« AnteriorContinuar »
busy world into which we pass from hence, and there direct our conduct and regulate our actions; or else is our worship vain. Piety is no substitute for good actions, but a motive to them. Lord, who shall dwell “ in thy tabernacle, or who shall rest upon
thy holy hill ? Even he that leadeth an
uncorrupt life, and doeth the thing which “ is right, and speaketh the truth from his “ heart; he that hath used no deceit in “ his tongue, nor done evil to his neigh« bour, and hath not slandered his neigh
bour; he that setteth not by himself, but “ is lowly in his own eyes, and maketh “ much of them that fear the Lord; he " that sweareth unto his neighbour, and
disappointeth him not, though it were to “ his own hindrance; he that hath not
given his money upon usury, nor taken “ reward against the innocent. Whoso “ doeth these things shall never fallo."
But we have other temples than these which are constructed of inanimate materials, temples which, faster even than
9 Psalm xv.
these, time is bringing to decay, but which eternal faithfulness and truth will build again, and place in an eternal world. “Know
ye not that ye are the temple of God ?” says St. Paul, and “ if any man defile the
temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are "." And again, “What, know
ye not that your body is the temple of “ the Holy Ghost, which is in you ?” O let us reverence these temples, and that not on account of the earthly and perishable materials of which they are framed, but on account of the Divine Inmate. If he quits his abode, the demons of guilt and despair will occupy his place, and peace
will be for ever fled. But, says our Saviour, “ if a man
love me, he will keep my words; and my “ Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
May we then so conduct our lives in this earth, formed by the Divine power, and adorned by eternal goodness, may we so worship in these Churches, hallowed by the Divine presence, may we so purify our bodies, the living temples of God's blessed Spirit, that when all these shall have failed, as fail they will, we may be raised again, and transferred, with glorified and immortal bodies, to an eternal world, where we shall not only see God by his works, or worship him in his holy temple, but behold and enjoy the Divine presence for ever and for
1 Cor. iii. 16, 17.
• 1 Cor. vi. 19. t John xiv. 23.
ON THE CRIMINALITY OF CORRUPTING
OTHERS BY BAD EXAMPLE.
Rom. xiv. 13.
Let us not, therefore, judge one another any more : but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
It is the more ordinary method of the sacred writers to recommend religion on account of its operation on the present and future interest of the individual himself to whom it is propounded, who is to perform its duties and obey its precepts. “ soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The heart is corrupted and the conscience wounded by the practice of vice; as, on the contrary, habits of virtue, and the faithful discharge of religious obligations, exclusive of the reward which is assured to them hereafter,