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buds; the blossoms are, succeeded by fruit; and the fruit swelis, colors, and matures against the perfect day. All this is owing to the influence of the sun; and the sun is glorified in our fields and gardens. An architect rears an edifice. It is admired for its beauty, or its grandeur by all who inspect it. But the praise belongs to the builder, not to the building; and the workman is glorified in the work. A benefactor takes a youth in all the rudeness of ignorance. He awakens and cultivates his powers. He adorns him with science; he forms him into character; and sends him forth to serve his generation; and the tutor is glorified in the pupil. The Saviour of sinners is the maker of all things; "all things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." And he is glorified in all. Impressions of his power, wisdom, and goodness are left, upon the largest and the least: "All his works praise him." And is he less glorified in the new creation than in the old? Has he not said, "Behold I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered nor come into mind?" If believers were once in darkness, and He opened the eyes of their understanding: if they were once in the bondage of corruption, and Hɛ made them free: if they were once degraded and perishing in all the ruins of the fall, and He made them an eternal excellency, the joy of many generations-it undeniably follows that he is glorified in them. Hence he said, "This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise. They shall be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he may be glorified. I will place salvation in Jacob for Israel my glory."


All the subjects of divine grace are made sensible of this truth. In his name they rejoice. In his right. eousness they are exalted. They know that by his stripes they are healed. They know that from his fullness they receive grace for grace. And as Joab, when Rabbah was ready to fall, sends to David his sovereign to assume the honor, "least," says he, "the city be taken and be called after my name;" so the christian is concerned that his Lord and Saviour should wear the glory of all his attainments and achievements. "If I have performed a duty properly, HE enabled me to discharge it. If I have borne a trial becomingly, HE enabled me to endure it. If I have vanquished an enemy, HE enabled me to overcome it. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth's sake. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and to his Father be glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen."

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Here it may be proper to observe, that as Christians you should never deny what he has done for your souls. Though you ought to be humble, you equally ought to be thankful: but you cannot thank him for a blessing he has never conferred, or a work he has never accomplished.-And why should you be unwilling to acknowledge it? If you can say, Whereas I was once blind I now see: and whereas, I was once dead in trespasses and sins I am now walking in newness of lifeYou are not praising the subject, but the author; and He is glorified in you.

II. He is glorified IN THEIR HOLY WALK.

Dr. Watts has well observed

Thus shall we best proclaim abroad,
The honors of our Saviour God;
When the salvation reigns within,

And grace subdues the power of sin.

These lines refer to the address of Paul to Titus; "Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things." I wish you to notice this address the more, because of the character adduced. It is observable that in the illustration of his subject, the apostle does not bring forward a prince, or a nobleman. He does not mention even a master-but a servant. How easily and commonly men deceive themselves! How many are ready to imagine, that they should do wonders if they were placed in higher stations, or were possessed of greater talents! But they forget, that, he who is not faithful in little will never be faithful in much-that every individual, however situated or endowed, has some influence-that even a servant may roll away reproach, and recommend the gospel by its amiable and moral operation in social life-even a servant may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour" in all things."

Upon the same principle speaks the apostle Peter. He supposes a case by no means an unusual one, The wife is called by divine grace while the husband remains unconverted. She naturally feels a concern for his salvation. Her first endeavour is to bring him under those instructions which have proved useful to her.

self. But he refuses to hear. He will not obey the word. Is there then no other moral expedient? Says the apostle, you may "win him without the word" while he beholds "your chaste conversation coupled with fear," and sees that you are less attentive to the decoration of your persons than to the cultivation of christian tempers, and especially that "ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price."

Let us not hastily pass over this part of our subject. Profressors of religion! Be harmless and blameless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a wicked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" holding forth the word of life." The eyes of many are upon you anxious to find something, not to remove their unhappy prejudices but to confirm them. They judge of your religion by you. You say this is wrong. It is. You appeal to the scripture; but they appeal to you and the only estimate they form will be taken from the representations you give, and the impressions you make. And should not these representations be accurate? Should not these impressions be favorable? Should not the picture do some justice to the features of the original it is intended to hold forth and make known?

You well know that the doctrines we preach are often supposed to lead to licentiousness, or at least that they are not very friendly to holiness and good works. If the supposition was true, we should deserve, for inculcating them, all the reprobation we sometimes meet with. But we affirm it is not true. We contend from Sabbath to Sabbath, that these are doctrines" accord

ing to godliness.”

But after all-we must come to

"Ye are our epis When we can ad

you for our most striking proofs. tles known and read of all men." dress such cavillers and say, "Come with us and you shall see these principles in practice. Behold these advocates for evangelical truth. See how humble they are under applause. See how forgiving they are under provocation. See when riches increase, how little they set their hearts upon them. Enter their shops and ware-houses-see what justice and fairness distinguish all their dealings. Enter their houses-see what cleanliness, decency, order and harmony prevail there. See how the wife reverences her husband; see how the husband loves his wife even as himself. See how the parents provoke not their children to wrath, but train them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; see how the children obey their parents in all things. See how masters give unto their own servants, that which is just and equal, knowing that they also have a master in heaven: see how servants obey, in all things, their masters according to their flesh, not with eye service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God."-When we can appeal to facts like these, we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Our hearts are encouraged, and our hands are strengthened. We live, if ye stand fast, in the Lord : and Jesus Christ looking down from heaven, says I am glorified in them.

What then are we to think-excuse the association of terms-of these religious wretches whose tempers and conduct are always at variance with their pretensions, "One sinner destroyeth much good." An unholy professor of religion is a judgement upon the

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