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God.- As ye have this day received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him,” in a manner suitable to the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.-Add to your faith, virtue ; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.” Think not that ye “have already attained; but this one thing do ye, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, press towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.-And I be. seech you, brethren, that every one of you do shew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the end ; that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience do now inherit the promises.

- Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, is there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. And let your path resemble that of the just—a shining light, that sbineth more and more unto the perfect day.--Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil-having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word

of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance."

These few passages of Scripture, which speak to us directly as soldiers and travellers, who, under the con. duct and tuition of the great Captain of Salvation, must force their way to the Zion above, fully express the meaning of my first exhortation; and as they are not my words, but the words of the living and true God, the di. vine authority with which they are marked, must necessarily imply our obligation to obey them, and consequently give a greater weight to my present address than any arguments that I could possibly devise. Let me therefore once more repeat the exhortation, and call upon you to make progress in your Christian course. Let your present attainments, instead of satisfying you, only incite your zeal and ambition to rise still higher in the excellencies of the divine life. Carry ever in your minds, that the design of the solemn and instrumental duties of religion is to beget and strengthen those principles and habits of goodness in your souls, by which they will be gradually ripened for the life of heaven. Stir up your faith to behold him who is invisible, that you may walk before him in the light of the living, having no other anxiety but to do what he commands; no other ambi. tion but to enjoy his favour now, and to receive his approbation at last. Let your meditation on those sufferings of the Redeemer, which ye have been shewing forth to-day, instruct you what you are to expect in the present life, and how you ought to behave under all its tri. als and afflictions. Do not flatter yourselves with the prospect of uninterrupted ease, and unclouded enjoy. ment; but consider him who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, when at any time ye are wea.



ry or faint in your minds; and study to know him in the power of bis resurrection, and in the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death. Exercise yourselves daily in mortifying the deeds of the body; in crucifying the flesh, with its affections and Justs; and in opposing your inelinations as often as they oppose your duty. Thus labouring to be examples of patience, meekness, contentment, and to come behind in no good thing to which you are called; go on in the strength of the Lord, making mention of his righteousness, even of his only: “And may the God of peace,

, that 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 wbom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Having thus exhorted you to continue your progress in the good ways of God, let me now exhort you, in the

II. place, To rejoice as you go on.

After all the comfortable topics that have been suggested to your meditation in the solemn service in which we have been engaged, it should be almost unnecessary to recall to your minds any of those copious sources of joy which belong to the redeemed of the Lord. Yet lest there should be some mind so dark, some apprehen. sion so slow, as to be at a loss in discovering its own comforts; I will mention in their order, a few of those that are most obvious and solid, and best fitted to fill the mind with peace and joy in believing. In the

1st place, then, If so be ye bave tasted that the Lord is gracious, (and to those only who have bad this experience do I speak) then rejoice that ye have passed from death to life, and that there is now no condemnation for

them who are in Christ Jesus. Rejoice in that distinguishing grace which hath plucked you as brands from the burning, which hath brought up your soul from the grave, which hath kept you alive, that ye should not go down into the pit. Look around among your fellowcreatures, and behold the multitudes who walk in the broad way that leadeth to destruction, who go on head. strong and blindfold in the paths of folly, until their eyes are opened in the everlasting burnings. Then consider your own better choice and safer condition, and rejoice in that mercy which found you, when you were wander

. ing from peace and happiness, which arrested you in your mad career, and brought you back to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. In the

2d place, Rejoice that you have not only passed from death to life, but are also advanced to the dearest and most intimate relation to all the Persons of the ever blessed Godhead. By your new birth, ye are become the sons of God, members of Christ, and temples for the Holy Ghost. And what an overflowing source of consolation is this? Can there be any cause of fear or disquietude to those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and abide under the shadow of the Almighty? Can they want any good thing, of whom God hath taken the charge as his peculiar property, and for whom he provides as for his own? Is not bis wisdom sufficient to guide you through all the perplexing paths of life? Is not his power sufficient to support you under every danger and difficulty ? Is not his goodness sufficient to bestow on you all things richly to enjoy? In what shape, then, can any real evil assail you ; or what imperfection can there be in your prospects of felicity ? In the

3d place, Rejoice that God bath made with you an everlasting covenant, well ordered in all things and


sure. He hath not only assured you, in general, of his good will and gracious purposes on your behalf; but hath also given you a variety of exceeding great and precious promises, so that there can be no possible exigence in your situation, in which you may not find a suitable and abundant relief, in these gracious assurances of a faithful God.

Were I to descend to particulars, it would be necessary for me to repeat the greater part of this sacred book, every page of which contains some reviving declaration of what God hath already done, or promised to do for bis people. And the words of God are pure words,

“ like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. He is the rock, his work is perfect, and all bis ways are judgment; a God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he." Have not those, then, good cause to rejoice, who have such an ample charter put into their hands by the King of kings, a charter invest. ing them with a full and unalterable right to every necessary blessing, even to all the unsearchable riches of Christ. In the

4th place, Rejoice that the life which is begun in you is an immortal principle that can never be extinguished. Ye are born again by the Spirit of God; and ye are kept by his mighty power, through faith unto salvation. United as you are to Christ, by a living faith, ye can never perishı. His charge to preserve you, is as strict and binding as his charge to redeem and renew you at first. Ye were given unto him from eternity by his hea. venly Father, and will he not keep those whom the Father bath committed to him? Hear his own words: “ All that the Father hath given me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in nowise cast out." Christ formed in the heart of a true believer, resembles, in

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