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trived, age, and even prayed for gold. Has he brought his coffers with him, to pay a ransom for a life mis-spent? Place his hoarded heaps beside him; tell him of the fair and wide domains which once owned him as their master; and bid him seek comfort, if he can, in the contemplation of his wealth. Think you he will find it? Think you that tbe richest gifts of mammon, can buy one drop of water to cool the sinner's tongue? And the Sceptic too, the miserable unbeliever-where is his boasting now? He who once derided the revelations of his God; who dared to pride limself upon his own superior wisdom, and to mock the Redeemer even upon his cross of mercy; how will bis impious railings, his fine-spun subtleties; support his spirit, when that Redeemer comes a second time to judge the world. His idiot theories might be praised and followed here; his wayward fancies might find disciples amongst the erring children of mortality; and the incense of their praise might shed a false fragrance around the path of his earthly wanderings, and fall even upon the silence of his grave. But who will applaud him inthe day of judgment? Who in this hour of his last and longest need, will stand hy his side who has denied and despised the great God of heaven and earth?

It is in truth, my brethren, an awful and an important consideration, to reflect that they on

whom the world is wont to look with esteem and envy, may be thus destitute, thus feeble and helpless, in the day when the master comes to reckon with his servants. If wealth, if pleasure, if all those thousand ends and objects, for which we toil so hardly and so anxiously, can give no confidence, can bestow no comfort; the trembling spirit may inquire, what can? If neither the rich, nor the proud, nor the noble, nor the mighty, can in virtue of these qualifications stand upright in the presence of the eternal judge, you may seek perhaps to know, what are those endowments which can give boldness in this day of judgment? Who are they, it may be asked, who will abide in hope, when so many of the most exalted of the earth, are put to shame and confusion? What course of living, what discipline of the soul, must be practised in our mortal sojourning, that we may stand unhurt in this final consummation of all things i The words of our text will, if taken in connection with the passage to which they belong, give a full and satisfactory answer to the enquiry. “Herein” says St. John, “is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment." You see how he directs the thoughts and energies of Christians towards this prize of their high calling, a life of happiness to come. He tells them, that their love to God and his eternal and ever blessed Son, is imperfect, is not real nor effectual, unless it bind them so closely to his service, unless it make them so entirely his own, that they are, by bis grace, enabled so to prepare themselves, that whenever he comes, whether at midnight, at cock-crowing, or in the morning, they may meet him with joy, having their lamps trimmed and their lights burning. It is then the penitent and zealous Christian, who will have boldness before his Maker's throne. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ which can alone fill the soul with humble and pious confidence, when all the glories and gifts of earth decay and disappear. The holy band of martyrs who died despised and scorned, will reign triumphant there, in the presence of that Saviour for whose name their blood was shed. And every Christian soldier, however humble the rank he holds, however neglected and unvalued here, will in that marriage supper of the great Captain of his salvation, be crowned with a wreath of glory that will never fade.

My brethren, do ye ever turn your thoughts from the vanities which are passing around you, to the contemplation of this future scene of the judgment of the Almighty? Do you consider it as a day, which will be the beginning of an eternal existence either of happiness or sorrow? Do you regard it, not only as deciding the doom of your

fellow-creatures, but as fixing your own? And do you desire to be endowed at this awful period, with that boldness of which the apostle speaks? The same apostle will tell


you must dwell in love, and then you will dwell in God, and God in


you still farther learn wbat is meant by this love, which is the fruit of the indwelling of divine grace, you will read, that “whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him and he in God.” To confess Christ, is not merely to acknowledge him as the Lord of all; to give a bare acquiescence in his eternity and power. .

True indeed it is, that a belief in his holiness, his unity with the Father, his mediation and atonement, must form of necessity the basis of our faith in bim. For except we are persuaded of these glories and these mercies of the Redeemer; if they are not ever present with us, as a burning and a shining light; our piety must lose its fervour, and our religion its comfort. It is a truth, of which every Christian penitent must be well persuaded, that the consolations which cheer him in his hours of sorrow; the hopes which brighten upon the path of his weary wayfaring; all spring from bis trust in the promised aid of him who bath declared, that he will be with his servants always to the end of the world. But then, the confidence which can thus tranquillize the spirit in its agony; which can thus encourage

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the tired and restless traveller to journey on, in the sure hope of finding a home at last, must be something more than a mere sentiment of the mind; a barren assent to truths, which the devils even are unable to deny. To confess Christ indeed, is to become his chosen servants; to be clothed with his spirit; to walk, as far as our sinful natures will permit, in his footsteps. It is to do all for him and through him. And herein, my brethren, consists the difference between the mere moralist and the Christian. I know well, that it is the favourite theory of many, that every deed of kindness and honesty is an acceptable offering to God, and that he will hereafter reward us for the intrinsic merits of these attempts at obedience. But we must ever bear in mind, that the action itself is not holy; that it is the motive alone by which it can be sanctified. If it be done for Christ's sake, God will accept and bless it; if it be performed without any reference to him, if we seek not the assistance of his Spirit to enable us to obey his will, we may not hope that an offering so impure will find any

favour where he reigns in majesty and

power. The whole tenour of the gospel indeed, is to purify and sanctify the heart. For this end, it admits no external actions as righteous, except they spring from a penitent and contrite spirit. To this inward purity all its precepts and practice

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