sources external to themfelves : as easy to make bricks without straw, or earth either, as to do this ;—yet it is such mockery as many like. Were I to tell

Were I to tell you, Set about this, and accomplish the other; earn heaven for yourselves, and let Christ make up your deficiencies; it would be an acceptable song, but still a smooth thing—smooth and dangerous. You might fay the sermon was practical, but still no practice would follow it. That sermon is practical which elevates the soul, which moves the man's heart. You may set the hands of a clock right, they will be momentarily correct; but unless the mainspring be at work there they will remain, and thereby they will deceive. Thus, if that mighty lever of man's actions, his heart, is touched, if his soul is stirred within, then he will begin to act; but his service to God will not be with self-inflicted tortures, or putting himself under a yoke which neither he nor his fathers could bear ; it will show itself with the alacrity we see in a loving and dutiful child, in a son who loves and reveres his father, and whose anxiety is to obey, even before his father's wish is expressed. The same almighty Power which alone could deliver Israel has been exercised in our behalf. We are adopted children ; trees taken from a barren and dry land or desert, and planted in the well-watered garden of the Lord. We are beggars, made to partake of not only the hospitality, but of the family privileges of a prince. Henceforth He calls us not servants, but sons; and if we have the spirit of true fons in us, as loving fons shall we obey, as loving children anticipate, what our Father in heaven would have us to do. If more of this feeling should flourish and aboundand it will abound in us if we are true children of the Lord Almighty- if this should



flourish in us, we should hear less of men enumerating what they do. Instead of boasting, or congratulating ourselves on our obedience, we shall lament how little return we have rendered to Him who hath so loved

True gratitude to God does not make a folace and boast of what it has proved, but it grieves that its return is so inadequate to the undeserved, unmerited, infinite love bestowed. Hearty affection thinks all it has done, or can do, as nothing ; where self-gratulation is, love is cold.

Do not mistake. Believing in and loving the Lord Jesus Christ, we are constrained to serve Him: without belief in and love towards Him, it is impossible to please Him. Empty faith, uninfluential love, are as useless in the matter of salvation as works apparently good are without faith. We must be up and be doing also, but we may not confound believing and acting. God will not bless us unless we work, and without love and faith we cannot work for God; and certainly all we do will be nothing, unless God bless and approve. The battle is the Lord's, but unless we fight we win no victory. David's warrior, Eleazar (2 Sam. xxiii. 10), “arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword : and the Lord,” we read, “wrought a great victory that day.” Man works, you fee, and God enables; just as with our own gallant army, they fought bravely, devotedly, the Lord of Sabaoth looked on, and stood by them, and the victory was theirs : had they not fought, and well too, they had not conquered ; had not the Lord aided, they had been carried captive. It is not otherwise in the great spiritual combat which each foldier of Christ is called on to wage. Our strength is not our own; all we have is perfect weakness: but we are not for that without strength, because, when we were thus, Christ died for the ungodly-died that, having conquered and become the Captain of our salvation, He may uphold, cheer on, and impart strength to His faithful but often fainting soldiers. We know that the victory is of God, and yet we strive as if it all depended on ourselves.

To work out our own salvation with fear and trembling is part, and only part; and if we exclusively dwell on parts of truth, and try to square the Divine plans to finite minds, we fail, and rightly, for our presumption. We work, indeed; but we know that it is God who worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Thus, while there is no room for idleness or abuse of God's grace, there is no room for boasting: boasting is absolutely excluded from the Christian code, because, even if we have done all that is commanded us (and who that knows the strictness and spirituality of God's law

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