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The Word of Reconciliation

The Word of Reconciliation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
PREACHED SEPTEMBER 14, 1828.

BY REV. HENRY BROUGHAM


2 CORINTHIANS, V. 19.

God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself ^
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath
committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
PREACHED SEPTEMBER 14, 1828.

BY REV. HENRY BROUGHAM


2 CORINTHIANS, V. 19.

God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself ^
not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath
committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

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THE WORD OF RECOCILIATIOPREACHED SEPTEMBER 14, 1828. BY REV. HERY BROUGHAM2 CORITHIAS, V. 19. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself ^ not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. The office of the Christian Minister is an embassy of peace ; its banner-word is the angel's song, " Behold I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people; for unto you is born this day a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord, (Luke ii. 10, 11.) If he re- minds you of the thunders of Sinai, it is not to alarm your imagination, but that you may fly from its terrors to him, who has fulfilled the law in your place. If he brings home to your consciences your • own transgressions, it is not to awaken vain repinings, but to direct you SERMO I. to " the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sin of the world." If he lays before you the Scripture standard of that " holi- ness, without which no man shall see the Lord," it is not to draw forth an unavail- ing regret for your own deficiency ; but to shew you what graces you must ask God, to pour by his Spirit into your hearts. Your minister cannot point out a want, for which God does not point out a supply; he cannot warn you of a danger, from which God does not open a way for you to escape. To guide your feet into the May of peace, and to open to your view the everlasting doors of
 
glory, is his duty, and his privilege ; and he comes to you full of anxiety for your spiritual and temporal welfare, as the flock over whom God has made him overseer ; and full of love to your immor- tal souls, as the dear purchase of Imma- nuel's blood. He bears you a message from his Master, the King of kings, re- plete with mercy and consolation, " that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their tres- passes unto them." In this declaration, two facts are pre- supposed ; there cannot be pardon with- out previous guilt, or reconciliation with- out previous enmity; and these facts are SERMO I. 3 in accordance with the whole tenor of Scripture, us well as with our daily expe- rience. It is true that man was created in the image of God, pure and sinless ; but when he listened to the voice of the tempter, and broke the only command- ment given, he became the willing slave of him whom he obeyed, and fell at once into " sin, which (we are emphatically told) is the transgression of the law." He fell from the holy likeness of his Maker, and became the creature of passion and self-will. His son was begotten in his own image; the fallen nature of his parents was transmitted to Seth : and if we trace our own descent through the patriarchal ages, through the histo- ries of ancient times, down to our own ; and compare what we have seen or heard of our own immediate prede- cessors, and what we know of ourselves, we shall find that the same fallen nature is our own, and that it is truly said,
 
** In Adam all died ;" that is, all his children inherit from him a character whose end is everlasting death ; for such has been the determined wages of sin, ever since it entered into the world, down to the present day. Yet even at that early period did God ** devise a way, that his banished should not be expelled fr him." To the first offender, he gave the inonientous promise that " the seed o{ the woman should bruise the serpent's head." St. Paul says, (Gal. iii. 16.) He spake not of seeds as of many, but of one, that is Christ ;" who " should destroy the power of that old serpent, which is the devil." Even then " God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself;" and this precious, though mysterious promise was preserved amidst the wreck of the world, in the breasts of his chosen ser- vants. At length a clearer light began to dawn, when with " a mighty hand and with a 8tretched-out arm, he had de- livered his people out of Egypt, he gra- ciously revealed to them, through lively types and shadows, that the promised salvation was to be wrought by a mighty sacrifice, itself guiltless, but made an of- fering for the sin of others; and that without shedding the blood of a guiltless victim, there could be no remission of sin, or acceptance of the polluted vows or offerings of the sinner. Who that victim was to be, the prophets more plainly de- clare, " Let thine hand, (said David,) be on the man of thy right hand; and on the Son of man, whom thou madest strong for thyself." By the mouth of SERMO L 5 Isaiah, the Lord declares, "I, even I, am

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