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“ on Him, should not perish, but have ever

lasting life.”. John iii. 16. He revealed the ATONEMENT of God the Son, in assuming the human nature, and offering himself up a sacrifice for the sins of men.

My flesh,” saith he, " I will give for the life 5 of the world." John vi. 51.-"A BODY hast “ thou prepared me. Lo, I come to do thy şs will, O God.” Heb. X. 5. - He revealed the INSPIRATION of God the Holy Ghost; which was now to descend from heaven, and to “ abide with men FOR EVER;" (John xiv. 16.) even the spirit of truth which should preprove - THE WORLD of sin, and of " righteousness, and of judgment;" John xxj. 8.; the Holy Spirit, which should “be Er given by our heavenly Father to them that

ASK HIM.” Luke xii, 11. These were the doctrines which were to give . LIGHT to the world. They are comprehended by the Apostle Peter in one sentence. He addresses believers as being “ elect, according to the fore“ knowledge of God the FATHER, through sanc“ tification of the SPIRIT unto obedience; and of sprinkling of the blood of Jesus - CHRIST.”' 1 Pet. i. 2.

These doctrines our Saviour embodied in a short Commission or Charge, which he delivered, after his ascension into heaven, to one of his Apostles. It was given to that Apostle,

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whơm our Lord called “ the CHOSEN VESSEL, " to bear his name to the Gentiles.” Acts ix. '15. For when Paul was proceeding on his way to Damascus, “ a light above the bright«ness of the sun shone around him;" and our Saviour spoke to him from heaven in the fol. lowing words : “ I send thee to the Gentiles " to open their eyes, and to turn them from “ darkness to light, and from the power of “ Satan unto God; that they may receive $forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among “ them which are sanctified by faith, which is sc in me.” Acts xxvi. 18. In This Charge our Lord delivered AFTER his ascension into heaven, expressly for the instruction of his Ministers, in regard to the DOCTRINE they were to preach, and the EFFECTS which should follow. It may therefore be considered as a summary of the doctrine of the four Gospels; and every Minister of Christ ought to engrave it on the tablet of his memory, and comprehend it well; whether he preach “ to Greek or to barbarian, to learned " or to unlearned, to bond or to free.”

Here is first established that fundamental truth, which ought ever to be present with us in all our counsels concerning the promulgation of the gospel, That the Gentiles are " under the power of Satan.”_" I send

thee,” saith our Lord, “ to the Gentilcs,

“ to turn them from the power of Satan unto 4 God." This is a truth which the wisdom of this world swill not receive ;” and it is assaulted by a false philosophy continually: But, like a rock assailed by the restless waves, it will remain for ever IMMOVEABLE. For what we call a revelation from heaven, is properly a revelation of this, That all men are by nature “ in darkness, and under the power of Satan;" and that Christ hath come « to turn them from “ darkness to light, and from the power of “ Satan unto God."

• The second part of our Saviour's Charge declares the EFFECTS of preaching the Gospel, namely, That the Gentiles should receive « for: “ giveness of sins by faith in Christ," and that « their eyes should be OPENED.” These are the effects in this world.

The third part declares the consequence in the world to come; that they should receive a glorious “ INHERITANCE among them which “ are sanctified;" that is, among them which “ are made meer by the Holy Ghost” to become partakers" of the inheritance of the “ saints in light.” Col. i. 12.

These were the doctrines of Light " which 6. were now made manifest, and, by the com“ mandment of the everlasting God, were to “ be made known to all nations.”-And our Saviour said unto his Disciples, 6 Go ye into

« all the world, and preach the Gospel onto “ every creature.” They accordingly went forth. Though

Though unlearned men, they went forth with confidence, to CHANGE THE RELIGION OF THE WORLD. The darkness of paganism receded before them; and in process of time there was a general illumination.

In the course of three hundred years, “ THE

EVERLASTING GOSPEL” was published generally throughout the habitable world: and a great company were gathered out of many'na: tions, who became partakers of “ the INHERI“ Tance among them which are sanctified.” But, during that period “the children of light” had to maintain a fiery conflict with the powers of darkness. For a new thing appeared upoti the earth. The pagan religions, though they differed from each other in form, yet agreeing in principle, had existed in amity together ; because they were of the same kind, and members of the same family. • The strong man, « armed, kept his palace, and his goods were « in peace.” Luke xi. 21. But they no sooner beheld the religion FROM Heaven, than they all united against it, and persecuted it. They hated its purity, its humility, its spiritual worship, its renunciation of self-glory, and its contemplation of eternal life. “ The light shined “ in darkness, and the darkness comprehended " it not." John i. 5. The heathen govern

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ments devoted multitudes of their fellow-sub. jects to death, not for crimes which they had done, but " for righteousness sake;" wondering themselves at their own new and strange work, of which there had been no example in the records of nations. And these multitudes met death with cheerful hope ; because they knew that there would be " a resurrection “ from the dead.” At length the great con-. flict was ended, and the Christian faith obtained the dominion.

But, as Adam, the parent of the human race, fell from his high estate by withdrawing from communion with God, so his descendants folloschis sin, in perverting the truth, and renouncing the gift of heaven. As the chosen race who had communion with God upon earth at Sinai, turned away afterwards and sought salvation by other gods; so that peculiar peopleyýet more highly favoured, who had “ com“munion with the Father, Son, and Holy “ Ghost," turned away" from him who spakei. “ unto them from heaven. Heb. xii. 25. No sooner had the religion of Christ become the religion of the world, and been invested with dignity and power, than it began to be corrupted. Men began “ to hold the truth “ in unrighteousness ;” and “Satan him“ self, was transformed into an Angel : of i

Light,” so as to deceive the nations. They

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