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ness of your lives to cleave to God with full purpose of heart, and to walk worthy of him who has called you to his eternal kingdom and glory? Can you fay with the apostle Paul, “ Herein do I exercise myself so as to have always a conscience void of offence, both towards God, and towards men?"*

Do you daily wait upon God in all those ways and ordinances where he has promised to meet his children, and to afford his gracious presence? Do you seek to enjoy him in the use of the appointed

means ? . If the Son of God became the Son of man, why should it seem a thing incredible, that the sons of men should become the fons of God? Beloved,

we the fons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be ; but we know, that when Chriit, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with him in glory; for we shall fee him as he is.

• To a christian the advice of the philosopher comes with redoubled force; . Reverence yourself.', Consider to whom you are related, by whom you

have been begotten again to a lively hope of an unfading inheritance. The stock from which you are sprung is noble, it is royal, it is divine. Disgrace it not by base and

unworthy actions. Your inheritance is with the faints in light; have no fellowship with the works of darkness. Let your education be suitable to your birth, your conduct answerable to your expectations.'

Bp. Horne’s Sermon on The Word Incarnate.

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means? And are you dissatisfied when you have not nearness to God, and communion with him in those means ? He who looks for his felicity in the divine favour is ready to say, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I feek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. When thou faidest, Seek ye my face, my heart faid unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I feek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger; thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my falvation.” If this be your case, you will be troubled when your heavenly Father with-holds the light of his countenance, and suspends the comfortable sense of his favour. You will lay it deeply to heart, and say, “ Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy falvation, and uphold me with thy free Spirit.”

What is the disposition of your minds towards those who are of the household of faith? Are those your favourites who appear to be interested in God's favour ? Do you efteem those the ex. cellent of the earth, and is your delight in them? Do you

honour them that fear the Lord ? Are they amiable in your eyes, because they bear the image

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of Christ, embrace his truth, obey his commands, and follow his example ? “ God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Is the body of fin your greatest burden? Striy. ing against it, weary of it, and groaning under it, do you cry, from time to time, with the holy apostle Paul, O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death ?" Are you laying aside every weight, and the fin which easily besets you, that you may run with patience the race which is set before you? Are you hungering and thirsting after righteousness, forgetting the things behind, and reaching forth to the things before, do you press towards the mark for the prize of your high calling of God in Christ Jesus? This is the disposition of those who are interested in the divine favour." He that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself even as he is pure.”

Finally, do you love God, though you have some doubts respecting his love to you? Is he the object of your fupreme desire, when you have no sensible experience of his favour? The woman of Syrophenicia followed Jesus when he seemed to flee from her; she renewed her request, and repeated her entreaties, when he appeared to be deaf to her cries, and to treat her with total neglect. She

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could not give up the point, though every thing seemed to make against her. This hath frequently been the case with those who are the objects of the divine favour. We find one saying,

My soul followeth hard after thee;" another, “ Though I cry and shout, yet he shutteth out my prayer;" and a third, “Though he lay me, yet will I trust in him." These are ftrong expressions of love to God, and, as such, evidences of interest in his favour.

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Where shall the tribes of Adam find
The sov'reign good to fill the mind ?
Ye sons of moral wisdom, show
The spring whence living waters flow.

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Say, will the Stoic's flinty heart
Melt, and this cordial juice impart ?
Could Plato find these blifsful ftreams,
Amongst his raptures and his dreams?
In vain I ask; for nature's pow'r
Extends but to this mortal hour :
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Against the terrors of the grave.
JESUS, our kinsman, and our GOD,
Array'd in majefty and blood,
Thou art our Life ; our souls in thee
Poffefs a full felicity,

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All our immortal hopes are laid
In thee our Surety and our Head ;
Thy cross, thy cradle, and thy throne,
Are big with glories yet unknown.

Let atheists scoff, and Jews blafpheme
Th' eternal life, and Jesus' name;
A word of his almighty breath
Dooms the rebellious world to death.

But let my soul for ever lie-
Beneath the favour of thine eye ;
'Tis heav'n on earth, 'tis heav'n above,
To see thy face, to taste thy love.

CHAP XII.

The Subject farther improved, by Way of Instruction

and Exhortation. PERMIT me to address you, my dear fellow

sinner, who are resting satisfied with the common bounties of God's providence, without being concerned to know your interest in his special favour. The blessings you daily receive from the indulgent hand of the universal Parent of mankind, should excite in you earnest desires after those special tokens of his love, by which his peculiar

people

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