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now for this life, all these blessings are only a faint emblem of those spiritual blessings, which it opens upon the penitent, and believing; and of which it gives them eternal possession, in the life to come.
The first settlers of Plymouth, the fathers of New England, and the lights of this western world, died in the faith of this gospel; and left it in solemn charge to their posterity, whatever it might cost them, to maintain it, to the end of the world. And we give glory to God, that descendants of the Pilgrims on the spot where they sleep, embrace this gospel; and unite with millions, and millions, of their descendants in other parts of our land to support it. It is “ the glorious gospel of the blessed God.” You profess to love this gospel; and to have found it to be the wisdom, and the power of God. If you have, you will preach it. But in doing this, and in manifesting at all times its spirit, you will need the whole armour of God. You must pass through not only good report, but evil report. Although the church of which you are to be Pastor loves the truth, and will, we trust, be its “ pillar, and ground,” yet like every church militant, it is in a world which lieth in wickedness; and where the “ offence of the cross" has never ceased. And to glory only in this cross ; and perseveringly to know nothing among your people, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified,' you must, as one of the elect of God, put on bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. And to faith you must add virtue; to virtue, knowledge ; to knowledge, temperance; to temperance, patience;
to patience, godliness ; to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
These things must be in you, and abound. In every conflict put on the breastplate of righteousness, take the shield of faith, for an helmet the hope of salvation, and draw the sword of the spirit;' stand, and use it naked, in all its brightness, looking upward to Him who was never conquered, and your conflict will soon be over; and you will leave the field triumphantly exclaiming, “ 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.”
May this blessedness, my brother, be yours ; and after turning many to righteousness, may you meet them in heaven, and give the glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost forever, AMEN.
BY MOSES STUART ASSOCIATE PROF, OF SACRED LITERATURE IN THE THEOL, SEM,
Published by request of the Students,
PRINTED BY FLAGG AND GOULD,
The following sermons were preached on a sacramental occasion, in the chapel of the Theological Seminary, on the last Sabbath and last day of the winter term, when many of the students had left town. At the commencement of the summer term, when the students had reassembled, the writer received a request, that they might be again delivered in the chapel. With this request he complied; but on the second occasion of delivering them, several of the topics which the subject comprises were enlarged upon, and some others introduced, so that the whole constituted four discourses from the pulpit. As the discussions contained in this enlarged form were designed, in a particular manner, for students in theology, the author has judged it to be unnecessary to retain them all in the present publication ; and he has reduced the whole to the size of two discourses, by many omissions and abridgments. While he is not without fears, that some things may now be represented in a manner less perspicuous than he could wish, on account of his compressed limits, he indulges the hope that the great points which he has aimed to establish, may be olearly discerned.
The publication of the sermons is now made at the request of the students of the Theological Seminary. A state of health which obliged the writer to retire from the circle of his duties for the remainder of the summer term, necessarily hastened the printing much beyond what he could have wished. As this was unavoidable, he hopes it will be duly estimated, if an apology is found necessary for any small blemishes in the discourses. For the leading sentiments, he stands fully responsible. They are the result of the deliberate consideration and deepest conviction of
THE AUTHOR. THEOL. SEMINARY, JULY 12, 1824.