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they are Jehovah's people, marked out to all beholders as his own, by the miraculous system of providential dealing under which they live.
We have thus seen, that from the very nature of the case the nation of the Jews must be a nation always; for that God has made to himself a final object, in order to the fulfilment of which they must ever continue to be a nation—that God has settled this in a covenant, not with the Jews of this or that generation, but with Abraham, with Isaac, with Jacob, with David, and with Christ; and in some generation of their seed he will perfectly perform it. That he has put his seal of truth and certainty upon this by the declarations of Scripture, that “he changes not, and therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed”that “his gifts and calling are without repentance." We have seen, that this people, so marked out, so determined and chosen, so fixed unchangeably as a nation, have endeavoured by every combination of accumulated sin, up to the highest point to which it could be carried, to alter the determination of God; but they have failed. We have seen, further, that in spite of all their exceeding sinfulness, their stiff-neckedness, and their “alway resisting the Holy Ghost,” God has unceasingly marked them as his own, and manifested that he goes before them as in a pillar of fire by night and
of cloud by day; governing them by a miraculous system of providence; even commending their condition in the present day to the intelligence of every man's mind, who can argue and reason, as a miracle which proves his presence with them, keeping them as the unchangeable nation for the development of his ultimate purposes. We have seen all these things. Shall we then wonder at anything we may hear respecting the next generation of this people? When he who is privileged to stand
on this course of Lectures shall tell you of the tribulation that shall happen to them, and when he who follows shall tell
of the Lord coming in the midst of them, when “his feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives”whatever they proclaim, provided only they proclaim it out of the Word of God, shall we wondershall we be astonished or unbelieving? Shall we not, on the contrary, be ready to receive whatsoever God has written, seeing we have this sound, elear, scriptural argument to go upon—that this nation never can pass from the face of the earth, that it has tried in vain to alter God's purpose, but that in spite of itself, it is stamped with the character of God's miraculous dispensation?
Having brought you thus far, my brethren, I would desire to say a few words by way of application; may God of his mercy grant grace to each
of us, that they may be carried home to our hearts. It would be of little use that we should consider what God has done for the Jews merely as a matter of speculation or curiosity. Alas ! many have been learned in the ways of God to his people, who are now waiting, reserved in Hades for the place prepared for the devil and his angels; who will indeed know of the great consummation of the glory of the King of the Jews, but who will never enter into the glory. It is not the speculative inquiry—it is not the curious search into miraculous records, that we are assembled in the name of Christ here to prosecute. Our object is that we may better know how to glorify Godthat we may have a clearer view of our own path
-and be able to discern more of our own duty, and of God's character in its application to ourselves.
The Jews truly are the seed of Abraham; but it is also true, that they are the seed of the woman; they are the children of Adam too. stand alike in that position. Now look at the character of the children of Adam, which has been brought before us in the course of this inquiry; read the Scriptures and see how they detail it still further. It will show you, that no mercy, no miracle, no dispensation of wonder, no presence of God—nothing will rectify the natural heart
of man, but only the Spirit of God taking of the things of Christ and showing them to that heart, taking possession of it altogether, and making us his temples. There must be the grace of that Spirit, to show us what we are. We very little consider what our natural hearts would lead us to. We live in a country where nationally Christ is lifted up; and the power of the mere name of Christ so enlightens all around, that we do not know what we should be in the darkness, until we come to look at a picture like this. Suppose God were to work miracles before usand has he not? can you not look back upon your own secret history, and while men around remark upon your good fortune, your heart is bursting to acknowledge that God himself has led you by miracles of mercy ? How many times has God preserved you from that, which might have sinned away the Spirit ! How many times has he interposed for you against Satan, and has prevailed with you? My brethren, let us humble ourselves, and lie low at the foot of the cross, and say, “God be merciful to me a sinner:' I see what sin is; I see what power it has over man; I see what I should be, if thy grace were not with me; give me, O Lord, the grace of thy Holy Spirit.”
And, again: we have not only had some glimpses into the secret character of man, but we have also
opened a way by which we may perceive something of the character of God-unchangeable in love. “ While we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” While we were yet sinners, he loved us, and sent his Son to show that love: for “God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Oh! the unchangeable love of God! how often would our sins have turned him away from us, but that he changes not! Surely, my beloved brethren, after such a view of the unchangeable love of God, as we may gather from his dealings with his ancient people, we may go home encouraged, humbly crying, “God be merciful to me a sinner; Reward me not according to my iniquities. Thou that changest not, having sent thy Son to die for our sins, thou wilt save us from sin, for with him thou wilt surely give us all needful help.”
While this is the application for our own personal need, we ought not to go home making this application alone ? How careless must he be, who, having inquired into this subject, and listened with attention and diligence, can think there is no special duty towards these Jews. We find in the sixty-second chapter of Isaiah a special call to the Gentiles with reference to them: “Go