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the price of it (Mic. vi. 6,7; Luke vii. Christ, &c. (H. E. I. 1957–1968.) The 42). Obedience to the moral law could warrant of faith Christ's promises not secure it, for it has been broken, (Matt. xi

. 28; John vi. 35, 37); the and whatever man did in the way of declared will and purpose of the righteousness, he would render no Father, which assures the sinner that more than is absolutely due to God; he cannot come to Christ in self-rebesides, he is unable to obey it per- nunciation and be rejected (John vi. fectly (Acts xiii. 39: Rom. v. 6, viii. 38-40; Rom. viii. 32). Personal re8, iii. 20, 28; Gal. ii. 16, &c.)

demption is therefore perfectly gratui2. The redemption of the soul was tous—“ without money," without pereffected by the Son of God. In man's sonal nierit; and consequently is a desperate circumstances Divine mercy manifestation of the abounding graciinterposed, for nothing less than the ousness of God. St. Paul lays great sacrifice of “the Son of God” could

stress on this (Rom. iii. 24, iv. 16, iii. remedy the infinite evil which sin had 28). How excellent is this method of entailed upon humanity. Christ, the personal redemption, for it is adapted Ransomer, was Divine---met and satis- to all mankind (Rom. iii. 29, 30); it fied the infinite demands of inviolable sluts out pride from man (Rom. v. 27); justice-assumed our nature in a state and it establishes the law (Rom. v. of lowliness and humiliation, but free 21). from every stain of sin, that He miglit CONCLUSION: Gratefully avail yourobey the law which man had broken, selves of God's method of redemption and suffer and die " the just for the offered to you in the Gospel, and conunjust, that He might,” legally, “ bring stantly proclaimed to you by the amus to God” (ch. liii. 5, 10; Rom. viii. bassadors of Christ. It is suited to 3; 2 Cor. v. 21 ; Gal. iii. 13; 1 Pet. you. Let the redemption of your soul iii. 18, i, 18, 19). Our redemption be your chief business-your “first" by Christ secures the honour of the work. You may realise it now. The Divine character and law, &c. That value of the present opportunity is un. would be no redemption which should speakably great. It may be now or cost the sacrifice of a single principle never (Ps. xlix. 8). —Alfred Tucker. in the government of God, or make any compromise with the offenders. The justification of the penitent be- I. THE LORD'S CHARGE AGAINST liever is perfectly consistent with the HIS PEOPLE.

“ Ye have sold youressential righteousness of God (Rom, iii, selves for nought." 24-26).

It teaches us, 1. That we are a sort 3. Personal redemption is realised by of trading creatures; indigent and penitent faith in the Saviour's atoning restless, wanting something we have sacrifice (Mark i. 15; John iii. 14-18, not, and looking about to find it, that vi. 40, 47, xi. 25, 26; Acts xx. 20, we may be happy. Buying and selling 21). Thus, repentance and faith ale to get gain, that we may be happy. the conditions of personal redemption ; “For thus saith the Lord, Ye have while it is faith-a faith that presup- sold yourselves for nought,” &c. (Ps. poses repentance—which is emphati- iv. 6; James iv. 13.) 2. That which cally the means of connecting the we part with for this supposed hapsinner with Christ, so that he is ad- piness is inestimably precious. Our mitted to the Divine favour, and re- selves (ch. 1. 1; Mark viii. 36, 37). ceives the Holy Spirit to inspire filial 3. That the state into which we sell confidence, and to renew his soul. ourselves is deplorable. Like slaves. What repentance implies. The nature Joseph sold into Egypt (Ps. cv. 17, 18). of the faith which is emphatically the The Jews sold themselves into Babylon. condition and means of personal re- “ Tied with the chain of our sins demption : -- reliance, appropriation, (Ps. ix. 17; Isa. lii. 5; Rev. iii. 17). trust, coming to Jesus, receiving of 4. That the enemy to whom we sell ourselves is the devil (2 Tim. ii. 26 ; (2 Cor. iii. 18; Eph. iv. 24; 1 John Luke ix. 21). Seen in Adam and iii. 2). (3.) Fellowship with God. Eve (Gen. iii. 1, &c.), Judas, Ananias. Adam had this (Gen, ii. 15, &c.) Be. Jesus Christ was tempted to this lievers have this (Eph. ii. 18; 1 John (Matt. iv. 8, 9). 5. That we are i. 1, 2). (4.) A system of providential volunteers in the sale of ourselves. blessings (Rom. viii. 28; 1 Cor. iii. 1, " For thus saith the Lord, Ye have &c.) sold yourselves for nought," &c. Ahab 2. That this recovery is by redemption. sold himself to work wickedness (Hos. “For thus saith the Lord, Ye have xiii. 9). The prodigal. Eve (Gen. sold yourselves for nought," &c. By ili. 6). 6. That in thus selling our- price (Acts xx. 28). By power (Deut. selves we rob and offend God. Because vii. 8; Ps. cvi. 1, 7; Hos. xiii. 14). we are His creatures (l's. c. 1, &c.) 3. That this redemption is without We waste His gouds (Luke xvi. 1). money or merit on our part. “For thus 7. That what we get in thus selling saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves ourselves is nothing. “For thus saith for nought," &c. (ch. lv. 1, 2; Ezek. the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for xx. 42, 44; Luke vii. 42). nought," &c. (ch. lv. 1, &c.; Eccles. CONCLUSION.-1. To the young, ü. 11; Hos. viii. 7).

with whom Satan is beginning to II. God's GRACIOUS DECLARATION tamper and bargain. CONCERNING THEM.

2. To the Antinomian, casting the “ Ye shall be redeemed without blame of his captivity upon God. Adam money." Which teaches us, l. That and Eve (Gen. iii. 1, &c.) God recovers His people to their forfeited 3. To the captive-feeling his yoke, privileges and enjoyments. Redeemedweakness and unworthiness (Jer. xxxi. (1 Sam. xxx. 18, 20). Such as (1.)

Such as (1.) 18, 20; Rom. vii. 1, &c.) acceptance with God. As to their 4. To the ransomed returning Chrispersons and services (Eph. i. 6; Gen. tian (Ps. cxxvi, 1, &c.; Isa. xxxv. 10). iv. 4; Ezek. xx. 40, 41). (2.) Con- -New Pulpit Assistant, pp. 226–230. formity to the glorious image of God


lii. 5. My name continually every day is blasphemed. The proud and oppressive Baby- His omnipresence and omniscience (Job lonians delighted to add to the sorrows xxii. 13, 14; Ps. x. 11, lxxiii. 11, of the exiled Jews, by reproaching the xciv. 7; Isa. xxix. 15; Ezek. viii. 12). name of their God, and by saying that 6. By accusing Him of injustice He was unable to defend them and (Jer, xii. 1; Ezek. xviii. 25, xxxiii. their city from ruin. This sin is awfully 17; Mal. ii. 17, ii. 15). 7. By murprevalent.

muring against His dispensations (Isa. I. What is meant by the nimeof xlv. 9; Exod. xiv. ii, 12).

8. By the Lord ? His perfections, titles, word, false swearing, oaths, and curses, &c. &c.

III. The excuses usually made for it. II. The various ways in which it is Ignorance, custom, example, surprise, blasphemed. 1. By denying His exist- passion, confirmation of what is said, ence (Ps. x. 4, xiv. 1, liii. 1). 2. By meaning no harm, inconsistencies of denying His sovereignty (Job xxi, 14, professors, &c. (2 Sam. 12, 14; Ezek. 15; Exod. v. 2). 3. By denying His xxxvi. 20; Rom. ii. 24; 2 Pet. ii. 2). truth (Gen. iii. 4; Isa. xxxvi. 15; 2 IV. The evil consequences of it.

DePet. iii. 3, 4). 4. By denying His stroys the little remains of the fear of power (2 Kings vii. 2; Ps. lxxviii. 19, God. Leads to the disobedience of all 20 ; Isa. xxxvi. 15, 18-20, and 2 His commands. Sets a horrid example Kings xviii. 30, 32-35). 5. By denying to others, especially to the young, &c. V. The powerful arguments against it. Isa, xxxvii. 23, 36-38; Ezek. xx. 27, “The Lord” is our glorious and lawful 33, xxxv. 12–14).- Alfred Tucker. Sovereign, who sees and hears all things. He is a holy and jealous God, before whose bar we must appear. He Blasphemy. I. Its nature. II. Its is fully able to punish, and has assured guilt. III. Its awful prevalence. IV. us that He will (2 Kings xix. 22, 28; Its certain punishment.-J. Lyth, D.D.


lii. 7. How beautiful upon the mountains, &c. Whatever reference this passage clare it. Jesus Himself went forth might have to the deliverance of the preaching the good tidings of His people of God from the Chaldean kingdom. Now the messengers are bondage, it refers also and chiefly to men, not angels. Men who have been the great and glorious Gospel of Christ called and qualified-sent of God. (Rom. x, 13). It is in this application Men who have known and felt the of it that it is now interesting and power of the truths themselves. important.

2. The publication of this Gospel is I. A DELIGHTFUL REPRESENTATION to be free and extensive. They are OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

to go forth prominently; to ascend 1. The Gospel is represented as the mountain tops, and there, before "good tidings." This is literally the God, and angels, and men, they are meaning of the word gospel. These to preach the unsearchable riches of good tidings centre in one glorious Christ. The message of grace is to fact—the provision of a Saviour for a be published throughout the world, guilty world. Everything else is based and to every creature. on this fact. Everything connected 3. The publication of the Gospel is with the gift of the Saviour forms to be a source of joy and delight to matter for joy: the supreme dignity perishing souls. By some it will be of His person, the completeness of His ridiculed. By others spurned. By work, the glory of His doctrine, the others coolly and indifferently heard. efficacy of His death, and the exhaust- But to thousands it shall be spirit and less fulness of His blessings.

life, solace and bliss. 2. It publishes peace. Man united APPLICATION : 1. The subject should with the fallen apostate spirits in re- excite admiration and praise. The bellion against God, &c.

earth is full of the goodness of the 3. It brings tidings of good. Not Lord. But here is matchless loveonly is God at peace with the sinner, unparalleled grace. 2. Have we exbut He waits to bless him with all perienced the saving power of the good. There is (1.) acceptance into Gospel ? Is it our boast, and joy, and God's favour. (2.) Divine adoption. song? 3. The infatuation of the re(3.) The influences of the Spirit to jectors of the good news (Heb. ii. 3 ; illume, convince, guide, solace, meeten 1 Pet. iv. 17). 4. The duty of the for heaven. (4.) The precious promises Church to diffuse the Gospel to the of the new covenant.

ends of the earth. Its prayers, ener4. The Gospel publishes salvation. gies, and means, should all bear to A salvation meeting the needs of the this one great end, &c.— The New Pulsinner.

pit Assistant, pp. 318-322. 5. The Gospel declares the reign of Jesus (Ps. ii. 6, 7, &c.)

II. AN INTERESTING DESCRIPTION I. The varied characteristics of the OF THE MODE OF ITS PUBLICATION. “good tidings" of Christianity--they 1. The messengers appointed to de- are peace, salvation, the reign of God II. The great function of the minister i.e., how welcome they should be to of the Gospel—is to bring these good us !-John Cumming, D.D.: Occasional tidings. III. The character in which Discourses, vol. i. p. 336. he appears-“ How beautiful,” &c.;


(Ordination Sermon.) lii. 7. How beautiful upon the mountains, &c. This exclamation would strike those II. The ministry of the Gospel is a who first read it more impressively great and important office. The bearer than it strikes us. They would see of this intelligence, primarily referred the runner coming over the distant to in our text, acquired importance hills, bearing welcome news.

They both from his mission and his qualiwould hear the lond cry from the fications. He would require speed, watchmen on the walls. They would interest in the message, fidelity. Thus see the people crowd to the gate to the ministry is important. Remember, hear. The primary reference of the 1. The end at which it aims. The text is to the news of the restoration

message, the sermon, is not the end of the Jews to Jerusalem, and of the but the means.

It aims at the salvarestoration of the ruined city. But there tion of souls. Nothing less will conis a secondary reference to gospel tent the true preacher than conversion, times. It is thus applied by the apostle spiritual growth. (Rom. x, 15). We may thus apply it. 2. The means which it employs. The

I. The ministry of the Gospel exists message itself. Attract attention to it for the announcement of valuable by legitimate, not fantastic means. intelligence. It brings good tidinys. While the message cannot be changed, It is not a ministration of condemna- let it be presented in varied forms, to tion, but of salvation (2 Cor. iii.) It the young, to the aged, in public, in tells such things as these,

private. 1. That satisfaction has been made for 3. The qualifications which it demands. human sin. Man is sinful, guilty. The Intelligent acquaintance with the mesLord Jesus Christ, by His death on the sage; a living personal interest in

has atoned for sin. Thus, in an- it; thoughtful carefulness as to the nouncing this, the ministry of the gospel methods by which it may be made is “the ministry of reconciliation.” most interesting and acceptable; dili

2. That on the ground of that atone- gent and sedulous use of opportunities; ment salvation may be obtained by all that earnest sympathy with Christ and imdesire it. The dark angel of sin and mortal souls. sorrow has not left the world. But III. The ministry of the Gospel there is pardon for the sinner, holiness should be regarded with suitable for the depraved, comfort for the dis- respect and honour. The office, betressed, which will develop into heaven cause of its nature; the man, on the at last. It may be obtained by faith supposition that he deserves it. The in Christ. The time when the gospel office cannot entitle the man to respect is preached is the tide of opportunity. it' he is not worthy of it. Qualification

3. That thus the Divine dominion over is the only title to office, and the only man is re-asserted and re-established. claim to respect in it. This being sup" Thy God reiyneth." He reigns posed, the prominent idea of the text through the bestowment of salvation. is the man,

This honour will comJesus has been exalted to reign in His prise, people's hearts, in the Church, in the 1. Welcome The Galatians welworld.

Jesus said,

comed Paul.

“ Blessed


are your eyes for they see, and your What is the practical effect of the ears for they hear.” Welcome the preacher's work in those that receive ministry of the word by regular and the truth? Is it not that you bring constant attendance; by candid and forth fruits of holiness? See that such respectful hearing, as distinguished fruit is borne. Then you will in your from indifference, and from unkindly turn proclaim the gospel to others, if criticism; and by a kindly reception not in words, by the influence of your at the home.

lives (H. E. I. 2622, 2623). 2. Love. Cherish affection to the But have you received the truth minister for his work's sake. Let him which has been heralded to you? see it in the manner which reveals Some of you are, perhaps, not yet and perpetuates kindness. Sometimes saved. The preacher seeks your salvacommend his work.

tion. Oh, let this be his joy; not for 3. Maintenance (1 Cor. ix. ; Gal. vi.

his sake but for your own.

Life is 6–8). Now what is maintenance? It passing on. And the gospel alone is determined largely by position in can save.-J. Rawlinson, society. If there is narrow-mindedness in relation to the minister's means of obtaining books, and unholding his I. A representation of a true minister influence in the locality where his lot of Christ. A messenger. l. He receives is cast, the church suffers.

his commission from God. 2. He is 4. Co - operution. The primitive intrusted by Him. 3. He is qualified churches were active in many minis- for his particular work. tries. Every member of the church II. The subject of his message. “Good should do something for Christ. The tidings.” 1. Peace. 2. Salvation from work of extending the gospel is not spiritual evil, and an introduction to the minister's business exclusively. spiritual good. 3. Dominion of Christ. The church should be a centre from He reigns in His providential and mewhich every one is working.

diatorial kingdom. 5. Prayer. This was the apostle's III. The dispositions with which he request (Ephes, vi. 19; 2 Thess. iii. 1). is received. 1. With joy. 2. With adThe work of the ministry is spiritual, miration. and it requires spiritual influences. It Improvement. 1. Gratitude for the needs the power of the Holy Ghost. gospel. 2. Attention to its tidings. Do you pray for it by praying for 3. "Obedience to its precepts. — J. Him?


THE GREAT REVIVAL. lii. 10. The Lord hath made bare His holy arm, &c. When the heroes of old prepared for Why is it, that a sudden fit of godlithe fight, they put on their armour; ness, as he would call it, a kind of but when God prepares for battle, He sacred epidemic, should seize upon a makes bare His arm, that He may do mass of people all at once ? It freHis work in earnest and accomplish quently occurs in the absence of all His purpose for the establishment of great evangelists; it cannot be traced His Church. Leaving the figure, which to any particular means. There have is a very great one, I will remind you been no special agencies used in order that its meaning is fully carried out to bring it about, and yet it has come, whenever God is pleased to send a just like a heavenly hurricane sweepgreat revival of religion. («)

ing everything before it. What then I. THE CAUSE OF A TRUE REVIVAL. is the cause? It is caused by the Holy The mere worldly man does not under- Spirit alone. The day of Pentecost. stand a revival, he cannot make it out. Do not imagine when you hear of a

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