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ness's approbation of them; since, in addition to the weight of such testimony, in these
times, in favour of Religion, when all earthly
possessions are shrinking from the
grasp, when every decorating splendour of this life is fading away, they will have furnished reflections to render peaceful its awful close, and, perhaps, perpetuate in your Royal Highness's memory an esteem for him, who, with pride and gratitude, subscribes himself
Your most faithful
And obliged humble servant,
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
Deut. iv. 11, 12.—And ye came near, and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire.
St. John i. 11.-He came unto his own, and his own
received him not.
SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS-DAY.
Heb. xii. 22, 23, 24.-But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living GOD, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to GOD the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
FIRST SUNDAY IN THE NEW YEAR.
Psalm lxxiv. 9.-We see not our signs.
HEBREWS XIII. 8.
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.
NOTHING has done more harm to the cause
of Christianity, or furnished stronger materials of objection to the opposer of its faith and doctrines, than representing it as of late original; as a scheme of religion entirely new, and never revealed to mankind till about four thousand years after the creation.
Hence it has happened, that amidst the variety of religious systems, each claiming a divine original, the infidel has classed the christian with other impostures of the day; or allowing, the rational and practical influence of
religion in general, as derived from God's universal law of nature, has disdained to confine it within the ceremonies, or to make it favour the pretensions, of this or that particular church or nation. And hence also, many, who profess and call themselves christians, from neglecting to investigate the evidence of the covenant which was from everlasting, and only ratified at the advent of that Saviour, who from the very fall of man stood forth his intercessor, impeach the unity of GoD's all-merciful design, darken the prospect of universal redemption, abridge the promised benefits of the Gospel, and shut on preceding ages those gates of mercy, which they yet consider as open to themselves.
By those, however, who diligently search the scriptures, and thence deduce their belief, a very different doctrine will be maintained.Holding fast by one unbroken chain of evidence, they mark and acknowledge the antiquity of the faith in the common Redeemer of all mankind. By extending his atonement to ages that are past, they exalt the dignity, they enlarge the efficacy, of the great Propitiation for