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FAMILY SERMONS.

the apostle.

tions,") is added by the Septuagint,

No. XXV.. Dot being in the Hebrew; though evidently implied in the meaning 1 John iv. I. In this was manifest

ed the love of God towards us, beof the passage, and so retained by

cause that God sent his only begotiii. 4. Verbatim from the Septua

ten Son into the world that we might gint (Ps. li. 4.) which translates

lite through him. tickeh (" thou mayest be clear,” or Our minds are so framed as to repure,) by nixr575, " thou mayest ceive delight from the view of what overcome;') for, “ to be clear” in is beautiful and excellent. We are judgment, is "to overcome." surrounded in the world with a great

- 10—12. The former part of variety of objects which afford pleaabis quotation is an abridgment of sure to our senses; but there are the Septuagint, but agreeing in beauties of a higher kind, which meaning with the Hebrew. The touch the soul, and yield a still purer latter part is exacıly from the Sep- and more exalted satisfaction. I tuagint (Ps. xiv. 1-3.) Towy ayo- mean, moral beauty and excellence. Sor (Sept. Ps. liii. 3.) The Hebrew And imperfectly as these exist in word, rendered in our version, in our fellow-creatures, they are still both the Psalms, “ they are-be- fitted to delight the mind. How racome filthy ;” and which signifies, vishing then must be the view of the to be loathsome or putrid, is render- spring and source of perfection, the ed by the Septuagint, “ they are- infinite goodness and unbounded become unprofitable.” This the love of God! The creation of God apostle retains : it is not so forcible indeed displays this goodness in a as the Hebrew, but sufficient for his very remarkable manner. How can argument; and it cannot be sup- we contemplate the noble variety of posed, that many of the Christians his works, so admirably formed, so at Rome had any other Scriptures, wisely ordered; how can we conexcept the Septuagint.

template the wonderful frame of our -: 13. Both the quotations are bodies, the still more wonderful faexact from the Septuagint of Ps. v. culties of our souls, and the rich 9, csl. 3; which accords to the He- provision which is made for our supbrew.

port and enjoyment; without feeling. - 14. From the Septuagiat, our souls, and all that is within us, which accords to the Hebrew; ex- stirred up to bless that God who is cept as mirmah (deceit), is ihere the fountain of life, and from whom Tendered tinglas (bitterness) proba- cometh down every good and every bly, they read meraroth.

perfect gift? -.15–17. The substance of But if we wish to contemplate a ihis quotation is taken from the Sep- still more glorious and affecting Luagint (Is. lix. 7, 8): but it is prospect; if we would behold goodabridged, and some of the words ness and love in all their beauty, we are changed. Ofers (Rom.) TAX001 must turn our thoughts to the re(repr.) Eyrway (Rom.) 01626. demption of guilty man. Though

Sept.) The Hebrew has “ innocent the earth be full of the goodness of blood.” The rest accords to it. The the Lord, yet sin has spread its infilteenth verse is found Prov. i. 10: fluence over all things bere below: but there is no translation of it in it bas deformed the face of nature, my copy of the Septuaginta and darkened our views of the Di.

- 15. Exactly from the Septua. vine goodness: for with innumeragiot (Ps. xxxvi. 1.) which hell ble proofs of the kindness of God, translates the Flebrew.

this world bears the marks also of (To be continued.)

his heavy displeasure. But if we turn our view to the love of God in Jesus Christ, we shall there find good

ness pure and unmixed; goodness we by searching find him out? Can also which we do not share in com- we find out the Almighty unto permon with the other inhabitants of fection? It is the Lord, by whose the universe, but which is exercised word the heavens were made, and towards the children of men alone. the bost of them by the breath of This is that mystery of goodness his mouth; why formed the light and which the angels desire to look into. created darkness; before whom the But how much more should we, who nations are as the drop in the are the objects of it, and who enjoy bucket, and as the small dust in the its blessed fruits, feel gratitude and balance.” But “man, whose fourtjoy in meditating upon it; how dation is in the dust, and who is much more ought we to give glory crushed before the moth, wherein to God in the highest, for peace on is he to be accounted of;" Can His earth and good will towards men? government be weakened by our We are bound to praise God for his rebellion ; can his glory be lessened wisdom, power, and goodness, mani- or his happiness impaired? The fested in the works of creation and Lord, infinitely blessed in himself, providence; but we are in a more standeth in need of none of his creaespecial manner bound as Christians tures. Bnt was there in us any to celebrate the more glorious dis- goodness, on account of which he covery of the Divine perfections should love us? No. He, indeed, which is given us in the redemption is “glorious in holiness.” “In his of mankind by the Lord Jesus Christ, sight the heavens themselves are and which is recorded in the text. not clean; he is of purer eyes than

In the verses which precede the to behold iniquity” with favour. text we find the Apostle enforcing But " what is man, that he should the duty of love and affection be righteous? Behold, we are shapen one to another by the strongest of in iniquity; and all flesh hath corall motives. “ Beloved, let us love rupted its way upon the earth.” The one another: for love is of God; and whole world has become guilty beevery one that loveth is born of God, fore God. The divine image has and knoweth God: be that loveth been defaced; the glory which not, knoweth not God, for God is once crowned our nature is no love,"—the source, the perfection of more; we have fallen from our likelove. And in order to place this be- ness to angels, to a nearer likeness to yond dispute, he produces that most the beasts that perish; we have reconvincing proof of it contained in belled against our rightful sovethe text : "In this was manifested reign ; we have cast off our best the love of God towards us, because friend, and preferred the slavery of that God sent his only begotten Son Satan to the love and favour of God. into the world, that we might live Whilst thus guilty, wretched, and through him."

vile, could it have been thought that In pursuing this subject I propose we should receive the rery highest to state some circumstances, which proofs of the love of God; tbat be, appear to me to enhance the great- on whose authority we have tramness of this love of God, and to con- pled, should interpose to preserve clude with some practical reflec. us from the ruin we had brought on tions,

ourselves; or should look down from 1. The greatness of this love may the habitation of his holiness for any be shewn by a consideration of the other purpose than to exert his character of God and man, and the power and his vengeance against relations that subsist between them. those who had forsaken him? Thus Here, indeed, it may be truly said, did he deal with the angels that that we cannot order our speech by sinned. Yet herein has God mani. reason of darkness : “ Behold, God fested the riches of his grace, in exis great, and we know him not. Can tending mercy to man;-to man, low

and mean is himself

, and polluted it. By this we receive full assuand debased by sin.

rance that the purpose of the divine 2. But was it consistent with the love cannot fail

. Nothing can be boliness and justice of God to re- two difficult for Him to whom all ceive rebellious subjects into favour; power is committed in heaven and or with his truth, to change the sen- in earth ; nor can our interests ever tence which condemned them to suffer in His hands, in whom are hid destruction, without satisfaction all the treasures of wisdom and Could be in that case maintain the knowledge, whose faithfulness is honour of his government, or deter unto all generations, and whose his creatures from the practice of loving kindness endureth for ever. sin? Surely no. How then could 3. But a third circumstance the purposes of his love be accom- which shews the greatness of this plished, and whence was the satis- love of God, is the meanness of that faction to come! Who in heaven state, and the dreadfulness of those or in earth was equal to this work? sufferings, to which God sent his None of the guilty sons of Adam Son. What! Inight not be who could by any means redeem his bro-spoke into being the heavens and ther, or give to God a ransom for the earth, by the same powerful him. Even the angels, that excel in word have rescued mankind from strength, were unequal to the great the lowest misery? Must he leavo ness of this task. Whence then the throne of his majesty; or, if so, could our salvation come? He alone may he not appear in some visible could determine this, whose wisdom glory? No. He who thought it na is as infinite as his love. He laid robbery to be equal with God, must help on One who was mighty to become of no reputation, must be save. He employed in the work bis found in fashion as a man, and be eternal Son, the Son of his love; made in the likeness of sinful flesh. whose arm alone could bring salva- Here is a mystery which will be a tion, and raise us from guilt and mi- subject of the highest admiration, sery to happiness and favour. And even to archangels, throughout all this is another of the circumstances the ages of eternity. That he who which unspeakably magnifies the is styled God over all, should be born goodness of God. 'In this was mani- of a woman; should submit to the fested, in an eminent degree, the lode wants and weakness of infancy and of God towards us, because he sent his childhood, and by slow steps arrive only begotten Son into the world : his at strength and manhood; that he Son, whom he loved, who was the who was the Lord of all things should brightness of his glory and the ex- become subject to earthly parents ; press image of his person; in whom that he whose word gave the unidwelleth all the fulness of the god- verse its birth, should depend for head bodily. Had it been possible sustenance on the very creatures he that any of the spirits who surround had made ; that he, in whose prethe throne of God could have exe- sence is fulness of joy, at whose cuted the purposes of his love to right hand are pleasures for ever. wards men, it would have been an more, should be subject to all the act of goodness deserving our won- labours and sorrows of men !-these der and praise, had be parted with are things which the mind of man one of them, for the sake of crea- cannot fathom : all we can do is to tures so inferior, and so polluted wonder and adore. by guilt. But that he should give But if the Son of God must be. bis Son, who is God over all, blessed come man and dwell on earth, might for ever; who is infinitely dear to he not have appeared at least as a him--this is an instance of love so mighty sovereign, with all that astonishing, that thought and speech grandeur which commands are too low to conceive or express rence and respect? No. His first ap. pearance was marked by 'meanness us-unto God. We were in slavery and obscurity; from the cradle to to sin and Satan: but by Jesus the grave we attend him through one Christ we are called into the glorious melancholy scene of poverty and liberty of the sons of God. Wé affliction." He was born in a stable, were dead in trespasses and sins: and laid in a manger.

While yet a Jesus came to create us anew unto helpless infant, his parents were good works, to breath into our souls forced to fly with him into a foreign a new and divine life, and to bless us land, to save him from a cruel tyrant. by turning us from ouriniquities. We When he grew up, he was a man of were heirs of eternal death; he came sorrows and acquainted with grief. to restore to us immortal life. The He had not where to lay his head. gist of God is eternal life, through He was reproached as a seditious Jesus Christ our Lord. And what person, reviled as an impostor, ac- longue can describe the greatness of cused as a blasphemer. Through this gift? It was a great blessing his whole life he endured the con- to be called from nothing into life; tradiction of sinners against himself. greater still to have that life contiBut if we follow him to bis last nued and enriched with so many scene, we shall behold things yet comforts: but to have that life conmore wonderful. There we shall tinued for evermore in the midst of view him in his retirement, his soul angels and saints, and in the immeoverwhelmed with the wrath due to diate presence of God, freed from us, his body in an agony, sweating pain and infirmity, surrounded with great drops of blood :—we shall see every joy, raised to the highest perhim betrayed by one disciple, ab- fection---this is such a blessing as nó jured by another, and deserted by tongue can express. And can we all; dragged to the judgment hall; reflect on that endless misery which buffeted, scourged, and spit upon; was the just desert of our sins, and by the grossest in justice condemned at the same time raise our thoughts to an ignominious death, while he is to this heavenly bliss, without feelexposed as an object of derision, ing our hearts to overflow with graand his sacred head is wounded titude for that love which sent his with a crown of thorns:-we shall only begotten Son into the world, that see him led out to Calvary; nailed we mnight live through him ? to the accursed tree, the blood 1. And does not this wonderful springing from his hands and feet; instance of goodness lay us under and, amidst the insults of his perse- the strongest obligations to live in cutors, pouring out his soul unto the exercise of love and cheerful death. Ask now of the days that are obedience to God,our Benefactor and pust, whether there has been any such Redeemer He has every claim to thing as this great thing is, or hath our affections which the highest perbeen heard like it. And shall not fection can give. He created us, and our hearts be filled with thankful he has kept us hitherto. He has ness, adoration, and praise, as we made our happiness to depend on turn our thoughts to such a scene? our loving him, and has appointed O the heighth and depth, the breadth eternal misery as the portion of those and length of the love of God in who love him not. Yet more: he Christ Jesus our Lord !

loved us while we were yer enemies 4. But why was all this? It was, to him by wicked works, when we as the text expresses it, that “we deserved nothing but punishment might live through Christ." By at his hands. And shall we not love our wicked works we were at enmi- him who thus first loved us? Well ty with God, alienated from him, may the thought of such goodness exposed to his wrath: but Jesus melt our hearts. Shall the Majesty Christ having made peace by the of heaven and earth labour, as it blood of his cross, bath reconciled were, to win us to him by mercy,

whom he might destroy in a moment, us in the strongest manner to shew and shall we trample on his kindaess, kindness to our fellow-creatures. and reject his friendship Shall we Has God shewed his love to us thus requite the Lord ? 'O rather let though he was independent of us, bis love kindle in our breasts a kin- and shall we not love those on whom dred flame; let it constrain us to we ever depend, and without whose obey him with willing minds; to live good offices we could scarcely prebenceforth not onto ourselves, but serve our beings for a day? Has he unto him who died for us and rose shewn such goodness to us though again.

we were vile and polluted in his 2. This instance of the Divine holy sight, and shall we regard the goodness should also engage us, if we lowest of our fellow-creatures as are his children and servants, to rely unworthy of our love? Has God on God for every blessing we stand loved us while we were enemies, and in need of. If "God spared not his sball the petty offences of our neighour Sor, but delidered him up for us bours fire our minds with hatred all

, how shall he not with him also and revenge? No; let us be fol. freely gire us all things ? After this lowers of God, as dear children; patsball we harbour any doubt or dis- ting on bowels of mercy, compas. trust of his goodness, or regard his sion, and forgiveness ; putting on government as harsh or severe? If charity, which is the bond of perwe have less than others of the good fectness. One great design of the things of this life, let us not repine Gospel is to promote peace and as if we were forgotten by God, but lore among men. Christians are let us rest with holy confidence in onited to each other by the most the wonderful proof he has given us sacred ties. They are the servants of his love. And even if we should of one Master, who has left it, as be visited with distress and affliction, the proof of their attachment to him, We may yet rejoice in our tribula- that they should love one another, tions

, assored that they will work for They are brethren of the same faour good, if we be faithful to our mily, and therefore they ought to God. We ought to be convinced love as brethren. They are all that God loves us more than we love members of the same body, of which ourselves, and instead of giving way Jesus Christ is the head; there to anxious cares about what we shall should therefore be no schism in it, eat or driok, let us seek first the but the members should care one for kingdom of God, trusting in him another: whether one member suffer, that all needful things shall be added. all the members should suffer with it; Yea

, though the fig-tree should not or whether one member rejoice, all the blossom, and there should be no fruit members should rejoice with it. On the aine ; though the labour of the 4. And, lastly, if God has sent his olive should fail, and the field should Son into the world that we might yield na meai; though the flock be cut live through him, let us lay to heart of from the fold, and there should be how inexcusable we shall be, if we ro herd in the stall; yet let us still neglect this offered salvation. See rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the thut ye refuse not him that speaketh; God of our saltation.

for if they escaped not who refused him 3. And let us attend to the im- that spake on earth, much more shall provement which the Apostle makes not we escape if we turn away from of this docuine. Beloved, if God so him that speaketh from heaven. If loped w, we ought also to love one the word spoken by angels was stedcocker. In the example given us fast, and every transgression and disby Jesus Christ we are taught of obedience received u just recompence God in a special manner how we of reward, how shall we escape, if we ought to love one another; and the neglect so great saltation? He that goodness be has shewn to us, binds despised Moses's law, died without Carist. OBSERV, No. 109.

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