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the assistance of grace we become capable of running like them. Let us not imagine that we honour the Deity by making a certain sort of absurd complaints concerning our weakness ; let us not ascribe to him what proceeds solely from our corruption : it is incompatible with his perfections to expose a frail creature to the force of temptation, and exhort him to conquer it without affording the aid requisite to obtain the victory. Be not discouraged, Christian champion, at the inequality God has made in the proportion of aids afforded to thein, and to thee; be not discouraged on seeing thyself led by the plain paths of nature, while nature was inverted for them; while they walked in the depth of the sea ; while they threw down the walls of Jericho by the sound of rams-horns, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of the fire, escaped the edge of the sword, waxing valiant in fight, and turning to flight the armies of the aliens. We mighi perform all those prodigies, and not obtain salvation. Yes, we might put to flight the armies of the aliens, display invincible valour in the warfare, escape the edge of the sword, quench the violence of the fire, stop the mouths of lions, overturn walls, force a passage through the sea, and yet be numbered with those to whom Christ will


I know you not. And dost thou fear, Christian combatant, dost thou fear to attain salvation without those miraculous aids? The requisite assistance for thy salvation is promised. The fountain is open to the whole house of David. Zech. xiii. 1. Seek and ye shall find ; ask, and you shall receive ; knock, and it shall be opened. If you, being cvil, know how to give



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good things unto your children, how much more shali your Father which is in heaven, give his Holy Spirit to them lhat ask him ? If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not.

O! if we knew the value of wisdom! If we knew what miracles of virtue can we wrought by a soul actuated by the Holy Spirit! If we knew how to avail ourselves of this promise! Let us, my dear brethren, avail ourselves of it. Let us ask of God those aids, not to flatter our indolence and vice, but to strengthen us in all our conflicts. Let us say, Lord, teach my hands to war, and my fingers to fight, Ps. cxliv. Seeing so many enemies combine to detach us from his favour, let us thus invite him to our aide Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, let them also that hate him, flee before him. Let us pour into his bosom all those anxieties, which enfeeble the mind. Then he will reply, My grace is sufficient for thee, my strength shall be made perfect in thy weakness. Then shall all the enemies of our salvation fly, and be confounded before us. Then shall all the difficulties, which discourage us by the way, disappear. Then shall we exclaim in the midst of conflicts, Blessed be God, who always eauseth us to triumph in Christ. Amen. To him be honour and glory for ever.. Amen.


On the Example of the Saints.

HEBREWS xii. 1.

Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so

great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us ; and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.


WE proceed this day, my brethren, to shew you the way which leads to the end proposed in our two precding discourses. The words we have now read for the third time, place three things before your view,--distinguished duties,-excellent models, and wise precautions. The distinguished duties are illustrated in the perseverance we pressed in our first discourse. The excellent models are the saints of the highest order, and in particular the cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded. Of these, St. Paul has made an enumeration and eulogium in the chapter preceding that, from which our text is read; and whose virtues we have traced in our last dis

But, by what means may we attain an end so noble ? By what means may we discharge duties




so distinguished, and form ourselves on models so excellent ? This shall be the inquiry in our present discourse. It is by laying aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us.Wherefore, sceing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of wilnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Enter, my brethren, on the consideration of this subject with that sacred diffidence, with which frail creatures should be affected on contemplating the difficulties with which our course is strewed; but enter with all the magnanimity with which an idea of the powerful and promised aids should inspire the mind of a Christian. Be impressed with this thought, and we conjure you to keep it constantly in view during this discourse : that there is no way of running the race like those illustrious characters adduced as models, bui by endeavouring to equal them in holiness; and that there is no way of equalling them in holiness, but by adopting the precautions of which they availed themselves to attain perfection. Happy those of you, my brethren, infinitely more bappy than the tongue of mortals can express, happy those whom this consideration shall save from that wretched state of indolence into which the greatest part of men are plunged, and whom it shall excite to that vigilance and energy of life, which is the great design of Christianity, and the grand characteristic of a Christian! Amen.

We shall now illustrate the expressions in our text by a few reinarks.

The first is, that they are figurative. St. Paul represents our Christian vocation by the idea of those races, so ancient and celebrated among the heathen : and, pursuing the same thought, he represents the precautions used by athletics to obtain the prize, as those which we must use in order to be crowned. The weights of flowing robes, such as were once, and such as are still worn by oriental nations, would very much encumber those who ran in the course. Just so, inordinate cares, I would say, cares concern

, ing temporal things, and criminal purposes, exceedingly encumber those who enter on the course of salvation. I not only allude to criminal purposes, (for who can be so ignorant of religion as to deny it) but also to excessive cares. St. Paul, in my opinion had this double view. He requires us not only to lay sin aside, but every weight; that is, all those secular affairs unconnected with our profession. In St. Paul's view, these affairs are to the Christian what the flowing robes would have been to the athletics of whom we spake. How instructive is this idea! How admirably calculated, if seriously considered, to rectify our notions of morality! I do not wish to make the Christian to become an anchoret. I do not wish to degrade those useful men, whom God seems to have formed to be the soul of society; and of whom we may say in the political world, as St. Paul has said in the ecclesiastical, I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians, Rom. i. 14. Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches, 2 Cor. xi. 28.

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