Watts - Houston-Packer Collection BX5207.W3 S4x 1805 v.2

SEÀM.XXXV.] THE ATONEMENT ÒF CHRIST. 93 communicated to the first preachers and professors of the gospel, when I survey these gifts in all their exten- sive glory, and in all their force of argument, I look úpon all of them as a heap of united wonders, conspir- ing to support this doctrine of the propitiation of Christ, which was every where taught by these inspired fa- vourites of heaven. Every strange tongue which they spoke, teaches me this blessed truth. Every disease of body which they healed, assures me, that the stripes which Christ sustained, were for the healing of our souls. Every unclean spirit which they cast out, esta- blishes my belief, that by the atoning death of Christ we are delivered from the power of the devil. Every surprising wonder which they wrought, gives me a firmer persuasion of this wonderous doctrine, that the Son of God died to giveus life. Blessed Saviour, let thesame spirit, by whose influence they healed the sick, they cast out devils, and wrought all these wonders, write this holy religion, and this doc- trine of thy atonement for sins deep in my heart. O let me make it my daily food, the support and the life of my soul. Teach me to apply it to all the holy purposes for which so glorious a doctrine was revealed to the world. In the faith of this atonement, by the blood of Jesus, let me join in the songs of angels, and pronounce with joy ; Luke ii. 14. " Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good-will to men :" Glory to God my Father, and my Saviour: Pardon, life and salvation to dying sinners. Amen.