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thankful. Often recollect that mercy which plucked you as brands out of the burning, and set you apart to see the glory of the Lord, and to show forth his praise. Often acknowledge that sovereign grace by which you were arrested in the broad way that leads to destruction, and led to him who alone hath the words of eternal life. “Who made thee dif“ fer, and what hast thou that thou didst not “ receive?" If he who commanded the light to shine out of darkness hath shined into your hearts, to give you the light of the knowledge of his glory, as it shines in the face of Jesus; adore and praise this distinguishing goodness; acknowledge, with humble gratitude, that it was the doing of the Lord. And if you would continue to enjoy the comfort which ariseth from the light of God's countenance, be careful to abound in all those “ fruits of righte“ ousness, which are through Christ to the 66 praise and glory of God.” Our duty and our comfort are wisely and graciously connected together. “ Great peace have they “ that love thy law,” saith the Psalmist,“ and “ nothing shall offend them.”-“The work
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w of righteousness shall be peace, and the ef“ fect of righteousness, quietness, and assur► ance for ever.”-“As many as walk ac“ cording to this rule, peace shall be on them, “ and mercy, and on the Israel of God." Amen.
· Hebrews, ix. 28.
Chris was once offered to bear the fins of ma
ny; and unto tbem that look for him phall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation,
THERE are two things which we are
I taught to believe concerning Christ. The first is, That he once appeared in this world, clothed with our nature; that he published to finners of mankind a pure and heavenly doctrine ; and after exhibiting, in his own conduct, a fair and unblemished example of holy obedience, at last offered up himself a facrifice to God, to expiate our offences, and purchase our eternal redemption. The second is, That this fame Jesus, who was dead, is
now alive, and fitteth on the right hand of the Majesty on high, from whence he shall come at the end of the world, crowned with glory and honour, and attended with all the host of heaven, to judge the quick and the dead.
We were this day commemorating, in the Holy Sacrament of the Supper *, what Christ hath already done for the redemption of his people. There we beheld him “evidently “ set forth as crucified before our eyes,” bearing our griefs, and “ wounded for our trans“ gressions.” And now, to display the riches of his grace, and our infinite obligations to love and serve him, let us with joy contemplate what he is farther to do, as it is shortly expressed in the latter part of my text : “Un“ to them that look for him, shall he appear “ the second time, without sin, unto falva“ tion.” The
First thing that claims our attention is the certainty of our Lord's return. “ He fall
“ appear “ appear the second time.” And, blessed be God, this comfortable truth doth not depend upon any doubtful process of reasoning, but is both supported and illustrated by a variety of the most clear and express declarations of holy writ. The Apostle Jude informs us, that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, by faith foresaw this great event, and said, by divine inspiration, “ Behold, the Lord cometh with “ ten thousand of his saints, to execute judge“ ment on all.” It was Christ's promife to his disciples, “ In my Father's house are “ many mansions; if it were not so, I would “ have told you : I go to prepare a place for “ you. And if I go and prepare a place for “ you, I will come again and receive you “ unto myself, that where I am, there ye “ may be also.” The angels who attended him at his ascension into heaven, bare witness to the same truth. “Ye men of Galilee," faid they, “ why ftand ye gazing up into hea“ ven? This fame Jesus, which is taken up “ from you into heaven, shall so come in “ like manner as ye have seen him go into “ heaven.” Nay, we are told, that the Father hath appointed the very day in which
* Preached on the evening of a Communion Sabbath, March 16. 1783, a few days before the Author's death.