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the creature to boast, and to which our pious Arminians are so attached, and by which they put in for so great a share of the glory of their salvation, cannot be of God: For I am Jehovah thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour, I am Jehovah, that is my name, and my glory will I not give unto another. And I think nothing can be more contrary to the gospel, which pulls down the pride of man and takes away all boasting from the creature; for, as the prophet speaks, the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of man shall be brought low, and the Lord alone shall be exalted, in the salvation of his people. Read the 89th Psalm,-and almost in every leaf of the New Testament, and a free, full, and finished salvation, through the sacrifice of Christ, may be found; and for my own part, I cannot help thinking, that where the doctrine of God's free and eternal election, and God's everlasting love, and his eternal choice of his people to everlasting life, as completely justified through the righteousness of the incarnate Jesus, is not maintained, it cannot be the gospel : 'for, as many as God had fore-ordained, believed'; and, because they are sons, God sends forth the Spirit of his Son into their hearts, crying Abba, Father; and because they were sanctified, or set apart, by God the Father, and united to God the Son, they are called by the power of God the Holy Ghost, and so made to rejoice that they are made partakers of those blessings God had predestinated them unto: for, as Jehovah speaks, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. And what is Jehovah's pleasure, but that his chosen people should be saved from deserved hell, and saved in a way honourable to his own perfections, and so as to Secure the glory to himself?
For my part, I think we cannot conceive of the glories of God's perfections, if we give up the doctrine of free election; for here the glories and excellency of his divine nature appears in its highest lustre,-here we see Jehovah's sovereignty and supremacy, who has a right to dispose of his creatures as he please. Many of the high and noble doctrines of the gospel are concerned in this. What will become of the glorious doctrine of redemption, between the Father and the Son, in the counsels of old, which we read of in almost every part of the Bible? there we may read of a covenant, ordered in all things and sure,-an everlasting covenant,
founded in divine love, established in divine mercy, and secured in everlasting faithfulness. O how delightful is this covenant in the eyes of a poor, ruined, self-emptied, perishing siuner, who is led also to see and believe that God, who has made the covenant, engages for its full accomplishment: such as these can say, as well as Paul, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us, (not who may bless us, but hath blessed us), with all spiritual, covenant, and eternal blessings, according as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we might be holy, as united to him, and without blame before him, having Christ's righteousness imputed to us : and what is the language of those happy chosen and called people? is it to the praise of my free will, my exertions, my repentance, my obedience, my faithfulness, my piety, my prayers, my good works ? No, no, no such language, from a heaven-taught soul; but all those who are enlightened by the Spirit of God will say, to the praise of God's glorious, free, unmerited, efficacious, and discriminating grace, that made us accepted in the Beloved, in whom we have redemption, who hath saved us and called us with an boly calling, not according to our works or deservings, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in bim, before the birth of time.
This is the Rock on which I stand,
And who shall pluck me from his hand ? That the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent are and ever will be hostile to each other, is certain: may God give me grace, and my reader too, to stand our ground and manifestourselves as much alive to the cause of our adorable Jesus, as our enemies are in their fruitless attempts to overthrow the foundation on which all God's elected people stand ;-a foundation, the gates of hell shall not prevail against: for, if the foundation could be removed, what would the righteous do?
I often think, what a poor, miserable, deplorable creature, must he be, who ministers in divine things only with a scholastic head, but with an uninfluenced heart: but, blessed be our eternal God, whatever men may preach or say, God's people are eternally safe, folded in the arms of everlasting security, in the bosom of their good Shepherd, where they shall be safe through all the,
eventful periods of this world's vicissitudes; for Jesus is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, and his promise, like himself, who gives unto his people eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them from his hands, unworthy, ill and hell deserving as they are in themselves; and, as I observed in my former preface, I rejoice still in the same opinion, that God loved his people before time, loves them through time, and will love them to all eternity, and that it was everlasting love that decreed their everlasting salvation ; it was love that provided the Ransomer, it was love that moved the co-equal Son of Jehovah to assume our nature, to live for sinners and die for sin, that God might save his beloved people, in a way in which both law and justice become the sinner's friend.
If you, my dear reader, are one who knows something of nature's depravity, and are sometimes smarting under the plague of your own heart, then you will read, with some degree of pleasure and profit, I trust, what will be treated with contempt by the wise in their own conceit: but, to all the lovers of Jesus, who know that salvation is entirely and unconditionally free to the poor sinner, without money or price, to such I subscribe myself,
Their willing and obedient Servant,
To find any Hymn by its Title.
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Jesus All and in All