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near kinsman: then I have near com- house Beelzebub, they will not so munion and fellowship with him in call those of the household ? Herein his sufferings. I trust there will be you have an honour above many of a great number who, with their hearts the saints; to you it is given, not to prompted by a Saviour's love, will believe in him only, but also to suffer come to his table having an earnest with him. Take care that it is sufdesire to commemorate his death. fering for his sake-not for your own But how are we coming? we must unholy walk - for your irreligion come with a desire to have fellow instead of your religion : but if it ship with him in his sufferings. We arise simply from your devotedness must come boldly to a throne of grace; to the Lord Jesus Christ, and your but we must come with his merits in acquaintance with him as your Saour hands, with his átonement before viour and your Friend, bind the us. We must recollect that all com- | scorn about your brow as your glory, munion we have with the Father and rejoice that you have fellowship through the Spirit is through his with Christ in his sufferings. flesh: but we have no fellowship But what end is to be attained by through his sufferings except in pro- all these desires expressed by the portion as he is present in his ex | Apostle? It is this : “ BEING MADE cellency with us. Oh that we may CONFORMABLE UNTO HIS DEATH." If have fellowship with his sufferings ; I know him, increasingly, experiknowing that his blood cleanseth mentally, and superlatively-if I know from all sin ; that his sufferings have the power of his resurrection in my made our peace with God; that a justification, in my sanctification, in guilty, weak, and helpless worm may my edification, in my glorificationfall into his hands, and through his by partaking of the benefit of his sufferings receive mercy for our in- sufferings, by communing with him gratitude, wisdom for our folly, peace through the channel of his sufferings, for a troubled conscience, and all the and in any way being made a parblessings of his rich salvation. taker of the same sufferings myself,

We have fellowship with him in why then I shall be “made conformhis sufferings; because enduring for his able unto his death.” sake the same sufferings which he en- ! Why does not the Apostle say, dured. Is the world frowning upon “ Being made conformable unto his you? Does Satan tempt you? Do life?" One would suppose that that you find some manifestations of per- was to be the chief object and ambisecution which have, very happily, I tion of the saint. This is not excluded; passed away from our own country, but his death presents, in a very conyet linger in some holes and corners, | densed form, in a few hours as he in some father's or child's heart? And | hung on the tree, all that we could are you made miserable and unhappy, desire to be on the earth. Now, what as it respects your external condition, I do we see in our Lord when he hung by means of this persecution ? So it on the tree? ought to be; herein you bave fellow-! First, we see in him great patience ship with Christ in his sufferings. under suffering. “He was led as a Should you expect to be better off lamb to the slaughter; and as a than your Lord? Is it meet that the sheep before her shearers is dumb, servant be more free from pain than so opened he not his mouth.” If I the Master? Is it to be supposed know him, I shall have the same that, if they called the Master of the great patience.

What do we see in our Lord on the he saw his mother standing by the tree? Great faith. For though his tree, said, " Woman, Behold thy son Father smote him, and hid his face son, behold thy mother.” . She un. from him, yet still observe he says, derstood it, and he understood it; “ My God, my God, why hast thou " and from that moment that disforsaken me?" He had forsaken him, ciple took her unto his own home," but still his faith enabled him to say, provided for her, and did every thing “My God, my God." And if I know that was necessary to comfort her old him, and the power of his resurrec- age. Children, if you want an extion, and the fellowship of his suffer- ample of filial tenderness, go to the ings, my faith, like my Saviour's, cross. Why should those evil paswill be as great; I shall realize an sions seize you? Where do you learni appropriation of the Saviour to my-them? From the Saviour? What! self, and all his benefits.

disobedience in Christ? No--never: What do we see in our Saviour's“ he went down to Nazareth, and was death ? Great compassion and tender-subject unto them." Where did you ness for dying men; for the men that learn them from? From Satan : and butchered him; for the men that drove think when the frown distorts your the nails into his hands and his feet; countenance, and disobedience rules for the soldiers that divided his gar- in your heart, that Satan is there, ments among them, and cast lots for that this is from him, that you are his vesture; for the people that working his plans, and exhibiting bis mocked him, and said, “ If thou be spirit. the Son of God, come down from the If we know Christ, and the power cross;" even for these people in his of his resurrection, and the fellowdeath we hear him say, “Father, ship of his sufferings, we shall be forgive them, for they know not what made corformable unto his death in they do." Oh, how we shall pray another particular- great lore and for a lost world if we know Christ, tenderness to repenting sinners. There and the power of his resurrection, was a man hung by his side; and he and the fellowship of his sufferings! | prayed, and said, “Lord, remember What pity and compassion will theme when thou comest into thy kingblasphemies of the ungodly excite in dom.” But this man had blasphemed our minds for their wretchedness and him a few minutes before ; this man misery!

had joined the multitude in reviling We see in our Saviour when he him.. But now he repents; now-he hung on the tree, great filial tender- saw his state; now hell was opening, ness. There was his poor mother, and eternity realizing, in his mind; in all human probability, a widow, and all his sins, like an army of solthough we hear nothing of Joseph. diers, each with a drawn sword in his For many hours before his death his hand, rose up before him; and in the mother was standing before the cross : agony of his mind he says, “ Lord, he had nothing to leave her, and she remember me." Many a quiver had perhaps was dependent on the bounty his lips, and many a fluttering motion of heaven for her support. The sight had his heart; but all he said was, affected his heart. O young man, o “ Lord, remember me when thou young woman, if you do not love coinest into thy kingdom." And what your mothers, the blessing of heaven did the Son of God say to this man! never can rest upon you, I am not " Go and make thyself better, and I advanced greatly in years, but I have will receive thee?"" No; but with all been able perhaps to make the re- the majesty of a God, and with all mark in a vast variety of circum- the grace of a Saviour, he turned to stances, that I never knew a child the poor penitent, and said, “To-day prosper in the world that did not love shalt thou be with me in Paradise.” his or her mother. But when we know Oh you that are coming to the table him, and the power of his resurrec- l of the Lord, I charge you in the name tion, and the fellowship of his suffer- of Jesus, that you be conformable to ings, we shall be made conformable to his death in this particular, that you this part of His character who, when be very tender to poor penitents, who, coming to the cross and earnestly who makes no effort himself, and of desiring salvation, seek counsel and course very often sinks, very often is direction from you. Their knowledge in distress, never has that prosperity and their faith may be very weak; and enjoyment which he otherwise but remember that your Master re- would have, even in this world. It ceived å thief, helped a thief, sanc | is the same in spiritual things. A tified a thief, and took this thief to cold wish sent up to heaven will never himself, after he had pardoned him, bring much good into our souls: you as a pledge of his grace, and as a may wish, and wish, and wish ; but manifestation of his power.

you will never obtain unless you ask. If we are conformable to his death, We know the sincerity of a man's then we shall manifest great confi- wishes by his conduct. If a man dence in our heavenly Father. “Father, wishes to be in the society of an ininto thy bands I commend my spirit.” dividual whom he loves,' he will so And if you, tried and afflicted parent, order his business that he shall have are made conformable unto his death, opportunity to do it. If a man wishes you will not say, “ Oh, what will earnestly to rise in his business, and become of my child ?" You who are become honourable in the world, he pressed by difficulties will not say, puts forth his strength, he is conti** See how all these circumstances nually engaged. And do you not are conspiring to bring me into dis wish to be a Christian in this way? traction and confusion. No; but Then prove the sincerity of vour you will say as Abraham did, “ Fa wishes by your conduct. And do not iher, into thy hands I commend my call this legal ; it is evangelical, full Ishmael. Othat Ishmael might live of the Gospel and of the love of the before thee!" You will say, " Father Lord Jesus. “ The love of Christ," into thy hand I commend my circum- says the Apostle, “ constrains me, stances ; rule and regulate them for not to live to myself, but to Him that thy glory ; be my guide and my died for me, and rose again.” friend for ever."

My young friends, be not content This is to be made conformable with any present knowledge or atunto Christ's death. Then, see what tainment which God may have granted you have to do. Take this prayer to you ; but follow on to know the home with you, and say, “Lord, I feel Lord. Take care of the world. There that my temper is not conformed, that are questions sometimes asked me, my habits are not conformed; and such as, “How far may a Christian the reason of it is my ignorance: I go, and yet not contaminate himself do not know Christ, I do not know with the world! Do you think it the power of his resurrection, I do is right that, when my relatives wish not know the fellowship of his suffer- it, I go into ungodly company, attend ings sufficiently. Lord, increase my card tables, theatres, and so on?” knowledge from this day ; exert in There is one answer to such interrome a desire after this knowledge.” gatories : “ Can a man take fire in Then the sweet fruits will be per his bosom and not be burned ?" If ceived in all those who, by the power we will turn to the world, and enter of faith and prayer, thus flee to into it, and still hope to be friends him.

with Christ, and make profession of The mediation of Christ's sufferings the knowledge of his name, our souls and death is the only way to make us will be ruined thereby, and be brought holy and to make us happy. Some into confusion and distress. Whereindividual may be saying, “ This has fore let me beseech you, in the name been my prayer, for many years; of my Lord and Master, to present but I find I do not make much pro- your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, gress." Perhaps you know some per- acceptable unto God, which is your son who is always asking his friends reasonable service. to help him in difficulties in business,

A Sermon,


Hebrews, xiii. 14.

For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

The world in general treats this text of her, therefore shall she not be as though it were what is called a moved.” He “loveth the gates of Zion false reading. Look at the conduct more than all the dwellings of Jaof worldly men, and you would al-cob.” Everything seemed to promost think that the text in their Bibles mise Jerusalem pre-eminence among must read thus, “Here we have a the cities of the earth; and, yet, continuing city, therefore we seek within seven years from the time none to come.” But, my brethren, when the Apostle wrote this epistle, there is no false reading here ; the Jerusalem was taken by the Romans, text as it stands gives us the mind of her temple destroyed, her palaces the spirit of God. Then what in- levelled, more than a million of ference follows? Worldly men are all Jews perished in the siege, and not wrong, faithful Christians are alone one stone was left standing upon right.

another. Surely the Hebrew ChrisTwo important topics of considera- tians, dispersed as they were among tion are suggested to us by this text. all nations, must often have remem

First, That THERE is NOTHING bered the Apostle's words, “Here STABLE OR SATISFACTORY IN THIS we have no continuing city." The WORLD EXCEPT IN CONNECTION WITH Apostle, you remember, was also a THE NEXT. And

citizen of Rome; and on two occaSecondly, THAT AN INHERITANCE sions knew how to assert his civil IN HEAVEN IS PERMANENT, SATISFAC- privileges; and Rome was often proTORY, AND WORTHY OF OUR MOST DI nounced by her poets and orators LIGENT PURSUIT.

“the eternal city," with her Capitol May God grant us his aid, and the founded on an immoveable rock, effectual grace of his Holy Spirit, with her power extended over the while we at this time endeavour to known world: yet the Apostle writing meditate on these things.

this epistle still says, “ Here we have Our first topic of consideration no continuing city.” What is now suggested by the text is this, THAT | become of the citizenship of Rome? EVERY THING IN THIS WORLD IS HERE Where is its record? What privileges PRONOUNCED TO BE UNSTABLE AND does it bring? And where now is what UNSATISFACTORY, EXCEPT IN CONNEC- then was Rome? Is it to be found TION with the WORLD TO COME. in the mouldering columns, the ruined “ Here we have no continuing city.” | arches, the broken statues and crumbThe Apostle is writing to the He- ling relics, still discovered by the trabrews whose affection for the city of veller on the banks of the Tiber! Jerusalem is well known. “When I These things did not constitute anforget thee, O Jerusalem, let my cient Rome. Where are her beroes right band forget her cunning:" this with their conquering legions where was the language of every genuine her senators and consuls where her Jew. And to all appearance Jerusa martial spirit, her liberties, her laws, salem was a continuing city; it was | her high-minded children? They are founded on the hills, surrounded by | gone ; and they have left us this massy walls, fortified by strong bul- lesson-“Here we have no continuing warks; moreover, it was the city of city." the great King. “God is in the midst it is remarkable how the providence of God has brought destruc- mortality ; every journal that appears tion on all the cities, the most famed contains its obituary. for strength and security, which once ! A city is also a place of great resort gave the fairest promise of continu- and concourse ; there crowd follow ance. Babylon was once the strongest crowd like an ever flowing stream. of cities, with its massy walls so broad | The walks of business, the haunts of that six chariots could be driven on dissipation, the halls of justice, the them abreast, and which extended churches of God are continually for at least more than thirty miles thronged; but the individuals who its temples half a mile in circumfer compose the throng are ever changence and a furlong in height — its ing. The stream still rolls on, but the hundred brazen gates, that all seemed drops which compose it are changed. once to promise pre-eminence. And Only analyze a single congregation, now what remains of Babylon ? trace its individual members : a few Broken-hills of ruins, long lines and years are found to witness an entire heaps of dust amid a death-like si-change. The same preacher has other lence, interrupted only by the cry of hearers; the same hearers have anodoleful creatures, the wailing of soli- ther preacher. ; tary owls, and the dancing of wild A city is likewise a place of busisatyrs. And where now is Nineveh? ness and a focus for commerce. But in Its very site is difficult to be ascer this sense also have we“ no continutained, so complete has been its de- ing city.” The business of earthly struction. And what now is Tyre, cities will soon cease to engage our once the crown of cities, whose mer attention or occupy our thoughts. chants were princes, and whose traf- | How triling its importance, how fickers were the honourable of the slight its interest on a dying bed! earth? It is now, says a modern What a nothingness will rest in it all traveller, a mere Babel of broken the moment after death! walls, pillars, and mountains; its Lastly, while some resort to cities only inhabitants a few miserable for business, others we know frequent fishermen. And so with Carthage, them for pleasure. There every one Troy, and Ephesus-once amongst the can find companions to his taste; fairest cities of the earth, but of whose multitudes keep each other in counsplendour nothing now remains but a tenance; luxuries are there accessifew mouldering fragments to mock ble ; fashion reigns; frivolity, vanity, their former splendour, and from time and vice, find there their favourite to time re-echo in the Christian ear. abode. Hence, in large cities, vice

Here we have no continuing city.” and ungodliness commonly abound. And, yet, men, even at this late pe- But in this regard also, there is here riod of the world's history, are as no “ continuing city.” The fashion slow now in learning that desson, as of this world passes away; the pleathey were in former days. City after sures of the world have a worm at city, bas come to desolation, ruin | their root; the end of all these things looks them in the face on every is death. Men may sin with a high side ; and yet mankind will not per- hand; they may join together to suade themselves but that they may laugh modesty and piety out of counfind some continuing city. here. i. tenance, but there is no continuance

A city, as you all know, is a place of in this course ; it ends abruptly, for it security. Now we have no continuing | fails. Some powerful disease treads place of security here. What earthly on the beels of licentiousness--some city, town, valley, or house, is a city lingering consumption follows in of refuge from death? Where is the the train of dissipation-some murcity in which no mourners go about derous violence takes part in the the streets-the inhabitants whereof angry quarrelsome apoplexy lurks never say, “ I am sick?", I need not among the guests at the sensual feast tell you, for every child of God knows -some miserable end or other is there is no such city in our land waiting for the drunkard. Oh, if we there is no such city in the world. knew the secrets of large towns-if Every week that comes has its bill of we could see the miserable beings

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