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HI. INQUIRE what we may behold in the Father's giving this gift. Much, much indeed, may we here behold, that merits our attention, admiration, gratitude, and love. But at present, time only permits me simply to mention a particular or two.
I'. In this gift we may see our own needs. If our necessity had not been very great and urgent indeed, God would not have given his own Son. to be a: witness, leader, and commander to us ; had not our misery been great, and also beyond the power of men and angels to deliver from it, God would not have provided' and given such a ransom for us. This at once shews our misery to have been so great, that none but Jesus could de liver us from going down to the pit. The divine excellence and infinite value of the remedy, clearly demonstrate the absolute necessity on our part of fuch a cure.
2. In this gift we may fee infinite love. What but love, love eternal, and boundless grace, could have induced God the Father to have given his own well-beloved Son, even to die in the room of
such creatures as we are ? Instead of merit, we had the very greatest demerit; and God was under no obligations to give us such a gift ; his own love then was the fource. In the gift itself, we have the greatest display of love ever made to any of the creatures of God; the greatness of it the heart cannot conceive, nor the tongue express ; the greatness of it will through eternity excite the ada miration, gratitude, and love, of angels and men. . 3. In this gift, we have to contemplate a glorious design of doing good to finners. All the gifts of God are intended for our good ; but as this is the greatest of them all, yea, infinitely greater than them all taken together, so the good evidently intended by it is also exceeding great; yea, it bears a proportion to the infinite value of the gift itfelf. When we confider the divine dignity of the per-. fon fent, and his near relation to the Father, when we consider the greatness of the work his Father gave him to do, and the tremendously dreadful fufferings which he appointed him to endure, we may at once conclude, that the good thereby ina tended for finners was fo great, as to be worthy of the wisdom and goodness of the person who sent, him, and worthy also of the Son of God to accomplish. This was nothing else than eternal life : Jesus, “ the Captain of our salvation, was made perfect through sufferings, that he might bring. many sons to glory.".
IV. LET us now conclude with a practical im-provement, . My friends, when God makes offer of this gift: to you, slight it not, but receive it gratefully; accept of Christ, as he is offered in the gospel. When. Christ on the cross saw his mother standing by the. disciple whom he loved, he said unto her; “ Woman, behold thy Son !! then to the disciple, “Ben'
3. He gave himfelf to the death, that he might be a gift suitable to your necessities. He is that bread that the Father gave from heaven; bread that was ground between the mill-stones, and baken in the oven of God's wrath, that he might be bread to you.
4. Do ye not need, positively need him ? Can you be happy without a pardon, peace with God, a righteousness. and an everlasting inheritance ? Now, there is no possible way of obtaining these, but by him. 0.! my fellow-sinners, how can ye live or die without him ? Sure your own neceffities have a loud cry to you not to flight him ;, your fouls, pining away in fin, cry, O flight not à Saviour ! your souls, truly fick, cry, O flight not the physician!
5. Consider, he is in your offer; you may have him if you will : “ The Spirit and the bride fay, Come; and let him that heareth, say, Come; and let. him that is athirst come; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." You see there is now thing to hinder your receiving of him; for the Father is willing to give his Son to you, the Son is willing to give himself, the Spirit is willing : “ All things are ready, come ye to the marriage.” Nay, it is not merely a simple offer, but a command : “ This is the command of God, that ye believe on his Son.” Therefore, under the pain of God's eternal displeasure, accept of him : « He that believeth shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned." : 6. Consider, he will not always be in your offer. When once the Master hath risen up, and shut the doors, ye may knock in vain, there will be no more entrance. Thus ye may be taken from the offer, or it from you ; now, then, is the accepted time, and now is the day of salvation. · Laftly, Consider, if ye receive him not, ye are