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present the connexion **: :! wird saivation of believers, by the terms entering in by the door. This act is rendered necessary to salvation. They only who shall come in by the door, who shall make Christ the medium of their entrance, can hope to reap the benefit of the promise. All who attempt to climb into the enclosures of his empire, in any other way, are proved, by that attempt, to be thieves and robbers, als of course, to have no title to its blessings. The same sentimenti inculcated by Christ when he declares himself to be the way, and as serts that no man cometh to the Father but by him. Christ is indeed the only way of approach to the Father. Through him alone can sini ners find access, either to his throne of grace, or to his love. The whole world lieth in wickedness; all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Hence it is impossible for a holy sovereign to regard them in any other light, than as rebels and enemies. They have violated his law. His righteous authority has been contemned; and the whole human race have become guilty before God. Now Christ is the appointed door of entrance to a reconciliation. In him, God is reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing unto them their tres passes. He was wounded for their transgressions, he was bruised for their iniquities, the chastisement of their peace was upon him, and by his stripes they may be healed. All these representations receive am ple support from the lively oracles, by which we are also taught, how inportant a part is taken by Christ in the salvation of his people, and on what terms they are to derive advantage from his mediation. From the Scriptures it is manifest, that to all who are saved by him, he is. wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. He is indeed, the only foundation. For, says the apostle, other foundation can no. man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. He begins, carries: on, and perfects the work of grace in the heart. The believer lives, because Christ lives in him. He is a branch of the living vine, member of the glorious head. Severed from him he is withered and lifeless. But low, it may be proper to inquire, is that connexion with Christ, from which proceeds all this benefit, produced? This is the principal point to be illustrated under this head of discourse. answer, that this connexion is produced by faith. In this consists tliet entrance into the door. The nature of this connecting principle by which believers become entitled to the inheritance of Christ's people may be ascertained from the various forms under which it is repre sented by the inspired writers. Coming to Christ, receiving him building on him, and several others, are terms indiscriminately used on this subject, by the great Teacher himself, and his disciples. Still, they are all involved in the act of believing. This is the term theres fore, most frequently used by all the writers of the sacrod volume The language of Christ is full and explicit. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever bcliength in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And again, «Ile that believeth on him is not condemned. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see, life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” This was also the senti ment of the apostles. In this way were the Phillippian jailer and others

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