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o obtain mercy.

they which do hunger and thirst after

righteousness ; for they shall be filled. “ Blessed are the merciful ; for they shall “

Blessed are the

pure

in ? heart ; for they shall see God. Blessed " are the peace-makers; for they shall be s called the children of God. Blessed are

they which are persecuted for righteous“ ness fake; for theirs is the kingdom of • heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall “ revile you, and persecute you, and shall

say all manner of evil against you falsely, “ for my fake. Rejoice, and be exceeding

glad; for great is your reward in heaven.”

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The Saviour's promise is sufficient--But would

you hear the testimony of one who viewed it's accomplishment ? You shall hear it

“I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, “ which no man could number, of all “ nations, and kindreds, and people, and

tongues, stood before the throne, and « before the Lamb, clothed with white

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s robes,

VII.

“ robes, and palms in their hands, and disc. " cried with a loud voice, Salvation to our « God which sitteth upon the throne, and “ unto the Lamb; bleffing, and glory, and “ wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, “ and power, and might, be unto our God, “ for ever and ever. And one of the elders

answered, saying unto me, What are these “ which are arrayed in white robes, and " whence came they? And I said unto “ him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said “ unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed w their robes, and made them white, in the os blood of the Lamb”_These are the

poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, “ the merciful, the pure in heart, the

peace-makers, the afflicted, and the per“ secuted”—These are they, who, in the days of their flesh, “ denied themselves, s took up their cross daily, and followed * Jesus,” in the way that leadeth unto life; that way, on which “ the Lord hath " promised his bleshing, even life for everI more.”

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DISCOURSE VIII.

THE DUTY OF TAKING UP THE CROSS.

LU KE IX.

23.

if any man will come after me, let him -- take up

his cross daily, and follow me.

THA

DISC.
VIII.

HAT instrument on which, among

the Romans, malefactors were condemned to suffer an ignominious and painful death, became a sign or fymbol of all that is afflicting or tormenting, vexatious or disagreeable, whether to the body or the mind of man. The utmost torture and anguish were expressed by the noun cruciatus, the infliction of them by the verb crucio,

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DISC.
VIII.

use among

As the punishment alluded to was not ini

the Jews, they must have borrowed the expressions from the Romans; unless, as some learned men think, they had been received before from the Persians, who, it is said, were accustomed to fix criminals to some kind of cross. Such application of the word is common, I believe, to most of the modern languages of Europe. In our own, we denote all events adverse and unpleasing by the general term

of crosses.

Since the time when the Son of God, by suffering on the cross, for the fins of the world, exalted it to a dignity above the thrones and diadems of princes, on which it was soon portrayed as their greatest ornament and highest glory, the word became one of mighty import in the Christian system, of which the doctrine, discipline; and duties, all range under it's banner.

When our Lord pronounced the passage selected for my text, he, no doubt, intended

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