jects, and agencies of the Gospel. And we find that rehg-ious zeal is repeatedly and earnestly enjoined in the HolyScriptures, as indispensable to the perfection and success of our religious efforts. It is not so much a duty or Christiangrace by itself, as it is an important element and needful ac-companiment of all other Christian duties and graces. It maybe said of zeal as of faith, that whatsoever is not imbued andsustained by its life-giving spirit is sin — that without it "itis impossible to please God." It is a part of " the first andgreat commandment, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God withall thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,"*Zeal belongs to every act of true worship ; for " God is a Spir-it, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit andin truth."! " Fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."$ Pray-er without zeal is worthless. Hence we are commanded tobe " instant (pressing) in prayer." Prayer is earnest. It isthe fervent prayer of the righteous that " availeth much."^" Above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves. "||Zeal is inculcated in a more general way throughout theBible ; as, " the kingdom of heaven sufiereth violence," &c.ir" Strive to enter in at the strait gate."** " I know thy works,that thou art neither cold nor hot. I would thou wert coldor hot. Be zealous, therefore, and repent. "ftTruly pious men have ever been distinguished by greatreligious zeal. David exclaims, "The zeal of thy househath eaten me up."$$ " My soul longeth, yea, even faintethfor the courts of the Lord."H John the Baptist, from the fer^or of his appeals, was called " the voice of one crying in thewilderness." Christ said it was his " meat and drink to do* Matt., xxii., 37, 38. t John, iv., 24. t Rom., xii., 11.§ James, v., 16. || 1 Pet., iv., 8. H Matt, xvi., 12.** Luke, xiii., 24. tt Rev., iii., 15-19. tt Fs. Ixix., 9.$6 Ps. Ixxxiv., 2.