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ally attained and established for ever the purposes of mercy for which He took human nature upon Him; He shall deliver up the kingdom to His Father. He.fhall resign His mediatorial kingdom, that separate and delegated sovereignty of the universe which ,He had held in a character now no longer necessary, to the Father from whom He had received it: that the eternal Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, may thenceforth be all in all. .' . ...»

Such are the sublime and stupendous viev^s which the word of God displays of the universal empire of the Son of God, who died for us upon the cross. Head over all things to His church, angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him: He is indeed able to save to the uttermost.all that come by Him unto God. He who is Lord of earth and Heaven vouchsafes to call His people by the endearing name of brethren. He knoweth whereof we are made j He remembereth that we are but dust: for in every thing, except sin,- He was made like unto His brethren. We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities: for He was in all points tempted like as we are; and having Himself suffered, being tempted, He is able D d 3 to to succour them that are tempted. In the days of His flesh He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to lave, and He was heard: and His ears are ever open to the prayers of His servants, His arm - is ever stretched forth in defence of the heirs of salvation. Look up then to Christ, ye who, though deeply conscious of your sins, are humbly labouring through the sanctification of His Spirit to serve Him in faith and holi-i ness; look up to your glorified King with confidence and joy. From His throne in the heaven of heavens He is beholding you for good. By night and by day He watches over you; shields you from evil j supports you under trials, delivers you from temptation, Fly to Him for continual protection: plead with Him for never-failing grace. Depend with unshaken reliance on His promise, on 'His power, on His wisdom, on His love. He 'who spared not His own life for you, shall He not give you aH things? All things are yours; whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, ot things to come, all things are yours: all things are ordained arid controuled and directed for your happiness, because ye ore Christ's {p). ''But tremble, ye unrepenting

'*' ' (//) l'Cor, iii. 21.'23.

sinners, sinners, ye who despise and disobey the gospel: tremble to behold that Saviour whom ye reject exalted to the dominion of the universe. By your perseverance in transgression you constrain Him to be your'enemy. You range yourselves in battle array against your Judge: you turn a deaf ear to His offers of forgiveness: you pluck down death and misery everlasting with your own hands upon yourselves. What is your confidence? Do you provoke the Almighty to anger ?. Are you stronger than He? Those whom His love cannot reclaim His indignation shall overwhelm. Jesus, the Lamb of God, sacrificed for your sins, you despise. Behold Jesus the Son of God, Himself one with the Father, seated on His Father's throne. Behold the dawning of the great day. Behold, He cometb 'with clouds; and every eye shall fee Him! Behold the day when thesunjhall become black as Jack- cloth, and the moon as blood: ivben tbeflars shall fall from heaven, and the heaven shall /depart as a scroll wben it is rolled together, and every mountain and island'f>hall be moved out of their places: when all the enemies of Christ, kings of the earth, and great men and rich men, and chief captains, and mighty men, and every bondman and every freeman, shall hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of

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the mountains ; and shall say to the mountains and rocks, Fall-on-us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath is come : and who shall be able to Jiand (i) ; Listen even yet to the voice of mercy. Bend the stubborn knee, bow down the hardened heart. He still waits to be gracious. But the season of trial will have an end. His Spirit will not always strive with man. Your time of trial may be expiring. Humble yourself before Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth: trust in His atoning blood : pray without ceasing for His grace: and save yourselves, while yet you may, from the resurreàion of damnation.

(i) Rey. i. 7. vi. 12–17.

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

1 COR. XV. 20.

Now is Christ risen from the Dead, and become the Jirstfruits of them thatslept*.. ;>'. . :\

TN the preceding discourse I laid before you the substance of St. Paul's arguments in the earlier part of the chapter under our consideration; together with such reflections tending to youf edification and your comfort as appeared naturally to flow from the subject. The apostle had earnestly insisted on the truth of the resurrection of Christ as the groundwork of Christian faith, and the pledge of the future resurrection of all men at their appointed time and in their proper order. He had reminded the Corinthians of the leading


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