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was an expression of infinite them to confess and forsake grace.

« In this was manifested their sins, and return to God the love of God towards us, be through Christ. He has also cause that God sent his only taken upon him the seed of begotten Son into the world, Abraham, and been made a sinthat we might live through him offering to redeem mankind, Herein is love, not that we loved and has given us assurance, that God, but that he loved us, and such as will come unto God by sent his Son to be a propitiation him, shall be heirs with him of for our sins.” The mercy of God. Here we are to learn the Father appears also very the breadth and length and glorious, in receiving into ever-depth and height, and to know lasting life, all that believe on the love of Christ, which passeth the Lord Jesus Christ. “ Behold, knowledge. Christ has done what manner of love the Father wonders for the salvation of hath bestowed on us, that we those which were lost. should be called the sons of The Holy Spirit too, has come God.”. He freely passeth by all into the world, to carry on this our iniquities, and the depravity admirable work of mercy. He of our hearts, great as it may inspired the writers of holy have been, as soon as we receive scripture, he strives with sinners, and rest upon the sacrifice which and creates anew the elect; they he has provided ; and gives us are made the temples of the power to become the sons of Holy Ghost, and he is their God.

sanctifier and comforter. The Jesus Christ has also mani-Spirit of God is continually emfested his love and mercy to-ployed in these things, and he wards us, no less wonderfully perseveres in them, though so than the Father has done. often grieved by the unprofitaThat he might gratify his mér- bleness even of the elect. Thus ciful disposition, he stepped in the Father, the Son, and the as a Mediator, immediately after Spirit, are all employed, each in the apostacy, 'and by underta- his peculiar office, in the work king to make an atonement, he of mercy for sinners, and they procured a state of probation make all things subservient to for mankind, and that the world this work. No sacrifice was should be given over into his ever made to manifest any di, hands, that he might turn all vine attribute by the Most High, things in heaven and earth to tie the infinite sacrifice of the the advantage of his grace.

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This is a which fallen man received.- most expensive work ; believers Christ then began to open his are bought with a price ; designs of grace to this world, here the greatest wonders are and to instruct mankind in the wrought, which manifest the things necessary to salvation ; riches of divine grace. and he has continued in this Further, We should also employment ever since, giving consider the greatness of the mankind patriarchs, prophets, benefits which divine mercy apostles and other ministers, to furnishes for such as will accept instruct, exhort and persuade lit, and which are freely offered

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to all who hear the gospel, if | impenitence, are excluded from we would get right ideas of the any advantage from it, except greatness of the mercy of God while they are continued as protowards men. And here again bationers on trial. Should any the mercy of God appears great feel, because they do not receive unto the heavens. All the com- the comforts of religion, as tho forts and privileges of this life, God were austere and hard with every thing better than the them, let them enquire whether wrath which we deserve, is they have quitted their rebellion, the fruit of this mercy.

A and have come to Christ for greater mercy still is the offer mercy in the exercise of reof a full deliverance from sin pentance and faith in the Reand captivity to Satan. Sin is deemer, or whether they reject the worst of all evils, and a de- these terms of salvation ? Perliverance from it, the greatest haps they have not made trial of deliverance we can receive. his grace, but are displeased Another benefit is deliverance with the holiness it demands. from the wrath of God; which Let them make trial of it, or is due to us for our iniquities. for ever acknowledge that they . But deliverance is not all that have nothing to object against infinite mercy does for us; the evidence now given of the perfect holiness and conformity admirable riches of divine grace. to God are offered us, and the How improper it is for men to inheritance of eternal glory. think or speak of God as unmerThis far exceeds the original ciful, while they have invariably state of Adam. Divine grace refused to receive his grace! does not rest in merely restoring Again, us to the blessedne from which Since, the mercy of God is so we fell, it brings us to heaven admirable, and such infinite instead of paradise. These are things have been done in the exinfinite benefits.

ercise of it, beyond what have But the benefits of divine been done in the exercise of any mercy are not confined to men. other known attribute of the

The holy angels desire to look Deity, we have clear evidence into these things ; and it is very that mercy is his delight. Let much in the grace of God to sinners then know that they may, men, that they behold the ex- without any risk, venture themceeding riches of divine good-selves for eternity, on the mere ness ; for grace is the most mercy of God in Christ, without wonderful expression of it.-seeking for any other foundation Their happiness is also increa- for justification. How affectionsed, by the joy they have, ately are we invited to come unto over every sinner that repent-Christ, that we may find rest to eth. Thus the benefits of di- our souls ! If we perish, it will vine mercy spread over all hea- not be through any defect in the ven, and convey an eternal mercy of God; but our blood weight of glory to all who rely will be upon our own heads. upon

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among mankind. How The view we have taken of wonderful is the mercy of God! the astonishing fulness of divine

By the holy nature of divine grace, though infinitely unequal mercy, all who continue in final to the truth, is exccedingly en

couraging and supporting to all of the deceased, I presume will such, as are disposed to rely on meet the feelings of my audithe holy mercy of God. They ence, and subserve the impor. need not be dismayed at any tant end of gospel instruction. trials to which they may be ex. The task, therefore, I attempt posed, not though the earth be as a duty, and with uncommon removed, and the mountains satisfaction in the subject. carried into the midst of the sea. “ Mrs. Abigail Lee, the belovIf they have enemies, this pro- ed and much lamented deceasmise may support them, “ Myed, whose earthly remains now grace is sufficient for thee.” No-lie before us, in her sphere of thing shall be able to separate life, the duties of which she disthem from the love of God, charged with respectability and which is in Christ Jesus. usefulness, was, on many ac

This view of the infinitude of counts, an interesting Christian divine grace, is an encourage- character, one of those worment to us to abound in prayer. thies who are to be holden, in If God were less gracious, the everlasting remembrance. The encouragements would be pro- tears, and sad countenances of portionably less ; but as it is, we this numerous assembly, give an may be sure that none shall seek unequivocal testimony of public the face of God in vain.

esteem. It may also be well to reflect, “ She was born in Salisbury that as such infinite mercies are February 19th, 1770, and there offered to us freely, we are bound she was brought up. Her parto bless God for the offer, and entage was respectable. Her are equally indebted to him for father Joshua Stanton Esq. was those proposals of grace, wheth- a very wealthy farmer, and for a er we accept them or not. · Let number of years past has lived in us then take heed that we refuse Chittenden County, Vermont. not him that speaketh from hea-By her pious mother, she was ven; but be thankful and bless early dedicated to God in baphis holy name.

tism. Through the gay season CHARIS.

of youth, she was distinguished for filial affection, sobriety of

manners, and an amiable and Memoirs of the life, character steady deportment. Her perand religious exercises of Mrs. son was pleasing, and an air of

Abigail Lee, consort of the meekness and dignity was reRev. Chauncey Lee, of Cole- Markably blended in her counbrook ; who departed life Oc-tenance. She was lovely and tober 20, 1805, in the 36th, beloved. At the age of eighyear of her age. Extracted teen, she gave her hand in marfrom the sermon, delivered at riage to Mr. Chauncey Lee, her interment, by the Rev. then a young attorney, commenSamuel J. Mills, of Torring- cing business in the practice of ford, with some enlargements. law, now your worthy pastor,

and most tenderly afflicted unTo give some brief, biogra- der his irreparable loss.

phical sketches ofthe char- “ As to her spiritual concerns, acter, life and religious exercises I we may notice that God's deal

ings with her, both before and , viour had fixed on, to bring her since her conversion, have been out of darkness into marvellous remarkable. In the journey of light. This too was gradual, as her married life, she has been her preparation for it had been. led through a series of the most Awakened by the still, small trying scenes of untoward mis-voice of conscience, the hand of fortunes and distresses, both be- God was remarkably tender in fore and since her residence with her impressions.

Her terrors you, which there is not time to and distresses were not great, particularize. By the word and and, though the change must providences of God, and the ten- have been instantaneous, yet her der and unwearied exertions of transition froin darkness to light, her husband, she was gradually was gradual, like the progress led to adopt the great and dis- of day-break. Her enmity and tinguishing doctrines of grace. opposition were taken away, but This, however, was but in spec- she was not immediately blest ulation ; but in this way she was with the comfort of hope. For instructed in the truth, and by several weeks before Christ was knowledge in the mind, a foun- pleased to reveal himself in her, dation was laid for divine grace the hope of glory, she was held in her heart, in God's appointed in one point of view, that is adtime. This, to me, accounts for miring and adoring the infinitely her setting a very high estima- perfect justice of God, by which, tion upon argumentative ser- as she considered, she must be mons upon the cardinal points, for ever excluded his kingdom and being peculiarly edified with and presence.--Herterrors were them, which is not

common gone. She had no fears of wrath. even among Christian professors. All was right--all was just-she By the operations of the Spirit was a fit subject of eternal punupon her mind, in her unconvert-ishment-deserved nothing else, ed state, she became in succes- and had nothing to object. She, sive seasons deeply impressed, however, felt as if she had lost when her attention and concern, her conviction, and was sinking for a short period, would be so- into stupidity. lemny drawn towards the things 66. God is pleased to work by of eternity ; and the tender so- means, though infinitely above licitude and fervent prayers of the need of them, and to make her affectionate husband, be his ministers workers together much awakened and excited. with him, in accomplishing the These solemn seasons, however, designs of his grace and

mercy. were short, and these serious im- The following is an example. pressions would soon wear off. The Rev. David Huntington,

“ We pass on to the period of providentially sent on this erher residing in this town, which rand of love, returning from his has been the theatre of her reli- northern mission, took lodging gious life. She was not one of for a night, under her hospitable the fruits of the attention which roof. His conversation was spicommenced in Dr. Edwards' ritual and heavenly-upon the day, but a grape gleaned after love of God--the fullness, grace the vintage. The winter of the and glory of Christ. year 1801 was t:: time her Sa- | quickening it was refreshing

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to her, and like the cooling she been heard to say, with great stream to the thirsty fainting emotion, « Oh, had I but the soul. The light of Heaven beam- means, I would make the hearts ed upon ber soul—she accepted of the poor sing for joy.” She of Christ, and rejoiced in his had a great attachment to the salvation.

word of God, and made her Bi“ In the May after, she made ble the man of her counsel. She a public profession of her faith was prayerful and conscientious in Christ, entered into covenant in the religious duties of the fawith God, and united with this mily and the closet, and in the Church.

religious instruction of her chil. “ By their fruits, saith Christ, dren. She loved the sabbath, shall ye know them ; and by and the duties of it, and never this rule, the Christian charac. was unnecessarily detained from ter of Mrs. Lee has been par- the worship and instruction of ticularly known and distinguish the sanctuary. ed. It has appeared peculiarly “ I mention not these things, amiable in the family and social my friends, to give you any new relations. As the mistress of a information about her; but to fa nily, order, carefalness, in- hold up examples, so deserving dustry and frugality marked all of our imitation, that they ought her movements. These, which not to be unnoticed, and by before were the fruits of a good which, though dead, she yet education, now flowed from a speaketh. My acquaintance religious principle. She was an with her, since her becoming affectionate wife-her husband's a disciple of Christ, and espeheart trusted safely in her, and cially in her long last sickness, reposed unlimited confidence. has been particular, and the She was a very tender and af- statement now given of her life fectionate mother to her chil- and character, is derived from dren, and to the children of oth the most authentic sources. ers under her family care. She “ I shall now advert to a cermanifested a benevolent regard tain trait in Mrs. Lee's religious for her neighbors, both in their character, very distinguishing temporal and spiritual interests, and extraordinary, and which often conversed with them up. I can truly say, I never met on the importance of religion, with in the same degree, in any and warned them of the danger other person—and that is, such of neglecting it. She received clear and full evidences of a her friends with generous kind- gracious state, accompanied at ness, and her house was the the same time, with so small a seat of hospitality. I speak this degree of religious enjoyment. with confidence, for you all know It is, undoubtedly, a correct it. She was charitable and for- scripture sentiment, that religiving towards every one's faults gion and its comforts, are not, but her own—nor less was her in this world, inseparable ; and charitable compassion to the that a man's religion cannot be poor. Often has she contribu- measured by his joys and transted to their necessities, with a ports ; but, in no other instance liberality beyond the scantiness have I ever known, this princiof her means ; and often has ple so fully exemplified as is

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