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formidable foes. They have not yet fulfilled the appointed period, to the conclusion of which, conformably to the dictates of Prophecy, they shall have power to afflict; the saints of the Most High. But the Jlone, which, in the visions of Daniel, was cut out of the mountain without hands, Jhall assuredly become a great mountain, andjliall fill the 'whole earth {J)However tremendous may be the temporary triumphs in reserve for papal Rome; even now we behold her, after the lapse of centuries, staggering under that concussion which was a prelude to her irrecoverable fall. Even already we behold in the waning crescent of Mahomet the tokens of its perpetual extinction. Even already we begin to exclaim, in the rapturous anticipations of assured and exulting hope; "Great and marvellous are thy ** works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true "are thy ways, thou King of .faints. We "praise thee, we bless thee, we glorify thee; ** we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts! "The whole earth is filled with thy glory! "King of kings, and Lord of lords! "Thou hast taken unto thee. thy great "power, and hast reigned. The. kingdoms "of this world are become the kingdoms of

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"our Lord and of his Christ; and He shall ** reign for ever and ever (i)."

In the face of these admonitory demonstrations of the truth of the divine threatenings against transgressors, presumest thou to think, O ungodly sinner! that thou shalt escape the judgement of God? Knowest thou not that after thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou art treasuring up to thyself wrath against the day of wrath? Flames and vengeance, tribulation and anguish, shall be upon every foul of man that doeth evil. The stone, at which thou stumblest, shall fall on thee, and. grind thee to powder. Mercy has been pressed upon thee, blessings have been heaped upon thee, in vain. The counsels of God for thy salvation thou hast rejected. The blood of thy Redeemer thou hast despised. The Spirit of grace thou hast grieved. The chains of fin are multiplying around thee. The shades of death eternal are closing over thy head. Yet now, even now, it is not too late. Thy Saviour still waiteth to be graqious. He stitf invites, still encourages, thee to fly to him for pardon and deliverance and peace. To-day, if ever thou wilt hear his voice, harden not thy heart. The present call may be thy last, Arise, and flee for thy life.•

[i) Rev. xi. 17. xy. 3.. xvi. 7. xix. 16. Isaiah, vi. 3.

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By the deeds of the law there Jhall no fe/h be justified in his Jight: for by the law is'the knowledge of Jin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifefled, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God 'which is by faith of Jesus Christ.

'"TO understand the value of a benefit, we must estimate not only its intrinsic amount, but the amount also of evil which it mitigates or removes. If a distressed man would appreciate the real worth of a donation bestowed upon him; let him consider the misery from which it rescues bis family and himself no less carefully than the positive comforts, which it enables hii# to procure. If . *i a criminal,

a criminal, restored by the clemency of his sovereign to freedom, would become sensible of the extent of the gift; in computing the enjoyments of liberty, let him not forget the superseded horrors of a dungeon. On the fame principle ought every man to form his judgement, who is desirous to contemplate in their full importance the mercies of God in the plan of redemption. Together with the state into which he is raised, let him labour to comprehend that from which he is delivered. With the glories of life everlasting, let him contrast the blackness of eternal death.

It was by this principle that the conduct of the apostle Paul was actuated, when he, addressed his epistle to the Romans. His primary object was to convince them that all mankind, Jews and Gentiles, were alike guilty before God; and could look for pardon and for eternal happiness only through Jesus Christ. St. Paul well knew with what unwillingness men acknowledge a doctrine, which stands in direct opposition' to the pride of heart so deeply rooted in our fallen nature. He knew the eagerness, the obstinacy, which we are all disposed to manifest, in confiding more or less upon our own righteousness; the earnestness with which we strain to shut our eyes against unwelcome conviction; the pains which we

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employ to twist and explain away the mean* ing of the Scriptures, in order to escape the humiliating necessity of confessing our own *itter unworthiness and depravity in the fight of our Lord and Judge. In several of the early chapters therefore of this epistle, and afterwards in the seventh and the eighth, he dwells with marked anxiety on this most important truth ;—that any man who should be tried by his own works, by his own deservings, must inevitably perish. Until an humble recognition of this truth be extorted from us by a consciousness of our guilt; we never shall be persuaded to fly with godly fear and truly penitent hearts to the cross of Christ for salvation. They that arc whole, said our Lord to the self-righteous Pharisees, need not a physician ; but they that are sick (a). They who are not aware of their spiritual maladies, despise and reject the Saviour who offers, and who alone is able to heal them. But they whose eyes are opened; they who are penetrated with a true fense of their deplorable condition by nature and by transgression, and feel that they are completely unable to deliver themselves from the just anger of God; will throw themselves with joy at the feet of their Redeemer, and, with humble and grateful

(a) Luke, v. 31.

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