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every one of your hearts !) that, being risen in Jesus, you are truly the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Entertain, I beseech you, as through his grace you may, this Spirit of adoption, according to the personal union and oneness of God's family, with its blessed Head ; and bring it with you, for the enlargement of your hearts in
whenever you draw nigh to the throne of grace.
(3.) We come this day with a message, full of mercy and consolation, from Him who was dead, and is alive again, for evermore ; even the risen Saviour of sinners. His God, according to the humanity of his nature, is your God; his Father, your Father ; and to this common Lord and parent doth He go; not to leave you comfortless, who are his brethren, according to the adoption of grace ; not to forget you in his absence, and to think only of his own rest and glory. No; He goes thither, to assure you, that your debt is paid, your
surety delivered, your salvation complete. He goes, to exalt your nature into heaven; and to present it glorified before the throne, in Himself. He goes, to send down the Comforter, who shall abide with you for ever; and fill your hearts with that peace, which the world can neither give nor take away. He goes, that He may be able “to save to the uttermost all them who come unto God by Him." He goes, to prepare a
you; that He may come again and receive you to Himself, that where He is, there you may be also. He goes, to reign in your hearts, until He shall come again, to rule his Church in triumphant royalty. Even now, doth He make all things, yea the very agitations and distractions of the Church, work together for your good, as for the good of them that love Him, and are the called, according to his purpose. O then, dear friends in the Saviour, while He is risen and glorious, will ye lie crouching in the dust ?
While He is in heaven, shall your affections remain on earth ? “If
be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.” Lift up your hearts, in holy joy to your Lord ; now not lifted up upon the cross, but upon the throne of mediatorial power and love. Lift them up in the habitual heavenly-mindedness, with which his disciples should follow the Lamb, whithersoever He goeth: and while you walk on earth, live in the spiritual atmosphere, fellowship, and privileges, of your Redeemer's kingdom.
(4.) Have I any tidings to bring to you, my dear hearers, who have never yet stood by the sepulchre, to weep with Mary, over the sins that crucified the Lord of glory, and laid Him there? I cannot address you, as his brethren : I cannot tell you, that He is ascended to his Father and your Father ; for, except providentially, you must not claim to be the children of God. Nevertheless, I have a message from God unto you. I tell you, that Jesus Christ, although risen with power and great glory from the grave in which his humanity slept, and ascended into heaven, is still the same inviting Saviour that He was, in the days of his earthly mercy, when He cried, “Come unto me.” He is still so crying ; still pleading with you : and shall He plead in vain ? If you refuse,
you refuse, will your weakness be able to withstand Him, who is thus proved to have all power in heaven and earth given unto Him? Will your sins be overlooked, when you would not bring them to Him for pardon ? Will his death
you refuse to plead it before God? Will his resurrection avail you, if you choose to lie buried in the grave of imputed, and of reigning sin? No, my hearers, no. The wrath of God is still pronounced against all iniquity : and while your sins cleave to you, and not to Christ, for you, as faith pleads the atonement, you have no part nor lot in the blessings of this day's festival. May the Holy Spirit give you a spiritual resurrection in Christ Jesus : that where sin hath reigned unto
death, even in your hearts, there, may grace reign, through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ; making you meet, in Him, for the joy, the transport, and the blessedness of that hastening day, when He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe !
L. B. SEELEY AND SONS, THAMES DITTON.