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for exhibiting it by high endowments which we do not possess, and communi. cations of the spirit without measure which we cannot expect; and it is, on this account, less fitted to influence us. On other accounts, however, it is more forcible in proportion to his superiority; and this is true, in particular, of his condescenfion, humility, meekness, and patience under sufferings. The greater he was the more we are obliged to admire these virtues in him; and the more wę must be incited to practise them. But there is one part of his example which, being founded on his pre-existent dignity, is loft entirely in the Socinian scheme. Í mean his quitting that dignity, and degrading himself to the condition of a more tal man in order to save men. This is an instance of benevolence to which we can
to our own level, makes his example, in some re. spects, more an encouragement to us, and more fit to be proposed to our imitation. See the note in page
conceive no parallel ; which is probably the admiration of angels; and which (were it duly believed and attended to) would make us incapable of not being ourselves examples of condescension and benevolence. This is the part of Christ's example which St. Paul has particularly recommended to our imitation in the passage in Phillippians which I have already quoted. Let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus ;. who, being in the form of God, did not affect to retain that form, but emptied himself of it, and took on bim the form of a man and a servant, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God bath highly exalted him, and given bim a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee jhould bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord, ta the glory of God the Father.--I reckon this one of the most striking passages in the New Testament.-Let us comply with the exhortation delivered in it, and be always
ready to spend and be spent in doing good, that we may rise as Christ rose,
I shall conclude with the following reflection.
If Christ was indeed poffest of that superiority of nature which I have been afferting, how important must the service be which he came to perform. Would one fo high have stooped fo low to do only what a meaner agent might have done? I often feel myself deeply impressed by this consideration. The dignity of the service, and the dignity of the agent, imply and prove one another.—Think, Christians, how dreadful the danger must be which Christ left heaven to save you from ; and neglect not so great a falvation. Remember that, at anexpence greater than can be described, you have been raised to the hope of a resurrection from death to an endless life of ever-increasing happiness. Take care that you do not lose a benefit fo transcendent, and sink at
laft into a death from which there will be no redemption. This cannot happen except through your own fault. But should it happen, Chrift will not lose the fruits of his labour; for though you should have no share in them others will, and myriads delivered by him from sin and death will hereafter unite in raising songs of praise and triumph, and ascribing blessing, and glory, and honour, and power to the Lamb that wos pain, and who hath redeemed Les to God by his blood.
S E R M O N V.
OF THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST AS THE
SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD.
1 JOHN iv. 14.
We have seen; and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
HAVE thought it a proper part of the
duty of my office in this place to give you a particular account of my ideas of that Gospel which we all profess, and on which we build our hopes of a future happy immortality. I have, already, proceeded a good way in the execution of this design. Before I proceed farther, I must