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infinitely greater, than the distance between the knowledge of the new-born babe and the fagacity of the wifest and best of all earthly parents.

Yes, God is love, my dear brethren! This shall now be to us a demonstrated, eternally established truth! As furely as God is, so surely is he love! And that he is, we are certified by every thought of our mind, by every motion of our body, every pulsation of our blood; of that we are certified by the heavens and the earth, the sun and the atom of dust, the morning and the evening, the brute and the man ; of that we are certified by every thing that has existence and life and breath!

Yes, God is love, of this will we assure ourselves, as often as we lie down to sleep, and as often as we awake from sleep again ; whenever anything agreeable, and whenever anything adverse befalls us ; whenever we are summoned to fulfill any duty, and whenever we are called to bear any affliction; whenever we go forth to our work, and whenever we recreate ourselves after it by innocent pleasure ; whenever we are solaced in the company of good, and whenever we are injured by wicked men ; whenever we are forced to admire the methods of his

government as blameless and holy, and whenever we cannot explain and comprehend them ; whenever we think on life, and whenever we meditate on death!

Yes, God is love! This will we affirm to each other, whenever the troubles and inconveniences of life bear hard upon us; whenever we have focial duties to fulfill and social satisfactions to enjoy; whenever we assemble and meet together here or there, in our houses or the house of God, to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul, for the particular celebration of his more resplendent mercies, for interceflion, for his public adoration and worship !

Yes, God is love! In this will we even now rejoice at the feast of his love and the love of his fon Jesus; this shall even now give us hope and affiance in him, - shall enable us to draw near with boldness, with truly filial boldness to his throne of grace, there to feek and find wliatever can render us really happy! There the bread that is broken, the wine that is poured out shall say to us: God is love, and is so as certainly as thou eatest of this bread and drinkest this wine, for from love, from matchless love, he sent his son to thee and for thee submitted him to death! And Jesus, whose memorial thou art folemnizing here, with whom thou hast here communion, is the express image of his father - is visible, incarnate love divine! He loved thee even unto death, - loved thee more than his life, more than the glory which he had with the father, before the foundation of the world! For that he left for thee, that he voluntarily facrificed to the satisfaction of

delivering delivering and saving thee! And couldst thou still doubt of his love ? Couldīt thou still doubt the love of thy heavenly father? Oh what mayst thou, what shouldft thou not now expect of this God, of this saviour ! - Yes, in prosperity and in adversity, in life and in death, here and there and every where, now and then, in the present and in the future world, from eternity to eternity God is and will be love ! Rejoice, o man, that thou art a man, o christian, that thou art a christian! Be glad in this thy happiness! Glory in it before God and the world! Let this grand and glorious sentiment be thy guide and companion all the rest of thy life, carry it with thee into the tomb, take it with thee into the better world! For ever wilt thou find it true and grand and inexhaustible; and for ever wilt thou, with all the blessed, that stand before the throne of the Highest, and assemble about it from all quarters of the immense territory of his empire, bear witness to its truth, and with them in lofty songs of triumph join the celestial choir in one holy act of adoration, and say, Thou art worthy, o Lord, who fittelt

the throne, and livest for ever and ever, to receive glory and honour and power. God is love! God is pure essential love! Amen! Hallelujah! Amen!

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SERMON XXXIII.

If God be Love, what follows.

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supreme felicity, because from eternity to eternity thou art continually diffusing and producing life and felicity all around thee, how great is our happiness in knowing thee as the God of love, as the God who constantly wills and does the best, who is gracious and merciful to all his creatures, and conducts them all, though in very diverse ways, to perfection and happiness! It is the joy and consolation of our hearts, that we need not fear thee with fervile dread, but should love thee with filial affection! That we can rejoice in thy existence, thy inspection and government, all thy ordinances and laws, that thou, the Lord God omnipotent, reignest, that we can entertain a rational and firm reliance on the rectitude and benignity of thy administration, and behold all the events that befall us, whether we call them good or evil, whether we feel them to be agreeable or painful, fulfilling the purposes of thy consummate wisdom and unbounded love! That with. out thy permission and appointment, o heavenly Fa.

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ther, nothing comes to pass; and though clouds and darkness are often round about thee, justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne, mercy and truth go before thy face! That we can rejoice in our life and in our death; that in the thought of thee, that thou art essential love, we can find so much light, so much comfort, so much motive and ability to the practice of virtue, so much hope and felicity! Oh that this thought were ever present to our minds, ever important to our hearts, oh that it were the leading principle of all our other thoughts, the soul of all our emotions! How wife, how virtuous, now good, how blithe and happy should we be both living and dying, and through the gate and grave of death pass over to the celestial life, and through all the stages of eternal existence be ever approaching nearer to thee and to perfection! Ah, cause us even now to experience the efficacy, the sacred efficacy of this idea, feel it in all its truth, in all its weight, and become better and happier by it! Teach us however to combine it with so many other of our ideas, feelings and concerns that it may never escape our recollection, and more than any other sentiment live and rule within us, and operate upon our conduct. Bless to that end the doctrines of truth, on which we purpose now to reflect, and cause them, while they tend to promote our happiness, to tend also to the glorification of thy love. We address our prayers to thee for these blessings as the votaries of thy fon Jesus, who has revealed

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