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EXTRACTS FROM THE "FLYING ROLL."

COMPILED INTO A SERIES OF SERMONS FOR THE

"GENTILE CHURCHES."

SERMON III. PART V.

"Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice."MATT. ix. 13.

"He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy."MICAH vii. 18.

"If ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not Evil?"-MALACHI i. 8.

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IT is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation; that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;-by healing the broken-hearted,-preaching deliverance to the captives, -recovering of sight to the blind,-setting at liberty, the bruised;-by bearing Himself alone all our sins in His own body on the tree;-forsaken by all,-even by the immortal -Spirit. He loved us with an everlasting love,-prepared His kingdom,-shed His blood,-finished His works, and chose us, as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He took away once and for ever "THE SIN of the world,-tasting death for every man, to justify the ungodly, and received gifts for the rebellious also ;-to reconcile all things unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; even in Him. Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began ;-the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

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The Lord killeth and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.-From the mount of Eden He casteth down to the depths of the valley of the fall, and raiseth the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and He hath set the world upon them. He is

the Lord and there is none else, there is no God beside Him. He formed the light and created the darkness; He made peace, and created evil: The Lord God Almighty did all these things; without His Almighty sanction neither good nor evil could stand or have a place upon this planet. The Lord our God is a God of love;-and Mercy is His darling attribute. His loving kindness dispenseth love and Mercy to mankind and said: "Shall I give My first-born for My transgression, the fruit of My body for the sin of My soul?" -In order that man might know and understand the great hope of his calling,—the riches of the glory of his inheritance, and the exceeding greatness of God's power, love and mercy, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord :-God, in His infinite wisdom foresaw that it was expedient that man like Job should be smitten with sore broils from the sole of his foot unto his crown: that he might sit down in the ashes of humility, and seeing himself in the light of a lost prodigal, groan in humility: "woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips; from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment." That, coming to himself and seeing himself in God's light, he might look to his Father's house and remember "His' everlasting love; that looking through his tears to "His" abundant mercy, his sobbing heart might breathe forth: “I will arise and go to my Father, acknowledging all my guilt, and desire to be as one of His hired servants." Everlasting Love and Mercy meets and embraces him, casting away the old raiment, covering him with the double robe of righteousness and placing the ring of the covenant upon his finger. He remembers Job and like him finds that: "He has blessed his latter end more than his beginning."-In order that man might fully realize the greatness of his exaltation in the end of the feast of creation:-it was expedient, yea absolutely necessary that he should first taste and feel the darkness and depth of his "fall" in the valley of humiliation.

-In order that the 144,000 bones of the Holy City, New Jerusalem might be prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband, becoming members of the flesh and bones of the ManChrist; it was first necessary that she should be "an extracted rib," dead to the knowledge of her spirit estate, and open her eyes upon her own abominations; as it is written: "As for thy nativity in the day thou wast born, thy navel was 'not' cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these things unto thee, to have compassion upon thee;-but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in 'thine own' blood, I said unto thee when thou wast yet in thy blood: 'Live'; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood: Live."-And wherefore ?-That ye might always remember and: "Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged." Otherwise, ye would have fallen into the pride and arrogancy of Lucifer, son of the morning, and have claimed equality with God; usurping the Divine attributes of thy Creator unto thyself, instead of the creature brought into these great blessings through the everlasting Love and Mercy of thy God.-In order that man might enjoy the compassion,-comforts,-sympathies and soothing mercies of the great Physician; it was necessary that he should be sick, stripped of his raiment and left half-dead by the roadside in his wanderings from the Holy city Jerusalem. For, had there been no sick, weary and heavy-laden :-how could the great Physician have left the ninety and nine, who remained in Jerusalem; not in need of a Physician :-in search of the lost and sick one, to bind up his wounds and pour oil into his wounds, from the hand of Divine Love and Mercy,-setting him upon his own beast,-thence to the inn, paying his debts for him, namely: one penny for the body and one penny for the soul; the widow's two mites,--thrown into God's treasury, by the female immortal Spirit: Jerusalem above into the temple of Jerusalem below,-promising to pay more if required.-In order that the works of God should be

manifested in man,-it was first necessary that a deep sleep should fall upon him, that he like the extracted rib should become dead to knowledge and forget his former estate of spirit and enter the habitation of clay, walking upon the earth side by side with the beasts of the field in the valley of blood and shadow of death,-until the appointed time came for his eyes to be touched with the clay-salve of the land and understand the exceeding greatness of God's Love and Mercy.—

It would appear about as great a task for this present apostate Christendom to go and learn what that meaneth: "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice," as it was for the Pharisees, our Lord was then speaking to.-To them, mercy and sacrifice are inseparable. They cannot think it possible for God to dispense eternal mercy and blessedness without dispensing eternal sacrifice and misery. For, quoth Christendom, if we suppose that the damned do not suffer eternal misery, -what guarantee have we that the Blessed will enjoy eternal happiness? if we permit of a doubt on the debit side, may there not be a doubt on the credit side also? But to all such vain reasonings, we hold up the two-edged sword of the Spirit: Thus saith the Lord: "I will have mercy, I will not sacrifice."-The Pharisees of Christendom, cannot understand why the Lord should condescend to eat at the same table with publicans and sinners. They looked upon these outcasts of society from "their" self-righteous standpoint, and not from God's. His own disciples fell into much the same error, when they asked Him: "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?-Jesus answered: "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him." Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem ?--I tell you, nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." It was these very publicans, sinners and lost sheep of the house of Israel, He had come in search of. He sought not the righteous who said they could

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see, but the poor, the blind and the sick; the weary and heavy-laden, who stood in need of the great Physician. He sought the leprous outcasts, who were banished into the citizen's country, feeding upon the husks of the swinish multitude. It is to gather together in one these outcasts from the Jew and Gentile churches, that God in His mercy is now sending this last message of the Flying Roll; that they may not be overtaken and snared by the cunningly devised fables and genuflexions of an apostasy, which is fattening for the great sacrifice of nations, in this hour of temptation. For judgment He came into the world,—for judgment He is now sending forth His Light and His Truth, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.-God, the Father hath appointed His Son heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power. Who thought it not robbery to be equal with God: made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, He humbled Himself and learnt obedience by the things which He suffered, even unto the death of the cross-to ransom the publican, the sinner and the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He came to put an end to sacrifice by the sacrifice of "HIMSELF," and to offer Mercy to all, without respect of persons,—even unto those who gnashed upon Him with their teeth, and poured out His blood. When the Samaritans did not receive Jesus, the great zeal of James and John (a zeal without knowledge) led them to say: "Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?-But He turned and rebuked them, saying ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." They are sick and in need of a Physician and to this end I have come to heal them. I have come on a mission of mercy, not sacrifice.-Christendom cannot receive God's Love and Mercy in its fulness. They want the living child divided, the one half, mercy,—the other half sacrifice.

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