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was only a possibility of success but in one instance, it ought to be enough—and if we were in a proper state of mind, it would be enough to lead us to call into action all our resources, and to exert all our influences through life to attain it !
And can you do nothing to glorify the Redeemer? Are you a parent? Cannot you recommend Him to your children? Are you a master ? Cannot you preach Him to your servants ? Are you the head of a family? Cannot you 'say with Joshua, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord ?" Are you a neighbour? Cannot you invite your acquaintances to come and hear the word of life? Are you a tradesman? Cannot you fulfil the prophecy ; “ Her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord; it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently and for durable clothing." Are you rich? Cannot you “honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of your increase ?" Indeed there is nothing by which you may be so useful in the cause of Christ, as property, since it enables you to employ every kind of instrumentality.
Every one, therefore, may do something; and all may do much more than fear or sloth will allow them to imagine. This being admitted, it is hoped that no one will suffer his exertions to be chilled by the misapplication of acknowledged truth.. " The Lord has promised to carry on his own cause. He is able to do it': and he will do it”_He will—But he works by means; thiese means display his wisdom as well as his power; and those who love his name, will desire to become instruments in his hand.
It is needless to remark how forcibly this subject bears
upon the union which you have so nobly established and maintained; and the success of which, if it has not been answerable to your wishes, has been sufficient to encourage your hopes and reward your exertions.
Temporal beneficence is not to be undervalued. While we are in this vale of tears we shall be perpetually called to the exercise of it. Who is not ready to bless the man who feeds the hungry, and clothes the naked, and heals the sick ?
But after all, charity is to be estimated by the grandeur, the capacity, and the duration of its object.
No zeal therefore can equal that which regards the salvation of the soul.-Men are perishing for lack of knowledge.--The gospel is the only remedy.—There is no alternative between our belief of the truth of the gospel, and the importance of it; between our belief of its importance and our owning an obligation to receive it ourselves and extend it to others.
How consistently therefore, my UNITED BRETHREN, are you engaged while attempting to diffuse it. And this is your aim-your only aim. Your object is not to make proselytes but converts. What bigots magnify, you overlook. While you hold your convictions upon subordinate subjects, your conduct asks, “What is the chaff to the wheat! You consider every thing as
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trifling compared with the everlasting salvation of the souls of men. You practically acknowledge that the “ Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost : that in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing nor uncircumcision but a new creature."
“-And as many as walk by this rule, peace be on them and mercy and upon the Israel of God." May your zeal provoke very many; and still discovering the same spirit, and minding the same thing, may you at last obtain the approving sentence, THOU HAST LA
Let me therefore conclude by observing
First, That Christians ought not to think meanly of themselves. This remark is liable to abuse and needs explanation. It does not stand opposed to humbleness of mind, but to thoughtlessness and levity. There is a personal self-valuation which is censurable ; but there is a relative self-valuation that is not only allowable but cominendable. For instance. A mother ought not to feel an indifference to herself: she ought to know that her life is of importance to her little rising charge. For who can fill her place? Who can feel for an infant like her who bore it? And this consciousness instead of inflaming her pride will be a source of gratitude, self-preservation, and duty. A minister may be humble and heavenly-minded, and long to depart to be with Christ which is far better; but when he looks around upon his people, he may feel that his labors are desirable, and say, To abide in the flesh is more needful for you. But there is no relation so momentous as that which subsists between Christ and christian's. And if
He be disgraced or glorified in us–O! how we ought to feel the value of our character, the sacredness of our condition, the awfulness of our destination, the neces. sity of self-attention, of vigilance, and of prayer !
Secondly. If He is glorified in us let us be his servants, attending continually upon this very thing. Let it be the grand and pleasing business of our lives. 0, my dear brethren in the ministry, and my christian friends, let us mourn over the little honor we have brought to our Lord and Saviour. Let his fame be dear to our hearts. Let us not be satisfied with the thought that we have disgraced him—though this is a mercy—but let us be concerned to honor him to honor him in all our words and works, in our conversation and conduct, in our bodies and spirits.
Need I say how much He deserves it? You know what he is. You know what he has done. You know what he is doing. You know his promises. You know his sufferings.-See him who was rich, for your sakes becoming poor. See him a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. See him in the manger; in the garden ; on the cross.
Sce from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Or thorns compose so rich a crown:
- Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Demands my soul, my life, my all. Thirdly. If Christ is glorified in his people here, how will he be glorified in them hereafter ! In the
The Saviour Glorified, &c. vastness of their number ; in the completeness of their deliverance ; in the grandeur of their elevation ; in the beauty of their residence ; in the eternity of their joys“ Then shall he come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day."
Fourthly. Let the wicked remember that Christ will be glorified in them. He will display his wisdom and power in making them instruments to accomplish his providential purposes; in turning their designs and actions from their natural currents, into secret channels prepared to receive them, and in which they will flow into the fulness of him that filleth all in all. The wrath of man shall praise him, and the remainder of wrath will he restrain. Nebuchadnezzar is called his servant as well as Moses.
He will glorify his truth and his righteousness in punishing them ; either in a way of mercy or in a way of justice, he has sworn by himself, the word is gone out of his mouth, that to him every knee shall bow and every tongue confess.
“ Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace ; thereby good shall come unto thee. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Amen.