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nii, can cheerfully submit and resign our. seves to the disposal of his providence. In all these respects we are by nature at variance with him. We are too proud to be indebted to his grace, too wise in our own conceits to deure his instruction, too obstinately attached to the love and practice of fin, to be capable er relithing the beauty and spirituality of his commandments. And our love of the world, and the things of it, is too strong and graping, to permit us to be satisfied with the lot, and with the dispensations he appoints for us. We wish, if possible, and as far as posfible we attempt, to be our own carvers. We are unthankful when he bestows, impatient if he withholds, and if he sees fit to resume the gifts of which we are unworthy, we repine and rebel against his will. This enmity must be subdued, before we can be pleased with his government. In other words, we must be changed, we must be made new creatures. To produce this change, this new creation, the gospel is the only expedient; and when revealed and applied to the heart by the power of the holy Spirit, the priracle is wrought. The finner who is first coavinced of his guilt and misery, and then


reconciled to God by faith in the great atonement, willingly yields to his administration, He owns and feels the propriety of his proceedings, is ready to acknowledge, in his sharpest afflictions, that the Lord is gracious, and has not dealt with him according to the desert of his iniquities. He considers himself as no longer his own, but bought with a price, and brought under the strongest obligations, to live no longer to himself, but to him who loved him, and gave himself for him. And what was before his dread and dislike, becomes now the joy of his heart, the thought, that the Lord reigneth, and that all his concerns are in the hands of him who doeth all things well.

Are there any among us, who say in their hearts, We will not have this Saviour to rule over us? The thought is no less vain than wicked. He must, he will reign, till he has fubdued all enemies under his feet. You must either bend or break before him.







Rev. xi. 15. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of kis Chrift, and be fall reign for ever and ever. T HE kingdom of our Lord in the heart,

1 and in the world, is frequently compared to a building or house, of which he himself is both the foundation and the architect *. A building advances by degrees of, and while it is in an unfinished state, a stranger cannot, by viewing its present appearance, form an accurate judgment of the

* Isa. xxviii. 16. and liv. 11, 12. to Cor. iii. g. Eph. ii, 2622.

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EXTENT OF MESSIAH's defign, and what the whole will be, when compleated. For a time, the walls are of unequal height, it is disfigured by rubbish, which at the proper season will be taken away; and by scaffolding, which, though useful for carrying on the building, does not properly belong to it, but will likewise be removed when the present temporary service is answered. But the architect himself proceeds according to a determinate plan, and his idea of the whole work is perfect from the beginning. It is thus the Lord views his people in the present life. He has begun a good work in them, but as yet every part of it is imperfect and unfinished; and there are not only defects to be supplied, but deformities and incumbrances that must be removed. Many of the dispensations and exercises, which contribute to form their religious character, do not properly belong to that work which is to abide, though they have a subserviency to promote it. When that which is perfect is come, the rest shall be done away.

And thus, although the growth and extent of his kingdom is the great scope and object of his providence; to which all the revolu

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