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The generality of mankind have very inadequate ideas of the Christian warfare. They know but little of the enemies with whom we have to contend, or of the imminent danger to which we are exposed through their continual assaults. But as some conception might be formed of the

power of an enemy, by viewing the extensive preparations that were made to oppose them, so may we learn to estimate the difficulties of the spiritual warfare, by surveying the various parts of armour which God has prepared for our defence. There are the girdle and breastplate for the body, the greaves for the egs and feet, the shield for the head, in common with the rest of the body: but yet the head is not sufficiently protected; it must have a piece of armour more appropriate-a piece suited to its necessities, and fitted for its use.

In the account given us of Goliath, we read that he had a Helmet of brass upon his head ; and such a piece of armour is provided for us also: we are required to take the Helmet of salvation. Hope prepares us for conflicts. A man armed with an Helmet feels himself ready to battle: he fears not to meet his adversary, because he has a defence which, he trusts, will prove sufficient for his preservation. Thus a man that has a Hope of salvation enters into the combat with holy confidence. He is not intimidated by the frowns of an ungodly world, because he knows in whom he has believed, and that God is able to keep that which he has committed to him. He says with David, “ Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear : though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” This subject cannot be more strongly illustrated than in Caleb, and the whole nation of the Israelites. The nation was terrified at the report of the spies, and, instead of proceeding to fight against the Canaanites, proposed to appoint a captain, and go back again into Egypt: but Caleb, whose hope was lively, stood unmoved, and strove to animate his countrymen with an assurance of easy victory. And thus, while the hearts of others are failing them for fear, and they turn back unto perdition rather than contend with their adversaries, the true Christian “ encourages himself in his God,” and makes up his mind to die, or conquer. There is not

a more ornamental part of the soldier's armour than the Helmet; nor is there anything that more adorns the Christian, than a lively, stedfast, and consistent Hope. In the exercise of Hope he standis,

were, on the top of Pisgah, and surveys the land of promise, the land that floweth with milk and honey. He longs to leave this dreary wilderness, and to enter into the joy of his Lord. Knowing that when his earthly tabernacle shall be dissolved, he has “ not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” he groans earnestly desiring that mortality may be swallowed up of life. If he had crowns and kingdoms in his possession, still he would account it far better to depart, and to be with Christ. He is “ looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God;" and thus has his conversation in heaven, while yet he remains a sojourner upon earth. View the Christian in this frame, and confess, that the sun shining in his meridian strength, glorious as it is, has no glory, by reason of the Christian's "glory that excelleth.” This—this, Christians is the state in which you ought to live. Were you more habitually in this frame, your years of warfare would seem nothing for the greatness of the prize for which you contend. You can scarcely conceive what an energy such a framne would give to your souls. You would soon come to Jesus with joy and wonder, like his disciples of old, saying, “ Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name;" and he, in return, would increase your confidence by saying, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the

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power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Do but consider how weak will Satan's temptations be, when you thus abound in Hope ! How little will anything be able to move you, when you are thus, by joyful anticipation, sitting already with Christ in heavenly places ! Beloved brethren, this is your perfection : you will come behind in no gift," when you are thus waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Whatever you have to do, you will do it heartily,

as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inherit

May God enable you thus to live, till faith shall be lost in sight, and hope be consummated in enjoyment ! SIMEON.

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THE CHRISTIAN'S HOPE.

What is our Hope ? A Helmet bright,

Which, placed upon the head,
Protects it in each fearful fight,

And turns the arrows, sped
By evil hands, by ghostly foes--
The enemies of Faith's repose.

What is our Hope ? An Anchor sure,

That heavenly skill doth form, Whereby our vessel rides secure,

Though tossed by many a storm : Nor need the seaman's courage fail, Since it is cast within the veil.

What is our Hope ? A gentle Dove,

Which, while the sky is dark,
Spreads its fair wings and mounts above,

But soon re-seeks its Ark;

Bearing some token in its bill,
That peace and joy await us still,
What is our Hope ? The child of Faith-

The nurse of Charity ;
Which flings its radiance over death,

And soothes each labouring sigh,
To which the various woes of earth
Within the pilgrim's breast give birth.

What is the object of our Hope ?

What is the promise given
By that which thus the soul bears up ?m

A heritage in heaven,
Too bright and firm to fade away ;
And Christ himself our trust and stay.

Elliot.

HOPE.

Hope, with uplifted foot, set free from earth,
Pants for the place of her ethereal birth;

On steady wings, sails through the immense abyss,
Plucks amaranthine joys from bowers of bliss,
And crowns the soul while yet a mourner here,
With wreaths like those triumphant spirits wear.
Hope, as an anchor, firm and sure, holds fast
The Christian vessel, and defies the blast.

COWPER.

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