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to rush upon the thick bojses of God's buckler *, to defy his power, and to dare his threatenings, rather than forego the transitory and delusive pleasures of sin? And can you do this, with the gospel sounding in our ears? May the Lord prevent it! However, observe, you are once more warned, once more invited. If now at last, after so many delays, so much perverseness, on your part, you will honestly and earnestly seek him, he will be found of you. But if you persist in your obstinacy, your condemnation will be inevitable and sure.

* Job xv. 26.

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SERMON XLVIIL

THE SONG OF THE REDEEMED.

Rev. v. 9.

Thouhajl redeemed us to God, by thy blood [out of every kindred, and tongue, and peopeople, and nation.]

f I * H E extent, variety and order os the A creation, proclaim the glory of God. He is likewise, Maximus in minimis. The smallest of the. works, that we are capable of examining, such for instance as the eye, or the wing, of a little insect, the creature of a day, are stamped with an inimitable impression of his wisdom and power. Thus in his written word, there is a greatness considering it as a whole, and a beauty and accuracy

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in the smaller parts, analogous to what we observe in the visible creation, and answerable to what, an enlightened and humble mind, may expect: in a book, which bears the character of a divine revelation. A single verse, a single clause, when viewed (if I may so speak) in the microscope of close meditation, is often found to contain a fulness, a world of wonders. And though a connected and comprehensive acquaintance with the whole

-scripture, be desirable and useful, and is no less the privilege, than the duty, of those who have capacity and time at their own disposal, to acquire it; yet, there is a gracious accommodation to the weakness of some persons, and the circumstances of others. So that in many parts of scripture, whatever is immediately necessary to confirm our faith, to animate or regulate our practice, is condensed into a small compass, and comprized in a few verses: yea, sometimes a single sentence, when unfolded and examined, will be found to contain all the great principles of duty and comfort. Such is the sentence which I have now read to you. In the Mes

Jiahy it is inserted in the grand chorus taken from the 12th and 13th verses of this

chapter. chapter. And as it may lead us to a compendious recapitulation of the whole subject, and, by the Lord's blessing, may prepare us to join in the following ascription of praise to him that sitteth upon, the throne, and to the Lamb j I purpose to consider it in its proper connection, as a part of the leading {^ong of the redeemed before the throne, m which the angels cannot share. Though the angels, from their love to redeemed sinners, and from their views of the manifold wisdom and glory of God, in visitingsuc& sinners with such a salvation, cheerfully take a part in the general chorus.

The redemption spoken of, is suited to the various cafes of sinners, of every nation, people and language. And many sinners of divers descriptions, and from distant situations, scattered abroad into all lands, through a long succession of ages, will, by the efficacy of this redemption, be gathered together into one *. They will constitute one family, united in one great Head -f-. When they shall fully attain the end of their hope, and encircle the throne, day without night, rejoicing, their rememberance of what they once were, their sense of the happiness they are raised to, and of the great consideration, to which they owe their deliverance, and their exaltation, will excite a perpetual joyful acknowledgment to this purport. They were once lost, but could contribute nothing to their own recovery. Therefore they ascribe all the glory to their Saviour. They strike their golden harps and sing, in strains, loud as from numbers without number, sweet as from blest voices, Thou art worthy-for thou isajijlain, and haft redeemed us to God by thy bloods out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.

* John xi. 52. f Epb. iii. 14, 15.

But though this song, and this joy, will only be consummated in heaven, the commencement takes place upon earth. Believers, during their present state of warfare, are taught to sing it; in feebler strains indeed, but the subject of their joy, and the object of their praise, are the same which inspire the harps and songs in the world of light. May I not fay, that this life is the time of their rehearsal? They are now learning their song, and advancing in meetness to join in the chorus on high, which, as death successively removes them, is continually

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