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äädt it never will be: * Like the Spirit of God moviñg upon the face of the waters, it broods over this moral chaos; gives form, order, and beauty, to the shapeless mind, and creates all things new. There is hope for the recovery of this apostate world. ‘Our Emmanuel is on the throne. His heart of love is bound up in this glorious consummation. Much has he accomplished within a few short years just gone by. A mighty work is he now urging forward, in preparing the nations to receive his gospel, and preparing a race of men to go up upon the length and breadth of the earth, to make-it known to every kindred and tribe. “The mountains of difficulty are becoming a plain; the walls of separation in the church of God are melting away; the imbedded prejudices of the heathen world are crumbling to pieces; the deep foundations of Paganism are breaking up; and the Hights of philosophy and false religions seem sometimes to be emitting their last sickly and cloudy beams; while He, who is the “light of the world,” and left his native orbit to illumine this far distant and benighted sphere, is destined, ere long, to be a “light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people Israel.” Take the Bible in your hands, my brethren, and go to the top of Calvary, and these clouds that settle upon the nations shall pass away. Oh, animating, transporting view, when the Redeemer shall see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied! Behold here how the north gives up, and the south keeps not back. See how his sons come from far, and his daughters from the ends of the earth, overspreading the heavens as a cloud, * flying as doves to their windows. See every...age; and clime, revery nation and people, every kindred and tongue, all “washed and sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God;” and all returning with songs and everlasting joy. *.* to r + · ·, p:Courage, then, ye who:love the heathem.” “The glory of the Lordishall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” Ye “shall go out with joy, and be led: forth, with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forths before you into singing, and all the trees: of the field shalloclap their - hands.”; or 4. Five, i." Hox, Hoof iono+3. In view of this subject, shall we not appreciate and magnify the missionary'enterprise?"'Our text obviously-contemplates, the work of missions. When it was uttered, a mere handful of Jews had embraced the gospel. But the adorable Master had his eye fixed onia course of exertions, that should extend his kingdom to the ends of the earth. He knew it was a kingdom, destined to prevail over all the powers of darkness, and to remain in perpetual and growing splendor, when other kingdoms shall pass away. * Hence, when he requires his people, to pray, that “his kingdom may come,” as the only means and evidence of its advancement, he requires them to pray that “his will may be done;” nor do they, or heiexpect that this glorious empire will sway its sceptre; over all the sons and daughters of men, until “his will is done on earth as it is in heaven.” ..., , , , , , or, . . How grand, therefore, how sublime and exalted is the missionary enterprise!” To establish and extend the kingdom of his Son—a kingdom of light and love, of truth and grace, of holiness; peace and joy; till it embrace the remotest tribe and habita2 . tion of men,_what a godlike enterprise is this!. This is the object which He who dwells in the high' and holy place, and inhabiteth eternity, had in view when he spread out the heavens as a curtain, and the earth as a tent to dwell in! For this he still upholds and governs the universe he has made: For this he gave his Son to die. For this his Spirit dwells among men. For this he has constituted a church in the world.” For this he has revealed his' word. For this he has established the ministry of reconciliation, and given them the commission—" " “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” There is no work so"grando and glorious as this—in the purity, disinterested-' ness, and greatness of its aims—in the obstacles' and difficulties it has to contend with—in the means which are necessary to its success—in the toil and self-denial with which it is carried forward' —in the interests which are subservient to its ad-' vancement—in the loftiness and sublimity of its' moral associations—in its amazing extension and perpetuity—in its certain and everlasting triumphs —and its final rewards. It is an object that ought to take strong hold of the mind and conscience. It is worthy of intense thought, and the strongest and most ardent affections. It is one of those grand and stupendous objects, which, when once we give to it a steady and fixed attention, has weight and influence enough to fill and engross, absorb, transport, and transform the soul.
debtorsto the heathen. Neither Britainior Amer. ica has done her duty to the pagan world. “The providence of God is opening before these churches numerous and extensive fields of missionary labor, demanding a great and immediate increase of men and means, and urging us to occupy them with the least possible delay. Men there are, who ought no longer to hesitate in consecrating themselves to this work. Men" of the deepest piety, the soundest judgment, the best talents, and the most varied and extensi ve. learning, which the church-cano furnish; men, who are moved by the cries and distresses of • the heathen; men, whose love of country gives way to their love of the world,—must be found in great numbers, else ages of darkness will yet fulfil their “tardy and disastrous course” over the world. Which of us is duly sensible of the relation he sustains to the souls of the heathen? What have we "done that is at all commensurate with their claims? "What have we suffered, in what have we denied 'ourselves, that the gospel might have free course and be glorified throughout the earth? ... O could the spirits of Ziegenbalgh and Swartz, Elliot and Brainerd, Milne and Hall, Worcester and Evarts, bend from their thrones, in what tones of rebuke, solicitude, and expostulation, would they entreat these blood-bought churches, for the love of Jesus, to remember the perishing heathen!" as “... ** What shall I say? Who can tell if some poor Pagan is not this day struggling for the assurance of a happy immortality, who “through your mercy "might have obtained mercy.” . To the hopes of the dying believer he is a stranger. He never dwelt in a christian land. He never heard a sermon, nor
saw, a Bible. He knows not that, the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin. No; he is the victim of a dark and dreadful idolatry! Around his bed of death, gather the shades of an impenetrable night. Over his prospects for eternity are collected heavy and dense clouds of unappeased indignation. ... Approach and see. His bosom is torn and distracted with anguish. His lips quiver with agony, and he draws his last gasp in despair! And, 10, that it were one solitary Pagan only! ... But, think of twenty-five millions of your fellow-men, every year sinking in such a death; and then look into that deep abyss, where millions, aster millions of years, roll on, and the miserable sufferers encounter new dangers—new fears—new scenes of ..anguish, without any prospect of termination; and Awhat emotions of grief, abasement, and horror, may smite our bosoms; “We are verily guilty concerning our brother.” Here are miseries which our faithfulness might have relieved. But for our guilty slumber, multitudes of these immortal beings ...might have been trained to a happy immortality. Excruciating thought! O immeasurable responsibility! because the remedy for these woes is in our hands. Sin infinite! to be washed away only by atoning blood. I add, 4. Our subject enforces the importance of prayer for the missionary cause. Our blessed Lord would ...have us remember this cause every day we live. You see from the place our text holds in the form of prayer he taught his disciples, that he would have us give it precedence to the petition for our daily bread, and even for his pardoning mercy.