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4th. The relationship.- up in the settlement, purposes, and Brethren. 5th. The continuance.- establishments of heaven ; but as The Spirit of the Lord came upon what? As the husband of his chosen; David from that day forward.
hence by this glorious act of love, she II. The people, Israel, Having ob- is called by his name; as the Surety of served David as a type of Christ, we his bride, his partner ; as their Rewould notice, Israel of old as typical deemer, the man made strong for Jeho. of God's spiritual Israel. 1st, Israel vah's ownself, I was set up from was a chosen people, Deut. vi. 6. everlasting,” Prov. viii. 23. We read “ The Lord my. God hath chosen thee of an everlasting covenant, founded to be a special people unto himself.” upon everlasting
equity and faithfulAmos iii. 2. “You only have I known ness, conducted by everlasting wis. of all the families of the earth.” dom and love. The great everlastElection, the bible is full of it, it is the ing end of it, was the declarative marrow of christianity, the nether glory of our God in the salvacion, prespring of Christ's empire ; election servation, and glorification of his experienced in the soul, hath a hea. chosen ones. There is a great blessvenly tendency, it buoys up the mind; ing connected with the ancientness ob, ye deniers of it, ye are not deniers of this act, because nothing in time of men merely, but of God's inviolable can ever alter it, “he is of one mind, truth. Election is heaven's grappling none can turn him.” Sin took place iron, it grasps with an invincible in time. The roaring lion, he was power all its objects ; it put them into created an angel of light ; trouble, Christ, “ Chosen in Christ before the affliction, temporal death, all flow as foundation of the world.” “ The elec. consequences of sin ; none of these tion have obtained it, and the rest are can then separate us from this great blinded,” so saith the word of God, and ancient act; sin burdens the Rom. xi. 7. "You only have I known,” mind, blasts our prospects, our sins with a knowledge of love, relationship, are murderers as to comfort and enjoyas the peculiar people of my choice, ment. Ob, keep us from evil that it Amos ii. 2.
may not grieve us : say the living in Let us notice the antiquity of this Zion, who know the power of this truth, “According as he hath chosen us truth in the soul, and they oftentimes in him before the foundation of the feel such depths of infidelity, lepravity, world,” 2 Thess. ii. 13. “But we are awful rebellion ; such blasphemous bound to give thanks always to God thoughts against God, that they oftenfor you, brethren, beloved of the Lord,” times fear, lest after all they have why, “ because God hath from the talked and professed to enjoy, that beginning, chosen you to salvation they are out of the secret. Bless God for through the sanctification of the Spirit his fear-nots ; when they are brought and belief of the truth;" yes, this glori. home to the soul, God smiles, I am ous truth was an immanent act of his, election shines forth then as a preJehovab's own mind, therefore, had an ous truth divine, as heaven's sunexistence in his mind
beam. This is an act of God's will,
therefore, sure, irrevocable,everlasting, “ Before the ponderous earthly globe, " Who shall separate us from the In fluid air was stay'd;
love of Christ ?” Look at the apostle's Before the ocean's mighty springs, Their liquid stores displayed.”
full, yea wonderful enumeration, ia
Rom.vii. There is a gr blessing He hath loved his people from connected with this point, "blessed, everlasting, but it was in Christ, so is the man whom thou choosest and that they must have been chosen in causest to approach unto thee that him from everlasting. Christ was set they may dwell in thy courts."
The blessedness consist in this, it whom I will shew mercy ; they shall brings a man into indissoluble union be my people, and I will be their with the Lord ; and a living soul is God." They sball, and I will, that caused by the Spirit's powerful tuition, is the way God goes to work. Ab, to cry unto God to make it known but "supposing, they should not be unto him, that he may dwell experi. willing, “ I will make them willing in mentally in his courts of everlasting the day of my power." The object love, choice and security,
of the Lord's work is glory, the de. Again. The nature of it. It is velopment of it, the rule by which he equitable. The equitableness of does his work is bis own unfettered election is founded upon God's right will, his own, unbiassed mind; the to do as he pleases. What saith the benefit of his sovereignty rests upon Psalmist, But our God is in the them that are sovereignly his. heavens, he hath done whatsoever he It is precious. The preciousness hath pleased.” Ps. cxv. 3. Mark of election is to be seen in its locality, the blessed affinity, our God, we in Christ;" chosen in Christ before being made his by electing love, sove. the foundation of the world." The reign grace, adopting mercy ; this fixation of Jehovah's mind is in brought home. to the soul by the Christ, he loved his people in him, unctuous power, by the holy oil of the blessed bis church in him, Eph. i. 3, heavenly Recorder; by the melting, It is Christ that holdeth our souls celestial breezes from the everlasting in life, our life is bid in him, all the hills ; by. God the Spirit to the soul treasures of wisdom and knowledge that hath, been weeping in the are in him for us, all the depths of dust, it causeth him to break out in Jehovah's love are in him, in bim the sweet language of the psalmist, God the Father loved and chose the and say, Our God. The position, church. God the eternal Spirit in the heavens, denoting his majesty, brings all his people whom he teaches, sovereignty, and omnific,
to love God in the very same place troulable power and dominion. he hath made them complete, in him,
Again, The sovereignty.He bath so they are favoured to hear some. done whatsoever he hath pleased, in times, to help them on their way. the choosing of his people from ever- "Behold thou art fair, my love, there lasting, causing them to pass through is no spot in thee," and then they the water, and through fire into the are favoured to experience : though wealthy place. Man claims for him. black, yet comely. In him they are self what he is not willing God accepted, “ to the praise of the glory should have ; man claims creature of his grace, wherein he hath made suvereignty, and denies the right of us accepted in the beloved,” Eph. i. God to do as he pleases with his own. 6. In him they are sheltered from Yes, even those who are the objects the storms, for he is the true ark of sovereign grace spurn at it, till God shut Noah and his family in, God brings them to the acknow. and so the church, God shut them in ledgment of it. “ According to the by everlasting love, choice, purposes, good pleasure of his will,” Eph. i. 5. and establishments. When the mighty He acts according to his own mind in cataracts of water came down, why the army ot heaven, and among the did it not drown Noah as well as the inhabitants of the earth, and none others ; he was in the ark, and the can stay his hand, or say unto him, waters came pon the ark; so Christ What doest thou ? Listen to accents is the ark of the church. of divine sovereignty to Moses," I will be merciful to whom I will be
(To be concluded in our next.) merciful, and I will shew mercy to
BY THE LATE JOHN RUSK.
Å DIALOGUE BETWEEN MR. O., AND
works with the word, but never conMR. T., ON SPIRITUAL SUBJECTS,
trary to it, and now needful this is in contending for the faith. Stephen, he
brought forth God's word, and he Continued from page 128.
was a partaker of God's Spirit, nei.
ther could they resist the Spirit by Heace you read, with favour wilt which he spake, but gnashed with thou compass bim as with a shield; their teeth, and then stoned him to again the Holy Spirit guides us into death. Well, Christ calls this sword all truth, which truth makes us free, bis, hence he tells the pharisees, that and in searching God's word, we are ord hath no place in them, and led to see, that God is on our side, Paul call this Spirit, the Spirit of and if God be for us, who can be Christ, for he was anointed with the against us ? Truth is to be our shield Holy Ghost abuve his fellows; lastly and buckler, and truth says, praying always with all prayer &c,' shall not be tempted, above that we but every petition must go up in his are able, and that he knoweth how all prevailing name; now these young to succour them that are tempted, men understood this armour, and and to deliver the godly out of temp- also what it was to lay their band of tation,” and, take the helmet of sal. faith upon Satan, and to remember vation ; an helmet is a steel or iron the battle that our Lord had with cap, to guard the head. Peter says, Satan, and in this way, and no other and for an helmet, the hope of salva. they overcome the wicked one; but tion; I remember once hearing Mr. take notice of this, a complete victory Huntington make this remark, 'why we never shall have in this world, is this helmet, which guards the head for although Sacan is conquered by called the hope of salvation, which the Son of God, and although by hope is in the heart? I will tell you, faith we are enabled to resist him, suppose you have got the truth never yet Satan is suffered to go on to disso clear in your head, yet if you have tress, torment, vex, and do his ut. it not in your heart, an heretic will most until death, and in the great baffle you out of it all, but if in the day he will be well rewarded, for this head you believe election, and have destruction is not annihilation, O no, made your calling, and election sure ; this Satan would like, but it is ever. if in the head, you believe in the lasting destruction, and this destrucatonement of Christ, and this blood tion is prepared for the devil and his hath cleansed you, and so on with angels, hence he said to Christ, the other doctrines, this good hope in know thee who thou art, the Holy the heart, is the helmet that no devil, One of God, art thou come to toror heretic can baffle you out of, ment us before the time?" although they may throw you into T.–What a dreadful being Satan confusion;" but Christ Jesus, is this must be, and how fast he holds all helmet, hence he is called that bles. the human race, as Paul says, " the sed hope, and he is God's salvation, spirit that now worketh in the chilto the end of the earth, and the dren of disobedience.” What a mercy, sword of the Spirit, which is the friend O, to be translated out of the word of God; we do well to notice kingdom of Satan, into the kingdom of two things, and that is this, the word God's dear Son, and seeing there are and the Spirit must always go to- 80 few (comparatively) that know gether, so that, let any man bring what this is, what debtors are we. forth what doctrine he may, if it is 0.-) will now come to the last, not in God's word, he is not guided and highest stage, in the school of by God's Spirit, for the Spirit always Christ, and that is to treat a little
about these fathers. John speaks it counsel &c,” and then the Holy Ghost twice, I write unto you fathers, be- for “ the Spirit of God moved upon cause ye have known him that is from the face of the waters.” Again, the beginning, now by the beginning the beginning particularly alludes you and I are not to understand that
to the first manifestation of Christ ever God had a beginning, no, he is to first parents, for as befrom everlasting, “ from everlasting to fore observed " in the beginning was everlasting thou art God," Psalm xc. 2. the Word,” and the promise was after but by the beginning, we are to under. the fall," the seed of the woman stand, when time first took place, shall bruise the ser pent's head," that when God created all things, and is “ a virgin shall conceive, and bear therefore you read as follows, “ia the a son, and his name shall be called beginning God created the heaven Immanuel, God with us," that holy and the earth,” an Arian may be thing shall be united to the Word, ready to say, ah, that was God the and bruise the serpent or Satan's Father, but I say that it was a trinity head, hence John says,
" that which of persons in God, Father, Son and
was from the beginning, which we Holy Ghost, or else what propriety is bave heard, (that is, heard bis voice, there in these words, “ let us make for he has spoken life to our souls,) man &c.” If there was but one per- which we have seen with our eyes, son in the Godhead, it would be in (that is, the eyes of our underthe singular, and not in the plural, standings have been enlightened.) and then it would be read, I will make which we bave looked upon, (as Israel man, but John settles this point, looked on the brazen serpent, so have hence he says, " in the beginning was we looked upon the Son of man when the Word, and the Word was with God, lifted up, and felt virtue in thus lookand the Word was God, the same was ing) and our hands have handled of in the beginning with God;" John i. the word of life, (that is, our faith bas 1, 2. and this Word was the Son of held him fast as the church did :I God, or God the Son, “ for there are held him fast, and would not let him three that bear record in heaven, the go &c, Fight the good fight of faith, Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, lay hold on eternal life &c,) for the and these three are one,” and the life was manifested and we have seen it, Holy Ghost also was at the creation, (as Moses did, although it is invisible) hence you read, “ by his Spirit he and bear witness (agreeable to what hath garnished the heavens, &c," this God says by Isaiah, (ye are my witthen is what we are to understand, by nesses,) and shew unto you
that the beginning; again it appears that eternal life, which was with the Fa. angels were made before man, but all ther, and was manifested unto us," in six days, “ for in six days, God 1 John i. 1, 2. Once more, as it made heaven, and earth, the sea, and respects this beginning; all our all that in them is," and the devil is experimental knowledge altogether said to sin from the beginning, and he depends upon the Holy Ghost, " who certainly did, when be tempted our moved upon the face of the waters," first parents; thus the Arian is proved " let that therefore abide in you, to be a fool, for we have proved a which ye heard from the beginning, trinity of persons, hence John says, if that which re have heard from the the Word was with God, that is, with beginning shall remain in you, ye also God the Father, what, a demi-God, or shall continue in the Son and in the a human soul ? away with such blas. Father,” and then John tells us a bat pl.emy, no, the Word was God, a di. he means, " but the anointing which vine person equal with the Father, for ye have received of him, abideth in as Isaiah saith, " with whom took he you, &c., and even as it kath taught you, ye shall abide in him;" thus
are among you, I exhort, who am you see something of that knowledge also an elder and a witness of the which John as a father or elder had sufferings of Christ, and also a arrived to: namely to know him that partaker of the glory that shall is from the beginning, and it is a be revealed,” and if you read his most blessed thing to have our souls epistles, you will find how he treats well established in the glorious doc. of the trial of faith, enforces gospel trine of the ever-blessed Trinity; not obedience, speaks of Christ as the merely as a creed, which thousands only foundation, of God's calling his have, but a saving knowledge of these people in consequence of their electruths as John had. But I will, as the tion, then of the sufferings of Christ, Lord shall enable me, treat about these then of resisting Satan, after this of fathers, and remember this one thing, false prophets and their awful end, that they never arrive in this world and then of the day of judgment, and to fleshly perfection, neither are they the thousand years reign. Now I without changes, let that be rensem. have mentioned three, but at the bered once for all; hence John, wko same time I believe that all the prowas a father, says, “ if our hearts phets and apostles that were true, I condemn us, God is greater than our say, that all these were fathers. hearts," &c. First then, a father is T.-1 wonder, that you bring in one that can go before all the rest in Jabal and Jubal, for what has that experience of God's truth, he has to do with experimental christians, travelled the road and is well ac- who are taught by God's Spirit. quainted with it, and therefore he is 0.-I only mention them to shew able to instruct others; this term, fa- who the application of father is apther, is like the founder of a thing, plied to; namely, such as have wis. the inventor, as Jabal was the father dom, and can go before, able to inof such as dwell in tents, and such as struct others; but I will proceed to have cattle, and Jubal was the father the second thing, which belongs to a of such as handle the harp and organ, father, and that is, he is one that has and I believe, that John was one that a family of children, consequently he had a rich experience, and was made is a married man, and this is true very useful in writing to God's family, respecting these fathers, for they are first, to little children, to encourage married to the Lord Jesus Christ, them, telling them that their sins Rom. vii. 3, ye also are become were forgiven them, for Christ's sake, dead to the law by the body of Christ, and he had great discernment in de. that ye should be married to another tecting error, hence he speaks of false even to him, that is raised from the prophets, antichrist, &c., and shews dead, that we should bring forth fruit in what way they are to be known; unto God.” Christ is called by Isaiah, he writes to the young men, and tells the Everlasting Father, and such as them not to love the world, &c., he are married to him, he is pleased well knew the craft of Satan, and to take some of them, and make them therefore tells them, “ All that is in eminently useful in bis church, in be. the world, the lust of the flesh, the getting others to a knowledge of the lust of the eye, and the pride of life,” truth, and Paul was one of these : &c., cautioning them against what hence he tells the Church at Corinth, they must expect. Paul was another “ for though ye have ten thousand of these fathers, and if you read instructors, yet have ye not many fa. epistles, you will find what a large thers, for in Christ Jesus, (mark that), experience he had of God's truth, and in Christ Jesus, (there the marriage what he suffered. Peter was another, union) I have begotten you through hence Peter says, " the elders wbich the gospel.” Timothy he calls, “ his