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chain of events which are ushering in the glory of the latter days. The building in which we are assembled, which we trust will be consecrated to the service of Almighty God till the consummation of all things, and within whose walls the praises of the Saviour shall perhaps be singing at the very moment when the second coming of Messiah shall be announced.* Yes, this building, and the successive generations of worshippers within it, shall bear testi mony that he lived, that he laboured not in vain.
He lived not in vain.-In the vast assembly which is now before the throne, there are already more than one individual, who, in raising and in continuing the song-"worthy is the Lamb who was slain,"-points to a corner of a pew in Market-Street church, in which her or his heart was first led to acknowledge the Lamb's supremacy.
He lived not in vain.-By no means. He has entered into his rest, and his works shall follow him.
shall yet be given-nay, we trust he is already given, to bring to remembrance many of the warnings and admoni tions, and tenders of mercy, which he made to perishing sinners in the name of his Master. And for many years yet to come, standing on the portals of high heaven, he shall welcome into the society of the blessed, "you my fa ther, and you my little daughter."§
He lived not in vain.-While the English language is known-while any thing of refined taste and genuine piety shall fire the human heart, his Vol. of Sermons entitled "A Last Appeal," shall bear testimony of a lofty mind bringing all its energies into the service of the sanctuary. And what is more--these sermons shall be, in the hands of the Spirit of God, while they are known, as they have already in some instances been, the means of leading
*Last Appeal, page 26. Ş Ibid.
many of the thoughtless and of the hardened, to contemplate Eternity, and the realities of Eternity, as objects of desire not of dread.
He lived not in vain. He was selected by infinite wis dom, as the first of a noble host of native Kentuckians who in the morning of life, and at a period in the history of their country when the honours and the emoluments of this world were to be found every where but among the servants of the Cross, have deliberately devoted their substance, and their time, and their talents, and their literary acquirements, and their lives, to promote the eter nal salvation of their fellow men.
Hail Kentucky!-Messiah's grant of the heathen, and of the ends of the earth, covers thy extensive and fertile fields. Thy own sons shall yet wave Messiah's banner, and publish Messiah's salvation, along thy every brook and along thy every mountain side. The wisdom which is from above, which is first pure, and then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, with out partiality and without hypocrisy, shall yet be the inheritance of thy numerous children. And in the day when our God shall come, and all his saints with him, JAMES M'CHORD shall be seen rising from that vault and taking his place at the head of the Kentucky detachment.
And "the resurrection of the just shall unfold his character," and shall fully explain all that has been dark and mysterious in his lot. May you and I, my friends, on that important day, have our portion with him. And when we are called individually to put off this clay tabernacle, may we give as decisive evidence as he gave, that we are going to an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.
ADDRESS DELIVERED AT HIS INTERMENT,
May 30, 1820.
The occasion on which we are assembled speaks, and speaks loudly to us, and to the inhabitants of this town-or rather-the God who made us-the God who preserves us-and the God who is soon to be our judge, speaks to us through the occasion.
Another* of God's messengers of peace is departed-and is taken from us by his master in the prime of life. The event itself is a sermon-and no ordinary sermon. May we attend to it.
Our brother, who frequently addressed us in this house, and prayed us in Christ's stead to be reconciled to God, is now taken home, and his dust is to be deposited in this sacred spot till the resurrection of the great day. He has, by the will of God, served his generation. We are yet left in our different stations, and with our different talents and different opportunities of usefulness. But how soon, or under what circumstances, we may be called to follow him into the eternal world, we know not. Let us occupy till our Lord come. "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence: But we will bless the Lord from this time and for evermore."
Perhaps to every individual present our departed brother has, on more occasions than one, made a plain, a direct, and pressing offer of pardon and peace, and eternal salvation through the blood of the atonement. And to the most of us, he has made many such offers. And before his body could be brought to the place of interment, he has made his return to his Master.§ He has given in his account, and we must in our turn individually give in ours.
*The Rev. Benjamin Birge, of the Episcopal Church, at the age of 25, and who had been only a few months in orders, had died 1st April. § Last Appeal, page 90.
Sinner, wilt thou still reject, and reject to thy own eternal destruction, God's offer of peace?-Were our departed brother to address you again, he would just in God's name say, as he often said, "Why wilt thou die? There is hope in Israel for you. God is in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing to them their trespasses. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so even is the Son of man lifted up-that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. We pray you therefore in Christ's stead be ye reconciled to God. Put not away from you the Saviour and his salvation. With the simplicity of a little child give yourself up to the Sa viour. Make direct application to this Saviour, and verily thou shalt be saved. Reject this Saviour-neglect and despise the ordinances of the Saviour, and thou must perish."
Sinner, thou art once more warned, and if thou dost per ish, thy blood shall be upon thy own head.
Friends of our Lord Jesus-who in mercy were called from darkness to light-from death to life-or who were edified and comforted under the ministrations of our departed brother-give thanks to God on his account, and on your own account. You are to be his crown of joy and rejoicing in the day of the Lord. In you, and in the multitude whom we trust you will be the means of bringing to glory, he is to have a full compensation for all the sorrows and and toils, and distresses of every kind, which he endured, and endured as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. His warfare was perhaps severe-but it was short. He serv ed a good Master-he was not kept too long in the field, He is now entered into an eternity of unmixed enjoyment, as the reward of a few years hard services.
Personal friends of the deceased-The object of your attention had a heart withou guile.* Your friendship there*Last Appeal, page 119.
fore was not misplaced. His Master also duly appreciates all the services and offices of love, which you performed to his disciple and servant in the gospel. And this Master will be in no man's debt. He will fully reward you and yours even in this life. And only commit your personal salvation to the same keeping to which your departed friend at an early period of life committed his personal salvation, and when all earthly friends must stand at a distance, you will not be without a friend. And that friend will be the Lord of the happy land into which you shall be admitted.
Personal enemies of the decceased, if any such are present-JAMES M'CHORD was a man, and a young man, and he had to deal with men and it was his lot to deal with men, sometimes under circumstances peculiarly delicateand sometimes also to deal with men who were not always of the most gentle temper. He may therefore, in some cases, have given just cause of offence, and of alienation of affection.
He was a faithful minister of our Lord Jesus Christ.He declared the whole counsel of God, and knew of no compromise betwixt light and darkness, betwixt Christ and Belial. He never for a moment admitted the principle that a man might at the same time be a genuine friend of Messiah, and the servant of the God of this world. He never flattered. He was consequently, as his master was before him, hated by the world.
But whatever he was when he was himself flesh and lood, and when he had to deal with flesh and blood, he is how among the spirits of just men made perfect, and is himself as perfect as any of them. And he now knows in all its extent and force, the injunction of our Lord-"Love `your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you." And were he now to speak, he would