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make you heirs together with him of an inheritance, that never faileth, kept in the mansions of glory, for all who love and serve their blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ the righteous.

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LECTURE XX.

St. MATTHEW viii. 23, 24. And when he was entered into a ship, his

disciples followed him; and, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

In my last Lecture, I told sach of you as were here, of some wonderful things, which our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did. These things shewed that he was more than man--that he was God. And indeed, if he had not been God, he would not have been able to save and redeem a whole world from death: if he had not been without sin, and no man is without sin, he could not have saved a whole world from sin. Your Saviour was

pure, and harmless, and undefiled: he did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. This made him a fit sacrifice for a world of sinners. If it had not been for him, this God as well as man, you would have died in your sins, and you would have suffered for those sins the punishment of hell-fire. Will you not then love and serve your Saviour? When I give you an opportunity of hearing all about him, of knowing him and serving him bere, and being happy with him after your deaths for ever : why will ye not come and hear me? Why will you stay away, let any idle excuse draw you away from Church, when by coming to it you may learn to save your souls alive? I can only pity those, who are so lost to their own true good, to the good of their souls, who act so foolish and wicked a part. I must be contented to let these go on in their wickedness and their ignorance. I can only wash my hands of them, I can only know that I have done my duty to them, and that they cannot tell me,

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when I and they shall meet together before Jesus Christ to be judged, we were ready to hear, if you had been ready to teach us: we should not now have been damned to hell-fire, if you bad told us, when we were upon earth, of our Saviour! This cannot now be the case: for here I am, ready to take all pains to teach you and improve you. The fault will be yours: your condemnation will be just. I trust and hope and

pray to God, that what I say will bave a good effect on the well-disposed amongst you, and make you as anxious to receive instruction, as I am, God knoweth, to give it.

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who went all about the country, telling people to repent and to believe the Gospel, and shewing them all that they should do and believe, now went into a ship, in order to sail to some other part of the land of Judea. His disciples went with him. They were well-meaning, sincere people, and

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they were resolved to follow him, wherever he went. They left all to follow him; they had left their homes, their friends, and their trades, to be with him constantly, to hear the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. How much less is expected of you to be Christians? You need not leave your homes, your friends, or your business. You can enjoy them, and pursue them, and still be Christians. You have only to come here once in every week, pray to God and hear your duty; and you may for the rest of the week go about your usual business, receive pleasure from your families and your homes, remembering only to keep yourselves without sin, and living always as in the presence of your God and Saviour, serving him, both in your prayers and in your work, with all humility and sincerity of heart.

When our Saviour and his disciples were in the ship, a great storm arose: the ship was covered with the waves,

and was

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