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and weary spirit, in the bosom of the Holy Jesus! May he be made unto thee of the Father, "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption!" Then, whatsoever tribulations may be permitted to attend thy path during the remaining stages of thy mortal pilgrimage, all will be well. Thy portion will be a true peace with God even here, and in the world to come, life everlasting.
And now a single additional observation will bring this Letter to its conclusion. If we are taught to mourn over our sins, we shall mourn also over the sins of mankind: we shall be humbled before God with deep sorrow of heart, when we reflect on the forgetfulness of their Creator, the falsehood, lasciviousness, malice, cruelty, and bloodshed, which are still so fearfully prevalent among the sons of Adam. But every one who is brought to a right understanding of the gospel of Christ knows, that in its doctrines, as they are humbly accepted and practically applied, there is a powerful remedial principle, by which moral evil of every description may be counteracted, and subdued. Let us then pray for the hastening of that day when the dominion of Jesus shall extend "from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of
the earth," Ps. lxxii. 8; for under its blessed influence, a mighty change shall still be wrought in the character and condition of men. "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;" Isa. ii. 4. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them....They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, (saith the Lord ;) for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea;" Isa. xi. 6-9. Then shall this moral wilderness become a fruitful field. "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice, even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God....And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though
fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found there: but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion, with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away;" Isa. xxxv. 1. 2, 8
While then, my dear Friend, we experience in ourselves a redemption from sin, through faith in the Son of God; and look forward to the universal extension of the same purifying principle, let us prostrate ourselves in all humility before the everlasting Jehovah, and exclaim with the apostle, "Thanks be to God for his UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!”
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