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cause he loveth justice and truth"and mercy; this it is to learn to do well, this it is to have the grace of God, this it is to live unto Christ, this it is to crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts.

III. The characteristics which have hitherto been proposed as tests, by which you may be assisted in forming a judgement whether at present you belong to Christ, have principallybeen deduced from your proceedings as to the government of unhallowed inclinations and desires, and from your tempers and conduct as.exercised towards man. Not that the frame of your heart towards God has been thrown into the back-ground. Love to God through Christ has been assumed as the basis of self-government, and of love to man. From that root must spring every ramification of duty. From that fountain of living waters every Christian grace must derive never-ceasing supplies. The disposition, however, of your-soul as to subjects more immediately and clojfely spiritual than those which have been specified is the least dubitable of alt the tokens, to which you can resort for insight into your actual state. Piace then before your eyes the divine plan of Salvation. Conj { template template its nature. Behold it representing itself as in every point a system of free and unmerited mercy. Behold it casting down the pride of man: extinguishing his vaunted pretensions: exacting the unqualified renunciation of his imaginary righteousness: summoning him to fall prostrate as a condemned criminal at the foot of the cross; and constraining him to exclaim in the anguish of conscious guilt; “Lord ' I look for deliverance “from everlasting punishment, and for ad“misfion into thy eternal kingdom, solely “ because thou wast slain that thou mightest “redeem me unto God by thy blood. Lord! “I look forward in hope of being enabled to “will and to do that which is well-pleasing in “thy fight, to conquer myself, to shun or to “repel the fiery darts of Satan, solely because “thy grace is made perfect in weakness.” Is this plan of salvation, thus humiliating to human arrogance, thus declaratory of man's utter debility and corruption, acceptable to you? Do you receive it not merely with acquies. cence, but with complacency, with delight : Is Christ crucified, to multitudes on the one hand a slumbling-block, to multitudes on the other, foolishness, to you the Power of God, and the wisdom of God (e) o Are you cheer

(e) I Cor. i. 23, 24.
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fully willing to be abased; in order that Christ, in his character as Saviour, may be exalted Are you cheerfully willing that your helplessness and your fin should stand fully revealed; in order that the stupendous mercies of your redemption and your sančtification . may wholly and completely redound to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost 2 Confider likewise what is the frame of your soul with regard to communion with God, and meditation on things eternal. Does the current of your thoughts, when, un- . checked by impediments, it selects a course for itself, flow towards God and your Redeemer? Is the hour of prayer a burden to you, or a comfort In the hurry of business, in the intercourse of society, do you perceive your mind snatching opportunities of lifting itself. up to heaven? Do you delight to contemplate the works of God, because they are his works; and through his works, whether of nature or of Providence, to admire, to venerate, and to adore their author : Does the word of God, o together with those human writings which . are calculated to instruct and assist you in the o performance of his will, constitute that branch of study, to which your inclinations princi

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pally tend? Does your soul expand itself in looking forward to the world unseen ; in anticipating the presence of God and of Christ, the hymns of angelic hosts, the wonders and the glories of eternity? Do you exult in the prospect of those new heavens and that new earth, because it is a world wherein dwelleth righteousness (f): because sin shall not be there: because there shall no longer be temptation: because it is through the predominance of universal holiness that there shall be neither pain nor sorrow nor death; but peace and joy and bliss shall reign without measure, and without end ? As the hart panteth after the water-brooks; so panteth my soul after thee, 0 God. My soul thirsleth for God, for the living God. When Jhall I come and appear before God{g)? Such are the aspirations of the bosom, which is filled with [the love of Christ! Such are the prevailing affections, such is the frame of soul which, if the Christian has not decidedly attained, he earnestly desires and pursues!

IV. Direct your attention to the objects, which, when the affection of the apostle Paul for his converts expatiated in calling down

(/) 2 P«t. iii. 13. (g) Psalm xlii. j, 2.

7 blessings blessings upon them, uniformly presented themselves to bis thoughts. / cease not to make mention of yon in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your under/landing being enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, arid what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints: that he would grant you according to the riches of his glory to befrengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man : that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith ; thaf ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ which pajfeth knowledge, that yc might be filed with all the fulness of God. I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement: that ye may approve things that afe excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ, being filed with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God. I define that ye might be filed with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all L 2 , pleasing

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