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enough to possess the land which their fathers and mothers had forfeited, and they did possess it.

I have passed over this mournful event in Israelitish history, because it so much illustrates your case, as well as that of some others present.

And now, what is to be done? Much depends upon yourself. You have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. There is no necessity of your remaining any longer in this wilderness state. Pardon is offered in the Gospel for all manner of sins, and for the sin of unbelief, and this species of disobedience, also. It is folly in you to think otherwise. All things are ready. Jesus is as willing to sanctify you to-night as he was on that ever-tobe-remembered "crisis" in your history. He will not keep his anger forever. Your punishment has not been continued so much on account of that event, as for your continued unbelief. Satan got the advantage of you, and you allow him to keep it. That is why he has been displeased with you.

What shall I say to arouse you? You have injured the cause of God by your low state in religion. Joshua and Caleb had to suffer forty years for the unbelief of others. But how many have you held back from the Canaan of perfect love, by your sad example! You will know more of this in the eternal world. What Daniel was to Belshazzar, on the night when letters of flame followed the fingers of the supernatural hand on the walls of his palace, my ministry may be to you this night. Listen, therefore reflect, decide! It is for your life. He has borne long with you,- afflicted and chastised you in many ways,—all for your good, to render you willing to be holy. should you be stricken any more?"-Isaiah 1:5. Let the past suffice. The Lord is waiting to be gracious. You


need not die in the wilderness. If I rightly understand your case, you cannot doubt your pardon. You believe yourself to be a child of God. But that sorrowful impression of unfaithfulness to his call to holiness haunts you by day and by night as the cause, too, of the waves of sorrow which have followed your wavering footsteps.

It is enough. He now invites you, by my ministry, to that goodly land that flows with milk and honey. I feel he does. Say, "By the grace of God I accept the call; from this hour I rest not till fully saved." Amen to what my sorrowful friend says! There are hundreds all around you who have entered the land of promise. Their souls are richly lader with its delicious fruit. They tell you that you are well able, God assisting, to make a conquest of your inheritance. Inbred sin has lost all its defences. The tall sons of Anak shall fall before you. There are Joshuas and Calebs to lead you in; their trust is in the mighty God, and in the power and efficacy of the cleansing blood of the Lamb. You may now possess the land. God has spoken the word. Your enemies shall be as grasshoppers before you. Through Christ strengthening you, victory is sure. Take him at his word. He has been pleading sorely with you in the wilderness, lo, these many years. God speaks to you in Ezekiel 21:34, 35, 36; he has plead with you, as it were, face to face in the wilderness, and caused you to pass under the rod; but it was to bring you into the bonds of the covenant, that you might know him to be your sanctifying Lord. Come, now, come up out of the wilderness, leaning upon the arm of thy beloved. He promises, in Ezekiel 36, to sprinkle clean water upon thee, and to make thee clean from all thy filthiness, and from all thy idols to cleanse thee; to take away the stony heart out of thy flesh, and to give thee a heart of flesh-tender, soft,

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pure and warm, and full of love; and to give thee a right spirit, and to put his spirit within thee; and to cause thee to walk in his statutes, and to enable thee to keep his judgments and to do them; will save thee from all thy uncleannesses; will call for the corn and will increase it, and lay no famine upon thee; and the land of thy experience shall be like the garden of the Lord; and the deepest, sweetest, most loving humility shall fill thy heart all the days of thy earthly pilgrimage, and thou shalt reign with him forevermore. Hallelujah! Amen.

Hearken. John 11: 40.-" Said I not unto thee that if thou wouldst believe thou shouldst see the glory of God?" By thy countenance, O thou chastened and severely-tried one, I see thou art willing to be saved. Now even salvation has come to this house.

When St. Paul was preaching at Lystra, he noticed a poor cripple among his hearers-one who had never walked, but was a cripple from his mother's womb. Paul saw, by the man's looks, that he had faith to be healed, and steadfastly beholding him, said, with a loud voice, "Stand upright on thy feet!" and he leaped up and walked, amid the shouts and acclamations of the amazed multitude.

What do I behold? This, thou hast faith to be healed, ay, more than fourscore of you are ready to leap into the land of perfect love, and walk up and down in the land which flows with milk and honey. "Stand upright upon your feet." "Believe that you receive, and you shall have.” Now, even now, salvation streams into believing hearts, and the temple of the Lord is filled with his glory. to God and the Lamb, for ever and ever!




"ONE PRESENT" makes the following important inquiry: By what means may a wavering mind establish itself in the belief of ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION?"


To this I reply:

1. By a proper knowledge of the WORD OF GOD, and by a PROFOUND REVERENCE FOR IT.


Consult the word of God. It will be "a light to your feet, and a lamp to your path." We read in the book of Psalms, "They that know thy name will put their trust in thee." So they who know the Scriptures of truth, will put their trust in their decisions, for "the Scriptures cannot be broken."— John 10: 35. Jesus prayed thus: Sanctify them through thy truth; THY WORD IS TRUTH." But I insist upon a profound reverence for the word of God. And for this reason: many have a more profound reverence for their creed, their own opinions, or those of others,—for their prejudices, or favored preacher, or commentator, or catechism,—than for the word of God, though they are unwilling to confess it to their own consciences.

2. By believing the truth.

Refer again to those words of Jesus. "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth."-John 17:17. St. Paul explains, 2 Thess. 2: 13.-"Because God hath

from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and BELIEF OF THE TRUTH.'

But you are ready to ask, "What are we to understand by the belief of the truth'?" I reply: It is, first, to credit the truth in THEOPY; and, second, to credit the truth in a PROMISE. By the first I mean to credit the doctrinal truth as laid down in the Holy Scriptures, and just inferences therefrom: such as, "Be ye holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy." "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them."- Ezek. 36: 25-27. And again, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."- Deut. 6: 5. "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."— Lev. 19:18. Reënjoined by our Lord, in Mark 12: 30, 31. Proceed to the New Testament, where the doctrine is in its noonday glory. Hearken to Jesus: "Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your FATHER in heaven is perfect."- Mark 5:48. "Blessed are the PURE IN HEART: for they shall see God."-Matt. 5: 8. Hear St. John: "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from ALL SIN.”- 1 John 1:7. And again: "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure,"-1 John 3:3; adding, "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." Hear St. Paul: "Shall we continue in sin, that

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