and that to sin is to offend the majesty of God, and that its wages is death eternal ! Surely there is danger, if, to atone for the sins of the world, no less victim was requi- site than the humiliation, sufferings, and death of Him who "thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Let every one who contemplates the sins of man as inferior and in no way endangering man's relation to God and heaven, contemplate sin, and especially his own personal offenses, as calling out, from the bosom of the Father, his "well-beloved Son," to humiliation, sorrow, and poverty, the anguish in the garden, the torture on the cross ; and while he views all this, let him remember, sin did all this ; and, if so, how fearful in its consequences is sin that re- quired such a sacrifice. Show me one who has never viewed his sin as endangering his interests, and I will show you one who never has received Jesus Christ so as to properly appreciate his character and office. 2. The question in the text implies a conviction of igno- rance of the plan of salvation. Man is naturally ignorant of the plan by which God will save him. Hence, the question in the text, and the various differences of men as to the plan, show conclusively that a revelation was needed by which guilty man might be pardoned. And certainly God alone is able to direct and lay down the principle upon which erring men may be saved ; and no being in the universe but God can know infallibly. o wonder, then, that man, wherever he has not been in- structed out of the oracles of God, should be ignorant. Hence the vast importance of constant instruction from youth to manhood in the law of our God. 3. True conviction implies a sense of the necessity of doing something in order to be saved. "What must I WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?