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thus to be an object of divine displeasure. If he has

any doubts of the light in wbich God regards his unrepentant and careless servants, let him unfold the blessed revelations of his will, and he will find that such as turn not unto the Lord, with all their heart and with all their soul, are regarded as his enemies, and become, in consequence, the objects of his abhorrence and fiery indignation. He will see that, whilst any unacknowledged sin lurks in his heart, any evil habit is indulged in ; whilst he does not feel the weakness and infirmity of his own nature, and anxiously desire to forsake his errors and withstand the temptations which beset him, he lives as it were in death, and becomes a prey to corruption whilst the pulse is warm and the

grave untenanted. This, then, is the condition of every wanderer from the path of holiness. The profligate and the dissolute of every class and kind, and not they alone, but the careless, the negligent, the self-righteous also, are in this miserable state of blindness and despair. From this fearful sleep, then, from this worse than death, the apostle calls upon you all to awaken. arise, he exhorts you to forsake the sins which bow your

souls to the dust, and to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Will you obey his call? Will you shake off the unholy slumber, which the charms of the tempter

He bids you have thrown around your senses? Will you burst the iron barriers of that living sepulchre of sin, in which your souls are now bound ? Have you the wish, the desire to do so ? Does the dread of God's displeasure sit heavy upon your spirit ? Does the blessing of his favour seem pleasant in your eyes ? But how can you flee from the one, or how will you obtain the other ? Where God reigns, all is holiness, and happiness, and joy; and how, think you, may suppliants so polluted, so desperately wicked, hope for an entrance there? Who will give when you ask? Who will open when you knock? Who will give pardon when you seek for mercy? Jesus the Redeemer: the Lamb that was slain, will unfold the everlasting gates, and upbar the eternal doors. He died once for you; he rose again from the dead; and if you come to him, if you believe in his name, if you ask for forgiveness only in his merits, he will awaken you from sleep, he will raise you from the chambers of the dead. But you must trust in him. He sits in heaven, on the right hand of the Father's glory, to mediate for those who feel their need of a mediator ; to cleanse from their sins those whose hearts are humbled and penitent; to shed the blessing of his Spirit, on all who sincerely desire to be so sanctified and so directed. This is the light which Jesus gives; and thus are they illumined who believe and

hope in him. Will you walk in this light? Or will you wander on still in darkness ? Are your deeds so evil, that ye love the night rather than the day? The road to ruin is, indeed, a downward path, and you may find it readily if you

will. But there is another and a brighter way, which angels hover round, and beams of light from God's own throne illumine. Thither let your steps be turned ; go, and tarry not. Go, sinner, in bumble hope ; go, thou prodigal, who hast wasted thy substance, but hast sorrowed over thy days of misery and shame. Thy humble petition will not be disregarded. “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” Hark! 't is a sound of gladness, of rejoicing—aye, of rejoicing in heaven—the song of angels round the throne of the Redeemer. And why? Because another child has turned him home; because another sinner has sought mercy and found it; because the dead is alive again, and the lost is found.


St. Mark iv, 30, 31, 32.

And he said, whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of

God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds which be in the earth; But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

The life of Jesus of Nazareth, was, as you all know who have read your bibles, one continued course of beneficence and mercy. The very act of his appearance in the flesh, was an instance of love, beyond any which our imagination in its wildest dreams could have conceived. Some there are, indeed, who would degrade the Saviour of the world into a mere child of clay like them. selves ; a man, commissioned, they allow, from beaven, but still mortal and peccable as they are. Every page of scripture contains something to

invalidate these unfounded and dangerous conceits; and many passages there are, which, without testifying directly to the divine nature of Christ, do yet, by a natural inference, impress opon the unprejudiced mind this solemn and sacred truth, that Jesus our Redeemer is the Son of God. Amongst other parts of his character, which plainly evidence his more than human origin, bis manner of teaching claims our most serious notice, both on account of the authority with which he delivered his precepts, and the new and extraordinary channel by which bis instruction was conveyed. At present, however, I would confine the short observations, which the limits of a discourse like this will permit me to make, to the parables and similies used by our Lord, as being more immediately connected with the subject before us.

On their jastness and beauty I will not now enlarge; no one can peruse them carefully, without perceiving their excellence in these respects. But I would call your attention, on this occasion, to a circumstance not so obvious as the last, but more impressive even than that, when it is once understood. I allude to the wonderful manner, in which the things of heaven are likened to the things of earth. Matters of the mightiest import—the mysteries of God's government; the economy of his providence; the operations of his spirit; are all shadowed forth in some pic


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