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falsehood, and say, we did not see them. Will you not believe these men too, when they tell you, that all this was done, not that they might become rich and great, but that they might teach men to be good, to lead good lives, to do every thing that was good, to believe in Jesus Christ, and to obey him, and by giving up all sin and wickedness, to follow their Saviour into those mansions in Heaven, which he has gone to prepare for all who love and serve him.
Jesus Christ then is the well-beloved of the Father God Almighty: in him God Almighty is well pleased. In him, I now, my friends and brethren, exhort, entreat, beseech you to believe. You will find him and his laws your best guides through life: you will find bim your only friend on the bed of death. On that bed, on which we must all lie down never more to rise in this world, when all that friends, and masters, and physicians can do to save you will be as nothing, your belief in your Saviour Jesus Christ
will keep up your fainting spirits, and support your departing souls. And when
you leave the body, he will say to you those blessed words, Come, ye blessed of my Fa
. ther, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. My sheep, says Jesus Christ, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
You must therefore believe in Jesus Christ, you must take him as your priest, your prophet or teacher, and your king. He is your priest, because, as priests formerly offered sacrifices for the sins of the people, he offered up himself to God, he yielded up his body to be crucified and killed for the sins of all who repent and believe in him. On account of his death, God is pleased to forgive us all that is past. He is your prophet or teacher, because he eaches you, in the
in the Bible, all that you ought
to do, your duty to God and to him, to yourselves, and to others. He commands you to keep his commandments, tells you it is the best proof of your love for him, and leads you to be holy and good, as he himself was holy. He is your king, be. cause he forms in this world a kingdom of holy and righteous people, and will place them with him in his holy and heavenly kingdom in another and a better world.
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If you wish to know what he expects you to do, you must come and hear me read it out of the Bible. You cannot, most of you, read yourselves, and therefore you must hear it from me. nothing but what the Bible, that best of books, teaches me. And now out of that same Bible I tell you, by way of conclusion, that it is your duty to work as well as to pray. We are all obliged to labour in this world in one way or other. Our Lord
himself worked with his own hands. His. companions, the apostles, worked with their own hands. If any man will not work, neither should he eat, says one of them. Some work with their minds, and some with their hands. Some must think, while others labour. You, my friends, are to be contented and satisfied : you are to be orderly and obedient to your masters, and all who are over you. You must lead peaceable lives, else you will not do as Christ commands. Stebdet for
This world is the place of trial; here we shew to our God, how we believe and what we are: the next world will be the place for reward, and as we behave here, we shall be rewarded or punished hereafter. erode
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ST. MATTHEW iv. 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil.
As most of you, my friends and hearers, cannot read, I have determined to tell you what is said in the Bible, because, if
you do not know all that Jesus did, and said, and suffered for my sake, for your sakes, and for every body's, you cannot be Christians, you cannot be saved. I have told you already a great deal about John the Baptist, and I hope you remember it. I told you when you were here last, that though our Saviour Jesus Christ was much greater than John, being the Son of God, yet he requested to be baptized by him, and was baptized in the water. You remember, I