that obedience which his nature requires.But, let us own, my brethren, the ideas we formof the Creator are, in some sense, confounded, whenwe attend to the miseries to which beseems to aban-don some of his most devoted servants. How canthe great Supreme, who quickeneth all things, leavethose men to languish in obscurity and indigence,who live and move only for the glory of him ? Inorder to remove this objection, which hath alwaysformed insuperable difficulties against the belief of Christ the King of Truth 221a God, and of a Providence, it is necessary to addthe motive of a christian to that of a philosopher.This motive follows, that God, who quickeneth allthings, who disposeth all events, who bestow eth asceptre or a crook, as he pleaseth, hath wise reasonsfor deferring the happiness of his children to anoth-er economy; and hence presum.ption ariseth, thathe will give them a king, whose kingdom is not of this world, St. Paul joins this second motive to thefirst. / give thee charge, in the sight of God, whoquickeneth all things, and before Jesus Christ, whobefore Pontius Pilate rvitnessed a good confession.What is this good confession? It is that which youhave heard in the words of the text, Yerily, ''I am" a king, to this end was 1 born ; but my kingdom"is not of this world."The first of these motives, my brethren, you cannever study too much. It is a conduct unworthyof a rational soul, to be surrounded with so manywonders, and not to meditate on the author of them.But our present circumstances, the solemnity of thisseason, and particularly the words of the text, en-,gage us to quit at present the motive of a philoso-pher, and to reflect wholly on that of a Christian.I exhort you to-day, by that Jesus, who declaredhimself a king, and who at the same tijue said. Mykingdom is not of this rvorld, to endeavour to divertyour attention from the miseries and felicities of thisworld, to which the subjects of the Messiah do notbelong. This is the chief, this is the only point of view, in which we shall now consider the text. Wewill omit several questions, which the words have222 Christ the King of Truth.occasioned, vvhich the disputes of learned men haverendered famous, and on which, at other times, wehave proposed our sentiments ; and we will confineourselves to three sorts of reflections.