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have followed him with the eye of faith, from the field of Gethsemane to the hill of Calvary and the sepulchre in the garden: if you

have seen him rise from the tomb, and after a brief sojourn amongst his now comforted disciples, ascend up to the mansions of eternal glory, which he had for our sakes forsaken; do not, I beseech

you,

leave this beginning of godliness unfinished. On this day, my brethren, so fitted, so congenial to such a service, bow down before the great and eternal God, and beseech him, that on your heads also as well as on those of the apostles, his Holy Spirit may descend, to bless your ways in righteousness, and guide your feet into the paths of

peace.

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SERMON XV.

1 CORINTHIANS vi, 19, 20.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the

Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own ? For

ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's.

The season just passed* has naturally led as to frequent reflection upon those mercies of redemption, which it was designed especially to bring forward to our notice. We have followed the Saviour with the footsteps of faith, through the last scenes of bis earthly sufferings; we have seen him bound and derided, scourged and crucified. We beheld him rising on the third day from the dead, and triumphing alike over the malice of his accusers, and the power of the grave.

We have considered too the spiritual gifts which this astonishing work of Almighty

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love has bestowed upon us.

We have seen that Jesus bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that he died to pay the penalty which God's justice demanded for the transgressions of a guilty world. We have contemplated likewise, the unspeakable blessings that followed his rising again. We have been led by the voice of revelation, to consider that glorious event, not merely as a display of Almighty power, or even as a bare figure, by which we were assured of the certainty of a future resurrection; but as the signal of a mighty victory obtained over the devil, and his attendant ministers, sin and death, by which our faith is confirmed and supported, and our confidence in the propitiation made for our transgressions, is established. We have seen the full force of the apostle's declaration, that“ if Christ be not raised, our faith is vain, we are yet in our sins;" and we have, I trust, in consequence, blessed God for having given us the knowledge that Jesus is indeed risen and become the first fruits of them that slept."

So far, my brethren, I trust we have done well. But another important question yet remains to be considered. What has been the result of our meditations to ourselves? Have they tended to spiritualize our hearts, to make us think more frequently and more deeply upon heavenly things; to draw our affections away from this

world and all its unsubstantial advantages, and fix them upon that better country whose joys are pure and eternal? Has the knowledge of the truth made us more holy? Has it inspired as with the anxious desire to approve ourselves before God in all things ? Has it filled us with the conviction, that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost, and given as at the saine time, a reverential fear, lest we should, by our own evil deeds, pollute the dwelling of this sacred guest. It may be perhaps, that a few words of exhortation on this important point, will bring before you the inseparable connection between faith and obedience, will lead you to pray, that you may not be of the number of those who hear but do not.

In the fulfilment of this purpose, the words of the apostle, as quoted in my text, seemed peculiarly calculated to enforce the admonitions which I would this day press upon your hearts: because he makes his exhortations to holiness, rest upon the knowledge of those very mercies, which, at this solemn period, have been so prominently brought before us. The whole of the sixth chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians, contains powerful incentives to purity, and fearful judgments against sin. St. Paul warns the Corinthians from a participation in those iniquities, with which the men of their own city were so deeply defiled, and in which they themselves, in their unconverted state, had probably partaken. And he exhorts them to preserve their chastity of spirit, because they are not their own, but are bought with a price.

Let us consider, with God's blessing, more particularly, the nature of that holiness which the apostle enjoins, and the motives by which he enforces it upon us.

The whole scope and design of the gospel, is to make known to man the way of salvation, to point out the path of mercy, and to show by what means he may be reconciled to God. A change must necessarily be wrought in his own soul, by the introduction of views so spiritual and so holy. The heart must, indeed, be prepared by the Holy Spirit, for the reception of these sacred truths, or they would be poured upon it in vain. In its natural state, it would be unable to understand and appreciate those precious gifts of God, which the merits of our Redeemer have purchased for all his seryants. The necessary consequences of the indwelling of this gracious Comforter, are faith followed by purity of life. Faith comes first, faith in the atonement of Christ filling our souls with gratitude and love to him: and accompanied by the humble but ardent desire to obey his will in all things. This necessary connection between faith and obedience cannot be broken,

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