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and other daring robberies in the neighbourhood, though place of Solomon's Temple. Not having my companion he had not, till caught in the fact, been even suspected. with me, I surveyed all in silence and rapture; and the He was tried at Gloucester, condemned, and executed. elegant proportions, the glittering gilded crescent, and It need scarcely be said that his employer visited him in the beautiful green-blue colour of the Mosque of Omar gaol. During his interviews with him there, the criminal were peculiarly attractive. A more soothing part of confessed the many crimes of which he had been guilty. the scenery was the lovely slope of the Mount of Olives • How was it, William,' he inquired, “that you never

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As we drew nearer and nearer to the robbed me, when you have had such abundant oppor- city of the Great King,' more and more manifest were tunity ?' • Sir,' replied he, do you recollect the juni. the proofs of the displeasure of that Great King resting per bush on the border against the dining-room?-) upon his city. “ Like many other cities of the East, the have many times hid under it at night, intending, which distant view of Jerusalem is inexpressibly beautiful: luut I could easily have done, to get into the house and the distant view is all. On entering at the Damascus gate, plunder it--but, sir, I was afraid ; something said to meanness, and filth, and misery, not exceeded, if equal. me, he is a man of God, it is a house of prayer_if I led, by any thing which I had before seen, soon told the break in there I shall surely be found out—so I never tale of degradation. “How is the tine gold become dim!' could pluck up courage to attempt it.' In another con- Thus I went onward, pitying every thing and every versation he told him, “Sir, I well knew that old Mr body that I saw-till, turning off to the right, and hav. Rugg was in the babit of carrying a deal of money ing passed up what is called the • Via Dolorosa," froua in his pocket ; many a tiine bave I hid behind the its being the supposed path of our Lord when he bore hedge of the lane leading to his house—he bas passed his cross on his way to his crucitixion, we at length within a yard of me, when going home from the prayer alighted at the Greek convent of Mar Michael. meeting, again and again-I could not stir-1 durst not During the first few hours after our arrival in the touch so holy a man. I was afraid. I always began Holy City, there was little to stir up the heart to : trembling as soon as he came near me, and gave up the lively feeling, that this is really that venerable and beibought altogether, for I knew he was a holy man.' loved place, renowned above all others in Scripture. This is a fact which well assures us that God our sun Hunger, fatigue, and the cheerlessness of an eight-hours' is a shield too."

ride over a peculiarly desolate tract of country, with liv (To be concluded in our next.)

other refreshment than a small jar of boiled rice and

some bread, would have been agreeably relieved by the JERUSALEM.

welcome of pleasant countenances, sufficient food, and Extracted from Jowett's “ Christian Researches in Syria and the a warm room : but our apartments, which had not been Holy Land."

occupied for six months, were toored and vaulted with “On reaching the rocky heights of Beer, the country stone—tire-places are unknown in this land-out provibegan to assume a more wild appearance. Uncultivat- sions were all to seek, and, at this late hour of the day, ed hilly tracts in every direction, seemed to announce, scarcely to be found— Hadjee Demetrius, the servit that, not only Jerusalem, but its vicinity for some miles of the convent, in a sort of broken Turco-Grecian dia. round, was destined to sadden the heart of every visitor. lect, proffered his tedious and awkward services the Even the stranger that shall come from a far land,' baggage was to be looked after the mercenary and clait was predicted (Deut. xxix. 22.), should be amazed at morous guides were to be (not satisfied that was an the plagues laid upon this country: and this became, impossibility—but) settled with and dismissed and, lastmore than ever, literally fulfilled in my feelings, as i ly, as if to diffuse a perfect sadness over our arrival, the drew near to the metropolis of this chosen nation. Ex- storm, which had threatened and slightly touched us pectation was, indeed, wrought up to a high pitch, as during the latter part of our stage, now began to fall in we ascended hill afier hill, and beheld others yet more torrents, similar to those which bad buffeted us on the distant rising after each other. Being apprehensive preceding evening near Sangyl. Every thing combined lest I should not reach the city gate before sun-set, to inspire a feeling of melancholy-congenial enough to Mr Fisk having gone on some way before me in or- those einotions with which the actual civil and religious der to prepare our rooms, I repeatedly desired the condition of Jerusalem deserves now to be contemplated; guides to ask the Arabs whom we met, how far, or, but in no degree harinonizing with those sublimer and according to the language of this country, how many more glorious thoughts, which the very name of hours,' it was to Jerusalem. The answer which we this city generally awakens in the bosom of the Chris. received from all was, * We have been at the prayers tian. at the Mosque of Omar, and we left at noon'-to-day “When the evening had closed, however, and the hour being the Mahomedan Sabbath. We were thus left to for retirement, devotion, and repose arrived, all that I calculate our distance. The reply sounded very foreign had ever anticipated as likely to be felt on reaching this to the ears of one, who knew that, formerly, there were place, gradually came into my mind, and til led me with scenes of purer worship on this spot. • Thither the the most lively consciousness of delight at being in Jetribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to the testimony of rusalem. “This,' I thought “is no other than the Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.' city of David. Hither, the queen of the south came to

“At length, while the sun was yet two hours high, my hear the wisdom of Solomon. Isaiah here poured forth long and intensely interesting suspense was relieved. strains of evangelic rapture, which will glow with unThe view of the city burst upon me as in a moment; spent warmth till the end of time. Here, the building and the truly graphic language of the Psalmist was of the Second Temple drew froin the beholders mingled verified, in a degree of which I could have formed no shouts and tears; and, here was that very temple, made previous conception. Continually the expressions were more glorious than the first, by the entrance of the bursting from my lips_Beautiful for situation, the joy of desire of all nations, the messenger of the Covenant !' the whole earth, is Mount Zion !_ They, that trust in Here, after he had rebuilt the temple of his own body, the Lord, shall be as Mount Zion; which cannot be he began the wondrous work of raising a spiritual temremoved, but abideth for ever !-As the mountains are ple to his father—shedding abundantly upon bis dis round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his ciples the gift of the Holy Ghost, for which they waited people, froin henceforth even for ever!'

in this very city; and then sending them forth as bis Among the vast assemblage of domes which adorn witnesses to the ‘uttermost parts of the earth.' the roots of the convents, churches, and houses, and “Such were the principal thoughts with which I had give to this forlorn city an air even of magniticence, none for some months associated this visit ; and now, all were seemed more splendid than that which has usurped the gradually presented to my mind.

"I felt, I confess, no particular anxiety to see what are seems to mock its base condition. What a contrast becalled the 'holy places. Many have hastened to of- tween its aspect at this distance, and its actual state! fer their first devotions at the sepulchre of our Lord : | Here, the smaller objects not being minutely discernible, so far from having this desire, I feel somewhat of repug- | the glowing strains of David seem as true and lively as nance at the idea : it is enough for me to know, that I they were when they first answered to the touch of his am not far from that scene—that Gethsemane, and Cal- instrument of ten strings- Beautiful for situation, the vary, and the place where the Lord lay,' are all so joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion. Still, there near to me, that I can truly say, I am dwelling in the seem to be her towers, her bulwarks, and her palaces niidst of them. All this, too, my heart can better con- challenging our admiration. But I have now, for more ceive in the stillness of the night-season, than by the than twenty days, known that these are not the towers light of day. And he, who suffered here, still lives or the temple of ancient times. At every step, coming * Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for forth out of the city, the heart is reminded of that proever!' Spiritually he is as near to me, as he would have phecy, accomplished to the letter, "Jerusalem shall be been bad I seen him, this very day, at the ninth hour trodden down of the Gentiles. All the streets are expiring upon the cross : the blood then shed is still wretchedness; and the houses of the Jews more espefresh in its efficacy, and cleanseth us from all sin.' cially (the people who once held a sceptre on this mounIf to have come hither should prove the means of rais- tain of holiness) are as dungbills. ing me one degree higher in love to this adorable Re- “While I gazed, my eyes filled with tears till I could deemer, I would be thankful : but let me remember, look no longer. The frequent ejaculation of the bishop that he desires us chiefly to view him with an eye of of Nazareth came into my mind—Lord, how long!' taith ; and that, although we see him not' in the I thought, too, of those brethren, from whom I had just tesh yet believing, we may rejoice in him with joy parted, and for whose sakes I had an additional motive unspeakable and full of glory.'

to pray, 'Peace be within thy walls !' I then suddenly There is something very peculiar in the aspect of broke off from this multitude of thoughts, which was the Sabbath in these parts. We have never as yet had, growing too painful for me; and, pursuing my journey, indeed, occasion to say, that the adversaries mock at I felt by degrees as though my present mission was, in our Sabbaths ;' but the sensation arising from seeing, some sense, accomplished; and began to indulge more that to the Mahomedans and Jews this is a day of work, warmly, the hope of returning to my family in peace.” and that to the bulk of professing Christians it is, alas ! a day of inore than usual mirtis, visiting, and feasting,

JOHN BROWN OF PRIESTHILL.* alates much of that spirit of sacred sympathy which “ On one of those days, when driven from his home, David so touchingly describes— I went up with the he fled for refuge to a deep ravine, or moss bag, that multitude of them that keep holy-day. I was glad | had been formed by the current of a water-spout, carryWhen they said, Let us go into the house of the Lord !' | ing shrubs, soil, moss, and all before it, to the dale land On this very spot, did David once delight in these Sab- beneath, leaving a frightful chası, amidst a vast field of betic hours ! But what would he think, were his spirit heath. Its deep mossy sides made it inaccessible to to descend from its eternal rest, to see bis stronghold strangers : only the neighbouring husbandmen knew of Zion dismantled ; and his brethren, for whose peace where the brakens hid the rocks, whose shelvy sides he prayed, broken in pieces by the oppressor ? Were conducted to the bottom. In the sides of this natural Solomon again to walk this earth, and view his un- alley were dens and caves, sufficient to hide a large rivalled Temple supplanted by the Mosque of Omar; or company. In one of these Priesthill intended to spend evuld Isaiah know that bis evangelic raptures are still the day in prayer; and had begun to pour out his soul, unrevealed to multitudes on this holy hill of Zion, and in the words of Lamentations iii. 40, &c. when a sweet that the watchmen who should have kept their stand sound reached bis ear, that seemed to proceed from day and night upon the walls of Jerusalem have long another part of the place. At first it was in a soft since held their peace, and sunk into almost Pagan stu- under voice, as afraid to be heard, but soon rose above por; or could the first apostles look round, and ask in all fear, joined with others; and he heard a Psalm disthis place, Who are they that have kept the faith ?

-tinctly sung. what would be the emotions of their re-embodied spirits ! “It is the hallowed sound of praising God; and by We, so greatly their inferiors_not so devout, nor fer- some fellow-sufferers;' said John Brown, as he arose vent, nor conversant with divine mysteries as they.- from his knees, to search them out. And to his no Jer feel amazed and utterly down-cast, when we con- small joy, he found David and William Steel, his template so many visible marks of departed glory. neighbours, and Joseph Wilson from Lesmahago, in the

“At half-past-eleven o'clock, we passed the Damascus cleft of a rock that jut'ed half way into the ravine. gate of the city ; and, in half an hour, reached the top The Steels had had a narrow escape the day before this. of the hill, froin which I had caught the first view of And it was to avoid such harassing that they now fied Jerusalem on my arrival, and from which I was now to to the ravine. Nor did they tiee in vain. They found, see it for the last time.

to their sweet experience, this dreary waste a Bethel ; “ While the servants went on, I rode to a fair green and in their harassings and hidings, as it was with Moses spot, and turned my horse's head round, that I might on the mount, they felt nearest God when farthest from enjoy a few moments' solitary meditation on the view creature conforts. All day they read of God's Word betore me. Surely no traveller would fail to snatch and prayed by turns; and during the dark and silent such a moment. With little bodily strength, and through watches of the night, by turns they prayed and praised. a variety of scenes in which troubles bad been antici- “ The seventy-fourth Psalm was deeply imprinted on pated, though none had been experienced, I have thus their memories, from its being remarkably descriptive succeeded in accomplishing the pilgrimage to the Holy of their situation. The whole of it was sung about City. What good,' I thought, has my visit done midnight; and while the wind carried the sound to the bere? Who will be the better for it? Here—where the dale land below, faith carried the matter up to heaven. Saviour bled—bow have I requited his love ?' These They felt a peace that made them loath to part. Every thoughts rapidly passed through my mind, raising such one was sensible that the presence of God had been fensive feelings as I am no stranger to. "I feel that with them. And in this spirit these poor hunted saints I have done almost nothing: and even if, humanly speak spent the time till morning dawned, and the lark rose ir:g, I had done much, yet I must before my Master above their heads, joining his note with theirs, in praise acknowledge that I am an unprofitable servant. The noon- to God for the light of another day. day sun shines strong and bright upon the city, and

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« The law of the Lord is perfect. The statutes In other words, (and dropping the figure,) when of the Lord are right. The commandinent of the that day shall come, of winich Christ, in the foreLord is pure. The judgments of the Lord are yoing verses, had just spoken so terribly, calling true and righteous altogether. More to he desir- | it that day just because, without saying more, he ed are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold.” found in every man's conscience, a certain fearful It is then the heavenly purity of his maxims ; it looking for it; the last day, which shall come upon is the stupendous heights of holiness which he all the world, as a thief in the night ; the stedfastly pointed to, and besought his hearers, as terrible day of the Lord, when the Son of Man for their life, to ascend along with him ; it is the shall sit on the throne of his glory, and shall ascertainty and determination with which he prophe- semble all nations before him, and the books shall cies of the worldly, and all the careless, as about to be opened, and in the presence of the righteous be cast, both soul anıl body, into hell; it is the tone angels, according to the things that are written of solemn and inflexible earnestness, wherewith, therein every man shall be judged, ---when it even when most compassionate, he kept urging up- shall be demanded of us, for instance, if we fed on us sinners, the demands of his father's law, as a the hungry, and clothed the naked, and bore other being descended to us from a higher and far holier men's heavy burdens, and worshipped God in the world: in a word, it is the whole aspect and bear- spirit, having no confidence in the flesh, and came ing of a speaker, whose soul laboured and was in out from the world, striving always to ascend ani heaviness with this weighty presentiment, that keep high above it, faint indeed, yet still pursuing none but “ the pure in heart shall see God;” our heavenward journey, upheld by the everlasting so that to remain contented in any sin, or to de. arms of him “ who hath called us to glory and to sist from striving to ascend nearer to God in virtue;"—when this, I say, shall be demanded of us, purity, is just, in other words, to renounce salva- it will

, doubtless, be seen how perfectly the good tion. It is this pure and elevated tone in which works of Christ's people are intrinsically diferent Christ

urges the necessity, in fact, of a life and from the good works of the world ; that, in other character conformable to his own; it is this, and words, as I said at first, their house is different in nothing else, which constitutes the grand unrival- its entire form and material, from the edifice of led and indefeasible peculiarity of Christ's maxims the others, and therefore, even for these reasons, or moral sayings. And plainly, therefore, when- might stand when the other is swept away ; yet ever any of us thinks, in good earnest, of begin- our Lord just refers, as I also said, to the one ning to keep them, we are thrown at once upon and the simple fact, that the foundation is all seChrist, as our advocate, for immediate enlargement. cure. And what one thing, more clearly, shall We are thrown upon him at once for preterna- that day discover than the everlasting strength tural supplies of pardon and of strength, which is and stability of that precious foundation ? Jesus naturally none of ours. We feel then, for the first Christ, on that day, passing by all other, however time in our lives, how true is Christ's testimony, weighty reasons, for rewarding such disciples with “ Without me ye can do nothing.” We cry, as a weight of glory, which, from profoundest awe David cried, whenever we begin to think of climb and astonishment, they would almost decline, sayiny these awful heights, “ Lord lead thou me in ing “ Lord when saw we thee an hungered and thy ways. Uphold thou my goings.” “ Hold fed thee, or when saw we thee naked and a stranger me up hy thy hands, for I cannot take one step and clothed thee and took thee in ;”—Jesus Christ

, without thee.” And thus it is, that whenever you I say, passing by the intrinsic excellence of their apprehend distinctly that awfully urgent holiness, preternatural works, will simply refer again to the which is all that makes these sayings of Jesus one sure foundation. He will simply reply—ana Christ so different from the moral maxims of men, his reply is decisive-ye heard my most holy sayyou are driven upon maintaining closest intercourse ings, and knowing well that I called you to deny with Christ, as the great intercessor, by the irre- yourselves, and take up your cross and follow me, sistible prevalency of whose name alone in heaven and ascend, as it were, to the very gate of heaven, you can, even on this earth, work out your salva- and do innumerable things impossible to flesh and tion.

blood, ye did all in my strength, imploring pardon I trust, therefore, you see both how true and and help of God continually, as became a sinner

, how very plain it is, in the nature of things, that in my name, and for my sake, and because of my the man who heareth Christ's sayings and doeth mediation. This, brethren, you well know, is subthem, is a man united to Christ by faith, or, in stantially the only reason which Jesus Christ will other words, resting confidently in his righteous assign; because by raising him from the dead, God, ness and his strength, for renewed pardons and for the everlasting Father, shewed that the righteousadvancing purity. And that, therefore, inasmuch ness of the Son is the ground or foundation of his as Christ is that “ foundation already laid,” which whole gracious procedure towards the fallen and can never deceive him, every such disciple is most redeemed. And thus, on that day, it shall be appropriately likened to a man who built his house abundantly verified, that " when the rain desupon a rock, so that " when the rain descended, cended, and the floods came, and the winds and the tloods came, and the winds blew, and beat blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not, for upon that house, it fell not, for it was founded it was founded upon a rock,"—that rock which is

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pleasure." But though it makes it all the more holy apostles, seemed plainly to have lived and interesting and instructive to know, that such written for no other purpose, than to enforce the were the reflections of the wisest of men,-even commandment to choose that foundation and build when, surrounded with all that could banish care, on it indefatigably, for how ost, and in how many and keep the presentiment of future trouble far ways are we reminded, that “ other foundation away,—there are perhaps but very few, if indeed can no man lay than that which is already laid, there be any, to whom reflections of the same which is Jesus Christ." But observe what is as nature have not occurred, and on whom they are plain, that while our Lord here ascribes the pernot in the way at least of making some such se- fect safety of the one, and the utter ruin of the rious impression about the necessity of remem- other, to the difference in the nature of the foundabering God, and having their religion ready as a tions on which those persons had severally built, refuge against the arrival of some unseen but ine- he also, at the same moment, and as expressly deTitable evil.

clares, that the one is an image or representation of Our Lord, therefore, you perceive in this pas- a man who heard his sayings, " and did them," sage, likens every professing disciple to a man more the other of a man, who heard the very same sayor less occupied about the building of an house, ings of Christ, and “ did not do them. The one, so as to have it all in readiness before the rain building his house upon the only sure foundation,and the floods descend ; and though no doubt he that rock which is Christ,—Was found ultimately distinctly saw, that between the two great classes safe and impregnable, just because he did so ; but or divisions of men who are all so occupied, there he, you perceive, was the very

individual are many points of distinction ;-although, for heard Christ's sayings and did them. The other, instance, be distinctly saw, that while occupied either not knowing or not heeding the only sure apparently about the very same kind of work, in- foundation, built his house upon the sand, and was asınuch as they may all be said to be building an ultimately ruined, just because he did so.

But it house to dwell in, yet it may also be added (if is no less obvious of him in his turn, that he was carrying out the illustration,) that the plans of the very individual man who heard Christ's sayings, their houses are not the same, nor are their mate- and did not do them. On the one hand, there rials the same, nor indeed is there any thing about fore, the choice of the sure foundation, and the the whole style or progress of the different struc- devoted doing of the precepts, are here representtures the saine ;—though our Lord had all these ed as invariably uniting in one and the same perthorough differences perfectly in his eye, it is im- son. On the other hand, the choice of the false portant to notice, that he instances just one, when foundation, and the disregard of the precepts, are discoursing of that which the storm, on its arrival

, as distinctly represented as invariably uniting in dd all in due time discover. The one of these one and the same person. This, brethren, is the houses, he tells us, stood, for “ it was founded upon fact, the plain and simple fact, however it may be a rock," and the other of these houses sell, for “ it accounted for. And just because, as I shall prewas founded upon the sand." He knew well, as sently shew you, there cannot, in the

very nature I have already said, that throughout the whole of things, be any reversal of that arrangement; our form and substance of the buildings, there obtained Lord speaks in this, as in all other passages, of every Tery many, and all pervading distinctions ; but man who heareth these sayings of his and doeth he confined himself to this one, at the foundation, them, as one who shall be saved ; while every because, whatever the rest might be, this one, at the one that heareth these sayings of his, and doeth foundation, was decisive of every thing. And his them not, shall as certainly perish. fixing upon this one distinction, and mentioning To apprehend then how this must be,—so that not another, is just meant to remind us, that when from the very nature of things, of these four

propera the rain and the floods descend, or in other words, ties, which go always in pairs, the very same two are in the day of the great and the final judgment, invariably found together; and no force can transerery thing will be found right, or every thing pose or compel them to change places, and God himwill be found wrong, just according as we are or self having joined them, none can put them asunder, are not on the one tried foundation.

—to apprehend how this is, we have just, in fact, to Now that one foundation, as every person ac- consider what those sayings of Jesus Christ really quainted with Scripture knows, is both expressly are; and what that is which distinguishes those and constantly declared to be Christ himself. To sayings of Jesus Christ from those of all other reprepare mankind for receiving this declaration, the ligious teachers, so that of him it was said truly, prophets, throughout successive ages, testified in “ never man spake like this man." There is evithe name of the Lord, before he came in the flesh: dently nothing in these sayings of Jesus Christ, "Behold I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone, a tried

so ornate or ingenious, so argumentative or prostone, elect and precious, and whosoever buildeth found, as to compel every man's reverence, and thereon, shall never be confounded." And again, cause all comparison with what is earthly, to seem lest any should mistake, in regard to a testimony an impious profanation. And while there is noso perfectly strange to our natural feelings, and so thing in them of what mankind admire in the disimmensely peculiar, not only did our Lord himself courses of each other, what then, it

may

be asked, express, by various illustrations, the very same

is their illustrious distinction ? What constitutes inih, but St Paul, in like manner, and all the their peculiar, indefeasible, and unrivalled glory ? “ The law of the Lord is perfect. The statutes In other words, (and dropping the figure,) when of the Lord are right. The commandinent of the that day shall come, of which Christ, in the foreLord is pure. The judgments of the Lord are going verses, had just spoken so terribly, calling true and righteous altogether. More to be desir- it that day just because, without saying more, he ed are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold.” found in every man's conscience, a certain fearful It is then the heavenly purity of his maxims; it looking for it; the last day, which shall come upon is the stupendous heights of holiness which he all the world, as a thief in the night; the great and stedfastly pointed to, and besought his hearers, as terrible day of the Lord, when the Son of Man for their life, to ascend along with him ; it is the shall sit on the throne of his glory, and shall asčertainty and determination with which he prophe- semble all nations before him, and the books shall cies of the worldly, and all the careless, as about to be opened, and in the presence of the righteous be cast, both soul and body, into hell; it is the tone angels, according to the things that are written of solemn and inflexible earnestness, wherewith, therein every man shall be judged, -—when it even when most compassionate, he kept urging up shall be demanded of us, for instance, if we fed on us sinners, the demands of his Father's law, as a the hungry, and clothed the naked, and bore other being descended to us from a higher and far holier men's heavy burdens, and worshipped God in the world: in a word, it is the whole aspect and bear- spirit, having no confidence in the Hesh, and came ing of a speaker, whose soul laboured and was in ont from the world, striving always to ascend and heaviness with this weighty presentiment, that keep high above it, faint indeed, yet still pursuing none but “ the pure in heart shall see God;" | our heavenward journey, upheld by the everlasting so that to remain contented in any sin, or to de- arms of him “ who hath called us to glory and to sist from striving to ascend nearer to God in virtue;"_when this, I say, shall be demanded of us, purity, is just, in other words, to renounce salva- it will, doubtless, be seen how perfectly the good tion. It is this pure and elevated tone in which works of Christ's people are intrinsically different Christ urges the necessity, in fact, of a life and from the good works of the world ; that, in other character conformable to his own; it is this, and words, as I said at first, their house is different in nothing else, which constitutes the grand unrival- its entire form and material, from the edifice of led and indefeasible peculiarity of Christ's maxims the others, and therefore, even for these reasons, or moral sayings. And plainly, therefore, when- might stard when the other is swept away ; yet ever any of us thinks, in good earnest, of begin- our Lord just refers, as I also said, to the one ning to keep them, we are thrown at once upon and the simple fact, that the foundation is all seChrist, as our advocate, for immediate enlargement. cure. And what one thing, more clearly, shall We are thrown upon him at once for preterna- that day discover than the everlasting strength tural supplies of pardon and of strength, which is and stability of that precious foundation? Jesus naturally none of ours. We feel then, for the first Christ, on that day, passing by all other, however time in our lives, how true is Christ's testimony, weighty reasons, for rewarding such disciples with “ Without me ye can do nothing.” We cry, as a weight of glory, which, from profoundest awe David cried, whenever we begin to think of climb and astonishment, they would almost decline, saving these awful heights,

“ Lord lead thou me in ing “ Lord when saw we thee an hungered and thy ways. Uphold thou my goings.” “ Hold fed thee, or when saw we thee naked and a stranger me up by thy hands, for I cannot take one step and clothed thee and took thee in ;”—Jesus Christ, without thee." And thus it is, that whenever you I say, passing by the intrinsic excellence of their apprehend distinctly that awfully urgent holiness, preternatural works, will simply refer again to the which is all that makes these sayings of Jesus one sure foundation. He will simply reply—and Christ so different from the moral maxims of men, his reply is decisive-ye heard my most holy sayyou are driven upon maintaining closest intercourse ings, and knowing well that I called you to deny with Christ, as the great intercessor, by the irre- yourselves, and take up your cross and follow me, sistible prevalency of whose name alone in heaven and ascend, as it were, to the very gate of heaven, you can, even on this earth, work out your salva- and do innumerable things impossible to flesh and tion.

blood, ve did all in my strength, imploring pardon I trust, therefore, you see both how true and and help of God continually, as became a sinner, how very plain it is, in the nature of things, that in my name, and for my sake, and because of my the man who heareth Christ's sayings and doeth mediation. This, brethren, you well know, is subthem, is a man united to Christ by faith, or, in stantially the only reason which Jesus Christ will other words, resting confidently in his righteous assign; because by raising him from the dead, God, ness and his strength, for renewed pardons and for the everlasting Father, shewed that the righteousadvancing purity. And that, therefore, inasmuch ness of the Son is the ground or foundation of his as Christ is that “ foundation already laid,” which whole gracious procedure towards the fallen and can never deceive him, every such disciple is most redeemed. And thus, on that day, it shall be appropriately likened to a man who built his house abundantly verified, that “ when the rain desupon a rock, so that “ when the rain descended, cended, and the floods came, and the winds and the tloods came, and the winds blew, and beat blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not, for upon that house, it fell not, for it was founded it was founded upon a rock,"—that rock which is

Christ.

upon a rock.”

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