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en the kingdom of GoD ;" desiring to know the e seasons when so great ould take place, as they the natural world; when kingdom should be set up ig should reign in righteir Lord in a single sentence all their fond and fanciful He taught them, that the which he came down on › establish the only kingdom ne ever will establish here bea spiritual kingdom, a throne hed in the heart, a dynasty lusts, and passions, and evil rs should be subdued and con1, and every Christian grace and should reign in the peaceful pos

while in this sense, and this by the general outpouring of his in the fulness of time, the Lord shall reign from sea to sea, and hore to shore, in the great spiriange which shall regenerate a world.

Lord's own words, in reply inquiry of the Pharisees, conis most fully, and most satisy; "He answered and said, gdom of GOD cometh not with

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H. Mc NEILE .

F. G. CROSSMAN. The willingness of the People of Christ in the
Day of His Power

J. W. CUNNINGHAM For the Widows' Friend and Benevolent

Society

Coming to Christ

The Constancy of Christ in pursuing our Sal-
vation

The Legacy of Christ to His People

The Sword of the Spirit

The Profanation of the Sabbath:-Practical

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The duty of Prayer and Supplication.

The duty of Faith in Christ's atonement
God the Author of the Regeneration of the
mind, of the Implantation of Hope and the
Gift of Heaven

The Union of Faith and Works necessary to
perfect righteousness

The sin of rejecting Christ

The Nature of, and the Encouragement to

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Confidence in God

On the occasion of the General Thanksgiving

The duty of Governments to provide for the
support of Religious establishments

On Self Righteousness

No. 113.]

SERMON BY THE REV. H. BLUNT.

SERMON BY THE REV. J. TOPHAM.
SERMON BY THE REV. H. S. PLUMPTRE.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1832.

A Sermon

DELIVERED BY THE REV. H. BLUNT.

AT TRINITY CHURCH, CHELSEA, OCT. 14, 1832.

Luke 17, xxi.-" Behold the kingdom of God is within you."

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THE heart of man is the same in all places and in all times. Those religious inquiries which affect him least, are usually those which occupy and delight him most. Some contested point of doctrine-some unfulfilled and doubtful prophecy-some mysterious and unexplained doctrine of holy writ, interests and amuses us for hours; while the plain coursethe obvious and unquestionable duty -the vital and undeniable truth will be passed over often without a moment's pause or a moment's meditation.

of him, "when the kingdom of GoD should come;" desiring to know the times and the seasons when so great a change should take place, as they imagined, in the natural world; when a temporal kingdom should be set up and a king should reign in righteness. Our Lord in a single sentence dispelled all their fond and fanciful visions. He taught them, that the kingdom which he came down on earth to establish-the only kingdom which he ever will establish here below-is a spiritual kingdom, a throne established in the heart, a dynasty where lusts, and passions, and evil tempers should be subdued and con

Thus it is with the religious world among us at present; thus it was with

the religious world of the Jews eigh-quered, and every Christian grace and

teen centuries ago. The Pharisees, who had, during the whole of our Lord's ministry, turned a deaf ear and a hardened heart to every annunciation of his divine precepts, to all the simple and life-giving doctrines of the Gospel, no sooner hear of Messiah's reign, and Messiah's kingdom, than they came to our Lord to obtain some in- Our Lord's own words, in reply formation upon so delightful a subject to the inquiry of the Pharisees, conof speculation, so pleasing an employ- vey this most fully, and most satisment for their fancy. They accord-factorily; "He answered and said, ingly with great urgency demanded the kingdom of GOD cometh not with

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virtue should reign in the peaceful possessor; while in this sense, and this only, by the general outpouring of his spirit, in the fulness of time, the Lord Jesus shall reign from sea to sea, and from shore to shore, in the great spiritual change which shall regenerate a fallen world.

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observation : neither shall they say lo | frequent than for persons, and perhere; or lo there : forbehold the sons of good understanding on these kingdom of God is within you.” And matters, to imagine that the means as if this plain and decisive declaration of grace, and the kingdom of grace were insufficient, the Apostle to the are

synonymous ; that when Romans, gives us this invaluable com- Lord said, “ the kingdom of God ment on it; “ The kingdom of God is within you,” he merely meant, that is righteousness and peace, and joy in the Messiah was now come, that the Holy Ghost."

the Gospel of truth was now preachTo many, then, I trust, by the aid of ed to them, and the offers of the good Spirit of our God, it will be grace freely made in the midst of an edifying subject—to those among us them; and carrying on the idea they at least who are in earnest seeking the very naturally argue that this is kingdom of which we speak—to enter equally true at the present day; a little more minutely into the nature and they argue that if we live in of this spiritual kingdom, which it is the use of the ordinances of religion the great object of the religion we we may calculate in safety on the reprofess, to establish in the hearts of sult; that if, indeed, we enjoy the God's people, and to ascertain whe- means, there is very little doubt we ther it be really set up in our own. shall be possessors of the kingdom. This is one of the most important Alas! brethren, this is very far, far inconsiderations that can engage us; for deed, from being the fact. This differs unless we be, in this manner, partakers widely from the kingdom which “is. of the kingdom of grace here, we shall righteousness, and peace, and joy in unquestionably be excluded from the the Holy Ghost.” Our Lord himself kingdom of glory hereafter.

told the Jews, who heard his Gospel To make this subject practically use and saw his miracles, that “the kingful, and more expressly so with reference dom of God was come nigh unto to the habit of self examination, which, them;" but then to these very men valuable at all times, is peculiarly so he declared, that it would be better in as preceding and accompanying our the day of judgment for Sodom and coming to the table of the Lord, I shall Gomorrah than for them. You may First, CONSIDER SOME OF THOSE DE- then not only hear all that is to be

heard for the Jews heard the Lord THEMSELVES THAT THE Jesus himself—but you may know all KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN THEM. that is to be known of the saving truths

Then offer ONE OR TWO EVIDENCES of the Gospel, and yet never be a parBY WHICH THIS IMPORTANT FACT taker of the salvation of Jesus.

Next to this statement of the enjoy-
And conclude by endeavouring to ment of the means of grace for the
RECTIFY SOME OF THOSE MISTAKES, possession of the kingdom, we may
BY WHICH MANY, WHO ARE REALLY mention, the mistaken impressions of
PARTAKERS OF THIS DIVINE AND the blessed results. You may have,
BLESSED GIFT, GO ON IN HEAVI- for instance, while under the faith-

ful preaching of God's word, strong
and deep convictions of sin ; you may
leave the house of God, Sabbath after

Sabbath, full of good resolutions; and
First, and briefly, with regard to yet the cares, and pleasures, and temp-
SOME OF THE COMMON DELUSIONS tations of life may so prevail with you
ON THIS SUBJECT. Nothing is more to shake them off, that your cor-

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