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band and of their father has flowed for the common safety–He shall never return.

Is there a Christian here, who knows how to do good unto all, but especially to them that are of the household of faith? Among these afflicted who are sinking under their infirmities, and have not where to lay their heads, are some to whom the celestials minister, and who are fellow-heirs with Christ in glory. I state the facts; I use no arguments; I leave the result with your consciences, your hearts, and your God. .







Eighth Annual Meeting, in Tottenham-Court Chapel, on the evening

of Thursday, the 13th of May, 1802.

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But unto the Son, he saith, Thy Throne, O God, is

forever and ever.

In the all-important argument which occupies this epistle, Paul assumes, what the believing Hebrews had already professed, that Jesus of Nazareth is the true Messiah. To prepare them for the consequences of their own principle; a principle involving nothing less than the abolition of their law, the subversion of their state, the ruin of their city, the final extinction of their carnal hopes, he leads them to the doctrine of their Redeemer's person in order to explain the nature of his offices, to evince the value of his spiritual salvation, and to show, in both, the accomplishment of their economy which was


ready to vanish away. Under no apprehension of betraying the unwary into idolatrous homage, by giving to the Lord Jesus greater glory than is due unto his name, the apostle sets out with ascribing to him excellence and attributes which belong to no creature. Creatures of most elevated rank are introduced; but it is to display, by contrast, the pre-eminence of Him who is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person. Angels are great in might and in dignity; but unto them hath he not put in subjection the world to come. Unto which of them said he, at any time, Thou art my son? To which of them, Sit thou at my right hand? He saith, they are spirits, ministering spirits, sent forth to minister unto them who are the heirs of salvation. But unto the Son, in a style which annihilates competition and comparison, unto the Son he saith, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.

Brethren, if the majesty of Jesus is the subject which the Holy Ghost selected for the encouragement and consolation of his people, when he was shaking the earth and the heavens, and diffusing his gospel among the nations; can it be otherwise than suitable and precious to us on this occasion? Shall it not expand our views, and warm our hearts, and nerve our arm, in our efforts to exalt his fame? Let me implore, then, the aid of your prayers; but far more importunately the

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