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there is a Christ, and read that there is a Christ, and believed that there is a Christ, but go no further? Not you. Is it you who mean some time or other, when you have nothing better to do, to turn and seek Christ? Not you; you are no richer for Christ yet. Is it you who once or twice actually thought you would begin to seek him, and did make a little progress in that way, but soon turned back again ? Not you. Is it you who went a little further, and forsook some of your sins, and prayed somewhat, and for a little while consorted with the people of God, and began to walk in holy ways ? Not you, not you. There is not a soul who hears me really richer because of Christ, really blessed with the treasure that no power can take away, the treasure that moth and rust cannot corrupt, that thieves cannot break through and steal—there are none possessed of this treasure, but those who have sought the Lord Christ as the Saviour of their souls, and gone on seeking; who have trusted in Jesus as their only atonement, and gone on trusting; who have cried to Christ as their only refuge in the hour of danger, and have gone on crying until their love of the world, their evil conscience, their fear of condemnation, all departed in the embrace of their Saviour. And what took possession of their heart instead of these? A new and indescribable sense of possession and of comfort, of wealth and of satisfaction, so that they could say in themselves, “ This is the record that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life.He that hath the Son, who actually has sought Christ and has found him, and now holds fast and possesses a part, a lot, and interest in the Lord Jesus, knows “He is my Saviour, I am his child : he loveth me, I love him. The life that I now live I live not by my own natural impulse, for it is a life contrary to that; I live not by my own natural will, for it is a life contrary to that; I live not by my own force of resolution, for it is a life above that. The life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” And Christ being formed in the heart the hope of glory and the image of God, makes the new creature and the new life; and he in whom Christ thus dwelleth-to him is Christ a treasure. To you that believe he is precious.

Christ thus sought, believed in, possessed, and retained, is riches of merit. The universal conscience of man feels that we have done wrong. Every man knows that he has done things that ought never to be done, that he has left undone things that ought to be done. Then the conscience of man also feels that there is a just and good government above us, a government that deals with every one according to strict right. The idea of a government, that without atonement, without reparation, would pass over every breach of law, is utterly untenable. Every man feels that a government that would promiscuously pardon all faults, would be just the same as a government that had no law at all. You know that any government in this city that would pardon every breach of law, would bring the whole city to ruin in a year; such a government would bring a kingdom, and even the whole world to ruin; and if there were such a government over the universe, that, without heeding justice, would pass over every breach of right, there would be peace nowhere, purity nowhere. Every man feels that if there is a good God above us, that God cannot look upon sin, and will not forgive sin, without meeting justice strictly in the very act of forgiving; will not pass over iniquity in any

way as would make it seem that right and wrong were all the same to him. The conscience of man all the world over feels that if he is to draw near to an offended Majesty above him, he must


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have some atonement, some merit to counterbalance his defects, some deserving to put against his ill desert. And where can you find this merit ? It is not in the nature of things that the same man should be criminal, and yet meritorious——that is an idea quite out of court, and out of all philosophy. Where, then, is the merit to be found ? Rome tells you that there are men and women who had merit enough, not only for themselves, but a surplus for others, by works of supererogation, and that you may gain some aid from that. But alas! what a treasure for man to trust to! Merits above their own, and enough for other men! Would you feel rich if that

share of merit before God.

You turn your eye to Christ; you find that he fulfilled all righteousness; without spot, without blame, perfect and irreproachable, separate from sinners took he upon himself our sin, and bare it in his own body on the tree. All this merit then is thine, for Christ is thine. If thou makest Christ thy treasure and thy own, his merit belongs to thee; he gives it to thee, and thou claimest from the justice of the Eternal the pardon of thy past sins, on account of the merit and sacrifice of his own Son. This merit is wealth. It is sufficient to


sin committed in your unconverted state, to blot out all the iniquity of your past life. He is set forth a propitiation for the remission of sins that are past, by faith in his blood.

Then actually possessing Christ, you find this treasure day by day. It is not that after you have once come to him you

find your own merit sufficient for you; but you find that even in your renewed and christian life, there are daily short comings, admixtures of evil, lapses, faults, backslidings; and oh! where shall you find rest and refuge when once more you look up to the justice of the Eternal ? Day by day the merit of your Redeemer avails for you.

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You find his blood continually speaking peace, and whenever you come to God through it, there is no condemnation to

you who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. And though you feel the struggle of the flesh and of the world, though you feel your short comings and defects, yet, possessed of him, you

“ If when we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved through his life.” And this sense of past reconciliation and of present salvation through the merit of the Lamb, does make a man's spirit wonderfully wealthy. There are no riches for the human heart at all to be compared with peace.

Besides riches of merit in Christ, you find riches of sanctification, riches of goodness. He renews the heart into which he is received by faith, alters the temper and disposition, brings the image of God where previously there had been only the image of the evil one, and enables the man that had heretofore been the slave of sin and error, to walk, working good works, doing good to himself, to his family, to his neighbours, to the church, doing good to the bodies and souls of men, working works of righteousness, works of charity, works of zeal. Now a man may say that is not wealth : that to make a man good is not to make him rich. Well, in one sense it is not. It is not the same kind of wealth that money is, but it is another kind of wealth. I admit at once that money is wealth, that earthly possessions are wealth ; but I say again that goodness is wealth. The two kinds of wealth differ, but I will readily enter into a comparision with any one of the value of the two. Money, earthly treasure, is wealth in this respect : it gives a man a certain inward satisfaction, he knows that he has something, and there is in that very much for the human mind. The human mind

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does like the feeling, “I have; I possess”; and undoubtedly earthly property will in that respect give a man a certain satisfaction. But even in that respect compare it with goodness; compare it with the image of God in a man's heart and life; and I say, unquestionably, though the satisfaction is different, the advantage is altogether on the side of goodness. The satisfaction of the man that feels "I have," as applied to earthly good, refers to something outside him, something in his ledger, something in his bank, something in his fields, something in his houses, something for his children. But a man's ledger may be rich, and yet his own heart very poor; a man's bank may be well stored, and yet his own affections wretchedly ill at ease ; a man's houses may be many, and yet his heart satisfactions very

few. A man may have a great deal outside him that he calls wealth, but I do tell you after all (though I would not underrate that wealth on that account that that is far grander, far better, far sublimer, which is not outside the man, but insidethat wealth which is in the very soul of him, enters into him, and makes him greater, purer, brighter, loftier, and better; brings him into the neighbourhood of holy spirits, and even to the threshold of a better world. The satisfaction of that wealth as to the bare inward feeling of possession and of riches, is inestimably greater.

Then worldly property is of value inasmuch as it brings us the esteem of men. They look upon us in a very different light if they know we have abundance, from what they do if they know that we have nothing, and that is extremely grateful to the human mind. Well, I admit that goodness will never get you the same kind of esteem that riches will; but it will get you esteem, though of another kind. If you have Christ living in you, and your

, whole existence shows forth the image of Christ, a man will


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