us ; and if we are individually under the disci" pline of the Holy Spirit, we shall know the awful truth in knowing ourselves. Sin, in the human bosom, is a mighty monarch, or rather tyrant, whom none can contend with and con- quer but the Almighty. This tyrant issues his commands, and is invariably obeyed by the transgressor, unless God interpose. To know what sin is, and to be delivered from it, is heaven begun on earth. If the command of sin falls in with any favourite propensity, the tyrant is obeyed. Sometimes it issues its com- mands to sin against God, merely for the sake of the pleasure there is in transgression, when the sinner himself is not to be gratified in the least degree : sin is such a monster that the eloquence 74 THE LAW OF THE of God alone can give a correct idea of it ; no pencil but that of God alone can give a full and faithful portrait of it. Consider the law of God, and what sin does in opposition to it. The apostle Paul knew this ; he had learned the awful truth in perusing his own heart. It is evident, from the 7th chapter, that he was well trained and disciplined before he was commissioned to preach to others. God led him into the inmost recesses of his own bosom, and showed him the most frightful and formidable object he could see : " Sin taking occasion of the commandment deceived me, and by it slew me." This teaches us the awful truth in which we are all eminently interested, that the tyrant sin issues his commands in exact proportion as we discover the holiness and purity of the law of God. Sin says, " Oppose it."