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pent? They look to you for the portion of goods that falla 'eth to their share ; not only “the meat which perifheih, but that meat which endureth unlo everlading life.” If you are unfaithful they are undone. On the other hand, “great is your reward" on earth, and still greater “ your reward in heaven," if you are honoured to become their spiritual parents, as you are parents after ibe flesh ; it, after having introduced them into this world of nature, you are made the happy in. ftruments of introducing them into the kingdom of God; it you and they together are at lengih added “ to the general affembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to the spirits of just men made perteệt." through Jesus the mediator of the ne:v covenant, and the “ blood of Sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”

Young man, thou wert in early, infancy, by the piety of affectionate parents, baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. The birth of nature bel, towed on thee. the name of thy father after the flesh ; when thou wert sprinkled with water, another name was prefixed to it, which continues to be thy distinctive appellation. Both were indeed imposed without thy consciousness or consent, but in both thou hast cheerfully acquiesceà, perhaps they are a fource of pride to thee. Even the acquisition of an estate will hardly induce a man of spirit to forego his parental designation, but the Chriftian name is indelible. Every time thou writest it then, every time thou heareft it addressed to thee, thou art admonished of thy dedication to God Baptis. mal engagements rise into view. “I am not my own, for I am bought with a price. What, deny my name! What, sell it for a painted bauble ! No, I glory in it; I will not permit it to be dishonoured. What my parents did in my behalf when I was a little child, I now openly avow. They have done their part, through the help of God I will do mine. The name of Christ shall not be blasphemed through my un, worthinels. My brothers bear with me the common name of our ancestors, but I will render my own distinguished among many brethren. I will never blush at being called a Chris. tian."

My friend, thou hast passed through the water at the age of puberty. Baptism was thy own act and deed. Thou haft en. tered into the kingdom of God, consciously, deliberately. The vows of God are upon thee, That young person, made a chris. tian by the act of parents, when come to years may disallow


that act, may renounce the name, but thou hast subscribed with thy hand unto the Lord.

Thou hast put the yoke of Christ upon thy own neck and haft assumed his burihen. Thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord, and must not look, must not go back. Thou standert pledged to God and to the world to support the honour of the Chriftian name,“ to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” You feel and acknowledge the obligation ; no temptation, no compulsion can induce thee to retract it. Next facramental solemnity the row shall be renewed, repeated. The language of thy heart is: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Chrift: for it is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believeth :" " God torbid that I should glory, fave in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

It the spirit and power of the institution, we repeat it, are thus understood and te't, let a man pass through water into the pale of the church of Christ, or procure that privilege for his child, by the site of aspersion as conscience may prescribe, and let us " be kindly affectioned one to anocher, with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”

The Evangelist, at this interval, presents us with the geneal. · ogical table of Christ's descent!rom Adam downward. It brings us all to the common level of brethren. Through endlefs and intricate ramificacions every man finds himself derived from one and the fanae root," the son of Adam, the son of God.” And the Christian is " born again," he is "a new creature," being “ begotten again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.” The law of nature binds us to each other as men, the law of the gospel doubles and strength. ens the cord of love. This is Chrift's new commandment,” the badge of disciplelhip," the fulfilling of the law,” - the bond of pertectness.” “A new commandment,” says our blessed Lord, " I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, thai ye alio love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, it ye have love one to another.”

Has God vouchfated to give such testimony to the Son of his love ? Receive it, rest upon it, improve it as a rule of lite, as a source of consolation. Ye“ have not followed cunnigly devised fables, when we have made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jelus Chrift;" for though you were not “ eye-witnesses of his majesty,” you have " a more fure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts."


Ye call Chrift“ Master and Lord :" and ye say well, for soHe is. “It became Him to fulfil all righteousness ;" He put respect on the ordinances, on the house, on the word of God :

“ leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." Let in the name, the day, the temple, the word of the Lord be hal

lowed in your eyes. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Chțist were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death ; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead, by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of lite."

“ The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove up. on Him :" when He was leaving the world, and going unto the Father, he promised his disciples to “give them another Comforter, to abide with them for ever; even the Spirit of truth." That Comforter was to teach them all things and bring all things to their remembrance. “He shewed himself to them "alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs :" He repeated his promise; “ Hecommanded them that they should not de part from lerufalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, faith He. ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with wa. ier : but ve shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.” It was accordingly fulfilled : “ When the day of Pentecoft was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven. as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were fitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them : and they were all filled with the Holy Ghoft, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Thus were they comforted for their Master's departure ; thus they receiv. ed 's an unction from the Holy One," whereby they were set apart unto, and fitted for their great work ; thus were they {trengthened to begin and pursue a career which will be felt till time expire. The same Spirit is promised, and is given to us to "help our infirmities," to " guide us into all truth." to take what is Chrift's and fhew it unto us, to “comfort us in all our tribulation," to shew us things to come. We look not for a miraculous effusion, to enable us to speak with tongues, to . prophecy, to work miracles ; but we have good ground to ask and to hope that God will give us “ the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” “O send out thy light and thy, unth; let them lead me, let them bring me unto thy holy hill,

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ánd to thy tabernacles; then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy."

Our blessed Lord entered on his public mistiftry at ihe age of thirty, and it was accomplished within the fpace of line more than three years. Think how much was done in that short space. Were the things which Jesus did, as they Ítand on this record, and the “ many other ihings" not recorded therein, to be " written every one," such would he their number and their lustre, that they would to the world åppear to be absolutely incredible, and therefore the world would not be disposed to receive them. Here we have an illufrious pattern of the employment of the improvement of time. "I must work,” says he, " the works of Him that lent me, while it is day;" the duty of ihe season in its season. How ought we to blush at our laborious idleness, at our pompous nothings ! What have we to shew for our thirty, forty, fitry, threescore ġears ? Hardly enough to furnish a decent inscription for a tombstone. Were the history of the most industrious arid useful life to be fairly delineated, the world would have cause to wonder at the frequent and hideous chasms, the wild confusion, the indecent rapidity, the causeleis delay which the detail would prelent. What a picture then must the life of the professedly idle and diffipaed, of the profligate and vi. éious exhibit! All enters into the book of God's remembrance, and must all come into judgment. What precious time, what invaluable opportunities of doing and of receiving good, have been shamefully neglected, have been vilely cast do way !

What moment granted man without account ?'
What years are squaader'd, Wisdom's debt unpaid !

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Much is irretrievably loft. Who knows how little may remain ? “ Now it is high time to awake out of deep : the might is far spent, the day is at hand : let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.. Let us walk honestly as in the day," and "put ye on the Lord Jesus Chrift.” “Awake thou that fleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See that ye: walk circumspectly not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”


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Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness, to be

tempted of the devil. And when he had fafted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the

templet came to him he said, if thou be the Son of God, com· mand that these stones be made bread. But he answered and

jaid, it is written, man Mall not live by bread alone, but by evio ery word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. And the devil takech him up into the holy city, and fetteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down : for it is written, he shall give kis angels charge concerning thee ; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, left at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone,

Jesus said unto him, it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and faith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worfhip me. Then Jaith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, fatan : for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

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possess over the mind of man: wonderful it is to reflect how body and spirit act upon each other. On a simple determ. ination of the will, every limb is in motion, every nerve is exerted : and the man is burning under the line, or freezing at the pole. Let the blood be transmitted with a little more than usual rapidity, or move a little more fluggilhly, and all the mental faculties are deranged a new world arises, every former idea is blotted out. The glance of that eye, at one time, chills me with terior, and at another it meits me into love. This note rouses me to the battle ; and that soothes me into melancholy. Internal serenity and depression are produced by a clearer or grosler state of the air. And it we are thus liable to be affected by objects merely material, what must be the influence of mind


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