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state of faith, penitence, and brotherly love !--- If so, come to the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, that ye may obtain pardon for the past, and grace to help for the future. A sense of unworthiness need not deter you. If ashamed of your unworthiness, you may remember for your encouragement that Christ " came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance'.”—Did a sense of unworthiness keep this woman of the city from approaching Jesus ?-Yet she was a sinner, and she felt that she was a sinner, or those rivers of tears had never washed the feet of her Lord. But this was the very feeling which urged her into his presence.—And so, my brethren, let us hope, (as I pray) that it may be with you. Come, and eat the flesh of Christ, that your sinful bodies may be made clean by his body: come and drink, that your souls may be washed by his most precious blood, and that so, you may dwell in him, and he in you from henceforth for evermore.

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1 Matt. ix. 13.

SERMON VI.

HARD SAYINGS OF THE GOSPEL.

Luke xiv, 25, 26.

And there went great multitudes with him; and

he turned and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

To the man who opens for the first time the book which contains the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it can scarcely fail to appear that the message revealed in it is a message of peace. It would strike him that the general tenour of the language tells of mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.-Should we seek to know the impression produced upon the mind of that more fortunate individual to whom the

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law of his Saviour has been a delight from his youth up—who has made it his study by day, and his meditation by night, should we ask in what terms he would be inclined to designate it, he will answer

God is love, and love shines conspicuous in every page of his communication."

There can be no doubt that such would be the opinion formed of the Christian revelation by every one who examines it-nor can there be a doubt that such an opinion is correct.

If it be not indeed, our dispensation is misnamed, and we must seek for some other title than that of Gospel, or good tidings, by which to designate it.

But though this be true of the general tenor of the Christian law, though upon the whole it does speak most comfortably to our Jerusalem, delivering a message of great joy to us, and to all people ; yet we shall be very wrong to conclude, that from beginning to end there is nothing in it of an opposite tendency. We shall be very wrong to conclude, that when Jehovah laid aside the terrors of Mount Sinai, the thunder, and the lightning, and the dark cloud, he threw aside also those essential attributes of his nature, detestation of sin, and the inclination to take vengeance upon hardened and impenitent sinners. The Gospel has its threatenings as well as its promises ; threatenings the more awful in proportion to the greatness of the mercy which the obstinate offender rejects. For “if he that despised Moses' law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses, of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace."

The Gospel in fact, speaking out of love towards all, and seeking the salvation of every human being, addresses a different language to different descrip

· Heb. x. 28, 29,

tions of men. It will be well for us to remember this at all times, and not to suffer the comfort and delight, which we must experience in meditating upon the goodness and loving-kindness of the Lord, to exclude from our thoughts altogether that severity which he can assume when needful, or those " hard sayings” which stand recorded for the warning and instruction of mankind.

One striking example of such sayings is afforded us in the words of the text. At a certain period in his ministry, our Saviour finds himself attended by great multitudes. Numbers, actuated no doubt by every different motive, were following him from place to place. Some that they might witness his miracles, others · that they might benefit by them: some that they might hang upon the heavenly wisdom of his words, others that they might catch him in his speech, and so find occasion against him. If it were our object at present to seek for proofs of the truth and accuracy of the Gospel records-if we wished to show that Jesus

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