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foaming billow, and brought him to the shore. The sinner was a drowning man. No human arm was strong enough to rescue him from the fatal current that was sweeping him to destruction. And when he was rescued, it was in a way that made him see and feel that God alone was his deliverer. And now his grateful song is, "Not unto me, O Lord, not unto me, but ' to thy name give glory, for thy mercy and thy truth's sake!" The scenes he has passed through will never be forgotten, and they lead him to give God the glory. He is slow of heart to do this, without just such discipline. His trials are the very way and method by which God brings him to right views on this important subject. He needs them all to free him of that strange delusion, "Mine own arm hath done this!" God will save men by himself alone, or leave them to perish. He alone must have all the glory of their salvation, or they shall never join the song of his redeemed.

Review these truths, then, my friends, and apply them to yourselves. Think of them, ye who are thoughtless in sin. "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" If the people of God mourn before they rejoice, beware lest your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into heaviness.

Think of them, ye who are not thoughtless. It is not certain that you will become Christians, even though you are serious. You may not be willing to travel through the darkness and the deep. You may lose all solemnity, and go back to the world. Beware that none of you do this. Be not afraid of anxiety, nor of darkness, nor of tears. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. If they be

tears of godly sorrow, despair will give place to hope, turmoil to peace, grief to joy. You shall live to praise him, and abundantly to utter the memory of his great mercy.

If any of you are Christians, and in mourning, you will see better days. "Your light shall yet break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily." Unto the upright there ariseth light in the midst of the darkness. Weeping will not endure always; the morning of joy shall break upon these dark mountains; and your song shall be the sweeter for all the darkness and the deep through which God has led you.



LUKE XIV. 22. And yet there is room.

ALL may come to Christ, and be saved, who will. No man, or angel, may.shut the door of hope, or bid any poor sinner go away.

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We are told in the chapter which contains the text, that " a certain man made a great supper, and bade many." At supper time, "he sent his servant to say to them that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready." But they would not come. And what did the master of the feast do, but bid the messenger "go out immediately into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind." He went and brought them in, and then came back and said, "Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room."

The feast referred to, means the provision God has made in the Gospel for the salvation of men. The Messenger employed to carry the invitation at supper time, denotes his Son. The conduct of those who would not come, represents the conduct of all those who hear and reject this gracious invitation. The message to the lanes and streets of the city, denotes the carrying of the Gospel to those who had been at first overlooked. And the declaration of the Messen

ger, that, after these were invited and had come to the feast, there was room enough yet, was designed to show that there is yet room for all to come who will.

This is true, my friends, and a delightful truth it is. There is yet room.

1. In the first place, in God's infinite mercy. This s a fountain that never fails, an ocean that is always full. It is like God's eternity and immensity, no one can measure it. It is high as heaven, deep as hell; the measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. We can no more dive into the heart of God, and explore the boundless depths of his in finite mercy, than we can sound eternity itself. We have no line long enough, and no sins heavy enough to do this It has poured forth unsearchable riches, but never can they be poured out in such full measure, as that there shall not be unsearchable riches of mercy remaining. "His mercy endureth forever." It is no marvel, that those who measure God's mercies by their own, think that they are limited and shortened. But in nothing is short-sighted man more at fault, than in such unworthy notions of God. "He is able to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we can ask, or think.”

2. In the second place, there is room in the great Atonement made by the death of Christ. It is not wonderful that the sinner is afraid lest divine justice should shut the door against him. The law of God, and his own conscience, naturally create and sustain this terrible fear. It is but justice, it is but equity, that he should perish. And he must have perished, but for the death of Christ, dying in the sinner's place, and suffering the wrath of God, the just for the unjust. Justice is so entirely satisfied by this great Propitiation, that

whosoever will may come. Their supper is prepared; there is bread enough, and to spare; there is wine and milk, without money and without price. None are excluded from its divinely commissioned offers; none are discouraged from accepting them; none are embarrassed; not a soul need perish, so long as there is this city of refuge. "Look unto me," says that adorable Saviour, "and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else." He has enough for all. "Him that cometh to me," says he, “I will in no wise cast out."

3. There is yet room in the household of faith. Enough there are who know not God; the household of faith imbodies but a small part of those who will finally be saved. It is God's purpose that this family of his Son shall be greatly increased, and hereafter fill the earth. Happy, indeed, are those who are already brought into it; for they have "a name better than that of sons and daughters." But this divine family claims no monopoly of privileges. Those who are within, are no hindrance to those who are without. The church of God opens her doors to all who wish to enter in; her arms and her heart are extended to men of every age, and rank, and condition; nor is she ever more gratified, than when the weary and heavy-laden direct their feet to her temples, and in crowds come to her solemn feasts. She looks with interest on seamenon those whose calling separates them so much from her holy hill; and longs for the time to come when "the abundance of the seas shall be converted unto God," and many a wandering and houseless mariner shall sit down at her feast of mercy. She is even now sending forth her servants to compel them to come in. The

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