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ences. Be thankful for them, but put them not in
Watch against carnal security and spiritual sloth.
duty and blessing to live in the prospect of the
therefore, be vigilant. Time is short and absolutely uncertain. Husband well your precious moments. Lay them out for God. Be careful that the fruits of gratitude to your infinite. Benefactor may adorn your whole behaviour. Make the holiness and use. fulness of the life of Jesus your fair example : copy after that brightest of patterns. Remember, that the eyes of God, of angels, of accursed spirits, and of men, are all upon you. Both friends and ene. mies inspect your conduct and mark your steps. How necessary then is watehfulness and circumspection ! Lest, falling into sin, your spiritual joys be impaired, your friends and allies be grieved, and your adversaries triumph.-Having received the earnest of your future inheritance; having had some joyful foretastes of that immense bliss, of which yougi O christian, are an heir; make it your constant business, as it is your indispensable duty, to live above the world, whether your temporal circumstances be affluent or penurious, prosperous or ad
Let your conversation be in heaven, a's becomes a citizen of the New-Jerusalem. It is your
world to come, and as on the confines of it. Cone verse much with the Eternal Mind, in prayer and praise, and holy meditation :- so shall you contract a biessed intimacy with that sublime Being whose favour is better than life, whose frown is worse than destruction: By such an intercourse with God you will taste mure exquisite delights than all the pleasures of sin can boast; than all the riches of the world
can bestow. Yes, believer, by such converse, with God, you shall find your mercies sanctified, and your afflictions alleviated; your holy dispositions invigorated, and your corrupt affections weakened. Be it your constant endeavour that, whenever your fairy your
glorious, your heavenly Bridegroom shall come, he may find you ready; having your loins girt, your lamp burning, and waiting for his glorious advent. So shall your soul be peaceful, your life useful, and your death triumphant.
While we soar on the wings of faith and holy me. ditation, in order to explore the wonders of reigning grace ; while we endeavour to sound its depths and to measure its heights, we are elevated, as it were, to the suburbs of heaven. We taste of joys divinely sweet, and savour the entertainments of angels. But, alas ! how soon the pinions of divine contemplation dag! How soon are we interrupted by the workings of indwelling sin, or by the impertinences of a noisy, busy, transcient world! Yet, for our comfort, we have to remember, that when a few more of our fleeting days are elapsed, we shall enter on a state unchangeable to enjoy those infinite delights which are included in the beatific vision; in the fruition of the eternal JEHOVAH.
To conclude: from this imperfect and brief survey of The reign of Grace; from this feeble attempt to illustrate its power and majesty, we may learn ; That the free favour of God, manifested in our salvation, is a theme so copious and sublime, that all which can be said by the most evangelical and eloquent preachers ; all that can be written by the most accurate and descriptive pens; all that can be conceived by the most excursive and sanctified imagination among the sons of men, must come infinitely short of a full display. Yes, after all that is imagined or can be sung, by angels or men, by seraphs or saints, in the church below or in the choirs above; the charming subject will remain hausted to eternity. For the riches of Christ are
unsearchable, and the grace of God is unbounded Who, then,
" Who shall fulfil the boundless song?
“What vain pretender dares ?
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