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SERMON divine grace and mercy conveyed to us I. by the gospel ; even the hope which is laid up for him in heaven; the assured expectation of a better life, in a higher and better world. Put the case of the servant of God being overwhelmed with all the disappointments which the world can bring upon him, here is an expectation which will be always gladness; with which he can perpetually solace himself. Through the present state of existence he is no more than a passenger. If he can render it in any degree tolerable and easy to himself, it is well; it is all that he expects. His home, his place of rest, is in those habitations to which, through the merits of his Redeemer, he is taught and encouraged to aspire. He knows that in due season be shall reap, if he faint not*. That when the earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, he shall have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens † ; for to them who, by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, honour, and immortality, God will render eternal life ‡
* Gal. vi. 9.
† 2 Corinth. v. 1.
+ Rom. ii. 7.
Hence, whether you consider him in this SERMON life, or consider him as looking forward to another, his hope is perpetual gladness, while the expectations of the wicked shall perish.
On the proper DISPOSITION of the HEART towards GOD.
ACTS, xvii. 28.
In him we live, and move, and have our
THERE is nothing which all nature more loudly proclaims, than that some Supreme Being has framed and rules this universe. Day uttereth speech of it to day, and night sheweth knowledge of it to night. Our birth and our life, our sensations and our actions, the objects which we behold, and the pleasures which we enjoy, all conspire to testify that some wonderful intelligence has disposed and arranged, and still supports and animates, the whole frame of nature. This is what scarcely any man of
sober mind ever called in question.
dian in his desart, as well as the Grecian sage and the Roman conqueror, adored, each, after his own mode, a Sovereign of the Universe. The Psalmist observes, that the fool hath said in bis heart there is no God *. Among the follies, however, with which the human race is chargeable, this is one which, in the course of ages, seemed to have made the smallest progress. It was reserved for modern times and evil days, to engender,, in one region of the earth, a system of false philosophy, which should revive the exploded principles of atheism, and study to pour forth their poison among the nations, not only to the extinction of religion, but to the subversion of established governments, and of good order among mankind.
Dismissing all delusions of this nature as unworthy the attention of any reasonable unperverted mind; holding it for certain
*Psalm xiv. I.
SERMON that nothing can be more real than the existence of a Supreme Divinity, it follows of course from this belief, that there are dispositions correspondent to Him which ought to be found in every human mind, among the young and the old, among the high and the low, the rich and the poor. It is absurd to suppose, that while the relations in which we stand to our fellowcreatures, whether as equals, superiours, or inferiours, naturally call forth certain sentiments and affections, there should be none which properly correspond to the first and greatest of all Beings; to Him, whom, though we see him not, we all recognize; to Him in whom, as it is beautifully expressed in my text, we live, and move, and bave our being.
THE proper disposition of mind with respect to God, is generally expressed by the term of Love to him. This is very justly founded on the solemn injunction of our blessed Lord *. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
* Matth. xxii. 37.