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Samaria, with a peremptory order to leave that place, and to travel southward till he should come upon the road that goeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza ; which place he had no sooner reached, than, lo, the illustrious stranger appears in his chariot, pursuing his journey to his own country.

2dly, It deserves our notice, that at the precise moment when Philip, by a divine impulse, ran to meet him, this devout proselyte was reading a loud a part of Isaiah's prophecy, which speaks plainly and directly concerning the Messiah. The place of Scripture which he read was this: “ He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and who shall declare his generation ? for his life is taken from the earth.” Upon hearing these words, Philip accosted him with this question, “ Understandest thou what thou readest ?” The other ingenuously confessed that he did not; and having, with uncommop courtesy, taken the Evangelist up into his chariot, begged to be informed who the person was whom the prophet had in his eye. “ Then,” as we read in the 35th verse,“ Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus."

Thus both the preacher and his subject were very remarkably ordered in the providence of


God; and, as might be expected from such fa. vourable presages, the discourse was accompanied with the powerful influences of his grace: For upon their coming to a certain place where there was water, the new disciple, of his own accord, modestly signified his desire to be baptized; and after professing his faith in Christ, in these few but solemn words, “ I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God,”-the chariot was stopt, and Philip went down with him into the water and baptized him. A

3d Incident, no less remarkable than the former two, is recorded in the verse where my text lies. “ When they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the Eunuch saw him no more." How admirable, how perfect are the works of God! These two were brought together by the agency of an angel, and now they are parted asunder by a miracle but a miracle of wisdom as well as of power. For this sudden and supernatural removal of the preacher, was a powerful confirmation of the doctrine which he taught, and had an obvious tendency to impress on the mind of the new convert this important truth, that although a man had been employed as the instrument of his conversion, yet the work itself was truly divine, and the glory of it due to God alone.

Accordingly we learn, from the latter part of the verse, that all these wonderful events had a

most happy influence on his mind. He was transported with what he had seen, and heard, and experienced ; his judgment approved the wise choice he had made, and he went on his way rejoicing. He went on his way, i. e. he proceeded on his journey homeward. The new persuasion he had received into his mind did not mislead him into fanciful plans of action, inconsistent with, or perhaps opposite to, the duties of his station. No, he knew that the religion he had embraced, instead of releasing him from these duties, rather bound him to a more faithful and diligent performance of them. He therefore went on his way, and he rejoiced as he went. He felt his soul enriched with heavenly grace. He had now got a treasure which he could properly call his own, even that pearl of great price, with which all the treasures of Ethiopia were not worthy to be compared

Your condition, my brethren, is in several re. spects similar to the condition of this man. He had solemnly avouched the Lord to be his God: You, with equal solemnity, have this day done the same.

He had just received one seal of the covenant of grace: You, this day, have received the other. He had a long journey before him : Ye also are travellers through this wilderness, toward the promised land of rest. In these circumstances I think that, without apology, I may take

occasion, from the words that have been read, to address you with a twofold exhortation ::

I. To go on your way heavenward. And,
II. To rejoice as you go.

I Trust I need hardly inform you, that the spi. ritual repast to which you have been this day admitted, is purely intended to strengthen you in your journey to the heavenly country. God sends us these grapes from the Canaan above, not to detain us in the wilderness, but to allure us out of it, and to make us hasten our steps towards that country of which they are the natural and spontaneous product. My first exhortation, therefore, is both seasonable and necessary-Arise and go forward. Many who mistake the nature of this ordinance, are very anxious and busy for a few days, in making a sort of formal preparation for it. Then their countenances are demure, and their steps are solemn, and their conversation is precise, and their attendance upon the most protracted services of devotion indefatigable; and this they call religion, and trust in its merit to absolve them from all the dishonest, worldly, uncharitable, and ungodly practi. ces, of which they are guilty in theother periods of their time. But I trust, my brethren, that ye have not so learned Christ, and I trust that we, who are your spiritual guides, shall never encourage you in 80 fatal a delusion. I address you now, as the disciples and friends of Christ. I speak to you in

his name; and that his authority may be the more unquestionable in the exhortation I am to give you, I shall deliver it in the very words which his own Spirit hath employed. "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." And beware of a sinful conformity to this world, “ but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.As ye have this day received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him," in a manner suitable to the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.” Think not that ye “ have already attained; but this one thing do ye, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, press towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.-And I beseech you, brethren, that every one of you do shew the same diligence, to the full assurance of hope unto the end ; that ye be not slothful, but

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