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miracles, instead of weakening the credit of the Scriptures, corroborate it, they are marks of consistency, and consistency is one characteristic of truth.

Another doubts the influence and the operation of the Holy Spirit, because he has not been informed of the mode, or the measure in which they take place.

A third will not believe in the redemption and atonement, because he is not made acquainted with all the reasons of it, or in other words, because he is not admitted to the secret counsels of the Most High, and because with his feeble faculties, and limited knowledge, he cannot enter into all the plans and motives of Omniscience.

This was not the wisdom of the woman be fore us,

whose faith drew down the commendation of Jesus, and rendered her an object for

. No! language more conformable to hers, and better harmonizing with those feelings, which ought to animate the guests at the Lord's table, would be such as this. Lord all things are possible with thee.' If thou wilt, thou canst make us clean. When we eat of the bread, and drink of the cup which thou didst ordain to be taken in remembrance of thy death and passion, then, Lord, thou canst

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cause our sinful bodies to be made clean by thy body, and our souls to be washed, by thy. most precious blood, that thus we may evermore dwell in thee, and thou in use.

From this we pass on to the last point to be noticed in the case of the woman before us; namely, the result of her faith, “ Jesus turned him about, and said, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole.

And will not our faith, if it be a lively faith, make us whole? He that healed the diseased body, will he' not administer relief to the distempered soul ? Is not his having done the former a decisive proof that he has power to do the latter ? 66

Whether, (said he, on another occasion, as one sick of the palsy lay before him expecting his aid,) Whether is easier to say, thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, arise, and walk ?" Can we then doubt but that he will bid the faithful and true penitent be of good comfort ?

But how shall we manifest our faith? How shall we evince our persuasion, that if we may but, as it were, touch the hem of his

garment, we shall be whole that we trust entirely in him, for the health and salvation of our souls?

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Shall we manifest our faith by a contemptuous neglect of his commandments and institutions, or by an ardent desire to do every thing that is pleasing in his sight? Shall we manifest it by waiting till age or sickness, and the symptoms of approaching death, terrify us into a forced and feeble attempt to walk according to his will, and to do him acceptable service? Or shall we manifest it by serving him now ; by showing our love, our gratitude, our reliance, now ; while, by his bounty, we are yet in the vigour of health, and in the time of security.

Can there be one moment's doubt in which of these directions lies the path of Christian duty ?

Let your conduct, then, be conformable to your knowledge. Follow the plain dictates of reason and religion. Shew your faith by rendering the homage, not of fear but of love. Give proof of your sincere abhorrence of sin, by a timely avoidance of it. Offer an unforced and an unfeigned service to your Redeemer. Humbly and devoutly kneel now at his holy table; glorify his name; acknowledge his merits and mercy; express openly before the congregation, your grateful sense of the value of his sacrifice and sufferings; lay down your sins as a tribute before him, now, while

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power of indulging in them ; while the sacrifice is spontaneous, and there is no danger of your mistaking the impotency of disease for real penitence and reformation, or the terrors of approaching dissolution for the motions of religion.

Thus, then, at that solemn hour when our soul fainteth within us ; when we are turning our anxious thoughts from this world to our eternal destination, may the remembrance of that Saviour, who has called the weary and heavy-laden, encourage and refresh us. May the recollection of our having constantly, during the day of health and strength, manifested our faith in Him, by doing his will, by trusting in his merits and mediation, by imploring his assistance, and by offering him the sacrifice of a contrite heart, and a devout spirit; may the recollection of having often washed “our hands in innocency,” and so approached “his altar;"-may recollections such as these sustain and console us at that solemn hour. Yes, at that hour, when all other comfort is vain, may our struggling soul be cheered by the testimony of conscience, by the voice of hope and of religion. When the tongue shall be parched and motionless ; when the lips shall be bloodless and quivering; may our heart, full of good and blessed recollections,

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speak peace to us. “Be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole, thy sins be forgiven thee."

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