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people the spirit of repentance and children and servants, and determined true conversion.
on the proper employment of that porIn vain shall we contend by argu- tion of the Sabbath which is not spent ment for the faith delivered to the in the sanctuary, and aimed at the saints, if we do not in our lives display exhibition of Christian graces in the its power. Alas! the most formidable intercourse of social life? objections of infidels against Chris. If it were merely as a matter that tianity are drawn from the unworthy respected your temporal interests, I lives of its proposed disciples. When might with great propriety enforce the idolators of human reason see those these duties, for most certainly nothing who call themselves worshippers of can save this land from universal God as selfish, as covetous, as earthly- anarchy but the revival of real godliminded, as sensual as themselves, ness. If, as a nation and as indithey cannot believe it to possess any viduals, we do return to Him from real efficacy, When I exhort my whom we have so deeply revolted, we country parishioners to an attendance may confidently hope that He will on Divine ordinances, I am often told | avert the heavy judgments hanging that they do not perceive those who over our heads and ready to descend attend to be better in their conduct upon us. But if we do not—if neither than those who neglect them: and the rulers, nor the nobles, nor the when the members of our London con- people of the land, will humble themgregations hasten from the house of selves to glorify the God of heaven, God to scenes of a wholly different then will He withdraw those restraints character—when their carriages are which keep the winds of revolutionary observed bearing them to the parks or tempest from blowing upon the earth, hurrying from street to street for a they will be let loose to destroy, and succession of unprofitable visits, will it every institution, every interest, every be believed that they have attended possession, will be involved in one with due seriousness unto the services common ruin. of the Church, or profitted by the in- Begin, then, I beseech you, as many structions of her ministers? Even as hear me this day, by rallying yourwhere anxiety is shown to follow selves under the banners of your cruafter good instruction, is this never cified Redeemer. Be not ashamed to done in a sectarian spirit? Do we confess his faith amidst a sinful and never find one minister set up as an adulterous generation; and take care object of admiration above another, that he shall have no cause to be some praising Paul, some Apollos, ashamed of confessing you as his dissome Cephas, but too few remember- ciples. Endeavour, next, to enlist as ing that the teacher is but the instru- many as possible under the same sament, and God the agent; that Christ cred standard. Let your own families is our only master, and that conformity and immediate connections be the first to him, and union with him, ought to objects of your care. Show them, by be the great objects both of preachers example, and, as opportunity may be and of hearers? My brethren, let us afforded, endeavour to convince them not deceive ourselves in this matter : by argument of the truth and excelif we would prove that we are truly on lence of Christianity. If power is the Lord's side, we must steadily walk given you to extend your operations as he also walked, and make his glory by writing, by public testimony, by the manifest object of all our actions. circulating useful publications, by Allow me, then, once more to appeal contributing to the support of holy reto your own consciences concerning ligious institutions, avail yourselves the evidence which your daily, con- with gladness of the means thus afversation gives of devotedness to him. forded you. I urged upon you, last Sunday, the Let it also be your study to produty of glorifying God, and called mote the spirit of unity amongst real upon you to consider your domestic Christians. I say amongst real Chrisproceedings. Have you done so? tians, or at least those whom, in the Have you reflected upon the import- judgment of genuine charity, we may ance of family religion? Have you esteem such. This is a very different commenced the instruction of your / course from that compromise of doc
trine, that habit of blending every | We need not, then, fear the utmost shade of sentiment, recommended by fury of our enemies. Whether or not our modern liberalists. No, we must God will permit them to have a tranbe strenuous in maintaining what we sient triumph we cannot foresee; but believe to be the truth, and willing to of this we may be assured, that their receive instruction concerning it from triumph will be but transient, and will others. Yet may we bear with much end in their complete discomfiture. contrarity of sentiment with respect The adversaries of the Lord shall be to modes of discipline or worship— found liars, and be broken in pieces with respect to any thing, indeed, that by his iron sceptre, like a potter's does not affect the vitality of religion. vessel. “When the enemy shall come Acting upon this principle, we ought in like a flood" the Scripture assures to cultivate brotherly love to the ut. us that “the Spirit of the Lord shall most, and make any personal sacri. lift up a standard against him." The fices rather than prejudice or mislead Church may be purified by judgments, the weakest of God's children. To- but it shall not be destroyed. It may wards the enemies of the truth, we be cast into the furnace, but it sbal must show no intemperate resent- come forth as gold. We have the ment; but, at the same time, must not word of Christ himself, that "the hesitate to proclaim our uncomprising gates of hell shall not prevail against resistance to their erroneous doc- it.” Be of good courage, then, se trines and wicked practices. The faithful followers of Jesus, for ere long sword employed against them must you shall be more than conquerors, be the sword of the spirit—the de- through him that loved you. Let it fence which we must oppose to them be your care to fight a good fight, to must be the shield of faith-the armour finish your course, to keep the faith, with which we must clothe ourselves and you shall assuredly receive that must be the armour of righteousness. crown of righteousness which the Lord In patience, we must, through divine is ready to give all those who love his grace, possess our souls, whilst the appearing. If you keep the word of day of trial lasts ; and that grace we his patience he will keep you from the must not cease to implore with all hour of temptation, which shall come prayer and supplication in the spirit. upon all the world to try all those
Whilst we pray for ourselves, for that dwell on the earth. It is his voice, our brethren, for our country, for our which says unto you, “ Behold I enemies, we ought to supplicate with come quickly; hold that fast which peculiar earnestness for the ministers thou hast, that no man take thy crown. of God, who are bound to stand for- Him that overcometh will I make a ward in the celestial warfare, that pillar in the temple of my God, and wisdom may be given them to under- he shall go no more out, and I will stand, and courage to pursue the write upon him the name of my God, proper course, that they may be en- and the name of the city of my God, abled to reprove rebuke, exhort with which is new Jerusalem, which comall long-suffering and doctrine, to do eth out of heaven from my God, and I the work of evangelists, to make full will write upon him my new dame." proof of their ministry.
May that name be inscribed on each It is thus I apprehend that we ought of us, my beloved brethren, for the to answer the enquiry, "Who is on sake of the same adorable Redeemer, the Lord's side ?” Thus that we must to whom with the Father and the Holy endeavour “to withstand in the evil Ghost be ascribed all honour and day, and having done all to stand.” glory. Amen.
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1 John, iii. 16—19.—" Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his
life for us : and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother hare need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue ; but in deed and in truth."
I could have wished that the hal- | lence and Christian love. Why is it lowed cause of mercy, which is this that on such an occasion as the premorning to be pleaded in this place, sent, we take not up into the pulpit had a better advocate than him who the writings of some ancient moralistnow addresses you. Labouring under of some great philosopher—of some a violent cold, he had many fears lest eminent philanthropist? Why do we he should be unable to make an affec- keep to the old book, and the great tionate people hear what he had to say book, the blessed book—the Bible; not on this work of tender benevolence only when we would reprove your and love. He casts himself, however, errors, but when we would excite your upon your prayers-he looks up to benevolence—not only when we would heaven for the assistance, without show you the way to heaven, but when which we are met together in vain. we would draw you forth, and lead
My brethren, I glory in this, that you by the hand to works of mercy ? though we are weak, our Lord and Why? For this sufficient reason, that Master is mighty; and though we are there is no religion under heaven like but earthen vessels, yet we have a Christianity for moving and melting treasure in those earthen vessels ; yet the heart, and thus impelling men to still but earthen vessels that the ex- acts of disinterested beneficence. cellency of the power may be cf God Oh, tell me if you can what Chrisand not of us, that He may have all tianity did in olden times, in times of the praise, and all the honour, and all suffering and of sorrow, when, indeed, the glory, and that for ever and ever. starvation was not so apparent, but
I glory in the Holy Bible, not only when martyrdom mowed down one on as furnishing the best rules for a Chris. the right, and another on the left, and tian life—not only as teaching us the left many an helpless orphan, and way to heaven, but as urging the many a weeping widow to be cared strongest motives to hallowed benevo- for, and to be fed by a church poor
and destitute. But what, though the of the seed of Abraham, it is to you Christian church was then possessed in your Christian character that these of little property, it made up for its words make their solemn appeal. lack of pecuniary means by the energy Let me, then, in the First place, conof its graces, and by the ardour of its sider devotedness to its Lord and Master. THE LOVE OF GOD, AND Every professing Christian, then, felt IN WHICH IT WAS MANIFESTED. that he was not his own, but that he I can well conceive that, were it pro. was bought with a price—and that, per to speak aloud, some would be therefore, he was bound to glorify God ready to express what they are now in his body and his spirit, which are thinking, and to exclaim, “Ah, sir, God's.
you are going to your old and savourLet me turn to the words, then, ite subject, to what you call the Gosof the evangelist-the confessor—the pel.” I am-you are right-perfectly Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. The right. And, if you ask why I do this, words of my text speak for themselves. I answer, because the Apostle does it May the God of heaven send them in the text-because he connects the home with power to every heart, love of God with our duty to our bro“Hereby perceive we the love of God, ther. I might, indeed, go and talk of because he laid down his life for us : benevolence-I might tell you much and we ought to lay down our lives for of the excellence and of the sympathe brethren. But whoso hath this thies of human nature-I might deworld's good, and seeth his brother clare how good the heart of man have need, and shutteth up his bowels is, and how naturally and necesof compassion from him, how duelleth sarily it feels for suffering humanity; the love of God in him? My little and if I told you so I should tell you children, let us not love in word, nei- an egregious lie, contrary to all God's ther in tongue; but in deed and in word and declarations on the subject. truth.”
No, my brethren, the human heart is From these words thus introduced not such a tender thing, it is not so to your notice, I shall consider two susceptible. It is, alas, alienated from things.—First, THE LOVE OF GOD, AND God; and that being the case its symHOW IT WAS SHOWN.-Secondly, The pathies are alienated from their right
@UR BROTHER, AND and legitimate objects, and too geneHOW THEY ARE TO BE MET.-In discus- rally fixed upon those things by which sing these points I shall have to notice it is at once softened and degraded. the duty solemn, sacred, and obligatory I come, then, to the love of God. upon every Christian man, as a Chris. | If, indeed, as is, alas, the case, some tian. I am not speaking of the obli- of you are not Christians, then this gation of these words on other persons. may be nothing to you, and you may If there be a Turk, a Heathen, a Jew, be ready to turn your back on the I will pray for such, I will do all i preacher and to say,
What care we can for his good; but I am not ap- for these doctrinal matters on which plying the words of the text to him. you are perpetually enlarging. We To him the words of the text do not came this morning to hear of good strictly belong; they belong to you, works, and in their stead you preach but to you only, as you are professing to us of faith.” But remember, I pray Christians. I say, as you are pro- you, it is of “faith which worketh fessing Christians, whether you were by love." And yet, methinks, there previously sinners of the Gentiles, or are not a few amongst you who will
expect that the Christian pulpit should | Oh, it was a dread hour when cherunot be the organ of unchristian doc. bim and seraphim hushed and were trine—who expect, if we address our- still, and all heaven watched to see selves as a Christian priesthood in a what the God of glory would do. Christian temple, we should urge And what, I pray you, did He do? Christian motives. I might go to the What? Let our blessed Lord declare. man of the world's book, and might "God so loved the world that he gave urge the claims of Ireland on other his only begotten Son, that whosoever and lower grounds; I might tell you believeth in him should not perish, but much of the advantage of assisting the have everlasting life.” I glory in this distant parts of the empire, and bring exhibition of the Divine character–I forward a thousand motives, some of declare and protest to you before God them of a political pature, some of a this day, there never was such a glorious commercial nature; but I leave them manifestation of the Divine attributes all, every one, and I come to the Holy as on that occasion. There the great Bible, and I appeal, as a servant of and eternal God displayed his own God, to the love of God, as exhibited glory, and unfolded his own character, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
and bade not only men, but bade all This love we are now to consider, the heavenly host, see and know not and the way in which it was shown. only that “God is light,” but that Long, long was it before the love of God is LOVE. Hereby perceive we God was known as a Divine attribute. the love of God, because he laid down It was known that He possessed other
his life for us." attributes. It was known that He My brethren, I would know one was holy, that lie was just, that He thing, have you perceived this love ? was pure, that He was omnipotent. Some of you have, but many of you And wiien angels rebelled against His as yet have not. You have perceived Divine government, He was found to other things—you have perceived the be fearful in holiness. Yes, verily, majesty, at least something of it-and when rebellion arose in the empire
have discovered something of the powof his glory in heaven, what did he er of God, and you never think of the do ? He crushed it by his power. Divinity but with feelings of awe and Angels sinned, and angels were cast reverence and abasement. You are down from the abodes of light to the right. But know it, О man, thy God abyss of eternal darkness, but not one would have thee 'think of Him, not whisper about the love of God was only with reverence, not only with heard, nor any manifestation of it then abasement, but with gratitude. He vouchsafed.
would have thee think of Him as havA new order of beings arose-man ing given his Son to die for thy sins. created after the image of God. This He would have thee dwell on this and image he but too soon forfeited, and be amazed at it, and be overwhelmed he thereby lost the likeness of his by it. And thus he would draw thee Father and his God. And now all in to live a holy life, not drive thee to it heaven were watching to
see what as a slave, but allure thee to it as a would be done-whether man would child by the love of his Father. “Herebe treated as the previous transgressors by perceive we the love of God, behad been treated --whether he would cause he laid down his life for us." be sent down to the abodes of dark- My dear brethren, I will defy all ness, and there made to curse the day the sons of men in all their generathat he ever sinned against his Maker. tions, from Adam, our great proge.