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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY T. LEWIS


" He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all
things?" — Rom. viii. 32.

" And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all
which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise
it up again at the last day." — John vi. 39.
BY T. LEWIS


" He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all
things?" — Rom. viii. 32.

" And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all
which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise
it up again at the last day." — John vi. 39.

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SECURITIES.BY T. LEWIS" He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him upfor us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us allthings?" — Rom. viii. 32." And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of allwhich he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raiseit up again at the last day." — John vi. 39.It is our usual practice, in transactions with eachother on the subject of property, to secure its pos-session to the rightful claimant by such satisfactorydeeds and documents as the case may require.When these are wanting, we all know how apt heis to be deprived of his right, through the cupidityof others, who take advantage of the consequentuncertainty. Hence the many fierce disputes andvexatious litigations that distort the face of society,and chase peace and good brotherhood away fromus. On such occasions, we too often see the all-engrossing interest that men take in securing earthlypossessions most signally exemplified. Witness thecourts of law, — how they are crowded with counsel-lors and solicitors, busily employed upon their briefsand parchments, with their numerous clients, each,212 CHRISTIA PRIVILEGES.in countenance and attitude, expressing an eagernessand anxiety, as if the fate of the world hung uponthe issue of his single cause. And, then, at theirseveral dwellings, you may observe them discussing,with all the warmth and vehemence of men on aquestion of life and death, the various points in-
 
volved in the disputed case. Tliis is human nature:nor do we profess to know any class of men whoare wholly exempt from the influence of that selfishpassion. But, in whatever degree these unlovelyspectacles may be exhibited among us, they cannotbut suggest to the pious Christian, that there aretreasures to be pursued and obtained infinitely morevaluable, than anything for which the w^orldlingstruggles with his fellow -man. The Christian may,or may not, have pretensions to earthly possessions:if he have, he may be harassed with the covetousand unjustifiable attempts of others to defraud himof his rightful property; but, while he maintains hisown claim with becoming firmness, he will notsuffer things earthly and temporal so to interfereas to endanger his interest in things heavenly andeternal. That interest, in his estimation, far out-weighs every other concern. It is a par amountinterest. He will follow Paul's advice, and " rathertake wrong, and suffer himself to be defrauded " of acres of land, than, by imbibing the spirit of theworld, lose the clear, the soul-cheering prospect of his portion in the love of God. To be assured of such a treasure, to examine and rejoice in the Secu-SECURITIES. 213rities which the word of God, the great Charter of his spiritual Privileges, so fully records, for theestablishment of his faith, and the confirmation of his hope, is to him among the sweetest employmentsof mind he can indulge in his present existence.He can, indeed, have no source more direct thanthis, whether of pleasure or profit. Imagine ayouth long and far from home. He is now on hisway thither ; but has various tracts of sea and landto pass, ere he can reach it. These are, on manyoccasions, trying and dangerous, from storms and
 
tempests at one time, and the rude treatment of strangers at another. In the meanwhile, frequentepistles are brought to his hand from his father,kindly assuring him of his parental love, urginghim to perseverance by every possible encourage-ment, and promising him, on his arrival, a cordialwelcome from every branch of the household. Theseepistles contain, at the same time, many usefuldirections how he may make a safe progress to his journey's end. Ah ! none but himself can tell withwhat delightful emotions he peruses and reperusesthese dear testimonials of his father's regard ; andalso with what advantage he ponders the admoni-tions given him, as to the conduct of his way!Such are the Christian's circumstances, on his wayto his heavenly home. Dangers and difficultiesbeset him ; trials many and bitter has he to endure;while hosts of adversaries to his soul are often inarray against him. one of these are permitted to214 CHRISTIA PRIVILEGES.overcome or enthral him ; yet, it must be confessed,that they have not seldom the effect of depressinghis spirits, and casting a gloom over his prospects.Deeply sensible of his ov^^n imperfections, of hiswant of that conformity to the image of his Saviourv^hich his soul desires to attain, he is often temptedto fear he is none of his. The view of his ownunholy nature scares him from daring to appropriatethe privileges of the pious Christian. He deemshimself all unworthy of the precious promises, andcannot look to inherit the blessedness and glory towhich they point the believer's hopes. It is thushe afflicts his soul, while he looks only on himself.But when, with due humility and earnest prayer,he betakes himself to the oracles of truth, and theHoly Spirit opens afresh to his faith the all-suf-

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