•> - that precise point the responsibility of roan commences. Reproof and conviction find - their way to the mind amk^onscience of every rational individual; mKer results de pend £Hpou the submission and obedience of the individual himself. The Almighty does for his sinful creatures only those things which they cannot do for them selves. Unassisted by the aids of the di- j vine Spirit, in conjunction with the holy and righteous it, none could ever have come to such a repentance as the gospel requires. ^ None ever yet repented until they wore first brought to see and to feel themselves guilty before God. This sensation is the result of conviction wrought in the mind by theTloly Spirit powerfully applying the violated law to the sinful and corrupt heart. In his epistle to the Romans, (chap. vii. 7.) the Apostle has assured us 1 that he would not have known sin but by the law; from which it is clear, dpt in or der to repentance there must be a know ledge of the law, and an application of it to the conscience. For the purpose of awakeiung and exciting the guilty fears of transgressors, the law must become quick *; ■ * . mitant of genuine reliance, results not* from any power of man, abstracted from the supernatural agency promised in thq Bible. ThaSgency will not be irresisti bly exerted beyond a certain point. At and powerful, .through the Holy Ghost. For, says Paul, “ I was alive %ithout the his conviction, the Apostle tells us that he had lived in all good conscience before God. He had been intimately acquainted with the divine law from his infancy, but^ had entirely misapprehended its real nature and import. He had viewed it only as inculcating a course of external morality, while its application to the heart and con science was entirely misunderstood and overlooked. : JIc rested wholly inllio let law once, but whe>|the co came, sin revived and I diei pier, not thinking which it could h ly attentive only to those cxto»al acts and performances which he aftqPards deno minated the works of the law. Butlaf ter the overwhelming display which was vouchsafed to him in a heavenly vision, a Hood of light was {>ourcd upon his soul, his fears were aroused, his conscience en lightened, and his whole soul was w aken ed up to a lively and vigorous sensibility. From that period the and repentan&e may lie immediately abandoned his foi system of theology, and espoused that identical cause which he had so much de spised, and w hich he had so ardently la bored to exterminate. In his case we see rcjumtanceijgjiost clearly evinced. He ceasq|piis opposition, because he is con Vinced that in opposing theireligion cf Je sus, he found himself figlitin<pjj^dnst God. He is no longer the ill-natured opposer and deadly pesecutor of the saints, but he arranges himself among th^m, and identi fies himself with that religion which had brought sq^much power and consolation to his soul. Now, being more correctly taught, he was groperly prepared to take a correct survey*of tlie divine administra tion, and to pronounce the law spiritual, <%nd himself carnal, sold under sin.. I am fully convinced, that ing the commonness of this docrme, there .are many who do not entertain just and correct notions relative toe the subject of repentance, who suppose that in order to its genuineness, the soul must be filled with dismal horror and frightful conster nation. Mental agony enters not as a component part of true repentance. It is always an accompaniment of the sorrow of (he world, which vvorketh death. Even in repentafteCTiere is a joy which the pe nitent would not exchange ft)r all the plea sures of sin. All that is implifjjj in repen tancc, is the operation of that cause wlfran

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