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Eternal Life in the Son

Eternal Life in the Son

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REV. HENRY KING, M.A.

1 JOHN V. 11.

And this is the record, that God hath given to its
eternal tife, and this life is in his Son.
REV. HENRY KING, M.A.

1 JOHN V. 11.

And this is the record, that God hath given to its
eternal tife, and this life is in his Son.

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ETERNAL LIFE IN THE SONREV. HENRY KING, M.A. 1 JOHN V. 11. And this is the record, that God hath given to its eternal tife, and this life is in his Son. We are taught in this and the following epistle, written by St. John— the one addressed to all the Christian churches, the other to a single family — that from the earliest ages of the church there has been a lamentable de-parture from the true and genuine faith of Jesus Christ. The language of the Apostle on this subject is at once decisive and awakening : Little children, it is the dost time ; and as ye have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now are there many anti-christs ; whereby we know that it is the last time. And again, in his second epistle. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who con-fess not that Jesm Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and anti-christ. Such is the lan-guage of the Apostle in speaking of his own
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times. Before the end of the first hundred ON 1 JOHN V. 11. 195 years from the birth of our Lord, the spirit of an ti- Christ was actively and extensively at work: Even now are there many anti-chrUU. And where?— in the bosom of the church. The spirit of anti-christ was in the hearts of many professors, nay, preachers of Christianity : Beloved^ believe not every spirit ; but try the spirits whether they be of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Now if such were his language in speaking of his own times, what would be his language in speaking of the present times in which we live ? If such were his admonitions to believers in the first century of the Christian eera, what would be his ad-monitions in the nineteenth ? Or, rather, with what increased weight and authority must this exhortation come to our hearts ? Beloved^ believe not ecery spirit^ but try the spirits — prove their
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witness ; examine their testimony. And ho^ shall we do this ? — by receiving the witness ; by understanding the testimony ; by believing the record of God. And' this is the yworrf, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Let us, in the first place, consider the au-thority, or witness, whereon this record or testimony rests: for the credibility and au* thority of any record depend solely on the credibility and authority of the witness. Now o 2 196 SERMON xrii. the authority and witness on which this record rests, is that of God : For this, saith the Apo-stle, is the witness of God, which he hath testified of his Son. This witness is necessarily true ; for it is the witness of God himself; the witness
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