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rich man in torment-If ye believe not Moses and the prophets, neither will ye be persuaded if one rose from the dead. There may be others that will not question the truth of divine revelation, and yet find fault with God's method of saving sinners. They do not like to be so entirely dependant upon God's grace and mercy, as this revelation assures them they must be, in order to be essentially benefited by it. The idea of being saved through the merits of another, is to them so humiliating, so degrading to their nature, so disgusting to their feelings, that their minds revolt at the doctrine of the atonement of the Son of God. My brethren, this springs from pride, this arises from self-sufficiency, this proceeds from ignorance of your state; if you were acquainted with your own hearts, if you were sensible of your guilt, if you were apprised of your danger, you would be thankful that a Saviour is provided, that a Salvation is afforded you, that mercy may be obtained upon such easy, reasonable terms.

I pray God that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that your hearts may be softened, that your wills may be subdued, and your souls savingly converted. Then you will welcome the joyful sound of the gospel, then you will embrace the glad tidings of salvation, then you will glory in the cross of Christ,

and account all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord, and be disposed to ascribe glory, and honour, might, majesty, and power, to him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever.

Now to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; be ascribed all honour and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.

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SERMON XII.

JOSHUA, CHAP. 24, VERSE 15.

Choose you this day, whom ye will serve.

IN this chapter Joshua assembles the tribes of Israel, and rehearses the goodness of God to them, the great things he has done for them as a nation, and endeavours to impress their minds with a view of the divine mercies, and then exhorts them to repentance, assuring them of his determination to serve the living and true God, in opposition to the idolatrous nations

around.

In discoursing from the words of the text, we may observe, that all mankind are servants to some master. However dignified some mortals are in the creation of God, however elevated in the scale of being, however exalted in the rank of society, yet they are servants either to the true God, or to the father of lies; they are promoting the interests of the great and righteous governor of the universe, or they are advancing those of a tyrant and usurper. Now which is

the most honourable service? To form a right judgment upon this subject I shall endeavour to state briefly, the service of both masters.

To begin then, with the service of God. How shall I express the dignity attached to the faithful servants of the Most High? How shall 1 describe the honour connected with such a servitude? How shall I delineate their privilege their happiness, their character, their condition, their prospects? Ah, my brethren! time would fail me, language would fail me, strength would fail me to do justice to this part of my subject, I can only give an outline, I can only present you with a sketch. What are angels themselves, those first born sons of light, those pure and holy beings, but the servants of God? What did one of their order say to St. John in the Revelations, when the apostle fell at his feet and was about to worship him—see (said the heavenly visitant) thou do it not, for I am thy fellow servant; worship God:-and the apostle in the 1st of Hebrews, informs us, that they are all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who shall inherit salvation. The psalmist speaks of them as the ministers of God, those servants of his who do his pleasure, hearkening to the voice of his word:Every real Christian, therefore, is serving the same master as the blessed angels, and though the nature of their respective employ

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ments are widely different, yet they both have the same end in view, viz. the glory of God and the benefiting the condition of their fellowcreatures. How ennobling then is the nature of God's service? Our church calls it perfect freedom. Every creature, in proportion as he serves his Creator, is free from the dominion of sin, from the galling yoke of satan, from the bondage of corruption, from headstrong passions and vile affections, from depraved appetites and base lusts, from ungovernable tempers and criminal indulgencies; the servants of the heavenly King enjoy peace of mind, they possess composure of spirit, they experience quietness of conscience, tranquillity within, when living agreeable to their privileges, which nothing without can destroy. What, not pain? No! Not sickness? No! Not poverty? No! Not reproach, slander, or persecution? No! Nor yet death? No! Hear what St. Paul says in the 8th of Romans, and he affirms it in the most confidential manner, speaking of himself and the whole fraternity of Christians-Iam persuaded (says he) that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be enabled to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Again, they have access to a throne of grace, they have the privilege of drawing nigh to God. In all

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