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this sanctuary, my hearer, you may go forth to hear the gospel no more. Death, already having traveled far, may meet you ;

. may give you the fatal stroke ; may come to execute his great commission to call you before God. Oh, it is a solemn thing to hear the gospel for the last time, to go way where the offer of salvation will never be borne to the ear again!

THE MASTER KEY OF THE UNIVERSE.

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Holiness is the master key of the universe. Born to die, you are fated to travel hence. You are but a sojourner here, as all your fathers before you were. Earth is not your home. The summons of death comes, and you must go forth. But wither? Become God's charge and child, be a renewed man by God's grace, and you are gifted virtually with the freedom of the universe.

In traversing our little, narrow earth, there is much gained for the convenience and ease of the pilgrim when he has a circulating letter of credit that will secure him funds at any great town which be visits; and, by his knowledge of the language, he can converse with the natives of all the lands that he may enter. He has thus a sort of universal pass key, alike to resources and intercourse. He is everywhere at home. But did you ever reflect, that while the knowledge of the schools may be comparatively useless after death, the knowledge, love and likeness of your God furnish a portable wealth which death only makes more valuable ? Did you never remember that sympathy with Jehovah is the language of the spirit-a celestial dialect intelligible to all holy intelligences in all worlds ? Go where you may--be your journey far into the azure depths of space, till our poor planet becomes but a dim spangle in the outermost hem of the robe of night—you are, if truly godly, nowhere a stranger, for everywhere your Father's sceptre is over you, and your Father's grateful and loving subjects encounter you.

Schemers have toiled to invent a universal character that all people of the earth might use in common. Let there be graven on your souls, regenerate and sanctified, the characters of true holiness and of divine sonship, and they are recognized by all the hierarchies of heaven, and angels welcome and cherish in you, fellow-beirs and younger brothers of their Sovereign and your Redeemer. Soon the hand of the destroyer will have torn you from earthly home, kindred and friends. But if you are godly, it is the exchange of a perishable for an imperishable abode ; of a family small and erring, and soon to be scattered, for the general assembly and church of the first-born, a countless host, and all immortal, impeccable and indivisible,

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lu ibat great gathering, think you the swarthy Karen whom Christ's gospel found in the jungle will be at any loss, because of the differences of their earthly dialects, to greet and bold fraternal intercourse with the American backwooodsman, who, knowing but our language, and that uncoutbly, sent by the missionary his sympathies and alms to this the missionary convert? Think you the Sandwich Islander, renewed, sanctified, and glorified, will be at a loss to address him who was once his unknown patron and brother on these western shores? No ; their prayers, long since offered—this in Karen, and this in Hawaiian, and that in English-blended in the ear of their common Lord, and returned to earth in mutual and intermingling blessings. Shall not, think you, their love and likeness to that same Lord—a Lord now near and visible- make them capable of full sympathy and freest intercourse ?- Dr. W. R. Williams.

THE SHORTNESS OF TIME.

If time be so short ; if the space allotted to each one of us be so narrow ; if already but a small remnant of our lives be left to us, and if much evil and suffering be apportioned to us all, surely we may with truth observe, that time is not worth living for. What can there be in this perishing world that is worthy the pursuit of the soul ? True, there are many things very attractive to the sense-very fascinating to the imagination. Many delightful objects around us solicit our attention ; many that are fitted to charm every faculty of our mind, and gratify every passion of our nature--riches, and gayety, and dissipation, and honor--all the innocent and all the guilty gratifications of life: and these things have a natural and almost irresistable hold on our affections. But look at them through the medium of eternity, and what are they? Day-dreamssbort, uncertain, fleeting vanities ; fashions of this world that are passing away. They will not bear minute investigation ;

; they have in them all the seeds of corruption and decay; they elude the eager grasp, and disappoint the most anxious devotee to their charms; they are like those fog-banks which often deceive the oldest and most experienced mariners, and delude them with the hope of land, but when their imagination is wrought up to the highest pitch of expectation, and they already fancy that they discover the well-known headlands and the desired haven, the sun breaks through, the wind arises, and the deceitful phantom vanishes in air! So are all those things of time and sense which men idolize and adore in the place of God and eternity. The Scripture reveals their nature and their doom ; they are transitory; they “perish with the useing.” And can they, then, satisfy ? The soul of man is formed to embrace the noblest ideas of the highest enjoyments, even those of infinite duration ; it is formed for God and heaven, and with these alone can it be fully satisfied. Therefore it is, that men devoted to this world and to the things of time are never contented ; they discover, after all their eager pursuit of business and pleasure, that, as the Scripiure expresses it, they are but " feeding on ashes !"--Rev. Francis Close.

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THE DANGER AND EVIL OF DEPARTING FROM GOD. “ Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Heb. 3: 12.

The gospel is heaven's music on earth ; a melody of two voi. ces. The air is sung by Love; and the burden of the song is, Salvation by Mercy. If this were the only voice, and this its only theme, you would perhaps hear nothing but tones of tender sympathy, of fervent affection, of joy, of hope, of delight. But

is sung to the soul in the midst of peril. You therefore hear an accompanying voice singing a subordinate but harmonious part. It is tremulous and solemn, sometimes awful, as it atters the notes of warning. We are now to listen to it, as it announces

THE DANGER AND EVIL OF DEPARTING FROM GOD.
We inquire-
I. What is it to depart from God ?

Men sustain many relations to God which can never be destroyed. He will always be our Creator, Preserver, Sovereign and Judge. So one may always sustain to his fellow-creatures certain relations that do not depend on his character or principles; often not upon his will. But a man cannot be said to live as a social being unless he loves and is loved; and at the basis of love is confidence. We may continue to be the creatures of God, to live on his goodness, to be held in the hollow of his hand, to remain under the inspection of his eye, to be responsible to him; but we have departed from him at an infinite distance, if we exercise no confidence, heart-confidence in him.

There are, then, what may be called a fundamental departure from God, and various forms of separation consequent on that. 1. The essential

, fundamental departure of the soul from God is the want of confidence.

Confidence in things is that act of reason through the understanding by which the mind knows the properties of substances, and calculates with certainty upon their action. Confidence in persons is an act of reason through the heart, by which it knows their qualities, and calculates with certainty upon their actions. By the first, man lives in communion with nature ; by the last, in communion with man and God. If a philosopher were to lose his confidence in nature, or if ordinary men should, they would cease to live in harmony with things around them, and even to sustain life. A man cannot step, or eat, or try to speak, without confidence in nature. He cannot live in society without confidence in man. He cannot live in communion with God without confidence in him. What it is, can be better understood than defined. The infant exercises it when, looking into the mother's face, its soul is tranquilized to a perfect repose. We may strengthen confidence by reasoning and by evidence ; we may sometimes arrive at it by reasoning ; we should always be able to defend it by substantial reasons ; yet in itself it is not reason, but the heart in exercise. Another being is felt, in a measure, to be its life; the source of its joy, satisfaction, repose and hope.

Now, when the eternal Jehovah ceases to be that to any soul, it has departed from the living God. It has either no confidence in any being, or it has given all its confidence to creatures, in place of the Creator.

It may be contemplated, however, more distinctly in some of those forms.

2. Which are the result of that fundamental departure from Him.

Confidence in God involves a belief of his Word, because the veracity and faithfulness of a being is one of the great objects of confidence. The believer knows not only that God is, in distinction from nature and man, but that he is a Person of the most absolute and unchangeable veracity and faithfulness. Unbelief is the doubt or denial of this. What he has declared is not received as truth. This may manifest itself in many forms. There may be skepticism as to the moral character of the Scriptures. Some think they tend to form a spirit contrary to sound morality. Some have no confidence in the narratives of miraculous events. Some reject their testimony as to the character of man. Some deny the threatenings as descriptive of future events. To some, the promises do not appear worthy of their personal confidence; to others, the requirements are not received as the very commands of our Almighty Creator.

This is the evil heart of unbelief. The testimony of the Creator is not received ; and this is because there is want of confidence in him. By faith we know that the worlds were made of nothing. Now there may be an old heathen maxim, “Out of nothing nothing comes," or there may be inherent difficulties in the case which makes it seem reasonable to some to doubt this fact; but he that has confidence in the power and veracity of

t God will have no difficulty in believing this statement. And so it will be found with all the other statements of the Scriptures : confidence in God will make it easy to believe them; and the

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