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cast all our care on him, for ourselves and for others, for time and for eternity, is to glorify God in our spirit.
Secondly, How are we to glorify God in our bodies?
First, To glorify God in our bodies is to discharge our duty faithfully to ourselves, and to our families. He who provideth not for his family, is worse than an infidel; we glorify God in our bodies when we serve him, and we serve him when we do all the good we can for his inheritance. But children, the children of men, are the heritage of the Lord. Thus we really glorify God in our body, when we do all the good we can for the human family, and that not solely in administering to their necessities, but in rendering them yet more important aid, by cultivating their minds, endowing them with knowledge, and inculcating both by precept and example, good morals.
Second, We glorify God in our bodies, when we assemble together to hear his most holy word, to celebrate his most worthy praise, and to supplicate his favour. He has vouchsafed to promise. that whenever two or three are met together in his name, he will be with them, and whatsoever they ask, when thus assembled, according to his will they shall receive. Forsake not, therefore, the assembling yourselves together, as is the manner of some.
(Third, We glorify God in our bodies, when we are not forgetful to distribute according to our abilities, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. This consideration may seem to be included in the second observation; but charity is such a useful, necessary, and beautiful exercise in the life of tbe Christian, that perhaps it cannot be too often, nor too fully recommended, and it is worthy of remark, that the applauses bestowed by the Redeemer, at the final consummation of those arrangements, which respect the family of man, are almost, if not entirely, confined to this single virtue, charity. “ Forasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these," &c. Done what? “ Fed the hungry, given drink to the thirsty, clothed the naked, entertained the stranger, visited the sick, and those who were impris. oned."
Fourth, We glorify God in our bodies, when we unite to detect, and bring to condign punishment, the lawless and disobedient, the atrocious depredator, who like the prowling wolf, or the roaring lion, by whom they are instigated, seeketh to devour innocence, to prey upon the lambs of the flock. This is indeed serving God in our generation, most effectually.
But the adversary of man may tempt you to inquire, what advantage shall we derive from being found in the paths of rectitude ? and what have we to fear if we should not?
( 1st, If you believe not God, you will remain under the dominion of him, who was a liar from the beginning, and continuing subjects of the prince of darkness, you will walk as children of darkness, and you are consequently slaves, the worst of slaves, stimulated by the spirit of bondage, to augmenting fears, which fears have torment; and if you should be so hardened as to live and die, in a state of insensibility, the period will however arrive, when anguish will take liold of your spirits, anguish infinitely beyond any thing of which you or I can conceive, and this not as a punishment for transgressions; certainly not, our iniquities were laid upon the Lamb of God, and he, by dying to expiate, hath taken away the sin of the world. But you will set in darkness, where there will be no light, and your sufferings will be the natural effect of this soul-terrifying
Yes, assuredly, the time will come when you will find it no light thing to make God a liar, and I can hardly wish you a greater blessing, than to become sensible of the disadvantages those labour under, who pass through life without any trust in, or dependence upon a God of grace and truth.
Reverse this picture, and you will trace the sacred pleasures derived from glorifying God in your spirits. Is it not pleasant to walk in the light, to be delivered from fear, to behold the Creator of your frame, the Redeemer of your spirit, as a tender, kind, compassionate Father; to be able to look death in the face with composure, to have the heart fixed, constantly trusting in God; in one word, to join issue with the Psalmist, and experimentally to say, “ O Lord, blessed is the man who trusteth in thee?"
2d. With respect to glorifying God in our bodies, which are his. The advantages are, I had almost said, innumerable, and the disadvantages, in not seeking the glory of God, as apparent, and as countless. The sluggard shall be clothed with rags. Children left to themselves bring their parents to shame ; nay, they will often regard their parents with abhorrence, and too probably bring their grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.
But the truth is, there is no sin, which is not accompanied by! sorrow; we are deluded if we believe that suffering is not the consequence, the immediate consequence of sin even in titis world. There are who swallow iniquity with greediness, they proinise
themselves enjoyment in the present state, and they exclaim, we know nothing of any other. Yet it is an incontrovertible fact, that the way of the transgressor is, even here, very hard. Does the petty robber, does the highwayman derive as much pleasure from stealing, from violence, and as it may happen from blood, as he does pain in suffering? But grant, that for a season, he escapes the hand of justice, is peace in his power? does he secure enjoyment? No, verily no, his guilty soul starts at the shaking of a leaf, and he frequently runs when no one pursueth. But, as it generally happens, should he be brought to justice, should the prison doors ciose upon him, no hand to help, no eye to pity; considered by his species a man of crimes, whom it is the interest of society to punish, or perhaps cut off from among them, a candidate for the lash, or the halter. Behold the wretch detested by all, and then ask, what are the disadvantages attendant upon the service of sin ? Yes, it will ever be true, it is impossible to sin with advantage, and the recompense of guilt is misery.
But it will be asked, what can we suffer for not attending public worship? It is impossible to say how much. What would your grounds produce, if left without the cultivating care of the lords of the soil ? Instead of fields standing thick with corn, we should be. hold the pricking thorn, and noxious briar. The barren prospect would present nothing pleasing, nothing profitable, either for man or beast. So, just so, the inhabitants of the earth, without the cultivating hand of instruction, without social worship, or schools, those polishers of the mind and manners, the people would soon, very soon, degenerate into savages, and live in constant dread of each other ; but, blest with these auspicious aids, the human mind becomes productive, and pleasant as a well watered garden : and mental fruits and flowers reward the labourer's toil.
Through yonder open casement, I behold the grave of a man, the recollection of whom swells my heart with gratitude, and fills my eyes with tears. There sleeps the sacred dust of him who well understood the advantages resulting from the public worship of the true God. There rests the ashes of him, who glorified God in his body, and in his spirit, which he well knew were the Lord's. He believed he was bought with a price, and therefore he declared that all he was, and had, were righteously due to the God, who had created, and purchased him with a price, all price beyond. There rests the precious dust of the friend of strangers, whose hospitable
doors were ever open to the destitute, and him who had none to relieve his sufferings. I myself was once thrown on these shores a desolate stranger, this Christian man brought me to his habitation. God, (said he,) hath blessed me, he has given me more than a competency, and he has given me a heart to devote myself, and all that I have, to him. I have built a place for his name and worship, I would, continued the faithful man, erect this temple myself, with what God had given me, my neighbours would have lent their aid, but I refused assistance from any one ; I would myself build the house, that God might be worshipped without contention, without interruption, that he might be worshipped by all, whom he should vouchsafe to send.
This elegant house, my friends, the first friends who hailed my arrival in this country; this elegant house, with its adjoing grove, is yours. The faithful founder bequeathed it to me, that none of may be deprived of it. His dust reposes close to this monument of his piety; he shewed you by his life, what it was to glorify God in body and spirit; and he has left you this house, that you may assemble here together, listen to the voice, and unite to chant the praises of the God who created, who has bought you with a price, and who will preserve you.
Dear faithful man, when last I stood in this place, he was present among the assembly of the people. I marked his glistening eye, it always glistened at the emphatic name of Jesus—Even now I behold in imagination, his venerable countenance ; benignity is seated on his brow, his mind is apparently open and confiding; tranquillity reposeth upon his features, and the expression of each varying emotion, evinceth that faith which is the parent of enduring peace, of that peace which passeth understanding.
Let us, my friends, imitate his philanthropy, his piety, his charity. I may never again meet you, until we unite to swell the loud hallelujah, before the throne of God. But to hear of your faith, of your perseverance, of your brotherly love, of your works of charity, will heighten my enjoyments, and soothe my sorrows, even to the verge of my mortal pilgrimage. Accept my prayers in your behalf, and let us unite to supplicate our common God and Father, for the mighty blessing of his protection..
I have parted with so many weeping friends on the shore this morning, that my heart, my sympathizing heart, feels sad and des
olate—These people really received the preached word, as the earth in its present parched state would receive the falling showers; and right happy should I be, if a sober intelligent gospel preacher were stationed among them.
My last subject to their neighbours, the dwellers on the river, was in Ephesians ii. 8, the first clause of that verse: “ For by grace are ye saved.”
First, I endeavoured to convince them, that this divine declaration, was made in favour of every individual among the human race.
Secondly, To show them from what every individual was saved.
Fourthly, What they were saved by, GRACE! through faith, and that not of themselves, grace being the gift of God.
Fifthly, What they were not saved from, and
Sixthly, and lastly, What the children of men should severally, and collectively be finally saved from.
Never have I witnessed a congregation more attentive, more serious, more apparently impressed with devout and holy gratitude.
The weather has been extremely favourable to me, during the few past days; yet the whole country seems in a suffering state for want of rain. But I suppose when the harvest is gathered in, the clouds will pour down their treasures.
Thus good, thus beneficent, is the God who never had created, but to bless.
I have a prospect of being introduced to a clergyman of great eminence in the religious world. He was, I am told, a zealous and most inveterate persecutor, of those who professed to believe in the doctrines of the gospel, and was diligently employed in searching the sacred records, to qualify himself to enter the lists as a disputant, should chance ever throw me in his way: but being a man of great integrity, and remarkable for candour, much to the astonishment of his clerical brethren, the result of his investigation, produced him a Universalist of the Chauncey school. Yet, this shade of difference I conceived would operate as an effectual bar 10 his intercourse, or religious communion with me. However, I have, as I said, some reason to expect an interview with this same Mr. W— and my expectation originates in a conversation, of which, considering the event it may produce, I think proper to