the Jewish ritual. But every part of that ceremonial was typical — a shadow of good things to come. ow these types are all fulfilled, and we have the sub- stance, these good things, in the gospel. There is no longer need of such ceremonial, for we now have access by faith in the presence of God, and, as spiritual beings, are privileged to hold direct intercourse with Him. God is a Spirit as man is a spirit, but with this difference: God is infinite, while man is finite; God is above all, and in all, and through all; while man is subject to the limitations and oppressions of matter, True Heroism and Other Sermons. 219 and the disadvantages of multiform imperfections. To worship Him in spirit is to worship Him in the exercise of those powers that make us spiritual beings and in which is found our likeness to God. Our intellect contemplates and meditates on His adorable perfections; our judgment reverently approves all His methods and means of providence and grace; our will bows submissively to His decisions; our con- science, abhorring evil in all its forms, responds promptly and perfectly to every demand of His in- finite rectitude, while our hearts glow with ardent love to Him, and our spirits exult in His matchless grace. To a soul thus in harmony with Him, and renewed after His image, what need can there be for a gorgeous ritual? A child of God, a partaker of the divine nature, having in him, though in an in- finitely inferior degree, the moral perfections of the infinite Spirit, he feels that forms and ceremonies are but so many hinderances in the way of his com- munion with his Father. He has no need of words, nor of any external symbols in which to express the yearning, the adoration, the trust, the love, the joy of his spirit in communion with God. When under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we can thus rise superior to everything that is merely formal and outward, and in our spirit adore, and praise, and trust, and rejoice in God, we reach the highest perfection of spiritual worship attainable in the flesh.