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Acceptance for All Sincere Worshipers.

Acceptance for All Sincere Worshipers.

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. Ivi. 4 — 7. Thus saith the Lord inito the Eimuchs that keep
my sabbaths, ajid choose the things thai phascmc, and take hold
of my covenant ; Even unto them will I give in mine house, and
within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and
of daughters : I will Qive them an everlasting namey that shall
not be cut off. Also Ihe sons of the stranger, that join them-
selves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the
Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath
from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant ; even
them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful
in ymj house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices
shall he accepted upon mine altar ; for mine house shall be
called an house of prayer for all people.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Isai. Ivi. 4 — 7. Thus saith the Lord inito the Eimuchs that keep
my sabbaths, ajid choose the things thai phascmc, and take hold
of my covenant ; Even unto them will I give in mine house, and
within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and
of daughters : I will Qive them an everlasting namey that shall
not be cut off. Also Ihe sons of the stranger, that join them-
selves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the
Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath
from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant ; even
them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful
in ymj house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices
shall he accepted upon mine altar ; for mine house shall be
called an house of prayer for all people.

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ACCEPTACE FOR ALL SICERE WORSHIPERS. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Isai. Ivi. 4 — 7. Thus saith the Lord inito the Eimuchs that keep my sabbaths, ajid choose the things thai phascmc, and take hold of my covenant ; Even unto them will I give in mine house, and within 428 ISAIAH, Lvi. A— 7' [529. within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters : I will Qive them an everlasting namey that shall not be cut off. Also Ihe sons of the stranger, that join them- selves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant ; even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in ymj house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall he accepted upon mine altar ; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. THE concluding words of our text sufficiently shew the scope of the whole passage. The chapter begins with proclaiming the approach of the Gospel dispensation, under which the way of obtaining right- eousness and salvation through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ was to be fully revealed \ In our text, the admission of all persons to the benefits of that dispensation is insisted on ; and it is declared, that " in every nation, he that feareth God and worketh righteousness, whatever may be his dis- qualifications according to the Law, shall be ac- cepted''." Since God has a people scattered over the face of the whole earth, he will now have his Church open for the admission of every Child of man.
 
In making known these gracious purposes, the prophet sets before us, I. The character which God approves — At no period did God ever approve of those who confined their obedience to the observance of any rites or ceremonies : at all times he has spoken the same language ; " My Son, give me thy heart." Ac- cordingly in the description which is here given us of those who shall find acceptance with him, there are two marks whereby they are universally dis- tinguished ; 1. Their obedience to his will — [Whatever conflicts tliey may have sustained in the earlier stage of their Christian experience, the first act which truly and properly designates them the Lord's people is, their "joining of themselves to him" as his people. Till they have done this in sincerity and trutli, they cannot be acknowledgecl * ver. 1. »• Compare Acts x. 34, 35. 529.] ACCEPTACE FOR SICERE WORSHIPPERS. 429 acknowledged as his. There may indeed be circumstances wherein a public devotion of themselves to him cannot be ex- pected; but where the situation of the persons admits of it, there must be an union with the Lord's people, and an open acknow- ledgment of Christ as their only Lord and Saviour or must this be a mere empty profession : those who are upright before God will join themselves to him " to love and serve him " with their whole hearts. All other lords must be renounced ; and God alone be honovu-ed and obeyed.
 
either must this change be the result of fear alone : there must be a cordial consent of the will, and " a choosing of the things that please God." There will, it is true, be still " a law in their members warring against the law in their minds :" but the deliberate purpose of their hearts must be to please God ; God only, God universally, God always. In one thing will they be particularly distinguished, that is, their reverence for the sabbath, and their delight in sancti- fying it to the Lord. This is twice mentioned in our text : and if we bear in mind, that the whole passage relates to the times of the Gospel, we shall see, that the sanctification of the sabbath is a duty of perpetual obligation ; and that, how- ever some of the ceremonial observances relating to it under the Law are abrogated, the spiritual improvement of it will characterize the Lord's people to the end of time. In- deed this is one of the most prominent features in all who are truly upright before God : Whilst the world at large make the sabbath a day of carnal ease or pleasure, and the gene- rality of those who profess some regard for it sanctify only a part of it to the Lord, and that rather for conscience sake than because they have any pleasure in its duties, the upright devote to God and to the work of their souls the whole of it, and are as eager to improve that day for their spiritual ad- vancement, as the ungodly are to improve the other six days for the advancement of their temporal welfare ^] 2. Their affiance in his covenant — [If we could suppose all these dispositions and actions fo be united in a man who should disregard the Gospel covenant, they would never secure to the possessor the approbation of his God. The very best of men are sinners before God, and must seek for mercy in the way in which alone it will l)e vouchsafed. The way which God has appointed, is, through the covenant of grace; in which God has agreed to accept the atonement offered by his only dear Son, and to receive for his sake all who will plead the efficacy of that atonement. If any man think that his own virtues will suffice to recommend him to God, he will be left to suffer the penalty due to his

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