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THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL.
The gospel is the scheme of grace, which God has revealed in the holy scriptures for the salvation of sinners, through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first notice of the gospel was given to the parents of the human family on their apostacy from their primitive holiness. It was more clearly revealed to Abraham, to Moses and the prophets, until the Lord Jesus Christ appeared on the earth. During his ministry he plainly preached and correctly explained the gosped of the grace of God. He said, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." To the saints at Corinth the apostle says, "Brethren, I declare unto you the gospel, which I preached unto you, which also ye have received and in which ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you, first of all, that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." It is, then, evident, that the gospel is the great scheme of salvation through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this gospel, which is called the everlasting gospel in the fourteenth chapter of the Revelation. There John says, 66 I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him, that made heaven and earth and the sea and the fountains of waters."
That the gospel of salvation through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is, with propriety, called the everlasting gospel, may appear from the following observations.
1. This gospel was devised from eternity. The scheme of redemption arose from the good pleasure of God. He was not bound, in justice, to do any thing for the sal