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EXOD. X. 1.-And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh :
for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants,
JOSHUA Xxiv. 15.-And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord,
DISPOSITIONS FOR, AND GROUNDS OF CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER
PSALM lxxxvi. 7.-In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee
ISAIAH lvii. 15.-Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth
eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy
place; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit; to
revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the
CHRISTIAN COURAGE AND CONSISTENCY.
2 Cor. vi. 14.-Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbe-
lievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unright-
eousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he
PROV. iv. 18.-The path of the just is as the shining light; that
EPHES. V. 6. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for
because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the
CONSTANCY IN OUR CHRISTIAN PROFESSION.
1 TIM. vi. 12.-Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal
life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
THE CHRISTIAN INTERPRETATION OF SIGNAL CALAMITIES.
LUKE xiii. 4.—Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower of Siloam
fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all
men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay; but except
PSALM li. 17.-The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken
JOHN X. 27, 28.-My sheep hear my voice: and I know them;
and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and
they shall never perish; neither shall any pluck them out of
1 Cor. i. 23, 24.—But we preach Christ crucified: unto the Jews
a stumbling-block; and unto the Greeks foolishness: but unto
them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the
1 Cor. xv. 3.—I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the
Scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he rose again
MATT. xxviii. 19.-Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, bap-
tizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
1 THESS..11.-Ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and
charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, that
ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his
A GODLY DISPOSITION NECESSARY TO THE
HEARING OF THE WORD.
JOHN VIII. 47.
He that is of God, heareth God's words; ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
THE words of God, here spoken of by our Saviour, are his message of pardon and reconciliation, conveyed to mankind in the Gospel. To hear them, is not merely to receive their sound with the outward ears; but to listen to them with respect; to receive them with meekness; and to embrace them with cordial affection: and to do this, our blessed Lord declares, is the characteristic and privilege of those who are of God; whereas not to hear them, is the mark and misery of those who are not of God.
If there be any words which pretend to be God's words, two duties, of infinite importance to us all, arise out of that fact; first, to hear, that is, to believe and embrace them, upon sufficient evidence of their authenticity; and, secondly, to submit ourselves implicitly to their authority and direction, as to our sentiments, our practice, and our hopes. With respect to the first of these duties, it is evident, that if the words, which we are called upon to hear, be in truth the words of God, it is a question of life and death eternal, whether we hear them or not. God speaks not in vain the very circumstance of his speaking obliges us to pay attention to what he says; and the not attending to it is a sin, as well as the rejecting, or disobeying of his commands, when they have been heard and understood. It becomes, therefore, a point of the greatest interest and importance to us, to have a right understanding of our Saviour's declaration, He that is of God, heareth God's words.
Now it is plain, that the expression, to be of God, means, to be of the children of God: not indeed as having received Jesus Christ, and believed on his name, and having so been adopted into all the privileges of sonship; but his children in disposition; endued by his Spirit with a certain