bestows them. From him and through him they are all derived.
The DUTIES to which revealed religion binds, are equally related to the adorable Saviour.
Faith, in its first appropriating act, has an immediate respect to him, and it continues to
honour him in the whole subsequent life of the believer.
"I live," says the Apostle, expressing the experience of himself and of all the children of GOD;
"I live, yet not I, but CHRIST liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh,
I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, who loved me and gave himself for me."
[Gal. ii. 20.] -
In repentance, the contrite and broken in heart look upon him whom they have pierced and mourn.
[Zach. xii. 10.] -
Hope rests upon his word, with a firm persuasion that he is able to keep what is committed
unto him against that day.
[2 Tim. i. 12.] -
We love him because he first loved us.
[1 John iv. 19.]
His love constrains to affectionate returns; and so essential are these, that all who love not the
LORD JESUS CHRIST are stimatized with an anathema - maranatha.
[1 Cor. xvi. 22.] -
In every act of worship, in prayer, in praise, in celebrating the ordinances, still the
REDEEMER is acknowledged. In his name addresses are presented to
the throne; through him believers draw near; baptism and the supper are the signs and seals
of what he has accomplished. In all he is expressly remeembered. -
"Whatsoever his people do in word or in deed, they do all in the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST,
giving thanks to GOD and the Father by him."
[Colos. iii. 17.] -
"As the branch cannot bear fruit without the vine, no more can they without him."
[John xv. 4.] -
By adhering to him, depending upon him, and deriving strength from him they become fruitful.
"Without him they can do nothing."
[John xv. 5.]
Is it not evident, that in practice, as well as in theory, all religion centers in CHRIST? -
that he is the foundation of the whole? -
that the benefits proceed from him? - and that every duty has a regard to him, is accepted for his sake,
and performed by strength derived from him? - In the religion of sinners CHRIST is all and in all.
How little do infidels know of the foundation and properties of that very religion in which they profess to trust,
and how much less of that which they oppose! how ignorant are they of the Saviour, who deny his divinity and atonement!
With a professed submission to revelation, and various modifications, the Socinian system still remains the religion of nature.