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to the Saviour of a lost world, for with Him there is mercy, and through Him there is plenteous redemption. Be in earnest for a new heart, be important for a penitent spirit, be intent upon the one thing needful. Whatever business you have in hand let the grand concerns of the never dying soul occupy the chief of your thoughts from day to day; for the time may come, when like Esau, you may find no place for repentance though you seek it carefully with tears.

Now to God the Father, &c.

SERMON VIII,

2 COR. CHAP. 9, VERSE 15.

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

ST. Paul the author of this epistle was a remarkable subject of Divine Grace; from a furious opposer of christianity, he became a zealous advocate. Once a violent persecutor of the disciples of Christ, afterwards a preacher of that faith which he had laboured to destroy. Such a surprising change was wrought in him by the efficacious power of the Saviour, that the lion was turned into a lamb; and the same effects are still produced by the same means. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to day, and for ever. In discoursing from these words I shall treat of the Gift of God. And second, of the duty of man. The Gifts of God are innumerable; the bounties of Providence are diversified; the favours of heaven are manifold, and their being common and daily renewed to us, instead of less

ening, should increase gratitude. The greatest blessing pertaining to this life, is health, for without it what are all earthly comforts? deprived of this gift what are all terestrial enjoyments? are they not tastless and insipid? yielding no satisfaction; affording no happiness, imparting no real pleasure: but how necessary is food for the continuance of health? for the preservation of life? another of the gifts of our bountiful Creator. We are so formed that without the daily supplies of the meat which perisheth, and constant recruits from above, the strongest bodies would soon return to their native dust. Raiment is another gift descending from the Father of lights. The Lord God it is said after the fall of our first parents took coats of skin and cloathed them to screen them from the inclemency of the weather, for before sin entered the world there was no inclement seasons, no storms and tempest, no winds and noxious vapours, no fogs or pestilential damps, but all was calm and serene, the air was pure and wholsome, nature still and quiet, and emblem of the mind of innocent Adam, untainted with sin. The faculty of speech is another precious gift of God, by which we are distinguished from the beast that perish, and whereby we communicate our thoughts to each other; and express our various wants and necessities; so is the exercise of reason, by which we are en

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abled to calculate upon the expediency of things, to ruminate upon the fitness and propriety of matters, to compare causes and effects, to discern the shadow from the substance, to distinguish between imaginary and real good, or evil; but how frequently are these gifts abused, how often are they perverted? For instance how many sacrifice their health for the sake of gain, labouring incessantly for the bread that perisheth, while they neglect that which endureth to everlasting life others destroy it for the pleasures of sin, for the gratifications of a moment, for carnal mirth, and profane amusements; again, that food which is sent by our munificent Creator for the support of animal life, is frequently made the occasion of destroying that life, for want of moderation in the use of it; it is too often taken to pamper the body and feed lust. Clothing likewise, is made to foster pride, and cherish ambition: to command admiration, and inflame the passions. The gift of speech again, O! how often is this exercised in calumny and slander, in falsehood and blasphemy, in debauchery and profaneness; and is not the faculty of reason abused and turned into a wrong channel by thousands. Many in this enlightened country deny the existence of a God, and endeavour to disprove the truth of revelation; others who admit the authenticity of some parts of holy writ, labour

by augument and the strength of their boasted reason to refute other parts, but their auguments in the end will be found vain and inconclusive. But to come to the point, the Unspeakable gift mentioned in the text can be no other than God's dear Son: hence the Saviour saith to the Samarita woman, "if thou knewest the Gift of God, (meaning himself,) and who is it that saith to thee give me to drink, thou wonldst have asked of Him and He would have given thee living water". "God (saith the apostle) so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have eternal life." He spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all. mistery of Godliness which the angels desire to look into; God manifest in the flesh, Jesus Christ becoming incarnate, the assumption of the human and Divine nature in one person The gifts which I have enumerated are great, and wholly undeserving on our part, but this swallows up all: indeed this includes every other; this is the source of all the rest: this is the fountain from whence every earthly comfort flows. He that has given the greater gift, will surely not withhold the less. This Gift is unspeakable in its origin; St. John is at a loss for words to express the greatness of God's love, he only says "God so loved the world", but he

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