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that which St. Paul's description sets be

fore us with respect to this.
But we must not confine this promise
of our Saviour's to his own immediate
followers and disciples; it extends to all
his faithful servants in every age and
nation of the world, that part with any
thing that is dear and valuable to them
for the sake of the Gospel. Whoever
has passed any time in the world, must
have seen that every man who is sincere
in the profession of his religion, who sets
God always before him, and who seeks
above all things his favour and appro-
bation, must sometimes make great and
painful sacrifices to the commands of his
Maker and Redeemer; and whoever does
so, whoever gives up his pleasures, his
interests, his fame, his favourite pursuits,
his fondest wishes, and his strongest pas-
sions, for the sake of his duty, and in
conformity to the will of his heavenly
Father, may rest assured, that he shall in
no wise lose his reward. He shall, in a

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degree proportioned to the self-denial he has exercised, and the sufferings he has undergone, experience the present comfort and support here promised to the apostles; and shall also, though not to the same extent, have an extraordinary re

compence in the kingdom of heaven. Let no one then be deterred from persevering in the path of duty, whatever discouragements, difficulties, or obstructions he may meet with in his progress, either from the struggles he has with his own corrupt affections, or from the malevolence of the world. Let him not fear to encounter what he must expect to meet with, opposition, contumely, contempt, and ridicule; let him not fear the enmity of profligate and unprincipled men; but let him go on undaunted and undismayed in that uniform tenour of piety and benevolence, of purity, integrity, and uprightness of conduct, which will not fail to bring him peace at the last. Let him not be surprised or alarmed if he is not exempt from the common lot lot of every sincere and zealous Christian ; if he finds it by his own experience to be true what an apostle of Christ had long since prepared him to expect, that whosoever will live godly in Christ Jesus shall in one way or other suffer persecution. But let him remember at the same time the reviving and consolatory declaration of his divine Master; “ Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven.”

LECTURE xviii.


I NOW pass on to the twenty-second

chapter of St. Matthew, in which our blessed. Lord introduces the following parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding, and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, tell them . which are bidden, Behold I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to: his farm, another to his merchandise; and ...Vol. II. L the

the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth ; and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city. Then saith he to his servants, the wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they could find, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? and he was speechless. Then said the king to his servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth; for many are called, but few are chosen.”

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