that we can for the sanctification of their souls. To this single source gain an adequate idea of what Christ has done.
must be traced the whole denial of the doctrine of the TrinOur view of the law will control our understanding of the ity, and of all the doctrines which are dependant upon it; gospel system of justification. Conceive of the law as never the doctrine of atonement, of imputed righteousness, and to be satisfied without a perfect obedience to its commands, of divine regeneration. Men do not feel their need of a as requiring every soul to possess, either in himself or in his divine Saviour, of an Immanuel, to make up the breach besurety, a righteousness commensurate with its highest de-tween them and God. They do not feel their want of an mands; as altogether refusing to relax its requisitions, unless Almighty Agent, to work in them the work of God; and thus in every point and tittle they have been fulfilled; and then they bring down their systems and principles of theology to you will proportionably exalt the Redeemer, who has wrought the low and miserable standard of the Pelagian, Arian and out, in his personal substituted obedience, a spotless righ- Socinian heresies. This ignorance of the law of God is the teousness for all who shall believe in him; and has opened Pandora's box from whence all these evils spring. Let a through the offering of this righteousness, first to God in man obtain a thorough insight into the spirituality of the man's behalf, and then to man for his acceptance, a way of divine law, and see how solemnly and fatally its demands salvation for every human sinner. But reduce your views of and sanctions shut up his soul under sin, and he will find these demands of the law, lower the righteousness which it will that these meagre systems will never supply his wants, accept to any inferior standard, say your own sincere but nor afford any remedy in the least degree adequate to his neimperfect obedience, and in this false view of the law you cessities. He will see that if any one less than God himself, undermine the whole system of gospel grace; you reduce to undertake to effect his soul's salvation, he must assuredly nothing your need of the righteousness of Christ; cancel al-perish; that if he is to depend upon any power inferior to together all the obligations under which you are placed to Jehovah, if he has none but the most exalted creature to rely him; and make him to have lived, obeyed, and died in vain. upon, he would be glad to take his portion under rocks and
But look still more extensively at the offices of the Son of mountains, if they could hide him from the unquenchable God. Consider him as the great Prophet who is to instruct wrath of God. us; and what comparative need is there for his instructions, I have thus made clear my first head of discourse : that if so partial and defective a knowledge of his religion as we upon our correct knowledge of the divine law depend all just are able of ourselves to obtain, will suffice our purpose ? views of religious truth. In the next discourse I shall proWhy should we ask for his teaching, if there be competency in ceed to consider all proper religious feelings and all scriptural any inferior guide? Why seek for light from heaven, if our hopes of salvation, as resting upon the same foundation. darkness be not too deep for any earthly glimmering to pene- In this partial accomplishment of my design, I feel that trate ? Consider him as the great High Priest of our pro- there is seen sufficient reason for the prayer of our text. fession, who is to atone for us; and what need have we of Wondrous things the divine law reveals, when it shows us his infinite sacrifice, if our own repentance and reformation the depth of our own depravity, the extent of our actual dancan be accepted by God, and restore us to his favour? To gers as sinners against God, and our need of Christ and his what purpose was all this waste, if a smaller offering will great salvation. Let this prayer be made your own. It make up our deficiencies ? Consider him as the King of will be a blessing to you to know your wants, to see how Zion, who is to rule over us; and why do we require such holy much there is to be done for your souls destroyed by sin. and powerful government and protection, if our weakness and God alone can draw aside the veil, and enable you to behold rebellion and danger be so unimportant? What need of in- this view of your own characters. So far, then, from opfinite authority, if so little is to be effected in our behalf, posing this revelation, unite, I beseech you, with earnestness either in a way of deliverance from sin, or in a way of spir- of desire to him, that he would give you understanding of the itual renovation? The less that is required of man himself
, truth; that he would make you to feel its power, and lead the less must of necessity be required of his surety. And you in the deep conviction of your wants, to cry aloud to God consequently, as we reduco our views of the demands of the for ti.e pardon and salvation which Jesus has purchased, and