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duty ? Are you labouring for the Moft High? Are you labouring in your appointed course? : Thirdly. Would you labour efficacioully? Remember whose is the strength in which you must labour. Trust not in an arm of flesh. Lean not to thine own understanding. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Not by might, not by power ; but by My Spirit, faith the Lord of Hifts. Through Christ who strengtheneth 'thçe, thou mayest do all things. Without Him thou canst do nothing (0).
· Fourthly. Be vigilant, be humble, be devout, in guarding through the all-sufficient grace of your Redeemer against those snares, and forms of fin, which attach themselves to your occupation. Be fortified against its toils, its pleasures, its rewards, its disappointments. When under the garb of avarice, or of pride, or of amBition, or of sensuality, or of self-complacency, or of discontent, Satan lays claim to your heart ; What is your reply? I serve the Lord Christ..
Finally : In the spirit of Him whose nieat and drink it was to do the will of his Father, accustom yourself to regard enjoyment as 6) Ephe yi. 10. Zech. iv. 6. Philipp. iv. 13, John,
consisting in the performance of duty. By multitudes, duty and pleasure are beheld. as distinct; as drawing in opposite directions : duty, toiling in one quarter, and summoning to an irksome task ; pleasure smiling in an adverse region, and inviting to compensatory gratification. He, and he alone, whom Christianity enables to identify them, poffesses the secret of virtue and hapa, piness.
Whosoever Mall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all. To some persons it has been a subject of
unreasonable surprise, that the Scriptures #should contain passages apparently of dark and ambiguous import. All the works, all the appointments of God, abound with difficulties. The nature of the air which you breathe, the properties of the soil on which you tread, the growth of the plants and animals by which you are suftained, exceed your comprehension. In the common dispensations of Providence, in the moral government of the world, there is much which is obscure to the li
mited faculties of man. Why then do you wonder that God should permit difficulties to sublift in the revealed declaration of his will? If, in the natural world, there is not one of His gifts, which men may not perversely employ in a manner fatal to their happiness; are you astonished that, in his inspired communications, there should be fome things hard to be understood, which they who are wilfully unlearned and unstable may wreft even to their own destruction ? In all his counsels, the Most High determines with wisdom and with goodness. While his inherent attributes, the evidences of Christianity, the doctrines of redemption, and the consequences of righteousness and of guilt, are distinctly and incontrovertibly set before us; are we not able to discover reasons which may render it beneficial to us, that many passages of Holy Writ should demand continued enquiry and meditation, before their meaning shall disclose itself? Such passages try our hun mility, strengthen our faith, call forth our diligence, exercise our attention, impress our memories. The truth which they involve is always of value more than suffi. cient to repay the labour by which it is rendered manifest.
Among the difficult portions of Scripture the text, in the opinion of most men, stands distinguished. Many persons when they hear it, like the disciples when Jesus Christ discoursed to them of falvation by eating his flesh and drinking his blood, are offended at it; and murmur among themselves, This is a bard faring : who can bear it? A hard saying however may be a true faying. That saying at which the disciples of our Lord were so deeply offended, that from that time many of them went back and walked no more with him, unfolded the method of atonement by which alone man was to be saved. And the truth comprized in this hard saying of St. James is a doctrine so momentous; that, unless your life be steadily conformed to it, you never will receive falvation...
Reflect, whoever you may be who have felt your mind staggered by this passage, that it is a part of the word of God. This circumstance at once establishes its truth, when rightly understood; and the importance of rightly understanding it. Were additional testimony needful, I might refer you to the fignal eminence of St. James in the Christian Church. He was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was the brother, the very near relation, of the Lord