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equal to our wants, we shall indeed be "more than conquerors." "If by one "man's offence death reigned by one; "much more they which receive abundance "of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, "shall reign in one Jesus Christ-for as
by one man's disobedience many were"made sinners, so by the obedience of one'
shall many be made righteous."
God knows how the best of us may behave upon the bed of death; but be assured of this as a constant and invariable truth, that there can be no solid satisfaction in this life till we have overcome the fear of death, and that the only way to obtain this conquest, is to search diligently the things of Christ-to be satisfied that it is only by him, and through him, that life and immortality are manifested to the world—that it is by his free adoption that we are acknowledged as his children--and that by his grace, if we perform his will, we shall finally be saved. The gift of God is "eternal life through Jesus Christ our
"Lord. The sting of death is sin--but "thanks be to God which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Impressed with these sentiments, blessed be God! I have seen the righteous expire. I have beheld him gradually disengage himself from the employments and interruptions of life; nay, `I have beheld him, painful though it was, with a fortitude becoming his situation, take a last farewell of those near and dear connections which, under God, were the solace of every pain, the balm of every wound: confident that at the resurrection in the last day, those who love God, will God bring with him. As the world recedes, a new order of things appear to rise before him-he sees the sign of the Son of man in heaven-placid is his eye as he turns it on the departing earth-rapturous is his heart as he contemplates his speedy flight to heaven, and the glories about to be revealed to him. "where is now thy sting? "where is now thy victory?
In the whole circle of human life, I know not a scene of greater exultation, than the last moments of a good Christian.
"Let me die the death of the righteous, "and may my last end be like his !"
A panting traveller, some rising ground,
Some small ascent, has gain'd, he turns him round,
The fields, woods, meads, and rivers he has past;
As the purest intellectual pleasure arises from the proper application of the mind in the investigation of truth, so a review of the several arguments which lead to so desirable an end, cannot but contribute, in a considerable degree, to enforce that mental satisfaction, and confirm that belief which is settled on so firm a basis. And when the truth we seek after springeth up into everlasting life, which is the case with all our religious researches, the pursuit in some measure rewards itself, anticipating a state
of being, eternal in its duration, supreme
in its enjoyment.
The mind of man, ever active and employed, darts through the sphere of every untried situation, and by the energies of nature endeavours to find out a point of rest. If he fail in attaining his purpose, it can only be ascribed to his setting forward. on, a false principle. Correct this with caution at the first entrance on a course of reasoning, and the result must be fortunate. But if we neither reckon longitude nor latitude when we launch into the open sea, if neither sun nor star brighten our navigation, our vessel must unavoidably founder amongst those shoals and quicksands, which a little previous study would have taught us to avoid.
As there is but one harbour which the navigators of human life should seek, so there is but one track which they should follow in its pursuit; that track, to drop the metaphor, is religion. It is of importance, therefore, to every rational being to ascertain its truth: and this, no doubt, is the best employment of our reasoning facul04