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Lord had appeared onto him, and spake by him; eartb and water and air bore their united testimony to bis divine legation; and the most enlightened nation of the globe was made to feel bis ascendant by arguments alldressed at once to the senses and the understanding. Is it needlul lo say that the great Propbet, “ Apostle and High-Priest of our profession,” by simiar means, by more irrisistible evidence, evinced that he was “ a teacher sent froin God?” I shall say nothing fespecting the great number, variety and notoriety of Christ's miracles; though every one of these cirUmsauces furnishes ample matter of discussion; Isa. tisky myself at present with mentioning two particulars libich strikingly establish Christ's prophetic character, and give it a clear and decided superiority to that of Moses. The latter acted by a delegated authority, according to a prescribed form; he assumed nothing to himself, but was checked, reproved, condemned, the njomeut he presumed to arrugate independence, 10 speak or act for himself. But Jesus Christ wrought miracles in his own naine, by bis own power, as ibe Lord of naure, as possessed of independent sovereignty. Ayam, the signs which Moses exbibited were of 8 mixed nature, they declared both the mercy and judgment of Gud, they poured down hail, and tempest, and pestilence on Egypt, as well as dropped man. ja on the tenis of Israel; whereas the signs which Jesils adduced in support of his mission were all mira. cles of mercy; the powers of hell alune felt the rod of bis anger; and the miracles by which he confirmed his doctrine breathed its meekness and gentleness and charity.

ss Of the things which have been spoken this is the suim : we have such an High-Priest, who is set on the riglit band of the throne of the Majesty in the heav. ens. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the tru. ta. bernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man," Heb. viju 1,2

« Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profission, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointert him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than do. ses, inasmuch as he who bath builded the house hain more honor than the house. For every house is build ed by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all bis house as a servant, for a testiinony of those things which were to be spoken after ; but Christ as a son over his own house: whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto tbe end," Heb. iü. 1...6. “We ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let ihem slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience rea ceived a just recompense of reward; how shall we es. cape if we neglect so great salvation, which at first be. gan to be sp ken by the Lord, and was confirmed un. to us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will ?" Heb. ï )....4. “He that despised Mo. ses' law, died without mercy, under two or three with pesses : of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought wortlıy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unboly thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ?" Heb. x. 28, 29.

Having now, in the course of these exercises, through a series of years, endeavored to trace the bistory of mankind, in a series of characters, from Adam to Mo. ses, copied from the original portraits which the pen. cil of inspiration has itself vouchsafed to delineate; the whole in general, and every one in particular, res ferring themselves to one great ORIGINAL, from whom

their meaning, use and importance are derived.....I basten to conclude my plan, by turning over to the gospel history, which exbibits that same Muses, whom we saw expire on Mount Nebo, and “buried in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth Peor ;' whose dying benediction yet trembles on our ear, and whose funeral elogy we attempted to sing, alive again on Mount Tabor, and giving personal testimony and homage to him whom he prefigured and foretold. The history of Moses is not properly ended till then : and in vanishing from our sight on the mount of transhgu. ration, he becomes a glorious harbinger of the “ life and immortality which are brought to ligbt by the gospel."



And it came to pass about an eight days after these day

ings, he took Peter and John, and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he praved, the Jushion of his countenance was allered, und his rui. ment was while and glistering. And behold, there talked with him trvo men, which were Moses and Elias, who appeared in glory, und spake of his decease, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter, and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep : and when they were awuke, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they deparled from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here ; und let us muke three labernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias : not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshudowed them : and they feured as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, heur him.

TN the narrowness of their conceptions and the pre.

sumptuousness of their pride, men are apt to con. sider themselves as the only, or, at least, the chief inbabitants of the creation of God. A false patriotism, or rather a spirit of insolence and selfishness has gone farther, has ascribed the consequence of a whole universe to some insignificant little region or district of this little globe, and has represented the men who breathe on such a spot, and converse in such a language, as the ouly persons who are worthy of consid. eration. We reflect not, what a speck our own cuun. try is, compared with the whole earth; what a point the earth is, compared to the vast solar system ; and how the solar system itself is lost, in the contemplation of infinite space. We reflect not on the myriads of “ just men made perfect," from the death of “ righteous Abel," down to the expiring saint, whose disengaged spirit is just now on the wing to the hosom of his God; of those who, lost to us, yet live to their Creator. We reflect not on the myriads of, probably, more glorious beings, who people the greater and more glorious worlds which surround ours. We reflect not on the myriads of pure spirits who never left their first estate, that innumerable company of angels who“ excel in strength," the least of whom could wield these elements." · Sound reason and “the wisdom which is from above" correct our narrowness of thought and pride of heart; and teach us to say, in the words which our immortal bard puts in the mouth of Adam first of men, addressed to his fair consort....

........“ Nor think, tho' men were none,
That heaven would want spectators, God want praise.
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth,
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep;
All these with ceaseless praise his works behold,
Both day and night."

If our ears were not dull and limited as our spirits....

........" How often, from the steep
Of echoing bill or thicket should we hear,
Celestial voices to the midnight air,
Sole, or responsive each to other's note,
Singing their great Creator? Oft in bands,

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