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LECTURES ON THE SHORTER CATE
CHISM OF THE WESTMINSTER AS-
mand, for the supply of which a provision, exactly suited to it, is not most wisely and amply made. The offer, too, is seen to be made freely; not only demanding no
price or recommendation, but for3. The nature and acts of saving bidding all attempts to bring any. faith-receiving and resting on -It is seen that the full salvation Christ alone for salvation—now tendered, not only may, but must call for your most serious and en- be accepted simply and purely as gaged attention. The essential na- a free gift. The anxious soul, it ture, as well as one of the princi- may be, hesitates. Here is somepal acts of saving faitli, is very thing perfectly new-of a kind happily described by the phrase, re- like nothing else. The greatest ceiving him, as he is offered in the gos- of all possible blessings is presentpel. By this, faith is discriminated ed. to the most undeserving; refrom the other cardinal graces. quiring nothing in the recipient, In hope, we pleasingly anticipate but a sense of guilt, and hopethe possession of a future good. less inability to help or recomIn love, our affections delightfully mend himself, and a willingness to fix and exercise themselves on an receive all that he needs from an amiable object. But in neither of Almighty, all-sufficient, Saviour. these do we receive an object, and Wonder and admiration fill his appropriate it to ourselves. To do soul. He asks, perhaps, have I inthis, is exclusively the province and deed nothing to bring? A single function of faith. Its object has glance at his state gives a decisive already been described-Christ in negative answer. He sees himself the gospel offer. This object, when destitute of every thing but guilt, about to be received in an act of jus- and misery, and want. Then, hé tifying and saving faith, is most dis- thinks, this offer exactly suits my tinctly perceived by the mind, aid- case. It requires nothing, it ad ed, as it always then is, by the Spi- mits of nothing meritorious in me; rit of all grace. The soul looks and truly, I have nothing—nothalternately at its unspeakable wants ing but demerit, and pollution, and and necessities, and at the complete desert of eternal death. “Oh blessprovision which is made for them ed Saviour! can it be true that all, in the infinite fulness of Christ. thou dost stand ready to impụtę to It is seen that there is not, and me thy righteousness; to account cannot be, a necessity or as mine, and to maks. over fome, all Vol. X.-Ch. Adv.