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then? And in Thy hand is there not Power and Might, so that None is able to withstand Thee ?'---2 Chron. xx. 6.
Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this! I have not spoken in secret from the beginning ; from the time that it was there, am I. Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am the Lord thy God, which Teachcth thee to Profit, which LEADETH thee by the way that thou should'st go.'---Isa. xlviii. 16, 17.
Thou shalt fear thy God; for I am the Lord your God. WHEREFORE, Ye shali do My Statutes, and Keep My Judgments, and Do them.'---Lev. xxv. 17, 18.
'I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to DESTROY Ephraim: for I am God, and not Man, the Holy One in the midst of Thee.'---Hos. xi. 9. "God is Great, and Despiseth not Any.'-Job xxxvi. 5.
O Lord God of hosts, who is a Strong Lord like unto Thee ? or to Thy Faithfulness round about Thee? Thou Rulest the Raging Seas ; when the waves thereof rise, Thou stillest them. - - Thou confoundest Thine Enemies with a Strong arm. The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine; the World, and the Fulness thereof, Thou hast founded them,'---Ps lxxxix, 8--11.
"The Lord is our JUDGE ---LAWGIVER,—KING: [therefore] He will Save Us.'- Isa. xxxiii. 22.
"I am the Lord, that is MY name ; and My Glory will I not give to Another.'-—Isa. xlii. 8.
"Ere wit oblique had broke that steady light,
"To Him no high, no low, no great, no small,
PROPOSITION FORTY-SEVENTH. Through the Redeemer Jesus, All Men have an Interest
in, and shall Finally obtain Salvation from the Lord. through His Relations of PHYSICIAN, REFINER,
and PURIFIER to the Souls of His Creatures. 1. PROMISES Which RESPECT THE LORD IN THE OFFICE OF
PhysiciAN. 'Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no Physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of My people Recovered ?'—Jer. viii. 22.
The Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us ALL, and by his stripes we are Healed.'-Isa. liii. 5.
"He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.'--Hos. vi. 1.
And the leaves of the Tree [of Life,] were for THE HealING OF THE NATIONS. And there shall be NO MORE CURSE.' --Rev. xxi. 2, 3.
O my soul, the Lord Forgiveth all thine iniquities, and Healeth All thy Diseases.'— Ps. ciii. 2, 3.
•Jesus went about preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, Healing ALL MANNER of Sickness, and ALL MANNER of Diseases.'-- Mat. x. 1; iv. 23. •Every Sickness, and Every Disease.'-ix. 35. “Great multitudes 'followed him, and he Healed them All.'--xii. 25. He did not stop to inquire whether they had been 'converted, but finding the diseased and the afflicted, removed their sufferings without reward or distinction. Neither did he avoid any on account of the protractedness or malignancy of their diseases, but ministered to all according to their needs, and consequently with more power to those who needed most. And is not Sin the disease of the soul,--sorrow of the spirit,-error of the mind? Are not All Men more or less in need of a Physician for the great catalogue of spiritual evils ? Is not Jesus the Great, the God-commissioned Physician of Souls? Is not his compassion deeper in proportion to the fearfulness of the evil, and his skill and power superior to the worst
evils and all the evils in the universe ? Was not the shedding of his blood for all sin? Then can we remain sinful forever, or is he a respector of persons ? Are not his numerous and marvellous acts of physical healing while on earth, typical of his mighty power over our souls, and over sin, to destroy it, in the next world ? and of his impartiality also, in its exercise ?
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth and Smote him; - . I have seen his ways, and I will Heal him. I will lead him also, and restore Comforts unto him, and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips ; PEACE, PEACE to him that is Afar-Off, and to him that is Near, saith the Lord. And I will Heal him.'-Isa. lvii. 17--19.
"I will Heal their backsliding, I will love them freely ; for · Mine anger is turned away.'-Hos, xiv. 4.
'I will Restore health unto thee, and I will HEAL thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord, because they called thee Outcast.'-Jer. xxx. 17.
Behold, I will bring it Health and Cure, and I will Cure them, and will reveal unto them the Abundance of Peace and Truth, - - and I will Cleanse them from All their Iniq. uity, whereby they have sinned against Me.'--Jer. xxviii. 6--9.
The inhabitant shall not say, I am Sick; the people that dwell therein shall be Forgiven their Iniquity.'-Ísa. xxxiii.
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, for Thou art my Praise.'-Jer. xvii. 14.
II. PROMISES CONCERNING THE LORD AS REFINER. Every One shall be Salted [Purified] with Fire.'-Mark ix. 49. "Our God is a CONSUMING FIRE.'—Heb. xii. 29.
. I will turn My hand upon thee, and purely Purge away thy Dross, and take away all thy tin.'— Isa. i. 25.
"But who may abide the Day of his Coming ? and who shall stand when he Appeareth? For he is like a ReflNER'S FIRE, and like FULLER's Soap. And he shall sit, as
a Refiner and Purifier of Silver, and he shall Purify the Sons of Levi, and Purge them as gold and silver.'-Mal. ii. 2, 3.
Every Man's work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by FIRE: and the Fire shall Try EVERY Man's work, of what sort it is. If any man's work shall abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss : BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED, yet so as by fire.'-1 Cor. iii. 13--15.
The term Fire is highly and poetically emblematical of the power and tendency of God's providential afflictions, to humble, subdue, and melt the stubborn and disobedient. Both Fire and Salt arę well-known, and very effective Purifiers, refining, preserving, and cleansing those things which are able to endure them. The former especially, is the great agent by which all metals are separated from their dross, and prepared for the use for which they were designed. And let it be well observed, that the fire only consumes the dross, and brings out the gold pure and un harmed from its ordeal, Now, man, in this lower life, is created a compound of spirit and earth, as the ore in the mine is created of the precious gold, and the cumbrous, worthless dross. The spirit, which is of God, and partakes of His nature, has still at the germ the preciousness of its Maker's image, however completely its celestial value and hidden capabilities may be obscured by its rough and cumbersome envelopment of earthiness,-as the treasure which the bulky rock conceals is not of itself the less valuable for its conglomeration with the base elements in which it is imbedded. And as the precious metal is designed for uses higher than its primary condition, and must first pass the fiery crucible of the refiner, so also is the spirit of man designed for nobler purposes than this life supplies; and the vicissitudinous experiences which God ordains for all, is the furnace through which all the 'wood, hay, stubble,' and 'chaff' shall be 'burnt up,' of which 'He shall leave them neither root nor branch,' until finally the whole kindred creation shall come forth
from the resistless, 'unquenchable' conflagration of the Spirit of God, 'as silver purified seven times.'
Every thing that may abide the Fire, ye shall make go through the fire, and it shall be Clean. Nevertheless, it shall be Purified with the water of separation; and all that abideth not the Fire, ye shall make go through Water.'— Numb. xxx. 23.
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Take away Wickedness from before the King, and His Throne shall be established in Righteousness.'-Prov. xxv. 4, 5.
"And I will bring the third part through the Fire, and will REFINE THEM as silver is Refined, and will Try them as gold is Tried: then shall they Call on My name, and I will hear them. I will say, It is My people, and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”—Zech. xiii. 9.
•Behold, I have Refined thee, but not as silver; I have chosen thee in the Furnace of Affliction. For Mine own sake, for Mine own sake, will I do it. For how should My Name be polluted? And I will not give My Glory to another.'- Isa. xlviii. 10, 11.
•Righteousness and Judgment are the habitation of His Throne; a Fire goeth before Him, and Burneth His en. emies round about. His lightnings ENLIGHTENED THE WORLD. -- The heavens declare His Righteousness, and All the People see His Glory.'-Ps. xcvii. 2--6.
'I will even make the pile for fire great. Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be Consumed ; - - and thou shalt be PURGED from thy Filthiness when I have caused My Fury to rest upon thee.' -Ezek. xxiv. 10--13.
They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the Majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the Sea.--Wherefore, Glorify ye the Lord in the Fires.'- Isa. xxiv. 15.
Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and back