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all, that it cannot redeem? Know you not that he ever liveth to make intercession--that he is able to save to the uttermost-that he is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and forgivness of sins ? "Ho! every one that thirsteth,' is the language of divine munificence: 'come, and take the water of life freely-If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me,' as the scripture haih said, 'out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.' n plus
Should you say, in excuse for not complying with the benevolent invitation, I have nothing to bring that can entitle me to share the inestimable favour; suffer me to remind you, that the invitation extends not to those that are rich, but to him that hath no money: nothing with which to purchase the divine clemency, or to satisfy the claims of justice. The question in this case is not, What am I worthy to receive: but, what has God graciously promised to bestow ?? If, therefore, you are among the thirsty and the indigent ; Come, buy, and eat; yea, come buy wine
and milk without money and without price.' Poverty of spirit, remember, is no bar to for. giveness. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.' If there be one posture of the soul more lovely and desirable than another, it is when at his footstool, in whose sight the heavens are not clean : when it can say, with Jacob, I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant: or, with Job,: behold I am vile ; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth-I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
The language of your heart, my amiable friend, speaks poverty of spirit: to whom then should you go but to Christ, with whom there are durable riches and righteousness?” Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that which satis.
fieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, is the language of Jesus, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fat
Incline your ear, and come unto me : hear, and your soul shall live-Return to the Lord, and he will have mercy upon you; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.'
Would you experience peace of conscience, and communion with the Father of mercies? these inestimable blessings, remember, are only to be enjoyed through the medium of a Saviour's blood. Without shedding of blood is no remission-God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.' Go to him, therefore, just as you are-as wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. He will clothe you with the garments of salvation. 'I counsel thee to buy of me, saith the faithful and true witness, gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich ; and white raiment, that thou mayest be be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Be
hold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.'
In opposition to the freeness of grace, urge neither the number nor the magnitude of your crimes as a bar to forgiveness. This would be to act like the timorous passenger who, in a storm at sea, makes it his only business to tell the waves, and to shriek at the beating of every billow against the ship; instead of imitating the industrious pilot, who hath his hand at the helm and his eye to heaven, and minds more his duty than his danger.' Neither your thinking that pardon cannot be extended to a wretch so vile, nor the depths of your despondency, can be admitted as evidence of your having no interest in divine mercy. Others have known what it is to groan, being burdened; and have cried in anguish of soul, “My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God.' No saint, perhaps, ever experienced more painful anxiety on this account, or exulted more in confidence
of future glory, than the psalmist. Will the Lord,' he asks, cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? Is his mercy clean gone for ever? Doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious ? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies ?O my God, my soul is cast down within meall thy waves and thy billows are gone over
Yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life-Why art thou cast down, O my soul ? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance and
Now, unless it can be proved that divine grace is not free for you, and as competent to supply your wants as those of the royal supplicant, your doubts must be groundless. The psalmist had no moral worth to encourage his approach to God for mercy, and on which to place his dependence for pardon and accept