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terest in the agony of that conflict which was undergone for our sakes alone! The power

which our Lord now enjoys to call us out of darkness, and to make us His flock, was not won, even by His Almighty wisdom, without a terrible struggle and a dreadful sacrifice. He has “entered once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us :” but that entrance, and that redemption were purchased " by His own blood," by his own bitter, protracted, unutterable sufferings ; by such a combat with the whole congregated force of evil as no created being can imagine !

And is it to be conceived that the glorious fruit of so much self-devotion and perfect virtue may be reaped by men who, in the utter obduracy of a worldly heart, pass it by unregarded ? by men who grudge even an hour spent in the solemn commemoration of the great event, even a single meal curtailed, a single recreation abridged, even the smallest deIf they,

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duction from their daily profits and pleasures, in acknowledgment of all which has been done for them!

Surely not. Justice and reason, and right feeling alike forbid it. who sincerely love their Saviour, who approach Him, in all the humbleness, and duty, and fervent love of penitent forgiven sinners, and at all times of solemn commemoration ; if even they are ashamed of “their cold hearts, wandering thoughts, and trifling spirits ;” if even they are not only contrite, but often alarmed by the sense of their unworthiness, by the worldly desires, and sensual thoughts, and irregular passions, which disturb their devotion, pollute their sacrifices, and drive them from the steadiness of their course; if they tremble for their safety, and, (if they be sincerely humble Christians,) they often do tremble, if so, what can be the hope of that numberless body of self-called Christians, who neither tremble, nor fear, nor think, nor pray with any real or hearty sentiments of piety, who do not truly lament their sinfulness, nor honestly desire to be freed from the bondage of those sins which they practise almost without compunction, almost without apprehension, that “the end of these things is death ?”

We cannot but see that vast multitudes around us are wandering from the way in this hardness of heart, this darkness of understanding : we must hope, and pray, that God, in His own good time, will awaken them to a sense of their danger, will call them out of the wilderness of the world, and lead them into the way of life: but, if we have reason to consider ourselves as already so blessed, if we feel that we are awake to the unspeakable importance of the subject, and alive to Him who is our hope of salvation ; “be not high-minded, but fear,” the desert is not yet passed ; the temptations to wander yet surround us on the right hand and on the left ; “griev

ous wolves,” and “ roaring lions,” are prowling about us, “scattering the sheep” of Christ, and “ seeking whom they may devour;" and if we quit the guidance of " the good shepherd,” if we stray beyond the protection of His “rod and staff,” if we trust to our own knowledge to find the “ the right and the true way at last, our danger becomes extreme; and we may be yet to learn that “it had been better for us not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after we have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to us.”

SERMON XXI.

THE WORLD OF SPIRITS.

Matt. xiv. 26.

And when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the

sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit ; and they cried out for fear.

TO DOUBT the existence of an invisible world, would be to set aside not only all revelation, and the experience and belief of all ages, but it would be contrary to all the deductions of sound philosophy. Our own observation proves to us that, in all the works of creation, the degrees of qualities are infinite; or, to speak more correctly, they all tend to a point where our power of perception ends; and, if

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