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of ourselves-not to be one of those his own received him not." Oh, breglorious spirits, but to be such a poor, thren, what a world for the Son of weak and infirm creature as you and I God to behold ! feel ourselves to be.
Suppose him to enter it now, he I may go on to observe, Thirdly, finds in one creature indifference, in. that the angels are celestial or heavenly sensibility, infidelity, conflict and viospirits. Heaven was their first and lence, injury, controversy and bitterproper abode and dwelling placem ness and disappointed pride. He finds, there it is they surround the bright even in his own church, the breaking and heavenly throne of God—there down of the best principles, the want they see his face and share his glory of simplicity, the want of integrity, --there, in delighted adoration, they the absence of that simple and intense cease not to cry, “Holy, holy, holy love, that has carried some as martyrs is the Lord God of Hosts, the whole to the stake, but which is scarcely earth is full of his glory”-there it strong enough, in our own age, to inis they feed on the bread of life, and duce us, even for a moment, to subdrink deeply, and for ever, of the ject our will to the will of our heavenly fountain of life. Had it pleased the Father. He came to look into such son of God, therefore, to take upon families as, perhaps, yours or mine, him their nature, he would at least or into other families where there was have continued to dwell in the imme- no approach to God in prayer, no diate presence of his Father-in one of study of the word, no dedication of the rooms of the palace of the Great the heart to God, or to see some King—he would have heard unceasing where their prayers were neglected, songs of gratitude and love to him that and the Bible hypocritically studied ; sitteth on the throne his eye would and, moreover, however loud the prohave been wounded by po scenes of fession, the practice was loose, and vice, or sorrow, or worldliness, or im- the temple was abandoned. While piety-he would have seen no act of the true servant of God, as he walks rebellion, have heard no whisper of the path of his earthly pilgrimage, disaffection to the Great Sovereign of finds much to shake his moral peace, the Universe in that bright world-he and to wound the best feelings of his would have been called to ascociate mind, it is impossible for him to pass only with heavenly intelligences, with through our streets, our towns, our beings inferior in holiness only to him villages, and not to find much there who is their Creator. But, brethren, revolting to every good feeling of his when he took upon him our nature he own heart; and yet how dull must we descended at once into scenes of sorrow conceive his moral sensibility to be in and of sin—he walked amidst the sad comparison with that of the crucified ruins of the original Creation of God, Saviour? How has our familiarity he came to see vice in all its power with sin in our own case, and that of and surrounded with all its awful con- others, deluded our taste for the beau. sequences—to hear the name of God ties of holiness! But, brethren, in the blasphemed—to see his temple defiled pure and perfect mind of the Saviour, -his day dishonoured—to witness the we may believe, that sin presented it. infidelity of the Sadducees, the hypo- self in all its unmixed, undisguised, crisy of the Pharisees, and to endure and polluted vileness; and yet, rememthe almost universal contempt and ber, he chose to dwell among us, to violence of those for whom he shed take our nature, to surround himself his blood. “He came to his own and with all that eould wound a mind that
hated iniquity with a perfect hatred, , their feelings with ours, compare them when " he took on him not the nature with your own ; even now, when they of angels, but the seed of Abraham." contemplate his sufferings, not for
This inquiry, my Christian brethren, themselves or their own order, but for might be extended almost indefinitely you, for poor fallen man, we know -extended, indeed, till we get to that they make the concave of heaven topics from which I am persuaded men ring with their shouts of wonder and had better abstain. Strive not to fa- of praise. Oh, brethren, is this the thom the deep things of God, strive state of your own minds ? Is it thus rather to enter in at the narrow gate- you feel for the Saviour of sinners ? “ for straight is the gate, and narrow you that have been the objects of this is the way that leadeth unto life, and salvation-you whose nature he took few there be that enter therein." I and for whom he shed his blood-for would rather stop my enquiry on this whom he thus mixed himself in scenes point, and go on, SECONDLY, TO DRAW of pollution, and encountered the calaA FEW PLAIN INFERENCES, FROM THE mities and the scenes of vice-for SUBJECT, WHICH APPEAR TO ME OF
whose sake he surrounded himself IMPORTANCE, AND
with every thing that was hostile to MUCH POWER, ON
To his own nature, encountered and bore
all the trials and temptations of the In the First place, world-do you, in whose cause he then, if the Son of God thus took on bore all this, let me ask, do you love him, not the nature of angels, but the him? Does your song rise to him? nature of man, how immeasurable is the Have you the anthem of gratitude on debt of gratitude and love which we your lips ? Do you give the only subowe to him. Brethren, allow me to stantial proof that you love him by make two suppositions that may serve, walking consistently in the path of as I think, to put this subject in a your duty, and thus adorning the docstrong point of view.
trine of God your Saviour? Is your In the first place, suppose that in- religion a religion of love love to him stead of the Son of God taking our who first loved you? It was the obnature upon him, he had taken upon servation of a great divine, when asked him the nature of angels, and that in. what was meant by Christianity—it is telligence of the fact had been con- this, said he, “we love him who first veyed to the pure and heavenly spirits loved us.” Is that your Christianitywhich surround the throne of God. is that your language ? Suppose them to be told that he had But again, brethren, suppose the fact, stooped from the throne of ages to that he had taken upon him the nature assume the nature of those wretched of angels, to have been conveyed to spirits who are now sunk in the dark- the miserable spirits that are now conness of perdition for ever. Let me fined in everlasting chains for the ask, brethren, what would have been vengeance of the Great Day, who now, the transport of the spirits around the in chambers of unutterable darkness throne of God? How do you think and despair, linger out the course of they would have received that intel- an agonizing existence-suppose some ligence? How would their shining messenger from heaven to have conranks have crowded round to pro. veyed the same glad tidings which claim his glory, the glory of the angels conveyed to the shepherds, only begotten of the Father full of "Unto you is born a Saviour who grace and truth? Brethren, compare is Christ the Lord”-suppose them to have been told that their everlasting | Spirit to awaken in him a deep feeling chains might be broken, the flames of of the love and gratitude which they unextinguishable fire quenched, the owe to their Lord and Master. Breworm that never dies destroyed, and thren, you yourselves are the objects themselves once more lifted from hell of his love. To you is given what was to heaven, and reinstated in all the joys denied to angels, to throw yourselves and glories of their Father's house-I at the feet of your great and glorious do not ask how the intelligence would benefactor, of your crucified and risen have been received by them, because Lord, of the Saviour who ever liveth we are altogether unable to conceive to make intercession for you—who, how such intelligence would act upon even now, has not divested himself minds that had once risen in open re- of the nature of man
nan-who is, even bellion against God, trampled on the now, not ashamed to call us brethren, riches of his grace, and polluted the but on the throne of ages, and amidst · brightness of his immediate presence; the innumerable company of angels, but this I may say with confidence, and the splendours and glories of the that they could scarcely receive it eternal God, is still the Lamb that worse than multitudes on earth, that was slain. This is the Saviour we they could scarcely receive it worse present to you, and this is the Saviour than those who profess his name, whom we call on you to adore and to and live lives of violence and dissi- love. pation, or unbelief, or half-belief-of But, finally, brethren, I may furdedication to the world, when they ther observe, from the doctrine of the profess to be the disciples of a cruci- text, what a powerful lesson it confied Lord—they could scarcely receive veys to us, as to our feelings and conit worse than many who profess the duct with regard to each other. Did name of Jesus, and yet lock up their the Son of God take upon him not the heart against every generous principle, nature of holy and heavenly angels, banish from the soul every noble af- but of miserable fallen guilty men in fection and sympathy, and, professing all our affections ? Was he afflicted ? to live for him who lived for any one Did he submit himself to suffer, that but himself, live only to themselves, he might suffer no longer ? Then, their interest, their honour, their self- brethren, what an irresistible argugratification, their self-indulgence-I ment does his conduct supply for ten. may truly say, that they could scarcely derness, compassion, love, benificence; receive it worse than those who sin, for largeness and liberality of heart and because grace abounds, who dishonour conduct to every breathing creature in the name of Christianity by connect this wilderness of tears! Look at him, ing with it the principles and prac- brethren, conversing with the guilty tices and tempers of a fallen world, woman of Samaria, wiping the eyes of who repay the Lord of life for his the weeping penitent at his feet-conagony and death by crucifying him templating the poor widow, and comafresh, by driving home again the nails mending her, as she cast in her two of the cross and platting a new crown mites into the treasury-raising the of thorns for his brow.
son of the widow and delivering him Brethren, if there be any person in with inexpressible tenderness to his this congregation that loves not the mother's arms—and then, can you Lord Jesus Christ, I would earnestly believe, that such a Saviour would not pray, that these simple considerations contribute to ameliorate the sufferings, may serve with the power of the Holy and increase the comforts of those of
whom I am the advocate to-day?} that one hundred and fifty cases have
feel how much it consisted in visiting the there is any thing of power in the distressed ;—but, perhaps, there is a arguments which have been adduced single point on which I may dwell. from Scripture to-day, that your It is observable, with regard to every
gracious Lord so loved you, as to be act of our Lord, which was directed willing to stoop to your wants and neby the object of advancing the bodily cessities, though he was rich to bemeans or comfort of those around him, come poor, that you, through his pothat their souls were never forgotten; verty, might be rich—if that is the that if, with the one hand, he strived to case, then, brethren, let the supportmitigate suffering, with the other heers of this institution have your aslaboured to promote holiness. And sistance in so pure and benevolent a such, brethren, I believe, is especially design-let those in this congregation, the object of the institution, which I who know the comfort of having their am begging you to assist. I believe I own wants almost anticipated in their may honestly say, that their object is peculiar circumstances, let them hasnot merely that these women should ten to make others, in a less favourable be comforted in an hour in which they state than their own, on whom Promuch want comfort, but, in the lan- vidence has lavished his bounties less guage of the apostle, " that they should largely, partakers of your own comfort be saved in childbearing." Their ob- and your own happiness, for if you exject is, that, perhaps, the only hours pect more of comfort yourselves you of solitude and repose in that life of a must be ready to give it to others. poor woman should be watched over, May this congregation comprehend, should be seen for purposes of religion, among high and low, many happy that she should find a tender and in- mothers and holy children, and may telligent and spiritual friend and in- he, who is the Father of mercies and structor standing at her bed-side the God of all comfort, bind each of smoothing her pillow and binding up you, one to another, with the same the wounds of her heart, that this golden chain by which he has, I trust, should be a season consecrated to re- bound many of you to himself, even ligion and to the salvation of the soul. for ever; and as Christ took upon him,
I need not enter further into the not the nature of angels, but your nacase; I believe the particulars with ture, may you endeavour, brethren, regard to this institution are sufficient to manifest his spirit and to walk in ly known to the great mass of persons, his steps through the several stages of who are attending this place of wor- your earthly pilgrimage !
ó ship. I might, perhaps, remind you,
DELIVERED BY THE REV. J. H. EVANS,
AT JOHN STREET CHAPEL, KING'S ROAD, APRIL 3, 1831.
Colossians, iii. 1, 2.-"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are
abore, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth."
The resurrection of Christ is one of this blessed event, which will be the the greatest events of the Gospel; perfection of the church, the resurperhaps the most glorious circum- rection of our dear Lord is the great stance in it. It is, as it were, the pattern. And besides all this, it is acceptance by the Father of the great the effect of his resurrection, that work of atonement. It is the broad every spiritual blessing descendeth to seal of heaven put upon the one sacri- the church ;—that any souls are confice, by which he did for ever perfect verted, that any heart is quickened, them that are sanctified. It is the that any work is revived, that any open declaration, that the debt has backslider is restored, that we expebeen perfectly cancelled, that the ten rience the renewings of the Holy thousand times ten thousand talents Ghost, without which we should be have all been paid, that he who was of all men the most wretched, is the made sin for his church, though he blessed and immediate effect of our knew no sin, has been pronounced Lord's resurrection. He arose that he righteous, that they might be made the might intercede for blessings on his righteousness of God in him. But, in people; and he intercedeth ever, and another point of view, the resurrection we want him ever, and we have that of Christ is in a covenant sense the which we want. resurrection of the church; for as every member of his body was in the as our text this morning, the arguFather's eye crucified with him, when ment of the Apostle runs somewhat in he hung upon the accursed tree, so this way—“If ye then be risen with that they suffered in their head; so Christ.” He did not suppose, that all also, in the resurrection of their head, the Colossians were certainly the elect do they all participate ; and when he of GoD-he did not know certainly rose from the dead, it was, in a glo- that all the church of Colosse were rious sense, the church rising with made partakers of saving grace; that him. I trust that this part of my is more than could be said of the subject may not be lightly thought of twelve, for there was among the twelve by any that hear me; for it is one of one that was not. Let this have its the greatest glories of the Gospel. due effect upon our souls—let no cir.
His resurrection, too, was, as it cumstances of an outward nature blind were, the great example of our resur
our minds to the subject of personal rection. The spirits of the just made religion. It is not outward things, perfect are now, I doubt not, un. however excellent-it is not outward utterably happy; but the perfection of things, however in accordance with the their happiness shall be when their mind and will of God, that will stand bodies are united to them, and of us in stead, or do us good in the trying
as In the passage that I have quoted