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are not disposed, if they have not the will, if they resist the light and grace of God, no greater number of facts, no evidence, would have con

vinced them: “they would not be persuaded, Luke 16.31. though one rose from the dead." Let us humbly

receive what is revealed, and be thankful.

“ Amen.” The meaning of this word is true or truth : when we say Amen at the end of a prayer, we desire that the prayer may come true, that all we have asked may be granted : So be it: God send it so. And when we say Amen at the end of any thing declared or asserted, we mean to vouch for the truth of it, as if we had said, that is all true. Thus, when we say Amen at the end of the Apostles' Creed, or Belief, as it is called, we then affirm the truth of what we have been repeating : I do believe it to be true, that God the Father made me and all the world ; true, that God the Son was born and hath suffered and died, to redeem me and all mankind; true, that God the Holy Ghost is sent and come to sanctify me and all the elect people of God. And thus in the verse before us, Amen may be applied to the whole of this Gospel, and may be meant to declare, that it is all true.

We learn, from this last reading, the will of Christ respecting the conduct of His disciples : it is, that they should mind their duty, the business of their own proper calling in life; and not be curiously searching into things that are not revealed ; nor prying into future events, which do not belong to their calling or province; nor enquiring into the concerns or duty of others. Many people are much fonder of deep and curious questions in religion, than they are of the spirit and the practice of it; many are fond of asking, What will become of such a person, or of such a class of persons ? What judgment will be passed upon men, under such and such circumstances? Now the plain answer is, in the words of our Lord, What is that to us? not for us to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.” (Acts i. 7.) “ The secret things belong unto the Lord our God : but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deut. xxix. 29.) As it has been well said, “ Duty is ours, events are God's.” To follow Christ, whose “ meat it was to do the will of Him that sent Him, and to finish His work; "(Chap. iv. 34.) to follow Christ, in all the ways of holy and righteous obedience; with humility and self-denial, with love and zeal, with faithfulness and devotedness ; this is our duty. Do we believe in Him ? then we must serve and trust Him, with a singleness of heart and a satisfied mind. Do we accept and embrace His blessed gospel ? do we prize it? are we thankful for it? Then let us always remember the purpose for which Jesus died, and for which His gospel was given ; always remember, that unless the purpose be answered in us, it is to us nothing ; He“ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Tit. ii. 14.) All His true people are thus redeemed and purified and peculiar ; they are not of the world : they are above it, and chosen out of it; they have forsaken all, and followed him ; thus is the purpose fulfilled ; “ that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name." (Chap. xx. 31.) Amen; in every sense of the word ; that the gospel is true in itself, and that its truth may be fulfilled in us and our salvation, let us say, Amen and Amen.

66 It is

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

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THE END.

W. HOLCROFT, Printer, Bolton.

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