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Walk humbly with your God. Humble yourself under his chastising hand. // is the Lord: let him do whatseemeth him good (g). Reflect on his unbounded wisdom, his inexhaustible loving-kindness. What! Jhall we receive good at the hand of God; and shall we not receive evil (h) ? Knoweth he not what is fittest for you? Loveth he not the work of His Own hand, the soul for which he gave His Son unto death? Verily he chasliseth us for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. And although no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby (i i, and walk humbly with their God. Finally, observe his laws with reverence; and humbly render equal obedience to them all. Presume not to think that you may venture to neglect any commandment which God has pronounced. Dost thou refuse submission to any one of His injunctions, and sayest thpu that thou walkest humbly with Him? Be diligent in frequenting the public worship of your Lord; and receive His word with humility. Slight not any opportunity of attending the holy communion, in humble and thankful remembrance of your (^) i Sam. iii. 18. (h) Job, ii. 10. (*") Hebr. xii. 10, ii.

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crucified Master. In every thing by prayer and supplication, public and private, let your requefls be made known unto God [j). And humbly offer up to Him all your petitions in the name of the appointed Mediator and Intercessor, Jesus Christ.

111. It appears then that to the Jew and to the Christian the sum and substance of religion have ever been the same. To do,justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God in grateful dependence and universal obedience; this it has been, this it is, to be a servant of the Most High. The duties of justice and of mercy, duties placed within the sphere of human reason, were developed in the Scriptures of the Old Testament to the Jew. Before the Christian they stand arrayed in brighter radiance borrowed from the precepts and the example of his Lord. To the Jew the general obligation of walking humbly with his God was unfolded. The Christian, surveying it in clearer lustre, ascribes the accession of light to his Saviour. But as to the greatest of the events in the divine economy to which that general obligation pointed, the Jew was comparatively in darkness. He little understood the method, by which ex

(/') Philipp. iv, 6.

piation piation was to be made for guilt. He looked for justification to his burnt offerings and sacrifices; to the blood of bulls and of goats which could never take away fin {k). Through the veil of types and emblems he discerned not the true atonement. He had heard of One who should save Israel. But he looked to deliverance from worldly foes, to preeminence over prostrate kingdoms. He had heard of One who should redeem .srael from all his iniquities (/). But he looked only to the fuller establishment of the Mosaic law. He was assured that the Redeemer should be stricken for the transgression of his people; that he should pour out his foul unto death; that he should make his foul an offering for sin: that he should bear the sins of many, and make intercession for the transgressors [?n). But pride stupified his heart. Vain of his exclusive privileges, he deemed them all-sufficient. Averse to the righteousness of God, he stood upon the deeds of the law. Dazzled by phantoms of temporal grandeur, he shut his eyes against the image of a suffering Messiah. To the Christian these mysteries are revealed; these fliadows are become realities. He knows that by the deeds, whether of the

[i) IJebr. x. 4. (/) Psalm cxxx, 8. (m) Isaiah, liii.

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ceremonial or of the moral law, Jhall no flesh be justified in the sight of God. He renounces all claim to merit even in the least irrmerfect:

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of his works; and pleads for pardon and justification solely through the propitiatorysacrifice of the Son of God. In Christ fesus% contemplated by the eye of faith on the cross, he beholds 'wisdom and righteousness and fanctification and redemption; that, as it is 'written, he that glorieth let him glory in the Lord{n).

Survey then, my brethren, your advantages. From him to whom much is given, much Jhall be required (0). Have you pondered this rule? Have you considered the consequences of falling short when tried by this standard? Most conspicuously hath God shewed you what is good; what he requires you to believe, and what he requires you to perform. Have you observed then to do justly? Are you upright and faithful in all your words and in all your actions, as justice indispensably demands? You may forget justice: but God will not forget it, You may refuse to render to others that which belongs to them: but He will render to you according to your works. Cod is not a man, that he should lie. Hath bespoken, and Jhall he not do it? The Lord

(a) I tor, i. 30, 31. («) Luke, xii. 48.

knoweth knoweth how to reserve the unjujt unto the day of judgement to be punished (p). He will surely fulfil his word j he will accomplish his threatenings. The hope of the unjust man perisheth \q). He may flatter himself with hopes of heaven: but, as surely as the word of God is true, he will sind himself among the wicked who are turned into hell. Do you love mercy? Have you not only proved yourself gentle, kind, tender-hearted, compassionate, and charitable, in your ordinary proceedings; but have you diligently sought opportunities of exercising these Christian virtues, and placed your delight in the exercise of them? Have you remembered the insinite and unmerited mercy of Jesus Christ in dying on the cross to make atonement for your sins, that if through his offered grace you repent and believe and obey you may be received for His fake into heaven? He who Jheweth no mercy Jhall have judgement "without mercy. .f you forgive not men their trespasses against you, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses {r) against Himself. Do you walk humbly with your God? Do you acknowledge your utter unworthiness in his sight? Do you confess the original corruption

(p) Numb xxiii. 19. 2 Pet. ii. 9. (f) Prov. xi. 7.

(r) James, ii. 13. Matth. vi. 15.

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