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temple of the living God, on hallowed knees, partaking freely of its blessings. See him in his ordinary affairs, when immersed in his every day concerns, acting honestly and righteously with all those with whom he has to deal. See him in his family, when surrounded by those who are dear and loving to him. See him cherishing, with the very inmost affection of his soul, the wife of his bosom, and the little innocents as they, like olive branches, crowd around his table. There is it, that virtue, and all the holy feelings, excited, doubtless, by the Holy Spirit, burst forth. Oh! this is a lasting happiness, which none but an affectionate and loving soul can enjoy, while it feasts with never-ending pleasure upon the social delights in their utmost zenith. The purification of our earthly habits, for a certainty, is one of the blessings which the Saviour gained for us, when he brought life and immortality to light; it was then, that the affections of the soul, degraded in Paradise, exhibited evidences of the soul's celestial origin. Oh! who has not felt this new life glowing in him, and the working

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effect of the Gospel in his heart? It is Divinity, that stirs within him: his own natural powers and strength are of too base and degrading a nature to move the soul to purity:-that naturally is defiled, but now, by the blessed effects of the Spirit, it is washed and cleansed. And the love that glows within him, what is it? Naturally sensual; but the Spirit passeth over it, and it becomes chaste and hallowed. Instead of now bringing forth sin, it yields all that is holy and affectionate; and the penitent breast, and the contrite tears, excited by some holy impulse, or some moving theme, what are they? Oh! they are indicative of God's Holy Spirit-restrain them not; they are the result of a virtuous, and kind, feeling heart; they show that the callous nature is gone, and that one more tender has arisen. Our Saviour himself, when he heard that Lazarus was dead, wept; and, when he beheld the city of Jerusalem, was moved by holy feelings, and wept over it. But, from your own hearts, look to those of others. We have before alluded to the young

child, displaying visibly and touchingly the effect, which the Gospel has upon its heart; you, who have children under your care for instruction, we ask again, to describe the moving spectacle-to describe your inward gratification, when you perceive “the knowledge of God," and of his Son, already learned by your little charges. Have you not been taught by them a most striking lesson, which can never be erased from your memories? We know of no sight more fraught with feeling, or more pregnant with thrilling sympathy, than that of the young Christian, young in years, displaying to those around the effects, which the Gospel has had upon his heart; to hear him boldly confessing the faith of Christ crucified, regardless of the taunts of his more hardened brethren-to see him in the church of God, on hallowed knees, joining in with the prayers of a holy and pious congregation-to see, as he grows up, the effect which the Gospel has upon him in all his concerns. Only you, who have watched narrowly the little individuals, as they have

gone on in their Christian course, can feel gratified at the spectacle, to which we have alluded.

If, then, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has capabilities to move the heart of the young child, as well as of those, whose years have hardened their naturally perverse nature, how great, indeed, must be its influence! The sun, shining in the firmament, emitting his beautiful rays, and chasing away the hoar-frost, or the morning dew-or the moon, shedding her silvery beams, lighting the late traveller, as he journeys onwards to his destined haven or the countless stars in the firmament, scattering their brilliancy over the gorgeous works of creation are faint emblems indeed of the Gospel, as it, in beautifully mild strains, strikes upon the ear, and enters the heart, softening its obduracy, and thus showing its effects in all the beauty, and purity, and grandeur, that can be admired. Oh! what is there, that the Gospel cannot achieve? The works of superstition and idolatry crumble into the dust before it like the

walls of Jericho before the sound of the trumpets of the priests of God.

But the Gospel not only demolishes all that is unhallowed and heathenish, but it builds up. Look to our sacred temples-the glory and honour of our land-look to our infirmaries and asylums, receiving all those, who require the nourishing hand of the compassionate! See these all raised by the hand of Christianity, and entirely supported by feelings produced by the Gospel. Throughout the whole range of Christendom order and uniformity are marked in all the actions of its inhabitants. Every thing, which displays consistency and regularity, is characteristic of the blessed effects of the Gospel.

Indeed, what would men

be without it? Order would become disorder-regularity, irregularity and confusion. Anarchy and rebellion would brood over us, covering us with that moral darkness, which brings with it misery and utter despair. These, comparatively speaking, were chased away, when the standard of Christianity was placed in our land; and,

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