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viour, that all men should be gathered under the wings of his mercy and be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim. 2: 4.) This is evidenced by many passages in holy writ. For God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, as he saith by the prophet, Say unto them, As I live saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Ez. 33--11.) Also saith Peter, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3-9.) Moreover, Moses saith, See I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other Gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death,.

blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God,and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him, for he is thy life. (Deut. 30: 1520.) Likewise Joshua saith to Israel, Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which-your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Josh. 24: 14, 15.) Behold, saith the Spirit, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. (Rev. 3: 8.)Also, The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (22: 17.)

Now, if God declares with an oath, That he has no pleasure in the death of the wicked; and that he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance; and if he sets before them life and good, and death and evil, and commands them to love the LORD their God, to walk in his ways, and to choose life; and Joshua, after exhorting the

people to fear the LORD, and serve him, and to choose for the best, says, As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD:--moreover, if a door is set open that no man can shut-and if the bride and the Spirit say, Come. If all that hear say, Come, if all that are athirst shall come, and if whosoever will may come and take the water of life freely,-can it yet be said, that God-that Holy, Just, and Good God who is no respecter of persons, (Acts 10: 34,)-should, in his foreknowledge, have reprobated and abandoned some of his rational creatures-unavoidably on their part-to eternal death and misery!! Would it not be inconsistent with the above scripture texts, and in opposition to them? And, moreover, would it not be inconsistent with the divine attributes? Farthermore, That Christ Jesus, by his sacrifice and blood, has made atonement for the sins of the whole world, is clear and evident from the following scriptures: for Paul saith, Therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (Rom. 5: 18.) And John saith, That we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the Propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2: 1, 2.) Moreover, Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the

Propitiation for our sins.-And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (4: 10-14.) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Pet. 2: 24.) For Christ also

ath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. (3: 18.) And when John saw Jesus coming unto him, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29.) The Samaritans said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (4: 42.) God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. (2 Cor. 5: 19.) Thus we see that full atonement is made for the sins of the whole world; and that a door of free grace is open for ALL who will come, and accept it, by faith in Jesus Christ.

But, nevertheless, we also believe and acknowledge that, according to the holy scriptures, God has his elected and chosen people, who are known to him, and whom he hath chosen in Christ Jesus, before the foundation of the world. For Christ saith, For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive THE

VERY ELECT. (Matth. 24: 24.) Ye have not chosen me, but I have choson you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain. (John 15: 16. Also the apostle saith, And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Rom. 8: 28-30.) Again he saith, According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved: in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.-(Eph. 1:4-7.) Moreover, it is said, that, These that are with the Lamb, are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Rev. 17: 14.)

Here let.us examine the reason, why some are elected, called and chosen, while others are hardened in sin, and reprobated? And by thus examining, will we not find, that it is

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