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Another observation which is obviously suggested by this subject is, that salvation, in every step of it, is all of grace. The foundation stone was laid by grace, the superstructure is raised by grace, and the “ head-stone will be brought forth with shoutings, crying grace, grace unto it,” Zech. iv. 7. Let christians be deeply impressed with this truth; let it ever keep them humble, and cause them to say,
of God, I am what I am,” 1 Cor. xv. 10; and to ascribe all the glory of their salvation to free and sovereign grace. Grace will undoubtedly be the theme of heaven. Merit in the Creation, as the cause in the least degree, of their salvation, will never be mentioned there by the redeemed.Even now let their song be, “ Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory,” Ps. cxv. 1. And 66 unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God, and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever-AMEN." Rev. i, 5, 6.
AN ORDINATION SERMON.
Rev. ii. 10. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
BY JOHN WOODHULL, D.D.
Revelation ii, 10.-Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a
crown of life.
“ Be thou faithful unto death.” This charge is from the First and the Last--from him who was dead, and is alive. In the gospel of John we see the Lord Jesus a man, conversing with men ; there we see him agonize in the garden, expire on Golgotha, and laid in the tomb. Here, in the Revelation of John, we see him raised from the dead and in glory; with a countenance shining as the sun in his strength, walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks, or churches, and holding the stars, the ministers of the churches, in his right hand. Here, he speaks and acts as having conquered the grave, triumphed over death and hell, and, having angels, principalities, and powers in subjection, and exercising supreme and universal sway. This charge, then, is enforced by the highest authority. It is directed to the angel, or minister of the church of Smyrna, and through him comes down to these ends of the earth, and to every minįster of the gospel ;—be thou faithful unto death—with fidelity perform all the duties of thy solemn oifice, perseveringly through life, and to the parting with life itself, should thy trials reach so far; and I will give thee a crown—a crown of life.
We have in the text, a solemn charge, delivered to ministers of the gospel, by the First and the Last, that is,