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with the strains of the creatures of earth, and raises his soul from the glories of nature to the glories of nature's God. Wheresoever he directs his steps, in whatever occupation engaged, he sees, he hears, he feels the presence of his heavenly Father. He sees Him in the hour of his prosperity, as the merciful dispenser of every blessing ; he traces His Almighty hand in the affliction that comes to chasten and subdue; he meets Him even in the house of mourning, as the Comforter that hath consolation to offer when all human hope hath passed away. The particular providence too of his heavenly Guardian reveals itself to him with a clearness and a reality of evidence hitherto unknown. Like the man whose eyes the Lord opened at the intercession of Elisha,* though he may believe and know that he is encompassed by the hosts of his enemies, yet can grace unveil to him a multitude of spiritual protectors on all sides, whom the mercy of heaven hath commissioned to protect him from

In his bible also, though he may have studied it deeply before, there seems to open a store of new and startling truths to the keener vision of the regenerate soul, which, ere that eventful change took place, he had never dreamed of. He feels that there is some deep meaning in the prophecy which declares that men, under the light of the gospel, should be “ taught of God.”* And when, in the house of prayer, he meets his fellow creatures to pay common worship unto heaven, he perceives in those more holy thoughts, and that more absorbed and devoted interest in the solemn proceedings of the place, which the spirit awakens in his soul, that God is indeed present there, and that Christ hath not forgotten his gracious promise that, " where two or three are gathered together in His name, there should be be in the midst of them.

* 2 Kings vi. 17.

every evil.

I am persuaded that the experienced Christian will bear me out in this account of the keener perceptions that are awakened in us by the influence of the Spirit of God. But, however difficult it may be (as it undoubtedly is) in this life, to avoid all delusions, and to fix our eyes steadily on the objects we should pursue, the time is rapidly coming when the eye shall certainly see, and the ear shall actually hear, and the heart shall palpably feel, a thousand times yet more keenly and without deception, its own unutterable happiness, or its own misery and despair. The true Christian can, indeed, even now, as compared with the unrepentant or careless sinner, acquire

* Isaiah liv. 13.

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some distant discernment of these important truths. But still, as contrasted with the perfections of another life, this discernment is but partial and imperfect. Now even the best of us see only through a glass darkly,” but then it shall be “ face to face ;” now “ we know only in part,” but then we shall “ know even as also we are known.” Well indeed did Christ say-inviting particular attention to the wonders of the gospel scheme which he was about to explain, and requiring that all the senses should be awake to tidings of such marvellous import

they that have ears to hear, let them hear.” But even the gospel, as far as we can comprehend it, contains but the early rudiments, the simple beginnings, of those greater mysteries which the future shall reveal. The spirit of promise pervades the whole; the full perfection of it remains for another world. Already the Christian feels that his heart was made for the enjoyment of some greater blessings than he hath yet experienced ; that there are yet, some where in the universe, more glorious objects than his mortal senses have yet perceived. Already " the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” And, while he waits with humble and earnest piety till the

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THE PERCEPTION OF SPIRITUAL TRUTHS.

appointed time of his departure shall arrive, his eye is stedfastly fixed on that better land where there are joys that mortal hath not yet experienced, and where “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."*

* 1 Cor. ii. 9.

SERMON XIV.

ON THE LITURGY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

THE EXHORTATION.

Hebrews x. 25.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another.

In these words Saint Paul distinctly points out two important branches of Christian duty; the one, that the followers of Christ should not neglect the practice of gathering themselves together for the purpose of public worship; the other, that mutual exhortation should form a part of these periodical services. At the time in which the apostle wrote these directions, the assembling together of the disciples was a matter, not only of the greatest difficulty, but also of the most imm nent peril. A religion so pure, as well as so

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