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were earthly in their nature, and limited in their extent. It was only to some principles of our nature that they were adapted, and these they could not long gratify; but the honours of the heavenly world are pure and sublime, fitted to delight every faculty we possess, and subject to no decay of attraction, no failure in power, and no change in security.

This glory shall distinguish the whole man. Jesus hath more power to improve and to adorn than death hath to deface and degrade. The body shall be more beautiful in heaven than ever it was loathsome in the grave; and what was the victim of the worm shall put on immortality. The soul shall rise to gratitude more ardent, to an exultation more triumphant, a communion more intimate, and an affection more tender, than that of spirits who never were the objects of redeeming love. Then its knowledge shall be so clear and extensive, that what perplexed the mind in the present scene shall appear the admirable arrangement of Divine wisdom ; and the love whose coldness gave them so much uneasiness, and excited so many fears of its final extinction, shall then never know a wandering thought, or a languid moment, but shall occupy every feeling and power on that object whose presence is all its desire, and whose favour is all its fe. licity.

The enjoyment arising from those Grecian crowns was often marred by envy at the more brilliant successes of others, and by the fear that, in the novelty of succeeding competitions, they should be forgotten; but perfect love in heaven precludes all such feelings. The heads which wore these ancient crowns were

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long since laid low; the swiftest racer was overtaken by death, and the most athletic wrestler thrown down by him; but this is a crown of life: it is the pledge of immortality, and death is one of the enemies over whom its possessors shall for ever triumph.

2. It is called a crown of righteousness. This was not the title of any of these Olympic crowns. They could only be thus styled in a very inferior sense, as bestowed in strict accordance with the laws of these games on those who were justly entitled to them by their superior vigour and activity; but there are a variety of reasons why this epithet is attached to the object of the Christian's hope.

It is purchased by the righteousness of Christ. Glory so great could only be obtained in a method consistent with the character of that God in whose presence it is enjoyed. To gain for man what he could never have secured for himself, Jesus obeyed the precepts and endured the penalty of the law, and to bring many sons to glory, the Captain of salvation was made perfect through sufferings. His righteousness imputed to them saves them from the hell into which they were sinking, and raises them to the heaven to which no human being could ever have ascended without it. In earthly crowns we see the sovereignty of that mighty One by whom kings reign and princes decree justice; but on this crown of righteousness we see the merit of Christ's precious blood. The crowns won in these games were worn by the victors in proud exultation; but this crown is cast, by the just made perfect, at the Saviour's feet, through whose righteousness they feel, and shall ac

to his mind to increase the terrors of the angel's voice, when he swears that “there shall be time no longer.” Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die; for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Let unconverted men consider that they are fighting against God, and opposing his plans for their salvation. You suppress the movements of his Spirit, and overpower the struggles of conscience. You are aiding Satan in his rebellious devices, and are led captive by him at his will. You cannot expect to prosper in such a contest. Who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle, I would go through them, I would burn them up together. Ye run to the excess of riot, and while ye do so ye are hastening to destruction; and your rejection of the faith of the gospel leaves you no other prospect but that of dying in your sins, and of perdition without remedy. You may hear this with unconcern, but

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shall mourn at the last when your flesh and your body are consumed; and, amidst the agonies of the place of misery, there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth at the remembrance of a life of folly and vice. It is neither wise to live nor safe to die in sin. Receive the truth in the love of it, be ye reconciled to God, and begin this very moment the race of righteousness in deep contrition, holy purposes, and solemn dedication of yourselves to the Redeemer's cause and service, and may he enable you to serve him with zeal and fidelity, in holiness and in righteousness, before him all the days of your life. Amen.

DISCOURSE XX.

DYING PROSPECTS OF AN AGED SAINT.

2 Timothy iv. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me

a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The prospects which have excited the exultation of men fall far below the one which the text describes. The gay and splendid visions which rise before the fleshly mind produce only a momentary rapture. Reason soon detects their uncertainty and their emptiness, while a higher principle condemns them as base and carnal. The efforts made to realize such expectations have occupied the time and the faculties which should be devoted to nobler objects, and led, in many cases, to deeds which have involved men in shame and perdition. In cases where they have been realized, how rarely have they been felt worthy of the fondness with which they have been cherished, of the exertions which they demanded, and of the attention which they engrossed ? No prospects of earthly enjoyment can remain when calamity and danger approach ; they quickly pass away, and leave their place to be occupied by the darkest forebodings; and that same liveliness of imagination, which clothes to his mind to increase the terrors of the angel's voice, when he swears that “there shall be time no longer.” Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die ; for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Let unconverted men consider that they are fighting against God, and opposing his plans for their salvation. You suppress the movements of his Spirit, and overpower the struggles of conscience. You are aiding Satan in his rebellious devices, and are led captive by him at his will. You cannot expect to prosper in such a contest. Who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle, I would go through them, I would burn them up together. Ye run to the excess of riot, and while ye do so ye are hastening to destruction; and your rejection of the faith of the gospel leaves you no other prospect but that of dying in your sins, and of perdition without remedy. You may hear this with unconcern, but you shall mourn at the last when your flesh and your body are consumed ; and, amidst the agonies of the place of misery, there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth at the remembrance of a life of folly and vice. It is neither wise to live nor safe to die in sin. Receive the truth in the love of it, be ye reconciled to God, and begin this very moment the race of righteousness in deep contrition, holy purposes, and solemn dedication of yourselves to the Redeemer's cause and service, and may he enable you to serve him with zeal and fiddity, in holiness and in righteousness, before him

s of your life. Amen.

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