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not die for all mankind. I will put the question to you, and inquire, what you would do if placed in the same situation? Suppose you were called upon to die for mankind-would you die for a few, or for many, supposing, at the same time, it was no more expense to you to die for many, than for a few? Here is a question which tries him—but I will continue it. Do you think yourself a real Christian? "Yes." Have you ever experienced the love of Christ? "Yes." And does that love of Christ lead you to love your fellow-creatures? "Yes." How many of your fellow-creatures does it lead you to love? "Why, in fact, it leads me to love all mankind." Are you sure that it leads you to love sinners? "Yes; I love sinners, and wish them well forever; and will do any thing to save them." Very well-how many sinners would you die for? "I certainly would die for the whole." And now are you not willing to allow to Christ as much honour as you take to yourself?-You will perceive that if we leave this question to our opposers to decide, they will decide it just as we do. They will say, that they would not themselves die for sinners, without dying for all.

We are now looking at the principle; and we contend, that Jesus could not have died, on the principle which actuated him, without dying for all sinners, and if he died for them, it was because he loved them. And now comes the conclusion. "For the love of Christ constraineth us;"-it constrains us to this result-"because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not hence

forth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

Your humble servant was born a British subject; but in his tender years his country was free and independent. While a British subject, he was amenable to British laws; but when the independence' of the United States was declared, and the institutions of government were established, of course he became amenable to the government under which he lived, and was absolved from the former government, and owed it no allegiance. I mean by this, that Christians who know the truth, who have been introduced into the light of the religion of Jesus Christ, are absolved from all other laws and considerations, and are called upon to live to Christ, as you are called upon to live to the republican institutions of your country, and to the laws of the land. The laws of the Lord Jesus Christ, the spirit of wisdom, and grace, and love, and charity, are principles to which the Christian is bound to live. And to live to Christ, is to live according to the spirit and the principles, which governed the Saviour of sinners. The Christian should always have his leader in view. He should have his divine Master in his eye. My friendly hearers, we should always feel as if bound to follow the directions and spirit of our blessed Redeemer. The same mind that was in Christ, should be in us. By the same mind, is meant the same disposition to love our enemies, to love sinners. Christ not only preached this doctrine, but he practiced it in his life, and died in its spirit. His last breath was employed in uttering that memorable prayer, which should always be in the minds of

Christians: "Father, forgive them; they know not what they do." In this spirit, with this heavenly wisdom, in this grace, did our Saviour lay down his life a ransom for mankind-for all the human race. And when this principle of love-mark well-when this principle of love shall have conquered all opposition, and when it shall have inspired every heart with the spirit of Christ, then will the doctrine be proved true effectually, that Jesus is the Saviour of the world. We believe in the salvation of all men, because God loves them all, and Christ loves them all. And we know, that if this love prevails, all mankind will be saved. And agreeably to the Apostle's testimony, we expect the accomplishment of this most glorious enterprise. "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth,-and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." What is it to bow the knee to Christ? It is to bow our wills to the spirit of his love. We must possess pure love to God, and love to man. Love must be with us a sovereign principle, to which we must yield obe dience. Aside from this, all our profession is as sounding brass, and as a tinkling cymbal. This heavenly spirit of the love of Christ constrains us, and we judge, that is, we come to this conclusion-that Christ died to manifest the love of God to the world. The Apostle says, "God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." This principle must save man from

sin, and bring him into obedience to his heavenly Father.

It is the fervent desire of your humble servant, that every believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ should feel the power, the operation, and the spirit of this love of Christ. If we have this spirit of love within us, the very name of Christ will be sweet to our ears. What do you suppose was the effect upon the Grecian soldiers, when they heard the name of Leonidas pronounced? The mention of that name would cause the blood to flow faster in their veins, and inspire a determination not to be conquered!I could mention names of our own countrymen-the name of Washington. When you hear it pronounced, what is the sensation produced? You think of the father of your country-of the man who held the sword, who defended the land, who redeemed the country, and set it at liberty. You think of the man whose marches, and counter-marches are proudly rehearsed in our country's story, and whose name causes the patriot's heart to thrill with gratitude. And you remember the goodly Lafayette. He left fortune, home, and all that was dear beneath the skies, for the love of liberty-for his love to Amerio. How do you feel when you hear his name? It causes emotions of gratitude, affection and love. And can you experience such feelings when these names are pronounced, and be careless, lifeless, and dead in feeling, when the name of Jesus is sounded ears! Let this blessed name stir you up to every principle of his religion. Never pronounce it without considering the great obligation that rests upon you, in consequence of the mighty exhibition

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of God, through his divine image. Think of what the world would have been, if the religion of the Saviour had not been given to mankind; and you will feel that to it you owe more than your existence. You owe to it all that is dear to you--you owe to it yourself; all the faculties and powers of your souls-your might and strength you owe to the promotion of that blessed cause for which Jesus bled, for which Jesus died. "He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

"The Christian lives to Christ alone,

To Christ alone he dies."

I cannot, as I am about to leave you, forego this opportunity of acknowledging to my friends in this city, the great obligations I am under, for their kind attention to me since I have been here. And though this may probably be the last time that I shall address you in the land of the living, yet so long as respiration and recollection continue with me, your favours and your kindness will be remembered with grateful emotions, and with the most sincere wishes for your felicity.

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