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These are some of “ the things above," on DISC. which the Apostle exhorts us to “ set our " affections.” I am sure, you all think them worthy of

your very best and warmest af fections. May the consideration of them produce that effect, which a due consideration of them must produce. May they who have neglected to seek them—ifany such there be—now begin to seek them; and they who have always sought them, now seek them still more ; thus receiving in themselves this most comfortable testimony, that they are “risen with Christ;" that their bodies, at the appointed time, shall arise ; and both body and soul ascend to heaven after him, that “ where he is, they may be also.”

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DISCOURSE X.

THE CHRISTIAN RACE.

1 COR. CHAP. IX. PART OF VERSE 24.

So run, that ye may obtain.

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the Apostles communicated to the world; the heavenly reward, and the way to obtain it. The manner of communication well deserves your notice and attention. It is not done in the dry didactic style. There is nothing dull and heavy, All is spirit, and all is life. Their ideas are clothed in such figures, as at once convince the understanding, strike the imagipation, warm the heart, and excite the

affections.

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cold and indifferent, while we read their epistles. They look around on the various scenes of life, and the customs that prevail among those to whom they write. From these they select images calculated to convey

with effect to the minds of their dirciples, the doctrines which they wish to impress.

“ The most splendid solemnities which “ ancient history hath transmitted to us, “ were the Olympic games. Historians, “ orators, and poets, abound with refe“ rences to them; and their sublimest “ imagery is borrowed from these renown" ed exercises.

The games were folem“ nized every fifth year by an infinite con« course of people from almost all

of " the world. They were observed with “ the greatest pomp and magnificence : « hecatombs of victims were sain in ho“ nour of the heathen deities, and Elis was “ a scene of universal festivity and joy. “ We find that the most formidable and

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opulent fovereigns of those times were DISC.

competitors for the Olympic crown. We “ see the kings of Macedon, the tyrants of

Sicily, the princes of Asia Minor, and at “ last the lords of imperial Rome and em

perors of the world entering their names

among the candidates, and contending “ for the envied palm ; judging their feli

city completed, and the career of all “ human glory and greatness happily ter“ minated, if they could but interweave “ the Olympic garland with the laurels

they had purchased in the fields of

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No subject could be more familiar than this was to the minds of the Corinthians, who were besides so often spectators of similar games, celebrated

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the Isthmus on which their city was situated, and from thence denominated Ijbmian. With the greatest propriety therefore the verse, of which my text is a part, is introduced by

• Dr. Harwood's Introduction to the Study and Knowlege of the New Teftament, vol. ii.

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