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it the exclusive promise of that which is f' come(c)! Here you behold the grand superiority of religion. Here you behold the everlasting triumph of the righteous. However distressed may be his situation in this world; however real and however great may be the sacrifices, however continual and severe the mortification and self-denial, to which religion binds him to submit; he reposes with full confidence on his God. He looks foward beyond the grave; and exclaims with the apostle, My light afflictions., •which are but for a moment, work for me an exceeding and eternal weight of glory (d). He knows that, as long as he remains in the flesh, he is liable to fall; that if he forsakes his Redeemer he shall be a cast-away. But he walks humbly with his God, and therefore leans upon his mercy: he keeps his holy commandments, and therefore relies upon the continuance of his preserving grace. Would you attain to these glorious hopes, before which the world and its brightest prospects fade away; to this peace of soul, the delight of which they only who have felt it can comprehend? Follow the Lord fully, Re-» member the ex ample of the rebellious If*'

(e) f Tim. iv. 8. (d) ?Cor, iv. 17.

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raelites who listened to the ten unfaithful spies and that of the two stedfast followers of God. As truly as 1 live, faith the Lord, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation that are gathered together againfl me: in this "wilderness they shall be consumed, and ther-e they fall die. As truly as I live, so .will I do to you who have murmured againfl me. Your car' cases shall fall in this wilderness. Doubtless ye Jhall not come into the land, save Caleb and yojhua. My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me sully; him will I bring into the land. The decree was punctually fulfilled. The test spies were instantly struck with death. The whole rebellious congregation, one man after another, was consumed in the course of nearly forty years spent in wanderings in the wilderness. But after the expiration of that period their children and descendents, under the command of Joshua, who was assisted by his faithful friend Caleb, entered the land of Canaan and took possession of it. They believed in God: and he drove out and destroyed their enemies.

** But was not Caleb," you enquire, " by "this time declining into the vale of years, ,l and incapable of enjoying the promised

"heritage?" *.' heritage?" When God promises, fear not lest the performance should proVe delusion. Hear this stedfast servant of the Lord, when he had now employed several years after his arrival in Canaan in combats for the establishment of his brethren in their allotments stating his own claim before Joshua. Thou knoweji the thing that the Lord said unto Mo/er, the man of God, concerning me and thee in KadeJhbarnea. And Mosessware on that day* faying; Surely the land 'whereon thy fees have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children s for ever: because thou hafl wholly followed the Lord thy God. And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness. And now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. Ms yet I am as flrong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my flrength 'was then, even so is my flrength now for war. Now therefore give me this. mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day (for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and, that the cities were great and fenced) : if the Lord will be with me, then I fid all be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. And Jffhua bleffed him {e): and according to the promise

(e) Joshua, xiv. 6—14. xv. 13, 14.


of Moses assigned to him the mountain and city of Hebron, which were inhabited by those giants, the sons of Anak, at the name of whom the whole congregation of Israel had trembled: and the Lord was with Caleb; and he utterly destroyed them. The words of the Lord will be fulfilled as punctually with respect to you. The wicked JJjall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal (f). If the gospel is preached to you in vain; if your lives are not lives of faith and holiness through Christ: you will perish everlastingly, where the worm dieth not and the sire is never quenched. These are the true sayings of God. If you have another spirit with you, even that new spirit which is created in the heart by the eternal Spirit of san&isication; if you follow the Lord fully in godliness, and humility, and prayer, and - perseverance unto the end: the inheritance of the spiritual Canaan, the kingdom of heaven, will be yours, by the blood of Jesus, for ever.

(/) Matt. xxv. 46."


On the Character of Naaman.

2 Kings, v. 2, 3.

The Syrians bad gone out fry Companies, and had brought away captive out of .srael a little Maid; andjhe waited' on Naaman s Wife. AndJhesaid unto her Mistress; Would God my Lord were with the Prophet that is in Samaria :for be would recover him of his Leprosy!

HTHAT the name of God might be glorified among the heathen was one of the leading purposes, for the furtherance of which the children of Israel were selected to become a peculiar people to the Most High. In the victories which from age to age have attended the standard of the cross, this plan of mercy has advanced many steps towards its completion. In the universal triumphs which await Christianity, when the conversion and reestablish

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