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Thrunk back at the thought of the approaching tragedy. If it be posible, let this cup pass from me. However, love was strong as death, and stronger too;
for many waters could not quench his love, neither could the floods drown it. Song viii. 6, 7.
Is this the eternal love of Christ to his elect? It really is ; then who shall separate us from the love of Chrift? sball tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through bim that loved us. Rom. viii. 35-37.
I next proceed to shew that the love of the Spirit appears from the same date; I mean from everlasting.
The Holy Ghost shewed his eternal love to the elect, in bearing witness to this everlasting covenant; as it is written-Tbere are three that bear record in beaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Gboft, and these three are one. 1 John v. 7.' He not only appeared a witness of the covenant, but the seal and sealer; as it is written-And I faw, in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within, and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Rev. v. I. Thus the Spirit undertook to bear witness to the covenant, to ratify it, and to reveal to all God's elect the glorious benefits arising from it ; as it is written-He shall take of the things that are mine, and shall how ibem unto you. John xvi. 15. And, blessed be his name, so he does; he leads us into all truth ; works faith in us; sheds abroad the Father's love in our hearts; and I believe that love, joy, and peace, are the first fruits of the harvest of glory ; and the holy spirit himself is the earnest of our eternal inheritance; and he is to abide with us for ever, as a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Thus we see the Holy Spirit's love; as it is written -Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's Jake, and for the love of the Spirit (mark chat)!- the love of the Spirit. Rom, xv. 30. But the fruit of the Spirit is love. Gal. v. 22.
Thus, my friends, we have gone through the sea cond head. I will next shew
I will next shew you the stability of this covenant; and then proceed to consider the third head.
This blessed covenant is signed and witnessed by the FATHER, Son, and Holy Ghost; ratified by the sevenfold sealer and seal of heaven; confirmed by the oath of God, and by the blood of Jesus Christ the immutable testator; and thus it is made fure to all the feed. Rom. iv. 6. How sweetly are the elect secured from the wrath of God, blessed with eternal love, and a sweet foundation laid for a strong consolation in all our troubles ! First, they are secured from wrath; as it is testified-For this is as the waters of Noah unto me ; for, as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so bave I sworn that I will not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. Oh blessed and sweet security ! His loving kindness too is as strongly secured-For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. It is true, the elect may be toffed in the storms of affliction, and be almost drowned at times in distress; but their situation can never alter the covenant. -0 thou afflicted, tossed with tenpefts, and not comforted, behold I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and thy foundations with sapphires. This, I think, means all the attributes of Jehovah, which are engaged in behalf of the elect, and who are lecured in this covenant; for it immedately follows * In righteousness shalt thou be established. Isaiah liv. 9–14. Thus the covenant is signed and witnessed by three immutable and unchangeable witnesses ; fealed and ratified by divine veracity; and confirmed by the oath of an immutable God, who can never be perjured. Eternal life is promised by him who cannot lie ; and confirmed by the efficacious blood of HIM who is without variableness or shadow of turning. James i. 17. Surely then these immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to falsify his word, are sufficient to afford us the most solid ground of comfort; as it is writtenWherein God, willing more abundantly to thew unto the beirs of promise the immutability of bis counsel, confirmed it by an oath ; that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong confolation who have fled for refuge to lay bold upon tbe kope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the foul, both fure and stedfast, and which enteretb into с
that within the veil, whether the forerunner bath for us entered; even Jesus, made an bigh-priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Heb. vi. 17—20.
Having offered you my thoughts on this divine love from the eternal source, I hall now proceed to the south pole, which is before us, namely, to everlasting. This is a natural inference drawn from the length of this love mentioned in my text. In doing this I will hereafter touch on the benefits of this covenant, and their being a free donation, as well as of their eternal duration.
I know the Arminians affirm that we may be children of God to-day and children of the devil to-morrow : but this is rendering God worse than ourselves ; for I, who am evil, could not deal so in a natural sense with my children. If what they affirm be true, the length of God's love mentioned in my text, which is said to pass knowledge, is buc four-and-twenty hours long at best.—But I leave those liars, and their lies, to the father of lies, and proceed to speak of what God says, for we know that he is true, though every man be a liar. Rom.
It plainly appears in scripture that the everlasting God chose the elect in his Son Christ Jesus, and that the covenant was sealed by the eternal Spirit in heaven; and it is as plain that everlasting love moved thein to it; therefore the covenant is called an everlasting covenant, and we shall find all the bleNings of it to bear the same date. I will therefore consider them distinctly, and
only take notice of them as I find God hath mentioned them.
First, then, as God remembered us in our low estate, he hath promised not to forget us; but to remember us for good, and to establish us; as it is written-Surely be shall not be moved for ever : the righteous Mall be had in everlasting remembrance. Psalm cxii. 6. Therefore there is no fear of being forgotten before the Lord.
And, as all the elect were condemned by the law, the Lord Jesus has brought in an eternal righteousness to justify them; as it is written-He Mall make reconciliation for iniquity, and bring in everlafting righteousness. Dan. ix. 24.
But you will say, We are dead in law, and dead in fin. I know that we are all in that state ; but in this covenant the elect are pre-ordained to eternal life; as it is written—And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts xiii. 48. Thus the elect are quickened here, and brought to live by the faith of the Son of God; and their eternal life, which is given us of God, is hid with Christ, as our head, in God; as it is written--I give my Sheep etcrnal life, and they shall never perih, neither Jhall any pluck them out of my hands. John X. 28. He that believeth on me bath everlasting life. John. vi. 47. There we see the blessings of this everlasting covenant bear the same date as the covenant doth. But to proceed. The Almighty knew how the devil, the god of C2