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Lord will abundantly pardon ;-pardon above all that we can either ask or think. He will multiply pardons according to the sinner's multiplied transgressions, if he turn to God, in God's own appointed way. That way is Jesus Christ—the Lord our righteousness, whose blood, on any one's sincere faith and hearty repentance, cleanseth from all sin.
Here, my brethren, we behold a most wonderful proof of the infinite mercy and tender compassion of God;—whether we consider the illustrious person, who came into the world “for us men and for our salvation”—the condescending manner in which he executed his mission or the benevolent purpose of his Almighty Father, for which it was intended. “In this,” saith St. John, “was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And what is the name by which the great Ransomer is called ?—“Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; — the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, God over all, Blessed for ever; who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” This person of infinite dignity, the everlasting object of his supreme delight, God was pleased to send into the world, not arrayed with terror, to alarm;-not attended with circumstances of magnificence, to dazzle and overpower ;—but in the likeness of sinful flesh, and in the lowly form of a servant. Whilst He dwelt on earth, He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." His poverty, temptations, trials, afflictions, and ignominious death, open to our view a subject of contemplation truly, awfully astonishing. And for what purpose did Jesus, the beloved Son of God, sustain all these indignities and distresses; and at last lay down his precious life upon the accursed tree? What! but that we, “who were dead in trespasses and sins," might live through Him :—that He might give the most convincing proof of his disinterested love ; and afford the strongest testimony that his Heavenly Father hath indeed “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” Can you then, my hearers, refuse to admit and acquiesce in that great body of evidence which I have set before you, to prove that the Lord our God is a merciful God; and that he taketh pleasure in the conversion of the wicked ? Thanks, eternal thanks, to our gracious Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier, for those tender mercies, the truth and excellence of which I have humbly attempted to celebrate.
Hearken, ye profane despisers of things sacred, ye proud and disobedient, ye malicious and revengeful, ye intemperate and impure, ye slanderers and false accusers, ye unjust and fraudulent, ye covetous and avaricious :—God is not willing that any, that even you, should perish; but that all should come to repentance, and live. And ought not this blessed assurance to penetrate every heart, and excite in all a fervent desire instantly to comply with this kind invitation ? To all, remember, does this invitation extend. Not one is excluded; nor does a single obstacle exist to the entire conversion of any—of every sinner, that may not be overcome by constant, and earnest, and diligent prayer. For, though our Lord saith, “No man can come unto me, except the Father draw him;" yet, such “is the mystery of godliness,” that this is far from a discouragement ;—for, hath not the same divine Saviour graciously promised his holy Spirit to all that ask it? And say, “on what principle does St. Paul exhort the Philippians to “work out their own salvation ?” Not on any power in “themselves to help themselves;” but, because “it is God that worketh in them, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Wherefore, “be not disheartened, O ye of little faith;—but turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for, why will
” And O! may God give you all grace to comply with this merciful injunction and remonstrance, through Jesus Christ our only Redeemer. But, woe be to that man, who, by impenitence and unbelief, refuses to attend to this gracious
call. How terrifying-how apalling will be the recollection of his conduct, when he shall be summoned to appear before the dread tribunal of the Most High! I beseech you then, my brethren, as ye value your present, your eternal peace, provoke not the Almighty to your destruction. “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him when He is near.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” In deep humility and self-abasement, prostrate yourselves before the throne of grace, and turn unto the Lord your God. Implore Him, by his tender compassion toward perishing sinners, that He would hear and relieve you, in this your time of need : entreat, with fervour and importunity, that, through the blood of Jesus Christ, God would grant you the forgiveness of your sins; that, by the powerful aid of his Holy Spirit, He would daily renew your fallen nature, and effectually dispose you to choose Him for your everlasting portion ;—that He would “ take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh ;"—that He would "put his Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in his statutes, and keep his judgments, and do them.” your praises and thanksgivings for the revelation He has given you of his rich mercy and grace in Christ Jesus : acknowledge your unfeigned and entire acquiescence in all the
dispensations of his providence: admire, with grateful adoration, the gracious methods He has appointed, for conveying the blessings of his salvation to mankind : renounce those sins, in which you have indulged in times past; and wait, with humble faith and unwearied patience, on Him who is always found of those that diligently seek Him; yea, those that seek Him in sincerity and truth. “The promises of God are very sure;” and He hath declared by the mouth of his prophet, “Seek ye me, and ye shall live." Fear not ye, then, that if ye turn to him with all your hearts, he will allow any of you to seek his face in vain. “Be wise, I beseech
in time;" and may God of his infinite mercy, take away all your iniquity, and receive
into his love and favour:
he heal your backslidings, and comfort your souls with the firm—the well grounded hope, that his anger is turned away from and at length, when the days of your earthly pilgrimage shall be ended, may he admit you into his everlasting kingdom, for the sake, and through the merits of Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Saviour.