association ; vivification of spiritual faculties by the Holy Ghost. These three things may, in measure, be wrought simultaneously; but we will illustrate them respectively. We are, then, originally in the mass, fast in the quarry, incapable of self detachment. A stone has no ability to leap from its place. The quarryman must by pick and gunpowder and hammer set the granite free. There is grace at the outset, either in national or in-dividual life. What hast thou that thou hast not received ? Every Christian is like Ariel in The Tempest, who was liberated from the massive tree where he had been imprisoned by those who hated him. Have we not all felt the bondage of solidarity, the paralysing effect of corporate attraction ? Yea, old Adam is too strong till Divine Grace bring its implements. In a certain sense it may be conceded that all who constitute a Christian community may be said to be quarried or detached. If you look across the world of chicanery, sensuality, and deviltry in general, it will be at once perceptible that one stage, at least, has been accomplished in all of you. All progress and attainment are relative. If we open the Epistles we find that the early churches were aggregates of religionists in various stages of spirituality. Some were addressed as "perfect"; to others Paul had to write, "We pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." And yet he speaks of them as called and separate, distinct from the heathendom around.