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The Grounds of the Believer's Triumph in the Cross of Christ.

The Grounds of the Believer's Triumph in the Cross of Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV.DAVID TAPPAN, D. D.

Gal. vi. 14.

But God forbid that I should glory j save in the Cross of our Lord jesus Christ.
BY REV.DAVID TAPPAN, D. D.

Gal. vi. 14.

But God forbid that I should glory j save in the Cross of our Lord jesus Christ.

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THE GROUNDS OF THE BELIEVER'S TRIUMPH IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST. BY THE REV. DAVID TAPPAN, D. D. Gal. vi. 14. But God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord jesus Christ. PERHAPS, there is ho surer criterion of a man's inward and ruling character, of the noble or base sen-timents of his heart, than the quality of the objects in which he principally glories. If we see a man exulting in exterior advantages, in a graceful person or address, or in worldly wisdom and power, wealth and reputation, and the tinsel splendor whidi accom-panies them, we immediately pronounce him to pos» sess a superficial, contracted, and ignoble mind. But if a person appears to place his chief glory in intel-lectual, moral, or religious accomplishments, his cha-racter strikes the judicious eye as in some degree noble and excellent. Yet even here, there is room for fatal deception : for a character, remarkable for attachment even to the cause of religion, may be very defective, yea worthless, in the view of Heaven ; be-cause it may want the main spring and soul of moral
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excellence, and be only a mere artful or refined modi-fication of ruling selfishness and pride. II 90 A SERMON BY Such in fact was the complexion of many chris-tian professors, and even teachers in the apostolic age. A spurious set of religious instructors had insinuated themselves into several of the churches, and that of Gallatia in particular, and poisoned the minds of many of its members. These teachers and their proselytes gloried iii their zeai for religion ; that is, for the external appendages of it,- for the shov/y but antiquated ceremonies of the Jewish ritual ; while they overlooked and opposed their true spirit and design. The apostle, having with great force of ar-gument and eloquence vindicated and established the true gospel scheme, :igainst the corrupt mixtures of these heretical seducers, proceeds at the close of this excellent epistle, to sum up their character, and con-
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trast it ^vith his own. They gloried in making si fair shew in the iiesh, and in seducing ov^er great numbers to their own party. He glories, not in the shadow or pompous parade of religion, but in the reality; not in gaining proselytes to his own cause, but in enlisting the souls of men under the banner of a crucified Hedeemer. * God forbid tliat I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.' This solem.n declaration of St. Paul, respecting him-self, presents the moral picture of every genuine christian, and therefore fairly loads to the following-inquiry---On what grounds does the christian believer so highly esteem and even triumph in the cross of Christ? The phrase here employed to express the object of the apostle's triumph, denotes, not barely the visible scene, much less the material engine, of our Lord's sufferings on Mount Calvary ; but the whole series of of his humiliation, of which his death on the cross was the most eminent and the crowning instance. These sufferings of the Saviour, and the virtue or
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