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convictions of his foul; Who shall deliver me jsrom the body of this death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord {k). Here is deliverance: here is conquest and life and blessedness for ever and ever. "Thanks be to God, which giv et h us the victory, through pur Lord Jesus Christ! Thanks be to God that the leed of the woman hath bruised the serpent's head! Christ hath Rescued us from the power of the grave : Christ hath delivered us from the wrath to come, i Christ: ihathredeemed us from the curse of the laiupyj being made a curse for us. Christ bath pasted /death for all men; and hath made His soul -an offering for sin; a full, perfects and fi$icifcrit sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction fox th^/ms of the whole world. Christ hath destroyed the last enemy. Christ hath prepared ftiom the creation of the world a kingdom for His saints, a kingdom of righteousness where there shall be no, more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: where they shall see their Lord face to face, and be like unto Him, and reign with Him in bliss unchangeable for ever and ever.

Was it then to indulge curiosity, was it to gratify the mind with sublime description, that the apostle had thus unfolded the everlasting triumph of the Son of God, and the r . {&) Rom.vii. 24, 25.

everlasting everlasting triumph of the righteous through Hinv£ St. Paul had a nobler purpose; that purpose which was the object of his heart in aU his writings, in all his labours j to pro§90te the glory of God by guiding and animating rnan to holiness and salvation through faith in the blood of Christ. Hear the coneluding lesson, the great practical exhortation, which,, as the consequence and the sum of his instructions in this chapter, he addressed to the Corinthians and now addresseth to ourselves* Wtorgsbre, my belpiied brethren, be ye siedfasi, tittmaveable, always abounding in the ivork of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labpm'is not in vain in the Lord. If then, my beloved brethren, whose eternal welfare Qflght to be mT fervent desire, my unceasing prayep, my persevering and earnest pursuit; if these things be sure, be ye stedfast, unmoveabk. Shew yourselves the true servants and soldiers of your Lord. Continue unshaken in His faith. Hold fast the words of sound doctrine. Beware les any man spoil you ,through philosophy and vain deceit. Avoid profane and, vain babblings ; and oppositions of science fglfely so called (/), presumptuous dispute?, railed on the groundwork of senseless speculation ,and conjecture, against truths which rest on the promise, and are secured

(/) Col. ii. 8. i Tim. vi. 20.

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by the omnipotence, of God. Continue stedfast under temptations to sin. Refifl the Devil; and he will flee from you. Call for succour to your Redeemer, whom Satan tempted in vain; your Redeemer, who has openly triumphed on the cross over all the powers and principalities of darkness; your Redeemer, who has promised that His grace shall be sufficient for you, that He will save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him. Continue patient and undismayed under sufferings. Look unto Jesus, the Author and sinisher of your salvation ; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Be ye always abounding in the work of the Lord. The work of the Lord is faith unfeigned. This is the work of God: that ye believe on Htm, whom He hath sent (m). The work of the Lord is to do the will of God; to be holy, as He is holy. The work of the Lord is toseek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; to labour for the salvation of your own soul, and that of the souls of others. In every branch of this blessed work abound more and more. Strive, through the Holy Spirit, to grow in grace,to be a

(ra) John, vi. 29.

progressive progressive example of piety. Shew yourself a Christian in thought, in word, and in deed. Labour with increasing earnestness to win others to the love of Christ and the care of their eternal interests by prudent instruction and exhortation, where you may be allowed to instruct and exhort: and at all times, and in all places, by adorning the doctrine of God your ^Saviour in all things, by giving unaffected proof that your heart is steadily governed by Christian motives, and filled with ♦Christian tempers. You know that your labour is n©t,in vain in the Lord. You know . tbatf-there is a reward for the righteous: that your ascended Lord will return to receive His f$)ttfs unto Himself: that while the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the people fwho forget God, all who do not make it their pleading object faithfully to love and serve . their God and Redeemer; the just shall be (exalted to the presence of Father of mercies, -where there is fulness of joy and pleasure for evermore^ Press forward then towards the ,inwk, for the prize of the high calling of God . 1st Christ Jesus; that you may be admitted ,10 the Resurrection of eternal Life. '.; -, Would you feel the aweful import of that resurrection ? Realise things unseen. Suppose yourself an unconverted sinner, recently separated

parated from the body, just arrived on the consines of the invisible!'; world..*/fSappose yourself addressed by one of its glorified fji> habitants. "Behold these abodes of'bliss: '* these ineffable manifestations of tiivitie "power and wisdom and love: these worlds "beyond worlds diversified with countless ** modes of existence, filling irlfinity and eter** nity. Behold these innumerable hosts ids ** angels. Behold these" thy brethPen;Jfa«"cording to the flesh, thirjiistWfedjchUdzeh ** of thy father Adam, pawiarch$//(ptephete, •* and apostles, saints of e'VQry -'tongfe* drill ." peoples and nation! Lo$v There is Christ, "the Redeemer of all, K^ng \h thf nature :6f "the universe! Lo!'Tlfefelsl4lMtthtoife"$f "God! These, hadstthou; a-cdeptaaithebfter*r ed mercy, these bad tee'nfh^gldr^sii^o "search out these wonde^.fcvfkare tfo-tfc bless"edness, that had been th^'^^tepUr^bent, "that thy bliss, for ever V *Ffcis is the *e*f surrection of Use which thou hast:4ost. ** Thou standest"—for let penal torture' be for a moment supposed not to impend-1^; Thou ** standest on the brink of annihilation. Shatch 11 thy last glance. The blackness of eternal "night is about to close thee in everlasting "oblivion." What would be thy sensations? How truly wouldst thou estimate life and all

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