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and pathetic, and touching, as he whose diction is overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summost imbued with the manner and phraseology of mer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." "How the sacred authors.
long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou It will be perceived that the lecturer has not un- arise out of thy sleep?" "Let thine eyes look right frequently made use also of the language of poetry. on, and thine eyelids straight before thee.". "He This is sometimes condemned; but a sentence of becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but this kind will often relieve, and often revive the at the hand of the diligent maketh rich." He must tention; while it serves to fix a sentiment more be a spiritless teacher who never produces the surfirmly in the memory. And is it not in this very prise of paradox; who never alarms the timid and way ihat God has addressed men ? How much of cautious; and whose strength of statement and urthe Bible is poetical! How curiously constructed gency, does not furnish some seeming contradictions. are some of its divisions ! In one case a whole The author is not sure the same thought or exPsalm is divided into as many sections as there are pression may not occur more than once in these letters in the Hebrew alphabet ; every division con- Lectures; or that he may not have used them hetains an equal number of verses; and each verse before, in some of his other publications: for writers gins with the same letter. "I,” says inspired Wis- are often the least acquainied with their own works; dom,"dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge being afraid to read them, lest they should discover of witly inventions.” And will a man inquire faults too late for correction, and be only rendered not whether an usage accords with God's conde- miserable by the discovery. Should this be the scension, and is likely to be useful, especially to the case, it is not only hoped that they may be excused middle and lower classes—but whether, after a po- on the ground of inadvertence; but also that they etical quotation, his style will not seem to sink; or may prove not wholly unuseful, being found in difwhether the thing be sanctioned by any first-rate fereni connections, and applied to different purauthority-and this too this weighing of trifles; poses. while he is doing the work of eternity, and has souls The subjects were commonplace in themselves; perishing in view! Paul knew the end would not and could be only rendered novel in any degree, sanctify sinful means; but he knew it justified the by their order and treatment. They were also use of any lawful ones; and therefore, with a no very extensive subjects, and the difficulty of the bleness of mind that raises him infinitely above the preacher arose from the necessity of selection and intellectually proud and unaccommodating, he could concentration. He was obliged to reject much that say, "Though I be free from all men, yet have I offered, and to confine himself in each instance to made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the two or three views. These ought to have been the more. Unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I most leading, and comprehensive, and profitable. might gain the Jews; to them that are under the But here the author can only be answerable for inlaw, as under the law, that I might gain them that tentions and endeavors. are under the law; to them that are without law as To conclude. No thought was entertained of without law, (being not withont law 10 God, but un- any thing more than the delivery of these Lectures der the law to Christ,) that I mighi gain them that from the pulpit, till many of them were preached. are without law. To the weak became I as weak, They were therefore only distinguishable from his that I might gain the weak: I am made all things ordinary public addresses, by their length. Into to all men, that I might by all means save some. - this he was led by a wish to do some justice to the And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be subject without a second discourse upon the same partaker thereof with you."
topic, which always divides and impairs the imIn the following documents, some things may be pression. Till a desire began to be expressed for found looking rather inconsistent with each other. iheir publication, he had only short notes from This arises from a wish the author felt strongly to which they could be written out. But he then berepresent and recommend-whatever it was--the gan to secure them, especially by hints and mepresent subject. And he is greatly mistaken if this mentos after preaching and he is persuaded his be not the method of the sacred writers. They friends will find the Lectures more than substannever seem afraid of expressing themselves too tially the same they heard with so much candor forcibly at the time. They never stop to qualify and acceptance. They will also observe, that he the things they are delivering. There are qualifi- has secured as far as possible even the style in cations to be found; but these are brought forward which they were delivered. in other places, and where they are themselves the One thing will be perceived in each of the dissubjects enforced. Our Saviour makes no limita- courses. He has largely treated the subject in a lions or exceptions, when he is enjoining confidence way of application. He did not intend to hold up in the care and providence of God -"Take no the Christian 10 barren contemplation. His aim thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye was to make his hearers fellow-heirs, and of the shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall same body, and partakers of the promise of Christ
Is not the life more than meat, and the by the gospel. body than raiment ?-Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought Behold the awful portrait, and admire. for the things of itself. Suffieient unto the day is Nor stop at wonder: imitate and live. the evil thereof." But the same authority says elsewhere—“Go to the ant, thou sluggard: consider
WILLIAM JAY. her ways and be wise: which having no guide, Percy Place, Sept. 10.
THE CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATED.
ings of Christ, and the glory that should follow ;"
but " the angels desire to look into these things.". THE CHRISTIAN, IN CHRIST.
Christ crucified was to the Jews a stumbling-block, " I knew a man in Christ."-2 Cor. xii. 2. and to the Greeks foolishness; but John "heard the "A CHRISTIAN is the highest style of man;
voice of many angels round about the throne, and And is there, who the Cross wipes off,
the beasts and the elders; and the number of them
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands As a foul blot, from his dishonored brow?
of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is If angels tremble, 't is at such a sight!"
the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and So sings, with his accustomed energy and excel- riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and lence, our admired Young. It is not, however, with glory, and blessing." the poetry of this passage we now have to do, but Your preacher, therefore, is more than justified with the sentiment contained in it.
in a plan, the design of which he has already intiYes; "a Christian is the highest style of man." mated, and which he now proceeds to lay before Inspiration itself pronounces him to be “more ex- you. 'It is to hold up the CHRISTIAN to your view, cellent than his neighbor," however that neighbor in some very important and comprehensive condimay be distinguished. Who, on a fair trial, can bear tions and relations. To this design, we dedicate a comparison with him ?- T'he rich? But he has Twelve Lectures. "the true riches;" durable riches, with righteous The First will lead you to contemplate the ChrisDess; "the unsearchable riches of Christ.”—The tian, in CHRIST. honorable? But he is "great in the sight of the The Second, in the CLOSET. Lord;" he has "the honor that cometh from God
The Third, in the FAMILY. only.”—The learned? But he is made "wise unto The Fourth, in the CHURCH. salvation;" he has an unction from the Holy One, The Fifth; in the World. and knoweth all things." The sons of heroism ?
The Sixth, in PROSPERITY. But, “ He that is slow to anger is better than the The Seventh, in ADVERSITY. mighty, and he that ruleth his own spirit than he The Eighth, in his SPIRITUAL SORROWS. ibat taketh a city.” He subdues enemies that van
The Ninth, in his SPIRITUAL JOY8. quish all other victors: he is more than a conquer
The Tenth, in DEATH. or; and the Captain of his salvation thus eulogizes The Eleventh, in the GRAVE and rewards him: “Him that overcometh will I
The Twelfth, in GLORY. make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the
“Consider what I say, and the Lord give you unnarne of my God; and the name of the city of my derstanding in all things.” God, which is New Jerusalem, which comeih down
We are this morning to behold the Christian, out of heaven from my God, and I will write upon
In CHRIST. him my NEW NAME."
It was a high encomium our Saviour pronounced this Lecture is more general than the remainon his forerunner: "Among them that are born of ing ones, let it be remembered that it is fundamenwomen, there hath not risen a greater than John tal to the whole series; and with the subject of it, the Baptist." But observe the addition : yet" he every thing in religion begins. All in your Christhat is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than tian character is derived from Christ. You cannot he.” Even Adam in his original state, was nothing be a Christian unless you are in him. to a Christian. Redemption delivers us from far Of this state the Apostle here speaks. "I knew greater evils than creation; the one rescues us only a man,” says he, “in Christ.” The mode of exfrom non-existence; the other, from sin, and death, pression is humble and modest; but by this “man" and hell. The blessings of grace are far superior he unquestionably intends himself. We all have to those of nature. What was the garden of Eden known some in Christ; and this should awaken our, to "the new heaven and a new earth wherein dwell- joy and praise. But religion is a personal thing:eth righteousness ?" What was the tree of life to We cannot be saved by the grace of others. Yet Him, the true source of immortality, who came their experience should encourage and induce us to " not only that we might have lise, but have it more apply to the same source. For they were once desabundanily?" We were made by an exertion of titute; and he who enriched them is able to supply wisdom and power; but we are saved by the “mani- us, and is equally willing. He even intends that fold wisdom of God;” and by" the exceeding great- every instance of his mercy should be a plea against Des of his power, according to the working of his despair. Hence the "man” before us could say, mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he “Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in raised him from the dead, and set him at his own me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-sufright hand in the heavenly places.”
fering for a pattern to them that should hereafter When therefore a man, ashamed of such an infi- believe on him to life everlasting.” nite distinction, endeavors to free himself from the
To come nearer our subject. There are three imputation as a reproach, it is credible that
states mentioned in the Scripture with regard to “ If angels tremble, 't is at such a sight.”
The first is to be without Christ. At that time,” For however deluded we are, they judge of things says the Apostle, to the Ephesians, " ye were withaccording to their real value and importance. The out Christ. This is true of the heathen; and it world may shout at a victory that has slain its thou- is true of all those who are living in sin, even in sands, and filled domestic life with " the fatherless the land of vision. “The light shineth in darkness, and the widow;" but "there is joy in the presence and the darkness comprehendeth it not.” This is of the angels of God over one sinner that repent- the state of Nature. eth." Men may disesteem and neglect "the suffer-/ The second is to be with Christ. "I long," says.
Paul,“ to depart and to be with Christ, which is far the body, uninjured by death, untouched by the debetter." “And so," says he, “shall we be for ever structions of the last day. with the Lord.” This is the state of Glory.
Let us look at it. But how shall we do this? The third is to be in Christ. This is the state of Here the sacred writers lead the way; and were we Grace. I need not remark how frequently the Scrip-like-minded with them, our senses would minister ture speaks of this condition. Let us reduce its de- to our faith, and every thing would admonish us of clarations to some easy and brief arrangement. Of the Lord of all. The sun would tell us that there this state let us consider,
is a nobler orb above him," with healing under his I. The NATURE.
wings.” The wind would remind us that “so is II. The IMPORTANCE.
every one that is born of the Spirit.” We should III. The EVIDENCE.
think of Christ and of Christians as one with him,
whenever we saw a foundation and a building; a I. The NATURE.—What is it to be in Christ? It fountain and a stream; a shepherd and his sheep; is to be a Christian. Paul, speaking of certain in a king and his subjects; an advocate and his client. dividuals, says, “who were in Christ before me:" None of these indeed can do justice to the subject; that is, they embraced Christianity before he did. the subject being so peculiar in its nature, and so “The churches,” says he," which are in Christ:" boundless in its extent. The sacred writers feel that is, Christian churches, in distinction from those this, and therefore, to increase their efficacy, they which were Heathen and Jewish. Salute, (says throw off from the images they employ every imhe,) Apelles approved in Christ;" that is, an ap- perfection in their kind; they add to them attributes proved Christian.
which are not naturally inherent in them; and they It is needless to multiply examples, as the thing is multiply their number, that they may accomplish undeniable. But admitting the fact, there must be by combination what could not be done by indivisome reason, and some very powerful reason, not duality; and thus, though these allusions fall short only for the frequency of the expression, but for the of the glory they are applied to illustrate, they aid expression itself. The language is perfectly pecu- our meditations. With many of these we are furliar. There are indeed various relations and con- nished in the Scripture. Let us glance at a few of nections in life; and some of our fellow-creatures them; and let us be thankful that instead of their are much attached to others, and very dependent having any thing novel in them, they are well upon them; yet we never say, a patient is in his known and familiar. physician; or, a servant in his master; or, a disci We are in Christ as we are in Adam. “In Adam ple in his teacher. But we constantly read of our all die: so in Christ shall all be made alive.” From being in Christ--and “If any man speak, let him the first we derive our natural being, and from the speak as the oracles of God." New terms imper- second onr spiritual. By the one we fell, by the ceptibly make way for new doctrines; nor has any other we rise again. By the disobedience of one, subtlety of the enemy of souls succeeded better in many were made sinners; and by the obedience of corrupting the mind from the simplicity there is in one, shall many he made righteous. From the one, Christ, than modernizing the language of divinity. sin reigned unto death; by the other, grace reigns When men are shy of the “ words the Holy Ghost through righteousness unto eternal life. “The first teacheth," we are always afraid they are beginning man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the to be ashamed of the things.
Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they The expression means a state of union with also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, such Christ. This union may be considered as visible are they also that are heavenly; and as we have and professional; or real and vital. This is not a borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear distinction without a difference; there is a founda- the image of the heavenly.' tion for it, in reason; and it is even necessary, to It is commonly supposed that the ark was deharmonize the testimonies of divine truth. Thus signed to be a type of Christ: it certainly affords our Saviour says, “Every branch in me that bear- a striking image of him. A deluge was coming eth not fruit, he taketh away. If a man abide not on, and Noah and his family were exposed to the in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is wither- food, as well as others. But they escaped unined; and men gather them and cast them into the jured; for they availed themselves of the shelter fire, and they are burned.” Thus a man may be provided. They entered it in time; and the Lord in him, and be fruitless; and be in him, and perish. shut them in; and they could not have been safer But can either of these be true, when applied to had they been in heaven. Not a drop of the torthose who are Christians indeed; and of whom, by rents from above, or of the deep below, touched a change of metaphor, it is said, “I will put my them; and through the universal wreck they sailed Spirit within them, and cause them to walk in my out into fair weather and into a new world. But statutes, and to keep my judgments and do them ?" there was no other mode of deliverance. Swimming and "I give unto them eternal life, and they shall was useless; a boat was a vain thing for safety; and never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of truly in vain was salvation hoped for from the hills my hand ?" We therefore musi admit, that a per- and the multitude of mountains. All were overson may be in him by profession, when he is not in whelmed that contemned the Divine appointment; him in reality; in him, by a form of godliness, for though there were abysses of destruction every while he denies the power thereof; in him, by an where, there was only one ark. "Neither is there external alliance with his church, and by the use salvation in any other, for there is no other Name of his ordinances, while he is a stranger to the re- given under heaven among men whereby they must newing of the Holy Ghost, and the grace of God in be saved," than the name of Jesus. "I am," says truth. As religion ceases to be persecuted, and be he, “the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes respectable, such pretensions will be frequent; cometh unto the Father but by me.” and they may for a while impose upon men, and A peculiar provision under the Law was also an even good men: but God is not mocked-and what emblem of our subject. The man committing ca. is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, sual murder was exposed to the avenger of blood, when God casteth away his soul?
who had a right to kill him wherever he should be But there is another union with Christ: and this found, unless in one of the cities of refuge. The union is not only real and vital, but the most inti- place of immunity was situated on an eminence, to mate, and entire, and indissoluble; independent of be visible from afar. The road to it was open, and the changes of time, unaffected by the diseases of wide, and prepared ; and when there was any dan
ger of mistake, a direction pointed—“Refuge, Re-I vantages inseparable from it, but never to be enjoyed fage.”. To this, therefore, the offender, incapable without it. And here I must make a selection. For of trilling or tarrying, fled for his life; and it is I find myself in a garden abounding with produceasy to imagine what were his feelings, his anxiety, tions, all of which I wish to commend; but I have his anguish, till he had entered the asylum; and the only time to lead you to notice a few of the flowers calm and confidence he enjoyed as soon as he could and the fruits; and in doing this, order is not neturn and face the foe, and say “Thou canst not cessary: touch me here.” To this, the author of the Epistle But' is it desirable to be delivered from captivity to the Hebrews, who would well understand the al- and bondage-a bondage the most degrading; a lusion, refers, when he speaks of those who have captivity the most oppressive? Here you enjoy it. fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall them."
be free indeed.” “In whom we have redemption Christians are in Christ as the branches are in through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." the tree. It matters not how near a branch is to a Is it desirable to be safe from condemnation ? tree-yea, if it lean against it; yea, if it be corded Condemnation is to be judged of by the doom to to it, or even nailed, it can neither fourish or live, which it consigns us. Now, “Cursed is every one unless it be in the stock. But when it is in the tree, that continueth not in all things written in the book the very same sap that pervades the one, flows into of the law to do them.” And who can appreciate the other, and sustains and fertilizes it. And, says the misery of this curse? Who knoweth the power our Saviour, " As the branch cannot bear fruit of of his anger? It is a fearful thing to fall into the itself unless it abide in the vine, no more can ye, hands of the living God. But "There is now no except ye abide in me; for without me ye can do condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” nothing."
That is, none that will affect their security. ConAnd to mention nothing more—They are in science may condemn; the world may condemn; Christ as the members of the human body are in Satan, the accuser of the brethren, may condemn the head. For he is called "the head of his body —but these are not the Judge. " Who shall lay the Church:” and believers are said to be “mem- any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God. bers of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is They are real and living parts of him. As the Christ that died; yea, rather, that is risen, who is head governs and directs the body, they are under even at the right hand of God, who also maketh his guidance and authority: and as the body is ac- intercession for us.” tuated by the hcad, and depends upon ligatures with Is acceptance with God desirable ? Here we have it, and influences from it, so they live by him; and it—"This,” says God, "is my beloved Son, in of his fulness they all receive, and grace for grace. whom I am well pleased.” The complacency ex-Let us,
tends to us, as well as to himself. “Thou hast II. Consider the IMPORTANCE of this state.
loved them,” says the Saviour, “as thou hast loved
He hath made us accepted in the Beloved: We often, in determining the worth of a thing, and this is true both of our persons and our serappeal to authority: and we are much influenced in vices. "He gave himself for us, an offering and our decision by the competency of the judge. Here a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor; and it must be confessed the multitude are not a safe we could not have been originally so dear to God guide, nor yet many of those who by their rank and as we now become, through his mediation. attainments may seem entitled to take the lead in Tell me, ye who delight in communion with God, society. They rise early and sit up late, and eat and are so often constrained to repair to him for the bread of sorrow, and deny themselves, and mercy and grace to help in time of need, Is it good compass sea and land for fortune and for fame. to draw nigh to God? And can you go to him freeBut iheir urgency in the things of time and sense, ly as your Father? at all seasons? on all occasions ? forms a deplorable contrast with their insensibility and in every thing by prayer and supplication make and negligence with regard to the things that be- known your requests unto God, with an assurance long to their everlasting peace. So that were we of success? “In who'n we have boldness and acto estimate the value of the prize by the zeal of the cess with confidence, by the faith of him.” candidates, we could not deem it worth a moment's In him we have all our supplies and endowments. thought. But we do not appeal to the blind and the “We are complete in him." Where can I find deaf in questions of color and of sound. How can righteousness?' In vain I look even to my duties the votaries of the god of this world appreciate a and to my holy things. These are all defective and kingdom that is righteousness, peace, and joy in the polluted; and if they deserve any thing, it is conHoly Ghost ? “The world knew him noi" when demnation: and if he thus enters into judgment on earth: and it is not wiser now. But the spiritual with us, no flesh living can be justified Bui Christ judgeth all things, though he himself is judged of is the end of the law for righteousness to every one
Let us turn to Paul. Paul was a man of that believeth. Thus I appear before him, "not learning and wisdom. He had been the greatest having my own righteousness which is of the law, enemy to the cause of the gospel, and had, from the but that which is of faith;" and this not only justimost irresistible and perfect conviction, become its fies me from all things, but gives me a title to eteradherent and advocate. He was not a novice in nal life.- And where but in him can I find strength ? experience, but had been for many years acquaint- The journey I have to take, the race I have to run, ed with the Saviour, studying him as a Minister, as the warfare I have to accomplish; the duties I have well as believing in him as a Christian, when he to perform; the trials I have to bear: all these are wrote to the Philippians. Yet what was his lan- not only above my natural powers, but even above guage? “Yea, doubtless, and I count all things the grace I possess, without fresh and constant supbut loss for the excellency of the knowledge of plies of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. But he cries, Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, made perfect in weakness." Surely therefore shall that I may win Christ, and be found in him.” Thus one sav, “In the Lord have I righteousness and he was fully persuaded that a union with Christ strength.” was a state infinitely desirable; and that his esti Where shall we end? "If children, then heirs, mation was well founded will appear
heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.” But he If we survey the state in connection with the ad-l is heir of all things; therefore, says the Apostle,
“All things are yours: whether Paul, or Apollos, ter for me to die than to live;" for however severe or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things your present sufferings may be, they are only the present, or things to come, all are yours; and ye beginning of sorrows. If death find you out of are Christ's, and Christ is God's
. You are united Christ, it would be good for you if you had never to him, and he is united to God. You are in him, been born. There will be nothing to screen you and he is in God. How secure, then, is the happi- from the power with which it is armed by sin. It ness of believers! Their life is hid—with Christ will deprive you of all you hold most dear. It will -in God! How incapable of rupture is the con- terminate your space for repentance. It will close nection between them and God, unless the medium all your opportunities of mercy. It will put a seal that unites them can fail! But “I am persuaded upon your character and condition for ever. It will that neither death, nor life, nor principalities, nor arrest, and deliver you to the judge, and the judge powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor will deliver you to the officer, and you will be cast height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be into prison, and you shall not come out thence till able to separate us from the love of God, which is you have paid the uttermost farthing. But hear the in Christ Jesus our Lord."
voice from heaven: "Blessed are the dead that die We may also view the importance of this state, in the Lord.”. He in whom they are found, has in connection with certain seasons when it must be abolished death, by the final destruction of the state, peculiarly felt. There are four of these.
and the present removal of the sting; by the change The first is the hour of conviction. What is the of its nature and office; by turning it into a deparreason that many of you read and hear of this ture, a sleep; by making it endless gain. If death state with such indifference ? that you make light finds you in Christ, it will be the angel of the coveof the invitation to enter it? and go your way, one nant; it will wipe away all your tears; it will lead to his farm and another to his merchandise ? You you to the altar of God, to God your exceeding joy. do not feel yourselves in the wretchedness and jeo You may continue to neglect and despise the pardy it implies, and is designed to relieve. One Friend of sinners now, but you will have other question forced from a wounded spirit-"What thoughts soon. Death will discover and display must I do to be saved ?" would magnify this state the errors of life. How will you then wonder that more than all the arguments your preachers can the trifles and vanities which now engross you ever employ. When a man is awakened to serious should ever have acquired such an ascendancy! consideration; when he examines his character and How will you be amazed that you constantly disrecondition; when he looks and sees what he is, what garded him who alone can befriend you when all he wants, what he deserves; when he perceives the other helpers fail ! Then you will learn, but in vastness and certainty of his danger; when he finds vain, that an interest in Christ is the one thing himself perfectly unable to effect his own deliver- needsul. Cannot you look forward? Cannot you ance, and knows also, that the help of men and an- foresee this, before the knowledge can result only gels united could not reach the desperateness of his in despair ? case-then, how inexpressibly desirable appears a For, fourthly, There is another day, and from connection with him, who is able to save to the ut- which the former derives its greatest dread-it is termost! who was delivered for our offences, and appointed unto men once to die, and after this the raised again for our justification! in whom it hath judgment. I do not ask you what are your thoughts pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell! now ?—but what will they be, when the heavens Then how delightful to hear him say, “Come unto shall pass away with a great noise ? when the eleme, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I ments shall melt with fervent heat? when all that will give you rest!" Then how blessed, by believ- are in their graves shall come forth? when the ing, to enter into rest, and "joy in God, through our dead, small and great, shall stand before God, and Lord Jesus Christ, by whom he has now received the books shall be opened? What will you then do the atonement !"
without a friend, an advocate? Then the tribes of The second is the day of trouble. And this may the earth will mourn and wail because of Him. always be expected; for a man is born to trouble as Then they who have despised Him, and rejected the sparks fly upwards. And what, in the wreck Him, will cry to the rocks and mountains to hide of property, in the loss of relations and friends, in them from the wrath of the Lamb. But the bethe failure of health and comfort—what will you liever in Jesus lifts up his head with joy, for his do without "the consolation of Israel ?" While redemption draweth nigh. Here he looked for the your cisterns are broken, the fountain of living wa- mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life, ter is far off; while your lamps are extinguished, and now he enjoys it. He is found in him, and no Sun of Righteousness is nigh. But if you had therefore he is found of him in peace-and hears an interest in him who is the hope of Israel, the him say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit Saviour thereof in the time of trouble, your trials the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation would be all sanctified and alleviated: at what of the world." To which we may add, that all this time you were afraid, you would be able to trust in admits of anticipation by faith; and now, even now, him: in the multitude of your thoughts within you, he can say—"I am not ashamed; for I know in his comforts would delight your soul. “I am cast whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is down, but not destroyed. I feel my losses, but I am able to keep that which I have commit:ed to him not lost. The waters are bitter, but this tree heals against that day.”—Let us, therefore, them. The Cross takes away the curse; yea, turns the curse into a blessing. It is good for me that I
III. Consider the EVIDENCE of our being in Christ. am afflicted. I know ibis shall turn to my salva There is no doubt but it is very desirable to know tion, through prayer and the supply of the Spirit this; and it would be strange to suppose that it is imof Jesus Christ."
possible to ascertain it; especially since we are not The third is an hour that awaits you all. The only required to examine ourselves, and prove wheday of trouble may come—the hour of death must ther we are in the faith, but also 10 rejoice in the come. The one is probable, the other is absolutely Lord always. Paul, we see, was assured of thiscertain. For what man is he that liveth and shall “I knew a man in Christ:" and he knew himself not see death? The living know that they shall to be so, not as he was an Apostle-for a man might die. But though death be a universal event, it is have been an Apostle, and not in Christ: this was not a universal privilege. It would be the most the case with Judas-but, as a believer. Official dreadful delusion in many of you to say, " It is bet- service is very distinguishable from personal expe