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able to make Timothy, taught by maternal piety, wise unto salvation. If you are still ignorant of salvation, how will you plead excuse? Oh, that more prayerful meditations were brought to bear on the word of God! It would be a sedative against the stimulants of the age, and the best preventive against being carried to and fro by the various doctrines that blow over the Church's floor. By them we may be wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. By them the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. What higher testimony could be desired — a testimony written by the finger of God? Where, then, have you classed yourselves, dear brethren? Amongst the students of God's wordvaluing it above rubies— seeking from it your guidance in life and your comfort in a dying hour? Or have

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selves in either of the three gradations of alienation from God? Ye who are walking in the counsel of the ungodly, part company with them; and as Enoch did, walk with God— live the life of the righteous, in order that you may die his death.

Or, are you halting-standing in the way of finners - listening to them— sympathizing with their sentiments, and about to adopt their practices ? Rather“ stand fast in the faith ;” watch ye; be strong; “for now," as St. Paul says, “we live, if we stand fast in the Lord.”

Are ye even sitting in the seat of the scorners ? “How long will the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ? Turn you,” pleads God, “ turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you. I will make known my words unto you.” (Prov. i. 22.) In your present character you are repulsive to God, for He scorneth the scorners, but to the lowly He giveth wifdom. Turn ye, then ; turn ye: for why will ye die? Seek that Spirit which God promises to such as seek aright — the Spirit of contrition the Spirit that will take of the things of Christ and show them to you —who will pluck you even as a brand from the burning, that you may be pardoned from all your fins, sanctified wholly, body, soul, and spirit, and be preserved blameless until the day of Christ.

SERMON III.

EARTHLY AND SPIRITUAL JOY.

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy

presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.-Psalm xvi. II.

THE title of the psalm from which my text is taken is “Michtam of David”-that is, being interpreted, “ a golden psalm.” It contains indeed wisdom more precious than gold, yea than fine gold. May it be our privilege to search out and appropriate to

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