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well aware that the original of this pas. I he does not directly affirm it, in these sage, abstractedly considered, might be words : “ I say, then, hath God cast thus rendered, “ If the casting away of away his people? God forbid. For I them be the reconciling of the world, also am an Israelite, of the seed of what would the receiving of them be but Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. life from the dead.” If, however, we God hath not cast away his people whom suppose the Apostle to be employing the he foreknew.” But we find the Apostle, language of mere abstract argument, in a subsequent part of the chapter, and that for the purpose of urging on speaking clearly, plainly, distinctly and the Gentiles the duty of using their affirmatively on this subject. In the 25th vigorous exertions for promoting and ad and 26th verses he says, “ For I would vancing the spiritual welfare of the Jews, not, brethren, that ye should be igno. still I would affirm, that his language, rant of this mystery, (lest ye should be even when considered as argumenta wise in your own conceits,) that blindtively employed, is equivalent to a pre- ness in part is happened to Israel, until diction, inasmuch as the former part of the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. the inferential clause, namely, that part And so all Israel shall be saved : as it is which has respect to the restoration of written, there shall come out of Sion the Jews, relates to a subject which is the Deliverer, and shall turn away un. frequently brought forward in scripture godliness from Jacob.” But, let us conas the theme of explicit prophecy. - firm the language of the inspired Apostle, Supposing the Apostle then to be arguing by a reference to that of the prophets on thus, “ If they,” that is the Jews, “ should this subject ; and I shall deem it suffibe received, then their reception would cient to call your attention to two copious be as life from the dead,"_that is, it passages out of a great variety which would be to the rest of the world as a might be brought forward. I refer you spiritual resurrection-a resurrection from in the first place to the testimony which a death in trespasses and sins ; we may is recorded in Ezekiel xxxvii. the 21st at once avail ourselves of his argument, to the 28th verse inclusive : “ Thus saith and, in connexion with what we know the Lord God, Behold, I will take the from other parts of Scripture, turn it children of Israel from among the heathen into the language of prediction, in some whither they be gone, and will gather such way as this.--The apostle affirms them on every side, and bring them into hypothetically, that, if the Jews should their own land ; and I will make them be received then their reception would one nation in the land upon the mounbe to the rest of the world as life from tains of Israel ; and one king shall be the dead ; it would be the means of king to them all : and they shall be no effecting, generally, a moral or spiritual more two nations, neither shall they be renovation ; but we know that the Jews divided into two kingdoms any more at will be received, for this is expressly all ; neither shall they defile themselves predicted in many parts of God's word, any more with their idols, nor with their therefore we know from the tenour of the detestable things, nor with any of their Apostle's argument, even if it be no transgressions ; but I will save them out more than an argument, that the recep- of all their dwelling places, wherein they tion of the Jews will be to the rest of have sinned, and will cleanse them ; so the world no less than life from the dead shall they be my people, and I will be the world will be spiritually renovated, their God. And David my servant shall and, as it were, created anew in Christ be king over them, and they all shall Jesus.
have one shepherd ; they shall also walk Let me then proceed, in my endea in my judgments, and observe my vours to establish this point more clearly statutes, and do them.” I call on those by an appeal “ to the law and to the whom I address, particularly to observe, testimony."
in what a remarkable manner, and to First, then, we learn, that the Jews what a great extent, temporal and will be received into the favor of God. spiritual blessings are here blended
This is distinctly revealed in sacred together,-a manner indeed so remarkscripture. The apostle himself intimates able that I cannot for a moment imagine as much in the commencement of this that the passage I am reciting to you has very chapter. He intimates it, though 'ever yet received its intended accomplishment. The propbet, speaking in i bannon; and place shall not be found the name of the Lord proceeds, “ And for them. And he shall pass through they shall dwell in the land that I have the sea with affliction, and shall smite given unto Jacob my servant, wherein the waves in the sea, and all the deeps your fathers have dwelt ; and they shall of the river shall dry up ; and the pride dwell therein ; even they, and their of Assyria shall be brought down, and children, and their children's children, the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away ; for ever; and my servant David shall be and I will strengthen them in the Lord; their prince for ever. Moreover, I will and they shall walk up and down in his make a covenant of peace with them; name, saith the Lord.” it shall be an everlasting covenant with I may again make an observation, them ; and I will place them, and mul- similar to that which I made in connectiply them, and will set my sanctuary in tion with the last passage which I quoted, the midst of them for evermore. My namely, that temporal and spiritual tabernacle also shall be with them ; yea, blessings are here so blended together, I will be their God, and they shall be that it seems scarcely possible that, on a my people. And the heathen shall know fair consideration of the entire prediction, that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when we should come to the conclusion that it my sanctuary shall be in the midst of has already received its accomplishment. them for evermore.” I shall only further Thus we find the language of the Apostle refer you on this point to the language in various parts of the chapter, from a of the Prophet Zechariah, in chapter x. portion of which I have been addressing of his prophecies, the sixth and following you, confirmed by explicit predictions of verses. 16 And I will strengthen the the Prophets. It being then sufficiently House of Judah, and I will save the clear from prophecy, that the Jews will house of Joseph, Joseph is here put by yet be received into the favor of God, synecdoche for the ten tribes as distin- we may fairly infer, according to the guished from the two tribes of Judah tenor of the Apostle's argument in the and Benjamin," And I will bring them text, that their reception will be as life again to place them, for I have mercy from the dead to the world at large; upon them, and they shall be as though " what shall the receiving of them be but I had not cast them off, for I am the life from the dead ?" Lord their God, and will hear them. This glorious result, however, does And they of Ephraim shall be like a not rest solely on the Apostle's argument mighty man, and their hearts shall re- though that were abundantly sufficient. joice as through wine ; yea, their children We find that argument satisfactorily conshall see it, and be glad ; their heart firmed by the clear and copious language shall rejoice in the Lord. I will hiss for of prophecy which fore tells the blessings them, and gather them, for I have re- which will accrue to the world from the deemed them, and they shall increase as conversion and restoration of the Jews ; they have increased. And I will sow the destined instruments of God for the them among the people, and they shall welfare and salvation of mankind. remember me in far countries." Mark, First of all then, I will direct your atthat the Israelites, even before the resto tention to the language of Isaiah, in the ration to their own land takes place, shall 27th chapter of his prophecies, the sixth partially, at least, remember the God of verse, where he describes the Almighty their fathers in those distant countries as speaking concerning Israel in these whither they are dispersed and scattered. terms. “He shall cause them that come “ And they shall live with their children, of Jacob to take root. Israel shall and turn again.” In what sense shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the they live ? Probably the Prophet meant world with fruit.” But, I would more in the favor of God, just as Abraham particularly call upon you to contemplate was desirous in his petition that Ishmael, the glowing and copious language of this his son, might be the object of God's prophet in the commencement of the favor, “0, that Ishmael might live ix. chapter, where, addressing the Jewish before thee.”_" I will bring them again church, he says “ Arise, shine, for thy also out of the land of Egypt, and gather light is come, and the glory of the Lord them out of Assyria ; and I will bring is risen upon thee. For, behold, the them into the land of Gilead and Le- darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people ; but the Lord shall the Apostle's phraseology in the text. arise upon thee, and his glory shall be The conversion of the Jews, then, and seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall their future restoration, through the come to thy light, and kings to the mercy of God, to their own land, will, brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine according to the purposes of divine grace, eyes round about, and see; all they lead to the extension of the richest gather themselves together, they come to blessings to the whole human race ; thee; thy sons shall come from far, and when that bright and glorious period thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. shall be at hand, in which “ the know
Then thou shalt see, and flow together, ledge of the Lord shall cover the earth and thine heart shall fear, and be en- as the waters cover the sea.” It is not larged ; because the abundance of the necessary that I should further enlarge sea shall be converted unto thee, the in the way of exposition. I proceed, forces of the Gentiles shall come unto therefore, to observe, that in reviewing thee.”
the subject which has engaged our atI refer you also to the language of the tention, and endeavouring to derive prophet Micah which closely resembles from it some practical instruction, we that which is employed by Isaiah in an should immediately deem it to be our early part of his writings. The words bounden duty to feel a deep interest in of Micah are these :-" But in the last the welfare of the descendants of Abradays it shall come to pass, that the moun- ham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is clearly tain of the house of the Lord shall be our bounden duty, because we find, (with established in the top of the mountains, reverence be it spoken) that God himand it shall be exalted above the hills ; self has manifested a deep interest in their and people shall flow unto it. And many welfare, and if we fail to be similarly nations shall come, and say, Come, and affected with reference to that nation let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, which he has so highly favored, we are and to the house of the God of Jacob ; guilty of dishonoring God, and of not and he will teach us of his ways, and we paying that particular attention which it will walk in his paths, for the law shall is incumbent on us to pay to the plain go forth of Zion, and the word of the testimony and declarations of his word. Lord from Jerusalem.” Still more In the next place, I would. observe that especially would I direct your attention we shall not rightly contemplate this to the language of the prophet Zechariah, interesting and important subject, unless who wrote after the return of the Jews it leads us to compassionate the Israelites from the Babylonish captivity, and whose in their present forlorn and destitute testimony is, on that account, more condition. When we view them as they peculiarly valuable. We find him thus now are and then revert in our minds, writing at the close of the 8th chapter. to the state of glory and eminence in “ Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, it shall which they once were, and from which yet come to pass, that there shall come they have so fearfully fallen, we may people, and the inhabitants of many well say, in the language of Jeremiah, cities. And the inhabitants of one city “ How is the gold become dim, how is shall go to another, saying, Let us go the most fine gold changed ! the stones speedily to pray before the Lord, and to of the sanctuary are poured out in the seek the Lord of Hosts ; I will go also. top of every street. The precious sons Yea, many people and strong nations of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how shall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. the work of the hands of the potter!” Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, In those But we shall not rightly improve this days it shall come to pass, that ten men subject unless we are in our hearts, unshall take hold, out of all languages of feignedly thankful to Almighty God for the nations, even shall take hold of the that grace which he has been pleased to skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We extend to ourselves—to us who are ready will go with you, for we have heard that to condemn—and, alas! we are but too God is with you."
ready to condemn the Jews for their reSufficient, I trust, has been advanced jection of the Messiah when he came to his to establish the truth of that conclusion own and his own received him not. O let at which we have been endeavouring to us ask - If we have not rejected the testiar ive, with respect to the meaning of mony of God's word concerning his Son,
to whom are we indebted for the dispool I now leave the subject for your more sition we have to receive that testimony retired consideration; and in departing with joy and gladness? To God him from this land to return to that which I self, and his unmerited grace_it is he recently left in the prospect, which has and he only who has thus made us to been cheeringly realized, of taking sweet differ. O then, let us humble ourselves counsel together, and holding delightful in the dust before him, under the con- communion with my beloved brethren in sciousness of our own natural depravity this country, I commend those from and alienation of heart—our natural whom I am about to be separated to the disposition to reject the best of God's | mercy and grace of that God who is the gifts—even his own beloved Son. O God, alike, of the Jew and of the GenChristian hearers, our object is to impress tile, and who is rich unto all that call it on the minds of those whom we upon him. I would at the same time address, that they are in a most perilous most earnestly admonish those whose state indeed, unless they have Christ contemplations may, and ought to be within them “the hope of glory"_even directed to the subject which, during the him “whom we preach, warning every last few days, has been especially man, and teaching every man in all wis- engaging our attention, that while they dom, that we may present every man endeavour, so far as God shall enable perfect in Christ Jesus.” O then, while them, to take an enlarged view of the contemplating the subject which has been purposes of his grace, they should conengaging our attention, “ examine your stantly bear in mind, that there are in selves whether ye be in the faith ; prove those purposes depths which we cannot your own selves, know ye not your own fathom-that there are heights which we selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, cannot scale—that “the secret things except ye be reprobates ?”
belong unto the Lord our God; but those I would further observe, that we shall things which are revealed belong unto not rightly improve this subject unless us and to our children for ever, that we we are habitually rejoicing (and that in may do all the words of this law." O the exercise of gratitude to God our then, let the reflection of the inspired Saviour) in the anticipation of the future apostle, (who, we may well suppose, was blessedness which is reserved for the far better acquainted with these subjects Jews. O yes, we should rejoice in anti-than ourselves,) be ever present to our cipation of their coming blessedness and minds, and preserve us from incautiously glory, on their own account-we should and daringly treading on forbidden be prepared to take up the language of ground—let that sentiment be ever enthe Psalmist and to say with him in the graven on our hearts: “O the depth of fervent desire and prayer of our hearts, the riches both of the wisdom and know“O that the salvation of Israel were ledge of God! how unsearchable are bis come out of Zion; when the Lord bring-judgments, and his ways past finding eth back the captivity of his people, out!" Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be May God of his infinite mercy enrich glad.” But we ought to rejoice in the all whom I have had the privilege of anticipation of their coming glory, not on addressing with the fulness of the blestheir own account only, but as we regard sing of the Gospel of peace. Remember, the welfare and happiness of the world at that after all that can be said on the large-for when God shall have turned subjects which have been discussed, the the captivity of his people, when he shall great matter of inquiry for each individual again have exalted Jerusalem, and made is this, Am I a Christian? Am I rejoicing her a praise in the earth, then will the in Christ Jesus? Am I rejoicing in him fulness of the Gentiles- I use the ex as my Saviour ? Am I putting my whole pression now in its ecclesiastical, not in trust and confidence in him? Is he all its chronological sense-then will the my salvation and all my desire ? O may fulness of the gentiles come in; and God bless his word! May he cause that then will there be one fold under one which has been sown in weakness to be shepherd, our Lord and Saviour Jesus raised in power, and to him be all the Christ. Jews and gentiles shall together | glory, and all the praise, through Jesus rejoice in the contemplation of his cha- Christ his beloved Son, our ever-adorable racter who shall be at once “a light to Lord and Saviour! Amen. lighten the gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel.”
CHRIST'S RESURRECTION, THE PLEDGE AND PATTERN OF THE RESURRECTION
OF HIS SAINTS :
PREACHED IN CORBERRY CHURCH, DIOCESE OF KILDARE,
ON EASTER SUNDAY, 1840.
We are assembled, dear brethren, complished the purposes for which he this day, to commemorate the most im- tasted death-having obtained eternal portant of all the great events con- redemption for his people—Jesus, our nected with our redemption. The re- victorious Head, our almighty Deliverer, surrection of the Lord Christ, is, in rose triumphant from the grave, burstfact, that event on which the truth of ing the way before his people, and conchristianity, as well as the hope of the stituting in his own person the earliest church, altogether rests. If Christ be and first fruits of that glorious resurnot risen, then as the apostle admits, | rection of which all who are members (1 Cor. xv. 14.) “our preaching is of his mystical body shall, in their own vain, and your faith is also vain”-in order, be partakers. short, christianity is an imposition, and We are, my brethren, this day celechristians the most deceived and miser- brating the anniversary of that most able of men! Oh! it was an anxious, blessed and glorious event, which at fearful crisis for the church and the this season, about 1800 years since, world when divine justice laid hold on turned the church's mourning into joy, the sinners' surety, when the sword and filled the disconsolate hearts of the smote the shepherd of the flock, and disciples of Jesus with exultation too the grave entombed the Saviour of the great for utterance or conception, in world—while he lay in the sepulchre of which all their past sorrow was forJoseph, the hopes of the church, the gotten. May the Holy Ghost, the Comdestinies of mankind, lay, as it were, forter, make us partakers of somewhat buried with him. Had the seal remained of a corresponding joy, while engaged unbroken on the tomb_had death suc- in contemplating the great event of ceeded in detaining our Redeemer cap- which we are reminded in the services tive, then would the gates of hell have of this day, that we too may be indeed triumphed and the infidel would be “ begotten again into a lively hope, by justified in his carnal maxim “let us the resurrection of Jesus Christ from eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.” | the dead.” But it was impossible that the Prince of We are furnished, in the striking life could long be holden, even by the prediction of the prophet Isaiah which tenacious grasp of death : having ac- \ I have chosen for my text, with an in