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Regeneration, Redemption, Restraint, Rectitude, And Righteousness.

Regeneration, Redemption, Restraint, Rectitude, And Righteousness.

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BY THOMAS BRADBURY




*' These are they which were not defiled with women ; for they are virgins.
These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were
redeemed from among men, being the first-fraits unto God and to the Lamb.

"And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without fault before
the throne of God."— Rev. xiv. 4, 5.
BY THOMAS BRADBURY




*' These are they which were not defiled with women ; for they are virgins.
These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were
redeemed from among men, being the first-fraits unto God and to the Lamb.

"And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without fault before
the throne of God."— Rev. xiv. 4, 5.

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REGEERATIO, REDEMPTIO, RESTRAIT, RECTITUDE,AD RIGHTEOUSESS.BY THOMAS BRADBURY*' These are they which were not defiled with women ; for they arevirgins.These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. Thesewereredeemed from among men, being the first-fraits unto God and to theLamb."And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without faultbeforethe throne of God."— Rev. xiv. 4, 5.HUMBLY seeking the guidance of God the ever-blesaedSpirit, I endeavoured last Sunday morning to direct yourattention to the precious truths set before us in the first and secondverses of this chapter. My heart and my mind were then tooexpectant, for heavenly provision seemed to multiply, andinstead of beino^ able to get through the points I enumerated, Icould speak only of the Reskrve, the associates of the Lambupon Mount Zion, and their Rejoicing in blessed and hallowedonenesA with Him. It is our privilege this morning, dependingupon the same grace, to seek for instruction in the variousparticulars which present themselves in the three successiveverses.in. — The regeneration set forth in the new song of theLamb's associates upon Mount Zion.IV. — Their redemption — " The hundred and fortv and fourthousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These wereredeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God andto the Lamb."
 
V. — Their restraint — ^' These are they which were notdefiled with women; for they are virgins."VI. — Their rectitude — " These are they which follow theLamb whithersoever He goeth."VII. — TmJiR righteousness — " And in their mouth waso. 128.— Pftics Omk Pinny.Digitized by LjOOQ IC2S2 GROVE CHAPEL PULPIT.found no guile : for they are without fault before the throne of God."III. — The regeneration set before us in the new song of theLamb's associates upon Mount Zion. A new song only to besung by new creatures in Christ Jesus. This leads our minds tothat declaration of Paul in 2 Cor. v. 17 : " Therefore if any manbe in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away ;behold, all things are become new." ot only are new thingsbrought up in their heart's experience, but old things becomenew to them upon new covenant ground. They possess a newheart of God's own giving, according to His precious promisesfound interspersed throughout the Old Testament. See Ezek.xxxvi. 26 : "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spiritwill I put within you : and I will take away the stony heart outof your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." This iscalled one heart in Jer. xxxii. 39 : '*And I will give them one heartyand one way, that they may fear Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their cluldren after them." Why the heart andnot the head ? Because the heai-t is the seat of the affections.
 
This teaches me that a child of God, brought by the grace andindwelling of the ever-blessed Spirit into an intelligent appre-hension of the mind and will of God, is not a cold Christian oran icy Calvinist. Such I ignore altogether. In fact, I couldnot live spiritually and in harmony with such company. Onlythose in whose heart God's covenant love has been shed abroadby the Holy Ghost, and who have been brought into the enjoy-ment of the covenant affections and sympathies of the Christ of God, will suit the cravings of that nature which He has sograciously engrafted within me. My soul blesses and praisesim for that word given to us in Psalm Ixviii. 6 : ** God setteththe solitary in families." But I like the Prayer Book versionwhich my soul clings to; it may be through the force of early association. " This is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house." One heart, one mind, one spirit, andone way in union with the great and glorious covenant Headup yonder, and communicated by the one Spirit to the members01 the one family. These enjoying JEHOVAH'S exceedinggreat and precious promises in the Divine nature (2 Peter i. 4)cannot help but sing praises unto Him. The heart thatexperiences the blessedness of God's saving and redeeming lovemust rejoice and be glad. But mark ! 1 he singing we haveset before us in our text is vastly different to that which isproduced by a highly-trained choir. It is not the vociferationof the proud and pompous professor; nor is it the meresinging in harmonious strains of free-grace hymns. It isthat enjoined bj the apostle in Col. iii. 16: "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom: teaching andadmonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritualsongs, singing with grace in your hearts unto the Lord." AndDigitized by LjOOQ ICREGKERATIOX, REDEMPTIO, RESTRAIT, ETC. 283again in Eph. v. 19 : " Speaking to yourselves in psalms andhymns and spiritual songs, singing and makine melody in j^our

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