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ledge, which may be obtained from books; but with a knowledge
Holy Spirit works in the heart. We know Christ in the glory of his person, the perfection of his work, and the riches of his wondrous grace. We 80 know Christ, that he stands out before us, as the chiefest among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely.. And the more we know him, the more intimate we wish to become with him: and cry out with Paul, “ That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” We not only know Christ, but we need him. And the longer we live the more we need him.
Nor do we merely need Christ, but we need everything in Christ, or that Christ has. We need his blood to cleanse us, his righteousness to clothe us, and his Spirit to sanctify us. We need Christ daily, hourly ; and in our dying day, in a dying hour, we shall need him most of all. As we need Christ, 80 we come to Christ. Not once for all, but having come to Christ once, we continue to come. to him in every trial, in every trouble, and in every conflict; we come to him for wisdom, and strength, and holiness. We come to him to unburthen our minds, and we come to him to find rest for our souls. How much of ex. perimental religion consists in coming daily and hourly to Jesus. As we come to Jesus, ve seek union to Jesus, nor can we rest but as we realise that we are identified with him,
We come and that he is identified with us. It is not . enough to be with Jesus, we must be in Christ; members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Being in Christ, we participate in all Christ has, and are interested in all Christ has done, and so there is " no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” This leads us to notice,
THE PRIVILEGE. “There is now no con. demnation.” There was once when we were under the law, for then we were children of wrath, even as others. Being under the law, we were bound to obey the precepts of the law, and failing, to suffer the penalty. We sinned, and the law condemned us : such was our state once. But becoming united to Christ, we were delivered from the law, and became dead to that under which we were held. Death to the law is the result of union to Christ, and then it is said, “ Sin shall not have dominion over
for ye are not under the law, but under grace.'
“There is therefore now no condemnation,” for believing in Jesus, his perfect work becomes ours. His life and death are placed to our account, and we understand the meaning of the Apostle, " He was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Our sins were transferred to Jesus, were laid on him, that he might bear them in his own body; he became answerable for them, and therefore made an infiniteatonoment to deliver us from their guilt. Not only
so, but he took our place in such a sense, and in such a way, that we might be made righteous; not only so, but righteousness ; not only righteousness, but the righteousness of God in him. Now if Jesus took our sins, and we take his righteousness, to us there can be no condemnation ; Jesus was condemned for us
Jesus was executed for usand because Jesus had given full satisfaction to the law and justice of God, as our representative, he was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. In consequence of this, the moment we believe we are acquitted from its charges, for every charge has been met, and a full atonement made. We are pronounced righteous by God, for the perfect, the magnificent, the God-like, righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ is placed to our account, and thus we are righteous, even as he is righteous. In this way, God justifies the ungodly by faith. We are accepted in the Beloved, and God is well pleased with us.–Viewing us in his Son, as members of his mystical body, and as clothed with his glorious robe, ho smiles upon us, manifests his love to us, and rejoices over us to do us good with his whole heart, and with his whole soul. We are now placed among the brethren of Christ, and Jesus, highly as he is exalted, is not ashamed to call us brethren. We are now treated as children of the same family, as possessing the same nature, and as loved with the same love as Jesus.
“ There is therefore now no con.
demnation.” Doubts and fears there may be, but no condemnation. Persecution and
opposition from men, and from Satan there may be, will be, but no condemnation. Deep trials and sore troubles, there may be, there will be, but no condemnation. Infirmities and sins there may be, will be, but no condemnation. Men may condemn us, but God will not. Con. science may at times condemn us, but the Judge of all will not. Satan may bring many accusations against us, but the righteous Adyocate will appear, and reply to them for us, so that justice will not condemn us. O glorious truth, that now, poor as we are, imperfect as we are; tried, tempted, and distressed as we are, there is no condemnation! No, not one condemnation, but we are justified freely by grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus-we are justified from all things. But it is time, that we considered,
THE PROOF OF OUR BEING IN CHRIST. “ Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”. The course, or path of the justified, is like the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day. “Our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin may be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Once the flesh, the body, and the soul as under the influence of carnal principles, ruled us. But, as renewed in the spirit of our minds, as created anew in Christ Jesus, as having Christ dwelling in us ; we no longer walk after the motions, carnal desires,
and lusts of the flesh. The flesh will struggle, it will lust and fight against the Spirit, but it shall not reign, but shall be brought into subjection. Occasionally it may gain the mastery, and cause the Christian much sor. row, but it will not be allowed to have the dominion; the conflict will be renewed, and the victory will again
be gained. Every one that is in union with Christ, has to do battle with the flesh day by day; and at length is rowned as an overcomer. In Christ, we have the Spirit of Christ! In Christ, we re. ceive constantsupplies from Christ! In Christ, we pant, pray, and strive to be like Christ! In Christ, we aspire to dwell with Christ! In Christ, we can never be satisfied until we are holy as Christ !
All who are in Christ," walk after the Spi. rit.” The precepts written under the inspiration of the Spirit become the rule of their life. They strive to keep them, doing all that they require, and avoiding all that they prohibit. The inward enlightening, and operation of the Spirit, discovers to them the beauty of holiness, and urges them to seek its attainment. The life of Jesus as set forth in the sacred Scriptures, is the great pattern which they strive to imitate. They would be like Christ. Just like Christ. Altogether like Christ. With the precepts of the gospel laid at their feet, and the operations of the Holy Spirit in the heart, and the holy life of Jesus kept before the eye, they walk in the paths