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SERMON XIII.

ON THE PROPER EFFECTS OF THE HOPE OF

HEAVEN.

2 Peter iii. 12.

Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of

God.

IT is a most painful proof of the imperfection and depravity of our nature, that even the highest and noblest parts of religion itself, the subjects which occupy the constant attention of the blessed inhabitants of heaven, the motives which influence their noblest exertions, the causes which produce their highest happiness, operate upon our minds with a languor and feebleness which as there can be nothing defective or weak in them, argues a lamentable degree of imperfection in us. In truth, our minds are so indisposed to receive the same impressions, and experience so little congeniality with eternal subjects, that we scarcely give them any serious consideration. We regard them as if they were merely temporal, and we regard temporal subjects as if they were eternal. We thus are ever reversing the proper order of things;

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