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justified by the law of Moses :”—and what power can the fear of death exercise over him who stands at this place where death was swallowed up in victory, and hears it proclaimed by the voice of triumph, “Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept, for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.' “O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory ?- Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Be ye, therefore, my beloved brethren, steadfast and unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
There are, however, many persons whose judgment is convinced of the truth of the Resurrection, but in whose minds it produces no practical results, because they are not sensible of any
connexion it has or can have with their spiritual state. To such, however, we have to present the resurrection in a point of view touching them so closely, as to insure at least a momentary attention to its consequences. “ The times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men every where to repent, because he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained, whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” If we could induce the thoughtless and the worldlyminded to join us in the contemplation of this subject, we might expostulate with them on the lamentable folly of their present conduct. Here, we can say, is the place where the Lord lay,—as surely as he was laid here, so surely must your body one day be deposited in the grave-and as surely as he rose, so surely will he come again to be your judge; in that day he will enter into judgment with you, and when this great day of his wrath arrives who shall be able to stand,
Thus sanctioned by the certainty of the Resurrection, we preach repentance to the ignorant and the sinful-exhort them to seek the Lord-proclaim the necessity of a change of mind, and exhibit that truth, which man must believe, or else he lost for ever. Consider then this, the real situation in which you are placed-if thou art wise thou shalt be wise for thyself, and if thou scornest thou alone shalt bear it.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.-Amen.
Psalm cx. 1.
THE LORD SAID UNTO MY LORD,
SIT THOU ON MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THY FOOTSTOOL."
“All Scripture," we are told by St. Paul, “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” This splendid eulogium, on the Sacred Volume, which points out so clearly God to be its Author, instruction to be its means, and salvation from sin and from misery to be its end ; this splendid eulogium though applicable to every part and portion of the word of revelation, is more peculiarly true of the book of Psalms.-Whether we regard that portion of the Sacred Scriptures as to its variety of subject, or its intenseness of devotion-whether we consider its heart-searching
delineations of man, or iís elevated descriptions
with a late most learned commentator, “I know nothing like the book of Psalms, it contains all the lengths, breadths, depths and heights of the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations." The Psalmist seems to have been permitted to experience every vicissitude of human life, that every believer might find instruction in his recorded sentiments; and while the response of conscience, and the sigh of contrition, prove that in all ages human nature has been the same weak victim to vice and to temptation, the awakened faith of the Jewish Monarch, and the promises which elevate his hopes, have been the source of spiritual consolation and rejoicing in every age to every member of the Redeemer's kingdom. Writing under the influence of intense personal feeling, the Psalmist's joys and sorrows, backslidings and repentance, consolation and triumph, find a counterpart in every believer's bosom, and form the incentive and the material for personal devotion; while through his Divine antitype he becomes the representative of the Church,