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identified with Omnipotence to insure | Author, who is the same yesterday, tosuccess—if the interests it involves be day, and for ever, its virtues is a perso gigantic in their dimensions, so petual efficacy, and its provisions of eternal in their duration, who of the mercy stretch down to the dearest sons of men is adequate to wield this forms of suffering, of ingratitude, and Feapon, and thus to secure those in- of sin. This Gospel is precious to God, terests? Can man the sinner-safe and the ministration of it, properly though he be by grace-address him- conducted, is to God a sweet savour of self to this conflict, in the strength Christ. It displays alike the perfecof his own convictions, in the keen- tions of God, and the guilt and calaness of his own sagacity, and in the mity of man. But with what gracious constancy of his own resolves ? Can beneficence it exhibits this calamity! be go forth single-handed, buoyant It does it precisely as the mariner as may be to-day the emotion of his might use the darkness, to contrast breast to endure this conflict with the the value of the light-house. In every pride, the hostility, the wickedness, case, the design is one of

mercy. and the hardheartedness of man? Who Where it saves the soul alive, it inis sufficient for these things ? The creases joy amid the angels of God; Apostle knew well his sufficiency could where it fails to save, through the unalone be of God: in this spiritual war- belief and the pride of man, it still fare he would ever exclaim, “I can do marks out the nature of its Author, all things through Christ that strength by the emphasis of the disappointment eneth me.” “ Blessed be God, who which it records,

“ Thus saith the teaches my hands to war, and my fin- Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One gers to fight.” “ By the grace of God of Israel; I am the Lord thy God I am what I am.” “God forbid that I which teacheth thee to profit, which should glory, save in the cross of our leadeth thee by the way that thou Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world shouldest go.

O that thou hadst is erucified unto me, and I unto the hearkened to my commandments ! world." “Paul may plant, and then had thy peace been as a river, Apollos water, but it is God who and thy righteousness as the waves of giveth the increase.”

the sea.” My brethren, the application of this But if this statement be true, the subject belongs to one sanctuary as to application of the subject, my brethren, another; to one Christian nation as to is yet more limited, and it connects another ; to one Christian community our individual responsibility with the as to another ; to one Christian con- ministry of the truth in this very gregation as to another. With respect place, in this very sanctuary. Oh! to the Gospel, the lapse of years this Gospel must have its eternal remakes no change whatever in its au- sults amidst ourselves, and its inthority, its design, or its effects. In Auence at this moment is to each of every church and clime, and country, us, either the savour of death unto the Gospel is still the revelation of death, or of life unto life!

“Who is God's will to man, the illustration of sufficient for these things?” If ever I his character, the charter of his grace, have felt the importance of the Gospel, and the source of human hope, and and my own utter unworthiness as a happiness, and strength. It is still minister of Christ, surely I am conthe blessed light which sheds its scious of it at this hour. I meditate beams upon this dark wilderness, and upon the influence of the Gospel ; I either illuminates to blessedness, or know its results to be life or deathblinds to destruction. Like its great life eternal or death eternal. I stand

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in the presence of God; beneath the to time all its importance, to eternity sanctity of that presence, I look back all its glory, apart from which man is upon the period, during which it has a shadow, his very existence a shadow, been entrusted to me to proclaim the and the stupendous scenes which surtruth of God, in the midst of this con- round him, as unmeaning as the leaves gregation. Alas ! what reasons to my which the forest scatters to the winds." own heart for humiliation, contrition, - My brethren, all this is true. Once and shame, do I find in that service ! again, then, would I point you to the -what omissions of duty !-what cross. Oh! I would point once more, neglect of opportunity !—what lan- each fellow and kindred soul before gour of zeal !-what intermissions !- me, to the cross, and I would say, what deadness to the honour of a holy with all the feelings of my soul, “BeGod rise up to my sad rebuke! Yet, hold the Lamb of God, who taketh what ground also for adoring grati- away the sins of the world.” tude, and joyous thanksgiving! It has But the subject is of necessity assobeen my privilege to speak in the name ciated with your responsibility as well of Christ, to keep back nothing of the as mine. This Gospel is at this mocounsel of God, which at least was ment to you, either the savour of life evident to my own mind. It has been unto life, or of death unto death! 0, my privilege to proclaim to you the my friends, tell me which is the alterdoctrines of a free salvation, of the native to you! Are there any here who grace of God in Christ Jesus, and of are still unaffected by all the wondrous the power of the Holy Ghost to con- history of redeeming love, to whom vert the soul. It has been my privi- the world has hitherto been their elelege to invite you, by the agonies of ment and their joy? Would that each Gethsemane, and by the death of the might now, even now, awaken from cross, to seek your eternal shelter the dream of death, and find the path where the storm of righteous wrath of life. Are there any who are halting can never be felt. Joy, deep and between two opinions, who are somesolemn joy, has often filled my soul times half persuaded to take part with in this ministration of the sanctuary. the friends of God, who are still afraid I have felt the Gospel to be all that of the scorn of former associates; Oh, man could need—not a “cunningly | by all the arguments of God's comdevised fable.” I have felt the Gospel passion, and by all their hopes of eterwhen I have proclaimed its truths nity, I beseech such to bring their among you to be the very "power of hearts and their prayers to God, and God unto salvation, to every one that at length to have a fixed resolve for believeth.” These doctrines, once God! Yet a little while, and the scorn more brethren, I would urge upon of associates, and the applause of the your regard. I believe, and there world, will be as the dew-drop before fore would I speak.” Seven more the wintry storm. Yet a little while, years of trial, and of scrutiny, have and the cross shall be the single refuge added depth to my conviction, that to which you may fly. But, adored be these doctrines are the doctrines of the name of the Lord, there are many God—the doctrines of salvation. They here to whom the Gospel message has are not fanaticism; they are not folly. long been a sweet and welcome theme. “ Religion, the religion of the Bible,” | To these the name of Christ is more emphatically exclaims a noble writer, precious than the merchandize of silnow passed from our world, rever, and the gain thereof than fine ligion is our final centre—it shows the gold. Dear, very dear friends, oh! I goal to which all things tend-it gives bid you go on in the strength and power of your God. Yet a little while, here be brief, for my heart is full. and to you also the Glory of God The kindness I have received at your shall be revealed. “ In the world hands, no event of life can erase. The ye shall have tribulation : but be of memorials of it will be as the Sabbathgood cheer, Christ has overcome the bell to my soul. Long may the sound world.”

of salvation be heard within these And now, my brethren, PAREWELL, walls, and rich and deep may be the for my feelings I dare not trust myself blessings which rest upon those who to express, I commend you to God, henceforth shall come to you, in the and to the word of his grace. I must name of the Lord-Amen.

A Sermon



John xü. 1.4" Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour

was come, that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his

own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.There is a generosity in the charac- in rescuing them from everlasting cater of Christ, which we may well con- lamity, “he endured the cross, and template with admiration and delight. gladly despised the shame.” He was now approaching the scene of Oh, my brethren, may it please God his final suffering—that hour in which by the power of his Holy Spirit, to his soul was to be yet more sorrowful open to our view something of the exthan it had been—that hour in which tent and character of that love wherethe consolations of his Father's love with Christ hath loved his people, were to be, for a time, withdrawn from may he be present in the midst of us, him, in which he was to stand like a to refresh our hearts by the declaralone rock amidst the billows of the tions of his kindness, and to cheer us ocean, and at this moment, when na- by the bright prospects that he has ture might have shuddered in the ex- presented to the eye of faith ; may he tremeness of despair, we find that he enable me so to speak, and you to forgot himself in his deep remem- hear, that this word may be blessed to brance of his people's welfare, and the our souls, that we may gather fresh very consciousness that he had of strength and confidence to pursue our these approaching sufferings, led him progressive path, waiting for the glory to a more emphatic recollection of which, in due time, shall be given to this condition of his people. When us, knowing that we are led along, by our hearts are oppressed, sweet it is to a right path, to that city of habitation, remember Christ—when his heart was whose builder and maker is God. oppressed, sweet it appeared to him to I would consider, for a moment, remember the welfare of his people, The objects of the love of Christ. The " for the joy that was set before him” description given of the objects of his

love, in the passage before us, is very not your own, but ye are bought with brief. “Having loved his own.” That a price:” the price of his blood hath single word “ own” describes the cha- been paid for this property. Our racter of the objects of his love. Un- blessed Saviour, unquestionably, is questionably he had an immediate the proprietor of all things, and he reference to the Apostles who had fol. claims a dominion over all, and he has lowed him in his eventful course, a love toward all his properties. Oh, who had been the companions of his when he looked upon those enemies solitude and of his public life. These who thirsted for his blood, he shed were peculiarly dear to his heart, but bitter tears of kindness and disaphe is merely here stating to us some pointment over them: his mercies are general principles which apply not over all his works, and there goes only to these favoured companions of forth a yearning compassion over his earthly course, but to others. every being in this world. Indeed, in that intercessory prayer, But I apprehend, that when our with which he closed his affecting Saviour speaks of his “ own” on this ministry, he declared to his Heavenly occasion, he has a more distinct reFather, that he not only prayed for ference to that blood-bought heritage those who had been thus his compa- which his Father hath given to him. nions, but that he prayed for all those He speaks of those who are not only who should hereafter believe on him dear to him as the objects of creation, through their word.

His prayer and the objects of compassion, and stretches along the line of time, and in the objects towards whom he had this our distant day, while eighteen manifested very great interest in supcenturies have passed by, that prayer plying them with all those means of refers, in all the living freshness of mercy which, if used, would ensure its kindness and in all the efficacy of that mercy, which would bless them its intercession, “to us who believe in to eternity; but he here speaks of that his name.” And if the word "own" peculiar love wherewith he loves those characterized the objects of his love who are given to him of his father. when he actually dwelt upon earth, “ All that the Father giveth shall that word characterizes still all who come unto me.”—“I know my sheep, believe on his name and trust in his and am known of mine. And I give salvation.

unto them eternal life, and they shall My brethren, the terms under which never perish, neither shall any pluck Scripture presents to us the relation them out of my Fathers's hand.” Our ship into which God has brought his Lord accounts these persons as pecupeople, are very brief oftentimes, but, liarly his “ own.” They are his prosurely, they are very significant. That perty with that weight and interest word “ own," is a word which ex- with which a person looks upon that presses with emphasis the very nature which is peculiarly his possession-he of that mind with which Jesus Christ attaches delight and value to this poscontemplates his people.

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session. When a person of great customed to connect with the term power, and of great wisdom, and of “ own” very, very interesting particu- great kindness should emphatically lars. When a man thinks of his declare of aught that it is his “ own," “own,” he thinks of a scene where he would mean to imply that he set a the objects are more immediately and great value on that property—that he emphatically his own. Our blessed had much delight in it—that it was Saviour here, refers to the property an object which he contemplatedthat he had in his people. “Ye are that it was an object towards which his anxieties, and his sympathies, and with that earth where the curse lies his affections went continually forth. heavily; nevertheless he knows their " He that touches you, touches the path, for he has tracked it before apple of my eye ;” and when he them, and where they find the print claims these as his “ own,” who is of his feet they are to set their feet gifted with all power in Heaven and also. They are now,

like their masin earth, he refers to that power, to ter, encircled by foes, surrounded by that security under which his property sinners, acquainted with calamity and reposes. The broad shield of Almighty sorrow. They have important lessons power is stretched over this heritage. to learn—they are not yet at home, In one single word, then, my brethren, they are pursuing their way through what a noble declaration is this re- a desert land. Many are the rugged specting the people of God. They paths along which they are to pass— are Christ's “own ;" he marks them many are the obstacles which they as such—he knows them by a contra- have to surmount-many are the tears distinction from other portions of the which they have to shed-many are creation-his eye rests with peculiar the conflic which they have to encomplacency upon them-he loves counter. But though their condition them with an exceeding great love. be now a condition of trial and of sor

But we have presented to us in this row, though they are in this world, passage, The condition of these persons yet they are not always to be found who are the objects of Christ's love. among the inhabitants of this world. He loves his "own" who were of the The place that now knows them, and world. It might be thought a strange painfully knows them, will know place wherein to seek the property of them here no more ; they will pass Christ; for Satan is called the prince onward and pass upward; their lot is of this world-his principles prevail to be a counterpart of the lot of their his maxims find applause—and the va- Master. ried objects of this world's pursuits, “ Made like him, like him we rise, are characterized by sin and folly. Ours the cross, the grave, the skies." But in the midst of this wilderness, He knew that his hour was now come and amidst the varied objects of evil in which he was to depart out of this which this world presents, the people world unto the Father, and he deof Christ are yet to be found. They clared, after he had burst from the are to the eye of Christ, bright sunny bonds of the grave, “ I ascend unto spots upon this world's waste, which my Father and your Father, unto my he has lit up with the beams of his God and your God.” Hence the exown grace; and these persons are pression respecting Christ that he was those with whom he continually car- now to depart out of this world to his ries on a holy and delightful inter- Father, is descriptive of that condition course. They know him, and he which is yet future to his people, but knows them; and their condition in which is ascertained to them by the this world is precisely that reason sure word of his promise. They are which calls forth in his mind the likewise to terminate their wandergreatest possible anxiety for their wel ings. This path, along which they are fare. He prayed for these persons, moving by God's direction, is the right and he prayed not, “ that Thou way which leads to a city of habitashould'st take them out of the world, tion. It has a definite aim, a definite but that Thou should'st keep them period, and limit. They are not to be from evil.” Their condition is, at wanderers for ever; their Father present, one connected with time, and knows the duration of their course;

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