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tremendous crash be for ever destroyed. A few years more, and our immortal spirits will stand before the judgmentseat of him who will condemn us to the darkness of hell, or receive us into the splendour of heaven. Sinners ! if you hope to be happy hereafter, if you wish to escape eternal misery, Oh! let me beseech you to think of your ways. Do not risk your all upon the uncertainties which men say are connected with another world. If there be any doubt, let

your

soul be prepared for it; if any uncertainty, let it be secured against it:

« For be assured, In that last moment–in the closing act Of Nature's drama, ere the hand of fate Drop the black curtain, thou must bear thy part, And stand in thine own lot."

To the Christian, the heavens are clothed with smiles, and adorned with hopes. While his bodily sight feasts on their beauties, the eye of faith starts beyond all, and fixes on the eternal glories of that world, where there is an unfading splendour and brightness, proceeding from the throne of God and the Lamb. When the Christian surveys the worlds above, he feels a pleasure which no one else can enjoy, and rapturously exclaims-my Father made them all! He exults in prospect of that period, when, released from the trials of this state, he will be borne on angels' wings, far above sun, moon, and stars, to shine forth in the kingdom of bis God, for ever and

ever.

“ The thoughts of such amazing bliss

Should constant joys create.”

The real Christian is a highly-privileged and exalted character; he is by regeneration made “ a king and priest unto God;"* and whatever he beholds in the heaven above, or earth beneath, belongs to him.

“ All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.” +

If by a sincere examination before the Lord, we can read our title clear to mansions in the skies, we may rest assured, that we shall never be deprived of their riches, their glories, and their endless delights. May God give us grace to live as “ a holy nation, a peculiar people ;” and may we show in our conversation and conduct, that we are continually seeking “a new heaven and new earth, wherein dwell* Rev. i. 5.

+ 1 Cor. iii. 21-23.

eth righteousness!” There the Lord shall guide his

People's steps to living fountains, and shall

wipe All tears from ev'ry eye. The wintry clouds That frown'd on life rack up. A glorious Sun, That ne'er shall set, arises in a sky Enclouded and serene. Their joy is full; And sickness, pain, and death, shall be no

more."

CHAPTER XII.

THE HEATHEN.

« All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our

God.”—Isa. lii. 10.

Hasten 0 Lord! the glorious hour,

The day of holy joy, and peace;
When all shall feel thy saving power,
And sing the triumphs of thy grace.

AMONGST the numerous predictions which engage the attention of the Christian, not one is clothed with deeper interest than that which declares the salvation of the whole world. His soul is now filled with liveliest sorrow in seeing millions of immortal creatures afar

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