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God is Desirous of Saving Men.

God is Desirous of Saving Men.

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THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Jer. xiii. 27. Woe unto thee^ Jerusalem ! Wilt thou not be
made clean ?
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Jer. xiii. 27. Woe unto thee^ Jerusalem ! Wilt thou not be
made clean ?

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GOD IS DESIROUS OF SAVIG ME. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Jer. xiii. 27. Woe unto thee^ Jerusalem ! Wilt thou not be made clean ? THROUGHOUT all the sacred writings we be- hold the goodness and severity of God : sometimes the one attracts our notice, and sometimes the other ; and in many places, as in that before us, we are struck with the union and combination of them both. Jerusalem was the city of the living God, the resi- dence of his peculiar people ; yet he denounces woe against them : but at the same time he declares, in very pathetic language, the ardent desires of his soul to exercise mercy towards them. From these most aflfecting words we shall take occasion to shew, I. The woes which impenitent sinners have reason to expect — This is a painful, but necessary, subject of our in- quiries — The punishment that awaits sinners is most tre- mendous — [The loss of heaven is one part of it : and who shall declare how great a loss this is ? The miseries of hell (which is the other part) are equally beyond the powers of language to de- scribe, or of imagination to conceive ] This, however, the impenitent have but too much reason to expect —
 
[" Woe unto thee !" says my text : and this is the voice of reason* of Scripture'' of experience'^ of the compassionate Saviour himself*^ What stronger evidence can any man wish for ? and how blind must he be that is not convinced by it !] But * There must be a difference between the righteous and the wicked. ** Against ten thousand passages to this eiFect, there is not one syl- lable that has an opposite aspect. " The union of sin and miseiy is felt by all. Where is there a sin- ner that is truly happy? See Isai. Ivii. 20, 21, ^ See how often woe is denounced^ Matt, xxiii, 13, 14, 15, l6, 23, 25,27,29,33. ddd."] GOD IS DESIROUS OF SAVIG ME. 4& But however merited and awful these woes are, we see from the text, II. How unwilling God is to inflict them — He complains of men's obstinacy in rejecting the overtures of his mercy — [It is their sin only that exposes them to his displeasure : were that once removed, he would " rejoice over them to do them good." And whence is it that they are not cleansed from it ? Has not God provided such means for their cleansing, as should certainly be effectual, if only they were applied ? Has he not
 
opened a fountain to cleanse them from guilt*? Has he not promised to sprinkle them with water that should purify and renew their very inmost souls^ ? Yes : but they are averse to that purification : they hate the very means by which it is to be attained, and the regimen whereby it is to be preserved God would gladly effect the work for them, if only they would submit to it ; but they will not^. Hence those complaints so often uttered by the Prophets*', and by Christ himself ] He expresses also an impatient longing for an op- portunity to bless their souls — [Long has he waited to no purpose : yet still " he waiteth to be gracious unto us :" *' he stands at the door of our hearts, and knocks." His address to us is, " Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways ; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ?" Every day appears to him an age"^: he is at a loss, as it vvere, what to do, whether to give us up, or to use any further means ^ The complaint in the text is scarcely less the language of despondency, than of compassion ; " When shall it once be ?" It is as though he said, " My patience is almost exhausted : your return to me is the most earnest desire of my soul : but I fear I shall be forced, in spite of all mv efforts to save you, to abandon you at last, and to execute the judgments which you so obstinately provoke."] Address, 1. Those who imagine that they have no need of cleansing — - [What Child of man has not need to be cleansed from that taint which we inherit from our first parents °^ ? And who has not contracted

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