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TO GEORGE DOUGLAS, ESQ.,
MY ESTEEMED FRIEND,
It is with unfeigned pleasure that I avail myself of your kind permission to dedicate to you the Eleventh Edition of this Sermon, as a token of my sincere regard and high veneration for your benevolent and Christian character, and as a memorial of your sojourn among us at Brighton in 1840.
I have the honour to subscribe myself yours to serve in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Russell Square, August 8, 1840.
The profits arising from the sale of this Sermon will be given in ADDRESS TO THE CONGREGATION.
aid of the Tabernacle Sunday School.
MY RESPECTED FRIENDS,
You are all aware of the recent solemn event, which has caused our assembling together sooner than usual this evening; and as the chapel is excessively crowded, as well as the vestry, so that many have scarcely standing room, it is not my intention to add to the inconvenience of your situation, nor unnecessarily to trespass upon your patience in the delivery of a long and tedious introduction. The
young man, Josiah Paine, was executed on Penenden heath, near Maidstone, Kent, on the 2nd of April, for sheep-stealing. At his own particular request, I attended him in his last moments, with the Rev. Mr. Winter, the Chaplain of the prison; and I am truly happy to say, that we, with others who witnessed by night and day his becoming and exemplary conduct, after the dreadful sentence of the law had been pronounced, have substantial and satisfactory evidence to believe that he died a real penitent and a humble believer in the Son of God.
My design in calling the attention of the public to the affecting
scene which cut off from the land of the living poor young man, is, that his ignominious death may be a solemn warning to us all; particularly to young people, to show them the awful nature and fruits of sin; to guard them against the least approach to vice; to earnestly entreat them to forsake their wicked companions, who seek their final ruin, by leading them in paths of crime and infamy; and likewise to unfold to my
hearers, the abundant, rich, free, and all-sufficient
of God, gloriously and triumphantly displayed through the efficacy of the blood of Christ in the salvation of the vilest rebels and the chief of sinners.
The text to which I will now refer you, as peculiarly suitable and illustrative of the preceding observation, you will find recorded in
LUKE XXIII. 42, 43. " And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom! And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
0! may the Lord the Spirit enable me to set forth to you clearly, faithfully, and affectionately, the momentous truths contained in this surprising portion of holy scripture, and savingly accompany them to your hearts by his living unction, that some lost sinner may be plucked as a brand from the fierce burning of fire unquenchable; and that the Lord's regenerated family may be edified and stand fast in the true grace of God: then sower and reapers will rejoice together, and gather fruit unto life eternal, to the everlasting honour of our covenant God and mighty Redeemer.
The text consists of two parts.
I. His PRAYER,—“ Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom !” In which is observable, first, the person he addressed, or the object of his prayerLord. The Greek word here used, and in other passages of scripture translated Lord, literally signifies, master, ruler, and governor; and when applied to Christ it denotes his supremacy and sovereignty. By this expressive title he is revealed to us as the King of kings, and Lord of lords -the Governor of all worlds—the Head of the church, and the Almighty Saviour of sinners. The learned Zanchie observes, that this name is simply and absolutely ascribed to Christ a thousand times in the writings of the apostles. Dr. Pearson, bishop of Chester, in his justly celebrated Exposition of the Creed, remarks, that not only Christ is the Lord, but that this title doth so properly belong unto him, that the term “ the Lord” alone, absolutely taken, is fçequently used by the evangelists and apostles determinately for Christ, insomuch that the angels observe that dialect, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay!” Matt. xxviii. 6. Nor is it difficult to find that name amongst the books of the law, in the most high and full signification ; for it is most frequently used as the name of the supreme God, sometimes for “ El," or
Elohim ;” sometimes for “Shaddai,” or " the Rock;" often for "Adonai ;” and most universally for “ Jehovah,"