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Five bleeding wounds he bears,
Received on Calvary ;
They pour effectual prayers,
They strongly speak for me;
Forgive him, O forgive, they cry,
Nor let that ranfomed finner die.

He ever lives above,

For me to intercede; His all-redeeming love,

His precious blood to plead. His blood atoned for all our race, And fprinkles now the throne of grace.


"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himfelf

by Jefus Chrift.

world unto himself.

2 COR. v. 18, 19, 20.

God was in Chrift, reconciling the

Be ye reconciled to God."


Between the bleeding victim, cut in twain,
Two, once at variance, meet, at one again;
Gladly the hand of fellowship impart,
And pledge the honour of a faithful heart,
And by the God of life and death agree
The past to bury in oblivion's fea
They vow each other's interest to befriend,
And when in need, to fuccour and defend.
And as the parted victim lies in death,

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So they adjudge who breaks his folemn oath.

THIS engraving reprefents two men ftanding

between the two parts of a divided calf.


have been for a long time enemies to each other.

Now they earnestly defire to become friends again; they wish to bury all paft differences in the ocean of forgetfulness, and to enter into an agreement mutually to affift and defend each other in time to come. To accomplish this object, they have met together. As a proof of their fincerity, they offer a facrifice to the object of their religious adoration. The blood of the victim is poured out, the animal is divided into two equal parts. The parts are placed oppofite to each other, space enough being left for the parties to enter between. When this is done, they meet in the middle of the divided beast, where the contract is read or repeated, and by a folemn oath sanctioned and confirmed. This was an ancient and almost universal mode of making contracts. It is referred to by Jeremiah the prophet: "And I will deliver up the men that have tranfgreffed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed through the parts thereof.".

The above is a fignificant emblem of that reconciliation which is proclaimed by the everlafting gofpel. The holy God and finful man conftitute the parties. Man had, by his fins, separated himself from God, and had, in fact, become an "enemy." God, the offended party, proclaims a truce, and proposes a reconciliation. The place of meeting was Mount Calvary. There Mercy and Truth met together, Juftice and Peace embraced each other; the victim, the

Lord Jefus Chrift. Without fhedding of blood there is no forgiveness, and without forgiveness there is no reconciliation; but "God was in Chrift, reconciling the world to himself," and "Chrift is our peace, who hath made both one.' The terms of the covenant are, "He that believeth shall be saved, and he that believeth not fhall be damned."

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On this ground, i. e., "in Chrift," God has sworn to receive to friendship all who come to him. Here he opens his heart of love—here he bestows more than kingly dignities-here the kingdom of grace is exhibited, and the splendours of the kingdom of glory fhadowed forth. But for thofe "who count the blood of the covenant an unholy thing, there remaineth no more facrifice for fin, but a certain fearful looking for of fiery indignation, which fhall devour the adverfaries."

The reconciliation of a foul to God is perhaps the greatest event that can come to pass on the earth. It affects three worlds: heaven, earth, and hell. When this takes place, angels, in their flights of mercy, paffing over fields of renown, where empires are won and loft, ftoop upon the wing, and ftringing their harps to a loftier melody, they fing the anthem of all-redeeming love, "Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, and good-will toward man.

God, the offended God Moft High,
Ambaffadors to rebels fends;

His meffengers his place supply,
And Jefus begs us to be friends.

Us in the ftead of Chrift they pray,
Us in the stead of God entreat,
To caft our arms, our fins, away,

And find forgiveness at his feet.

Our God in Chrift! thine embassy,
And proffer'd mercy we embrace,
And gladly reconciled to thee,
Thy condefcending mercy praife.


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