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mentions that the Israelites, on leaving Egypt,
all passed through the sea, seems to be that he
might show that they had sacraments of the same
description as those of the Christian church. He
therefore speaks of their baptism in connexion
with it; that they were all baptized unto Moses in
the cloud and in the sea. They were initiated into the
Mosaic dispensation, and induced to comply with
its ordinances, in consequence of the goodness of
God being manifested to them on this occasion;
His cloud being over them to guide and protect
them, and the waters being a wall unto them on their
right hand and on their left, while they went into
the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and passed
in safety through its channel. It became them
as the preserved and blessed people of God, who
were so highly favoured by Him, to devote them-
selves to His service, to live in obedience to His
laws. This baptism of the Israelites was an
example or type of Christian baptism. As they
were bound to be the servants of God, in conse-
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Egypt, from the house of bondage, and having
been carried in safety under the Divine guidance
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authority. His servants ye are, said the apostle, to whom ye obey;91 for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.91 And those who do the works of the devil shall not be accounted the servants of God, nor partake of His favour or blessing, notwithstanding they may make a profession of religion.

Let us beware of deceiving ourselves with having a name to live, while we are indeed dead to God; while we know Him not, have no fellowship, no communion, no intercourse with Him in the spirit of our minds; while we love Him not, and obey not His commandments. It is a privilege to have been baptized, to have been devoted to the service of God, but those only who are washed and sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God, will obtain His blessing hereafter; for the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.92 And they deceive themselves who imagine that their outward privileges will ensure to them the favour of God, without the end being answered for which these privileges were granted. If then the works of the devil, or the love of the world, or the fulfilment of the sinful desires of the flesh mark our conduct, it is evident that we are none of His whose name we bear; but as we are living in disobedience to His authority, we can have no reason to expect that we shall not be disowned and rejected by Him in the great and terrible day of the Lord, when God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.93 Let us then consider seriously our baptismal obligations, and pray earnestly for Divine grace to enable us to fulfil them, that we may receive the benefits connected with them, both in this world and in eternity.

91 Romans vi. 16; ii. 13.

92 1 Corinthians vi. 11, 9, 20.

The apostle speaks further of the Israelites partaking of another sacrament besides that of baptism; one which corresponds with the Christian ordinance of the Lord's supper. They did all eat the same spiritual meat, and did all drink the same spiritual drink ; for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. They ate of the manna which was given them from heaven day by day; and was a type or representation of the living bread which came down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof and not die.94 They drank of the water which flowed from the smitten rock, which was a type of Christ smitten for the sins of the world; wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, having the chastisement of our peace laid upon Him, that with His stripes we might be healed.95 We have the privilege of the Lord's supper being administered among us, in which we are called upon to com

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93 Eccles. xii. 14.

94 John vi. 51, 50.

95 Isaiah liii. 5.

authority. His servants ye are, said the apostle, to whom ye obey;91 for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.91 And those who do the works of the devil shall not be accounted the servants of God, nor partake of His favour or blessing, notwithstanding they may make a profession of religion.

Let us beware of deceiving ourselves with having a name to live, while we are indeed dead to God; while we know Him not, have no fellowship, no communion, no intercourse with Him in the spirit of our minds; while we love Him not, and obey not His commandments. It is a privilege to have been baptized, to have been devoted to the service of God, but those only who are washed and sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God, will obtain His blessing hereafter; for the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.92 And they deceive themselves who imagine that their outward privileges will ensure to them the favour of God, without the end being answered for which these privileges were granted. If then the works of the devil, or the love of the world, or the fulfilment of the sinful desires of the flesh mark our conduct, it is evident that we are none of His whose name we bear; but as we are living in disobedience to His authority, we can have no reason to expect that

91 Romans vi. 16; ii. 13.

92 1 Corinthians vi. 11, 9, 20.

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