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great Inhabitant might return and again oceu His long-deserted temple. It is because men insensible to the extent of the ruin and the d lation which sin has effected, that they ar insensible to the greatness of that delive which the Saviour had to achieve for the resto of man to the enjoyment of the Divine Pres
To establish the reign of truth and hol the hearts of men, and thus to render 4 temples for the Divinity, is the grand and design of God in that wonderful dispensati. is revealed in the gospel. O it is little t by men, in whose hearts the god of this established his reign, what a mighty ch be effected ere they become living templ It is because they are so insensible to and extent of the ruin, that they are s to the magnitude of that change whic undergo ere they become fit for the dence. It is not a repair, but a rel is not a reform, but a thorough rege is fearful to think of the delusion wh the great mass of society respectin change. It is not merely the practical atheist, to whom HowE SO the language of terror and alarm,
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Now, to repel the contempt, and also the apparent common sense of all this resistance, we might easily demonstrate, that without any mitigation whatever of the spirit of Christianity, the service of God, would still remain a reasonable service. But we shall content ourselves with urging upon you one argument which the Bible furnishes, which is, that the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. There is a result pointed to here, ye sage and calculating men, who are looking so intently forward to the result of your varied speculations. There is an event which is surely coming upon you all, and which will put to shame all the glory of secular wisdom, and hurry to a prostrate ruin all the might and magnificence of your grovelling enterprises. In a few little years, and time will arbitrate this question. It will tell us who is the visionary-he who is wise for this world, or he who is wise for eternity. A day is coming, when the busy ambition of your lives will all be broken up- when death will smile, in ghastly contempt, over the vanity of earthly affections-when, summoning you away from this warm and comfortable dwelling-place, he will call your body to its grave, and your spirit to its reckoning and upon the falling down of that screen which separates the two worlds, will it appear that the man who has sought his portion among the schemes, and the pursuits, and the passing shadows of our present state, was indeed the visionary. With this element of computation do we neutralize all the contempt which nature feels
and nature expresses against the abstractions of a spiritual Christianity—and pronounce of him who disowns it, that he is indeed the blind and pitiable maniac, wasting himself upon trifles, and lost and bewildered among the frivolities of an idiot's dream.
On entering some busy place of commercial intercourse, and perceiving what it is that forms the ruling desire of every heart, and the ruling topic of every conversation—and feeling the resistless evidence that is before him, of the world being the resting-place of every individual, and its perishable objects forming all that they long for, and all that they labour after—and, at the same time, observing what a face of respectable intelligence is thus lavished on the pursuits of earthliness —a Christian looker-on cannot but feel the strength of that discountenance which is thus laid on the views and the principles of spiritual men. The vast aggregate of mind and of example in the world appears to be against him; and he feels as if left alone to his own visionary speculation, a gaze of universal contempt was directed against that peculiarity, in which he meets so few to share and to sympathize with him. But let him only look a little further on, and this will both revive his confidence, and retort on the whole opposing species the very charge by which he was well nigh overwhelmed. In a few years, and all that is visible of the mass of life, and thought, and ambition, that is before him, will be a mouldering mass of dust and rottenness in the churchyard. There is evermore a rapid transference of that living crowd, one by one, from the place of business to the place of