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the cross, by wbat names shall I adore thee? All in triumph to heaven (Luke xxiv. 51; Acts i. are too short, too scanty to express thee. Love 9, 10), that thou mightest prepare mansions for us only, nothing but love, will reach thee. Thou art (John xiv. 2), and from thence, as conqueror, love (1 John iv. 8): O Jesu, thou art all love; bestow the gifts of thy conquest on us (Eph. iv. O tenderest, O sweetest, О purest, О dearest Love, 8), and, above all, the gift of thy Holy Spirit soften, sweeten, ref ne me into all love, like thee. (John xvi. 7), that thou mightest enter into the
By the love of thy cross, O Jesu, I live (Gal. holy of holies as our great High Priest (Heb. vi. ji. 20, vi. 14); in that I will only glory; that 19, 20; X. 20, 21), to present to thy Father the above all things will I study (1 Cor. ii, 2); that sweet-smelling sacrifice of his crucified Son, the before all things will I value (Phil. j. 8): by sole propitiation for sinners; and therefore all the love of thy cross I will take up my cross daily love, all glory be to thee. (Luke ix. 23) and follow thee. I will persecute, Glory be to thee, O Jesus, who didst leave the and torment, and crucify (Rom. vi. 6; Gal. v. world and ascend to beaven about the thirty-third 24) my sinfúl affections and lusts, which perse- year of thy age, to teach us in the prime of our cuted, tormented, and crucified thee; and, if thy years to despise this world when we are best able love calls me to do it, I will suffer on the cross for to enjoy it, and to reserve our full vigour for thee, as thou hast done for me (Aets xxi. 13). heaven and for thy love.
How illustrious and amiable were thy graces O thou whom my soul loveth, since thou hast amidst all thy sufferings, O thou afflicted Jesus! left the world, what was there ever in it worthy of I admire and I love thy profound humility, un- our love? O let all my affections ascend after wearied patience, lamb-like meekness, immaculate thee, and never return to the earth more ; innocenee, invincible courage, absolute resigna- for « whom have I in heaven but thee? and there tion, compassionate love of souls, and perfect is none upon earth that I desire in comparison of Charity to thy enemies. O my love, I cannot love thee” (Psa. Ixxiii. 25). thee, but I must desire above all things to be like AND SITTETH AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD my beloved. O give me grace to tread in thy
THE FATHER ALMIGHTY." steps (1 Peter ii. 21), and conform me to thy I believe, O triumphant Lord, that thou now divine image, that the more I grow like thee the sittest in full and peaceful possession of bliss (1 more I may love thee, and the more I may be Pet. iii. 22), and at the right hand of God; that loved by thee.
thy human nature is exalted to the most honour“AND BURIED, HE DESCENDED INTO HELL. able place in heaven, where thou sittest on thy
I believe, O crucified Lord, that thou wast really throne of glory, adored by angels (Rev. v. 8, 9, dead, and that there was a separation of thy body 12), and interceding for sinners (Rom. viii. 34); and soul; that thy side was mortally wounded and therefore all love, all glory be to thee. and pierced with a spear on the cross (John xix. Glory be to thee, O Love enthroned ; thy resur34), and thy sacred body was buried (Matt. / rection, ascension, and cession, are all signal inxxvii. 57, 60), to assure us of thy death: all love, stances of thy love, and earnests of our future all glory be to thee.
felicity, the entire purchase of thy love: all our I believe, O pierced, wounded Love, that hopes of heaven, our resurrection, ascension, and thy soul, in the state of separation, did descend glorification, depend on and are derived from into hell (Eph. iv. 9), to vanquish death and all thine, and are all the tropbies of thy love to us; the spirits of darkness in their own dominions ; and therefore I will ever praise and love thee. and therefore I adore and love thee.
FROM THENCE HE SHALL COME TO JUDGE Glory be to thee, O thou great Champion of
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD." love, who didst for our sakes singly eneo:inter all I believe, glorified Love, that from thy our ghostly enemies ; who didst thyself taste of throne at "God's right hand, where thou now death (Heb. ii. 9), that thou mightest take away sittest, thou wilt come again (Acts i. 11 ; Pbil. the sting of death (1 Cor. xv. 55-57); who didst iii. 20), to judge the world, attended with thy holy wrestle with principalities and powers (Col. ii. angels (2 Thess. i. 7): all glory be to thee. 15), and all the force of hell, that we might I believe, O thou adorable Judge, that all manshare in thy victory; for which wonderful salva- kind shall be summoned before thy awful tribunal. tion I will always praise and love thee.
All the dead, who shall be waked out of their THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN FROM graves when the angel shall blow the last trump THE DEAD."
(1 Cor. xv. 52), and all that are then quick and I believe, O Almighty Love, that, according to alive, shall then appear before thee: all glory be the types and prophecies which went before of to thee. thee (Luke xxiv. 26, 27; Matt. xii. 40), and I believe, Lord, that I and all the world shall according to thy own infallible predictions, thou give a strict account of all our thoughts, and didst by thy, own power (John ii. 19) rise from words, and actions ; that the books will then be the dead the third day : all love, all glory opened ; that out of those dreadful registers we be to thee.
shall be judged (Rom. xiv. 10; Matt. xii. 36 ; Glory be to thee, who didst lie so long in the Rev. xx. 12); that Satan and our own congrave to undergo the full condition of the dead, sciences will be our accusers. Olet the last and to convince all the world that thou wast trump be ever sounding in my ears, that I may dead ; and didst rise so soon that thou mightest ever be mindful of my great account (Eccles. xii
. not see corruption (Acts ii. 31), or retard our joy 13, 14), and that I may neither speak, nor do, (John xvi. 22): all love, all glory be to thee. nor think anything that may wound my own “E ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.”
conscience, or provoke thy anger, or make I believe, O victorious Love, that thon, after ' me tremble at the awful day. thy conquest over death and hell, didst ascend I know, O thou adorable Judge, that love only
proceeding from faith in thee (Matt. xxv. 34-40) given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.” In this shall then endure that terrible test, that this love earnest of the Spirit,” of which they were the oply shall be owned by thee, that this love only subjects, was that assurance which they possessed shall be eternally blest; and therefore I will ever of their sonship into the divine family, attested to praise and love thee.
them, as well by the direct witness of the Spirit Glory be to thee, O thou beloved Son of God, to their hearts, as by the fruits of righteousness to whom the Father has committed all judgment which they brought forth, together with the hope(John v. 22).
that hope of a realized gospel-full of immortality How can they that love thee, O Jesu, ever and future glory, which a sense of their sonship despond, though their love in this life is always imparted unto them. imperfect, when at last they shall have love for And let no one dare to say, that this is not to their judge, love that hath felt and will compas- be experienced by the children of God. The sionate all their infirmities ? and therefore all love, apostle, by, the words which he makes use of, all glory be to thee.
evidently shows that the Thessalonians abounded o may I so know that God is love, and that in it; that they were full of it, yea, that they be that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and possessed much of it. He does not use language God in him; that love with me may be perfected, which implies doubt, or equivocation, but speaks so that I may have boldness in the day of judg- directly and positively. And, if we look carefully ment (1 John iv. 16, 17).
into the scriptures, we shall find that real religion true piety-a justified state with God, is a state of happiness, yea, of real enjoyment. And how
remarkably does this appear in St. Paul's prayer THE COMING OF THE GOSPEL IN THE for the Ephesians: “For this cause I bow my HOLY GHOST*.
knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is THERE is, then, a deep and important meaning in named, that he would grant you, according to the the expression of the gospel's coming to a person riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might in the Holy Ghost. If a person would possess by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may heaven at last, he must be sanctified and made dwell in your hearts by faith ; that ye, being meet for it on earth. The Holy Spirit must re- rooted and grounded in love, may be able to com, new bis mind, spiritualize his affections, hallow prehend with all saints what is the breadth and the faculties of his soul, and conform the whole length and depth and height: and to know the man to the image of God-bring every thought love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye of bis heart into subjection to the will of Christ. might be filled with all the fulness of God.” This work—this absolutely-necessary work to any who, after reading such a passage as this, with one who would inherit eternal life--if not per- the attention it deserves, can say that religion is fected with the Thessalonians, was being carried a dry, barren, unenjoyable thing? that it does not on in them: they were growing in grace, rising impart to its subject a conscious present blessedday by day unto perfect men, unto the measure pess, yea, a foretaste of heaven upon earth? No of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
one, surely, will say it, but he who wishes it to But, while the gospel came to the Thessalonians consist in mere opinion. But in mere opinion it in power, and in the Holy Ghost, it also came does not consist. It enters into the feelings and to them“ in much assurance," or, as it may be affections of a man. It lays hold of the mind, more literally rendered, “in full assurance and where it is possessed, and embues that mind with much of it." And this blessed assurance to them the peace of God which passeth all understanding. was the legitimate consequence of the gospel's “ The kingdom of heaven is not meat and drink, coming to them in power, and in the Holy Ghost. but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Having been brought into a state of justification Ghost.” Such the Thessalonians experienced it to with God, and the work of sanctification being be. And what was the result of such a reception carried on in them, they had a fuil, conscious of the gospel with them? A holy activity in the sense of their acceptance with God-that they things of God. “We give thanks to God always were passed from death unto life, the Spirit bear for you all,” says St. Paul, “ making mention of ing witness with their spirit that they were the you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing children of God, having also a hope imparted unto your work of faith, and labour of love, and pathem of eternal life-a hope of the enjoyment of tience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the the glory of God; for, being children (through sight of God and our Father (knowing, brethren being justified by faith), they became heirs—heirs beloved, your election of God); for our gospel of God, and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ--heirs came not unto you in word only, but also in to an " inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurthat fadeth not away.” They possessed that of ance. Thus, you see, receiving the gospel in the which the apostle speaks, where he says: “ Now way we have spoken of, their faith worked, their he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and love laboured, and their hope led to patience and bath anointed us, is God: who hath also sealed perseverance. Their religion was of an operative us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our kind: it consisted not in mere barren, uninfluenhearts.” And again : “Now he, that hath wrought tial, opinion. And the apostle, in an after verse us for the self-same thing is God, who also hath of the chapter, points out something of their work
of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope. From “ Scriptural Teaching; or a Pastor's Offering to kis People ;” by the rev. W. Blackley, B.A., domestic chaplain
“ They became,” he says, “ followers of the aposto viseount Hill. London: Hatchards. 1847. A volume tles, and of the Lord;" believed the doctrines which we think likely to be useful.--ED.
which they preached, pursued the course which
they exhorted them to, and took up their cross, from the wrath to come.” Much more is implied and followed Christ through evil and through good in this waiting for God's Son from heaven than report. Here was the work of faith in full and we can now enter into. It includes a resigned delightful operation. They counted all things submission to the trials which came upon them hut loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of 1 for their Master's sake, a perseverance in wellChrist Jesus the Lord. They sought to know doing, a looking in faith for continued strength Christ, and the power of his resurrection, giving from on high, a watchfulness of preparation for diligence to make their calling and election sure. the death-summons from the Lord, a looking for And, while their faith worked, their love laboured; the future state of glory to recompense them for laboured for the glory of God, and the advance all their trials and labours and sufferings and ment of the Redeemer's kingdom, endeavouring, worldly sacrifices. All this, and much more, is as far as in them lay, to bring others to an ac- included in their waiting for God's Son from quaintance with Jesus, whom, “though not heaven. They did not expect their all of happihaving seen, they yet loved.”
" From them, ness and enjoyment now: they walked by faith, says the apostle, “sounded out the word of the and not by sight. Lord, both in Macedonia and Achaia ; and in Happy Thessalonians! We may say of them every place their faith to God-ward was spread as the psalmist said of Israel: “Blessed are the abroad.”. Here you see that their love to God people that are in such a case; yen, happy are the produced love to their neighbour. In their people whose God is the Lord." travels into other districts than their own they I trust, my brethren, as we have been proceedsought to spread the savour of the knowledge of ing, you have been applying the subject to yourChrist, desiring others to enjoy the blessedness selves; comparing your own state with that of of the religion of the Saviour with themselves. the Thessalonians, and viewing too the high state “When thou art converted,” said our Lord to of enjoyment to which it is the privilege of the Peter, “strengthen thy brethren." On this prin- Christian believer to attain. I trust the gospel ciple the Thessalonians acted. And mark you, has come to, at least, some of you, in the way it was in their character as private Christians in that it did to the Thessalonians; and that you, which they sounded out the word of the Lord in like them, are repeating, day by day, your acts of Macedenia and Achaia. A sufficient proof and faith and labours of love, and proceeding forward, example that the private Christian is to do good in your way to heaven, in the patience of hope. and extend a knowledge of the Redeemer's king- If, however, it is not so, let me exhort and beseech dom, according to his opportunity and ability, as you to give attention to these things, that it may well as the ministers of the Lord Jesus ; and, at be so- to seek to realize the gospel's being made once too, a condemnation of those who forbid the power of God unto your salvation through private Christians visiting the sick and the afflicted, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ with your heart and instructing and praying with them. There unto righteousness. Seek to know him, and the is no one order in the church of Christ that has power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of the exclusive monopoly or privilege of attempting his sufferings, being made conformable to his to do good. So far from it, I unhesitatingly say death. So shall you be renewed in the spirit of that he who knows the truth, and does not at your minds, and prove what is that good and tempt to make known that knowledge which he acceptable and perfect will of God. possesses, may expect to be beaten with many May it be so with each of you for the Redeemstripes. The Christian's duty, in this respect, is er's sake! pointed out by St. Paul in these words: “ Among whom ye shine,” or rather, "Among whom shine ye as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life. Such did the Thessalonians: they held
THE LORD'S PRAYER, AS IT RESPECTS forth the word of life-sounded out the word of
OUR DUTY TOWARDS GOD: God through Macedonia and Achaia. O that all would do the same! And, blessed be God, many
A Sermon, are doing it. And, where they cannot go forth themselves, they are sending others, as it were in BY THE Rev. JOHN HALL, B.D., their stead, to unfurl the banner of the cross, and to bring men to the obedience of the faith. And Honorary Canon of the Cathedral, and Rector of St: largely are many contributing of their abundance,
Wer rgh, Bristol. pouring into the treasury of the Lord of their ability, that the word of the Lord may be sounded
LUKE xi. 2. forth where the name of Christ has not been
" And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our known; thus making to themselves friends of
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. the mammon of unrighteousness, that, when they
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heafail, they may receive them into everlasting habita
ven, so in earth." tions.
But the apostle not only speaks of the work of The Lord's prayer, like the decalogue, confaith, and labour of love, of the Thessalonians, sists of two parts ; the first part relating to but of their patience of hope. “They themselves show us,” he says, “ what manner of entering in
God, and the second to man. Our duty we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from towards God is our first deaty as the creaidols to serve the living and true God, and to tures of God; and the correspondence which wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised subsists between the first four commandments, from the dead, even Jesas, which delivered us which describe our duty towards God, and
the first part of the Lord's prayer, in which of iniqnity, and who die in their sins, he we are taught what we are to ask of him with will be found to be the Avenger of sin. regard to himself, is very remarkable. The But to the children of men who are living decalogue is the rule or directory of our con- in this world, he makes himself known as the duct, both with regard to God our Creator Father of mercies and the God of all grace, and to our fellow-creatures. The Lord's through Jesus Christ his beloved Son, our prayer also teaches us our duty towards Redeemer and Mediator. It is therefore God; the manner in which we are to regard declared by the apostle (1 John i. 1, 2): him, the reverence which we owe to him, the “ If any man sin, or bè convinced in his dominion which belongs to him, and the own conscience that he is a sinner, and conobedience which is due, and ought to be fesses his sins with humility and penitence, and paid to him. It points out, likewise, our with faith in “ the blood of Jesus Christ the dependence upon him, and what we most need Son of God, which “cleanseth from all from him, because of being fallen creatures. sin" in the sight of God, “we” sinners“ have The directions given in these two summaries an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ of the will of God respecting man are so few the righteous; and he is the propitiation for and so simple, that those who disregard them our sins, for the sins of the whole world;"' cannot but be inexcusable before God. But, so that whosoever will may come and partake notwithstanding this is the case, it is found, of the benefit of his atonement, and find in alas! that they are generally neglected by and through him pardon and peace with mankind; that “God is not in all the God, may be justified or accounted righteous thoughts” of the multitude of those who are before God, and so be admitted into bis most bound to him by every tie of gratitude for holy presence through Christ, to “ have the blessings which they have received, and access by” the “Spirit unto the Father" (1 of interest with respect to their own comfort Eph. ii. 18). When therefore it is declared and happiness, to render the most implicit (Gal
. iv. 4, 5) that, “when the fulness of obedience to his holy will and command- the time was come, God sent forth his Son, ments.
made of a woman,
made under the law, to The text is the first part of the Lord's redeem them that were under the law, that prayer, in which we are taught to ask for we might receive the adoption of sons,” it is those benefits to be conferred upon mankind added (verse 6), “Because ye are sons, which are for the glory of God. The manner God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son in which we are to regard our Creator is the into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father ;" first thing brought before us: When we so that through Christ, we can call upon pray, we are to say, 6 Our Father which God as our Father," who is reconciled art in heaven.” We are to call
to us and at peace with us through his 'our Father;" which shows that we are to beloved Son. And of the privileges concome before him as his children, acknow- ferred upon us through Christ it is said : ledging his rightful authority over us, as our “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but Parent, and cur dependence upon him, and a son ; and, if a son, then an heir of God looking for the exercise of his pity and com- through Christ” (Gal. v. 7); one who is passion. A little child feels its dependence restored to all the privileges that had been upon its parents for all its supplies, and for lost by the transgression of the holy, just, protection from every thing hurtful. It cries and good law of God. But that which for the supply of its wants, and it is sensible is now to be observed is, that through of the goodness which relieves its necessities. Jesus Christ our Saviour we are permitted It is pleased when its wants are supplied, to draw nigh to God as “our Father," and learns, as its mind opens, to submit to and to believe that he “will receive” us, the authority of its parent—to do as it is bid. 66 and will be a Father unto" us, and If it feels itself to be in any danger, it runs we shall be acknowledged as the “sons and to its parent for protection, and has no doubt daughters of the Lord Almighty'' (1 Cor. vi. in that case of its safety. This is what we 18); so that, we shall find that, " like as a should think of Almighty God when we father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth address him as our Father.” But sin has them that tear him” (Ps. ciii. 13). caused us to overlook this character of Al- While we address the Lord God as mighty God. We have thrown off the yoke Father," with submission and affection, we of subjection to his authority, and are there- are to consider him as being “in heaven;" fore afraid of him. We are disposed to re-which denotes that “his kingdom ruleth gard him as the Avenger of sin, rather than over all” (Ps. ciii. 19). We call the firmaas the Father of mercies. To those, indeed, ment or expanse which surrounds our globe who continue in sin, who live in the practice by the name of “heaven.” The sun shines
in the heavens, and diffuses its light over the make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. whole hemisphere of our globe; but the If I take the wings of the morning, and heaven in which God is said to dwell is far dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even beyond the starry sky. Solomon addressed there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right him: “Behold, the heaven and heaven of hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the heavens cannot contain thee” (1 Kings viji. darkness shall cover me, even the night shall 27). In reference to this he asks, “ Am I a be light about me. Yea, the darkness bideth God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God not from thee; but the night shineth as the afar off? Can any hide himself in secret day: the darkness and the light are both places that I shall not see him? saith the alike to thee” (Ps. cxxxix. 7-12). And furLord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? ther, as being « in beaven,” his glory filleth saith the Lord” (Jer. xxiii. 23). As the psal- the heavens: “ The heavens declare the mist observes: The Lord is in his holy glory of God, and the firmament showeth temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven. His his handy-work.” We cannot bave too exeyes behold, his eyelids try the children of alted ideas of his majesty and glory, who is men” (Ps. xi. 4). And again : “ The Lord the great King of heaven and earth." Yet he looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the condescends to make himself known to us as sons of men. From the place of his sanc- “ our Father," and permits us to call upon tuary he looketh upon all the inhabitants of him as such, that we may seek and partake the earth. He considereth all their works" of his fathely blessing and protection. (Ps. xxxiii. 13). As there is nothing hid The first petition which our Saviour directs from the light and heat of the sun in conse- his disciples to present before their “Father," quence of its being in the heavens, so “ all who is in heaven" is, “ Hallowed be thy things" upon the earth “are naked and opened name.” This shows us the reverence and unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” humility which should ever possess our (Heb. iv. 13); who says, “The heaven is my minds with regard to him whom we worshipthrone, and the earth is my footstool” (Isa. His name is not to be made use of in a light, Ixvi. 1).
trifling, or careless inanner. It is to be held But since it is also declared respect in the highest estimation, as most sacred. ing him, “Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the How great and glorious is he who “ hath beavens” (Ps. xxxvi. 5); and, “ As high as prepared his throne in the heavens!” (Ps. the heaven is above the earth, so great is his ciii. 19). How mean and insignificant are mercy toward them that fear him," we may we, his creatures, in comparison with him! understand, by bis being " in heaven," that That it is a matter of great importance that while he is out of our sight he is still within the children of men should hallow the name hearing. He is looking upon all mankind of the Lord God," the Father of heaven," from heaven, looking upon all their actions, appears from its being said in the third coinlooking into all their hearts, hearing every mandment, “ Thou shalt not take the name word they speak, and knowing every thought of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord that passes through their minds. Thus “He will not hold him guiltless that taketh his looketh down from the height of his sanc- name in vain." Yet what numbers of pertuary; from the heaven doth the Lord be- sons are there, who make light of this holy hold the earth.” His being “ in heaven,” commandment, and make use of the name of then, denotes his superintendence over all the Most High God in the most profane things, and his knowledge of all events. manner, notwithstanding the awful declaraThere is nothing hid from his all-seeing eye, tion that he will not hold” them "guiltless ! there is nothing that passes in the world of Thoughtless men may excuse themselves as which he is ignorant or not cognizant. The they please for their contempt of their Creator: psalmist says: “O Lord, thou hast searched but they will find that his commands are not me, and known me. Thou knowest my to be disregarded with impunity. downsitting and mine uprising, thou under- But, if we consider his name as denoting standest my thought afar off. Thou com- all the gracious attributes by which he made passest my path and my lying down, and art himself known when he proclaimed his name acquainted with all my ways. For there is to his servant Moses : “ The Lord, the Lord not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, God, merciful and gracions, long suffering, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping me behind and before, and laid thine hand mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and npon me” (Ps. cxxxix. 1-5). And be asks: transgression and sin” (Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7), "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or and not utterly cutting off the transgreswliither shall I fee from thy presence? If sors of his holy law, we are required to I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I hallow his name by seeking to partake