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authority to deck with "the robe of righteousness" all those who believe on his name.
now hear one who was every way qualified to give testimony on this most important of all questions that can occupy the attention of
Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." “ But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." “ But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."
* Isaiah lxi. 10.
“No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done;
To trust the merits of thy Son.
Now for the love I bear his name,
What was my gain I count my loss,
And nail my glory to his cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus' sake :
And of his righteousness partake.
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before thy throne ;
By pleading what my Lord has done."
“And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come.
And whosoever will,
The Last Proclamation.
THE GENEROUS OFFER OF THE USE OF IT TO ALL, WITH
HELP TO PUT IT ON AND WEAR IT.
OFTEN has it been remarked that the Bible, unlike all human books, opens with a sublime majesty of expression that at once stamps it with the impress of a divine origin“ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Here is sublimity in perfection, and at a height to which human imagination never could have reached !
The closing sentences of the Bible are remarkable. JESUS, the Redeemer, asserts his titles and dignity-gives an unlimited invitation to all to come to him-guards, by an awful malediction, the things written in the book—and promises to come quickly; to which we are taught to respond,
“Come Lord Jesus”-and the whole concludes with the sublime and gracious benediction:“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Amen." Beloved Book! Glorious Revelation of Him by whom are all things and for whom are all things ! Glorious Gospel ! which, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, offers righteousness and salvation to wretched guilty man!—to man of every age in time, and of every nation under heaven, without any exception or limitation. « For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confessiou is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Indeed, long before the Messiah's advent, it was predicted that the blessings and privileges of his reign would be universal. And hence we find him, in his evening interview with the Jewish ruler, declaring the heart-cheering truth;—“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." Again, in tender tones, he exclaims, “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Many more such noble declarations, and encouraging invitations, fell from the lips of the Son of God. But, as I have already proved, his great work was to suffer and die. The full proclamation of his mercy and benevolence was to be made by his apostles and disciples, who were to be employed as the heralds of his grace and the almoners of his bounty to the world.
Yes : Jesus died and was buried. He entered death's dark domains, struggled with the monster alone, and, overcoming him, came forth a living Conqueror ! His Resurrection from the tomb completed the great work which he left heaven to accomplish. Now invested with almighty power and universal dominion, we find him giving his last charge and commission to his followers in these remarkable words, “ All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy