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the poor have the Gospel preached unto them ; and blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me. He confessedly did works which no man could do unless God were with Him. He was as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place; as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land-He spake as never man spake -gracious words proceeded ont of His mouth-the common - people heard Him gladly–His doctrine dropped as the rain, and distilled as the dew-to Him gave all the prophets witness—all things were fulfilled which were wiitten in the law of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophets, concerving HimHis testimony was the spirit of prophecy-in Fim all the prophecies had their accomplishment, the types their antitypes, the sacrifices their completion.
Though Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Job; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph ; Moses, Joshua, and Samuel; Melchisedec, Aaron, Phinehas, and Eli; Sarah, Deborah, Hannah, and Ruth; Jonathan, David, and Solonion ; Jonah, Isaiah, Hananiali, Mishael, Azariah, and Daniel ; Peter, James, John, and Jude; in short, all the great and good men and women that ever lived, bad their virtues all combined in one,—that single individual could not bear any comparison with Jesus of Nazareth. All the redeemed will say,- not what the people of Israel said to David, when he wished to go against Absalom, Thou art worth ten thousand of us; but in the words of the Psalınist Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory; or, in the language of the redeemed, Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own bloud, and bath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father ; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Wor hy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Hin that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
He obeyed, yea, He magnified the law as the condition of the covenant of works which He had made with man; for he declared, that one jot or one tittle should not pass from the lav till all was fulfilled. How could He then mitigate, alter, or repeal it as to the Sabbath ? He endured the penalty of death, temporal, spiritual, and eternal, which man had incurred; for He suffered and died, the just for the unjust. In the language of prophecy, delivered, at least, eight hundred years before He came into the world, Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten
the heart, which is both the origin and termination of the circulating system. The wisdom of the Creator is in none of His works seen more gloriously than in the human heart. Not only is this wisdom displayed in those mechanical contrivances which are admirably calculated to produce certain effects ; but in those more mysterious arrangements which are not of a mechanical nature, and which no mechanism can imitate or explain ; producing its regularity, its durability,its power, and its spontaneity. These arrangements surpass, in an infinite degree, all the contrivances of human skill,- whether we contemplate them with reference to their extraordinary beauty, or the perfect adaptation of their parts to the purposes for which they were designed. In propelling the blood through the body, the heart contracts with great force, and exerts a pressure equal to, at least, about one hundred pounds. The heart contracts, on an average, about sixty-six tines in every minute, or nearly four thousand times in an hour ; and as the quantity of blood contained in the body, is about twenty-five pounds, of which about one ounce, or one-four-hundredth part is conveyed through the heart at every contraction, it is evident, that in the course of an hour, 250 pounds pass through it; and, consequently, that the whole mass of blood which circulates through the system passes through the heart ten or eleven times every hour,-an exertion, on the part of the organ, scarcely credible, if we compare the animal inachine with the efforts of human contrivance, and consider the delay and difficulty connected with the best machinery of ordinary construction. The heart coniains, or consists, of four distinct cavities, two of which are called auricles, or receiving cavities; and the other two, ventricles, or propelling cavities; the one propelling the blood through the pulmonary system, or lungs, where it is rectified by its exposure to the atmospheric air; and the other ventricle, propelling it through the arteries to every part of the body, when it is conveyed, in a way as yet imperfectly known, into the veins, by which it is again, by valves, or stopgates, brought back to the heart; and so it goes on for threescore and ten, or, if by reason of more strength, for fourscore years. Now, where is the machinery, made of any material whatever, that would work for the half, the quarter, the eighth-part of the time that this fleshly naterial works, and works without the least inspection, or the smallest attention ?
Of the 248 bones, what weight do some of them bear, what friction does some of thein endure; yet, how long do they last, without the smallest attention or consideration of inan! Of the manner in which the 446 muscles, by volition, produce notion,
We are equally ignorant, as we are of the manner of gravitation or attraction. By what power or agency do we proceed in producing the successive elevations, depressions, and advances by which we accomplish progression ? Where are the springs, or the weights, or the other forces, which actuate ordinary machines ? or may not the power exhibited by animal bodies, unlike every other power, be described, in reference to ordinary mechanical sources, as something self-existent and underived ! With respect to this mysterious power, we may observe, that, in general, it is called into action by mental influence, or by a motive, as it is termed, without any knowledge, on our part, of the capability as to its nature ; but with great certainty when the impulse occurs. This impulse is followed by an act of the mind, termned volition. But what kind of mechanical effort or force is volition! It acts, however, upon certain cords, many of them small, but visible ; through which it is conveyed to a soft and fibrous substance, which, by its contraction and relaxation, communicates motion to the solid inflexible substances, the levers or bones which are in the body. The muscles evidently were formed to assist the intellectual operations of man, rather than to generate that motion wbich might be so well performed by animal or material power; and when we reflect on the exquisite fabric of the human body, we are led to conclude, that mere brute force was not the object of all these beautiful contrivances; but that they were intended to co-operate with the inventive or contriving influence of mind. The infant endeavours to imitate the motions essential, for example, to the art of walking; and it may be said, that this act of imitation constitutes the instruction ; but who teaches the infant where the muscles are situated, which must be influenced by the will, in order to produce the effect to be imitated ? This species of knowledge must be produced instinctively, as it is termed; for even if instruction could convey this knowledge, it would be better to trust to instinet; for he who moves at any period of life by anatomical knowledge, will not be likely to acquit himself so well as he who relies upon the dictates of instinct in the ordiwary business of life.
Were it competent or consistent to enter more into detail with respect to the parts or operations of the body of man, it would be perfectly demonstrable, that continued preservation is equivalent to continual creation. It requires equal skill and power to sustain, as to create; and, therefore, by the saine Omnipotent Being by whom all things were created, by Hirn, and Him alone, they all consist.
of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgres. sions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way ; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. His soul was made an offering for sin ; and He poured out His soul unto death; and He was numbered with the transgressors, and bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Never was there any sorrow like unto His sorrow wherewith the Lord afflicted Him in the day of His fierce anger. Therefore did His Father love Him, because He laid down His life, that He might take it again. No man could take it from Him ; but He laid it down of Himself. He had power to lay it down, and He had power to take it again. This commandment He had received of His Father. After He had declared, It is finished ; and said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit, He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. As He died for our sins, He rose again for our justification. After He had risen, He ascended up gloriously on high, leading captivity captive, having received gifts for men, yea, even for the rebellious, that God the Lord might dwell among them. For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross and despised the shame, and is now sat down on the right hand of God. For the suffering of death, He was crowned with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man. He is now exalted as a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins unto Israel. By grace now we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Those, therefore, who beliere in Him as the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Saviour of the world, so as to rest upon Him alone for salvation, are justified from all gs from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses, (Rom. iii, 20-26.)
Now we know, says the Apostle of the Gentiles, that what things soever the law saith, it saith to thein who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God withont the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ, unto all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely ry His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness, that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation ; even so hy the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men to justification of life. For as by one inan's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered, that the offence might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord, (Rom. v. 18-21.) These pas sayes clearly manifest how believing sinners are justified, sanctified, and saved. The saine apostle traces this distinguishing mercy to its source in these words, Moreover, whoin he did predestinate, them he also called ; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, thein he also glorified. The process of regeneration, conversion, and sanctification, is not noticed ; for it belongs to another agent; but the same God working in all. They have the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth; to bring to their remembrance the words of Jesus; and to apply to them all the benefits of His redemption ; to take of the things of Christ, and shew them unto them; to be for ever with them; and to comfort them with all the consolations of God. He regenerates them through the word of truth, converts them from the error of their ways, and sanctifies then through the truth. They are now of the household and fainily of God; are adopted into His family, and have the spirit of adoption, whereby they cry, Abba, Father, (Rom. viii. 15.) Justice is now satisfied, and mercy glorified, and grace reigus unto righteousness, through Jesus Christ their Lord. For He hath made Him to bé sin for them, who knew no siu, that they might be made the righteousness of God in Him. They are built upon the foundation of the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ fliinself being the chief corner-stone ; in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord. Upon this rock-His Godhead and inanhood-He has built His Church ; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. This is the corner-stone, elect and precious, which God hath laid in Zion ; which, although it is Now-u-days despised of too many builders, yet it is become, and shall ever be, the head stone of the corner. This is the Lurd's doing; and it is marvellous in our eyes. Being firmly