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when all the wicked shall be destroyed from the face of the earth, and "all the nations that forget God be turned into hell.” Repent, repent, repent, therefore, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand; repent and have faith in Jesus; hear the words of the Lord to your edification and immortal souls sal. vation; manifest your love and obedience by keeping the commandments of God, and walking with him unblameably, in holiness; for without holiness none shall ever behold his glorious majesty, or enter into his eternal kingdom of glory. May many yet in the eleventh hour, find remission of sins through the merits of Jesus; be justified and sanctified by the blessed God; through the Holy Ghost, become meet to be made partakers of the inheritances of the Saints in light, and to have their joy and rejoicing with God and bis holy angels forevermore. Now unto the Triune Father, be endless praise, thanks and blessings, dominion, majesty and power. Amen and Amen.
THE GLORY OF GOD.
Father, glorify tły name. Then came there a voice from
heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
John, 12th Chap. 28th verse. The preceding words of our text our blessed Lorc spake some time after his ministry, soon after Mary anointed his feet, and his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, welcomed and escorted by hosts of his saints and followers, who spread their garments in the way, crying Hosanna! Hosanna!!Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. Glory to God in the highest.
Aware of being near the end of his mission, when the great object should be accomplished for which our blessed Lord was made manifest in the flesh, suffered shame, persecution and distress, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief, who had committed no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth, but for the glory of God and the salvation of sinful men, had left his high and glorious abode to sojourn on this distorted earthly ball, subject to heat and cold, earthquakes, storms and tempests, with no certain dwelling place here below, and no place where to lay his devoted head; hear himself on the subject: « The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” Which deprivation he endured without a murmur, although his soul was frequently in trouble, as we see in the preceding verse and elsewhere, for God had laid upon him the iniquily of us all, from the begin. ning of the world to the end of time, that none might be lost, but that all might obtain a knowledge of salvation through his obedience.
While the Eternal Father was looking abroad upon the sons of men, and unable to discover any one with whom to entrust this mighty work of redemption, lo! the Saviour said, “I come to do thy will, O God;" and in due time through the wisdom of the all-wise and ever blessed God, became incarnate, when the sons of light again shouted for joy and sang “ Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and to men good will.” And he grew up in wisdom and stature, and became emphatically the Prince of Peace and the Saviour of the world. For at the age of twelve he began to persuade men to leave their folly and endeavored to turn the ignorant to the wisdom of the just.
Behold him with his holy band of twelve devoted champions, traversing deserts and through forests, wandering to reclaim the lost sheep of the house of Israel and collect them into his fold; and when thousands upon thousands were gathered together to hear his Angelic voice in strains celestial meander through the dense multitude in sweetest accents of love and sympathy for the weal of their immortal souls; and then when the blind, through his virtue, received their sight, the broken and lame were made whole, the deaf restored, the devils cast out, and the sick healed, the toils of several days ministration nearly over, he commanded the fatigued multitude to be seated in companies upon the green grass, he took a few loaves and two fishes, blessed and brake and had them distributed through this vast congregation, miraculously multiplying it until all were filled and baskets full of fragments remained; many were convinced of their unbelief, and constrained to exclaim, “ Emmanuel, God with us."
Thus the Lord of life and glory went abroad doing good and ministering unto dying men, in a humilitating way, as a servant among servants. O boundless love! O the depth both of the riches and grace of God, his ways are past finding out. Truly he is every where in his glory, through heaven, air, earth and oceans all, and when the tempest howls and the sea roars, threatening death and destruction to puny man, with the few words, "peace, be still," he stays the storm and calms the sea; the winds steal away and the waves which raged furiously, crouch beneath his feet, and all is still. The same he effects in the repenting sinner against the devil's work in his soul, when he foams and rages furiously, he casts him out and a sweet calm ensues, with joy unspeakable and full of glory, with thanks and blessings to God the Prince of Peace. Thus the works of the devil are destroyed and the Lord God is glorified.
The whole career of our blessed Saviour on earth redounded to the glory of his heavenly Father and the welfare of human kiud and also to the brute creation, for as men become civilized, truly refined and exalted in holiness, they are more merciful, because the blessed Christ inculcates mercy,“ be ye merciful as your Father in heaven is merciful;" by consequence every living thing about a true christian will fare the better, and thanks be to the Lord for it; for where is the difference between savages, and even some mis. called christians, and the wild beasts, unless it be on the side of the latter, who scarcely ever destroy one another until compelled by hunger. But not so with those whose hearts are the habitation of devils, even legions of foul spirits, thirsting for blood, whose cravings are never satisfied, tormenting and inventing torments for their fellow beings that are not of their abominable caste; even their accomplices are not permitted to escape, but they tear each other as dogs, with hellish malice full; and then the innocent brutes will, at times, be made partakers of their cruel mercies ; surely there is no peace for the wicked, as declared in holy writ. They know not the Prince of Peace who dwells in the sons of light, and causes all things to contribute to their happiness for time and eternity; but are full of the evil one, whom Christ came to bi uise and destroy, and whom he bound in chains until the
jment of the great day, when the wrath of God will be revealed against him and his ungodly followers to doom them to misery and torments, to blackness and darkness forever.
As the ambassador of the high and holy God, I call upon you through these pages, to make your peace with him ; to be reconciled at the foot of the cross, through faith in Jesus and his precious blood, which cleanses from all sin, and which is yet offered as a purifier of the affections and lusts of the flesh; all vile, unholy propensities ever at variance with godliness, and the life of God in the soul, for the carnal mind is at enmity with God, therefore cast ye out this bondman with all his filthiness and take in the free; be converted, justified through faith in Jesus; persevere in prayer to our heavenly Father through Jesus our Mediator, that ye be sanctified and established in holiness, and may glorify God in your souls and bodies, for they of right are his.
Every follower of Christ will thus contribute to the glory of our Holy Father, whom Christ came to glorify, and did glorify in all his ways, among the children of men, as Jehovah himself testified in our text, and that he would glorify his name again; alluding, doubtless, to the further progress and final triumph of our blessed Saviour's passion.
That to him belongeth all glory who is himself all glorious, dwelling in transcendent glory, and being the King of Glory, none of an enlightened understanding will, we presume, dare to deny. O the most excellent glory, from whence cometh every good and perfect gift; every thing lovely, amiable and delightful, for God is love, and they that dwell in God dwell in love; in love unspeakable and full of glory, being the temple of the Holy Ghost, the comforter who instils into the soul joys celestial and full of bliss; joys of Angels surrounding the glorious throne of the Majesty on High, to be par. takers with them of the happiness of heaven while pilgrims yet on earth; thus Christ has glorified the name of Jehovah, and in his saints he is glorified.
The voice 1 have glorified and will glorify it again, came from the same holy source as that heard by his devoted