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The Knowledge of Salvation Through the Remission of Sins.

The Knowledge of Salvation Through the Remission of Sins.

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REV. BENJAMIN SCOTT, M. A.



St. Luke i, 77-79.

To ffive knowledge of salvation, unto his people, hy the
remission of their sins, through the tender mercy
of our God ; whereby the day-spring from on high
hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in
darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our
feet into the way of peace.'
REV. BENJAMIN SCOTT, M. A.



St. Luke i, 77-79.

To ffive knowledge of salvation, unto his people, hy the
remission of their sins, through the tender mercy
of our God ; whereby the day-spring from on high
hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in
darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our
feet into the way of peace.'

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THE KOWLEDGE OF SALVATIO THROUGH THE REMISSIO OF SIS.REV. BEJAMI SCOTT, M. A.St. Luke i, 77-79.To ffive knowledge of salvation, unto his people, hy theremission of their sins, through the tender mercyof our God ; whereby the day-spring from on highhath visited us, to give light to them that sit indarkness and in the shadow of death, to guide ourfeet into the way of peace.'THESE words were spoken by Zacharias, thefather of John the Baptist, on a remarkablyinteresting occasion. The Almighty had beenpleased, by the ministration of an angel, toforetel to liim tlie birtii of a son, who was tobe " great in the sight of tiie Lord," and " filled" with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother'sWrittea for the Sunday before Christmas-Day.mTHE KOWLEDGE OF SALVATIO" womb." But, Zacharias had, under the influ-ence of unbelief, hesitated to give credit to thedivine testimony ; and as a reproof of this his Bin,it was declared, that he shouhl be deprived of the use of his speech, and continue dumb tillthe arrival of that period, when the divineprediction should receive its acconiphshment.
 
This accordingly took place : nor was thechastisement removed till the day of the cir-cumcision of the child ; when the affliction wasterminated as suddenly as it had begun. And,as it appears, the first use which Zachariasmade of the renewed gift of speech was, to praiseGod for the fulfilment of his ancient promi-ses of mercy and love to his people. He nextproceeded to address bis infant son, in thefollowing remarkable language — '* And thou,*• child, shalt be called the prophet of the"Highest; for thou shalt go before the face" of the Lord to prepare hia ways." He then,in the words of our text, went on to describethe benefits, which, through the coming of theSon of God in human nature, were to beconferred upon mankind.At the present season, my brethren, we arecalled to turn our attention peculiarly to thecompletion of that great mystery of godli-ness — the manifestation of the Son of God inhuman nature. This event has, in every age of THROUGH THE REMISSIO OF SIS.07the church been regarded as of the utmostimportance, and as in fact lying at the veryfoundation of all our hopes. It has, therefore,always heen looked upon as an event to becorameiu orated with thankful joy; and theseason of Christmas has been considered as oneof the most important of our religious festivals.And were it kept by all who bear the christianname, in a manner at all suitable to the impor-tance of the subject to which it relates, wemight well rejoice in the assured hope, thatthey would derive from the observance greatspiritual benefit. But, alas ! man is ever
 
found disposed to corrupt and pervert eventhe best and most sacred institutions. Andsurely, we may say, that none is more pervertedthan this. My brethren, from such a perversionof this solemnity, 1 would call upon you to" come out and be separate, and not touch the"unclean tiling;" but to remember, thatChristmas is a time, not for carnal indulgence,but for spiritual joy ; not for vain amusements,but for holy employments. Let me thenintreat you, to walk in a more excellent way;and to endeavour to improve the approachingsolemnity in such a manner, as may tend tothe giory of God — to the increase of yourthankfulness and devotedness to his service,F 2I68 THE KOWLEDGE OF SALVATIOand to the advancement of your souls in thepaths of holiness.To assist yoo in this, I shall, from the wordsof Zacharias in our text, contemplate, first,the nature of the blessing which Jesus Christcame hilo the world to communicate ; secondly,the manner in which this blessing is communi'cated, and the source J^-om which it proceeds;and thirdly, the character of those who actualitypartake of it.I. First, then, we ask, what is the nature of the blessitig which Jesus came to communicate ?He came, our text tells us, to give knowledge.He described himself, in his discourse to theJews, as " the light of the world" — the soleteacher — the one only source of all reallyimportant and valuable knowledge : so thatwhosoever is uot taught by him, " knoweth

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