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men, but to the will of God."
of Christ constrains him," under the conviction "that he died, that they which live should no more live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again." Well then may we join the dying pastor in exclaiming, "All through grace, and by the most wonderful means that infinite wisdom could devise." "Grace abounding in all wisdom" is the fitting theme of a redeemed sinner's and a pardoned rebel's praise.
And now let me say a word to those who are conscious that they have no reasonable ground for hoping that their sins are forgiven. You know, brethren, that you are "redeemed sinners;" Oh! rest not an hour till you are also " 'pardoned rebels." Rebels you are, whether you acknowledge it or not, if you are living in the indulgence of any one known sin; and rebels you are whether you acknowledge it or not, if you are not submitting to the terms of reconciliation--a
free pardon for Christ's sake to those who in themselves are counted rebels against the Majesty of heaven.
Be assured that the knowledge of redemption will greatly aggravate your guilt, if through your own love of sin, or wilful unbelief you do not obtain this pardon. "Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way." Listen to the voice of your reconciled and pardoning God-"I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgression and as a cloud thy sins; return unto me, for I have redeemed thee.”*
And you, my friends, who trust that
your sins are forgiven for his name sake, what is the language that becomes you? "I am a Christian-What then?" Why then I am called to mourn that I am a sinner, but to rejoice that I am “a redeemed sinner;" I am bound to confess and bewail my rebellion, but to magnify the grace of God in proclaiming a free
* Is. xliv. 22.
pardon to the most daring rebels. a Christian-What then?" Why then I am called to show that I have not received this grace in vain; it is mine to prove by my own example, that "the grace of God which bringeth salvation" teacheth, and teacheth effectually how "to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world;" it is mine to realize in my own experience the wonderful wisdom that lies hid in the mystery of the cross, whereby is slain at once the enmity of God to the sinner and the enmity of the sinner to God.
THE CHRISTIAN A TEMPLE OF GOD.
1 COR. vi. 19, 20.
"WHAT! KNOW YE NOT THAT YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, WHICH YE HAVE OF GOD, AND YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN? FOR YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE; THEREFORE GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY AND IN YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH ARE GOD'S."
ON a former occasion, my brethren, I addressed you from a portion of this text, with a view of pointing out to you your christian privileges and responsibilities as
redeemed sinners"-bought back from a state of bondage and of death with the precious blood of God's dear Son. And I endeavoured to do so by illustrating the value of that price on the part of God the Father and on the part of the Saviour himself, and then contrasted your state with
that of the heathen who have never heard the name of Christ-the Jew, who, under the Mosaic dispensation, had but a partial glimpse of his glory-the apostate angels, for whom the price of redemption was never paid-and the lost souls for whom it has been paid in vain. In a subsequent discourse I pursued the subject by enlarging on the still higher privileges of those who are not only "redeemed" as "sinners," but "pardoned" as "rebels," and exhorted you to embrace and rejoice in that pardon with humble faith and joyful gratitude.
We proposed to consider, in the next place, the nature of the responsibility which thus rests upon the Christian, as arising from the privileges which he enjoys, or in other words, to what result the payment of this stupendous price was intended to lead -to what it actually does lead in the case of every real Christian in his relations to God.
We are led to the same conclusion, both in the words of the dying pastor which