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to succour them that are tempted. In the days of His flesh He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save, and He was heard : and His ears are ever open to the prayers of His servants, His arm is ever stretched forth in defence of the heirs of falvation. Look up then to Christ, ye who, though deeply conscious of your sins, are humbly labouring through the sanctification of His Spirit to serve Him in faith and holiness; look up to your glorified King with confidence and joy. From His throne in the heaven of heavens He is beholding you for good. By night and by day He watches over you ; shields you from evil, supports you - under trials, delivers you from temptation. Fly to Him for continual protection: plead with Him for never-failing grace. Depend with unshaken reliance on His promise, on His power, on His wisdom, on His love. He who spared not His own life for
shall He not give you all things ? All things are yours: whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all things are yours : all things are ordained and controlled and directed for your happiness, because ye are Christ's (b). But tremble ye unrepenting (h) 1 Cor. iii. 21. 23.
finner, sinners, ye who despise and disobey the gospel : tremble to behold that Saviour whom ye reject exalted to the dominion of the universe. By your perseverance in transgression you compel Him to be your enemy.
You range yourselves in battle array against your. Judge: you turn a deaf ear to His offers of - forgiveness: you pluck down death and misery everlasting with your own hands upon yourselves. What is
confidence? Do you provoke the Almighty to anger? Are you stronger than He? Those whom His love cannot reclaim His indignation shall overwhelm. Jesus, the Lamb of God, facrificed for your sins, you despise. Look to Jesus the Son of God, Himself one with the Father, feated on His Father's throne. Behold the dawning of the great day. Behold, He cometh with clouds ; and every eye shall see Him! Behold the day when the sun fall become black as sack-cloth, and the moon as blood: when the stars pall fall from heaven, and the heaven fall depart as a scroll when it is rolled together, and
every mountain and isand fall be moved out of their places : when all the enemies of Christ, kings of the earth, and great men, and rich men, and chief captains, and mighty men, and every
bondman and every freeman, shall bide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of
the mountains ; and
fall say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and bide us from the face of Him that fitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath is come: and who shall be able to stand (i)? Listen even yet to the voice of mercy. Bend the stubborn knee, bow down the hardened heart. He still waits to be
gracious. But the season of trial will have an end. His Spirit will not always strive with
Your time of trial may be expiring. Humble yourself before Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth: trust in His atoning blood: pray without ceasing for His grace: and save yourselves, while yet you may,
from the rea surrection of damnation.
(i) Rev. i, 7. vi, 12-17,
An Exposition of the second Part of the Lef
son appointed for the Burial Service.
I COR. XV. 20.
Now is Christ risen from the Dead, and become
the first fruits of them that fept.
the substance of St. Paul's arguments in the earlier part of the chapter under our consideration; together with such reflections tending to your edification and
comfort as appeared naturally to flow from the subject. The apostle had earnestly insisted on the truth of the resurrection of Christ as the groundwork of Christian faith, and the pledge of the future resurrection of all men at their appointed time and in their proper order. He had reminded the Corinthians of the leading
feature in the divine plan of redemption ;
that source of inexpressible confolation and inextinguishable happiness to His servants, the total destruction of death. He proceeds unto the conclusion of the chapter ftill to press these awakening truths on the Christians to whom he addressed his epiftle; and by that epistle, being dead, he yet Speaketh to us, and shall continue to speak the words of salvation to the extremities of the earth, until his Lord shall return in the clouds to call the living and the dead to judgement. He confirms the doctrine of the resurrection by additional reasonings; and vindicates it from the cavils of objectors by