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lieves, “shall work together for his good'.” God is his guide, his protector, his comforter; and therefore, though “ troubled on every side, he is not distressed; though perplexed, he is not in despair; though persecuted, he is not forsaken; though cast down, he is not destroyed k.”-“ He rejoices in the Lord alway!;" again and again he calls on his soul to rejoice-For “the Lord is his defence, the Holy One of Israel is his King * and his “light afflictions, which are but for a moment, shall work out for him an eternal weight of glory"."
When death approaches, what must be the views and feelings of him who walks only by sight. Can any human power, in which he has hitherto confided, arrest the march of this resistless foe? Can those worldly principles and hopes on which he has rested, remove the apprehensions which the approach of death inspires ? Can any earthly consolations alleviate the pangs of dying—any human arm conduct in safety through the dark valley of the shadow of death ? How terrible to be left in this last conflict to the darkness, the doubts, and the weakness of human reason ! How terrible to encounter, in this awful moment, the apprehensions and
pangs of a guilty conscience, pointing to the
* Rom. viii. 28. 2 Cor. iv. 8, 9. Philip. iv. 4. * Psalm lxxxix. 18.
2 Cor. iv. 17.
tribunal of an offended Judge, to the woes of eternity ;--and there is no refuge!
This refuge is enjoyed only by him who lives by faith. His is that inspiring promise of the Redeemer, “He that believeth in me shall never die” United to that Saviour whom in holy faith he has served, the believer commends to his divine Lord his departing spirit. He who “holds the keys of death and hello,” is with him to “ redeem him from death, to ransom him from the
power of the grave 9.” In this last conflict he is supported by the grace of his divine Lord, and he passes through the grave and gate of death to a joyful resurrection.
IV. Lastly.--In regard to the destiny of our being-appears still more striking the superiority of him who walks by faith, and not by sight.
This destiny is immortality. But to him who has lived a life of sense; who, fixing his attention only on the things which are seen, and influenced supremely by a regard to them, has been engaged solely in the pursuit of the things of the world, and in the gratification of his sensual passions; who has thus neglected the care of his soul, and has only made provision for the flesh to fulfil the lust thereof; who has lived “without God and without Christ in the world";" impenitent and unholy; to him--this immortality is an immortality of woema woe that in intensity exceeds human thought, and in duration baffles human computation. For “The worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.”.
" John xi. 25,
Hos, xiii. 14.
p Rev. i. 18. Eph. ii. 12.
But to him, who has walked by faith; who, through-the merits and grace of Christ received by faith, has been redeemed from sin, and renewed to righteousness; who has made the world and the things of the world, while in moderation he pursued and enjoyed them, subservient to the great work of rendering his Christian calling and election sure; who has adorned the doctrine of God his Saviour in all things; and who faithful unto death has overcome the world; this immortality, which is the destiny of his being, is an immortality of happiness--happiness as far transcending his conceptions as it does his deserts." For "eye hath not seen, and ear hath not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive the things which God has prepared for those who love him."
Oh! what a different destiny to him who walks by sight, and to him who walks by faith-an immortality of woe to the one-an immortality of happiness to the other.
Brethren,—to which of these characters do you belong?
• Mark ix. 44. 48.
11 Cor. ii. 9.
attention principally fixed on the objects of sense ?
Do they withdraw you from the supreme pursuit of the things which belong to your eternal peace, from the service of your God and Saviour, from the earnest endeavour to secure your heavenly inheritance? You are walking by sight-things temporal engross you, and
will lose the things eternal. Walk then, I beseech you, as your Christian profession enjoins, by faith, -faith in God, as deserving your supreme homage and service—faith in your Redeemer, through whose propitiation alone you are reconciled unto God, and through whose grace alone redeemed from sin faith in the unseen glories of Heaven, the object of your constant desire and pursuit. “Thus walking by faith, in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless ”—you will gain the things that are eternal. And, my brethren, in comparison with these, what are thė things temporal that would seduce us to walk by sight, and not by faith ?, Remember—in the one case our destiny will be,, an eternity of woe in the other, an eternity of bliss.
u Luke i. 6.
THE ASCENSION AND EXALTATION OF CHRIST,
AS SET FORTH IN THE 68th PSALM.
Psalm lxviii. 18.
Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive.
This verse, which I have recited as my text, is expressly applied by the Apostle in his epistle to the Ephesians, to the ascension of Christ into heaven, and to the subsequent conferring on the Apostles of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. The 'whole Psalm must therefore be considered as applicable to the Gospel dispensation; and particularly to the ascension to heaven, to the exaltation and victories, to the mercy and the of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the extent and glory of his kingdom. An exposition of the entire Psalm in its spiritual application, after ascertaining its literal and historical import, will therefore be highly suitable to this sacred festival. There is a richness of sentiment, a splen
and the grace