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ance in heaven. Art thou conversant with the Word of God, and ignorant that sacrifices, if less in amount, yet similar in. nature, are required from every Christian? Compare the demands of conscience and of. interest. How continual the oppositionJL How prevailing the temptation! How lawful, strange as the expression may found, how lawful, in certain cafes and within certain limits, in the estimation of many who arrogate the praise of uprightness, is dishonesty! In the daily and hourly dealings of life what opportunities of undue advantage! what inducements to profit by them! In the numerous departments of public service what openings for peculation! How commonly is " the custom of "trade" but another name for lucrative deceit! By the purchase of articles unwarrantably brought to sale; by frauds wilfully practised on the collectors of the revenue; by filence under their errors, their partiality, or their supineness; how frequent is the evasion of burthens legally imposed! But it is not to dishonesty, according to the ordinary acceptation of the term, that the guilt of unjust regard to,interest is restricted. Look around and thou shalt discern countless occasions of acquiring or of


retaining money, or of furthering thy ease,, or thy advancement, or some other of thy worldly objects, by various methods, the iniquity of which, light as it may be deemed, is in many instances not inferior to that of dishonesty; by flattery, by bribery, by complimentary afliduities, by hypocritical obsequiousness, by sinful compliances, by false and injurious pretences, by ministering to prejudice, to antipathy or to pride, by raising or diffusing unfounded reports concerning thy competitors. Does the man who pursues his present benefit by any of these means leave all for the fake of Christ? He prefera interest to Christ. Even he who prosecutes a lawful calling by lawful methods, yet permits it to withdraw his chief attention from the salvation of his foul, to occupy too large a proportion of his thoughts, or to agitate his mind with undue solicitude; has not left all for Christ, nor given to Christ the dominion of his heart.

IV, We are to renounce our own righteousness; to cast away all reliance on merit of our own for acceptance with God. Why did Saint Matthew become a disciple of Jesus Christ? Why did he leave all to be with4that man of sorrows? Because he Vol. II! H beheld

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'bare our griefs; one who bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the .transgressors. He recognized the appointed Saviour; the Lamb of God which took away the sinsi of the world. With what Feelings does the. true rChristian in every age approach.the Son .of God? He looks into his own heart. He'fees it full of depravity. He surveys his conduct. He perceives it to be a mass of sin. He confesses the holiness of God: and h conscious how odious he has rendered himself in the sight of his Creator by transgression. He contemplates the divine justice: and trembles at the punishment which he has incurred. He considers the divine power, and beholds the impossibility of escape. Again he turns his eyes upon himself; and acknowledges that there is nothing in him, which can make an atonement. An atonement is set be

'sore him in the blood of the Son of God. There he beholds a ransom: there he beholds pardon and peace and happiness. "Though my fins," he exclaims, "be as

'*' scarlets yet in that fountain shall they be ;c made white as snow. Let my righteous- .

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i,V. We must, in the last place, follow &]iv Redeemer unto the endi Such was the ffcedfastness of St Matthew. He remained constantly with Christ until the evening before the crucifixion. On that evening he shewed, in common with the other Apostles^ what man is, when the divine grace withdraws atfelfj and leaves him to .his. native weakness. All the Disciples of Christ forsook him and fed. Of that guilty flight St. Matthew was a partaker. After the Resurrection, he received, in conjunction with the other Apostles, pardon and strength from his forgiving Lord. When Jesus had ascended into heaven, we behold St. Matthew continuing closely in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the mother os Jesus^ and the brethren (g) ; and bearing his part as an Apostle in the election of a successor to the traitor Judas. Boldly remaining at Jerusalem, when havock was made of the Church after the martyrdom of Stephen; he

U) Acts, i. i3, 14.

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proved that he was not of those who have no root, and in time of persecution fall away. And the early history of the Christian Church informs us that, in the face of danger and death, he persevered until the end of his days in preaching the Gospel of his Lord. From every Christian patient continuance in well doing is indispensably required. Who is it that the Scripture faith shall be saved? He that endureth unto the end. Who is it that shall reap the everlasting recompense? He who prefleth onward in the path of righteousness, neither weary through sloth, nor fainting through timidity. No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is Jit for the kingdom of God. The righteousness of the righteous shall not deli.ver him in the day of his transgression. When the righteous tumetb away from his righteousness and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth; fall he live, faith the Lords All his righteousness that he hath done*shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his fin that he hath fnned, in them so all he die.{b)t

(h) Luke, ix. 62. Ezek. xviii. 24. xxxt'n. 12.


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