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your Polly! O for resignation ! -Let my reu mains be laid where you intend to lie. Let our

athes be united that we may rise together at “ the day of Judgment. For tho' there shall be “ neither marrying nor giving in marriage in that “ day, yet we shall know each other and shall re“ joice to meet again, where parting shall be no « more, but all thall be perfect happiness to all " Eternity!"

“ If my dear, very dear husband feel, when “ reading this, what I felt when writing it, he “ will know what comfort there is in grief, what pleasure in mourning! For my heart pants for you! struggles to get free from creature-love ! * Aies back to your bosom! I fancy my arms “ around your neck: my love l'athed in tears :“ but at last both forced to fubmit! I lie pale ! “ My love, mourning, kiffes my clay-cold cheek; “ presses my hand ; bids me speak one more fare“ well-word: but all in vain! His Polly's breath “ is resigned to God who gave it! His heart is “ ready to burst. He looks for a comforter : but 66 she who used to comfort him in time of trou. « ble, is no more !—Therefore fee for refuge to “ Chrift, the Lord, the only help in trouble. • He will support you.

I know he will. I “ know he loves you with an everlasting love ; « and tho' all earthly comforts fail, the Lord is.

your portion! How good he is, in that he • takes me first. For I could not support the “ loss of my dear husband. How often has my 6 heart bled for fear of your leaving me. But « the Lord is Love itself, therefore we will unite " to praise him to all eternity.

Mary Foster."

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SERMON XII.

On the Nature and Extent

OF SANGT IF I CA TI O N.

1 THESS. V. 23, 24

“ May the very God of Peace sanctify you

wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it."

I.

ANCTIFICATION is much spoken of, and

strongly inculcated throughout the sacred Scriptures. Its nature is there described, and its abfolute neceflity and great excellency pointed out in various forns of expression. 66 This is the will of God (says St. Paul *,) even your fanctification;" and his will, we know, is of indispenfable obligation upon all his creatures ; to comply with it, and be made conformable to it, is at once our duty and our happiness. 16 Ye are chosen to falvation,” that is, happiness in heaven, (says he again t,) “ through fanctification of the spirit. Salvation is the end, sanctification the way; -a way in which all must walk who would arrive at that desirable end. For, says the same Apostle, “ Without holiness, (ayvacuos, sanctification,) no

· Thef. iv. 3.

+ 2 Thei. ii. 13.

N 6

man

is Christ gave

man shall see the Lord." Whatever a man aytains, if he attain not. this, he shall be excluded the presence, and denied the blissful vision of God; he shall be shut out of heaven, and thrust down to hell. On the contrary, the sanctified, the o

pure in heart," stand entitled to the inheritance above, as St. Paul declares *, and as the fithful and true witness teftifies < shall fee God," shall know and enjoy him for ever. 2.

' So great is the neceffity and excellency of fanctification, that it is the grand end God has in view in all the dispensations of his providence and grace to the children of men. himself for his church, that he might fanctify and cleanse it: He suffered without the camp, that he might fanctify the people by his own blood." The Spirit of God is termed the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Holiness ; not only because he is holy in himself, but also because it is his office to fanctify and make us holy: and God “ chastens us for our profit, that we may be made partakers of his holiness." Yea, and in every dispensation towards us, whether pleasing or painful, God has this fame end in view, for “ his divine power has given us all things that pertain unto life and unto godlinefs," as well as those exceeding great and precious promifes” whereby these blesings are made over to 175, " that we may be made partakers of the divine nature, having efcaped the corruption that is in the world."

3. Hence it is that much hath been said of fančtification in every age fince Christianity was first establithed in the world until now. It has appeared to be of fuch great importance, that many who have had the glory of God and the good of mankind at heart, have written upon the subject, and not a few of these admirably well. Many excellent things have been advanced

* Ads xxvi. 18.

+ Matt. V. 8.

mankind

upon this point both by antient and modern authors; by our own countrymen and by strangers. And it is a doctrine concerning which there has been but little dispute, unless in our own age, an age fruita ful of controversies of all kinds. And probably it would have been lefs disputed even now, had the Scriptures been more attentively and carefully consulted on the head. But be that as it will, as the subject is by no means exhausted, and as the Scriptures only can make us wise unto falvation, whatever others do, let us consider them diligently upon all points of doctrine, and especially upon this, so manifestly of the greatest consequence. Having then seen the importance of fanctificaa tion, proceed we now to consider,

I ft. Its Nature and Extent, And,

2dly. How we may attain it. And, ift, Let us consider the Nature and Exdent of sanctification.

1. Sanétification is often ascribed in the Old Testament to things without life. In the books of Mofes, the tabernacle, altar, laver of brass, the priest's garments, and various other things used in the Israelitish worship, are faid to be fanctified. So afterwards, in the historical books, the temple and the various utensils in the temple service are said to be sanétified. Now all that can be meant by that expression thus applied, is, that they were feparated from common and profane use, and dedi. cated to the immediate worship and service of God. And indeed this seems to be the primary and origi

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