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we shall also, with myriads of his saints, appear with Him in glory.-What an exhilarating, what an enobling prospect, this! -Hope followed by fruition; earth exchanged for heaven; grace, abundant grace, and then an exceeding, an eternal weight of glory!!!-Amen, and Amen !—So be it, Lord Jesus!!



But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

SIN naturally fills her votaries with remorse,

and renders them obnoxious to inevitable misery. Accordingly, no sooner did the fallen angels rebel against their Lord, than they forfeited their seats in the abodes of happiness. They were cast down from their radiant thrones in heaven, and consigned to the gloomy horrors of the lowest hell. Man, too, on the same fatal day on which he lost his primeval innocence, and transgressed the law of his God, was expelled the bowers of paradise, subjected to misery and devoted to death. And, in this his awful doom, were included, not only the sorrows

of a present life, and the pangs of a natural dissolution, but also those indescribable torments of a remorseful conscience, and those terrible inflictions of divine wrath reserved for apostates in the world to come. Such are the direful sufferings which, it was threatened, sin should entail, and which therefore man, when he became a sinner, might justly expect to bear. But behold the goodness of indulgent Heaven; behold the tender mercies of the everlasting God! He who spared not the angels when they fell, remembered our frame, and was moved with compassion for our guilty race. When man expected vengeance, divine love only was shown when his sin abounded, the grace of God, to the astonishment of the universe, did much more abound: its extent became peculiarly manifested, and its unsearchable riches, though not in reality increased, yet to our wondering view, were much more copiously displayed.-Indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, were justly merited; but deliverance from guilt, restoration to the favour of God, and admittance to those eternal joys which are at his right hand, were freely conferred. -And this deliverance from guilt, this

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restoration to the divine favour, and ad-
mittance to eternal joy, God himself, who
foresaw our fall, from all eternity ordained.
Before he created the world, before he com-
manded the light to arise, ere ever his spirit
had moved upon the face of the waters, his
thoughts of mercy were towards the child-
ren of men. And when the fulness of time
was come, (blessing, and honour, and glory
beto his name ;) He sent forth no less a person
than Jesus, his only begotten Son, to carry
into effect this gracious purpose, which
from the beginning he had formed.
he appointed to descend from heaven to
tabernacle upon earth, to feel our infirmities,
to remove our guilt, to die for our sakes. And
in fulfilling this arduous work which was
given him to do, the Prince of Peace, the
Lord of life, declined no act of humiliation,
turned aside from no face of danger, refused
submission to no form of suffering, which
it pleased the Father, that as the Saviour
of a lost world, he should undergo. Though
his name was high above every name, yet
did he make himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men. And
being found in fashion as a man, he hum-

bled himself, and patiently bore all the griefs, and carried all the sorrows which sinful man was heir to. He lived surrounded with disgrace and persecution; and when he died, it was under the accumulated load of ignominy and torture, of inexpressible agony and excruciating pain.-All this, O Christian! hath God, in his grace, done for thy soul. Duly and frequently contemplate this grace; contemplate the wonders which it hath wrought, and the immortal happiness which it confers,-and then say if it is not grace without a parallel; say if its height and depth, and breadth and length, surpass not all the powers of the highest intelligence even to conceive. So amazing indeed is its extent, so incomprehensible its abundance, that some there are, who have thence been furnished with a pretence for disputing its existence, nay representing it as incredible. "Wherefore, (say they,) · "so many and so inconceivable blessings "conferred upon us? What is man that he "should be so wonderfully favoured; or "what is the son of man, the creature of

dust, the worm but of yesterday, that he "should be visited with such abundant

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grace?"—But in reply to this, we need

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