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tend. It commands us to keep ourselves unspotted from the world; it teaches us that we are not to expect a recompense in this life; that we may, on the contrary, look for our share in those sorrows and calamities which are strewed so thickly around our steps : and experience has proved, that its most devoted believers have often tasted largely of the cup of affliction. But the happiness which it forbids us to expect on earth, it promises us abundantly in heaven. This is but the scene of the Christian's warfare; it is his field of battle: and though we view him toiling all the day with fortitude and zeal untired, and winning his perilous way through the thickest of the fight; yet his hour of triumph is not seen on earth; for though the victory be won, the night of death falls around him ere the wreath of conquest has been twined about his brows. But when the sun of eternity beams upon bis head; wben the corruptible has put on incorruption, and the mortal has been clothed with immortality: then comes the moment of his rejoicing, the welcome home of God's chosen warrior. When the throne is set in heaven, and the children of this world tremble before its brightness, be alone will bave boldness in that hour of almost universal fear, and bail his Saviour's second coming with songs of gratitude and joy.

Do ye desire, my brethren, this confidence ?


ye wish thus to have boldness in the day of judgment? You can find it only in the faith of a crucified Redeemer, in confessing on earth th name of him, who will be your Judge and King in heaven. And if this be the privilege of his chosen servants ; if they alone may stand in his sight even when he is angry, who would not wish to be one of his household, to become a member of his flock? Serve him then in spirit and in truth; come to him in lowliness and singleness of heart; forsake the world and all its disappointments and vanities, which can give you no comfort in the time of need; and put all your trust in his might and mercy, who in the day of his vengeance

about with songs of deliverance.

will compass you


John xv, 26.

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto

you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.

The last conversations of our Saviour with his disciples, as recorded in the gospel of St. John, are of the most interesting and affecting nature, His repeated declarations of his own approaching death, and of the tribulation and sorrow to which they would be exposed from the malice and cruelty wbich sought to banish his name and gospel from the world, had made a deep and mournful impression upon their hearts. They had been buoyed up till then with the long indulged hope of their nation, that their Messiah was to reign in glory at Jerusalem, and bring back to the towers of Sion the peace and prosperity to which they had so long been strangers. Through the whole course of our Saviour's earthly ministry, this hope had clung to their hearts : if it wavered at times when their Master submitted to the contempt and insults of their countrymen, yet every fresh miracle served but to kindle it anew, and every repeated display of power seemed a prelude to the establishment of an universal dominion. But when the time of his departure was at hand, when he told them that his sojourn with them was but for a little while; that the hour would soon arrive when they would seek him but would not find bim; and that where he was going they could not follow; the spirit of illusory expectation, which had animated them so long, died away, and sorrow and despondency succeeded in its stead. To console them in this hour of distress, he made that gracious promise to which the text alludes. He told them that, although he was about to leave them, yet he would pray the Father, who would give them another Comforter, to abide with them for ever. As an additional source of consolation, be added, that his removal from amongst them, though it might be painful for a time, would yet in the end prove a great and lasting benefit. “It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

It is probable, indeed, that this promise was but ill understood by the afflicted disciples, that it did not then convey much comfort to their

sorrows, that it was in a very short time entirely forgotten. Not that they would, like too many amongst ourselves, reject with contempt the offers of assistance thus mercifully held out to them, but their inexperience of the advantages of such aid, caused them to think but little of its efficacy. It was on the day of Pentecost, the anniversary of which we are now assembled to celebrate, that the mighty effects of the presence of this heavenly guardian were made manifest before them. On this day, we read," they were all with one accord in one place,” meditating probably upon their own dangerous and helpless condition, though doubtless cheered by the recent wonders of the resurrection and ascension of their beloved Master. In the midst of their anxious, and, perhaps, melancholy conferring, “there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and filled all the house were they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” How graciously was the promise of the Saviour fulfilled! He foretold a Comforter, and the first operation of this blessed co-operator in man's salvation, was to enable the disciples to surmount without difficulty, and even without trouble, one of the most formidable

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