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Him? St. Paul had a nobler purpose; that purpose which was the object of his heart in all his writings, in all his labours; to promote the glory of God by guiding and animating man to holiness and salvation through faith in the blood of Chrift. Hear the concluding leffon, the great practical exhortation, which, as the confequence and the fum of his instructions in this chapter, he addreffed to the Corinthians and now addreffeth to ourselves. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfaft, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forafmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. If then, my beloved brethren, whofe eternal welfare ought to be my fervent desire, my unceasing prayer, my persevering and earnest pursuit; if these things be fure, be ye ftedfaft, unmoveable. Shew yourselves the true fervants and foldiers of your Lord. Continue unfhaken in His faith. Hold faft the words of found doctrine. Beware left any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit. Avoid profane and vain babblings; and oppofitions of fcience falfely fo called (1), prefumptuous difputes raised on the groundwork of senseless fpeculation and conjecture, against truths which reft on, the promise, and are secured by the omnipotence, of God. Continue fted(1) Col. ii. 8. 1 Tim. vi. 20.


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faft under temptations to fin. Devil; and he will flee from you. Call for fuccour to your Redeemer, whom Satan tempted in vain; your Redeemer, who has openly triumphed on the cross over all the powers and principalities of darkness; your Redeemer, who has promifed that His grace fhall be fufficient for you, that He will fave to the uttermoft all who come unto God by Him. Continue patient and undismayed under fufferings. Look unto Jefus, the Author and finisher of your falvation; who for the joy that was fet before Him endured the crofs, defpifing the fhame, and is now fet down at the right hand of the throne of God. Be ye always abounding in the work of the Lord. The work of the Lord is faith unfeigned. This is the work of God: that ye believe on Him whom He hath fent (m). The work of the Lord is to do the will of God; to be holy, as He is holy. The work of the Lord is to feek first the kingdom of God and His righteoufnefs; to labour for the falvation of your own foul, and that of the fouls of others. In this bleffed work abound more and more. Strive, through the Holy Spirit, to be an example of piety. Shew yourself a Chriftian in thought, in word, and in deed. (m) John, vi. 29.


Win others to the love of Chrift and the care of their eternal interefts by prudent instruction and exhortation, where you may be allowed to inftruct and exhort: and at all times, and in all places, by adorning the doctrine of God your Saviour in all things, by giving unaffected proof that your heart is fteadily governed by Christian motives, and filled with Chriftian tempers. You know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. You know that there is a reward for the righteous: that your afcended Lord will return to receive His faints unto Himfelf: that while the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the people who forget God, all who do not make it their leading object faithfully to love and serve their God and Redeemer; the juft fhall be exalted to the prefence of God, where there is fulness of joy and pleasure for evermore. Prefs forward then towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Chrift Jefus ; that you may be admitted to the

Refurrection of eternal Life.

Would you feel the aweful import of that refurrection? Realife things unfeen. Suppose yourself an unconverted finner, recently feparated from the body, just arrived on the confines of the invifible world. Suppose yourself addreffed by one of its glorified inhabitants.


habitants. "Behold thefe abodes of blifs: "thefe ineffable manifeftations of divine 66 power and wisdom and love: these worlds beyond worlds diverfified with countless "modes of existence, filling infinity and eternity. Behold these innumerable hosts of angels. Behold these. thy brethren ac"cording to the flesh, the justified children "of thy father Adam, patriarchs, prophets, "and apoftles, faints of every tongue and people, and nation! Lo! There is Chrift, "the Redeemer of all, King in thy nature of "the univerfe! Lo! There is the throne of


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God! Thefe, hadft thou accepted the offer"ed mercy, these had been thy glories! To "fearch out thefe wonders, to fhare this bleff "edness, thofe had been thy employment, that thy blifs, for ever! This is the Re"furrection of life which thou haft loft. "Thou ftandeft"-for let penal torture be for a moment fuppofed not to impend-" Thou flandeft on the brink of annihilation. Snatch thy laft glance. The blackness of eternal night is about to close thee in everlasting "oblivion." What would be thy fenfations ? How truly wouldst thou estimate life and all its events! With what longing regret wouldst thou look back upon the very miseries of mankind! With what fervency wouldst thou




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implore for a renewal, were it poffible, of probation! "Return me," thou wouldst exclaim, "to earth! Weigh me down with "fickness! Fetter me in dungeons! Encompass me with forrow from the cradle to the "grave! I fhrink from no evil! I decline no fuffering! Return me to earth, what"ever anguish may await me there: that through the riches of grace I may poffefs even "but a poffibility of attaining to the humblest "of thefe glories; of beholding though from "the remoteft diftance the countenance of


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my Redeemer; of contemplating from the "fartheft corner and verge of the universe "the prefence and majefty of my God!" The dream of annihilation is diffipated. Thy existence is irrevocably prolonged to eternity. What then are thy groanings, what thine agonies, when thou beholdest the throne of judgement, the book of condemnation, the minifters of vengeance, the gulf of everlafting perdition, the prison of unregenerate men and apoftate fpirits, the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth of the affembled enemies of God! But fear not thou who art stedfast and immovable, abounding in the work of thy Lord. Chrift is rifen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that flept. In thine appointed hour thou fhalt

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