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their blood ? Shall they stand before it, charged with their own ? Shall all the offers of thy mercy, all the pathos of thy sufferings, all thine inimitable patience, and all thy marvelous love, have been preached to them in vain ? Shall there be any here who does not more certainly turn his back upon the closed doors of this house of prayer, than he does upon the last lingering offer of thy salvation ? The thought is too overwhelming. Pardon me, my friends.- I can no more.





By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God.

The Apostle Paul was largely indebted to redeeming love; and like all other debtors to that love, he was so far from being ashamed of the debt, that he thankfully owned the obligation it laid upon him, and exulted in it, as his happiness, his honor, his glory. Fully convinced, that in opposing the gospel of Jesus he ignorantly courted ruin, and rushed with mad precipitation upon the thick bosses of Jehovah's buckler, he gratefully commemorates that undeserved, unexpected, undesired grace, which came down from the highest heavensarrested him in his career of impiety-unmasked him to himself-revealed to him the Saviour. This grace is the affecting and dignified theme which melts his heart; which elevates his powers, and tunes his tongue to

praise. Whenever he mentions the endearing subject, his whole soul dissolves in tenderness; the emotions which heave his holy bosom he communicates in

“ Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn."

“ 'Tis a faithful saying; it is worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I know, by experience, the cheering truth; for he saved me, who am the chief of sinners.” Viewing now, from his rock of safety, the darkness, the danger, the death, which environ the unconverted; he sighs for their misery, and ardently covets the honor of being made instrumental in warning them to flee from the wrath to come. Far as his voice can be heard ; wide as his labors can extend; distant as his writings may reach ; he proclaims to perishing men the deadly disease under which they labor, and the remedy which is provided by the covenant, and is offered by the gospel of peace. His invaluable epistles are a comment upon the prophetic declaration, O Israel thou hast destroyed thyself ; but in me is thy help. For all the evils which sin has introduced, he directs us to grace, reigning grace, as the sovereign antidote. To abase pride, to confound presumption, to guard against the vortex of error which has sunk

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