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those signs and wonders, which should demand your belief, which should demand your obedience to the living God. Signs of the Son of God. Wonders arising solely from his power. And what lack you more? Human words, human persuasion with respect to the acts of the Son of God are but small, indeed, unless they be clothed in those words, which proceed from the mouths of those, who could never err. The narrating of the works of God is sufficient to ensure our belief; and that being well established, we should implore the Saviour to have mercy upon our souls, to shed his heavenly grace upon them, to send his Comforter to cheer us, his Spirit to sanctify us, and his pardon to save us. The power of our Saviour, while on earth, was unlimited, as we have seen from the miracle before us, and though he has left us, still is his power the same, his willingness as great and his mercy and love as faithful to his followers, as when he was upon the earth proclaiming his Gospel to the children of men. We require no miracles now to prove to us, that God bears the same love to us; for
his Gospel being established, his faith built up and the works of the world still progressing under his providence, these are sufficient to fix our belief, and to offer encouragement to those, who are willing at once to be partakers of his heavenly blessings.
Finally:-Let us exhort you to come, like this nobleman, whose faith we have held out to you as a pattern, to Jesus Christ. He is the only door, through which the Christian can pass into heaven. "Without me, ye can do nothing." Implore him to send his Comforter, ere your souls be lost. He requires repeated and constant supplication; when the nobleman first besought Jesus, he appeared to give but little attention to his supplication; but when he became fervent, when he besought him more eagerly, more zealously, “Come down," said he, "ere my child die," Jesus immediately made answer, "Go thy way, thy son liveth." So with respect to ourselves, our first prayer may be unanswered, but on that account we are not to despair; God, perchance, tries our earnestness, how
long we can watch, if for one hour only or till we have our petitions granted. Let us pray fervently, continually, zealously; and doubtless the Holy Spirit will influence our hearts, and our conduct, and thus shall
our souls be saved in the day of the Lord.
1 COR. XV. 55.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory ?"
THE fall of our first parents, and our restitution by Christ to those high and eternal privileges, for which man was originally created, are subjects of the highest import
The punishment, which Adam was doomed to suffer for his disobedience, was death the object for which the Saviour's intercession with the Father took place was to expiate the sin, which occasioned the infliction of this death. For not to the mere decay of our mortal powers, or to their cessation in death was the punishment confined; it was not ordained, that we for a
while should endure the consequences of the original transgression, and that these consequences should end with our earthly being; but a state of eternal and sentient retribution was decreed beyond the graveone, in which to the deeds performed in the body strict justice should be awarded. The misery and sin thus entailed on this transitory life, the penalty of eternal death, which was prepared beyond it, Jesus Christ came to avert. Through the name of Jesus Christ, whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins: in whom we have redemption, through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, wherein he hath abounded towards us." But in our present discourse we shall principally illustrate the death, which Jesus Christ has conquered; and by shewing to what kind of death we are now to look forward, set forth the nature of that destruction, which our Saviour has averted.
The text, which we have chosen, is taken from that most beautiful of all chapters, which is appointed to be read by our