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This brings me to the last part of my subject; for these words imply a well-grounded hope that we shall see His power and His glory. Yes, glory ineffable, indescribable, eternal !—the glory of His Person; the glory of His Throne; the glory of His reign. Ha! yes, if we do not see the power and glory as we would see it now, the time is at hand when «He that shall come will come and will not tarry;" and we shall see the unfoldings of His direct power, and we shall see the glory—we shall see Himself-His majesty! and beauty! even Him “whom, having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Oh! come that time! Oh! come that glory!
Meanwhile we have already seen the beginnings of God's saving power in this very place. On Friday last, we sat, commemorating the dying love of our dear Lord around that table. In the morning there were two individuals, among others, who came, saying they had been under God's awakening power. I put the truth before them as I will before you, before I conclude, and there was seen at once in them the precious rest it gives— the peace that passeth all understanding filled their souls; and what think you did they say, on receiving the truth ?
“ Sir," said they, “may we not go to the table to-night?” And straight from the cross, where they had newly found their salvation, they went to the table, even the same night.
And on the previous night, also, many rejoiced on receiving salvation; and there are many souls here this morning saying, “ What shall we do to be saved ?” It is not the power of a place, but the power of the truth! Oh, it is the sinner saying, “I want Jesus—I want rest-I want heaven-I want salvation.” It is this, beloved, that we want this morning. Oh, that He would now give a longing for Himself to enter a thousand hearts, that you might be saved, have salvation here !
We are a multitude this morning, and soon—in a little while-every one who hears me will have passed away for ever from opportunities like these. Yes, for ever; for time is passing, and we are hurrying to Eternity
“Every moment souls are dying,
Hast’ning to receive their doom."
And when a few more years are come—from that top gallery, where those eager faces gleam with intelligence, and all round these lower galleries—not a soul among us but will either be in heaven or hell! Some one prayed the other day, indicating that this world is a vast grave, and so it is. The grave is a scene of death -the world is a scene of death. The
is a scene of corruption—the world is a scene of corruption. But this is the glorious Gospel of the blessed God—that the Lord of glory, who was with the Father—who was the everlasting Word-came down from the Father-down to this grave (came as He came to the grave of Lazarus) into the very place of death, gave Himself up to die on the cross- “ He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities"_s0 that He can now stand forth, in this Golgotha-world and say, “ Lazarus, come forth !” 6 Sinner, come forth ! Because He died, we live. - Believest thou this?" “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Said Christ—“He that heareth my words, and believeth in him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.”
In conclusion, let me tell you of the manner in which a number of poor prisoners received the truth, and went away, not leaping from their chains, but in their chains.
I said, in the Calton Jail in Edinburgh, to a poor woman, “When you go home what will you do?
What will you say to your family ?" (She was a prisoner; I had been preaching to the prisoners, twice that day, in the Calton Jail.)
“Oh," she said, “when I go home”-and the very thought of home seemed to break her heart
I asked, "What makes you weep?" “Sir, I think of my five children and husband. “What will you do when you go among them?” She replied, “ I will tell them what I have got.” I said, “ What have you got?" There she was in the prison garb, a miserable spectacle. “Oh, sir," said she, “I have got Christ; I have got salvation." “You got Christ; you got salvation ?” “Yes,
“ How do you know you have got Christ?“ “Why, sir, have you not told us that every sinner that believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is saved-has Christ?” 6. But what did the Lord Jesus Christ ever do for you?"
“ He died for the sinner, even the greatest.” " Then he died for you?” “Yes.” “And you have not to die?” " I have not to die.” happy?" Explaining a gush of tears that came from her eyes, she said, “What makes me unhappy is, that I have five months more to stop in prison." I said, and I may say it here, “I only wish that my circumstances would enable me to take your chains and your prison garb, and send you to your home—to your husband and five children." At this, the other prisoners were in tears, and I said, “ Ah, poor prisoners, you marvel at this, that I would take her place; but that is the Gospel. The Lord came, and put himself under the stripes I had to receive—the Lord of glory took the chains that were on me—the Lord entered the very prison-house, where the prisoners were incarcerated by the great jailor Satan, or, rather, where we were held over to Divine justice — the Lord took the five months' (died) that I might go free. Dear people, this is the Gospel. This is salvation for the lost. I pronounce it this morning to the very darkest and guiltiest that may be within these walls. O sinner / SINNER! stand still and see the salvation of God. God gave Christ to suffer and to die for the sinner; and the sinner receiving Him - believing in Him—is saved. • Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ'-only believe-- BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS ČHRIST, AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED.""
66 Are you
May God in His infinite grace, by His own blessed Spirit, seal His truth on your hearts, that you may know what it is to be saved! Why not now sayGod, then, is my God, I can say it, for He is for the sinner-He gives Himself to the sinner-and so I can say, “My God.”
May God bless you. May the Lord bless you.
THE LOVE OF GOD.
" But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” And, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." —Rom. v. 8; and latter clause of 5th verse.
I SHALL endeavour now, for a little, to speak to you plainly concerning the love of God. I say plainly, because there are millions who know it not; who know not its message, or knowing it imperfectly, have never known God; and consequently have never intelligently known God's salvation; and are buffeted about by every wind of doctrine — by every doubt and fear arising from their not knowing clearly and plainly the love of God. And, furthermore, I want to speak it plainly, that there may
be no doubt as to the fact of this love being, first of all, in God Himself, and not in us, but only in us as seen to be first in Him towards us. The love is first of all outside of us. Hence it is that God commends it to us as a thing we are to see, and on seeing it to embrace and possess; or, as the word is, to have it “sbed abroad in our hearts (as an actual experience] by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.