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him a doom to blessedness or wo, according to the deeds done in the body, there is no room for a shadow of doubt. Whatever then, you may think of the particulars, let not the great general truth fail to produce its practical influence upon you.

ask-" When will Christ come?” We know not. But He will come “ suddenly, as a thief in the night." “ As the lightning shineth from the one part of heaven to the other, so shall the 'coming of the Son of Man be.” In an unexpected hour the last trumpet will sound, and break up the slumbers and the pleasures of a guilty world! Be ye' then ever ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh. unto you, I say unto all: WATCH! ”

As John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Christ's first coming, so the Church, by her instructions, warnings, prayers, ordinances, and Missionary labours, is preparing the way for his second advent. Are we, fellow Christians,-faithfully doing our part? Do we labour for the conversion of sinners and the edification of the Church? Do we feel a deep interest in the cause of Missions, and freely cast our offerings into the treasury of the Lord ? Do we fervently pray “ Thy kingdom come ?" Ah! soon our Master will come and say,-“Give an account of thy stewardship!"

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“ What manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness; looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God!!!*

“If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Ah! what a note of warning does this doctrine of the second advent ring in the ears of the impenitent! In what tones of seven-fold thunder does it say to them “ Flee from the wrath to come!0! when Jesus comes again, he will “ be revealed from heaven in flaming fire, taking vengeance upon them that know not God, and obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Repent speedily, and bow to the sceptre of his grace, or you will be of the miserable number to whom he will say—“ Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels."

Have we, my brethren, embraced the benefits which Christ brought at his first Advent ? Do we believe on him with the heart unto righteousness? Are we yielding him cheerful and affectionate obedience ? If so: we may look forward without dread to his second Advent. And should we now see him coming in the clouds, we might lift up our heads with joy, and exclaim: “Lo ! this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us : this is the Lord; we have waited for him ; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.'

* 2 Pet. iii. 11, 12.

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* Isaiah, xxv. 9.

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ST. MATTHEW, CHAPTER XXIV, VERSE 44. “ Therefore, be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."

It was not without fear and trembling that we presumed to enter upon that course of meditation and' inquiry which has occupied our Sunday evenings for the last two months, and has embraced some of the most important and interesting points that can attract the attention of the human mind-or are presented in the whole circle of Biblical Theology. By the blessing of God, the task proposed at the beginning has been accomplished. With much weakness and imperfection, it is true,—but still according to the humble degree of knowledge with which we have been favoured with a sincere desire not to go beyond the word of the Lord to declare less or more-we have endeavoured to ascertain what the Holy Scriptures really teach us respecting those sublime themes connected with the second coming of our Lord and Saviour-our King and JudgeJesus Christ.

We might have given a much more extended course of Lectures upon this interesting topic,-but that every thing which may be considered as pertaining to the romance or poetry of the subject has been purposely avoided. We have imposed restrictions upon the imaginative powers ;-and while passing over, with very slight notice, the symbolical and figurative portions of prophecy, have not attempted to discuss the chronological prophecies at all. Whatever our private opinion with regard to the chronology of prophecy may be—the subject is involved in too much uncertainty and perplexity to be made a profitable subject of popular instruction; and all positiveness and dogmatism, in this department of prophetical interpretation, should be suppressed by the awful terms in which our Lord declares the suddenness and uncertainty of the time of his advent. 6. The times and the seasons hath the Father put in his own power: of that day and hour

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