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we wilfully despise this revealed mercy, we shall have to meet our God as “a consuming fire."
It was our intention to have enforced the imitation of the Apostle's example: and w had purposed doing this, by adverting first u the nature of the Christian calling and secondly, by pointing out the superiority its enjoyments. But we have already tres passed upon your time, and it must suffice e to observe that, perhaps, the most powerfu. motive to Christian diligence in following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul, will be found in his animating views at the approach oi death. Encouraging his beloved Timothy to do the work of an Evangelist, and to make full proof of his ministry, he speaks with as much composure of the hour of death as we ordinarily speak of retiring to rest—“ I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8.
Surely there can be amongst us but one ex
ind let my last end be like his.” To experience onsolation in the midst of sorrow—to enjoy light when all is darkness around us—to have an assured confidence in the hour of death, and at the approach of judgment—these are the triumphs of the Christian martyr. him that overcometh will I grant to sit down upon my throne, even as I overcame and am sat down on my Father's throne.”
John xx. 30, 31.
" AND MANY OTHER SIGNS TRULY DID JESUS IN PRESENCE OF HIS DISCIPLES, WHICH ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK : BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN, THAT YE MIGHT BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD; AND THAT BELIEVING YE MIGHT HAVE LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME.."
The signs here spoken of, are shewn by the context to be those which our Lord performed after he was risen from the dead ; and we have the assurance of the Evangelist, that although he did not specify them all, yet those he has recorded furnish ample evidence of his being the Son of God. We shall proceed to inquire
First, into the proofs of his Resurrection, “many signs truly did Jesus in presence of his disciples.”
Secondly, into the evidence of Jesus being the Son of God, which his Resurrection furnishes, “written, that ye might believe that he is the Christ, the Son of God.”
And advert thirdly, to the result of believing
that truth which the Resurrection establishes " that believing ye might have life through li name."
First—The proofs of our Lord's Resurre. tion rested on many signs which he did—som: of these were actual miracles, such as he ha frequently performed—while others were on common and ordinary actions, which tende! to prove that he was a human being, and mo a spirit—their master and not another personthus he eat and drank with them and this also, he shewed them his hands and his side These signs were many, they occurred so often, that every one of the disciples had a opportunity of satisfying himself by personal observation, that the Lord was risen indeed and it was impossible for them to be deceived or mistaken, when these opportunities wer of such frequent recurrence.
These sign were done truly; they were of such a nature as to fall under the cognizance of their sense and from that very circumstance, they pre cluded the possibility of deception. They were done also in presence of his disciples, i presence of those who had known him befort his death, who knew that he had been put to death, and who could therefore confidently assert, that he had been raised from the dead