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We are under unspeakably greater obligations for spiritual redemption. We have been delivered from spiritual bondage, brought out of spiritual dangers and difficulties, and admitted to a participation of spiritual blessings; of which the temporary deliverances and blessings experienced by the Israelites were but types. God has brought us out of the galling bondage of sin and Satan; has promised to guide and o: us by his Spirit through the wilderness of this world; and to bring us safe at last to the heavenly Canaan, which is to be the everlasting inheritance of all his chosen people. Christ has redeemed us from the power of Satan, by his blood. He hath visited and redeemed his people. Luke i. 68. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Rom. iii. 24. Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Cor. i. 30 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law. Gal. iii. 13. In whom we have o through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. Eph. i. 7. Col. i. 14. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that got Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Tim. i. 15. Who gave himself a ransom for all. 1 Tim. ii. 6. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, &c. Tit. ii. 14. Having obtained eternal redemption for us. Heb. ix.12. Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things—but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Pet. i. 18, 19. Thou hast redeemed us to God ". thy blood. Rev. v. 9, . We were “tied and bound by the chain of our sins;” and “ the pitifulness of his great mercy has loosed us,” throwing open the prison doors, and giving liberty to the captives. Thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Ps. cxvi. 16, 17. He led captivity captive. Eph. iv. 8. That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the o who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Tim. ii. 20. . He has not only “delivered us from evil,” but put us into the possession of good unspeakable, and sent his Spirit to sanctify us, and cause us to profit by all his mercies. Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord.
pn. v. 8. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. Col. i. 13. ,
Jesus Christ who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and jo to light through the gospel. 2 Tim. i. 10. who,hath o led you out of darkness into his marvellous light. et. ii. 9. These things surely call for our highest gratitude;—a titude not only to be acknowledged with our lips, but elt deeply in our hearts, and shown forth in our lives, by obeying him in all things, and by loving him . Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John iv. 11. - May we as much exceed the Israelites of old, in love and obedience, as we do in blessings! Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee. Mark v. 19. Luke viii. 39. I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. xii. 1. Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, suppose e, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot é Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Heb. x. 28, 29.
Under what circumstances was the Law, or the Ten Commandments, given 2 The people were sanctified, bounds were set to the mount. Exod. xix. 10—13. There were thunders and lightnings, &c. and the mount quaked greatly. Exod. xix. 16–18. The pople saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, &c. Exod. XX. 18. Ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, &c. Heb. xii. 18, 19. 21. The Lord came down upon mount Sinai. Exod. xix. 20. And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. Exod. xxiv. 12. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables. Exod. xxxii. 16. And Moses cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exod. xxxii. 19. And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone, like unto the first; and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.—And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. Exod. xxxiv. 1. 28. Thus we see a solemn preparation was made for this t event, and the giving of the law was attended with e most awful and impressive circumstances. We ought also to be seriously prepared, when we come to wait before God in his ordinances, and to receive the law from his mouth. The same God now speaks the same words to you which he did to the children of Israel from Sinai. Hear him rewerently, and obey him in all things. The Israelites had them written on tables of stone; but God has promised his people, in these latter days, to write them on the fleshy tables of the heart. I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. Heb. x. 16. What is required of us in these commandments 2 Love to God and man. And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul; to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes 4 Deut. x. 12, 13. What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God! Mic. 1.
vi. 8. Thou shalt love the Lord o God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love o neighbour as thyself. . On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matt. xxii. 37.40. Mark xii. 28.33. Luke x. 27.If a man love me, he will keep o: John xiv. 23. Love is the fulfilling of the law. Rom. xiii. 10. The love of Christ constraineth us. 2 Cor. v. 14. All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Gal. v. 14. The end of the commandment is charity. 1 Tim. i. 5. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. James ii. 8. Our Lord said, it was his meat to do his Father’s will, (John iv. 34,) and David could say, “Thy law is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalm crix. 72. When our souls are filled with love, we shall not be disposed to complain of hardships and restraints in the commandments of God, nor try how far we may venture towards the verge of sin, (which is the transgre sion of the law,) without actually committing it: but a counting his yoke easy and his burden light, we shall fee. a pleasure in submitting even to the most restrictive of them, and labour continually to work the works of God. And This is the work of God that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John vi. 28, 29. Have you thus obeyed all the commandments of the law, and felt this faith working in you by love 4 Judge yourselves, that you be not judged of the Lord.
Can man in his natural state thus love God and keep his commandments 2
No: he must be brought out of his natural state into a
state of grace, and obtain strength from above, to do that
which he cannot do of himself. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Matt. vi. 24. Luke xvi. 13. Me, [the world]...hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. John vii. 7. If God were your Father, ye would love me. John viii. 42. The lusts of your father, ye will do. John viii. 44. Because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John xv. 19. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us. Rom. v. 5. The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So, then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Rom. viii. 7, 8. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. ii. 14. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema. Maran-atha. 1 Cor. xvi. 22. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. 2 Cor. iii. 5. As then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal. iv. 29. No. #: * of the flesh are manifest, which are these, &c. al. v. 19. #. nature the children of wrath, even as others. Eph. ii. 3. e yoke. are taught of God to love one another. 1 Thess. IV. 9. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John ii. 15. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil; whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God; neither he that loveth not his brother. John iii. 10. Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John iv. 7, 8.
Did ever any man keep all the commandments 2
break them, if left to ourselves. It is only by loving God, that we can be enabled to keep his law.—Have you obeyed the commandments by loving God?
Can any man be saved by the works of the law 3 No : the law requires perfect obedience; “This do and thou shalt live :” and no works of ours can be perfect in the sight of God. All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isa. lxiv. 6. By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. Rom. iii. 20. A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. If righteousness came by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Gal. ii. 16–21. That no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for, the just shall live by faith. Gal. iii. 11. The Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by ... faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Gal. iii. 22. By grace are ye saved, through faith. Eph. ii. 8. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph. ii. 9. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Tit. iii. 5. Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James ii. 10. The law not only regards outward actions, but reaches to the thoughts and intents of the heart. Thy commandment is exceeding broad. Ps. cxix. 96. Whosoever is angry, with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment. Matt. v. 22. Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath com- mitted adultery with her already in his heart. Matt. v. 28. Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matt. xii. 36. The law is spiritual. Rom. vii. 14.
What then is the use of the law 2 1. It shows us the nature of God. The law, like him, is holy. The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light: and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. Prov. vi. 23. The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Rom. vii. 12. 2. It shows us our state as sinners, by detecting and making known to us our sins. By the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom. iii. 20. Where no law is, there is no transrression. Rom. iv. 15. The law entered that the oftence might abound, Rom. v. 20. I had not known sin, but by the law. Rom. vii. 7. 3. It shows our need of a Saviour.