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unto us, but unto thy name, give glory, for thy mer- life madness, and their end to be without honor! cy and thy truth's sake. By the grace of God I am Now are they numbered with the saints, and their what I am. Not I, but the grace of God wbich was lot is among the children of God." with me."

-Contemplate him WHERE he is, and inquire Behold him THERE, and see the conduct of God to- whether you will be a parlaker of the same blessedness. wards him in this world explained and vindicated. Is it not astonishing that you can put such a ques. It will be acknowledged that though God does much tion from you, as if it was the greatest impertinence, for his people here, yet the relation in which he has from week to week, from year to year, though in the been pleased to place himself, implies and requires midst of life you are in death, and after death is the far more than he now performs. A future state of judgment? And is it not strange that others can munificent liberality is therefore necessary. To remain in a state of indecision, with only such a this he appeals, and by this his promises are to be peradventure as this to support their peace-Perestimated. Hence says the apostle, Wherefore haps I am in the way to heaven, and perhaps I am God is not ashamed to be called their God, seeing in the way to hell! What is your real condition he hath prepared for them a city.” Here, while the with regard to that eternity, on the verge of which wicked prospered, and had more than heart could you are? Have you a title to glory? This results wish, the righteous were poor, and oppressed, and from relationship: “If children, then heirs; heirs afflicted; plagued every morning, and chastened of God, and joint heirs with Christ.”. Have you every moment. And you were ready to ask, If they any meetness for the inheritance of the saints in are his, why are they thus? You were so perplexed light?. Without this you cannot see the kingdom at the strangeness his providence towards them, of God-not only for want of permission, but for that your feet were almost gone, and your steps had want of capacity. Threatenings are not necessary well nigh slipped. But even then, he told you that to exclude--your disposition bars you out. The his ways are not our ways; he told you that his excellency of the state cannot make you happy withpeople were under an economy, a very small part out an adaptation to it: your contrariety of temper of which falls within your inspection; he told you and taste would make you miserable.

“God has that the dispensations you complained of were 'not wrought us,” says the apostle, " for the self-same yet terminated: he said, “Judge nothing before the thing." Has he done this for you? Have you any time, until the Lord come.”. But here is the full thing in you that is congenial with heaven? Heaanswer. Look at them now. All that was dark- ven is a holy place. Are you hungering and thirstness, is now illuminated: all that appeared disor-ing after righteousness? It consists in the presence derly, is now arranged: all that seemed evil, is now and adoration of Christ. Are you at home now acknowledged good. Now we have the clue, and when you are saying—"Unto him that loved us, the difficulties are loosened. Now we have the end, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, be and this justifies the means. We now see by what glory and dominion. There all religious distinchis dispensations towards them were regulated, and tions will be done away; and the question will be, in what they have resulted. They were chastened not where you have worshipped, but only how. Can of the Lord, that they might not be condemned with you now rise above a party and say, "Grace be with the world. The trial of their faith was much more all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in since precious than that of gold that perisheth, because it rity?" Many of you do not hope for heaven; do was to be found unto praise, and glory, and honor, not desire it. You cannot hope for it, you cannot at the appearing of Jesus Christ. The light afflic- desire it-unless you can love and enjoy its ingretions which were but for a moment, have worked dients now. out for them a far more exceeding and eternal -Let the CONTEMPLATION bring you upon your weight of glory. They themselves are more than knees, and be this your prayer:

"Remember me, satisfied. They acknowledge that he hath dealt O Lord, with the favor thou bearest unto thy peowell with his servants. They exclaim, He hath ple. O visit me with thy salvation, that I may see done all things well. "Marvellous are thy works, the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the Lord God Almighty; just and true are all thy ways, gladness of thy nation, and glory with thine inheO thou King of saints."

ritance." O! how shall I plead with you for this -Behold the GLORIFIED Christian, and see the purpose ? By what motives can I urge you to make justification of his choice. Here, his fellow-crea- it your immediate and prevailing concern? tures despised him, or affected to pity. If they al Need I remind you of the importance of the oblowed him to be sincere, they reproached him as ject? Glory! Honor! Immortality! An eterweak, and considered his life a system of restraints, nity, an infinity, of blessedness! and privations, and sacrifices. Even then wisdom -Need you to be told that it is placed within your was justified of all her children. Even then they attainment that you are allowed, invited, comwere conscious that reason itself bore them out in manded to seek the kingdom of God and his righttheir preference. Even then they were not ashamed eousness, with an assurance of success? And if of their self-denial or sufferings, for they knew you perish, what an aggravation of your misery whom they had believed; and were persuaded that will this produce! When an event is unavoidable, he was able to keep that which they had committed you may lament, but you feel no self-reproach. unto him against that day. Even then they rejoiced When you suffer innocently, conscience even comin the testimony of their consciences, and the secret mends you; you feel a little of the spirit of a marsmiles and whjó ers of their Lord and Saviour. But tyr; you claim on your side a God of judgment, the world knew them not. They were princes in and believe that in due time he will appear on your disguise. Their titles were refused, and their ho- behalf. But here you will be speechless. You will nors and riches were turned to scorn. And they feel that you have destroyed yourselves. Your bore this with firmness and patience-for they saw misery will be yonr greatest sin. Every mouth that their day was coming. And lo! now it is ar- will be stopped ; and you will be found guilty bea rived. Now they shine forth as the sun in the king- fore God. Guilty of what? Of transgressing his dom of their Father. Now is the manifestation of law. Yes but still more of neglecting so great the sons of God. Now their enemies return and salvation, of rejecting the counsel of God against discern between the righteous and the wicked; be- yourselves, and judging yourselves unworthy of tween him that serveth God, and him that serveth everlasting life. him not. And oh! how changed their sentiments And allow me to ask, for what is it that you are and their language now. "We fools counted their determined to sacrifice this attainable and infinite

boon? Are you not spending your money for that merely intellectual. Wisdom indeed excelleth folwhich is not bread, and your labor for that which ly, as much as light excelleth darkness. Monty is satisfieth not? You condemn the folly of Esau, a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that who for one morsel of meat sold his birth-right. wisdom giveth life to them that have it. But what You reproach Adam and Eve, who lost the garden wisdom ? It was a fine reply of the converted asof Eden for a taste of the forbidden tree. But you cronomer, who, when interrogated concerning the are making a far worse, a far viler exchange. You science which he had been idolizing, answered, " I are sacrificing all the glory of God and the Lamb am now bound for heaven, and I take the stars in I again ask, for what? You would be losers if you my way." How humiliating is it to reflect, that gained the whole world. But are you gaining em- the treasures of learning and science depend upon pires ? provinces ? estates? Are you gaining repu- the brain ; that an accident of disease may abolish tation ? 'The esteem of the wise and good ? Health? them; or that, at most, they are limited to the life Peace of mind ? Support in trouble? Freedom that now is, and which we spend as a shadow.-from fear? Sin ought to yield you much, for it | Whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away will cost you dear. But the way of transgressors -unless it be the excellency of the knowledge of is hard. There is no peace to the wicked. When Christ Jesus our Lord-for this life is eternal. you lie down in sorrow, how will you answer the In much wisdom also, there is much grief; and question, "What fruit had ye then in those things he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow. whereof ye are now ashamed ? for the end of these Some of the most expansive and cultivated minds ihings is death.” Remember also the alternative. are the most miserable. Nor is it difficult to ac

- For missing this, there is nothing but a certain count for this. Genius implies a sensibility which fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation strangers intermeddle not with. It is attended with to devour the adversary. If you are not with the a keenness of feeling, that renders the possessor sheep at the right hand, you must be with the goats like a sensitive plant, that shrinks at every touch. at the left. If you hear not the sentence, “Come, He lives in a world of imagination, as well as a ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pre- world of reality, He views nothing simply and pared for you from the foundation of the world," purely. Every thing is dressed up to his concepyou must hear the doom, “ Depart ye cursed, into iions; the beautiful in preternatural tints, and the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his an- evil in preternatural horrors. His thoughts are gels."

sentiments. He feels intensely: and nothing very Lastly. Let us look and hail those who can make intense can continue. Then follows a void which the prospect their own. We talk of happiness I Can is irksome, and a listlessness which is intolerable, any thing equal the state of those who can humbly and which are sometimes productive of fatal effects. and confidently say, "Being justified by faith, we In Madame de Stael's Memoirs of her father, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, have the following remark: "I have a proof,” says by whom also we have access by faith into this Mr. Necker, "of the immortality of the soul in this; grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the that it is at least after a while desirable; and essenglory of God ?". Many are in adversity and tribu- tial to our happiness. By the time we have reached Jation ; and yet have no such prospect. All is fight threescore years and ten, we have looked around ing against them, and they have no refuge. Their us, and become familiar with the whole scene: and thoughts are broken off; even the purposes of their though not satisfied, we are sated. Then we feel hearts, and their earthly schemes, laid desolate ; our need of a new residence; a new sphere of acyet they have nothing better before them. Yea, tivity; and new sources of employmeni and enjoyconscience tells them, this is only the beginning of ment. This is a striking remark; and we may sorrows; the short preface to a long roll written observe, that if at such a period, religion' with its within and without, with lamentation, and monrn- motives and promises is not present to the mind, the ing, and wo. But to the upright there ariseth light man wearied of existence, and feeling every thing in the darkness. He sees the storm beginning to here to be vanity, is likely to become the victim of clear up: and he knows that no cloud shall return an insupportable oppression, and in a moment of after the rain. I reckon," says he, " that the suf- rashness may welcome self-destruction. Have we ferings of the present time are not worthy to be had no instances of this? compared with the glory that shall be revealed in -Here the Christian is guarded; here he is prous." Soon, want will be followed with fulness. - vided for. As this world palls upon him, an other Soon, the wormwood and the gall will be succeeded opens to his view. This prospect enlivens the soliby the cup of salvation.

tudes which bereavement and decays of nature have " Yet a season, and we know

produced. This prospect becomes a substitute for Happy entrance shall be given;

The scenes and charms which have faded and fled. All our sorrows left below,

This prospect entertains and engages, now the days And earth exchanged for heaven."

are come in which he says, I have no pleasure in

them. The outward man perisheth, but the inward With this prospect, how superior is he to the man is renewed day by day. His heart and his flesh envied, the indulged, the successful man of the fail; but God is the strength of his heart and his world. He has his portion

in this life; but, says the portion for ever. He departs; but he leaves what Christian, “As for me, I will behold thy face in is not his rest, what is polluted, what is nigh unto righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake cursing, and whose end' is to be burned-while he with thy likeness." His good things are temporal; enters a creation where every thing that is new, and mine are eternal. He is leaving his; I am advanc- marvellous, and pure, and attractive, and beautifying to mine. Every hour diminishes the value of ing, says, Arise, and come away. And the hour his hope; but every moment adds interest to mine. that obscures and quenches for ever all other gloNor need the Christian envy the man of claims I ries, immortalizes him.

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NEHEMIAH viii. 10_" Then he said unto them, Go

your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and 2 Sam. vi. 20.-" Then David returned to bless send portions unto them for whom nothing is Iris household.”

..20 prepared : for this day is holy unto our Lord:

neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'

.....64 LECTURE IV.

I Tim. iii. 15.-"That thou mayest know how

THE CHRISTIAN, IN DEATH. thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of PBALM IIxvii. 37.-"Mark the perfect man, and God, which is the church of the living God."..27

behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”.



THE CHRISTIAN, IN THE GRAVE. JOHN Xxvii. 11.--"And now I am no more in the world; but these are in the world."... ..35 JOB xvi. 13.-"If I wait, the grave is mine



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