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and terror. This is a light too, the nature and force whereof is easily understood. It may be difficult for most men to enquire into the certainty of those various lights which God hath furnished to the world. But it is no difficult task to notice the workings of the Holy Ghost wherever they exist ; and they are understood with almost equal ease by the rich and the poor, by the ignorant and the wise.' One may not be able to read his bible, nor to understand the plainest book, and yet be fully competent to understand the language of a holy life such a life continually addresses the observer; “ we are journeying to the place, of which the Lord said, I will give it unto you, come thou with us, and we will do thee good, for the Lord hath spokon good concerning us," Num. x 29.
2. How earnest ought every christian to be in his endeavours to make his light shine. The motives to this duty are many and powerful; but especially those connected with our text. Others will be greatly benefitted, and the great and precious name of our God and Saviour glorified. The christian is surrounded with a cloud of witnesses, most of whom are in some way influenced by his example. It hath pleased God to create man with a strong propensity to follow the example of others whether good or evil. The wicked believe that there is a heayen, and a happy flock who are collecting there; and a hell where the neglecters of religion must feel the stings of a guilty conscience and the wrath of God. Perhaps at the same time they often doubt, wish that there was no heaven, that all things were uncertain in futurity, and that their prospects might be as good as others. In this mixture of certainty and doubt, they will often look upon the conduct of the disciple, to judge
whether his soul is really filled with the life of God, and whether the lamp kindled by the sun of righteousness is truly burning on his heart. How very much as to means does the salvation of the world depend on christians. They are set for the falling or rising of many. Groping in the darkness of sin, the world is left by God to the light of the Holy Ghost shining in his people, for their conviction and external guidance.--In this way will God be glorified also. When the disciples increased in faith and holiness, the name of Jesus was exalted. When they forsook their duty, it gave occasion to the enemy to triumph. When David sinned, the Lord said unto him by his prophet; “ by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme :" and the apostle testifies the same to heedless christians : " for the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you.” Too little do we think, how much the glory of God among men, and the honour of the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour rest on us his professed people. Men cannot follow Christ into heaven to see him there: but they can examine the character and conduct of those who profess to have received his Spirit and to be changed into his likeness. They will judge of the master by his household, of the parent by his children, and of our heavenly Father by his adopted children. And what a powerful incentive should this be to live a life of exemplary piety, and to shine as lights in the world, that thereby the name of God is exalted! What so glorious as the name of God! What so precious as the name of Christ ! What end of man so high and'excellent as the glory of his Creator : and what duty so urgent as that of living habitually in such a manner as to make others glorify him!
Now to him that is light to the bright and morning star-and to the Spirit of illumination be immortal praises-AMEN.
THE SMITTEN ROCK.
Exodus xvü. 6.
Behold I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb: and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink.
BY SOLOMON FRÆLIGH, D.D. Professor of Divinity, and pastor of a Dutch Reformed congregation in Hack
ensack and Scraalenberg.