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The Christian's Duty.

The Christian's Duty.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. JOSEPH E. BEAUMONT.

" Seek those things that are above." — Col. iii. 1.
BY THE REV. JOSEPH E. BEAUMONT.

" Seek those things that are above." — Col. iii. 1.

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THE CHRISTIAN'S DUTY. BY THE REV. JOSEPH E. BEAUMONT. " Seek those things that are above." — Col. iii. 1. While irrational creatures, by the con-stitution of their nature, are concerned only for the present moment, it is incum- bent on man to consider his relationship to a future world, and to prepare for and anticipate its enjoyments, as being those only which are adapted to his wide-rang-ing capacity and interminable existence. The reality of a future and superior state has been clearly revealed to us — not to supply matter and occasion of curious and idle speculation — but to influence our conduct and affections, our life and con-versation ; to throw a sacred and immor-tal radiance over this present scene of our  being, through which men too generally  pass without thought, and from which they retire without hope.
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It is recorded of Socrates, that he l)rought men down from heaven to earth; tlr.it is, he drew the attention of men from the stud^ and contemplation of the hea-venly bodies, to the consideration of the nature and end of man, tlie duties and re-lations of men in this life. Socrates, therefore, was said to have brought down  philosophy from heaven to earth. But of  j.-sus Christ it may be said, that he  brings us from earth t) heaven ; he teaches us a divine philosophy; raises man from things seen, and temporal, and earthly, to tilings spiritual, heavenly, and eternal, lie liath entered the heavenly places, and we are invited and entreated to follow. There is no subject to which the .Scrip-tures more freijuently solicit our attention than thi-i. They constantly stamp this V..L. 1.— 15
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life with importance, by calling us to con-sider its relationship to that state of rest and blessedness in heaven, which is the ultimate design of the Almighty concern-ing his rational offspring; a state in which the human mind will be carried to the highest pitch of improvement, and in which all the might of the human facul-ties, thus improved, will find appropriate and delightful exercise. How fitted is the revelation of such a state to awaken the attention and enkindle the desire of every living thing that is heir to immor-tality ! And how effectually were the first Christians encouraged by it, to en-dure all that trial of cruel mocking and scourging, bonds and imprisonment, tor-tures and death, to which they were call-ed for righteousness' sake ! And what will so detach our hearts from the low and sordid vanities of earth ; what will so guard us from its intoxicating and i)ollut-ing pleasures; what will so sustain and
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