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same time serve your own eternal interest; receive, in few words, the fum and fubftance of this my laft testimony He that believeth on “the Son, hath everlasting life: and “ he that believeth not the Son, thall. “ not see life; but the wrath of God “abideth on him."
By this part of St. John's character and conduct, in how pleasing á manner are the ministers of Christ instructed, that they are to bear teftimony to him, not to themselves; to seek his glory, not their own; that they thould take pleasure in the success of their brethren's labours, by which the cause of their common Master is promoted; that the rising lights of the church should do hònour to those who have
thein, and the setting ones rejoice to be outshone by those who are coming after them; that envy and jealousy, in short, ought to have no place among the disciples of the Lamb of God, on whom defcended and abode the celestial Dove.
SEC SECTION VII.
Confiderations on the imprisonment of
St. John, the mesjuge sent by him to Christ, and the answer returned to it.
ADMIRABLE is the advice of
the son of Sirach to every one who is about to stand forth in the cause of true religion.
My fon, if so thou come to serve the Lord, pre
pare thy soul for temptation. Set thy heart aright, and constantly " endure, and make not haste in time “ of trouble. Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be
patient when thou art changed to “ a low estate. For gold is tried in “ the fire, and acceptable men in the “ furnace of adversity *.” The reformer will proceed but a little way in his work, whose zeal is not backed with fortitude. The apprehension of danger, or even the frown of power, will alter his sentiments; he will see things in a. different point of view, and turn with every blast of fashion or interest, till he himself believes every thing, and his hearers, offended and confounded; believe nothing.
Not fo the Baptist. “What went ..“ye out into the wilderness to see? "A reed shaken with the windt.' No: a column firm and immoveable, against which winds might blow, and Ecclef. ii, 1. + Matt. xi. 7.
waves beat, in vain; one who had fixed his principles, and confidered well, before he entered upon action; one who began not to build, till he had first counted the costs; but who, when once he did begin, would be fure to finish.
A PERSON unacquainted with the world, and the tempers of it's children, might, perhaps, be furprized upon hearing, that a prophet, like St. John, who spent his time in calling his fellow creatures to happiness and falvation, and who coveted no man's gold, or silver, or apparel, was cast into prison. But, as the wise man obferveth, “The thing which " hath been is that which shall be, " and there is nothing new under