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God's Right to Our Services, On the Ground of Redemption

God's Right to Our Services, On the Ground of Redemption

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BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


Ye are not your own ; for ye are bought with a price ; there
fore glorify God. 1 CORINTHIANS, vi. 19, 20.
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


Ye are not your own ; for ye are bought with a price ; there
fore glorify God. 1 CORINTHIANS, vi. 19, 20.

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GOD'S RIGHT TO OUR SERVICES, O THE GROUD OF REDEMPTIO. BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOYe are not your own ; for ye are bought with a price ; there fore glorify God. 1 CORITHIAS, vi. 19, 20. IF on the ground of our creation, God has a right to our services, it must be evi dent that his right to them on the ground of redemption, is much stronger. If jus tice and gratitude both require that what God has made should be used to his glory, still more that what he has redeemed should be unalienably his. This argument is con clusive, whatever had been the price of redemption ; and must acquire force, in proportion to the greatness of that price, and the merciful nature of that redemption. In establishing the claims of God to our services, on the ground of our redemption, we must take into consideration a variety of things which are implied in it. Con sider, I. The guilt which soul and body had contracted. 149 The redemption of Jesus Christ implies immeasurable guilt ; the violation of a law which is holy, and just, and good, the re  jection of God s authority ; the contempt
 
of his majesty ; the impeachment of his wisdom ; the abuse of his goodness ; the defiance of his vengeance ; the crime of injustice, ingratitude, rebellion, and sa crilege. ow if redemption of the innocent would give a claim to service, as in the case of some one daring to die for a good man, or of a patriot delivering a righteous nation from captivity, how much more the re demption of the guilty ? How then should the sense of guilt constrain the redeemed of the Lord to glorify him ? Look at the defiled body, and the polluted spirit ; see in them every thing that is earthly, and sensual, and devilish : and say, if there be in them any quality to attract the divine favour, and not every thing fitted to excite the abhorrence of him, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity ? And yet he re deems you from the vileness of your bodies and the apostacy of your spirits. What, then, must be the accumulated wickedness, ingratitude, and sacrilege of using bodies and spirits so redeemed, for the purpose of dishonouring him still ? The devotedness of soul and body, to the service of the Re deemer, should be proportioned to the greatness of the guilt and pollution, from 150 which they have been redeemed. Who does not feel the force of the apostle s ap peal to the Christians at Rome ? " I speak after the manner of men, because of the infirmity of your flesh : for as ye have
 
yielded your members servants to unclean- ness, and to iniquity unto iniquity ; even so, now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness." II. But, connected with this guilt is danger. The soul that sinneth shall die. The  justice of God, and the law of God, which reveals his justice, demand the destruction of the sinner. " Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." Every sinner therefore is exposed to the curse of God, and, but for redemption, must perish eternally. It is redemption from ruin, by which you are urged to glo rify God, in your body, and in your spirit, which are God s. Who does not feel the force of this argument? Who can owe his deliverance from even temporal distress, to the benevolent exertions of any one, with out feeling himself bound by ties of grati tude to serve him to the utmost of his power ? And shall that be withheld from Christ, and from God, which is so freely yielded to man ? We can be grateful to all but God, and grateful for every kind of deliverances but those that are divine. Is 151 not this an evidence of enmity against him? And yet this enmity can be contemplated without emotion and regret. But, III. Christ redeems the body and soul,

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