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Now, while God’s people, who are born of the Spirit, are not under the law, it is not to them a mistress. "Sarah" or "Jerusalem which is above, is the mother of us all." God’s government over us is not judicial but parental.

I dearly love the sentiment that God fills the office of a father to us, and as a true Father to us, he will visit us with stripes for our sins. We must not use the sweet doctrine of justification as a cloak of maliciousness, but we must remember we are now "under law to Christ." Paul says, "Knowing the terror of the Lord (law) we persuade men." He knew the rod of chastisement will fill the heart with bitterness, and so we are now subject to the discipline of God while here in the flesh.

"If we sin willfully,"---"there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation." In disobedience we are made to feel the smart. "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept thy word." Many texts relied on by Arminians, to prove conditional salvation, only prove us as his children to be under his parental government, and should be so applied. "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you shall never fall." "If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love." "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls." Such texts intimate God’s discipline over us and show that to be a Christian brings us under the most solemn obligations; and oh, that we could all realize how serious a thing it is to be redeemed and regenerated, to be able to say, "Abba, Father."

Redemption invests us with a hope precious beyond description, and bids us fix our eyes on that which is not seen, which is eternal. How sweet the words, "I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." But this inexpressible privilege brings with it the most solemn obligations. Paul says, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." We know him that has said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord." All this relates to the discipline of God over his people, and reminds us that if we would enjoy the presence and smiles of God, and escape the rod that fills the soul with bitterness we must yield to his discipline. "The Lord shall judge his people." After I was baptized, I meditated upon the blessing I had received. I considered its value and I was so happy in the hope of a better life! But I then felt that new duties were imposed on me, and new trouble came from a new source. It was not trouble over my lost state, but a "certain fearful looking for," of the chastisements of the Lord. Sometimes I was driven by the bitterness of soul to do duty, and sometimes I was lured by the smiles of the dear Redeemer to enter his service. To be a Christian is a most solemn privilege. We are exhorted not to use our liberty as a cloak of maliciousness, "To walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called." I have baptized several hundred persons, and nothing could gladden my poor heart more than to see those I have baptized walking worthy of the profession they have made.

"And that he died for all, that they which live should not, henceforth, live unto themselves, but unto him that died for them and rose again." As we look to, and depend on his death for our eternal salvation and hope, he will sustain us in our last trial and take us home to himself at last, how reasonable that we should live for him. Let us then yield ourselves as obedient children to him, whose suffering for us, was inexpressibly intense.

These pages may be read by brethren when I am in the grave. May the readers, then or now, be persuaded to confess the Saviour before men and in all his ways. What is this world with all its glitter of wealth when laid side by side with a hope of heaven and immortality.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. I have seen our dear brethren striving with each other; often, brethren that should love each other have been bitter enemies and have made each other unhappy; this ought not to be. So, now dear ones, be persuaded to submit yourselves to his yoke and live so that at death you will be able to say, "Come welcome death, I will gladly go with thee."

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