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Holy Obedience the Only Title to Eternal Life.

Holy Obedience the Only Title to Eternal Life.

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BY NATHANAEL EMMONS, D. D.


LUKE X. 27, 28.

" And he answering, said, thoil shall love the Lord thy God, with
all thy heart ; and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with
all thy mind ; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him^
thou hast answered right: this do and thou shall live"
BY NATHANAEL EMMONS, D. D.


LUKE X. 27, 28.

" And he answering, said, thoil shall love the Lord thy God, with
all thy heart ; and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with
all thy mind ; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him^
thou hast answered right: this do and thou shall live"

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HOLY OBEDIECE THE OLY TITLE TO ETERAL LIFE.BY ATHAAEL EMMOS, D. D.LUKE X. 27, 28." And he answering, said, thoil shall love the Lord thy God, withall thy heart ; and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and withall thy mind ; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him^thou hast answered right: this do and thou shall live"Our Saviour was a teacher sent i'rom God, and heimproved all proper seasons and opportunities o£preaching and discoursing upon rehgious subjects. Ashe taught very important and interesting truths, in avery easy, plain, and familiar manner, the common peo-ple heard him gladly ; but the more learned Jewish in-structors thought they knew too much about their lawsand religion to need any instruction from him, andtherefore never sought to hear him preach or converse,in order to learn, but only io raise objections, or putpuzzling questions. While he was conversing uponthe solemn subject of divine sovereignty, "Behold, acertain lawyer," or Jewish teacher, " stood up, and/empto/ him, saying, Master, what shall 1 do to inheriteternal life .^" Though Christ knew his sinister motivein asking this question ; yet, as it was a serious and in-teresting question, he gave a direct, plain, and seriousreply to it. " He said unto him, What is written in thelaw.f^ How readest thou .f^" This was a proper replyto one who was a professed teacher of the law, and atthe same time constrained him to answer his own ques-tion. " And he answering said. Thou shalt love theLord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; andthy neighbour as thyself." Christ then addressed him
 
324 SERMO %:s.in the best manner to carry conviction to his consci-ence. " And he said unto him, Thou hast answeredright : this do, and thou shalt live," or have eternallife. This is a plain and positive declaration, whichplaces before us the following sentiment ;That God promises eternal life to all who obey hiscommands. I shall show,I. What is implied in obeying God's commands;II. Show that God does promise eternal life to allwho obey his commands ; And,III. Show why he promises eternal life to all whoobey his commands.I. I am to show what is implied in obeying God'scommands. It is easy to see in what obedience to thedivine commands consists. It must consist in doingwhat the commands of God require. The two greatcommands of the law require love to God and love toman. And to exercise this love is to obey these com-mands. So Christ asserts in the text. "This do,"says Christ to the lawyers, " and thou shalt live."Love to God and man comprises all the holy and gra-cious affections, which God requires in any of his holyprecepts or commands. So Christ told another law-yer, who endeavoured to entangle him in his talk." Master, which is the great commandment in the \aw?Jesus said unto him. Thou shalt love the Lord thyGod with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and withall thy mind. This is the first and great command-ment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt lovethy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandshang all the law and the prophets." All the divinecommands are of the same nature, and require thesame thing ; that is, love to God and man. And upon
 
this ground the apostle asserts, that " love is the fulfill-ing of the lawP Love is obedience to every commandGod has given in his word. The reason is, love is thefruit of the spirit, and comprises every species of holyaffections. Hence, says the apostle, "•' The fruit of thespirit is love," from which flows "joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and meekness."SERMO XX. 325Love disposes men to repent of sin, to believe in Christ,to submit to providence, to do justly, to love mercy,and walk humbly with God. Or in other words, it dis-poses men io feel and act in all cases, agreeably to eve-ry divine command. The least exercise of true loveto God or man is true obedience ; and the constant ex-ercise of true love to God or man, is 'perfect obedience.Though we often speak of internal and external obe-dience ; yet strictly speaking, there is no ground forthis distinction, because all true obedience is internal,and consists in the exercise of love. Mere external con-formity to the divine commands, is no obedience atall ; and has nothing virtuous or praiseworthy in it.There is no virtue or obedience in external conformityto the divine commands, even w hen it flows from love ;for all the virtue or obedience, in that case^ wholly con-sists in the love from which it Hows. So that it is love,strictly speaking, wliich fulfils the law, and is the es-sence of all true obedience to the divine commands.I now proceed to show,11. That God does promise eternal life to all whoobey his commands, or exercise those holy and benev-olent affections, which his commands require. Godhas always promised eternal life to those who obey hiscommands both in the old testamerat and in the new.In Leviticus xviii. 5, we read, "Ye shall therefore keepmy statutes and my judgments, which if a man do^ he shall

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