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my heart and flesh are failing, when the world is receding from me, and eternity with all its solemn realities is bursting on my
Sinner, Jesus died that you may never die. He suffered the wrath of God on earth, that you may not suffer the wrath of God in hell. He is set before you in the everlasting gospel, as the only refuge from the wrath to come, as the only Saviour of lost and perish. ing transgressors. If you turn your eye and your heart, to him you will be saved with an everlasting salvation. If you look to him, you will be delivered from the guilt, power, and penal consequences of sin. But if you live neglecting him, if you die without a sight of Christ on Calvary, you must perish for ever. For there is no other way of salvation, there is no possibility of escaping the wrath of God, but by faith in him. Hence said the Apostle to the Ephesians, “ By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Grace saves sinners, by giving Jesus to die for them, and by accepting the atoning death of Jesus for them; and faith looks to Jesus, and receives from Jesus, a full and complete sal. vation. Believe that you can be saved, because Jesus died. Believe that you may be saved through Jesus who has died. May the Holy Spirit, show you your lost state as a sinner before God, awaken in your soul a desire to escape from the dreadful consequences
of your guilt, and lead you to the Lamb of God, that you may enjoy in your own soul, the evidence, persuasion, and foretaste of eternal salvation! Then, then you will be prepared to enter into, and understand, the language of the dying saint, and with him exclaim, while your heart overflows with joy and love, “ I have had a view. I HAVE HAD A VIEW OF CALVARY."
Go forth in spirit, go
To Calvary's holy mount;
Suffering on thy account.
Fall at his cross's feet,
And say, "My God and Lord,
Which life for me procured.”
Fear not; for this is he
Who always loves us first,
Delights to deck the worst.
Or art thou at a loss,
What thou to him shalt say?
Just as it is, display.
His blood thy cause will plead,
Thy plaintive cry he'll hear,
And grant thee all thy prayer,
THE PARTING PROMISE.
THE first-born was about to leave home. The morning fixed upon had arrived. The family one after another had said, “Farewell." The father accompanied his son a short distance, and then with a full heart said, “John, farewell, cleave to Christ, walk with God, adorn the gospel, and WHILE I HAVE A HOUSE, YOU SHALL NEVER WANT A HOME.” The boy looked on his father through his tears, was unable to speak, and so went on his way. Deeply was he affected by his mother's words, by the kindness of the whole family, but nothing touched him so much, or impressed him so powerfully as his father's last promise, “ While I have a house, you shall never want a home.”
Believer, God is thy Father, and when going forth into the world or to daily duties, you may hear him give you just the same advice. He says, “ Cleave to Christ." Let nothing divert your attention, or draw away your affections from him. Live in the closest fellowship with Jesus, carry all your cares to him, and draw all your supplies from him. “ Walk with God.” As a child with a parent, holding earnest, constant, and confiden
tial intercourse with him. Listen to his voice. Watch his hand. Catch his Spirit. Consult his will. Aim in every thing to please him. “Adorn the gospel.” By a meek and quiet spirit. By a loving and forgiving temper. By honest and upright conduct. By a wise and intelligible testimony for God, By submission to superiors, by affection to equals, and by humble and courteous conduct toward all who are beneath you in sta. tion, or talents, or education. Live as Jesus lived. Imitate God as his beloved children. Adorn the doctrines of the gospel, by care. fully observing its precepts. So shalt thou make thy Father's heart glad. As Solomon said, “My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine."
As our heavenly Father gives us the same advice, 80 he makes the same promise, “ While I have a house, you shall never want a home.” Home is where our father dwells, and where the family resides : and this is the scriptural representation of heaven. Jesus calls it “ My Father's house ;” and he informed his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. The real Chris. tian can never be homeless, for God will be his refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Yea, as the Psalmist prayed, he will be for him a strong habitation whereunto he may continually resort. And often will he find occasion to exclaim, “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O Lord, therefore the gons of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” Therefore every believer may say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." No, the Christian shall never want a home, for it is his Father's good pleasure to give him the kingdom. He shall never want a home, for Jesus has prayed, “Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me : for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." To dwell in God's house for ever, to be where Jesus is, to inhabit the kingdom, will be to be at home in the highest and best sense of the word.
While our heavenly Father has a house, we shall never want a home, for he will have all his family around him at length. From all places and all periods he will collect them, that they may inherit glory, and share in the honours and happiness of his only begotten Son for ever. We must not look for a home on earth, if we have comfortable lodgings, we should be grateful; and if our accommodations are few, and our privations many, it is not worth our while to fret, for we are only like the traveller who has turned aside to tarry for the night. Our journey will soon be ended, and we shall have done with inns and hotels for ever. Our goal will soon be reached, and we shall be at home, and at