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Strong in the Lord of Hosts,

And in his mighty pow'r;
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts,

Is more than conqueror.

From strength to strength go on ;

Wrestle, and fight, and pray ;
Tread all the powers of darkness down,

And win the well-fought day.

Then having all things done,

And ev'ry conflict past,
Ye shall behold the vict'ry won,

And gain your crown at last.”'

III. The promise which follows. “Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord.” His grace will assist us, and he will guide us to the haven of eternal rest. “If any man,” says our blessed Lord, “come unto me, him I will in no wise cast out." Follow then in his steps, as far as lies in your power on earth ; and if at any time you should depart from the path of true wisdom, remember the invitation, and embrace it swiftly, lest the night arrive, and the day be spent, —your day of grace be past and gone. Carry his cross; it may be tedious, but it points to an immortal home. Follow him on earth that you may live for ever with him in glory. Then will you know, yea, the righteousness of God, and you will experience that happiness which the world giveth not, neither can take away.

Reader ! what is required of thee by God is very little, especially when thine own sinfulness is remembered. And if you desire to be forgiven, you must “ come and return unto the Lord” immediately :-you must confess your guilt, and be sorry for your sin. In a little while the invitation may be no longer yours ; and if you

have not followed in the steps of the righteous, how can you expect your “ latter end to be like his?” Pray for the assistance of the Holy Spirit, that you may cleanse and purify your heart! “ Then shall you know, if you follow on to know the Lord.Are you aware of the importance of renewing your heart; or does it appear to you extravagant ? If you should in the last day be found wilfully ignorant, how will you answer for it to God ? He will require your account; and oh, may you be found blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ! The spirit of God increaseth and diffuseth spiritual knowledge; but the spirit of the world defileth the temple of God. “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” “ Then shall you know if you follow on to know the Lord,” even the deep things of God; “I will betroth thee unto me, in faithfulness, in loving-kindness, and in mercies.”

“ Return, and come to God;

Cast all your sins away;
Seek ye the Saviour's cleansing blood;

Repent, believe, obey !

Say not ye cannot come;

For Jesus bled and died,
That none who ask in humble faith

Should ever be denied.

Say not ye will not come ;

'Tis God vouchsafes to call;
And fearful will their end be found,

On whom his wrath shall fall.

Come, then, whoever will;

Come, while 'tis call’d to-day ;
Seek ye the Saviour's cleansing blood :

Repent, believe, obey !!!

Let him then who sees in what a precarious situation he stands, labour earnestly to crucify the old man with his deeds, and so attain to the high prize of the calling of God in Christ Jesus, which when gained will be to his great and endless comfort. He has left the world and is serving his divine benefactor. Oh, who can adequately picture his happiness? He feels and knows the spirit of God to be within him, with its all-sanctifying influences, and knows now what he did not know before. “For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are his.” Such will lead you to glory, and will be as a well of water springing up in you unto everlasting life. “ There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” “Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die, ( house of Israel ?” “I beseech you therefore, brethren,” says St. Paul, “ by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may approve what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Rom. xii. 1 & 2.) “ Also, thou Son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls, and in the doors of thy houses, and speak one to another every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. And they come unto thee as my people, and they hear my words, but they will not do them : for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument : for they hear thy words, but they do them not.”

Lastly. Improve your precious time, let it not be wasted “in shapeless idleness,” or in attending to frivolous pursuits. Forget the things which are behind: press forward to what is before you. Guard against distraction of worldly cares; a warning most necessary in these our mammon times! See what progress you make

in your love to God and man, and how far you exhibit those holy principles which shone so conspicuously in our blessed Redeemer. Then amidst all the changes and chances of this mortal life, you will be happy in yourself—you will have obeyed the injunction and received its blessing——“Acquaint thyself with God, and be at peace.” You will be longing to realize those beantiful promises in the land flowing with milk and honey, in the presence of our Mighty Deliverer, who hath ransomed thee from the power of the grave, who hath redeemed thee from death ; and with far more justice than it was originally used, you may adopt the beautiful exclamation—“O præclarum illum diem, cum ad illud divinum animorum concilium cætumque proficiscar atque ex hac turbâ et colluvione discedam!”

And now, without redemption, all mankind
Must have been lost, adjudg’d to death and hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fulness dwells, of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus renew'd.
Father thy word is past, man shall find grace ;
And shall grace not find means, that finds her way,
The speediest of thy winged messengers,
To visit all thy creatures, and to all
Comes un prevented, unimplor’d, unsought ?
Happy for man, so coming; he her aid
Can never seek, once dead in sins, and lost ;
Atonement for himself, or offering meet,
Indebted and undone, hath none to bring.
Behold me then ; me for him, life for life

I offer ;

- wrath shall be no more Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire.”

“ O Thou in heaven and earth the only peace
Found out for mankind under wrath! O Thou
My sole complacence! well Thou know'st how dear
To me are all my works, nor Man the least,
Though last created ; that for him I spare
Thee from my bosom and right hand, to save,
By losing thee awhile, the whole race lost.
Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem,
Their nature also to thy nature join ;
And be thyself Man among men on earth,
Made flesh, when time shall be, of virgin seed,
By wondrous birth : Be thou in Adam's room
The head of all mankind, though Adam's son.
As in him perish all men, so in thee,
As from a second root shall be restor'd
As many as are restor'd, without thee none.
* * O unaxampled love.
Love no where to be found less than Divine !
Hail, Son of God, Saviour of Men! Thy name
Shall be the copious matter of my song.
Henceforth, and never shall my harp thy praise
Forget, nor from thy Father's praise disjoin.”

A. M. W. Chelmsford, 12th Feb. 1845.


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