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SERMON BY THE REV. E. SCOBELL.
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1831.
( The Rev. E. Scobell's Sermon concluded.) I first call upon you, then, you who , been singular? Where would Lot have are yielding to the facilities of Satan, been if he had not been singular ? and and who have ventured your footsteps where will every Christian be who is amidst the carnal and thoughtless afraid to confess Christ beforemen, when crowd, give some account of your- he comes to meet him as a judge with his selves; state the reasons, if you have holy angels? Do not (whatever you any for your infatuated conduct. Is lose it for) lose heaven from ceremony it that you promote by it your present or shamefacedness. But perhaps you happiness? You know better than I are touched-you see your can convince you, that it does no such “ Can I yet be saved?” you say.
I thing; you know you are often tor- tell you, Yes,” blessed be God, it is tured with doubts, and anxieties, and never too late ; and “ though your disappointments and care. But
sins be as scarlet, they may be yet hope, possibly, that all may yet be well white as snow.” Do you ask the in the world to come! No, the text way? Happy omen! St. Thomas asked has settled that point for you ; “ the the same question; and what said broad road leadeth to destruction.” the Saviour, “I am the way and the The wages of sin is death." Is it truth and the life." I can add nothing the beauty of the road, the pleasure of to this. sin that seduces you ? Every moment But I turn, lastly, for a moment that beauty, such as it is, is becoming to the lowly travellers in the narless. Is it the multitude of your fellow- row road, to those, who like Martha, travellers ? Alas, what can they do for have chosen the better part-to those you, when they cannot help them- whom grace, and conversion, and selves ? Is there one of your profligate faith, and obedience have brought companions who will care, (not that within the straitness of the Gospel enit mattered if he did) but is there one trance. May God prosper you, my brewho will care, if you plunge into the thren. You will need all the resources gulph to-morrow? And are the pains of the Holy Spirit to help you in your of hell less, because the groans are thorny ascent. Be aware of your many? But, perhaps, you do not like difficulties, and you will conquer to be singular. Singular! what, not to them the better. Never regret the save your souls ? not like to be singu- pleasures or advantages you have left lar! but I can tell you, that to go to behind; you are travelling to a fairer heaven (if the text be true) you must country, where there are prepared for be singular; for the road is narrow, you, what the heart can now not and few there be that find it. Where even conceive; and remember that would Noah have been if he had not God's eye is upon you as you travel
along. Do you meet with neglect, and wives, and parents and children, from the world? Are you assailed with dwell together in religious unity, and ridicule for what is called your foolish spiritual affection. In the awful night choice? Are even your temporal in. of judgment, let not two be in one terests injured, and sometimes deeply, bed, the one taken and the other left; by your service of the cross? Yet be let not two be in the field, the one acnot disheartened; what does it signify cepted, and the other rejected! but to you? your hearts are not there, and let all who loved each other on earth for your sakes Christ has overcome be joined together in love eternal. the world ! In every trouble, turn to Thus, shall hope make the road easy; the verses of the text, and bless God the towers of the new Jerusalem will for having placed you among the safe, soon appear, and our journey shall though smaller number. Cheer, then, terminate with these glorious sounds, each other as you walk on your pil- up your heads, O ye gates, and grimage. Let all be united in a holy be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and love and emulation ; but especially let the King of glory shall come in." families act together; let husbands
DELIVERED BY THE REV. H. B. BULTEEL,
AT ST. CLEMENT DANES CHURCH, FOR THE CONTINENTAL SOCIETY OF LONDON,
MAY 10, 1831.
John, vi. 37.-" All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me."
It is not my intention, my dearly be-, portion or measure of success ; that its loved in the Lord, at this present mo- prospects, therefore, are limited, even ment, to speak much to you respecting as the word of God itself has limited the prospects and success of the so. them; that it has no universal expeeciety whose cause I stand here to ad- tation of making converts of the whole vocate this day. There are other times, world, but expects that the Lord willgive other occasions, other opportunities, unto them that portion which it seems on which these things may be known, good to Him, even as many as it shall and there is a day not far distant when please Him to call by means of the you will hear an account of the society, ministry of his word. what has been its success, and what are On this passage then, beloved breits present prospects. But rather it thren, let us meditate at present. is for me to dwell particularly upon Sweet, indeed, are its words, and may the principles of the society—to come the Lord the Holy Spirit be sent down to the scriptural grounds on which it in power from above to make them in. is founded, and which I trust are to deed precious to our souls ! “All that be found in these few short but most the Father giveth me shall come to sweet words which I have brought before you for your meditation—"All There are then, two particular points that the Father giveth me shall come to which I would call your attention to' me." By which I mean to say, in these words. The First is, that there that this society has an eye to a limited is a portion of mankind given by God the Father to his dear Son Jesus Christ. Well then, it is those that were given And the Second is, that all who are so by God the Father to his Son Jesus given to Christ, shall infallibly come Christ, and that before all worlds ; unto him.
yea, it is “the remnant according to First-THERE IS A PORTION OF MAN- the election of grace.” And this KIND GIVEN BY God the Father to shews us, beloved, the time when the HIS DEAR SON Jzsus Christ. Ob- church was given to Christ, for if it serve, my beloved brethren, it is said, be according to election, then we know “all that the Father giveth unto me," that election took place before ever and no more. Who then are those time was, as we see from the strucwhom the Father hath given to his ture of these words that the “gift” Son? Is it all the world that He has takes place before the “coming." so given? No; it is not all the world. Yea, ages before the world was created, It is most true, indeed, that all the the church was given by God the world are in a certain sense given to Father to his dear Son. “ Chosen in the Lord Jesus Christ, but all the him," says Paul to the Ephesians, world are not given with the purpose “ before the foundation of the world, of bestowing on them eternal life that they should be holy and without through his merits. No. Jesus him- blame before him in love." “Not self in the seventeenth chapter of according to works :" again, “but acJohn's Gospel, prays to his father, cording to his purpose, and of grace and says, “ As thou hast given him given us in Christ Jesus before the power over all flesh that he should foundation of the world.” Here then, give eternal life to as many as thou if we would inquire into the time when hast given him.” And in the same the church first began to be dear unto chapter we find that they are distin- God, when it first stood as it were the guished from the world; for our Lord object of his special love, we must himself prays for them in contradis- look for it in those everlasting covetinction to the world—“ I pray for nanted settlements which subsisted them, I pray not for the world, but between the Father and the Son before for them whom thou hast given me, the world began. In the seventeenth for they are thine.” And so likewise chapter of John, to which we have alwe read in the first of the Ephesians, ready referred, we find that Jesus himthat though God had given Christ to self says to his father, “Father, I be head over all things, He had given will that they also, whom thou hast him especicially “to be head to the given me, be with me where I am, Church, which is his body.”
that they may behold my glory, which My dearly beloved brethren, you thou hast given me: for thou lovedst will observe in the last verse of that me before the foundation of the world." chapter, that it is only the church At the moment the Father began to which is given to Christ—the church love the Son, did he begin to love the which is his body. All the world do church, whom he had given him—and not stand in this intimate relationship so Jesus prays, “ that the love whereto the Lord Jesus Christ. They are with thou hast loved me, be in thine not members of his mystical body. and in them !” No, beloved, it is the children of God So the church and Christ have alalone that stand in this near, this close ways stood together in the view of relationship, and it is between them God the Father, and so they will ever and Christ that this most blessed union stand together. What God hath thus subsists.
put together, no man nor devil shall ever be able to put asunder. Oh, | blessed time, when this holy union is my beloved, it is a blessed truth to perfected, is consummated, when the be able to meditate upon, that in con- whole church is brought up into its sequence of this gist of the church glorious state, according to the pattern of God to Christ before the world, to which it was predestinated, and time cannot, by any possibility, undo which was shewn to the Son by the what eternity hath established, and to Father in the eternal settlements. I see, that even on this decree stands say when they are brought home to our everlasting security, by reason of eternal glory, then the world shall the firm, immaculate, unchangeable know at length, in spite of themselves, purpose and gift of God!
that God hath loved his church ; but But again, let us observe why the it will be at the very brink of destrucchurch was so given to Christ ? What tion ; yea, when they are about to was the purpose of God respecting it? fall into hell itself, they shall be obliged We see this purpose in the words im to confess that these are they on whom mediately following the text, for says God hath fixed his love in Christ Jesus, Christ,“ Him that cometh unto me, and whom he will delight to honour I will in no wise cast out; for I came for ever and ever. down from heaven, not to do mine Now, beloved, let us ask ourselves own will, but the will of Him that again another question. Why hath sent me. And this is the Father's God determined thus to glorify the will who hath sent me, that of all church? Why hath he thus given them which he hath given me I should lose to Jesus? If the church are to be glonothing, but should raise it up again rified, and if that was the purpose why on the last day. And this is the will God gave them to Jesus, still there is of Him that sent me, that every one a further purpose behind this, and that who seeth the Son and believeth on is, that Jesus himself may be glorified him, may have everlasting life, and I in them; for says he “ All mine are will raise him up at the last day.” | thine, and thine are mine ; and I am We read to the same purpose when in glorified in them.” But how is Jesus his last prayer, our Saviour prays that glorified in the glorification of his the church might be one in him, “I in church? Beloved brethren, he is. them and they in me, that they may be Jesus is glorified in his office. What made perfect in one, that the world may | is Jesus? He it is said is the good know that thou hast sent me, and hast shepherd, he is the shepherd of his loved them as thou hast loved me." sheep. But he could not be the good Oh, when will the world know this shepherd, if he did not keep those sheep great truth, that God hath loved the that were entrusted to his keeping.church in Christ with an everlasting What, should he lose but one of those love? Oh, it will not be in this pre- which the Father hath given him, would sent imperfect state of existence. Now he not at once lose his title? Would they do not know it-now they cannot he not lose the glory which belongs to bear to be told it-now they spurn the a faithful fulfilment of his office? Therepeople of God from them that have fore you observe in the seventeenth the mark of Christ Jesus and his chapter of John's Gospel, when, as blessed spirit upon them—now they the good shepherd, he comes home at hate those whom God loveth, and they the end of the day, and gives an acwill not know that they are the fa. count of all the sheep which the Fa. vourites of God our Heavenly Father ; ther hath given into his hands, having but they shall see it; yea, at that lost one, mark, what is the excuse
he then makes? He says, “ Those pray to be glorified? Is it not that that thou gavest me I have kept, and God may be glorified. You rememnone of them is lost, but the son of ber the moment that Judas left the perdition ; that the Scripture might be supper. “Now," said Jesus, “is the fulfilled." Here was his reason. The Son of man glorified, and God is gloScriptures were fulfilled in the loss of rified in him.” Immediately after he Judas, God having determined that so turns his eyes toward heaven, and it should be ; he was but a wolf in says, “ Father, the hour is come ; sheep's clothing, otherwise never would glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may he have been lost out of the hands of glorify thee.” So that this was the Jesus. And when he shall come in main end and intention of Christ's the latter days, when he shall have coming into the world ; this was the gathered his elect people into one, grand reason of his taking the church when the last sheep shall be gathered out of the Father's hand, that he into the fold, then, beloved brethren, might thereby gain glory to the Fahe will have again to give in his ac- ther, and so this was the great end of count as the good shepherd. And God's giving the church to Christ, that what, then, shall his language be ? all might be to the praise of his glory. “ Behold, I and the children whom This, beloved, being so, how is God God hath given me, and of all those glorified in the glorification of his thou hast given me I have lost not church? Then, indeed, it will be seen one.” Thus, then, will Jesus be glo- how his grace has been surpassingly rified. Then will he be proved to be great, then it will be seen how unthe good and faithful shepherd in changeable, how immutable his love, keeping that which God hath com- how great his condescension, to come mitting to his trust.
down from heaven and become God But, again, will not Jesus be glori. manifest in the flesh for sinners, in fied in another way by the glorifica- order that he might raise them up, in tion of his church? Yes, beloved, order that he might bring them up to Jesus will be glorified in the persons sit with himself on a throne of glory. of his people. What image will the And how great also was his wisdom persons of his people then bear? What in enabling them to resist, successdo they now through grace? Is it not fully, the wiles of the world, of the his own image? Is not his image en. flesh, and of the devil; and, finally, stamped on his people? So that when to be more than conquerors through Jesus looks upon his own when they Christ, who hath loved them. Beare assembled around the throne- loved, God will have all the glory in when he sees his whole family, he this, and therefore we see it is for the shall see them all like him ; and in praise and glory of his grace; it is looking at his own, he will be, as it likewise to the praise and glory of his were, looking in a glass in which he wisdom; it is for the praise and glory shall see his own true image reflected, of his love that he first gave the church and thus will he be glorified.
to Christ, so that Christ says to him, But, again, beloved, further than " All that the Father giveth me shall this, the end and object of all this is, come to me.” that God himself may be glorified. But, again, there is one more view This, I say, is the object of God's of these words which I would bring choice of the church from eternity. before you. The Father is said to It was for the praise of the glory of give the church to Christ. But let us
Why does Jesus himself remember here, that the Father never