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The writer of that letter says he was unhappy because he had always thought his old nature—the carnal mind-was to be perfectly sanctified; but when he got a glimpse of what Christ was for him before God, and what He had done in condemning but not eradicating sin in the flesh, and, as to its guilt, in putting it away by the sacrifice of Himself, he had peace. It is the work of faith to see this. The first announcement God made in Paradise, and which Adam believed, was, “The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head;" also that the Seed Himself was to be bruised—was to die. He has died. Hence we live—are saved. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

Dear people, I solemnly warn you against rejecting this grace of God. I impress it on you, you are either converted, or you are not; you have either seen Jesus, or you have never seen Him, and are yet in your

sins; you are on the verge either of a converted or an unconverted eternity; you are either a candidate for heaven, or you are one of Satan's slaves led captive at his will. There is no middle condition, beloved hearers. “Well, then,” you say, “what am I to do ?” Mark, when God told the good news to Adam, that the Seed of the woman who should bruise the serpent's head would Himself, for us and for our salvation, be bruised, what had Adam to do? Why, nothing. Adam was passive; he received the message ; he believed God.

There is, to my own heart, a sweet thought here, which I would not willingly pass over. It is this—it was Eve who was first in the transgression, not Adam ; but, mark, Adam went down with Eve into the deepest depths rather than be separated from her, even to the death and separation from Paradise that sin had caused. Thus it was the Church who had sinned; but Christ, the Second Adam, became one with His Church-not a partaker of her sin, for He knew no sin; but He took her place in judgment, with sin upon Him. We


cannot lower or compromise the truth, beloved : Jesus took the sin of His Church-He who had no sin in Him, was made sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Eve was in the transgression, and Adam must either take his stand with her who was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, or he must take his stand apart from her. He chose the former. In a sense, he left Paradise for her sake; and the “ Lord for our sake became poor, that we through his poverty might be made rich.”

But mark further. Man, out of Paradise, had nothing but the Word of God which told of redemption. The world was enmity to God; His Word was despised, and from that day there sprang up two parties—the Cain party, who hugged a ruined world, and the Abel party, who embraced the Word. These two exist to this day; the one party loving and adorning a ruined world, trying to make the best of it, as is seen wherever the Cain principle culminates, and where men are trying to be happy outside of God; and the other, like Abel, content with knowing the truth of God, and in finding salvation through the blood of the Lamb.

Dear friends, in which class are you? My heart's prayer for you is, that you may be saved - that, taking God at His word, you may see Jesus, “ bruised for your iniquities.'

He who knew no sin was made sin for us.” May the Holy Ghost, whose work it is, take of the things of Christ, and show it to your soul. “ This is eternal life, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." The world does not know this. Do you know it? God give you, beloved people, to stand still, as did Moses, and see the salvation of God. - Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

I bring you the good news of God, the message of His love; not that you must first love God, but

that God first loved you, and now that what you need is to know it; thence to your believing soul will spring a thousand joys-a thousand anticipations—each one like the mystic “white stone,” known only to such as have them. Beloved, may you have that receptive mind of which we have spoken this morning; may you receive God's truth as a little child—see Jesus as He is presented to you—see His blood for righteousness, and, like the lily that toils not, neither does it spin, may you simply believe, and enter into rest. May you “ see Jesus.May the Lord, by His Spirit, teach you. May He bless you. May God bless you.



"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine owu sake, and will not remember thy sins.”—ISAIAH xliii. 25.

READING from the 21st verse of this chapter, we find God's solemn indictment against the sinner; and His great discharge. As to the indictment

This people,” says God, “I have formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise." The chief end of man was that he might glorify God, and enjoy Him for ever. This was the end for which God created man. Have you ever thought whether or not you have answered that end? It is a simple question, but most important.

God formed man for His own glory, that he might live in His knowledge, and in the enjoyment of the Being that made him. How noble and glorious an end is this!

“A people,” says God, " formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.” This was true of Israel, to whom the words refer, and it is true also of us. “ But,” says God,

Thou hast not called upon me.” God's charge is that we have not even called upon Him. How slighting is this! We have shown no desire for Him, and have

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not gone the slightest way to meet Him; we have been living as if He had never formed us for His glory, and as if there were no God. It were worth twenty deaths, beloved friends, if we could get even one of you this morning to see and enjoy the end for which you had been created. Alas ! men have wrong thoughts about God: their estimate of Him is, that He wants to punish them—to keep them away from Him. But no: His unchanging thought is, that man should be brought into the fulness of all the love there is in Himself. Will you not look at Him in this light now?

Do not make an imaginary God, as one who conceives an imaginary enemy, and then dreads him. Nobody has a better right to know me than myself. knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him ? even so, the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. ii. 11.) Only you, yourself, can know what you are, and it is only God who can tell what He in Himself is; and here in His Word He reveals Himself towards us as a God of love -- as having loved from all eternity; for He is unchangeable. “I am the Lord, I change not.” (Mal. iii. 6.) I may change, you may change; but from everlasting to everlasting He is the same God, and He will be the same throughout everlasting ages.

But what He complains of is, that notwithstanding such love, we have not called upon Him— have not come to Him-have not had conimunion with Him; or, if we have professed communion, it has not been such as He required--the communion of child with Father-of the saved with their Saviour. If meni spoke truly, many of them would not call Him their Father, but Tyrant or Judge: but God made man for Himself, not that He might judge or condemn him, but that he might be like a stream of life and peace returning to the ocean of His love—that he might be like the light of yon orb, each beam pure as its fount

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