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which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and

Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes.? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that fitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any

heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev. vii. 9-17.)

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SERMON V.

OUR FATHER'S APPEAL.

My son, give me thine heart.

Prov. xxiii. 26.

“ BELOVED,” says St. John, in addressing the general body of Christian people,

now are we the sons of God.” Once children of wrath, as others, now are we the fons of God. “No more,” as writes also St. Paul, “ servants, but fons; and if sons, then heirs of God through Christ. Even as many as are led by the Spirit of God,

they are the sons of God.” Mighty privilege! A child of misery and sin, taken out of that state, received into the keeping, and adopted into the family-not of an earthly friend, nor of an earthly prince or potentate, but of the Lord God omnipotent the Maker and Creator of all things - the King eternal, immortal, and invisible!

Therefore God dealeth with us as with children—encouraging or chastening as our case may require; encouraging, if we can bear it without being puffed up-chaftening, and that bitterly, if our need demand it. At one time holding out the sceptre of His acceptance, at another the rod of His reproof, but both in unerring wisdom and love. His smiles ftimulating our fidelity, His chastisements working our good ; and, more than this, proving to us, were our moral eyelight clear enough to perceive it, that He thus correcteth, not in anger, but

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