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than might have been expected from one who exercised his ministry for so short a time, and who had frequently to struggle against the debilitating effects of the disease which finally terminated his useful life and labours. He died in the thirty-third year of his age, “ full of faith and of the Holy Ghost," and meekly relying on the grace and intercession of that adorable Saviour whom it had been his joy to preach, as the SINNER'S ONLY HOPE.”
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JEREMIAH vi. 16.
“THUS SAITH THE LORD, STAND YE IN THE WAYS, AND SEE, AND ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS, WHERE IS THE GOOD WAY, AND WALK THEREIN, AND YE SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”
One of the most striking signs of the times in which we live, is the wide and rapid diffusion of knowledge in its various branches; and were this kept pace with by the spread of sound religious principle, it might then be a matter for thankfulness and rejoicing. It is but too obvious, however, that this is very far from being the case, and that instead of sound and wholesome doctrine, what is new and exciting in religion is very generally sought for with as much avidity, as what is new in philosophy or science. At such a time it is a fact well worthy of our attention, that whilst in scientific and intellectual pursuits, we may, from the constitution of man, reasonably look for a steady and continued, if not a rapid, progression,-in the knowledge of God and of the things that concern our everlasting peace, if we would be safe, we must be content to be comparatively stationary. “To write the same things to you,” said St. Paul to the Philippians,“ to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.”
In all those branches of knowledge which de. pend for their growth upon the ingenuity, the experience, and the reasoning powers of man, (such, for instance, as discoveries in science and natural philosophy, and the application of new principles to machinery, agriculture, and other arts ;) in such things we are moving, as it were, down a broad expansive stream which carries us continually onward, opening a field for speculation and discovery, as boundless as the ocean itself. But in the pursuit of religious knowledge our course lies in a contrary direction. There we traverse the stream upwards to its source : the further we get from the fountain-head, the greater danger is there that the water may have lost something of its native purity; and in order to correct it and ensure a genuine supply, we must be ever drawing from those pure springs which God has graciously opened to us in his own revealed word, in the doctrines and practices of the Apostolic age. The same weighty truths and practical lessons which so continually fell from the lips of our blessed Lord and his holy Apostles, must be sounded in our ears again and again, with line upon line, and precept upon precept. And be assured, my brethren, that those, whether individuals or churches, who can best relish and are most habitually swayed by them, are in the safest and healthiest state. This principle of