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have corresponded with them-we | wards apostacy, we weep over them, have taken them by the arm and ten- we tell others we have been weeping, derly and affectionately conversed with that they so walk as to prove themthem-we have pressed on them the selves in reality the enemies of the vast importance of paying a prompt cross of Christ. attention to the things that make for Once more, however, and to bring their everlasting peace before they are our remarks to PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, hidden from their eyes; but still we the principle or sentiment we have see they are hardened by the very drawn from this passage may be found word itself through their unbelief, applicable to the state of religion in through the perverseness of their your own souls. My dear hearers. spirits; and that word which might | though it cannot be a fact admissible become a savour of life unto life is that all who are assembled within these becoming to them a savour of death walls are the subjects of conversion to unto death ; and we deprecate their God; yet I think it is a fact, which departure from life, lest in reality the we may also venture to state, that inscription should be written on their there are not a few, there are many tombs as expressive of their state past who have tasted that the Lord is graand present, “Oh, that thou hadst cious, and who are walking in the way known the things that belonged to thy: of holiness towards heaven. peace, but now they are hid from thy | My Christian friends, compare your
former and your present state. Time But to take another view of this was when you were all darkness-time subject, perhaps there were some in was when you were bound and fettered dividuals who were bidding fair for the by the chains of unbelief and sin-time eternal world. In their hearts, power- / was when you were resting your deful convictions of sin had been pro- | pendance for salvation upon your own duced-on their minds, heavenly light | imaginary merits—time was when you had beamed—they seemed to be feel never pleaded and never panted after a ing after God-beginning to cleave to new heart and a right spirit-time was Christ-to be following holiness, with when cleaving to worldly associates, out which no man can see the Lord. you said to God and to his people, They were just upon the edge of dis- | "Depart from us, we desire not the solving their secular associations and knowledge of your ways.” But one yielding themselves up entirely to God, thing you know, that whereas you were and throwing in their lot among his once blind, now you see-see the evil people; but, oh! some golden apple ofsin-see the excellence of the Saviour has been rolled by their side, soon -see that righteousness which can jusafter they were seen to start in the tify-see that stream which flowed from race, and they have gone away. Like the victim of the cross, and which Demas they have forsaken Christ, and cleanses from all the foulest pollutions his Apostles having loved the things of sin-see the promises of the Spirit to of this present evil world. “Oh, ye succour you amidst all your spiritual Galatians," we are ready to say to weaknesses, and to enable you successthem, “who hath bewitched you ; we | fully to conflict with the powers of cormarvel you have been so soon turned ruption and with the principalities of away after another Gospel.” And of darkness, and with the opposition of some who are evidently proceeding this present evil world, until at length along the path 'of error, and along the you attain the glories and the felicities parallel path of vice, and who are of the heavenly state. And does not moving onwards in their course to- | all this demand a song and an ascription
of praise? Is not this event the result | my members"-"To will is present
Now, my Christian friends, let me
accomplished ; yet we would prevent
“ The work which wisdom undertakes
Eternal mercy ne'er forsakes."
And though powerful obstructions may
again rise up to hinder the erection of
this building which you are rearing,
the top stone shall at last be brought
forth with shoutings of grace, grace
“ The feeble saint shall win the day,
Though death and hell obstruct the way."
“ No roses grow on thorns,
There everlasting Spring abides,
AT THE TEMPLE CHURCH, ON EASTER SUNDAY, 1829,
1 Cor. xv. 35.-"But some man will say, How are the dead raised? and with
what body do they come ?”
(Continued from page 16.) - We are in search of truth and profit, not only call up our vile bodies from not of ideal representations: and hav- | the grave, but so change them that they ing therefore seen in some measure shall be no longer vile, but become how the dead are raised-having seen like unto his own glorious body, acthat there will be a contemporaneous cording to the mighty working, whereby resurrection of the bodies of all the he is able to subdue all things to himdead, both of the just and of the unself. Nor is the Apostle content with just, in one appointed day; and that this single and general intimation on after all the dead have been raised, the subject; he has pursued it into a there will next pass a change on the variety of the most interesting partibodies of the living ; let us proceed to culars ; he has given us every degree examine with what bodies the dead of information which it is necessary to will rise, and with what bodies the possess. living will be caught up into the air to | Our body, when it dies, he tells us, in meet the Lord.
the first place,“ is sown in corruption :" First of all, then, we are taught it is the heir of death, the daughter of that at the resurrection there will be a the earth, and the sister of the world ; modification in the bodies, or rather a vessel of clay, with the principle of in the attributes of the bodies which dissolution bound up in its very es. we bear with us on the earth: for, as sence, and the sentence of mortality all flesh is not the same flesh, but there written on its brow. It is to be raised is one kind of flesh of men, another in incorruption, without the possibility flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and of being either crushed by violence, or another of birds; so also, says the worn away by suffering, with the germ apostle, is the resurrection of the dead. of life planted in its centre, and springAs the nature of the living body of one ing up into a continual renewal of its class of created beings differs from the vital powers, free from the decay of living body of another class of created death, unchanging and unchangeable, beings, so also does our present body Our body will, it is added, besown of clay differ from that with which we in dishonour." It is a body which hath shall be clothed when brought forth its shameful and less honourable parts, from the grave to an eternal existence. as well as its more noble and dignified The nature of this change in general members. It is subject to deformities the Apostle thus describes :-“The which make it hideous—to losses and Saviour, when he shall appear, will defects which make it useless and it
is a state of wounds and bruises and motion will fly from one end of heaven putrefying sores. In its most beau-to the other at the bidding of our good tiful state the body has some uncome- intentions, and feel no decay of liness, and its best honours fade and strength, never be weary in well doing, depart with youth, and turn into the and never sink under the burden. wrinkles of wretchedness and age. Lastly, says St. Paul, the body that But it will be raised in glory—the dies is “ sown a natural body," the glory of unblemished righteousness, source of all fleshly natural lusts, and and the unspotted loveliness of a per- the seat of all earthly natural passions. petual spring; and also in the ethereal But the body of the natural man is not and eternal charm of an angelic purity. subject to the law of God, neither It will be without spot, or wrinkle, or indeed can be ; for the flesh of the any such thing, a delight to every eye natural man lusteth always against the that looks upon it; walking like our spirit, and mindeth earthly things. first parents in the Paradise of God, But it will be raised a spiritual body naked, but not ashamed; without one spiritual, and therefore holy in all its dishonourable member, without one feelings, desires, and wants; the ever dishonourable infirmity.
living, never failing instrument of obeOur body, when it dies, is sown, as dience to the will of the spirit. it had lived, in weakness, in utter in- There is but one other particular to ability to labour without weariness in be mentioned, and that is, that though any work, however good or great. the body of every redeemed Christian The body is in its power unable to will at the resurrection be risen up, fulfil the grand and lofty desires of the the glory will not be equal in all. understanding; weak it is to obey the The stars in the firmament on high holier aspirations of the soul. The shine not all with an equal lustre, or mind museth upon many things in its with an equal purity : the beams of activity and strength—the body weigh- some are faint and feeble—the glow of eth down in its musings. The spirit others powerful and bright ; yet the searcheth even the deep things of God; shining of them all, however pure and but the languid incapacity of the slug- powerful in the darkness of night, is gish flesh is unable to sustain the lost before the coming splendour of weight of its desires. The mind can the great luminary of day. When the do many things; but the weakness of sun rises on the earth, the stars get the body hindereth. It circumscribes them away together, and their beautiful my longings after wisdom-checks me brightness is perceived no more. And in my pursuits after truth. I would thus, also, will it be, as we are taught go and find wisdom in the uttermost by the Apostle, with the bodies of the parts of the earth—my body is weak saints when called from the grave to in motion. I would search for hidden walk their everlasting rounds upon treasures day and night--my body is the face of God's heavenly firmament. weak in watching. I would penetrate Some will have a higher and better the deepest mysteries by the energy of glory, and some will have a humbler unbroken meditation-my body is bliss. The glory of the most glorious feeble, and its feebleness must be re- of all the stars will dwindle, decay, novated. It is the same also in my and fall disregarded in the presence pursuits of holiness. Suppose the of the superior excellency of the Lord mind forms the image of a great and Jesus, the sun of righteousness, the godly enterprize for God's glory and ruler of the heavens and everlasting man's welfare ; then the living portion day. So are we taught by the Apostle of strength fails, and the heart faints Paul, when he says, “ that as there is ere half the task of holiness has been one glory of the sun, and another glory accomplished. It is a feeble and un- of the moon, and another glory of ready instrument of the will, ever dis- | the stars; and as one star differeth appointing our best wishes, and leaving from another star in glory—so also our best ideas unfulfilled. But it will shall be the resurrection of the dead." not ever be thus. It is sown in weak- Blessed be the Lord Jesus, that he ness-it will be raised in power: its hath inspired the Apostle to make capacities of activity and endurance of known to man these circumstances;