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demption, a price being paid for the haring we have done; and this is by the blood of your Lord, who came and stored in your place and stead, and died your death for your transgressions. Thus has he ransomed you from your transgressions, by blood, and covered your polluted and deformed souls with righteousness Rom. viii. 34 ; Gal. ii. 13); for the sake of which, Gyd passeth by you, and will not hurt you, when he comes to judge the world.
Chr. This is brave ; now I see that there was something to be learned by our being pardoned by word and deed. Good Jercy, let us labour to keep this in mind; and my children, do you remember it also. But, Sir, was not this it that made my good Christian's burthen fall from off his shouider, and that made him give three leaps for joy?
Gr.h. Yes, it was the belief of this that cut of those strings, that could not be cut by other means; and it was to give him a proof of the virtue of this, that he was sutiered to carry his burthen to the cross.
Chr. I thought so ; for though my heart was lightful and joyous before, yet it is ten times more lightsome and joyous now. And I am persuaded by what I have felt though I have felt but little as yet i, that if the most burthened man in the world was here, and did see and believe as I now do, it would make his heart the more merry and blitse.
Gr.t. There is not only one comfort, and the ease of a burthen brought to us, by the sight and consideration of these, but an endeared affection begot in us by it ; for who can (if he does but once think that pardon comes not only by promise, but thus) but be affected with the way and means of redemption, and so with the man that hath wrought it for him ?
Chr. True ; methinks it makes my heart bleed to think, that he should bleed for me. Oh ! thou loving One ! Oh! thou blessed One ! Thou deservest to have me ; thou hast bought me; thou deservest to have me all ; thou hast paid for me ten thousand times more than I am worth ! No marvel that this made the water stand in my husband's eyes, and that it made him trudge so nimbly on ; I am persuaded he wished me with him ; but vile wretch that I was ! I let him come all alone. 0 Mercy, that thy father* and mo
• Thy father'- When believers, 'in the warmth of their affections,' feel the bumbling, melting, endearing, and sanc. lifying effects of contemplating the glory of the cross, and the love of Christ in dying for sinners, and considering them. selves as the special objects of that inexpressible compassion and kindness, they are apt to conclude that the belief of the propositions, that Christ loves them and died for them, and thai God is reconciled to them, produces the change by its owo influence; and would affect the most carnal liearts in the same manner, could men be persuaded to believe it : for they vainly imagine, that apprehensions of God's severity, and dread of bis vengeance, are the sources of the enmity whicl. sinners manifest against him. Hence very lively and affectionate Christians have frequently been prone to sanction the unscriplural tenet, that the justifying act of faith con sists in assuredly believing that Christ died for me in particular, and that God loves ine; anil to consider this appropriation as preceding repentance and every other gracious disposition; and in some sense the cause of regeneration, wiather were here ; yea, and Mrs. Timorous also; nay, I wish with all my heart, that here ning the heart to love God, and to rejoice in him and in obeying his commarulments. From this doctrine others have inferred, that if all men, and eren devils ion, believed the love of God to them, and his purpose at length to make them happy, they would be won over from their rebellion against him, which they persist in from a mistaken ilea, that he is their implacable enemy; and they make this one main argument, in support of the salutary tendency of the final restitution scheine. But all these opinions arise froin a file and flattering estinate of human nature ; for the carnal mind hates the scriptural character of God, and the ginry displayed in the cross, even more than that which shines forth in the fiery law. Indeed, if we take away the offensive part of the Gospel, the honour it puis upon the law and its awful sanctions, and the exhibition it makes of the divine justice and holiness, it will give the proud carnal heart bit little umbrage : if we adımit that men's aversion to God and religion arise from misapprehension, ani not desperate wiekediness, many will endure the dortrine. A reconciliation, in which God assures the sinner that he has forgiven hiin, even before he has repented of his sins, will suit men's priile; and if he have been previously frighted, a great tiow of affections will follow; but the event will prove, that they dir. fer essentially from spiritual love of God, gratitude, holy jov, and genuine bumiliation, which arise from a true pero ception of the glorious perfections of God, the righteousness of his law and government, the real nature of redemption, and the odiousness and desert of sin. In short, all such schemes render regeneration needless ; or substitute something else in its stead, which is effected by a natural process, and not by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. But when this divine agent has communicated life w the soul, and a capacity is producel of perceiving and relishing spirimal excellency, the enmity against Gol receives a mortal wound; fron that season the more his real character and glory are known, the greater affection will be excited, and a proportionable transformation into the same boly image effected. Then the view of the cross, as the grani display of all the harmonious perfections of the Godheil, will soit en, bumble, and meliorate the heart; while the perruasior of an interest in these besinys, and an admiring senze o uaving received suci inconceivable Lavours from this glori
was Madam Wanton too. Surely, surely, their hearts would be affected ; nor could the fear of the one, nor the powerful lusts of the other, prevail with them to go home again, and refuse to become good pilgrims.
Gr.-h. You speak now in the warmth of your affections ; will it, think you, be always ihus with you ? Besides, that is not communicated to every one, nor to every one that did see your Jesus bleed. There were that stood by, and that saw the blood run from the heart to the ground, and yet were so far off this, that, instead of lamenting, they laughed at hini ; and, instead of becoming his disciples, did harden their hearts against him. So that all that you have, my daughters, you have by peculiar impression made by a divine contemplating upon what I have spoken to you. Remember that it was told you, that the hen, by her common call, gives no meat to her chickens. This you have, therefore, by a special grace. ous and holy Lord God, will still farther elevate the soul above al! Jow pursuits, and constrain it to the most unreserve ed and self-denying obedience. But while the heart remains unregenerate, the glory of God and the Gospel will either be misunderstood, or hated in proportion as it is discovered. Such views and affections therefore as have been described spring from special grace; are not produced by the natural efficacy of any sentiments, but by the immediate influences of the Holy Spirit ; so that even true believers, though they habitually are persuaded of their interest in Christ, and the love of God io them, are only at times thus filled with holy affections: nor will the same contemplations constantly excite similar exercises; but they often bestow much pains to get their minds affected by them in vain ; while at other umes a single glance of thought fills them with the most fer vent emotions of holy love and joy.
Now I saw still in my dream, that they went on until they were come to the place that Simple, and Sloth, and Presumption, lay and slept in, when Christian weat by on pilgrimage ; and behold they were hanged' up in irons a little way off on the other side. Then said Vercy to him that was their guide and conductor, What are these three men ? and for what are they hanged there?
Gr.ch. These three men were men of bad qualities ; they had no mind to be pilgrims themselves, and whomsoever they could they hindered ; they were for sloth and folly themselves, and whomsoever they could persuade, they made so too ; and withal taught them to presume that they should do well at last. They were asleep when Christian went by ; and now you go by they are hanged.
Mer. But could they persuade one to be of their opinion? Gr.th. Yes, they turned several out of the
Hangad-The dreadful fall and awful deaths of snene professors are often made notorious, for a warning to others, and to put them upon their guard against superficial, slothsal, and presumptors men, who draw ani de mans from the boty wars of God. The names of the persoas thus deluded shew the reasons why men listen to deceivers ; for these are only the occasions of their turning aside, the cause les in the concealed lasts of their ona bearts. The transition is very easy from gruodos meas and processiza without experience, to fake and bose septiments, and then to open ongode liness. These lines are bere inserted under a plaie :
* Bebold here how the slothful are a sign