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SERMON LIV.- 1 Corss. iv. 1, 2. page.

Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and

stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required

in stewards that a man be found faithful,

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SERMON LV.-Romans vi. 12, 13.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should

obey it in the lusts thereof : neither yield ye your members

as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin ; but yield your-

selves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and

your members as instruments of righteousness unto God, 276

SERMON LVI.-Luke xviii. Ing.

......He that humbleth himself shall be exalted,

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SERMON LVII.-Psalm cxix. 173, 174, 175.

Let thine hand helpipe; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have

longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.

Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judg-

ments help me,

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SERMON LVIII. -JOHN xvi. 26, 27.

At that day ye shall ask in my name: And I say not unto you,

that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father himself

loveth you,

have loved me,

and have believed

that I came out from God,

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SERMON LIX.--HEBREWS xii. 28, 29.

Wherefore we, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,

let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably

with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming

fire,

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SERMON LX-ISAJAH xxii. 12-14.

And in that day did the Lord of Hosts call to weeping, and to

mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth;

and behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep,

eating flesh and drinking wine; let us eat and drink, for to-

morrow we shall die. And it was revealed in mine ears by the

Lord of Hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from

you till ye die, saith the Lord God of Hosts,

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SERMON XXXV.

2 CORIN. xii. 9.

He said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee.

In the foregoing verses of this chapter, the Apostle relates an extraordinary revelation he had been favoured with, above fourteen years before the date of this epistle. He informs us, that “ he was caught up into paradise," or “the third heaven (whether in the body, or out of the body, he could not tell) where he heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful,” or possible, “ for a man to utter.” This probably happened soon after his conversion; and was graciously intended, either to remove those doubts and fears which the remembrance of his former conduct might naturally occasion, or rather to fortify his mind against the trials and sufferings he was af. terwards to meet with in the course of his ministry. One should imagine, that such a glorious manifestation could not be liable to any abuse. Wben Satan would have tempted our Lord to worship him, it was by giving him a sight and offer of all the kingdoms of this world; and we readily admit, that such a temptation might prove very fatal to us. Earthly objects bave indeed too pow. erful a tendency to inflame our sensual appetites, and to alienate our hearts from God; but surely no danger can be apprehended from a view of heaven. The glories of the upper world, a display of those things above, upon

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