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until the day is over, and the night has come, when it can no longer work. Faith points to life and to the world as a state of probation, preparation, and discipline, and to heaven as a place of rest, recompense, and glory; obedience accepts the trust, acquiesces in the trial of its faith, and gives all diligence to make our calling and election sure, by working out our own salvation, and the salvation of others, with fear and trembling. In all times of need; in every uncertainty; amid perplexity and doubt; when surrounded by clouds and darkness; when tossed by whirlwinds, and amid engulfing seas, faith looks to this will of God as her anchor, her hope, and her compass, while obedience stands at the helm, and steers right onward, bating neither heart nor hope.
Christ's church her ample bosom may expand,
Oft dimmed by envious mists, ne'er undiscerned,
GOD'S REVEALED WILL CONCERNING THE SALVATION
OF THE HEATHEN. As it regards the subject of Christian missions to the heathen, God has revealed his will with a clearness, frequency, and emphatic earnestness, which leave no room
for ambiguity or indecision. Take, for instance, the second Psalm--a psalm inspired a thousand years before the birth of Christ, to be sung with exultation in the temple; to be adopted by God's believing people in all ages, to the end of time, as the joyful expression of their faith, hope, and confident expectation; which has thus for three thousand years been the strong tower to which, in every emergency, the beleaguered host of Zion has fled; and which, in their hours of battle and of persecution, has constituted their rallying cry, and their shout of triumph, and their victorious banner.
“Yet have I set my King, [the Anointed, the Messiah,] upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: Jehovah hath said unto me, [the Anointed,] Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, [as thou sittest at my right hand, fulfilling thy mediatorial work,] and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy posses
and ever, King of kings, and Lord of lords.'
Rev. xi. 15; xix. 16.] Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. [New Test.: “He must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet.' 1 Cor. xv. 25.] Be wise now, therefore, 0 ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, [New Test.: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden.' Matt. xi. 28,] lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. [New Test.: "For our God is a consuming fire.' 'Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.' Heb. xii. 29; Rev. vi. 16.] Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. [New Test.: "Whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.' John ii. 16.]”
Here then we have, in very plain, peremptory, and authoritative language, the will, the decree, of the Father-written in the volume of the Book of his everlasting purposes, and emphatically announced in a psalm appointed for daily use in Zion, and burning, as it has been eloquently said, " with seraphic fire; filled with high themes which never entered man's heart; a summary of truths high as heaven, and deep as hell, before which every one who understands them trembles; announcing a plan of salvation devised in God's eternal counsels, and which it emptied heaven to execute; and condensing a history of all future ages as present to the omniscient mind, for the guidance of his obedient children.”
Here also we have unrolled for our perusal that will of God which Christ the Son came into this our accursed world “to do," and which he ever lives at God's right hand to execute. Here is that will of God which Christ authoritatively enforced in his commission to his church—when on the mount of ascension he spake unto it, and said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;" which he embodied in the short and simple form of prayer delivered by him as the comprehensive summary of all Christian obligation and blessing; which