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that they may have the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. Pour out of Thy spirit of grace and supplication upon all people, especially upon those who have professed to have tasted the good word of God, that theirs may not be the hope of the hypocrite, which perisheth when Thou dost take away his soul. May all christians so walk in Thy light, that they may go on their way, rejoicing in hope. of the glory of God, rejoicing with joy unspeakable, and full of glory. And may all so draw near to Thee, O God, that Thou wilt draw near unto them, and manifest Thyself unto them, as Thou didst to Thy beloved Son Jesus Christ; and show them that Thou lovest them as thoulovest him; and may they thus be indued, to continue in Thy love. Then they will beready always, to give answers to every man that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear. Now, O most merciful Father, do Thou forgive us all our sins, as we forgive those who have offended us. Help us to deny self and to follow the example and commands of Jesus, Thy holy child. Help us to watch and pray that we enter not into temptation. Deliver us from all evil that will be injurious to us. Feed us with the bread of life, give us godli
PROGRESSIVE- GLORY AND
BY REV. T. J. TENNEY, NORWAY.
2 COR., 3: 18.
BUT WE ALL, WITH OPEN FACE, BEHOLDING AS IN A GLASS, THE GLORY or THE LORD, ARE CHANGED INTO THE SAME IMAGE, FROM GLORY TO GLORY, EVEN AS BY THE SPRIT OF THE LORD."
FOR many reasons, I consider the subject of this discourse an important one. But particularly so, when we consider that man is accumulating in his allotted years of life, virtues for eternity. We may reasonably come to the conclusion, that whatever makes us better, more like the Pattern Man of the universe, more like man in his most perfect state, is most profitable in inducing us to
come out from our sins, to efforts to attain higher perfection and happiness in the nearer presence of God. While a good of this kind is essentially that of the Bible, every thing that degrades what ought to be rising, is the positive evil of the sensual and devilish. Our subject, we believe, is one of the goods of the Almighty's revelation to human creatures, to lead them to embrace Christianity more fully, and to live more wholly in the service of Heaven. To drop this brief introduction, however, I will notice
I. Man's present;
II. Man's mediate ;
III. Man's future.
I. Then, though it is written that in the eye of God, all have gone out of the way, "deep hidden under wretchedest God-forgetting Cants, Epicurisms: *** forgotten as under foulest fat Lethe mud and weeds, there is yet in all hearts born into this God's world, a spark of the God-like slumbering." Basest, fatherest-gone sinners are every where called upon to repent, thus implying the existence of a nucleus, around which may gather and ripen the religious affections. Total baseness could no more repent, than make and unmake at pleasure the things of life.
There must be something which can receive and give the loves and affections of the scriptures, which, though apparently lost in iniquity, needs but the hand of a skillful workman to bring it out. However man may seem to have violated the requirements of his Father in heaven, he cannot be an absolute eternal loser by his existence. Never was the day so dark, but the Christian could say with him "who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." The great object of living should not be teach man that his brother is from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, inner and outer, matter and spirit, worthless and without a spark of goodness. There is a measure for happiness in every intelligent creature, and he who labors to enlarge this, labors nobly in accordance with the will of the Highest. "But dost thou know, O hearer! yes, certainly thou dost: the zephyrs which call forth Spring in the land of the soul-which call forth flowers and make the air pure and delicious? Certainly thou knowest them, the