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S E R M O N XVIII.

An Exposition of the first Part of the Lesson appointed for the Burial Service.

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in those scales, by which thou shalt thyself be tried. Make thy reference in all things to that tribunal, from which there shall-be-no appeal, Judge all things by the word of God: for by that word shalt thou and all things be judged.

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An Exposition of the first Part of the Lesson appointed for the Burial Service.

I COR. xv. 20.

Now is Chris risen from the Dead, and become the first Fruits of them that slept.

/4LL Scripture is given by inspiration of God: and is prof table for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfects thoroughly furnished unto all good works (a). Such is the divine authority, such is the comprehensive nature, such are the manifold and supremely important uses, of the Bible, Hence it becomes the duty and the wisdom of the ministers of the gospel, in their en

... i ..(a) 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17. ". ..,

C c 2 deavours deavours to train up the flocks committed to their charge in the knowledge and obedience of the faith of Christ, from time to time to vary the methods, in which they deduce instruction from the word of God: to vary them however within such limits only as the Scriptures themselves completely authorise; and to vary them, if in some measure for the purpose of exciting a more lively attention among their hearers, yet principally for the fake of successively impressing on their congregations the different helps and encouragements to holiness, and the different dissuafives from sin, which the sacred writings supply. Thus at one "time the preacher will dwell .chiefly, though by no means without a decided reference to practice, on doctrines. At another time, regarding the truth and import of the doctrines as established, he will enter into a fuller detail concerning the conduct, which a firm belief in them is designed and adapted to produce. Sometimes he will unfold the nature and evince the efficacy of faith. Sometimes he will enlarge on holy tempers and good works % those fruits of the Spirits by which genuine faith is manifested and adorned. Sometimes he will build his admonitions on the preceptive parts of the - Old or of the New Testament, Sometimes .,5. . 3 -^-*e he will derive them from the memorable histories which those records contain of righteous men protected, delivered, and rewarded by that God whom they served and glorified ; or of rebellious defpisers of the divine law condemned to shame, anguish, and, destruction. Sometimes he will fix his thoughts on a single verse; and will explain with minuteness of investigation, and enforce with copiousness of reasoning, the religious truth which it involves. Sometimes he will select a passage of greater length; point out the bearing and connexion of the arguments employed by the inspired prophet, evangelist, or apostle; and apply them, so far as they may be lawfully applied, to the edification, the support, and the comfort of Christians of the present day.

The last of these various methods of obtaininglnstruction from the word of God is that which I propose now to pursue. la the present and in a subsequent discourse, (for 'he subject is too extensive to be compressed with advantage into the compass of a single sermon), it will be my object to direct your minds to that portion of St. Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians, which opens with the verse selected for the text and extends to the conclusion of the chapter. It is a portion.of Scripture in the highest degree C c 3 inte

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