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Holding faith and a good conscience ; which some having
pút away, concerning faith, have made shiprureck.... 1 Tim. i. 19.
“ HE that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.". Mark xiii. 13. So the master taught; so disciples believe. By perseverance in the faith, the crown shall be enjoyed. So glory perfects what grace begins. God's power is faith's confidence; God's truth is faith's assurance; faith's author and faith's finisher is Jesus. Therefore, “the righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger,” saith the son of faith and patience....Job xvii. 9. '“ The top-stone (of finished salvation) shall be brought forth with shoutings, crying grace, grace!".... Zech. iv. 7.
Such are the immutable truths of the covenant of grace, the gospel of grace, and the God of grace. Whatever legal spirits do, gracious souls will ever draw gracious influences from the safety and security
“ Let him who thinketh he 'standeth, take heed lest he fall.”.... 1 Cor. x. 12. Take heed that he be 'not high-minded, and trust in uncertain riches that he fancies he hath obtained by his own faithfulness, creature-ability, and 'natural free-will, and so be led away from trusting in the living God, who giveth all things. Many such self-sanctified saints have, and do daily fall away, and have made terrible shipwreck of their fancied faith, imaginary good conscience, self-applauding inherent righteousness, and have perished in the gulph of vain glory and presumption. Therefore see to it, disciple, that you hold fast, and contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to God's saints: such as the doctrines of eternal election to salvation, according to the everlasting covenant love of the ever glorious trinity, a finished salvation by the atonement, full justification by the perfect righteousness of Jesus, and final perseverance in holiness by the Spirit of truth. Hold them fast, not in word only, but in power, as the essential truths of Jehovah, as the very life and joy of thy soul. So shalt thou have and keep a good conscience, sprinkled from guilt by the blood of Jesus; and a good testimony of it by the Spirit of grace, through faith. Ever remember, “the answer of a good conscience towards God is by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”.... i Pet. iii. 21. Thou couldst obtain it no other way. Thou canst only enjoy it by the faith of this. Beware of putting this away. Hold it fast. Be “confident of this very thing, that he who hath began a good work (of faith and love in thee) will perform it unto the day of Christ.”.... Philip. i. 6.
Amidst a thousand snares I stand,
Grace will complete what grace begins,
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth....John xvii. 19.
BELIEVERS have the strongest assurance of attaining the highest degree of holiness their souls are capable of enjoying, from a reconciled God, from an interceding Mediator, and from the influences of the Holy Spirit. How precious is every work of JRSUS! Hath ## shed his blood to procure our pardon? Hath He wrought out a righteousness to justify us? What then? Doth he commit a stock of inherent grace to us, to improve and be faithful to, in order to sanctify and consecrate ourselves to God? Ono! ever be aware of this notion: it leads to pride, nourishes a spirit of independence on our head, makes faith void, vacates the office of the Spirit, and is therefore to be rejected as a dangerous heresy.
But, saith Jesus, " for the sakes of all my dear members, į sanctify myself.” Not to the office of priest. This was by the call of the Father.... Heb. V. 4, 5...not to make holy his human nature. He was sanctified by the Spirit....Luke i. 35. Bụt our Lord here speaks of his willingly becoming THE LAMB for a sacrifice, to take away the sin of the world. O, to this he most cheerfully set himself apart, consecrated himself to God for the sake of ALL his beloved members, according to the covenant of truth, the law of truth, and the grace of truth: and to this blessed end, " that they also may be sanctified through the truth."
Through this same truth, all the members of Jesus, being yet unborn, and having neither done good or evil, were to be sanctified, set apart, or consecrated unto God. Thus " Jesus suffered without the gate, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood."..... Heb. xiii. 12. "God chose them from the beginning, through the sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.”...? Thess. ii. 13. Through belief of what truth doth the Spirit sanctify? Through the faith of Jesus, who is the TRUTH, they are sanctified to God. Acts xxvi. 18....are made vessels for his use and to his glory. Poor drooping believer, thou feelest thy sins and corruptions, thou groanest under a body of sin and death, and therefore sayest, 'I am not sanctified, I have no part nor lot in this matter.' What! believe the truth; believe in Jesus, and yet destitute of the sanctification of the Spirit? Impossible. As verily as Jesus hath consecrated thee to God by his blood, his Spirit hạtḥ sanctified thee through faith. “ Abide in me,” saith the Lamb; sp wilt thou enjoy more fellowship with him, and be more conformed to his image.
Did Jesus sanctify himself
We're sanctified through the truth: Because his members were unclean! From hence no lie did ever spring: Then all who now believe in him, But all will sure be liars found Are freed from all the curse of sin. Who daro to say, we have no sin. M.
But lo do good and to communicate forget not; for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased....Heb. xiii, 16.
THROUGH the artful wiles of Satan, the corrupt reasonings of deceitful nature, and the doctrines of false teachers, disciples are in danger of errors on the right hand and on the left. Because good works do not merit: God's favor, and entitle us to his acceptance, therefore, say some, "We cannot do any thing that is good and well-pleasing in the sight of God.' So if Satan cannot blind us by false hopes and legal confidences, hę strives to poison our minds with detestable, licentious notions, dishonorable to Jesus, contrary to faith, subversive of love, and destructive of the holiness and peace of the gospel. But it cannot be go when Jesus is beheld and rea joiced in as our sacrifice and atonement for sin, as our beloved, in whom our persons are accepted. “By him we are made priests unto God.” He is our altar, on which our sacrifices are offered, and which consecrates our gifts, Are we exhorted to do good, and to please our gracious God and loving Father? Faith excites most powerfully ; love binds with strongest cords; and hope apimates with the most prevailing pleas to this. "Christ our passover is sacrificed for us." Such was his love. In gratitude for sych love to sacrifice our all to him is ever our bounden duty.
Shame to us that we should be prone to forget this. Exhortations remind us that we are apt to thủs; and of what our Lord expects from us. God hath not forgotten to be gracious to us. Jesus never intermits in his suịt for us. Shall we forget our duty, and neglect at any time to do good on earth? Not study daily to pleasa him who is our portion, our all in time and eternity? Doth the glori, ous Jehovah condescend to assure us; I am well pleased with your beneficence, your communicative goodness to my creatures, and your brethren for my sake? and shall we ever be unmindful of, and indifferent about this matter? Forbid it, Lord! animate us with more of the fire of love! To live without prayer and praise, argues insensibility and ingratitude ; not to study to glorify God in oyr actions, shews the want of love ; and where the spirit of prayer, praise, love, and obedience is wanting, where, alas, is our evidence that we are the children of the gracjous God, members of a compassionate Saviour, and influenced by the Spirit of love!
Thron'don a cloud oar judge shall come, By the Redeemer's sacrifice,
Bright flames prepare his way, Who seal'd it with his blood. Thunder and darkness, fire and storm, Their faith and works brought forth to Lead on the dreadful day.
Shall make the world confesso (lightni Naw gather all my.saints (he cries) My sentence of reward is right,
That are at peace with God, And heav'n adores my grace.
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according
tò thy word....Psalm cxix. 25.
One would dread that state most of all others, which St. Paul describes, “ being past feeling."....Ephes. 4. 19. True, there is this alleviation, such are insensible of their deplorable condition. But if the great trumpet of the gospel awakes not the soul in this life to spiritual sense and feeling, verily the loud archangel's trumpet will awaken it to hear its awful sentence and feel its dreadful doom in the last day. O what a miracle of grace to be quickened, to know one's misery, to feel one's wants, to believe the remedy, and cry for relief! This blessed work is not of the will of the flesh. No man can quicken his own soul; it is the sovereign work of almighty power; it is equally ascribed to the loving Father, the redeeming Son, and the sanctifying Spirit...John v. 21. and vi. 63....therefore gracious souls give all the glory to the ever-blessed trinity. Free-will is the child of pride, it dwells in the heads of almost christians, and is only boasted of by the enemies of truth.
“ I am come, that my children might have life," saith Jesus. He quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins ; and then they cry to him to have life more abundantly. Here is the wisdom of heaven-born souls ; they deny themselves of the vain pleasures, carnal delights, and sensual gratifications of this world. They know these things oppose the life, interrupt the peace, and damp the joy of their souls. Their only happiness centers in Jesus....in life and love communicated from him; therefore they study to avoid such things as are contrary to his mind and will: and as they too often find a cleaving to dust, to the sensible, earthly, vain enjoyments of this world, this alarms them....it is a burden and grief to them: they pour out their complaints to their beloved Jesus, with, Master, let it not be thus ; quicken my drooping spirit, enliven my declining heart, cheer my languishing soul, according to the word of thy grace, the truth of thy promises.' Here is the blessed confidence of faith. His word is our plea; by that we have assurance of being heard and answered. The precepts of his word teach us his will ; and we can not feel a want but God's word promises to supply; therefore that is the warrant of faith, a light to direct our feet; and so also it is our best directory for prayer. So Christ prays for all his, “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.”....John xvii. 17.
•My soul at times cleaves to the dust; O keep them ever fix'd on thee, • Lord, give me life divine;
My Lord, my life, my love: "From vain desires and ev'ry lust Low vanities may I despise,
•Turn off these eyes of mine.' And seek those things above.
Wherefore Jesus alsa, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate....Heb. xii, 12.
Sin viewed in the glass of God's holy law, fills the soul with terror, works wrath in the conscience, and leaves the sinner under the curse without hope: but while the infinitely precious sacrifice of Jesus is beheld, sin appears exceeding sinful; the sinner is truly humbled, sin is loathed, Christ is cleaved to, and hope springs up in the sin-distressed conscience.
In the tabernacle of old, as there were no windows in it, a lamp was to burn always, that the house of God might not at any time be in darkness: this the Lord ordained unto the children of Israel.... Exod. xxvii. 21. As the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth, we sce Jesus, who is the altar, the sacrifice, and the priest, by and through whom we are sanctified. This truth is to be kept daily burning bright in the lamp of faith, in the temple of the heart. The man Jesus, upon whom all the sins of the elect were laid, was made a curse for them; he cheerfully devoted himself, his holy body, his precious blood, his innocent soul, as a sin-offering for them in the great day of atonement., “By his one offering he hath for ever perfected all them that are sanctified;" that is, separated by the choice of the Father as the objects of his love. They are all consecrated to God by the blood of Jesus.
As the bodies of the beasts, under the law, were burnt without the camp, and their blood brought into the holy of holies, and sprinkled on the mercy-seat, so our dear and ever precious Jesus suffered all the inexpressible agonies of soul and body, from the fire of God's wrath, due to our sin; bore all the scandal, curse, and reproach of it “ without the gate of the city,” as an alien and outcast of the people. His own most precious blood having once purged, expiated, and taken away the guilt of sin, and made perfect reconciliation for bis people, it ever speaks in their behalf, and pleads their cause before the throne; averts all wrath from them, and obtains all blessing for them: thus we are purged from the guilt of sin; thus we are consecrated unto God. In the faith of this, we have boldness to enter into the holiest, even by the blood of Jesus." Thus purged, thus consecrated, every believer is a priest unto God; he is encouraged to draw nigh to God with confidence of access; and it is his high and peculiar honor “to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”.... 1 Pet. ii. 5.
•We see the blood of Jesus shed, By this we're sanctify'd to God,
• Whence all our comforts rise ; A people for his praise: (word, • The sinner views th’atonement made, Faith takes the blessing from Christ's "And loves the sacrifice.'
And glories in his grace.