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speak great swelling words of vanity, but they have not a conversation such as becometh the gospel; they are incorrect in their moral conduct, deficient in the fulfilment of their domestic duties, or irregular in their habits and practices. Alas! these, if they be not designing hypocrites, are the greatest of self-deceivers: they think themselves to be something when they are nothing, and speak peace to themselves when there is no peace. Should any such be present here, may God shew them the error of their way; may he withdraw the veil of vanity and presumption, which hides the true state of the case from their eyes, and effectually teach them that "he says he abides in Christ, must himself so walk even as he walked." Learn I beseech you, that if you would "walk worthy of God unto all pleasing," you must live consistently, and exhibit a uniformity of christian character in all its particulars.
The humblest and holiest, the most spiritual and heavenly-minded, often complain of themselves, that their intercourse with God is too frequently broken. They feel that they
are forgetful, that their thoughts wander, that their minds are occupied more than is necessary with the mere objects of time and sense. They would that it were otherwise. Their cry is Oh! for a closer walk with God.'-Let us all lift up our prayers for larger measures of divine grace, that our minds may be more fixed upon spiritual and heavenly objects. Let us seek our happiness more entirely in God. Let us contemplate his excellencies, the honour of his service, and the glories of his kingdom. Let us read his sacred word and meditate on its saving doctrines, its holy precepts, and precious promises. Let us diligently attend on all means of grace and ordinances; and let us shew in every part of our daily life and conversation that we live under the influence of the presence of God. Thus we shall walk with God, and God will walk with us. He will be our guardian and guide, our strength and stay, our supporter and comforter, all our lives long.
The walk with God on earth, my Christian brethren, will have ere long a close, and glorious truly will it be. The pilgrimage
here will be ended, ordinances will cease, and the intercourse and communion with God and the spirits in heaven will be perfect. The end of Enoch's course was distinguished indeed, and the brief terms in which it is related to us add dignity to the illustrious fact; "He was not, for God took him." The removal of Elijah, the only other servant of God who tasted not of death, is recorded with a somewhat brighter pen. As he and his follower Elisha went on and talked, both of them anticipating his departure from earth, "Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” We may not look for
not look for any such termination of our way, nor ought we to desire it. But we may rest assured, if we walk with God, and are faithful followers of Christ upon earth, that where he is, there shall we also be. Though we be not taken in the same manner that Enoch was, we shall be taken to the same place: though the chariot and horses of fire which bore up Elijah, shall not be sent for us, yet ministering spirits shall be at hand as
we die, to catch and bear our disembodied souls to the glorious face of God. There we shall be for ever with the Lord; there we shall follow the Lamb wherever he goes; there we shall see him as he is, and with souls wholly purified from sin, and bodies fashioned like unto Christ's glorious body, we shall have a perfect and uninterrupted enjoyment of his presence and glory through the never-ending ages of eternity.
GENESIS Vii. 23.
And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the Ark.
BEHOLD what a desolation is wrought upon the earth. It hath repented the Lord that he hath made man, and he is now destroying him, “both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowl of the air;" one man only, with his family, and pairs of every kind of living thing, being preserved, "to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth." We seem to have but just seen them brought