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“ This is true glory...that the most pow. treachery: sins against the clearest light erful of all Beings should be the most ge- and knowledge. We should also enter into nerous ; the most lofty, at the same time eternity ; should survey the duration of the most merciful; the most glorious, the that love, which was from everlasting to most condescending. No finite creature everlasting : should behold the thrones of ever was, or can be, as long-suffering and glory, and the eternal bliss to which that merciful as God. It is the glory of his na. love will advance the redeemed. Oh! my ture to be exempt from the elements of brethren, how well did the Apostle ex. those passions which tend to diminish the claim, it 'passeth knowledge !?" Vol. i. exercise of immeasurable love. God is pp. 78, 79. love :' pure, unvarying love ; love in its
No jealousies, nor envy, nor selfishness, nor rivalship, nor private wants: in this volume, on the State of the
The following sermon, the sixth or limit the full exercise of his love." Vol. Saints above, contrasted with their i. pp. 44, 45.
former Condition below,'' from Rev.
vii. 9-17. preached on All-saints The proof in the same sermon, day, leaves us under the same diffi. that holiness and justice are but culty of selection, and makes us again modifications of his goodness, is a fear that the simple dignity of any fine specimen of the reasoning sub- one passage may in appearance fall lime. In the next sermon, on “ the below the majestic effect produced Prayer of St. Paul for the Ephe. by the whole when viewed together. sians,” we have the following pas. We shall give the opening passage, sage on the love of Christ, which in which, if our readers should dispasseth knowledge."
cover any thing bordering on the
style of some of the admired French “In what particulars does it differ from preachers, they may here learn that the most exalted human love, or from the they have not been first in their idea. still more pure and generous affection of an angelic being? I answer-it differs essentially. But in order to comprehend it « On this day, consecrated to devout me aright, it is necessary that we should form diation on a future state and heavenly in. some adequate conception of the glory of heritance-within these hallowed walls, in the Son of God, as the object of adoration which we feebly attempt to emulate the to all the hosts of heaven ;--that we should worship, the feelings, and the employments understand, in a degree, the perfections of of the blessed spirits above ;-on this festihis nature ;--that we should ourselves feel val, dedicated to the pious commemoration somewhat of that ardent love to his Father's of the saints who have slept in Christ, and law, which glowed within his breast ;--that are now with him in joy and felicity; let we should also be actuated, in a degree, by us endeavour, my Christian brethren, by that inexpressible hatred of all pollution the help of God, to detach our thoughts for and sin which he felt ;--that we should en a few happy moments from the alluring tertain a just conception of man, and be scenes below ; from the tumults, the anxi. sensible how low and worthless a creature, eties, the troubles, the vicissitudes, the in his fallen state, he is ;-that we should fears, the follies, the vanities, the corrupunderstand something of what it would tions, of this sinful world; and fix them, in necessarily cost to redeem the soul and to devout contemplation, on that glorious expiate Divine Justice. We should feel a state and that blessed assembly of which portion, also, of what Jesus felt in the gar- so delightful a picture has been just preden of Gethsemane, when his sweat was, sented to us. It is a picture rendered saas it were, great drops of blood. We cred by the recollection that it describes should feel something of the breadth of that the felicity of those beloved friends who love which extended to the covering of were once our companions and guides upon such a multitude of sins; sins of such a earth; who departed hence in Christian complicated dye; sins of the memory, the faith and hope; and to whom our souls will, the imagination ; sins of revolt against yet cleave in all the union of the tenderest God, of willing service to Satan, of hatred affection. It is a picture endeared to us of the Almighty; sins of backsliding and by the humble hope that it describes
the happiness which we ourselves shall one being all such as to "excite new and day enjoy, when our warfare has been ac. continual praises to God.”—The folcomplished, our labours finished, our sorrows ended, and our released spirits have lowing thoughts on the nature and entered into the joy of our Lord.'
source of heavenly happiness will
doubtless be acceptable to our rea“I beheld,' says the Apostle (admitted, ders. for the consolation of the church, to wit. ness and record the happiness of the saints
“ It will be sufficient to state, that reliin heaven ;) 'I bebeld, and, lo! a great mul. titude, which no man could number, of all do not mean this merely in the sense in
gion is but another word for happiness, I nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the Throne, and be. which, without guarding them, the words
may be understood-yiz. that the effect fore the Lamb, clothed with white robes, produced by religion is happiness. I use and palms in their hands.?- what a dif- the words "literally; and design to state, ferent scene, what a different world, sepa. that religion itself, the act and exercise of rated only by a slight veil from that which it, is the purest and highest happiness.we inhabit, is here exhibited to our view! It may here be necessary to rectify the a world into which we may enter by a sin- general definition of religion. Religion is gle step, and in a moment of time! Here
not merely the worship of God, or the exer. we see a busy world, eager in vain pursuits, cise of obedience : it is the union of the agitated by mere urifles, contending about soul with God; the conformity of the will objects of no moment, and immersed in with his will; the enjoyment of communion things which perish with the using. All with him; and the transformation of every is noise, and confusion, and vanity, and faculty of the soul to his image and likesorrow, and evil. But behold another world, ness. Religion, here, is but the faint outnigh at hand, composed of different beings, line of this more sublime image of its governed by different principles; where all nature ; the outward expression of what it things are as substantial, as here they are
ought to be, and of what it is above. Now vain ; where all things are as momentous, happiness arises from a frame of mind har, as here they are frivolous ; where all things monizing with the objects which surround are as great, as here they are little; where
When the soul, therefore, is moulded all things are as durable, as here they are transitory; where all things are as fixed, most exalted state ; when every affection
into the perfect frame of religion in its as here they are mutable! That world has and every faculty are put into perfect tune, also its inhabitants ---Sú numerous, that the and all are in unison with the Divine Source population of this world is but as a petty of all good; there must be bappiness, aristribe compared to them. It has its em. ing from such a constitution, the most pure ployments; but they are of the noblest and perfect which a creature can enjoy. It kind and weightiest import; and compared is the happiness of God himself- of God, with them, the whole sum of the concerns
the source of all happiness. It is a state of this life is but as a particle of dust. It of mind in which that necessarily gives has its pleasures ; but they are pure and pleasure which gives Him pleasure : in spotless, holy and divine. There, perfect which there is a participation of His feelhappiness, and uninterrupted harmony and
ings; in which the soul drinks at the Founrighteousness and peace, ever prevail.
tain Head of all enjoyment; in which the What a contrast to our present state !- And bliss of the Almighty becomes the bliss of is this blessed scene near us? Is there but, his creatures. Thus religion and happi. as it were, a step between? May we he call.
ness are convertible, terms. They are, in ed into it in a moment? With what anxious fact, one and the same thing : and it is not solicitude, then, should we endeavour to
more impossible that God should be unhap. realize it! And how ardently should we desire to be prepared for an admission into py, than that his devout servants, dwelling
near his throne, and ‘serving him day and it !” Vol. i. pp. 83-86.
night in his temple,' should taste of mise
ry.” Vol. i. pp. 93-95. The happiness arising from "num. bers,” is described in a manner at In the second Volume, we find once novel, moral, and inspiriting ; two sermons nearly on the same subas also the employments of heaven, ject ; one - the Happiness of
Heaven,” from Rev. xxi. 3-5.; the mingled with error, good with evil; pleasure other, on “the proper Effects of the is alloyed by pain ; health is interrupted by Hope of Heaven," 2 Pet. iji. 12, sickness ; and every enjoyment is transi.
tory and uncertain. His wisdom and power
are here displayed upon objects of compaWe give the following specimen, ratively little worth.' The leaf of a weed from the former sermon, of the may discover wonderful skill; the shell of eloquence and general command of a contemptible fish may display the richest thought, and language possessed by colouring; the body of the vilest of mer our author.
may shew astonishing contrivance; yet all these things are, as it were, the rough
sketches of Infinite Wisdom : they are in. “ There will the mind be continually tended only for a moment: they will soon astonished, delighted, and elevated by be burnt up as things of no value. We proofs of wisdom, not obscure, or sparing, have yet to learn what is the fulness of or finite, but clear, and manifest, and the Divine wisdom and goodness." Vol. boundless. There, too, the holiness and ii. pp. 50-52. purity of the Divine Nature will beam forth in rays of lustre ; not such, indeed, as will dazzle the beholder, but rather such as will
Two Sermons, the XI. and XII. illuminate him with their splendour, and in the First Volume, one on the transform him into the same celestial Communion of Saints," the other on image from glory to glory' There will “our Communion with the Angels," be exhibited the most stupendous acts of much struck us. They imply a fa. Divine power. There also will be poured forth, in the richest profusion and variety, miliarity with the spiritual world both and the most exquisite perfection, the trea present and to come, which we deem sures of Divine goodness. And there will a rare and most blessed attainment. the love of the Father and of Jesus Christ, “The family of God” is thus rapid. his only begotten Son, shine in its fullest ly and graphically sketched in the effulgence.
first sermon :" Thus God dwells' in heaven by the boundless manifestation of every thing “It is necessary that we consider that great, and glorious, and good. Upon this family in its whole extent. It is not con. earth, indeed, we see on every side some
fined to the small circle of holy persons proofs of infinite wisdom, power, and good. worshipping together upon earth. These ness; the rich variety of plants, adorned comprise but a very small part. The whole with all the vividness of colour and elegance who are thus united in Christ form an as. of form ; the magnitude of the heavenly sembly, whose worth no tongue can de. bodies, the skill of their arrangement, and scribe, and whose number no man can com. the swiftness of their motions; the exqui- pute. They are a vast body, composed site conformation of the body, and the ad not only of private Christians, and of mimirable and diversified powers of the mind; nisters now dwelling together upon earth,
all these proclaim the presence and the but of all those faithful disciples of Christ hand of a Master, whose wisdom must be who have ever lived upon it. Confessors infinite and power uncontrollable. But and martyrs, prophets and apostles, priests these no otherwise apprize us of the skill and patriarchs, saints militant below, and of the great Architect than the broken spirits triumphant and made perfect above. cloumns, the disjointed arches, and the All these make but one family. They are mouldering capitals of some fine ruined distinct branches of it, severed, for a little edifice convey to us an adequate idea of the while, by time and space; but not separated beauty and grandeur of the original build. by nature. ing. We live here in the ruins of a world, once indeed fair and glorious, but now for “ The family is to be considered as saken by its great Master, and suffered to still more ample than this. The angels fall into decay; and the traces which we of heaven, who are subject to Christ, meet with of greatness and splendour are and ernployed by him as ministering spirits comparatively few and mean.
to the lieirs of salvation, may be justly thing is mingled with imperfection. Liglit considered as comprising a part of it'; for is obscured by darkness ; truth is inter. they worship the same Lord, they are
engaged in the same pursuits, and therefore world. Each has his angels subor. the Apostle speaks of them as branches dinate to him." The application to of the same family living under the same
the conscience of the wicked is at Head.
once obvious and appalling. ** Such is the family of God; into which 2 Christ las introduced us, giving to all who 66 Thou who endeavourest to subvert the
- are in him, access by one spirit unto the government of God, and to loosen the grasp 1. Faiher.' Over this family the Father, the 1 Son, and the Spirit preside ; each of them the mind; thou who tramplest upon his
which the obligations of his truth have upon in their several offices holding communion' laws; thou who slightest the ordinances of
with the members, and the members with his grace, the worship of God, and the h them.” Vol. i. pp. 179-181.
word of God ;-is it not evident to whom
thou art united ? Art thou not doing the Our communion with these seve work of devils ? Art thou not already as. ral branches of “the family” is sociated with them? Art thou not 'treathen most fully and ably described. suring up for thyself wrath against the day "Happy, indeed, art thou,” he feel of wrath! Oh, let me conjure you to pause,
to consider, to repent! Even for you there ingly concludes, and we can have no
is hope. Behold the glorious company of doubt it was a happiness which he angels. They desire to receive you : they warmly felt himself at the moment; stretch forth their hands to you. In their
holy zeal to reclaim the wicked and to en“Happy, indeed, art thou, if thou canst large their blessed society, they carry the tia say, 'My delight is with the saints that are everlasting Gospel to all nations, Will
upon the earth, and with such as excel in you renounce them, to have fellowship with virtue :' my communion is with the Father devils ? Oh! turn to God, that you may be of Spirits, and with his Son Jesus Christ my
added to this innumerable company." Vol, Redeemer, and with the angels above. i i. p. 208. oi am also joined with the whole church of the faithful below; I am occupied in the
We scarcely know where to close same work, I possess the same comforts, I am warmed with the same love. I feel a
our extracts. The very next serbrother's sympathy with the members of mon which meets us in this first
Christ. My soul uniies itself to them when volume is on the Effect of seeing * I approach the Throne of Grace, and my God as he is,” from 1 John iii. 2, heart burns within me while I converse
We find ourselves surrounded by with them upon the things of God.-My
brethren in Christ," such will be our feet. fresh beams of celestial light, and ings if we are actuated by the Spirit of attracted by new features of Divine - God.” Vol. i. pp. 189, 190.
beauty. The following sermon, on
“ Here we are illuminated by the light Communion with Angels,”: we think of the sun; but the Lord God himself will still more ingenious and exquisitely be the Sun that place, and his rays will fraught with angelic sentiments. He did the temple, when the priests could not
every part with glory, as he originally considers the “innumerable compa- stand before its dazzling lustre. We ny of angels” as become, through shall, therefore, see and feel, that in bim grace, our friends, our ministering we live, and move, and have our being.' spirits, our examples, our cternal as We shall rejoice in his presence, and in his sociates. Under these heads he beau- light we shall see light. But this con.
spicuous revelation of the presence and tifully classes almost all the appeare glory of God, will particularly be displayances and, indeed, nearly every men ed in Jesus Christ. `In him the perfection tion of the angelic host in Scripture, and glory of the invisible God are embo.
He is as instruments of mercy or patterns died and rendered visible to man. of purity to man.
his beloved Son, the brightness of his An awful thought concludes the
glory, and the express image of his person ;'
and so full and perfect is his identity with sermon. "God and Satan divide the
the Father, that, according to his own reChrist. Observ. No. 157.
presentation, he that bath seen the Son hath though we fear it may be otherwise seen the Father also. The Son was the with the time, not the patience, of visible display of the Father's glory, even our readers. We shall conclude, in this world." Vol. i. pp. 220, 221.
therefore, this series by one more And again :
quotation from a sermon in the Se
cond Volume, on "Peace arising “ The analogy of the present state of es from Trust in God," that our readers istence demonstrates, that in all example, may realize the same God below whether good or evil, there is an assimilat. ing efficacy; and there can be no doubt, if who has been described in the rewe extend the analogy still further, if we gions above ; may behold him beamwere condemned to dwell in the regions of ing with a softer radiance on the yet outer darkness with Satan and the infernal frail, imperfect, militant saint on spirits, exposed to the view of perpetual earth ; and may understand some. malignity and deceit, we too should become thing of that peace which, in our aumalignant and deceitful. Assailed with rage and execration, our passions too would thor's view, may even here be kindled ; and where we were hated, we
Be the lot of the mind should soon learn to hate in our turn. Which seeks it in meekness and love ; But not to pursue further this awful con.
Whilst rapture and bliss are confined trast, let us suppose ourselves placed in
To the glorified spirits above. those blessed regions, where the mercy and love of God shall surround us on every side “ It is plain the man who trusts in God with inexhaustible profusion. In those re will be kept in perfect peace ; for what can gions of eternal tranquillity, should not our disturb bim? Can any troubles assail bin, souls possess an unruffled calm ? Seeing which the Lord has not appointed, or unnothing on every side but happiness, could der which he cannot support him ? It may we fail to be happy? Or could we behold be justly observed, that the contemplation the triumph of eternal love, without loving of God's greatness tends to level the inealso in return? Where all were endeavour. qualities of all tinite things. The distincing to increase our bappiness, would not
tion of great and little vanishes, when the our hearts surely burn with a general glow immensity of his nature and attributes is of gratitude ? Where all were wise, should
before us. And thus, while we contemwe not learn wisdom? Where the beauty plate him, and stay our souls upon him for of holiness was every where diffused, could
support, the trials to which we may be exwe be otherwise than holy? Thus there posed appear, in this view, to be all on an will necessarily be a general tendency in exact equality. There is not one which we heaven towards a continual increase of
can select and say, it will be too bard for us peace, happiness, love, wisdom, and holi
in his strength. Nor, on the other hand, ness. Christ will communicate to all bis
is there one blessing which he has allowed servants, and they to each other, every us 10 hope for, of which we can even imagood. Out of his fulness shall we receive gine that it is too much to expect from even grace for grace imparted to us. And,
him. Any thing is too much to be expected, in reference to this assimilating influence, while we look at ourselves : nothing, while we are told, that even our bodies shall be
we look to God through Christ. The faith, made to resemble the glorified body of therefore, of a Christian may overlook all Christ. "We look for the Saviour the distinctions, and rest its dependence on Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our almighty power, on inexhaustible boun. vile body, that it may be fashioned like
ty, on infinite goodness, on immeasura. unto his glorious body, according to the ble love. What peace must not this working whereby he is able to subdue all
convey to the soul! What a contrast to things unto himself,' or to assimilale all
that fretting anxiety of the mind, when things to himself. Thus we shall be
it is ever in dread of approaching evils ; like him, for we shall see him as he is.” when it shrinks in vain from them, and Vol. i. pp. 223-225.
looks round in vain to escape them;
when it builds what hope it has upon It will easily be seen, by a refer
the sand, and finds the edifice contin. ence to the table of contents, that ually, tottering to its base ; when it has
nothing stable, nothing unchangeable, our resources are by no means ex
noihing out of the reach of storms and hausted by this multitude of extracts ; tempests on which it can repose: no