PEACE IN CHRIST. [SER. II.
" To be in Christ," is a Scriptural
expression that deserves special notice.
You are aware that the inspired volume
in representing the wretched condition of
fallen and degenerate man, sets before
him as the only firm ground of hope,
the vicarious atonement of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. It directs us with
penitent hearts and a lively faith to
ground our expectation of pardoning
mercy at the hand of God, solely on
the all-prevailing merits of the Saviour.
Now, as those only who thus rely, derive
from him all the special benefits, bless¬
ings and privileges procured by his death,,
they are therefore represented as being
in him, or united to him by the appro¬
priating property of that "faith which
works by love, purifies the heart, and
overcomes the world." This spiritual
union is compared by our Lord to the
vital connexion that exists between the
branch and the vine. "/ am the vine,"
says he, "ye are the branches: he that