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end in our final ruin. Our table will become a snare and our prosperity destroy us. The doctrine of the cross will be a stumbling-block, and a savour of death unto death to us. In this world we may be comforted, but in the other world we shall be tormented: here we may receive our good things, but there our evil things. God will be better to his people in the end than they expected, and worse to the wicked than they feared. If we be right in ourselves, every thing will be right to us: but if we be wrong, every thing will be wrong to us. "Unto the pure all things are pure; but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled." Titus i. 15.
4. If our good be God's end, let his glory be ours: if he seeks our happiness, let us seek his honour. Let us be thankful for all his dispensations in providence and grace; for "whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me." Let us also be fruitful; for "herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit." The more we aim at his glory, the more we possess of true religion, and the brighter our evidences of interest in him. Let our great concern be that Christ may be magnified in us, whether it be by life or by death then we may say with Paul," For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Psal. 1. 23. John xv. 8. Phil. i. 20.