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and hast invited us to come and partake thereof. Can sin with all its enchantments, can the world with all its allurements, offer anything equal to it? Oh God! awaken us to our true interest, and enable us to approach the "Fountain of life," and drink, that we may never thirst more. Save us from the deceitfulness of sin, and help us by Thy good spirit to choose that part which shall never be taken from us. Let holiness to the Lord be our motive every day of our lives, that we may so live that a faithful conscience shall never condemn us. May we be sanctified in body and spirit and thus be made meet for the inheritance of the saints in light. May we become wholly thine and be duly prepared for a better inheritance; and when we close our eyes upon the fading glories of earth, may we open them in the celestial paradise, to behold with unveiled face the glories of the Lamb who sits in the midst of the throne. And to Thee shall be all the glory, world without end,

AMEN.

SERMON V.

GODLINESS MORE PROFITABLE
THAN BODILY EXERCISE.

BY REV. L. P, RAND, ORONO.

I TIMOTHY, IV: 8.

LINESS IS

PROFITABLE

"FOR BODILY EXERCISE PROFITETH LITTLE; BUT GODUNTO ALL THINGS, HAVING PROMISE OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS, AND OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME."

THE ORDER in which I design to treat this Subject, is,

First to notice the phrase, bodily exercise.

Secondly consider the term, Godliness. Thirdly show how Godliness has the promise of the life that now is; and,

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Fourthly show in what sense Godliness has the promise of the life which is to come.

First: then, the phrase, bodily exercise, was evidently used by the Apostle in reference to the gymnastic exercises among the Greeks, which were intended as a preparation for their contests at the public games. They did this in order to obtain a corruptible or fading crown, i. e., a chaplet of leaves which was the reward of those who conquered in those games. Timothy was to exercise himself unto Godliness, that he might be prepared for the kingdom of heaven; and there receive a crown that fadeth not away." These bodily exercises consisted in running, wrestling, boxing, throwing the quoit, &c. There is frequent reference to these games, in the epistolary writings of the New Testa"Let us lay aside every weight, [saith the Apostle,] and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."

ment.

Again: "Know ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I, therefore, so run, not as un

certainly; so fight I, not as he that beateth the air; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away."

Thus, the Apostle would so run, as certainly to gain the prize; and not merely a chaplet of flowers, or corruptible and fading reward; but an incorruptible and unfading crown. And, to this end, he prepared for the race; watched over himself, and kept his body under subjection; lest, after preaching to others, he himself should become a cast-away, i. e. an apostate. Not that he thus intimated the liability of his ultimate ruin, but his alienation from God; his shipwreck of faith, and loss of the life and enjoyment of the Christian religion.

The house of Israel, were often cast away, but still, in God was their help. [See Hosea xiii. 9; Rom. xi. 15-36.] In those games, also, though all engaged in the contest, run, yet only one could win the prize. the Christian race; all who run,

Not so in

may win.

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They which run in a race, run all; but one receiveth the prize; so run, that ye may [all] obtain." To gain the prize, is to overcome the world, and gain that divine image

in which God dwells in us, and we in God. Trose who seek for glory, and honor, and immortality, obtain eternal life now; this is a knowledge of God. "This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." “And we know that the Son of God, is come, and hath given us our understanding, that we may know him that is true; and we are in him that is true, even in his Son, Jesus Christ." This understanding is the true God, and eternal life. [Rom. ii. 7. John xvii. 3. John v. 20.] All, therefore, who seek for glory, and honor, and immortality; who prepare for the Christian race — who run so as to win-who overcome the world -who gain the divine kingdom, and the sanctuary of God, and a knowledge of his name, put on immortality now by faith-obtain eternal life through faith, and win and wear the incorruptible and unfading crown of victory over sin, sorrow, and the grave.

It is plain, then, that "bodily exercise," or the exercise of those who strove for victory in the Olympic games, was of but little profit, when compared with the efforts of those, who, in the practice of Godliness, run the Christian race, and gain the

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