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JANUARY, 1816.

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The glorious gospel of the blessed God. 1 Tim. i. 11. . . WHEN the Psalmist, wrapt in prophetic vision, saw the approach of the gospel dispensation, he exclaims, with pious admiration and sympathetic joy, “Blessed is the people who know the joyful sound.” This joyful sound has often reached your ears—“Unto you is the word of this salvation sent.” “The lines have fallen to you in pleasant places, and you have a goodiyoheritage.” A greater privilege you could not enjoy than the possession of the glorious gospel of the blessed God. It discovers to you an infallible method of obtaining deliverance from impending ruin, and the full enjoyment of eternal glory. Every person, therefore, who values the state of his soul, who has been convinced of his natural misery, and who feels right desires after happiness, must and will prize the gospel, and rejoice in the treasure he possesses, when he holds the records of truth in his hand. It is indeed to be lamented that it has had and still has opposers. Hence the apostle observes, “Many walk of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind WOL. II.

earthly things.” Phil. iii. 18. Notwithstanding its valuable nature, there are many who despise it as foolishness, and reject the things which belong to their everlasting peace. They prefer death to life, and the curse to the blessing; and, if mercy prevent not, they shall have their choice. My hearers, I have this day fixed upon the words of my text as the foundation of an address to you, in order that your minds might be properly affected towards that God who has so highly distinguished you above millions of your fellowcreatures—that I might exhibit before your eyes the glorious display of God's goodness bestowed upon you—warn you against lightly esteeming your mercies, and stimulate you to walk as becometh those who are blessed with the light of “the glorious gospel of the blessed God.” For this purpose allow me to call your attention to I. The distinguishing nature, II. The transcendant excellency III. The divine Author, of the gospel. I will call your attention, I. To the distinguishing nature of the gospel. Were I to attempt to set forth the nature of the gospel of Christ in the fullest and clearest manner, it would be necessary to give you a summary Io

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