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ascriptions of honor, "what mighty thunderings:of praise; in one grand concert of the millions of the redeemed, with the millions of the unfallen, like the sound of many waters, will pour forth their ‘sublime and unceasing hallelujahs to God, and the Lamb!: ; : * : *, * : ***. to f... ...” *Thus desirable is it that the will of God should be done! on earth, as it is in heaven. And now, in Ötir application of this subject, let our— to *First reflection be, the sentiment of sympathy for ‘this apostate and ruined world. When wet see ‘what this world might become; how blissful—how exalted—how conspicuous in usefulness and joy— fiów"crowned and glorified, and how subservient otötthé glory of its great Author! and when we *sūrvey it, and see what it is; how vile and abject ++-how dishonored and accursed—and how, instead "of displaying abroad his glory, it brings shame and ‘reproach on its mighty Maker; our “eye affecteth our heart.” “It is a world fallen by its iniquity, and under the wrath and curse of God. It is a mass of loathsome and corrupted wretchedness, and covered with the pall of death. It is a world prostrated by its own degradation and wickedness, and sunk in pollution and guilt. Survey the char- acter and condition, the abjectness and misery, of men, as they rise before you even in the present state of existence. What indifference to God— what practical atheism—what polytheism and idolatry—and what subversion of religion and moral order overspread the nations! What sottish ignorance—what deep degradation—what disgusting habits—what revolting and horrid rites and ceremonies—what depraved passions and shocking immoralities—what unnatural, cruelties—what obscenity-and-blood—and what consequent-wretchedness,ánd woerdisfigure the aspect, and marthe form of human society!, And then lift the veil and look: into -eternity. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not enter into the kingdom of God?”. Ah! what miseries are entailed upon such a race of offenders, beyond; the grave! -How, forlorn, solitary, and desolate, their condition!... How bewildered and hopeless!. What gloom and terror! What an existence, replete, with agony!.....What devouring fire! - What weeping, wailing, and -gnashing of teeth!... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... *It is affecting to looki back upon the history of the world; and measure the centuries, that have gone by since God gave up the heathen to a reprobate mind.” Although, since the incarnation of his Son, the Gentile nations have been the peculiar objects of his love, yet even, now, eighteen hundred years after the apostles were expressly and divinely directed to preach the gospel to every creature, six hundred millions of immortal and accountable beings are living and dying without God and without hope., “Darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.” O, it is the shadow of death! It is a deep reflection from the dark world of perdition. Some spots there are refreshed with heavenly verdure, but they are “few and far between,” and the wearied eye seeks. them almost in vain. Romanism, Mohammedanism, and paganism, constitute the religion of four-fifths of the human race. Even in Europe, modern, enlightened, christian Europe, that “garden of knowl

edge-and-pleasure,”—may be found-many atmoral desert—bleak” and extensive-wastes—territories and kingdoms both barbarous and cultivated, grown over with thorns and briers,” where scarcely a plant of righteousness shoots above the ground; or a clod is turned for the harvest.” If you turn to Asia, that land of fertility and fragrance, of early revelations and richest promise, that land-of-martyrs and birth-place of the Savior, there rare Turkey, “Tartary, China, Hindoostan, India beyond the Ganges, Persia, Arabia, Siberia; and the Indian Archipelago, in a word, that wholedland; from Nova Zembla to Siam, and from the Dead Sea totithe Eastern Ocean, a territory containing two-thirds of the population of the globe, almost wholly covered with the veil of pagan darkness, turned aside after the fables of the 'false prophet, or enticed by the lying wonders of the man of sin. And when you cast your eyes to Africa, -from the shores of Barbary to the cape of Good Hope, and from the Red Sea to the Atlantic,+there is little else than “one wide scene of: moral desolation, where idolatry and superstition reign triumphant among every tribe. And upon more than threefifths of the American continent scarcely a ray of divine light has as yet descended." Over all these regions the prince of darkness extends his merciless dominion. With the exception of a few narrow zones of light, his dark and iron-hearted empire enwraps the globe. What a pitiable and humiliating sight! What a desert world! What a cloud of darkness, whose shadow is lengthened onward far as the eye can see! Alas, that such a picture should ever be realized in the moral prospect of the world for which the Savior died! ...“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears!” When mighty Redeemer, Oh when, thou once suffering, but now reigning prince!... when shall the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ! But while we are constrained to take such a survey of the moral aspect of the world, our subject suggests, . . . vi. - 2. The ground of hope for its recovery. Our blessed Lord instructed his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!” “This petition implies, that it is his purpose to convert the heathen nations. , Though as early as the days of Abraham he had given them up to judicial blindness, yet did he promise the father of the faithful, that “in him all the families should be blessed.” Though during the whole of the Jewish dispensation, he separated his people from all intercourse with them, and denied them the means of grace, yet in the most prosperous state of that exclusive dispensation, he said to his Son, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” In accordance with this promise is the prediction to the ancient church, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles!” and the still more explicit and pregnant announcement, “All the ends of the earth shall remember, and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.”

And what has the world beheld in, the retrospect of the past eighteen, centuries?, The covenant of exclusion abolished, and the excision of the Jews for the purpose of converting the Gentiles. And what will future ages behold? The conversion of the Jews, for the still more extended conversion of the Gentiles. “Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid! But rather through their fall, salvation is come to the Gentiles. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?”, * ... to : *::: * ~ * * * ...Dark as is the prospect, therefore, when we look abroad upon the world,...the few rays of light that pierce the gloom, like the pale twilight of the morning, are destined to shine, more and more unto the perfect day. This moral midnight shall be scattered, and the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his beams. The hard and barren clod shall, be broken up, and the fields shall gradually become white to the harvest. When from his lofty elevation, John beheld the future glory of the church, he saw an angel flying through the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth. Here are the hopes of this perishing world; here that moral transformation is to be sought for, by which fallen, sinning man becomes obedient and holy. The gospel is destined ultimately to illumine and regenerate the race. The gospel is the “wisdom of God and the power of God to salvation.” The gospel can effectually reform the moral character of men. ... Never has this mighty, agency been brought to bear upon the minds of men in vain;

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