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sees the bottom of your hearts, and who cannot be mistaken, now think that you are acting in his name in this matter? Or will he at the last day, when the great inquiry will be made into the motives of men, acquit you of neglecting his honour and glory, of want of love and respect to him, and of ingratitude of heart towards himself, who became poor and despised, that we might become rich and abounding in heavenly blessings?

The great point aimed at in this discourse, is to impress a most important practical doctrine-namely, that over and besides that general and sincere exercise of faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby his true disciples commit themselves to him for eternity, they should most diligently study to cultivate a spirit of habitual dependence on the same Jesus in all their walk; so that, agreeably to the text, whatsoever they do in word or deed, they may do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, with thanksgiving. For example: Have you been injured? Then, as Christ forgave his enemies, and prayed for them, and as ye hope to be forgiven, so do ye. Are you in poverty or affliction? Look to Him, who was despised, and had not where to lay his

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head, and has nevertheless purchased for you real and substantial treasures. Do your steps sometimes halt in your pilgrimage? Be more and more earnest in your application to Him, who gives his Spirit, and by whose union ye become abundantly supplied with every want. Do ye often doubt, and are often discouraged with temptations, difficulties, and perplexities? Apply closely to Him, who was himself tempted, and is the succourer of the tempted. Has your patience been much tried with a variety of evils? Remember what contradiction He endured, and faint not. Are you called on to be liberal to the Heedy? Let His love constrain you.

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Brethren, I cannot conceive a single case of duty in which you may not derive strength and comfort from the Name of Jesus. Do ye fear lest ye should be overpowered by your spiritual enemies, the devil, the world, and the flesh? Only trust" not in bruised reeds. Go in the name of the Lord, as David did against Goliath, and opposition will flee before you. Men may take much fruitless pains (while they depend on pharisaical, self-righteous views and motives) in their endeavours to overcome their besetting

sins: Let your constant prayer be, that you may be guided by the Spirit of Christ into the true practical meaning of the text; and then, when you do whatsoever you do in the name of Jesus Christ, you will infallibly prosper.

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But I leave it with you, as one of the greatest and most important practical considerations of the Christian, that you never can prosper, you never will prosper, so long as you attempt to mix the ways of the world with the ways of true followers of Christ. Be patient with me; for while I live, and can lift up my voice in pleading the Redeemer's cause, ye shall hear this truth from me again and again. The World, the World, is, and always was, the bane of Religion. The two systems do not admit of a compromise; and those who attempt it, grieve the Spirit of God, cramp their spiritual enjoyments, defile the purity of them, injure their own usefulness, and, what is worst of all, they do so at the peril of losing their precious and immortal souls.

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SERMON IV.

HEB. xii. 14.

Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

ON the consideration of these words there arise two important questions: first, What is the scriptural meaning of the term holiness? and, secondly, What are the methods by which holiness is to be attained? Without it, no man, it is declared, shall see the Lord: it cannot be, therefore, but every wise man must be looking after it with all diligence. Yet it is equally plain that the first step of the wise man must be to inquire in what holiness consists.

I should entertain little hope of managing this subject profitably by laying down cold and formal definitions. In practical matters, that method does not succeed: nor do the holy Scriptures

furnish us with any such examples. Nevertheless, the Scriptures fail not, on any occasion, to communicate the instruction they would impress in such a way as not to be mistaken. So in the case before us: From the Sacred Oracles we collect that true holiness consists essentially in a conformity of our nature to the nature and will of God. Not that we find, throughout all the sacred pages, such a precise description of holiness as this; but we collect the thing to be so, from numerous passages where the word holy is used; and not seldom by contrast, where characters or practices opposite to what God enjoins or approves are described by the term unholy. In proving this by quotations, one might produce a large portion of the Bible.

Our great ancestor Adam was created not only with innocent, but with holy dispositions. Solomon says, "I have found that God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions." In the fall of Adam, his posterity became depraved and corrupt: "The good man (says the Prophet Micah) is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men." It has, however, pleased Almighty God, in his

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