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Matth. vii. 12.
the love of the Father is not in him.”—1 John
to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; If I
rejoiced because my wealth was great, and be-
cause mine hand had gotten much; If I beheld
the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in
brightness; and my heart hath been secretly en-
ticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand; this
also were an iniquity to be punished by the
judge; for I should have denied the God that is
above.”—Job xxxi. 24–28.
“How say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to
your mountain 7–0 that I had the wings of a
dove, that I may fly away, and be at rest.”—
Psalm xi. 1. and ly. 6.
SERM. W.-The transitory Nature of visible
“The things that are seen are temporal.”–2
Cor. iv. 18.
SERM. VI.-On the Universality of spiritual Blind-
“Stay yourselves, and wonder, cry ye out, and
cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they
stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord
hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep
sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets
and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And
the vision of all is become unto you as the words
of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to
one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pra
thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed.
And the book is delivered to him that is not
learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he
saith, I am not learned.”—Isaiah xxix. 9–12.
SERM.WII.-On the new Heavens and the new
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise
look for new heavens and a new earth wherein
dwelleth righteousness.”—2 Peter iii. 13.
SERM. VIII ~The Nature of the Kingdom of
xii. 31, 32.
nished.”—Eccl. iv. 13.
ture.”—Mark Xvi. 15.
OCCASIONAL SERMONS, &c.
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A SERMon on Cruelty to Animals.
The contents of the first part of this volume form the substance of the article CHRISTIANITY, in the EDINBURGH ENcycloPAEDIA. Its appearance is due to the liberality of the Proprietors of that Work—nor did the Author conceive the purpose of presenting it to the world in another shape, till he was permitted and advised by them to republish it in a separate form. It is chiefly confined to the exposition of the historical argument for the truth of Christianity; and the aim of the Author is fulfilled if he has succeeded in proving the external testimony to be so sufficient, as to leave Infidelity without excuse, even though the remaining important branches of the Christian defence had been less strong and satisfactory than they are. “The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.” “And if I had not done the works among them which none other man did, they had not had sin.”
The Author is far from asserting the study of the historical evidence to be the only channel to a faith in the truth of Christianity. How could he, in the face of the obvious fact, that there are thousands and thousands of Christians, who
the most undeniable marks of the truth having come home to their under
standing “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power?” They have an evidence within themselves, which the world knoweth not, even the promised manifestations of the Saviour. This evidence is a “sign to them that believe;” but the Bible speaks also of a “sign to them which believe not;” and should it
effectual in reclaiming any of these from their infidelity, a mighty object is gained by the exhibition of it. Should it not be effectual, it will be to them “a *"our of death unto death;” and this is one of the very effects ascribed to the o of Christian truth in the first ages. If, even in the face of that ind of evidence, which they have a relish and respect for, they still hold out Sainst the reception of the Gospel, this must aggravate the weight of the threatening which lies upon them; “How shall they escape, if they neglect so great a salvation ** "will be a great satisfaction to the writer of the following pages, if any shall *om the perusal of them with a stronger determination than before to take
Christianity exclusively from his Bible. It is not enough to entitle a man to
* name of a Christian, that he professes to believe the Bible to be a genuine "munication from God. To be the disciple of any book, he must do somethin * than satisfy himself that its contents are true—he must read the book—he * obtain a knowledge of the contents. And how many are there in the world, who do not call the truth of the Bible message in question, while they suffer it "lie beside them unopened, unread, and unattended to