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ing blood of his Son, and seek his grace to redeem the past by the faithful improvement of the future. Then will you understand and feel the full import of the text, " THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN.” You will see the love of God in it. You will feel it a privilege and a pleasure; and you will keep it, with joy and persevering constancy, as at once a testimony for God, and a means of benefit to your own souls. Your Sabbaths on earth will give you foretastes of the everlasting Sabbath of heaven, and will make you progressively meet for its holy exercises and joys. The man who relishes not God's Sabbaths here, is deceiving himself, if ever he talks of his hope of heaven. He may call by this name some vague undefined expectation of a heaven of his own ;--but the heaven of the Bible, the only existing heaven, is not the object of his hope ; for the blessings which are to consti tute its felicity, are not the objects of his desire; and we can never hope for that which we regard with dislike and aversion. He who has no enjoyment in communion with God on earth, has not a heart to enjoy heaven. If to such a man the Sabbath of a day be a weariness, what would be the Sabbath of eternity ? : It is a striking thought of the poet,* that the man who has attained his seventieth year has lived ten years of Sabbaths. Let all my hearers remember, that in every period of life there is the same proportion. Let them seriously ask themselves, how they have been using the sabbatical time with which a long-suffering God has been favouring them; and what account they will be able to give of it

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to Him, in the day of final account and retribution. If hitherto you have been wasting it, 0 waste no more of it;---not another hour ;- it is precious. Let this very day be the beginning of a change. Now, even now, let your preparation commence for the everlasting Sabbath. And how, do you ask me, is it to be begun ? There is but one way:by coming to God, as sinners conscious of guilt and impurity, feeling their helplessness, and seeking fitness for heaven, through the peace-speaking blood of the Lamb, and the renewing grace of the Spirit. You must, with entire self-renunciation, make Him the ground of your confidence, who " finished his work, and entered into his rest;" and you must look to the fulness that is in Him, for the spiritual supplies that are needful to “stablish you, and keep you from evil,” and to bring you to his heavenly kingdom.

And, Christians, --mark your duty. Mark the apostle's practical improvement of this subject to you. It is contained in Heb. iv. 9-ll. “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath-keeping to the people of God; for he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour, therefore, to enter into that rest,” (the rest into which Jesus has entered) “ lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” And what is this labour ? It is the work of faith:"_it is “the labour of love." It is the persevering effort of practical service, of which faith and love are the principles and springs. It is not the labour of proud self-confidence, as if heaven were to be won by any merits of your own; it is the labour of humble dependance on grace, through the merits of the Redeemer. Your faith worketh by love.



You “ live to him who died for you, and rose again ; knowing, on the same authority, both that "by grace ye are saved," and that “without holiness no see the Lord.” The labour, and the final result, are both described, in animated terms, by the apostle Peter:*_“And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, fortitude ; and to fortitude, knowledge ; anđ to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to 'godliness, brotherlykindness; and to brotherly-kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be idle, nor unfruitful, in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure ; for if

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into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." There, in that everlasting kingdom," the preparatory Sabbaths of earth shall be exchanged for the perfect rest, and purity, and joy, of the eternal Sabbath of heaven. And the greater the difficulties, the 'severer the trials, the fiercer the conflicts, through which they have passed in this world, the sweeter, from the power of contrast, will be the experience of that endless rest. Rest is sweet to the labouring man after the fatigues of a toilsome day:-rest, is sweet to the soldier, when peace returns, after the hardships and perils of a long and har

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assing campaign :-so will the rest of heaven be sweet to the laborious servant and faithful soldier of Jesus Christ, when, having. “ fought a good fight, and finished his course, and kept the faith,” he “enters into peace.” The remembrance of the toils and dangers, the sufferings and sorrows of time, will contribute to give an enhanced zest to the repose of eternity. “ What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they?These are they who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more ; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed Hladi? them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters : and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

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