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them at all ; — and if any, w hat that remedy should be. —
If He, therefore, has made known a ground of hope for
the guilty, we cannot, surely, wish for firmer security, or
for any higher warrant, or encouragement, to rely on that
ground with unshaken contidence. It is Jehovah that
hath said, " Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone,
a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation :
he that believeth on him shall not be ashamed.''* xVnd
Ave know what this foundation is : — " other foundation can
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."!

It is with God, as ^* the Judge of all," that " we have
to do :" — and when we tremble at tlie thought of his puri-
ty and justice, in antici[)ating our appearance at his dread
tribunal, there is nothing that can impart peace to the
troubled conscience, and hope to the sinking heart, but the
word of that i$eing himself to whom we have to render
* Isa. xxviii. 10. i Pet. ii. 6. t 1 Cor. iii. 11.



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our aeeoimt. Something which He has approved and ac-
cepted, and on which he has given us his authority to
trust, is absolutely necessary to solid and satisfactory
peace ; — to peace, of which the source will hear to be
thought of and examined. This we have in the glorious
gospel ; where " God hath set forth Christ as a propitia-
tory through faith in his blood, to declare his rigliteous-
ness in the remission of sins ; that he might be just, and
the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus." It is the as-
surance of this that imparts the confidence of hope : every
thing besides this leaves the mind distracted by uncertain-
ty and doubt, or a prey to all the agonies of despair.

No question, then, on tliis subject, can be conceived of
greater importance, than the question, " What is the tes-
timony of God, with regard to the ground of acceptance
with himself P^' To discover the true answer to this ques-
tion, let me beseech you to have recourse directly to the
word of God. If you believe what is there testified, and
imbibe the spirit of those holy men by whom that word
was written, your language will be — and it will come
from a glowing heart — ^^ God forbid that I should glory,
save in the crass of the Lord Jesus Christ ; by whom the
world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." " I
count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowl-
edge of Christ Jesus my Lord : — I count them but dung
that I may win Clirist, and be found in him, not having
mine own righteousness which is of tlie law, but that which
is by the faith of Christ, even the righteousness which is
of God by faith." — " Unto him that loved us, and washed
us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings
and priests uuto God even his Father, — to him ])e glory
and dominion, forever and ever. Amen !"*

I shall devote the next Discourse to the consideration
of the jiractical tendency and influence of the doctrine
* Gal, vi. a. Phil. ii. 8. 9. Rev. i. 5, 6.



223 ON THE DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.

which I have now been illustratin:;, and endcavmiiing U
cstablisli as the doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.*

* On the doctrines of substitution, sacrifice, and atonement, as well
as on a great variety of important collateral topics, tlie reader will
find a vast body of valuable information, acnte reasoninj», and learn-
wl critical disquisition, in the " Dis



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