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ness of the Godhead bodily;" and those his incarnation, all the character and all who would strip Christ of his divinity, the properties of an everlasting love. not only expose your souls to eternal Oh, it is a joy unspeakable that thrills wretchedness, but they go to charge through the soul of man when he confalsehood on the dear and blessed Re-templates the love that redeems his deemer of our souls, because they deny soul. When you read, my Christian the truth of what he said, when he hearers, an account of the goodness of declared, “ I and the Father are one ; our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I I in Him, and He in me.” And again, say, when you read the record of his in the Revelations, he says, “ I am love, who went about doing good, the Alpha and the Omega, the begin when you hear of the great tenderness, ning and the ending, the first and the and patience, and compassion, that he last."
manifested in the days when he soNow, here you perceive is all ful journed on earth, while he was healing ness-here is deity. You see at once all manner of diseases, while he was concentered in Christ all that Jehovah, filling the hearts of men with love, and the Father, can possibly demand at his peace, and joy–when you read an achands on your behalf. You see em- count of this, the tear silently steals bodied in Christ, in your nature, all down the cheek, while the heart is that you as vi!e, weak, perishing sin- full of peace and joy within, overner can possibly need—you see his whelmed with the contemplation of a sufficiency in all things. Here is some- love so infinite and so great. And if thing that you may rest your souls upon. you follow that stream till it finds its It is the Godhead that stamps eternity, way to your own soul, if you will fol. immutability, and infinity on Jesus low that love, the personal and indi. Christ, and this, observe, on all that vidual experience of it in your own Jesus Christ did in our nature. Yes, heart, when you reflect on the infinite deity stamps perfection on his person- goodness that has been manifested in the very perfection of all excellency. the revelation of it to your own soul, Deity inscribes on his mission, Im- that it is a love that has broken a heart manuel, God with us, God on our of stone-a love that has opened the side, Gop embarked in our interests, blind eyes—a love that has turned you and therefore the God that loved us. from the error of your ways-a love Deity, besides, writes infallability on that has discovered to you, that had his mediatorial engagements. It sheds you pursued the path you were going, a lustre on every name, and on every you would perhaps have sunk ere this in office ; and withal, it gives a seal and the vortex of everlasting destruction-a sanction, and perfection, and excel- love that brought you into the liberty lency to his mediatorial work which of the church of GoD-a love that denothing but deity can give it; and livered you, as it is written in the God gave it, when he gave it in Christ twenty-third verse, from the power of by virtue of the union of the manhood darkness, and translated you into the with Godhead, as it is expressly de- kingdom of the dear Son of Goba clared of the work by which Christ love that gave you a title to heavenhath accomplished the redemption of that brought down heaven into your our souls, “ that he hath perfected for soul-a love that taught you to feel the ever them that are sanctified.” power of God revealed in the inner man
And besides this, observe further, if –when you feel this, and when you do you contemplate Jesus Christ as the experience this now, how does it waft Son of God—as God in our nature, your soul to heaven in praise and ado. you give the love that he manifested in / ration. Here, my brethren, are broad
rivers and streams sufficient to lave the prevailing authority? It is because soul in peace, and joy, and gladness. there is in it an infinite fulness, a disBut when you are led to trace back play of every attribute, and every perthese streams to the fountain head, fection. It is because in him there is and see the love that is manifested unto an infinity of wisdom, an infinity of your souls, is a love that had its origin love, and an infinity of power—because in eternity, that it sprung in the heart he is Christ, the power of God, and of God before the world you occupy the wisdom of God. was made—when you learn that the Now, my brethren, if Christ had not incarnation of God's dear Son was infinite power, if he were not the wisonly the manifestation of that love-dom of God, I would ask how would when you learn that it was love which it be possible that he could ever underinduced the Son of God to take your take to nogotiate, to manage, to connature upon him, in order that he duct, and controul all the cases and might make your nature the channel circumstances and concerns of his of communication between the love of church and people? How many cases his Father and your soul. I say, when croud before his court-how many you trace the streams of love that are errands are brought before his throne in your soul unto this fountain head, every moment, moment by moment ; and find that the spring of your salva- yea, multiply the millions upon
millions tion is without a date, without a be-moment by moment, and who shall gipning, then you must conclude, in- take upon himself to explain the evitably, that it will be without an number of cases and circumstances, end, because it is the everlasting love and many of the greatest perplexity, of Jehovah Jesus, who was the be- many of the greatest intricacy? How ginning of all things, the beginning many affilictions, how many sorrows and the end, the first and the last. and distresses are thus brought and
Now take away the divinity of Christ, laid as it were upon his altar, waiting and where will you date the source on them for redress, and counsel to difrom whence the love shall spring that rect, to uphold, to keep, and to relieve, brings salvation to your heart? Oh, and ten thousand other wants and there is no consolation in such a creed evils, to which he as the head of the as that. And then what is it that gives church must listen, and if his wisdom such efficacy to the sacrifice of Christ, were not infinite, how could he meet that when it is applied to the wounded them all? Here again we must clearly conscience and the broken heart, when see on the strength of demonstration it is spiritually applied to the heart that Christ is God, and thus might we that it brings such peace home to the run through every attribute. soul, that it causes the troubled waters
Large, indeed, must be the heart of to rest, that it hushes the storm, and Christ to enter into all the feelings and delivers from every source of appre- all the sorrows of all his people ; yea, hension? What is it that gives the enlarged must be the boundaries and sacrifice of Christ this efficacy—this limits of his soul who can enter into internal efficiency? It is because God all the feelings and sorrows of his is in that sacrifice, God is in that people with all the sympathies of his blood which cleanses your heart from
own heart not neglecting one, adminan evil conscience, and therefore we are stering a blessing to all and a blessing directed to “take heed, and feed the to each individual, as though the care church of God, which he hath pur- of one solitary individual was all that to chased with his own blood.” What is which he had to attend. And infinite it that gives the advocacy of Christ that must be the arm by which he keeps,
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by which he preserves, by which he membrance how often you have been protects his people. Nothing short of on the very verge of falling, one foot, the arm of God could preserve the perhaps, over the precipice, and yet church, and guide it through the wil- you were held on and held upderness into the possessions of that in- perhaps fallen and yet restored? Can heritance, the heavenly Canaan which you call to remembrance how often he has reserved beyond the grave for you have grieved the Spirit of God by all his ransomed and redeemed people. the perpetration of the same offence, His fulness, therefore, my brethren, adding aggravation to your iniquity ? you see is an infinite fulness, and if it can you call to remembrance how be an infinite fulness who has that often you have vowed, how often you fulness but God—that fulness is in have promised, and how often you Christ, therefore Christ is God. have violated your vows and broken
We pass on to observe in the Second your promises ? Can you call to replace, THAT THE FULNESS OF GOD is membrance without emotion the many
tender, kind, and gracious invitations of This is another conclusive argument the crucified Saviour to come to bim, to prove that the fulness of Christ is that you might find rest for your souls the fulness of God, because it is inex- --that your souls may be renewed haustible. If the fulness of Christ within you—that you may have his were the fulness of a mere creature, Spirit in your souls—that your souls why then that fulness must have had may be made a partaker of the Divine a beginning, and if it has had a be- nature, and that you may be united to ginning, then it may have an end. him ? Can you call to remembrance the And here we might say again, if we many overtures of tender expostulation were to add together all the graces that and complaint of Immanuel, God with could be accumulated, that were to be us, that you will not come unto him, found in all the creatures under heaven, that you might have life? And is not and if we were to treasure them up in the patience with which he has borne Christ, separate from his union with all this an infinite patience ? Had the Deity, all those graces would not be patience of Christ been the patience of sufficient. Why? Because it would be a mere man, would you have been liable to fade away, it would die, it here? Oh, it is owing to the goodness would fail, it would be exhausted by of the Lord that we have not before this the millions of guilty and diseased been consumed! And why? Because souls that are every day coming to the his compassions fail not. The patience fountain, they would soon drain it dry, of Jesus is an inexhaustible patience, and it would be proved that Christ out and therefore it is, my Christian breof God were insufficient to meet all the thren, that he has all this time borne exigencies of his people.
with you. I say how often and how No, my brethren, the fulness that is long have you tried his patience—how necessary to reach the boundless, end- long have you proved his patience, and less, countless exigencies of his people, how long and how much has his pamust be as boundless as the stars of tience been tried by the millions of the heaven, and as countless as the sand on earth, the millions that have peopled the sea shore. Is there one solitary this lower world, for now nearly six instant that you can stand alone? Is thousand years, and still Jehovah Jesus there a single moment that you can is infinite in patience, he is the God of put your finger and say, you are not patience and long forbearance, still he in danger of falling away and perish-waits, and waits in order to be graing for ever? Will you call to re
And why, my brethren, is he thus ? | the rich treasury and fountain ever Why does he wait? Why is his pa- springing, ever full, ever flowing, and tience infinite? It is because his pa- never failing. It is well observed by tience is more than that of a mere one, and worthy of your rememcreature—it is because his compassion brance, my brethren, who
says, is impregnated with deity, and there- man Jesus never had, and never fore, it is that your enemies do not will have any existence separate from prevail against you. I would here ask, his union with deity.” And, inasmuch wherefore is it that the combinations as his human nature, through which that have been made from time to the fulness of grace is communicated time against the church of Christ, have unto the souls of men, is inseparably never been able to prevail against it ? united unto the godhead, the fulness Why is it that the multiplied enemies that is in Christ is an indwelling fulthat have united hand in hand to crush ness, and there abideth for ever; therethe poor people of God have never suc- fore, it is said of Christ, that he is a ceeded? How is it that they could never very present help, because his fulness overtop the walls of Zion? It is because is an essential fulness. Not in him divinity is in those walls—" Mount merely to-day and to-morrow ; no, Zion has salvation for walls and for bul- but it dwelleth in him for ever, grace warks.” It has the heights of deity on its to help in every time of need, and thereside, and therefore no enemy can scale fore, we come to him at all times and that wall. And why is it that the wiles find him to be the Saviour that we so and the devices of Satan, that the cun- much stand in need of, because by ning craftiness of the spirit of the power virtue of this abiding fulness which is of the air has never been able to separate in him, he is everywhere present. you from him ? How is it that you Remember the pure river of life, which have not been duped by his devices ? is described in the Revelations, clear It is because there is in Christ the as crystal flows from the throne of depths of deity, that sink deeper than God and of the Lamb, and so long as all the devices that can be laid against that throne shall last, that river will you. There are depths of wisdom in flow, because Christ in God is the Immanuel that can confront and cause eternal Jehovah, Jehovah Jesus, the you to subvert and escape the most rock of ages. All the streams of love, subtle devices that can be planned and mercy, and grace, that we receive, against your peace and happiness. It | flow from Christ the rock of ages. The is an inexhaustible fulness, therefore, riven rock follows his church through it must be the fulness of God.
every stage of its progress through the We will now make a few remarks wilderness, and therefore he is every on the last part of our subject, where where at the same time, at the same we design to show you, THAT IT is moment, and therefore ready to meet
the case and the exigency of every soul. NESS, BUT THAT IT IS AN ABIDING Oh, how full of peace, and comfort,
“ It pleased the Father, and consolation, my brethren, is it for that in him should all fulness dwell.” us to behold God in Christ—that our
All these infinite, these inexhaustible, Saviour is the everlasting Jehovah Jesus and unsearchable riches of Christ, which —that he is united unto God, very are the materials of this fulness of God and very man, and therefore he is which we are speaking, all these are able to save us unto the very uttermost treasured up in Jesus Christ as the re- and all that come unto God by him. pository, they are laid up in him as He is the eternal advocate that pre
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vails with the Father for the accom- God, and therefore Christ must be plishment of every purpose that he God. takes in hand, and for the answer of Oh, my brethren, what a fulness is every prayer that is brought before there here! Although there may be him by his praying people.
as many different cases as there are Oh, when I consider these things, souls assembled here to-night, still my brethren, and then reflect on the there is wisdom and counsel in Christ sorry system that is adopted by the Jesus to meet them all. He is allSocinians, how much is it to be la- sufficient-he knows them all-he mented that men can be so blind to knows the secrets of your heart-and their own happiness and their own he is prepared to hear all your prayers, peace as to refuse these things. Those and receive all complaints. Oh, rewho believe in Christ, the God whom member this. It is our duty to preach they adore, know that he is with them to you Christ Jesus, and him crucified, always, every where, and at all times. as that eternal Jehovah, who purchased If you ascend up into the heaven, he the church with his own blood, in is there—if you go to the uttermost order that we may bring you to him, parts of the earth, he is there also. because he has undertaken to do all Thus he is the mighty and great Je- for those who commit their souls, and hovah. If you go to yonder penitent all that which concerneth their souls and broken-hearted sinner, you shall into his hands. Let me beseech you, find that Jehovah Jesus is there also. therefore, to bring your burthen to the There is not a weary traveller that he Lord this night-let me beseech you has not sustained-there is not a heart to remember, that in trusting to Christ that is panting after him that he is you are trusting to God—that under. not drawing to receive of his fulness, neath you there are the everlasting arms that he may be made a partaker of that when you are made one with that fulness, which is a communicable Christ, and Christ one with you, you fulness, a fulness that fills the church are made partakers of that new creaof Christ, which is the fulness of him tion which emanates from God-that that filleth all in all. I conceive, germ of eternal life which is the earnest therefore, that we are justified in our of the Father's love, which is the conclusion, that inasmuch as the ful- pledge of the love of the Son, which is ness of Christ is proved to be an infinite the seal of the Holy Ghost,--the fiat fulness, an inexhaustible fulness, and of the Eternal Trinity--the Lamb's an abiding and indwelling fulness, it mark, and the title to heaven. can be no other than the fulness of
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