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THE WAY TO ZION,

THE WAY TO ZION,

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isaiah. XXXV. 8—10. And an highway shall be there, and a way;
and it shall be called. The way of holiness : the unclean shall
not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring men,
though fools, shall not eir therein. No lion shall be there, nor
any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found
theie: but the redeemed shall walk there. Aiid the ransomed
of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and
everlasting joy upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isaiah. XXXV. 8—10. And an highway shall be there, and a way;
and it shall be called. The way of holiness : the unclean shall
not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring men,
though fools, shall not eir therein. No lion shall be there, nor
any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found
theie: but the redeemed shall walk there. Aiid the ransomed
of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and
everlasting joy upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and
gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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THE WAY TO ZIO, THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Isaiah. XXXV. 8—10. And an highway shall be there, and a way; and it shall be called. The way of holiness : the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring men, though fools, shall not eir therein. o lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found theie: but the redeemed shall walk there. Aiid the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads : they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. I the Volume of Inspiration, the progress of the Gospel in the Apostolic and Millennial periods is often set forth as a counterpart of the redemption of Israel from the land of Egypt. The power effect- ing the conversion of men, and all the blessings attending it, are described in terms precisely similar to those which, in their literal sense, are applicable only to the deliverance of the Hebrews from their Egyptian 505.] THE WAY TO ZIO. 3I3 Egyptian bondage. The power exerted for its accomplishment is the same, as are also the bless- ings attendant on it. The prophet Isaiah speaking of that day, when Christ, " the root of Jesse, shall stand for an ensign, to which the Gentiles shall seek," says, '* The Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea ; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry-shod. And there shall be an high-
 
way for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria ; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt""" It is of the same periods, and the same events, that he speaks in the chapter before us, and especially in the words of our text; wherein he describes, I. The way which is prepared for the redeemed to walk in — Strange as it may appear, the text itself, if not taken in connexion with other passages, may give us an erroneous notion respecting the way of life and salvation. The way is called, and justly called, ** The way of holiness :" but we are not therefore to suppose that there is nothing necessary for our sal- vation but the performance of some good works : for the same prophet, who in our text calls the way to Zion " The way of holiness," tells us more fully in another place, that it is the way of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ". To mark this, and to bear it ever in mind, is of great importance and indispensable necessity; since our Lord Jesus Christ himself assures us, that "He is the way, the truth, and the life ; and that no man cometh to the Father, but by him *"." Bearing this then in mind, that the way to heaven is solely by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ^, we observe respecting it, that it is, 1. A high and holy way — [As, in forming a highway, the stones are cast up, and the road *Isai. xi. 10,15,10, &Mic.vii. 15. "1531.1x11.10—12. ? John xiv. Q. * Eph. ii. 8, 9.
 
^14 ISAIAH, XXXV. 8—10. [505. road is made above the level of the adjacent ground, so is this way far above the low and groveling paths which are trodden by the world around us: and they who walk m it are walking comparatively " in the high places of the earth." Raised above the niin' clay of sin, it is a holy path: the faith itself is a " most holy faith*;" and they who are brought to it, are " called witii a holy calling',' and are themselves " a holy nation"^," " a peculiar people, zealous of good works''." Per- sons who ai'e ignorant of the Gospel, are ready to suppose that the doctrine of salvation by faith only must be injurious to the interests of morality: but the very reverse of this is true: for they, and they only, who look to Christ for salvation, have either >vill or power to fulfil the high demands of the Gospel: they, and they only, desire to be " sanctified through- out, in body, soul, and spirit';" and tliat is the holiness, which alone is acceptable in the sight of God*". o latitude is alfowed to any man: there is the same law for all: and every statute, every ordinance, every injunction in the whole Gospel has the same tendency to make us holy : the more the laws and regulations of Christ's family are scrutinized, the more it w ill appear, that " This is the law of the house; behold, this is the law of the house V] 2. A strait and narrow way — • [It is " not for the unclean, but for the redeemed alone." ot that there is any prohibition to any man to walk in it ; but the ungodly have no inclination to walk in it: the wox'k of mortification and self-denial is to them distasteful ; nor have they any root in themselves from whence the fi'uits of the Spirit can proceed. But to the redeemed the whole work of holiness is delightful: it is the very element they delight to move in : so far from wishing to be left at liberty to commit any sin, they would gladly " have every thought of their heart brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ'"." They consider holiness as the very end of their ncAv creation ", yea, the very end also for which they Were elected", and to which they were predestinated, from all eternity'': and, if they

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