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immeasurable. “All power is given unto him in heaven and in earth.” The kingdoms of nature, of providence, of grace, are under his control. He is “the mighty God," the Creator and Upholder of all things. With what confidence may not the people of Christ repose on such an allpowerful Friend ? Into what difficulties can they be plunged, from which he cannot extricate them? With what enemies can they be called to contend, from which he cannot protect them? Are they afflicted with sickness? He can say to the pestilence, Go, and it goeth. Are they oppressed with want? He can send his ravens and feed them. Are they immured in prisons? He can commission his angels to deliver them. Are they in perils of water? The winds and the waves obey his voice. Are they exposed to ravenous beasts? He can stop the mouths of lions. Are they cast into the burning furnace ? He can quench the violence of fire. In spiritual concerns, is he less mighty to save ? Hear his own declaration : “I will give unto my sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish ; neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.” Hear the de. claration of his apostle, St. Paul : “I know whom I have believed ; and I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” What comfortable declarations to the people of Christ! Satan may desire to have them that he may sist them as wheat; but stronger is He who is with them, than he who is against them. In themselves they are weak and ready to fall; but “underneath are the everlasting arms.” He who “ loved them and gave himself for them, is able to save them to the uttermost.” He“ will keep them by his power through faith unto salvation.”
CHRIST A SEASONABLE FRIEND.
BEHOLD that emaciated form, agonized with pain, sinking under the weight of accumulated disease. By to-morrow's dawn he will be a lifeless corpse. What, in this trying scason, is the support which he receives? He has trusted in riches; do riches now sustain him ? Do they illumine his cheerless prospect ? Do they allay his guilty fears? He has placed his confidence in man-does man now minister to his relief? Where are the gay companions of his mirthful hours ? Where is the servile herd of sycophants, who once hung upon his lips ? Where are the admiring crowds who sounded forth his praises, and idolized his name? All, all-are fled. In such a trying season, does Christ forsake his people ? Does he leave them comfortless and unsupported ? Visit the chamber of the dying Christian. Mark his placid brow_his eye glistening with hopehis countenance, from which even the advancing hand of death cannot displace the smile. Whence springs this sweet serenity, this calm, triumphant cheerfulness? Christ is with him-Christ has smoothed the bed of death, and quiets every fear. “Does death alarm ? I have removed its sting. Does the thought of separation from earthly friends distress? Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them; and let thy widows trust in me.' Does the apprehension of dissolution terrify? • When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;—be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness,
THE LIFE OF CHRIST THE SUPPORT OF THE
The existence of the Church in this depraved world is one of the wonders of Providence. It is a vessel living in a tempestuous sea; a bush on fire, but not consumed. If we reflect on the enmity of the wickeil against the righteous, their great superiority over them—the attempts that have been made to exterminate them the frequent diminution of their numbers by defection and death-their existence, and especially their increase, must be wonderful, and can no otherwise be accounted for, but that Christ liveth.
When they were “few in number, and wandered as strangers from one nation to another, he suffered no man to hurt them; he reproved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” In Egypt he saw their affliction, and came down to deliver them. Of Jerusalem the enemy said, “ Rase, rase it to the foundation ;" but the Lord remembered it, and destroyed its destroyer. Under the Persian dominion, the captives were restored to their own land; yet even then the enemy intrigued against them, so that for one and twenty years the building of the temple was hindered, and the prayers of the prophet Daniel were unanswered.
I conceive, that “the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood the angel for one and twenty days ; but, lo, Michael, the chief prince, stood with him, and helped him.”
Under the gospel dispensation, as the church became more spiritual, the hatred increased ; and as religion was from hence more of a personal than a national concern, such was the opposition
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directed against it. But still the Great Head of the church lived. The persecution which raged at the time of this prophecy, was the second of ten cruel persecutions from the heathen emperors; and though after this the government became professedly Christian, yet such were the corruptions which entered in at this door, that in a little time that which was called the Christian church, became an antichristian harlot, persecuting the servants of Jesus with a cruelty equal, if not superior to that of heathens. These floods filled the breadth of Emanuel's land, reaching even to the neck; but the Church's Head being above water, she has survived them all.
Often have we seen in our smaller circles the cause of God reduced to a low condition ; sometimes by the falling away of characters who seemed to be pillars, and sometimes by the removal of great and good men by death. But under all this it is our comfort, the Lord liveth-The government is on his shoulder.
THE SURE FOUNDATION. SOME are all their days laying the foundation, and are never able to build upon it to any comfort to themselves, or usefulness to others; and the reason is, because they will be mixing with the foundation, stones that are only fit for the following building. They will be bringing their obedience, duties, mortification of sin, and the like, unto the foundation. These are precious stones to build with ; but unmeet to be first laid, to bear upon them the whole weight of the building. The foundation is to be laid in mere grace, mercy, pardon in the blood of Christ. This the soul is to accept of, and to rest in, merely as it is grace, without the consideration of any thing in itself, but that it is sinful and obnoxious to ruin. This it finds a difficulty in, and would gladly have something of its own to mix with it. It cannot tell how to fix these foundation stones without some cement of its own endeavours and duty ; and because these things will not mix, they spend a fruitless labour about it all their days. But if the foundation be of grace, it is not at all of works; otherwise grace is no more grace. If any thing of our own be mixed with grace in this matter, it utterly destroys the nature of grace, which, if it be not alone, is not at all.
CHRIST THE SINNER'S REFUGE.
When the Spirit of truth makes inquisition for sin, guilt is then felt, because man beholds himself a child of wrath by nature, and a condemned criminal by means of his practice. In this salutary, but unhappy stage of things, he often looks behind, and every glance discovers blacker darkness, and nearer approaching storms. Ile looks forward, and sees nothing but apparent rocks of judgment, waves of wrath, without one inlet or shelter for his trembling soul. This is a time of trouble and dismay, an hour when succouring mercy is the all in all. Oh! what an unspeakable happiness is it, at such a time as this, to find that haven where the trembling spirit would be-to find Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners, as our Saviour, our “ hiding place from the storm, and covert from the tempest.” Him having found,