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Not to this spirit, but its opposite, God has promised a boundless territory.
3. How alarmed should men be if they are blessed abundantly with the good things of this life, and are not the children of God, and are not using his bounties to the Divine honor.
4. Would we be, in the truest sense, rich, we see where we must begin our efforts; by subduing our native ferocious warlike spirit, and putting on the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
CORINTHIANS XVI. 22.
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema maranatha.
THE man is anathemized, and ought to be, who loveth not our Lord Jesus Christ.
I. There are some who do not love our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. This we know from observation.
They have their place, and keep their standing out of the pale of his Church.
2. From the testimony of all who are regenerate.
They choose to be disassociated with the praying multitude who plead at the Savior's feet. The testimony of all the sacramental host, is, that previously to their enlistment on the side of the Lord Jesus Christ, they were his enemies. They preferred a bubble or a straw, to that glorious being who built all worlds. Their language now is:
"Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor,
Nothing less will satisfy an immortal soul but God.
3. From the testimony of Scripture.
They say to God, "Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways."
II. They are accursed from the nature of the case.
1. They do not love the highest moral excellence, but love nothing.
2. They cannot love a lower moral excellence, when they do not love a higher.
3. They can find nothing else to love that can make them happy. 4. Christ cannot love them, nor can any holy beings love them but must hate them.
III. They ought to be accursed.
1. They curse themselves.
2. They are cursed by their own consciences.
3. God has threatened to curse them. "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all the things written in the book of the law to do them. And it will be recollected the law says, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart," and it will be recollected that all heaven will add to this delightful injunction their long and loud Amen.
4. Their character is such that they are fitted for nothing but the Divine wrath.
PSALM LI. 14.
Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
THERE is a very mportant sense n wich men may be charged with blood-guiltiness, and not be guilty of murder in the immedi
Parents have so abused their children that they may be charged with their death, without imbruing their hands in their blood, by neglecting their eternal interests. Men are guilty of the blood of their fellow-men, in a spiritual point of light, who contribute in any way to their everlasting undoing.
I. Men are chargeable with blood-guiltiness, who neglect the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and continue obstinately to persevere in sin until they lose their own souls. There remaineth in their case no more sacrifice for sins, "but a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversary."
II. By teaching principles that lead others to trample upon the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus men imbrue their hands in the blood of their fellow-men, and what was said of one of old, will be true in their case: "that man perished not alone in his iniquity."
III. By setting an example that leads others to disregard religion and die in their sins. If men follow us, and our path leads them down to perdition, we are guilty of their blood.
IV. By neglecting to do for others what might promote their salvation, we may become guilty of their blood. "We see the sword coming, and blow not the trumpet." Hence their blood will be in our skirts.
V. By approving of the character of men when they have not on the character that the Lord Jesus Christ will approve at his coming, we bring upon ourselves the blood of our fellow-men. "We daub, in that case, with untempered mortar, and sew pillows to all arm-holes."
VI. By neglecting to pray for our fellow-men while such are the promises, that would we pray aright, God would save them in answer to those prayers, we bring the blood of our fellow-men upon us. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land."
VII. When we see prevailing any iniquities that are destroying the souls of men, and we hold our peace, and do not disapprove of those iniquities, we incur blood-guiltiness.
1. There are several things respecting this blood-guiltiness I wish to name here. It stains deep. The vulgar idea that has been current for so many years, that the blood of murder could not be washed out, has arisen from the impressions of guilt such a deed inflicts upon the conscience; otherwise it never had been the impression that the blood of murder could not be washed out as readily as other blood. Blood-guiltiness will adhere long. We
have heard of many a murderer who could never efface the guilt from his conscience, and died finally through iniquity.
2. It corrodes fearfully. It is not a slight paroxysm that removes it, when the conscience is corroded with remembered guilt. It is a guilt that wakes up the soul to a deep and dreadful horror. It led one to say, "Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation."
3. Christians that have had frequently.to do with the destruction of souls ever since they were regenerated, must experience frequently renewed pardons, in order to have permanent peace of conscience, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
4. How certain, then, that the punishment of the finally impenitent will be endless, in order to have any relation at all to the deeds they have done. All sinners have been guilty of this deed of bloodguiltiness, and in order to bear in the punishment any relation to the deeds they have done, it can have no limit. Hence said the Psalmist, "Pangs have taken hoid of me."
5. How endlessly involved must be the last account of ungodly men! One has been the means of damning another, and he another, and he a third, and thus the deed extends to infinity.
6. The distress that sinners feel, when they first discover their guilt, is not to be wondered at.
7. O, what a view this subject gives us of this world's guilty population! We walk the streets of our city with a multitude of murderers, who will have all this train of blood-guiltiness upon them in the last day.
8. Why, then, are we so surprised that so few are saved, and so many destroyed? Who ever expected, that among a gang of murderers, the reat mass would be pardoned!
THE SYRIAN CAPTIVE, OR TRY THE REMEDY.
In one of the invasions of Syria upon Israel, there was among the captives a little maid whose brief story has always deeply affected my heart. Of her parentage nothing is said, except that she was a daughter of Abraham, and of course a child of the covenant. Her name is found I hope in the Lamb's book of life, but is recorded on no escutcheon hung out from the battlement of the skies: but her deeds were worthy to be written on an angel's wing. In her hand she bore the first torch that lighted up hope in the palace of an idolatrous monarch.
In the dark hour of her captivity I can well imagine the midnight scene, when the ruffian soldiery perhaps broke in upon the slumbers of the dormitory, and disturbed the repose of the cradle, and pierced the spear deep into the father's heart, and waked to a fit of frenzy the doting mother, whose moan filled every breeze, and was wafted back in echoes from every mountain top. Perhaps she clasped her infant to her breast, and fled in consternation and affright, by the light of her blazing habitation; leaving the residue of her family to make the best provision possible for their escape. Perhaps this little daughter cried, "O stay, my mother! why so fast? I cannot keep pace with thy footsteps," when swooning, it may be, she broke at length from her mother's hand, and waked up to misery in the arms of her captor.
How cruel these wars which have every where marched in the van of the gospel, and made desolate the abodes of man, and feasted savage ears upon the wails of the dying, and the shrieks of infancy! She had perchance that evening come from the paschal sacrifice, where she learnt the prophetic story of the Lamb, that was to be offered for the sin of the world on the altar of God; and with sweeter confidence than ever in the protection of Israel's King,