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voice of Christ, attesting the infinite perfection of his work, as to think of adding his own righteousness to the Lord's only and all-sufficient righteousness ? Did not the same voice, as it were, tell you, that, “ other foundation can no man lay, save that is laid, which is Jesus Christ ?” He will be all, or nothing, in your justification. He finishes the work Himself; and He will not divide its glory with you. God gives the righteousness of Christ, as He gave manna to the Israelites in the wilderness ;-that He might humble them,not by the quality of the food, for that was heavenly; but by the manner in which it was given ; so convincing them of absolute and exclusive dependance upon it. Learn to count all things but loss, that you may win Him. And may it be the blessed experience of your souls, and mine, each to say, “ I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” SERMON VIII.
THE LAST VOICE FROM THE CROSS.
LUKE XXIII. 46.
AND WHEN JESUS HAD CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, HE SAID, FATHER INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT; AND HAVING SAID THUS, HE GAVE UP THE GHOST.
The holy ordinances, in which we have been engaged, during the week now so nearly left behind us, may be compared to a large and lofty hill, which, as the traveller ascends, opens to him some striking prospect, at every stage of his progress. Thus have we been solicited by the view of Christ Jesus, in the different scenes of his last suffering, as we were invited to behold them, in the record of the word, and with the eye of faith. Every step, while it
THE LAST VOICE FROM THE CROSS.
shewed something serious, solemn, awful to a believer, having gracious communion with the passion of his Redeemer, served also to exhibit the extent of mercy, purchased for him by that Redeemer's death, and his own property in it. The echoes of Christ's love in the covenant of grace cried to every true disciple, concerning gospel blessings, thus revealed by his preaching, and bought with his blood, “All these will I give thee, and the glory of them, for that is delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it.” And surely, it is a blessed prospect, and a blessed assurance, which faith gives, when it appropriates them to the souls of Christ's disciples, and saith of them, All things are yours, for ye are his, and He is God's.
The course of the history this evening, as well as the table of the Lord this morning,' have, at length conducted us to the summit of the hill, even the hill of crucifixion. If we are standing there, the members of his body by faith, and crucified with Him, then, on this side the world of cloudless vision, and of endless glory, with Him in the city of our God, at his second coming, we cannot be nearer heaven. Look around, ye, who desire to have your conversation there—look around you, and contemplate the salvation, which is now your own, and the enjoyment, of which it is the pledge and foretaste. Can you turn to the cross, and, beholding the dying Jesus, say of Him, “This God is my God for ever and ever?" Then may you also contemplate the fair heritage of life and happiness, which the Father hath treasured up in Him, and say, “ He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things ?” The words of the text form the last of the seven sayings uttered by our dear Lord and Saviour, on the cross : and therefore, complete the purpose I had in view for your spiritual im
provement, in bringing them before you;not indeed with such reflections as fully befit their high import; for they would imply a closer, a more intimate, a more endearing communion with Christ, and with the mind of God in Him, than I have attained; but merely with such as present themselves to my mind, through its weak glimmerings of gracious sight. And, I beseech you to plead with God for me, in prayer, that the
of my understanding being enlightened, I may know far more fully, what is the hope of our Father's calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, by the spirit of wisdom and revelation : so that, if permitted a little while longer, to preach to you the unsearchable riches of Christ, I may say with the deep meaning of the beloved disciple, “ That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you; that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."